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To increase patient access to care, Whitman-Walker Health has changed its appointment scheduling system. When you contact Whitman-Walker, you will now be able to schedule your visit within the next 10 business days. All appointments on and after August 21, 2017, have been cancelled. We will contact you 14 days in advance to reschedule your appointment under the new system.

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Retention and Engagement in Care

Elijah Black

Trans Care Navigator

PHONE:
202.797.4434

Elijah joined Whitman-Walker Health in 2016 as the Trans Care Navigator for the Retention and Engagement department and uses “He or They” pronouns. In this role, Elijah assists Whitman-Walker patients who are working toward their gender affirming surgery goals by providing support with insurance navigation, appointment adherence, information gathering and surgery coordination. Additionally, Elijah works closely with medical, behavioral health and legal departments to ensure a smooth transition through our surgery referral process. Prior to joining Whitman-Walker, Elijah worked with LGBTQ identified youth as an educator and advocate in DC public schools and community organizations. Elijah is originally from Northern California and graduated from Sarah Lawrence College in New York with a bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts.

Nicolle Castro

Care Navigator

EMAIL:
ncastro@whitman-walker.org

PHONE:
202.939.7641

LANGUAGES SPOKEN:
English, Spanish

Nicolle Castro joined the Whitman-Walker Health family in 2016 as a Care Navigator in the Retention and Engagement department. As a Care Navigator, she assists patients by providing counseling around treatment adherence, guidance through services within the health center and beyond, and help establishing healthy support systems. Prior to joining Whitman-Walker, Nicolle worked in the fields of mental health community support, forensic clinical services, substance use, harm reduction, and risk management. Finding passion in providing services to underserved and vulnerable populations, she also has volunteer experience in community outreach, crisis assessment, overdose prevention, and syringe exchange. 

Originally from Chile, Nicolle has lived in Washington, DC since 1999 and received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a certification in clinical mental healthcare from the University of Maryland.

Megan Dieterich, MPH, MMSc, PA-C

Physician Assistant

PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION:
Yale University School of Medicine

CERTIFICATIONS:
National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants - Physician's Assistant
American Academy of HIV Medicine Certified - HIV Medicine

LANGUAGES SPOKEN:
English

CLINICAL INTERESTS:
HIV, Primary Medical Care, Transgender Care

APPOINTMENT AVAILABILITY:
Max Robinson Center – available for walk-in (CALL IN ADVANCE)
Max Robinson Center – limited availability for primary care
1525 – limited availability for primary care

Sacha Ferguson, DNP, FNP-BC

Family Nurse Practitioner

PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION:
Columbia University School of Nursing, University of California at Berkeley

CERTIFICATIONS:
American Nurses Credentialing Center

LANGUAGES SPOKEN:
English, Spanish

CLINICAL INTERESTS:
Diabetes, Primary Medical Care

APPOINTMENT AVAILABILITY:
1525 - Available by appointment

Julie Frkovich

Care Navigator

EMAIL:
jfrkovich@whitman-walker.org

PHONE:
202.797.3574

LANGUAGES SPOKEN:
English

Julie Frkovich works as a Care Coordinator in the Retention and Engagement in Care Department, where she assists patients by counseling around treatment adherence, guiding them through services within the Health Center and beyond, and helping to establish a healthy support system. She has been at Whitman-Walker since 2005 and has also taught women’s health classes at American University and sex education classes for the Washington, DC public school system.

Frkovich received her bachelor’s degree with a concentration in public health from the University of Maryland, College Park.

Richard Garcia

Care Navigator

EMAIL:
rgarcia@whitman-walker.org

PHONE:
202.939.7657

LANGUAGES SPOKEN:
English, Spanish

Richard Garcia is a Care Navigator who assists patients by providing counseling around treatment adherence, guidance through services within the Health Center and beyond, and help to establish a healthy support system. Garcia has worked in the fields of HIV/AIDS, harm reduction, and public health for several years and is thrilled to join Whitman-Walker.

Garcia received his master’s degree in sexuality studies from San Francisco State University. He recently moved to Washington, DC from San Francisco and is originally from Miami, Florida. When not working with patients, Garcia can usually be found sharing his love of cooking and baking.

Krishna Kothary, MSN, MPH, FNP-C

Family Nurse Practitioner

PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION:
MSN/MPH - Johns Hopkins University, BSN - University of Iowa

RESIDENCY:
Family Nurse Practitioner Residency Training Program - Community Health Center, Inc. Connecticut

CERTIFICATIONS:
American Academy of Nurse Practitioners

LANGUAGES SPOKEN:
English, Hindi, Gujurati

CLINICAL INTERESTS:
Chronic Disease Management, Hepatitis C, HIV, Primary Medical Care, Transgender Care, Women’s Health

APPOINTMENT AVAILABILITY:
Max Robinson Center - Available by appointment

Chris Kubaska

Mobile Care Navigator

LANGUAGES SPOKEN:
English

Chris Kubaska joined the Whitman-Walker family  in 2015 as a Care Navigator with the Mobile services of the Retention and Engagement in Care Department.  As a Mobile Care Navigator, Kubaska works to meet patients outside the four walls of the health center, making it easier than ever for a person to stay connected to their HIV care team. In this role he provides counseling around treatment adherence, guidance through services inside our Center and beyond, and helps to establish a healthy support system. Kubaska received a bachelor’s of social work degree from Auburn University in 2011.  He is originally from New Jersey, and has worked for HIV/AIDS service organizations in Alabama and New Jersey.

