Frances Brookner, Psy.D.



202-686-7699 ext. 28

Areas of clinical practice: therapy (adolescents, adults, couples, parent work, groups)

Dr. Frances Brookner has been in clinical practice for over 20 years working with clients across a range of ages and diagnoses who are overwhelmed by the diverse challenges life presents, whether personally or professionally. She incorporates both insight-oriented and cognitive behavioral approaches to best meet the needs of her clients. Her therapeutic style is direct, coupled with compassion and a sense of humor. Dr. Brookner’s work with couples is informed by her extensive training in emotion-focused therapy (EFT) and object relations couples therapy. She also incorporates skills from dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) and prolonged exposure therapy (PE) for post-traumatic stress disorders in her work. Prior to becoming a psychologist, Dr. Brookner was a senior executive in the financial services sector. Dr. Brookner’s background combines business acumen with expansive psychotherapy experience that affords her clients a unique therapeutic perspective. Dr. Brookner received a Psy.D. from George Washington University, a M.B.A. from New York University Graduate School of Business Administration, a M.A. in Developmental Psychology from Columbia University, and a B.A. from Mount Holyoke College.
Dr. Brookner is licensed to practice in DC, MD, and VA and is also authorized to provide telepsychology services in PSYPACT-participating jurisdictions.

Alexandra P. Cargo, Ph.D. Psychologist
202-686-7699 ext. 16

Dr. Cargo received her B.A. in Psychology from Smith College, her M.Ed. in Special Education-Learning Disabilities from the University of Maryland, and her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from American University. She taught in the public schools and then worked at The Kingsbury Center for many years as an educational diagnostician, school consultant, and tutor before receiving her clinical training. Her dissertation research at NIMH examined the role of IQ, executive dysfunction, and risk for learning disabilities in preschool misconduct. In 1992, Dr. Cargo joined The Wake Kendall Group where she does admissions testing and evaluation of young children through adults for a wide range of issues. In Columbia, MD, she is a therapist at Family and Children’s Services of Central MD, a nonprofit community counseling center. There she specializes in play therapy with children and treatment of adolescents and adults.

Courtney Conn, Ph.D. Psychologist
202-686-7699 ext. 38

Dr. Courtney Conn received a B.A. in English from Yale University and an M.A. and Ph.D. in clinical psychology from George Mason University. During her graduate studies, Dr. Conn received neuropsychological assessment training through Children’s National Medical Center (CNMC) while also gaining extensive therapy experience through local community mental health agencies. Dr. Conn received specialized training in the treatment of eating disorders at CNMC’s Eating Disorders Outpatient program as well as during her clinical internship at Miami Children’s Hospital in child and family therapy and assessment. Dr. Conn rounded out her training with a postdoctoral fellowship in the Child and Family Therapy Clinic at the Kennedy Krieger Institute of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Dr. Conn’s practice at the Wake Kendall Group includes neuropsychological and psycho-educational assessment for all ages, as well as individual and family therapy for children, adolescents, young adults, and parents. Dr. Conn specializes in child, adolescent, and family therapy. In addition, she has a strong interest in working with AD/HD, anxiety, depression, and families in transition. Her approach to therapy is integrative, as she has a strong belief in the importance of tailoring therapy to the individual client’s needs. Dr. Conn utilizes evidenced based treatment approaches including cognitive behavioral, insight oriented, and dynamic therapy practices to help her clients achieve their goals.

Mariah Covington, M.A., Graduate Licensed Professional Counselor
202-686-7699 ext. 65

Mariah Covington earned her B.A. in Sociology from Howard University and her M.A. in Forensic Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Prior to joining the WKG, Ms. Covington was responsible for implementing DBT STEPS-A (Dialectical Behavior Therapy: Skills for Training Emotional Problem Solving for Adolescents) at a boarding school for at-risk youth in Washington, DC. Prior to that, Ms. Covington worked at a residential treatment facility for adolescents, where she conducted and published peer reviewed journal articles on the effectiveness of DBT. In this role, she also co-facilitated DBT group skills training. Ms. Covington has worked extensively with adolescents who have experienced trauma, cognitive difficulties, mood disorders, AD/HD, anxiety, and depression. She also works collaboratively with parents to facilitate behavioral change and provide continuity of care. Ms. Covington's approach to treatment is genuine, collaborative, and she prides herself on promoting change by showing care and concern. Ms. Covington is a member of the DBT treatment team, and also provides individual and family therapy for children and adolescents.

