Carmelle earned a Bachelor of Science in Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology cum laude, with college and departmental honors from the University of California, Los Angeles. She was a Postbaccalaureate Intramural Research Training Award Fellow at NIH. She obtained a dual MD-PhD degree in Medicine and Cellular, Molecular and Biomedical Studies at Columbia University in the City of New York. After her internship and residency training in internal medicine at the Johns Hopkins Hospital, Carmelle completed a fellowship in infectious diseases at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. She is board certified internal medicine and infectious diseases by the American Board of Internal Medicine. She is licensed to practice in the District of Columbia and the State of Maryland and has been at Community of Hope since April 2017. Her core interests regarding the work and services she provides is HIV, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C and Sexually Transmitted Infections. Outside of work Carmelle enjoys singing in church choir, community health outreach, and reading.
Amanda received her Masters of Science in Nursing from Vanderbilt University. Previously, she practiced in Seattle, WA and Charleston, SC in community and public health. Amanda believes healthcare is a fundamental human right and enjoys working for an organization rooted in the community. She provides full spectrum care to the entire family, with special interests in dermatology, pediatrics, and women's health. In her off days, Amanda enjoys eating and exploring DC with her husband and fluffy dog, as well as traveling to visit her friends and family.
Kem Saunders is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the state of California as well as the Washington DC area. Kem has been with Community of Hope for 1 year as a clinical psychotherapist providing Behavioral Health services.He received his B.AS., and M.Ed. from Kent State University, and studied abroad at Oxford University in Oxford England. Over the last several years, Kem has provided mental and behavioral health services to the following populations: Individuals, Couples, and Families seeking clinical support in the schools, home or community, refugee populations seeking Asylum from conditions in their native country, foster care adolescent females w/ children through a “Moms and Babies” program in Los Angeles, and several other individuals, groups & families from Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala, other North and South American countries, Armenia and Persia. Kem also provided clinical support to victims of discrimination and abuse from LGBT community, and victims of national and local gang violence. He’s been certified in (TFCBT) Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, (MAP) Managing and adaptive practices and (IPT) Interpersonal Psychotherapy. When he has spare time he really enjoys reading, professional theater and traveling.
Rebekah is a Certified Nurse Midwife who rejoined Community of Hope in August 2016. She grew up in Chicago and received her undergraduate degree in nursing from Valparaiso University in Indiana, then proceeded to Yale University in Connecticut where she received her midwifery degree. She worked as an RN at a birth center in Connecticut before coming to Community of Hope for the first time in 2014, and then gained additional full-scope midwifery experience, including waterbirth, in a rural setting in Illinois. In her free time, she enjoys running, baking, hiking with her dog, and anything that allows her to be outdoors.
Arin obtained her medical degree from the University of Cincinnati and completed her family medicine residency at MAHEC in Asheville, NC. She is currently completing a fellowship in Adolescent Medicine at Children's National. She moved to Washington, DC for her fellowship in 2017 and started working at Community of Hope part time in the fall of 2018 to continue serving all ages and providing prenatal care. She loves working with teens and young adults, providing reproductive health including prenatal care, and caring for whole families. When not working, she enjoys baking, watching movies, and going on hikes with her husband, son and corgi.
Jennifer received her Dental Hygiene Degree at Northern Virginia Community College in Springfield, Va. She also holds a B.A. in Social Science from University of Cape Coast. Prior to joining Community of Hope, she worked in private practice, focusing on dental health education and periodontal therapy as integral parts of patient care. She loves to travel and spend time with her family.
Sheila joined Community of Hope as a Family Nurse Practitioner in 2016 and provides primary care to patients of all ages. Originally from Michigan, she received her Master of Nursing from Georgetown University after working in critical care and cardiology. Her clinical interests include geriatric, women's, and teen health. In her free time, she enjoys watching movies, pod-casting, keeping up with world affairs, drinking chai tea lattes, and being a wife and first-time mother.
Natolya is a 2010 graduate of the University of Michigan School of Dentistry where she received her Doctor of Dental Surgery Degree. She received a Bachelor of Science Degree from Clark Atlanta University where she majored in Biology. Before joining Community of Hope Natolya was a Dental Director at a Federally Qualified Health Center in the south side of Chicago. While there she was trained to treat with Infectious Diseases, Chronic Diseases and Pediatrics. She has been with Community of hope for close to a year and a half, and provides all phases of dentistry including Preventive Care, Restorative Care , Root Canals, Extractions and Dentures. She is a DC Native and a Ward 8 resident and it makes her proud to offer quality services to her neighbors regardless of their circumstance. Outside of work she enjoys cooking and spending quality time with her family and friends.
Dr. Thompson received her Doctorate of Osteopathic Medicine from the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine in Old Westbury, NY. She has worked for Community of Hope since October 2007 where she enjoys seeing a wide range of patients. She is currently board certified in family medicine. When she is not working, you can find her biking, swimming or running.
Adrienne attended George Mason University for her undergraduate degree and received her Bachelors of Science in Psychology. Adrienne received her Master’s in Community Counseling from Marymount University. Adrienne started her career working for a local jail where she provided group counseling for female inmates to help them address anger management. Adrienne then transitioned her focus to working with the foster care- adoption population helping children from birth on up find safe secure homes to help families stabilize or find their forever families. During the 10 years working with this population, Adrienne provided individual and family counseling and clinical case management services to youth age 5 and up. Many of the children by this age were challenged with depression, anxiety, experienced significant trauma, and or suffered from complex learning disabilities and or developmentally delayed. Adrienne has been at Community of Hope since March 2017 and her core interest is ensuring that members of the community are able to feel that they have a community clinic they can rely on to meet their needs, especially emotional wellness. When Adrienne is not working she enjoys music and the arts. If not performing in local events within the community, she is attending musicals, plays, and almost anything with an important message and or cause.