Alsan joined the Community of Hope in May 2021. He has been serving in Health Care Leadership since 2005. He previously served as the Medical Director of the Children’s Health Center at THEARC and prior to that he served as the Health Services Administrator for DC Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services. As Chief Medical Officer, he oversees the effective management of Community of Hope’s three community health centers and is responsible for managing clinical operations, liaising between the administration and medical staff, and ensuring that patients receive the highest standard of medical care. As a pediatrician, he also sees patients at our Conway Health and Resource Center.
Alsan completed his Pediatrics Residency at the Children’s National Medical Center. He is Board Certified in General Pediatrics and received his MD from Louisiana State University School of Medicine, and MBA in Medical Services Management from John Hopkins’ Carey School of Business.
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.
Marie received her Master’s degree in Professional Counseling from Framingham State University. She joined Community of Hope in September 2021 and will be working as a clinical psychotherapist at the Conway Health and Resource Center. She previously worked at a DC core service agency since 2013, providing a wide range of services including case management, psychotherapy and diagnostic assessments. Outside of work, she enjoys being on the water, camping and photography.
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.
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.
Kwanza Carter is a Family Nurse Practitioner at our Conway Health and Resource Center and joined Community of Hope in February 2019. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at MidAmerica Nazarene University in Kansas and worked as a Cardiovascular RN for 5 years. She completed the Master of Science in Nursing program at Walden University and have been practicing in primary care. Her interests are in women’s health, teen health, chronic care management, and emotional/mental wellness. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling and spending time with family.
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.