WASHINGTON DC TEAM 2017-11-17T19:56:24+00:00

OUR VALUABLE TEAM  | Washington, D.C.

Mary E. (Beth) Salcedo, MD
Mary E. (Beth) Salcedo, MDMedical Director
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 completed her Psychiatry Residency at The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences, where she was Chief Resident in her fourth year. She has been the Medical Director of The Ross Center since 2002, and has been with the center since 1997. She has consistently been named in Washingtonian Magazine’s “Top Doctors” since 2010. She has been an active member of the Anxiety and Depression Association of America since 2004, chairing their membership committee and being elected to serve on their board of directors for 2014. A 20 year member of the American Psychiatric Association, Dr. Salcedo was awarded the title of Distinguished Fellow in 2015.
Greta Hirsch, PhD
Greta Hirsch, PhDClinical Director, DC
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. Hirsch is well known for providing patients with the experience of “in vivo” treatment, which is the treatment most effective for those suffering from the debilitating effects of phobias. Since starting at The Ross Center in 2000, Dr. Hirsch has been a valuable presence providing teaching and supervision to other psychologists on staff. She was named Clinical Director of The Ross Center in 2006. She is an active member of the Anxiety and Depression Association of America and the American Psychological Association.
Avy Stock, PsyD
Avy Stock, PsyDChild and Adolescent Program Director
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.
Christina Tripodi Mitchell, PsyD
Christina Tripodi Mitchell, PsyDDirector of Psychological Testing and Evaluation
Christina Tripodi Mitchell, PsyD is a licensed psychologist treating children, adolescents, and adults in individual, group, and family therapy. Dr. Tripodi has experience working in numerous medical, clinical, and school settings including Weill Cornell Medical Center, Children’s Day Hospital at New York Presbyterian Hospital, The London Children’s Practice, and The Washington DC Public Schools. Dr. Tripodi primarily focuses on the treatment of anxiety and mood disorders, ADHD, behavioral problems, and school-related concerns through the use of cognitive-behavioral therapy and evidence-based practice. Dr. Tripodi also conducts testing and assessment for all age groups. She is committed to providing comprehensive treatment and, when necessary, to collaborating with outside agencies relevant to each patient’s situation. Dr. Tripodi received her B.A. in Psychology from The George Washington University, and her M.S. and Psy.D. in School Psychology from St. John’s University. At St. John’s, Dr. Tripodi completed a concentration in Clinical Psychology and Intervention and was awarded a University Doctoral Research Fellowship.
Kathy HoganBruen, PhD
Kathy HoganBruen, PhDGroup Therapy Program Director
Kathy HoganBruen, PhD is a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in the treatment of anxiety disorders in teens and adults with a focus on the college/young adult population. Dr. HoganBruen has extensive experience applying Cognitive Behavioral therapy and related evidenced-based treatments to social anxiety, OCD, health anxiety, generalized anxiety, panic, body-focused repetitive behaviors, and phobias, as well as related disorders (eg, depression and ADHD). As both an individual and group therapist, Dr. HoganBruen takes a warm but goal-oriented approach to working collaboratively with her clients, emphasizing strengths and overall wellness. Dr. HoganBruen is an adjunct faculty at The George Washington University and The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. She completed her BA at The University of Michigan, PhD at DePaul University, Clinical Residence at Yale University, and fellowship with The American Psychological Association. She is an active member of the APA, ADAA, and ABCT professional associations. In this video, Dr. Hoganbruen describes how Cognitive Behavioral Therapy can help you successfully overcome Social Anxiety.
Melissa Baker
Melissa BakerDirector 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.
Carina Crump
Carina CrumpOffice Manager
Carina joined the Ross Center staff in 2010. She is a graduate of Bennett College for Women in Greensboro, North Carolina where she received a degree in Business and Administration. Before joining the Ross Center, she was grants manager assistant and lead administrative assistant at The Cafritz Foundation. Carina works closely with our Child and Adolescent Program Director to cultivate and maintain the systems we have in place to run the program smoothly. She also works directly with our Director of Operations to update and maintain office policies and procedures to ensure that the office runs smoothly for staff members, providers and their patients.
