Emily is a Behavioral Health Specialist at the Conway Health and Resource Center. She received her Masters in Social Work from University of Illinois at Chicago. She is now a Licensed Graduate Social Worker in DC. Emily also has a Trauma Informed Yoga certificate that she utilized with patients in the past. She has worked with a variety of populations in non-profit settings including those who've experienced homelessness, other trauma, and severe mental health illness and terminal illness. She says that she has “learned the vital role mental wellness plays in the management of physical health and am excited to continue learning from my patients at Community of Hope!” She provides mental and behavioral health support through coordination with primary care doctors, assessing patients for mental health issues and stressors, education on diagnosis and treatment, brief intervention therapy, as well as referral to outside agencies when appropriate. Her main interest focuses on assisting patients in living their lives to the fullest. Emily says, “By truly getting to know and understand my patients, I strive to promote empowerment, engagement, and resilience that I believe all individuals inherently have.” Outside of work, Emily loves to be outside, whether that's hiking, biking, or having a picnic. She also loves music and dancing!
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.
Sherece Dyer is a certified nurse midwife in Northeast DC at the Family Health and Birth Center. She received her BSN from the University of Virginia in 2009, and her MSN from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2013. She later went to Frontier Nursing University where she received both her post masters as a Certified Nurse Midwife and doctorate of Nursing Practice in 2018. Prior to Community of Hope, she worked at a health department in the STI and women's health clinic in NC. Her doctoral project was on increasing use of contraception. Sherece has been with Community of Hope since May 2019 and provides services such as Prenatal care, OB care, well women exams, new baby exams, STI testing/treatment, IUD and implant insertion and removal. Her core interests regarding her work is decreasing maternal mortality, increasing contraception use, and providing full scope midwifery care.Outside of work, Sherece enjoys bodybuilding, cooking, spending time with her fiancé, 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.
Yamilee is a Behavioral Health Specialist at the Family Health Birth Center (FHBC) and has been with Community of Hope since June 2019. She received her Bachelor's of Social Work from Salisbury University in 2012 and completed the Advanced Standing Social Work program at The Catholic University of America for her Master's in Social Work with a Clinical Concentration in 2014. She has a dual license social work license in the District of Columbia and Maryland. She also has extensive experience working in inpatient hospitals and outpatient mental health centers, working with children, adults, and families as a Social Worker in DC child welfare system and has worked in DC charter school providing social work and case management services to children and families.
At FHBC, Yamilee provides emotional wellness services to patients in the clinic including supportive counseling, crisis intervention, and short-term therapy. She also provides patient education about common mental health and substance abuse issues while supporting and coordinating with the patient's primary care team regarding mental health. Yamilee says, “our mind and body work together to make us who we are and that if we can maintain our physical and emotional health we can be the best version of ourselves. When she is not working, she enjoys singing to a tune at karaoke, dancing to the sound of music, traveling to new countries or cities, and experiencing or cooking new foods.
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.