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.
Andrea received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Georgetown University and a Master of Science in Nursing from The Catholic University of America. She has experience as a NICU and Emergency Department nurse. Andrea began working with Community of Hope in 2016 and is excited to provide primary and preventive care to patients of all backgrounds and ages. During her time off Andrea enjoys spending time with her husband and two labrador retrievers and making the long drive back home to Maine.
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.
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.
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.
Akite Daniel is one of the Family Nurse Practitioners at Community of Hope. She grew up in New York City and has called D.C. home since 2006 when starting college at Georgetown University. When she decided to become a nurse practitioner, she moved to Baltimore to attend Johns Hopkins. The aspect of her job that she enjoys the most is spending time with patients. Akite loves taking care of families-from brand new babies to grandparents and has a special interest in teenagers and reproductive health. Outside of work, she enjoys traveling to new places (especially any place with a beach!), exercising and having brunch with friends.
Curt is a graduate of Drexel University in Philadelphia where he received his MSN in Family Practice and BSN for Nursing. He obtained a public health certification focusing on LGBTQ healthcare and marginalized populations. He has previously worked in a peri-operative setting including a surgical stepdown unit which he says was a major push for him to get into preventative medicine. He has been at Community of Hope since March 2018 and provides primary care throughout the lifespan. His core interests and services provided are; LGBTQ+ healthcare, reproductive healthcare, and primary prevention. Outside of work Curt enjoys reading, board games, and traveling.