Otema Adade, MD, MA
Otema Adade, MD, MA
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.
Judy Barth, RN
Judy Barth, RN
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
Azin Bekhrad, MD
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 disabilities 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.
Fernanda Bianchi, Ph.D.
Fernanda Bianchi, Ph.D.
Fernanda Bianchi, Ph.D., is a Psychologist Associate who works primarily with adults and young adults experiencing feelings of depression or anxiety, adjusting to life changes and facing identity issues. Dr. Bianchi has spent the last 14 years of her career at the George Washington University, serving 12 years as a research faculty member in the Department of Psychology and 2 years at the Global Women’s Institute. Prior to that, she worked at the Catholic University Counseling Center and at various community mental health settings, providing services to a diverse population. Her involvement in the community extends to several local non-profit organizations, where she continues to serve on Executive Boards. Throughout her career she has published several articles and presented on a variety of topics, including HIV/AIDS, mental health, and gender identity/sexual orientation. Dr. Bianchi approaches therapy in a collaborative way with each client in an effort to build upon strengths and generate lasting solutions. She employs cognitive and behavioral interventions in a supportive and warm therapeutic environment to help clients achieve their goals. She is fluent in Portuguese, Spanish and English, and as a result of her own life experiences, she can appreciate the complex process of adapting to a new culture.
Benjamin Bregman, MD
Benjamin Bregman, MD
Dr. Bregman received his Bachelors’ (2002) and Medical (2007) Degrees from Brown University. Following completion of his medical training, he completed a research fellowship in Israel where he studied resilient communities and, based on this work, helped to develop a wellness-focused curriculum for children. Dr. Bregman completed his residency in psychiatry at George Washington University in 2012. Following the completion of his residency, Dr. Bregman became the medical director for the San Jose, Monterey and Capitola Veterans Affairs (VA) clinics. In 2014, Dr. Bregman moved to the Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, where he worked in at a cutting edge integrated behavioral health/primary care clinic.

Dr. Bregman uses an integrative psychiatric approach to help people achieve greater mental health and well-being. Utilizing both modern and ancient healing techniques, Dr. Bregman works with his patients to taylor a treatment plan that they can use to envision and manifest their healthiest-selves. Following an extensive evaluation, patients are provided with a healing road-map that may include dietary modifications, nutritional supplements, psychotherapy and medication. Dr. Bregman helps people with depression, anxiety, unresolved traumas, concentration difficulties, unfulfilling relationships, and career and academic difficulties transform their challenges into personal growth and self-realization. To that end, he seeks to help people live healthy and meaningful lives.

Stacy Coyle, PsyD
Stacy Coyle, PsyD
Stacy Coyle, PsyD is a licensed psychologist who provides individual therapy to children, adolescents and adults, in addition to family therapy and play therapy. She is trained in CBT and utilizes an integrative approach to therapy. Her expertise includes helping individuals who are experiencing anxiety, depression, difficulty adjusting to life circumstances and people who have experienced childhood trauma or disruptions in attachment. She also specializes in treating childhood disorders such as ADHD, Pervasive Developmental Disorders and disruptive behavior disorders. Dr. Coyle works closely with parents to provide psychoeducation and support. Her therapeutic approach includes a collaborative patient-therapist relationship which emphasizes the individual’s strengths and insights and which is based upon a balance of hard work and humor. Along with providing psychotherapy services, Dr. Coyle also provides comprehensive psychological assessments and has extensive experience conducting psychological evaluations for the purpose of identifying educational needs.
Makon Fardis, PhD
Makon Fardis, PhD
Makon Fardis, PhD, is a clinical psychologist licensed in DC and Maryland. He also serves as an assistant professor of clinical psychology at The George Washington University Professional Psychology Program and a faculty at Psychiatry Residency Training, Department of Behavioral Health, Saint Elizabeths Hospital. Theoretically, he is trained in cognitive-behavioral therapy with post-doctoral education in psychodynamic and family systems approaches. His areas of specialty are couples and families but he works with a wide spectrum of individual clients from teens up in age range. His approach is collaborative and inclusive with the client at the center of the work.
David German, DO
David German, DO
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 2012.