Geraldine De La Rosa-Lopes, Ph.D. Psychologist
202-686-7699 ext. 60

Dr. Geraldine De La Rosa-Lopes received a B.S. in Psychology from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in clinical psychology with a concentration in children, families and culture from The Catholic University of America. She has experience with a range of treatment modalities and neuropsychological testing. Dr. De La Rosa has worked in community, academic, and hospital settings, including Children's National Medical Center and Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital. She completed a clinical internship in health psychology at Nemours/Alfred I. DuPont Hospital for Children, where she utilized empirically-supported treatments with youth and parents presenting with medical illnesses including diabetes, oncology, and chronic pain conditions, as well as behavioral and developmental concerns. She is intensively trained in the application of enhanced cognitive behavior therapy (CBT-E), and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) for the treatment of eating and comorbid disorders. Dr. De La Rosa has additional experience treating trauma, personality disorders, and obsessive-compulsive disorder. Clinically, she uses an integrative approach to meet the individual needs of her patients. At the Wake Kendall Group, Dr. De La Rosa provides comprehensive assessment and therapy across the age range.

Chelsea Drumheller, MSW, LCSW
202-686-7699 ext. 45

Chelsea Drumheller received her BA from The University of Pennsylvania and her Master of Social Work from The University of Southern California. Chelsea was first trained in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) during her graduate studies at Harbor UCLA. She worked as a bilingual therapist at a Federally Qualified Health Center and in community mental health providing mental health services to a diverse group of children, adolescents, and adults. While pursuing licensure, Chelsea worked for the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health with children, teens, transitional age youth, and their families as an outpatient and school-based psychiatric social worker. She completed additional DBT training with an adolescent and family focus with Dr. Alec Miller, and she is trained and certified in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) and Triple P (Positive Parenting Program). She is also working towards completing training in Radically Open DBT (RO_DBT). Prior to joining Wake Kendall, Chelsea was working as an LCSW in private practice in Los Angeles providing individual and group psychotherapy (including comprehensive DBT) to clients experiencing emotion dysregulation.

Sunita Duggal, Ph.D. Psychologist
202-686-7699 ext. 17

Dr. Sunita Duggal is a clinical psychologist experienced in working with adult women, parents, and adolescents. She uses cognitive-behavioral and dynamic techniques to address anxiety, depression, relationship difficulties and other types of life stress and challenges. Recently, Dr. Duggal has become interested in the use of mind-body approaches and has completed a 200-hour yoga teacher training and specialized training in yoga for depression and anxiety. Dr. Duggal received a B.A. from Williams College and a Ph.D. from the joint program in Child Development and Adult Clinical Psychology at the University of Minnesota. After graduate school, she completed a postdoctoral internship at the Western Psychiatric Institute & Clinic and supervised research at NIMH. Dr. Duggal has practiced at The Wake Kendall Group, PLLC since 2001.

Margaret Feerick, Ph.D., Psychologist
202-686-7699 ext. 68

Dr. Margaret Feerick received a B.A. in English from Barnard College, an M.A. in Developmental Psychology from Columbia University, and a Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from Cornell University. After completing her doctorate, Dr. Feerick worked as a program officer at the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, managing research programs in child cognitive, social, and affective development. Subsequently, while completing a post-doctoral respecialization program in Clinical Psychology at Fielding Graduate University, Dr. Feerick worked as a senior research psychologist at the Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress of Uniformed Services University. During her clinical program, Dr. Feerick received training in neuropsychological assessment and therapy with children, adolescents, and young adults at the Child Guidance Clinic of the DC Superior Court, the Howard University Counseling Center, the Safe Shores DC Child Advocacy Center, and St. Elizabeth’s Hospital. She also completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the Family Center of the Kennedy Krieger Institute and the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, specializing in evidence-based treatments for children and families experiencing trauma.At the Wake Kendall Group, Dr. Feerick conducts neuropsychological and psychoeducational evaluations and therapy with children, adolescents, and adults. She also serves as a therapist in the Dialectical Behavior Therapy program and leads skills training groups for adolescents. Dr. Feerick has authored more than 20 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters and has edited two books related to children and violence. Her approach to therapy is integrative, influenced by attachment theory and interpersonal approaches to psychotherapy, while also incorporating tools and techniques from a variety of evidence-based approaches including cognitive behavioral and family systems therapy.

Margo Genderson, Ph.D. Psychologist
202-686-7699 ext. 22

Dr. Margo Genderson received her B.A. from Emory University and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Psychology from Boston University. During her graduate studies, Dr. Genderson pursued a broad range of clinical experiences. She trained at the Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders (CARD), Massachusetts General Hospital, and the Danielsen Institute in Boston, in addition to Georgetown University’s Counseling Center in Washington, D.C. She completed her clinical internship at the Baltimore Veterans Administration (VA) Medical Center. Prior to joining Wake Kendall, Dr. Genderson worked in Sydney, Australia at the Clinical Research Unit for Anxiety and Depression (CRUfAD), where she expanded her expertise related to the treatment of mood and anxiety disorders. Dr. Genderson’s practice at the Wake Kendall Group focuses on individual psychotherapy with adolescents and adults, and she serves as a group and individual therapist in the Dialectical Behavior Therapy program. She also co-leads group treatment for individuals struggling with anxiety. Her interests include providing evidence-based treatments for a range of concerns, including mood and anxiety disorders, trauma-related disorders, relationship difficulties, and other life stressors and challenges, with the goal of helping clients to achieve meaningful insight and change. Dr. Genderson has published numerous articles and co-authored the following books focused on best treatment practices: Andrews, G., Mahoney, A., Hobbs, M., & Genderson, M. (2016). Treatment of generalized anxiety disorder: Therapist guides and patient manual. Oxford University Press. Andrews, G., Dean, K., Genderson, M., et al. (2014). Management of Mental Disorders: 5th Edition.


