Mary E. (Beth) Salcedo, MD, Medical Director, is a psychiatrist with expertise in diagnostic assessment and psychopharmacologic management of anxiety and mood disorders in adults. She has been the medical director of The Ross Center since 2002, and has been with the center since 1997. She has been named in Washingtonian Magazine’s “Top Doctors” in 2010 and 2012.
Greta Hirsch, PhD, Clinical Director, is a psychologist specializing in using cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) for panic disorder, social anxiety, PTSD, depression, and other anxiety and mood disorders. Dr. Hirsh also has experience in psychodynamic psychotherapy, providing each patient with an individualized treatment plan.
Avy Stock, PsyD, Child and Adolescent Program Director, is a licensed clinical psychologist treating children, adolescents, and young adults through individual and family therapy in addition to parent consultation. Dr. Stock has extensive experience working with clients who are struggling with ADHD, behavioral problems, substance abuse problems, anxiety and mood disorders, and identity development and adjustment issues that are common in adolescents and young adults. Dr. Stock values the importance of clinical consultation often with schools and other service providers in offering clients and their families the most comprehensive treatment.
Otema Adade, MD, MA, is a psychiatrist specializing in the treatment of children, adolescents, and young adults with mood, anxiety, and behavioral disorders, including attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Dr. Adade provides a comprehensive diagnostic evaluation, psychopharmacology when indicated, and a family-systems approach to care. She has a particular interest in early-childhood interventions and specializes in cognitive behavior therapy (CBT). Dr. Adade served as a Chief Resident at the Brown University Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship Program. She received an American Medical Association Foundation Physicians of Tomorrow Award in 2007.
Melissa Baker, Director of Operations. For over 18 years Melissa has devoted her career development to the healthcare industry. Melissa’s passion is private practice. She excels in many areas of managing and directing a multi-physician office. Melissa is in charge of the staff, including but certainly not limited to all areas of office management, human resources, benefit administration, Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivable, collections, operations, and the care and compassion for each patient and their unique cases and issues. Melissa works directly with each staff member and area of the office while purposefully and deliberately having hands on knowledge and experience.
Judy Barth, RN, is a nurse who specializes in the treatment of specific phobias. Ms. Barth’s area of expertise is working with patients in real-life situations to provide cognitive and behavior therapy for flying, driving, and school phobias, among others. She also treats patients suffering with panic disorder.
Azin Bekhrad, MD, is a psychiatrist specializing in the treatment of children, adolescents, and young adults with mood, anxiety, and behavioral disorders, including ADHD. She also treats adults with similar disorders. She has a special interest in the treatment of children with developmental disabilties and related psychiatric difficulties. Dr. Bekhrad provides comprehensive psychiatric assessment, psychopharmacological treatment when indicated, and a family-systems, holistic approach to diagnosis and treatment. She emphasizes the need for a team approach when working with children and families and routinely communicates with therapists, schools, and other medical professionals with the goal of providing integrated and comprehensive treatment. Dr. Bekhrad is a part-time clinical faculty member at Johns Hopkins Hospital. She has been named one of America’s Top Psychiatrists by Consumer’s Research Council of America from 2007 through 2013.
Lauren Christensen, PhD, is a clinical psychologist who provides treatment for adolescents and adults struggling with anxiety, depression, relationship issues, trauma, grief, or just adjusting to various transitions or changes in life. In session, you will find her supportive, direct, at times humorous and above all authentic and non-judgmental. Dr. Christensen uses an individualized approach in therapy, combining cognitive, mindfulness, and acceptance-based theories to help clients identify obstacles and achieve their goals in therapy.
Monique Ernst, MD, PhD, is a psychiatrist with expertise in psychopharmacology. Dr. Ernst treats children, adolescents, and adults who have anxiety and mood disorders, externalizing behavioral disorders such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and oppositional defiant disorders, and pervasive development disorders. She provides psychiatric assessment for behavioral and emotional problems and pharmacotherapy when indicated.
David German, DO, is a psychiatrist with triple board certification in family medicine, general psychiatry, and psychosomatic medicine. Dr. German has extensive experience in treating adults who have co-occurring medical and behavioral conditions, and he provides medication management and individual psychotherapy. He has been named as a top doctor in Washingtonian magazines “Top Doctors” publication multiple times, named as one of the Top Psychiatrists in America by the Consumer Research Council Guide, 2006 through the present. He received The Elaine W. Cotlove, M.D. Award for Excellence in Psychiatric Education at The George Washington University in 2011.
