Irene received her Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling from Pace University in White Plains, New York. She is a licensed professional counselor in the District of Columbia and a national certified counselor. Irene’s therapeutic foundation is in cognitive-behavioral and person centered therapy. She also incorporates a variety of therapeutic principles and philosophies to create an ideal individualized treatment experience. In her free time, Irene enjoys being immersed in nature, reading, working out, gaming and spending time with friends and family.
Megan received her Master of Science in Nursing from Georgetown University after working as a registered nurse at Johns Hopkins Emergency Department. Megan joined Community of Hope in 2013 and provides health care to patients of all ages. Her interests include cardiovascular health, women’s health and health care improvement. She is fluent in Spanish. In her time off, she enjoys travel, spending time with friends and family, and running.
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. She provides care primarily to patients with 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.