Ryan Hinojosa, Ph.D. Psychologist
202-686-7699 ext. 26

Dr. Hinojosa has a sincere passion for neuropsychological testing. He earned his Ph.D. in School Psychology from Texas A&M University in College Station, TX, an APA-accredited program that afforded him rigorous training at several major institutions across the state, including Texas Children's Hospital. He completed his pre-doctoral internship at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston wherein he gained a diverse range of training experiences with pediatric and adult populations. He returned to UTHealth to complete a 2-year postdoctoral fellowship in clinical neuropsychology. Through these endeavors, Dr. Hinojosa obtained specialized training in the assessment of neurocognitive impairment secondary to neurological conditions, including epilepsy, vascular disease, and Alzheimer's disease. He has in-depth experience evaluating individuals with neurodevelopmental and psychiatric problems, in addition to the assessment of children and adults on the autism spectrum. At the Wake Kendall Group, Dr. Hinojosa provides comprehensive neuropsychological and psycho-educational testing for all ages, as well as therapy for adolescents and adults. As a therapist, Dr. Hinojosa utilizes an integrative approach centered around cognitive behavioral therapy. His specialties include executive function coaching and parent management training.

Allison Kacmar, MSW, LCSW (she, her, hers)
202-686-7699 ext. 69

Allison Kacmar is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has been in practice for over 10 years. Her primary focus of therapy is children, adolescents, adults, couples and families. She utilizes and is trained in trauma-focused therapies: trauma-focused CBT (TF-CBT); cognitive-processing therapy (CPT) and is currently in training as a registered play therapy (RPT).

Ms. Kacmar has recently joined the Wake Kendall Group after working as a psychotherapist with both children and adults. Ms. Kacmar has led groups and worked with individuals in the LGBTQIA+ communities and will be working with this population here at Wake Kendall Group.

Ms. Kacmar uses empirically supported treatment while remaining flexible to utilize integrative techniques for each client, based on their needs and fit.

Ms. Kacmar is currently in the dissertation phase of her doctorate at the University of Louisiana; she received her Master of Social Work at the University of South Carolina and her Bachelors of Science at Jacksonville University.

Ms. Kacmar is licensed to practice in Maryland, Virginia and DC.

Anne Kendall, Ph.D. Psychologist
202-686-7699 ext. 12

Dr. Anne Kendall received her B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College and then earned a Master of Arts in Teaching from Wesleyan University. After teaching history in high school and middle school for 7 years, she realized she was more interested in how students learn than what they learn. She received a Ph.D. in School Psychology from the University of Maryland. Dr. Kendall worked at The Kingsbury Center before starting this practice in 1990 with Dr. Wake. Since then she has focused on treatment of children, adolescents and adults. Her approach to therapy follows a cognitive and behavioral therapy orientation. Often family work is a part of her intervention. She is very interested in learning issues as well as emotional concerns, and works closely with schools to help children and adolescents. She has consulted with many area schools and presented training workshops on a variety of subjects: how to deal with children with anxiety and depression; how findings from neuropsychology give guidance into what teaching strategies work best; understanding learning differences and exploring what strategies can help. In addition to individual therapy, Dr. Kendall enjoys working with couples where she follows an Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT) approach. She has also taught child development and abnormal behavior at American University, The Washington School of Psychiatry and the Jewish Social Services Association. Currently Dr. Kendall is a member of the Dialectical Behavior Therapy team at Wake Kendall and has presented the DBT program in many settings. She is the coauthor with Georgia DeGangi of Effective Parenting for the Hard-to-Manage Child, which was published by Routledge Press in 2008. She frequently works with parents on managing difficult children and has lectured on parenting techniques.