Michael Golder, MD is a board-certified psychiatrist specializing in a broad range of management of adult mental health disorders: from simple to complex mental health issues such as anxiety, mood disorders, and ADHD, and from individual and group psychotherapy to medication management and coordination of care with other health care providers. A New York native, he plans to oversee the upcoming New York City office. He graduated from Harvard College and Columbia’s School of Physicians and Surgeons, completed his adult psychiatry residency at The George Washington University (GW), has been full-time teaching faculty at GW, and received the 2009 Nancy CA Roeske Teaching Award from the American Psychiatric Association and the 2010 Elaine Cotlove Medical Student Teaching Award from GW.
Kathy HoganBruen, PhD, is a psychologist who specializes in using cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) to treat anxiety and depressive disorders in teens and adults, utilizing a structured, goal-oriented approach. Dr. HoganBruen periodically runs a group for college students and adults with social anxiety as well. She has also been through training at the Trichotillomania Learning Center and has experience in the treatment of trichotillomania using cognitive and behavioral techniques.
Jacquelynn Hollman, PsyD is a clinical psychologist who provides individual and family psychotherapy for children, adolescents and young adults struggling with depression and anxiety that is generalized or specific to school settings, social interactions, interpersonal relationships, parental separation and/or divorce, performance related concerns, adjustment, loss, trauma, grief and various life changes. In addition, Dr. Hollman has specialized training and experience working with behavioral challenges and parenting issues. Dr. Hollman utilizes CBT techniques with the incorporation of play therapy in an engaging way to help clients and their families achieve their goals.
Nicky Lankerani, DO, is a board certified psychiatrist specializing in treating children (including early intervention for preschoolers), adolescents, and young adults with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), anxiety and mood disorders, and autism spectrum disorders. She also enjoys treating adults with similar conditions, and has worked with veterans with Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Dr. Lankerani provides diagnostic assessment and medication management. She has served as chief resident for the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry fellowship at Johns Hopkins Medical Center. Dr. Lankerani was recently named by Washington Parent Magazine readers as a “2012 Favorite Doc”.
Megan Rave, PhD, is a psychologist who uses cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) to treat adults with generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), panic disorder, and other anxiety disorders. Dr. Lankenau specializes in working with veterans who have experienced posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), as well as combat and sexual trauma. She provides couples therapy, as well as techniques for stress management and compassion fatigue.
Melissa Monson, MD, is a board certified psychiatrist who specializes in the psychopharmacologic management of mood and anxiety disorders in adults. She works cooperatively with the therapists at The Ross Center and in the community to ensure that all patients have access to the appropriate treatment for their condition. She has a special interest in young adult and womens mental health, and has pursued clinical research in a variety of areas. In 2008, she received the Jerry M. Weiner award in psychiatry from the George Washington University School of Medicine.
Daniel S. Pine, MD, is a psychiatrist specializing in the treatment of children and adolescents. Dr. Pine specializes in psychiatric assessment of pediatric mood, anxiety, and behavioral disorders, and his primary area of expertise is pediatric psychopharmacology.
Joyce Robbins, LICSW, is a clinical social worker who has specialized for more than 20 years in the treatment of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and other anxiety disorders. Ms. Robbins employs cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and exposure and response prevention, also called ERP.
Leslie Rokoske, MD, is a psychiatrist who evaluates and treats adult men and women suffering with mood and anxiety disorders. Dr. Rokoske has a special interest in women’s mental health throughout the lifecycle.
Laurie Slavit, PsyD, is a licensed clinical psychologist who works primarily with older children, adolescents, and young adults. Dr. Slavit treats the full range of anxiety disorders, including social anxiety disorder, generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), panic disorder. She has a special interest in treating specific phobias, including sleep related anxiety and anxiety arising as children prepare for major events such as Bar and Bat Mitzvahs, tests, and sleepaway camp. In addition, she has extensive experience treating mood disorders and behavioral issues in children and adolescents.
Jason D. Wemmers, PsyD, is a psychotherapist who treats adults with anxiety, depression, and related mood disorders using cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), as well as those with ADHD. Dr. Wemmers also has expertise on work-related stress and burnout and provides counseling in career development and course correction