Tristan Gorrindo, MD
Tristan Gorrindo, MD
Tristan Gorrindo, MD is a child psychiatrist who provides treatment for pediatric patients afflicted with mental illness, and in particular, anxiety disorders and obsessive-compulsive disorder. He believes in the importance of working collaboratively with patients and their families in developing treatments plans and strategies for moving forward. Dr. Gorrindo earned his Bachelors of Science at Georgetown University, earned his Doctorate of Medicine at Vanderbilt University, and completed his psychiatry residency and child psychiatry fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School. He currently maintains medical licenses in Massachusetts and Virginia. Dr. Gorrindo has limited hours at the Ross Center and works most days as the Deputy Medical Director of the American Psychiatric Association in Washington, DC.
Meghan K. Hanlon, PsyD
Meghan K. Hanlon, PsyD
Meghan K. Hanlon, PsyD, is a clinical psychologist licensed in D.C. and Virginia. She provides individual psychotherapy for issues related to anxiety, depression, disordered eating/eating disorders, gender and sexual orientation in adults, including college students. She is trained in psychodynamic therapy, and CBT, and her approach integrates mindfulness-based techniques to increase self-awareness and acceptance.
Felicia Kolodner, LPC, NCC, CEDS
Felicia Kolodner, LPC, NCC, CEDS
Felicia Kolodner, LPC, NCC, CEDS is a licensed counselor as well as a Certified Eating Disorder Specialist. She has extensive background in treating adults struggling with eating disorders, body image conflict and related concerns. She also serves as the Director of an Inpatient Eating Disorders treatment center. Felicia uses CBT as well as mindfulness strategies to help those in her care reach their treatment goals. Felicia also has experience working with adults experiencing life transitions, family conflict, depression and anxiety. She believes that collaboration is one of the keys to treatment success and actively engages with all relevant providers around the care of her patients.
Nicky Lankerani, DO
Nicky Lankerani, DO
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”.
Hannah Meister, PsyD
Hannah Meister, PsyD
Hannah Meister, PsyD is a licensed Clinical Psychologist who works with children, pre-adolescents, teens, and young adults to provide psychotherapy and conduct comprehensive psychoeducational/neuropsychological assessments. She treats those struggling with anxiety, depression, disruptive behavior, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and grief or loss. Dr. Meister also treats children navigating developmental hurdles including sibling and peer conflict, parent-child relationship challenges, and school adjustment difficulties. Through research-supported psychotherapy approaches, Dr. Meister works collaboratively with patients and families to improve their functioning and reduce their stress. Dr. Meister’s goal with all of her patients is to understand each unique individual or family and to provide respectful, effective, and flexible treatment.
Melissa Monson, MD
Melissa Monson, MD
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
Daniel S. Pine, MD
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.
Navin Reddy, MD
Navin Reddy, MD
Navin Reddy, MD is a Board Certified psychiatrist. He is primarily interested in adults with mood, anxiety and/or addiction disorders. He graduated from Yale University’s psychiatric residency and moved to Washington D.C. to serve as the Chief Medical Officer of a large community mental health center here in The District. He is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at George Washington University and his primary focus at The Ross Center is in psychiatric evaluations and psychopharmacology.
Joyce Robbins, LICSW
Joyce Robbins, LICSW
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
Leslie Rokoske, MD
Leslie Rokoske, MD is a Board Certified psychiatrist with a special interest in women’s mental health across the life cycle. She has lived and practiced in the Washington, DC area for almost 20 years. Dr. Rokoske graduated cum laude from Georgetown University, earned her medical degree from Duke University, then returned to Washington for her Psychiatry Residency at The George Washington University, where she served as Inpatient Chief Resident. She is assistant clinical professor on the faculty at The George Washington University Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. Dr. Rokoske worked for twelve years in community mental health before joining The Ross Center in 2007. She has raised three children (including twins) and considers this experience to have contributed greatly to her expertise and psychiatric clinical style.