Sarah Uzenoff Mintz, Ph.D. Psychologist
202-686-7699 ext. 25

Dr. Sarah Uzenoff Mintz received her B.A. from Princeton University and both her M.A. and Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. During her graduate studies, Dr. Mintz pursued a program of research investigating psychological interventions for individuals with schizophrenia-spectrum disorders, as well as specialized treatment for individuals recovering from initial psychotic episodes. Her research on fostering recovery and well-being in first-episode psychosis has been published in peer-reviewed journals. She completed her clinical internship at Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York, where she received intensive training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy through the hospital’s Adolescent Depression and Suicide Program. She then completed a postdoctoral fellowship in inpatient psychology at Saint Elizabeths Hospital in Washington, D.C. Dr. Mintz’s practice with the Wake Kendall Group focuses on individual psychotherapy with adults and adolescents, and she serves as an individual therapist in the Wake Kendall Dialectical Behavior Therapy program. Her approach to therapy is integrative, with strong cognitive-behavioral and psychodynamic influences. She has experience treating a broad range of concerns including anxiety disorders, mood disorders, relational difficulties, and trauma, as well as with assisting individuals in changing longstanding patterns in their lives and addressing internal obstacles to growth.

Katherine Nitz, Ph.D. Psychologist
202-686-7699 ext. 24

Dr. Nitz is a licensed psychologist who received her B.A. from Kent State University (1986), M.S. from Pennsylvania State University (1987) and Ph.D. from George Washington University. (1993). She trained at the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development and the Department of Pediatrics, University of Maryland School of Medicine. Prior to joining the Wake Kendall Group in 1999, Dr. Nitz was on the faculty in the Division of Adolescent Medicine at the University of Maryland and on staff at Children’s Hospital and Health Center in San Diego, CA, working in the area of childhood traumatic brain injury. She specializes in assessment of learning disabilities, attention deficit disorder and emotional disorders in children, adolescents, and young adults, and is a consultant to independent schools. Dr. Nitz is the author or coauthor of numerous book chapters and articles on child and adolescent development.

Megan Rave, Ph.D. Psychologist
202-686-7699 ext. 34

Megan Rave, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist licensed in Maryland, the District of Columbia, and Virginia. She received her M.A. degree in General Psychology from New York University and her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from George Mason University. She then completed a Post-Doctoral Training program in military trauma and PTSD at the Baltimore VA Medical Center. She was a Staff Psychologist at the Washington VA Medical Center, where she worked in the Primary Care Behavioral Health Clinic. She became the Women’s Sexual Trauma Coordinator and received intensive DBT training. She also spent a number of years conducting Compensation and Pension exams for veterans. In addition to her Veterans Affairs experience, Dr. Rave has worked for a number of years in private practice. At The Wake Kendall Group, PLLC, she is interested in helping clients with issues related to trauma, anxiety and emotional dysregulation. She uses mindfulness and cognitive behavioral therapy techniques, including exposure with response prevention. She is also a member of the DBT treatment program.

Lenette Gimple Snyder, M.A. Licensed Professional Counselor
202-686-7699 ext. 66

Lenette (Lenni) Snyder, M.A., LPC is a Licensed Professional Counselor at the Wake Kendall Group. She received her B.S. in Family Studies from The University of Maryland and her M.A. in Counseling from the George Washington University in Washington, D.C. While pursuing her Masters, she interned at the Psychiatric Institute of Washington with Adolescents and Adults in the Expressive Therapy Department. She has post-graduate training from The Washington School of Psychiatry in Infant and Young Child Mental Health, where she is a frequent speaker. She is a DBT group and individual therapist at Wake Kendall. She is a faculty member at the George Washington University Medical Center. Her special interests are with attachment disorders, children and families, adolescents and adults with mood and regulatory issues, anxiety and depression, grief and loss and trauma related issues. She currently is receiving extensive training in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction and is planning a group for adolescents and adults in Mindfulness Techniques.

Kimberly (Parrotte) Wolfe, MSW, LICSW
202-686-7699 ext. 67

Kimberly (Parrotte) Wolfe received both her BSW and MSW in Social Work with a specialization in Clinical Mental Health from University of Maryland where she was a Magna Cum Laude graduate. Ms. Wolfe is a psychotherapist with over 20 years of clinical mental health experience in all aspects of mental health treatment including inpatient, partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient, and emergency psychiatric services at Frederick Memorial and Washington County Hospitals. Her experience also includes residential, psychosocial, and vocational rehabilitation at Way Station and clinical supervision of those services at Turning Point. Ms. Wolfe has presented at Mental Hygiene Administration sponsored seminars in conjunction with University of Maryland and provided corporate wellness trainings on Mindfulness in the D.C. Metro area. She completed training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), as well as Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT) training with its founder, Albert Ellis. Ms. Wolfe’s practice within the Wake Kendall Group focuses on individual psychotherapy with adults and adolescents, and she serves as an individual and group therapist in the Wake Kendall Dialectical Behavior Therapy program. She also has experience with marital and family therapy, especially blended families. Her primary clinical interests include the treatment of depression and anxiety through deep breathing, visual imagery, and progressive relaxation techniques, anger and conflict management through assertive communication strategies, self-esteem and self-concept issues. Her approach to therapy is integrative, combining years of medical practice with experience in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction.