Cathy is an LICSW in Washington, DC.She completed her MSW from the University of Southern Indiana and additionally holds an RPT-S, Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor and RYT, Registered Yoga Teacher certifications. She has an extensive background in clinical work with children and families, helping families get along better, parents feeling better and children thriving. Her background in yoga and EMDR therapy informs her on how our body and nervous system responds to stress. She has been at Community of Hope since April 2017, and provides family-centered clinical psychotherapy which may include individual counseling for adults and parents, teen counseling, child counseling, which may include play therapy and PCIT as well as family counseling. She enjoys including body-focused therapies in her work in addition to talk therapy. Some of these may include EMDR therapy, play therapy, mindfulness, yoga and breathing. Cathy finds these therapies help quickly relieve stress and anxiety and she’s always encouraged by the progress clients make.She enjoys hiking mountains, striking yoga poses, traveling to new places and trying new things.
Dr. Bracey-Stokes received her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree and Advanced Education in General Dentistry degree from Howard University College of Dentistry. She holds a B.S in Biology from North Carolina Central University. Throughout her career, she has provided comprehensive dental care to patients from every cross section of the socio-economic spectrum in Maryland and Virginia. She joined Community of Hope in March 2017. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, reading, and spending time with family and friends.
Leslie obtained her Masters in Social Work from the University of Maryland in 2013. She has worked in a variety of community settings to provide mental health care before coming to Community of Hope in 2018, where she is the Behavioral Health Integration Manager. In this role, she works with patients and programs to figure out how better emotional wellness can improve physical health and vice versa. A holistic view of health and people has always been a part of her clinical practice. When she's not working, Leslie enjoys running, yoga, and cooking or baking for other people.
Tracie Brown is a Certified Nurse Midwife at the the Family Health and Birth Center. She offers full scope well woman, pregnancy, postpartum and newborn care. Her specific interests include reduction of maternal mortality and morbidity and improving black women's experiences with obtaining reproductive health care. The first 8 years of her career provided her with invaluable nursing experience in critical care and high-risk OB at the University of Maryland Medical Center. Eager to improve maternal health and safety she became a doula and dedicated her free time to birth work, women's health and education. Soon after, she embarked on the journey to becoming a midwife and attended the University of Cincinnati where she earned her Master's of Science in Nursing.
James Brunson is from North Carolina, and has been with Community of Hope since September of 2018. He earned his Master’s degree in Family Therapy from Mercer University, where he has provided counseling in various clinical settings. From crisis stabilization units to inpatient hospitals, while also serving as a behavioral science faculty member for a family medicine residency program. As a licensed marriage and family therapy, he specializes in couples and family therapy, and is also clinical trained to provide counseling to individuals. His approach in providing counseling is to create an environment where each person feels safe, grows to become more self-aware, and empowered with the ability of making choice for their lives.When James isn't working at Community of Hope, he spends eating all types of food, out of the dance floor, or singing his favorite songs at karaoke.
Cassandra Burrell is a Certified Nurse Midwife at the Family Health and Birth Center. Her undergraduate studies were completed at Hampton University, school of nursing in May 1999. She attended midwifery school at Philadelphia University, where she received her Master's degree in May 2016. Her relationship with FHBC began about 12-13 years ago when she worked as a volunteer breastfeeding peer counselor and then later as an RN case manager with Healthy Babies Project. She was one of FHBCs first birth assistants and later returned as a midwifery student, a patient (her 4th child was born at the birth center), a birth assistant (again!), and now a midwife. Cassandra has been employed with Community of Hope since January 2019. Outside of work, she likes to spend time with her husband and their 5 children. She also enjoys napping, people watching and working on novice crochet projects.
Sarah is a LICSW in Washington, DC. She obtained her Masters in Social Work from Catholic University in 2015. She previously worked in a variety of community agencies in Washington, DC providing clinical case management and mental health care before coming to COH in January 2019. As a Behavioral Health Specialist, Sarah collaborates with the healthcare providers to meet the emotional wellness needs of patients at the Marie Reed Health Center. Sarah has a passion for working with immigrant and refugee populations, and she enjoys meeting the wide variety of patients that come to COH. She recognizes the importance of integrated care and aims to assist patients with caring for their emotional and physical health. When she's not working, Sarah enjoys spending time outdoors, cuddling her dogs, and checking out new restaurants in DC.
Emma received her Master’s in Nursing in Nurse-Midwifery from Frontier Nursing University and her Master’s in Public Health from Johns Hopkins University. She has worked for Community of Hope since March 2014. Previously, she worked overseas offering reproductive healthcare in humanitarian crises. She is interested in preconception care, family planning and catching babies. In her free time, she loves biking with her husband and baking.
Hailing from sunny Jamaica, Viris received her Bachelor’s and Master’s of Science in Nursing at Bowie State University and continued her training in midwifery at Philadelphia University. For 14 years, she worked at MedStar Washington Hospital Center as a registered nurse and nurse manager for labor and delivery. She’s also taught in the baccalaureate nursing programs at Bowie State and Howard University. Viris’ interests include singing, traveling and gardening.
Adrienne received her graduate degree from Fort Valley State University and became a board certified lactation consultant (IBCLC) in 2003. She completed her nursing and midwifery education at the University of California, San Francisco and apprenticed at a birth center. She is thrilled to bring her lactation training and out-of-hospital birth experience to the Washington, DC area and to the women and families of FHBC.