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.
Briana DeNeal-Findley is a clinical social worker licensed in Maryland and Washington, DC. She received her Bachelor's of Social Work in 2014, and her Masters of Social Work in 2015, both at Salisbury University. She is currently a doctoral candidate for her Doctors of Public Administration from West Chester University. Her clinical experience includes work in both the inpatient and outpatient settings. She has spent most of her time in Child Welfare working as a therapist, a permanency social worker, and an investigative social worker. She began her journey at Community of Hope in March 2018 as a Clinical Psychotherapist. She is currently placed in Moten Elementary school where she provides emotional wellness services directly to students and their families. Outside of work she loves dancing and going to the movies. These two activities provide me with lots and lots of self-care.
Sandra Dickson received her Masters of Science in Nursing at John Hopkins University. She has previous experience as a registered nurse on a medical-telemetry unit. She joined Community of Hope in January 2019, where she enjoys working closely with patients across the lifespan. Her special interests include chronic care management and women’s health. She is challenged and motivated by the complexity involved in caring for patients with multiple conditions. Sandra is a native from Ghana, West Africa. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, concerts/festivals, and traveling.
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.
Christina trained as a Nurse-Midwife at Yale University. She completed her undergraduate studies at Georgetown University focusing on Gender and International Relations. She holds a Master's degree in Conflict Resolution from the University of Bradford in the UK, and is a doctoral candidate in Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing. Christina loves working with pregnant people and their families as a midwife. She has worked as a midwife all over the world including Texas, Connecticut, Guatemala, South Sudan, and of course Washington DC. She catches babies at Washington Hospital Center. Christina started working at Community of Hope in 2018. Her research interests include intimate partner violence, reproductive health disparities, refugee/ immigrant health, and nursing and midwifery interventions for underserved/ vulnerable populations. Outside of work, Christina loves hanging out with family, practicing yoga, reading, and traveling to new places.
Lilay received her Masters of Science in Nursing degree from Johns Hopkins University. As a Family Nurse Practitioner, she joined Community of Hope in 2017. She has previously worked as a Neurosurgical ICU nurse. Her special interests include refugee health and delivering cross-cultural primary care to patients from diverse socio-cultural backgrounds. She is also fluent in Amharic. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling and exploring new places.
Dr. Gentles received his Doctor of Pharmacy from Howard University College of Pharmacy. He completed a residency at Emory-St. Joseph’s Hospital in Atlanta, GA and is Board Certified in Pharmacotherapy. Prior to moving back to DC in 2015, he practiced on a Native American reservation in Arizona working collaboratively with other providers to address chronic diseases and exploring integrative models for pharmacists in patient centered medical homes. When not at work, he enjoys spending time with his family and supporting his wife’s non-profit organization.
Dr. Gerstenmaier is the lead physician and is board certified in family medicine. He received his medical degree from Ohio State University School of Medicine and completed his residency at Georgetown/Providence Family Medicine Residency Program. He started at Community of Hope in August 2013 and is interested in women’s health, obstetrics, pediatrics and sports medicine. He enjoys running, skiing and spending time with his wife and child.