Malachi Lake-Stewart

Mobile Care Navigator

Malachi Lake-Stewart joined Whitman-Walker as a Mobile Care Navigator in 2015. Lake-Stewart works to meet patients outside the health center, making it easier than ever for a person to stay connected to their HIV care team. In this role he provides counseling around treatment adherence and guidance through services inside and beyond Whitman-Walker’s walls.

Lake-Stewart has several years of experience working as a case manager for the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, where he not only connected clients with medical assistance, but also provided HIV counseling and testing. In addition to his career history, Lake-Stewart has volunteer experience in overdose prevention as a naloxone education trainer.  Originally from Philadelphia, Lake-Stewart has spent most of his career in public service in the DC, Maryland, Virginia area. When not working to provide care for clients, he can be found enjoying nature or tasting exotic foods in and around DC.

Effie Marvray

Care Navigator

EMAIL:
emarvray@whitman-walker.org

PHONE:
202.745.6196

LANGUAGES SPOKEN:
English

Effie Marvray joined the staff of Whitman-Walker in February 2006 and serves as a Care Navigator, where she assists patients by providing counseling around treatment adherence, guidance through services within the Health Center and beyond, and help to establish a healthy support system. She began her work with Whitman-Walker as a Substance Abuse Counselor at Bridge Back, then transferred to the Day Program at the Austin Center.

Marvray attended Tuskegee Institute in Alabama, majoring in mechanical engineering. She is a certified addiction counselor in the Washington, DC and Maryland.

Sherri Meeks

Care Navigator

EMAIL:
smeeks@whitman-walker.org

PHONE:
202.939.7642

LANGUAGES SPOKEN:
English

Sherri Meeks is a Care Navigator who assists patients by providing counseling support around treatment adherence and guidance through services within Whitman-Walker Health and beyond. She also helps establish a healthy support system for patients who have a problem with treatment adherence. Sherri has worked in the fields of HIV/AIDS, harm reduction, and medical services for several years working as medical assistant and community health educator.

Sherri attended Catholic University, majoring in Health Information and licensed practical nurse (LPN) studies. She is a certified HIV/AIDS testing counselor and a Human Rights Liaison in Washington, DC and Maryland.

When not working to provide care for clients, Sherri enjoys roller skating and traveling with friends and family.

Robin Thomas

Health Educator

Robin Thomas is a Community Health Educator, working on Positive Pathways, a collaborative program in Washington, DC to assist HIV-positive African-American women living in Wards 5-8 with their participation in HIV medical care. Prior to joining Whitman-Walker, Thomas worked as a Community Health Worker at Family and Medical Counseling Services and as a Peer Educator with the non-profit organization RISE (Reaching Inside for Self-Esteem). She currently serves as the director of the HIV Ministry at Sword of the Spirit Ministries.

Born and raised in Washington, DC, and living as an HIV-positive woman and a young mother, Thomas worked hard to complete high school. She then attended Southeastern University where she majored in early childhood education. Thomas is a Certified Child Development Associate (CDA) and in 2011, completed the Community Health Worker Training Program at the University of the District of Columbia.

Brittany Walsh, MSW, LICSW, CPH

Senior Manager of Retention and Engagement

EMAIL:
bwalsh@whitman-walker.org

PHONE:
202.797.4457

LANGUAGES SPOKEN:
English

Britt first served Whitman-Walker as an AmeriCorps member  in 2008, starting what is now our +1 Peer Mentor program. Having returned to the health center nearly five  years ago, Britt leads the Department of Retention and Engagement, where initiatives focus on keeping community members connected to staff and services that, ideally, make it easier to stay in care and achieve their goals. Britt oversees our  care navigators, mobile health work, community health workers, trans care navigation programs, and maintains relationships with most of our community based partners. Walsh functions as a Care Navigator herself, counseling medical patients around treatment adherence, working to establish support systems, and guiding individuals through their options at WWH and in the community, especially folks working to access gender affirming surgery. Originally from the Detroit area, Walsh received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder and her master’s degree in community social work and certification in public health practice from the University of Washington in Seattle; one day soon she might be available as a therapist. Britt is thrilled to support a passionate, engaged team and sees this role as an extension of her commitment to collective liberation.