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.
Helene received her Master of Science in Nursing from Marymount University and worked as a registered nurse at Sibley Memorial Hospital. Helene joined Community of Hope in 2018 and provides healthcare to patients of all ages. Her interests include women’s health, wound care, and preventative healthcare. Growing up in South Africa, she developed a great love of the outdoors and also enjoys travel, reading, and yoga.
Dr. Henke is board certified in family medicine and serves patients of all ages. She completed her medical degree from the University at Buffalo and her residency training at Lancaster General Hospital in Lancaster, PA. She joined Community of Hope in August 2012. Her special interests are in women’s health, prenatal care and preventive medicine. While not at work, she enjoys the performing arts, photography and travel.
Megan is a board certified Family Medicine Physician who completed her postgraduate residency training at Georgetown University/Providence Hospital Family Medicine Residency Program where she served as Chief Resident in her final year. Prior to moving to DC in 2005, she lived in San Diego, California. She is proud to provide broad spectrum primary care to people of all ages and has particular interests in prenatal care, women's health, and preventative medicine. In her time off, she enjoys yoga, hanging out with her cats, and eating good food.
Nephthalie, better known as “Nephie,” completed her training at the University of Cincinnati. Originally from Maryland, Nephie has served as both a labor and delivery nurse and a public health nurse, working toward maternal and infant mortality reduction efforts for the state of Maryland. Her passion for midwifery and women’s healthcare include a strong interest in international health and health education. She enjoys dancing, cooking and travelling.
Dr. Karim received her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from University of Maryland School of Dentistry and completed a rigorous residency program at Howard University College of Dentistry. She holds a BS in Biology from The George Washington University. Dr. Karim speaks Spanish and provides comprehensive dental care to patients of all ages. In her spare time she enjoys hiking, traveling and cooking.
Leah is a new to practice Family Nurse Practitioner who received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at The University of Virginia and a Master of Science in Nursing at The Johns Hopkins University. She is particularly interested in women’s health, chronic care management, and social determinants of health that disproportionately effect urban communities. In her spare time, Leah enjoys traveling, exploring DC and spending time with family and friends. Leah joined Community of Hope August 2016 and is excited to work among a wonderful group of professionals!
Bernice is a licensed professional counselor and a certified addictions counselor. She received her bachelor's degree in Psychology and a masters in Addiction Counseling. Prior to COH, she worked for Providence Hospital's Seton House on the Detox and Psychiatric units as an addiction counselor. She also worked for the hospital's outpatient medication-assisted treatment program. Bernice has been with COH for about 7 months and provides individual therapy to clients with substance use disorders and co-occurring disorders.