Maura Roll, LPC, CSAC
Maura Roll, LPC, CSAC
Maura Roll, LPC, CSAC Adolescent, Family, and Trauma Therapist, is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Licensed Substance Abuse Counselor specializing in substance abuse, survivors of trauma, adolescent, adult and family counseling. Maura has a wealth of experience in both outpatient and residential treatment for addiction, depression, anxiety, mood disorders, ADHD and personality disorders. She specializes in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and is interested in adolescent development within the family system.
Abigail Mintz Romirowsky, PhD
Abigail Mintz Romirowsky, PhD
Abigail Mintz Romirowsky, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist who provides Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and comprehensive assessments to preschoolers, school-age children, adolescents, and young adults presenting with a variety of concerns, including ADHD, oppositional behavior, anxiety, mood disorders, and executive functioning difficulties. With extensive training and work experience at Children’s National in Washington, D.C., Dr. Romirowsky also has expertise in Pediatric Psychology (which addresses the psychological aspects of illness, injury, and the promotion of health behaviors in children, adolescents, and families). Dr. Romirowsky values the importance of evidence-based approaches while at the same time working to be supportive, creative, flexible, and collaborative with clients and families. Treatment for children is likely to include a combination of individual and parent sessions and aims to promote teamwork within the family.
Virginia Runko, PhD
Virginia Runko, PhD
Virginia Runko, PhD, CBSM is a psychologist and certified behavioral sleep medicine (BSM) specialist. She provides supportive psychotherapy and conducts Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for generalized anxiety, panic disorder, social anxiety, depression, and sleeping problems in adults, including college students. She also provides treatment for those dealing with relationship or adjustment issues. Dr. Runko has a special interest in sleep; she received specialized training in BSM at Johns Hopkins and had previously worked on interdisciplinary sleep medicine teams. She continues to regularly conduct CBT for Insomnia (CBT-I). She also assesses for the full-spectrum of sleep disorders and, depending on this evaluation, can provide guidance for what other work-up or treatment may be needed. Dr. Runko has a collaborative coaching style that helps her patients achieve their therapy goals.
Thomas B. Shaver. MD
Thomas B. Shaver. MD
Thomas B. Shaver is an adult psychiatrist with an interest in the best treatments for mood disorders and anxiety, incorporating psychopharmacology, therapy and integrative medical approaches. He is currently a fellow in Forensic psychiatry next year at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, and is also interested in the effects of addiction on mental health. He has had a variety of careers, including service as a Marine, work in Venture Capital law, and living overseas in Egypt, London and Japan. His goal is to maximize the well-being of every patient, customizing care to their unique needs with compassion and empathy. He also enjoys cooking, traveling and listening to jazz.
Laurie Stern, PsyD
Laurie Stern, PsyD
Laurie Stern, PsyD, is a licensed clinical psychologist who works primarily with older children, adolescents, and young adults. Dr. Stern 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
Jason D. Wemmers, PsyD
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
Enrico Suardi, MD
Enrico Suardi, MD
Enrico Suardi, M.D., M.Sc,. is an insightful, empathetic psychiatrist, uniquely qualified to provide top quality services to adults and children. Triple-board certified in child psychiatry, adult psychiatry, and forensic psychiatry, Dr. Suardi brings a vast skill-set in offering diagnosis and psychopharmacological treatment to all ages He involves families in treatment for children and adolescents, ensuring that parents understand how best to support their children . As a forensic psychiatrist, he is able to provide expert consultation, testimony and evaluation in civil, criminal and family legal proceedings, and is one of very few child psychiatrists in the region who specializes in forensics. Forensic consultation is available remotely for cases around the world. He draws on his broad experience in various inpatient units, therapeutic group homes, residential treatment centers, and juvenile detention centers in providing state-of-the-art care.

Dr. Suardi is an assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at Georgetown University and also teaches and supervises residents from St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, and George Washington University. He also serves as a forensic psychiatrist in the Washington D.C. Department of Behavioral Health and has previously served as a child psychiatrist at the U.S. State Department, Office of Medical Services and at Adventist Behavioral Health. He coordinates seminars on family law, child maltreatment, divorce and custody. Dr. Suardi obtained his M.D. in public health and preventive medicine at the University of Milan, Italy, and received an M.Sc. in public health and policy from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. He is fluent in Italian.

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