Originally from Santiago, Chile and later, Lima, Peru, Ms. Atkins received a BA in Sociology from Occidental College in Los Angeles, California. While pursuing her interest in Sociology, Anthropology and International Relations, she went on to receive an MA in the multidisciplinary field of International Communication from the School of International Service at American University in Washington, DC.
After graduating, Ms. Atkins spent over a decade managing and developing a wide array of social and economic projects in Latin America and the Caribbean. She managed advisory services for governments, focusing on the modernization for infrastructure, privatization and the development of regulatory frameworks for public services. She also worked extensively on a program to introduce information and communication technologies to rural communities. During this time, Atkins traveled extensively in Central America and developed a deep appreciation for the difficulties that many in our current immigrant community face. It is this understanding that eventually led her to the Culmore Clinic.
Ms. Atkins is especially attracted to the Culmore Clinic because it serves a largely immigrant population that performs essential jobs for the community, but is often lacking in basic medical needs. Ms. Atkins currently resides in Vienna, Virginia with her husband, two school-aged daughters and a wonderful old dog. In her spare time she enjoys travel, cooking, reading, yoga and spending time with her family.
Dr. Charles Sneiderman, Medical Director, Email Dr. Sneiderman
Dr. Sneiderman, MD, PhD, retired in 2010 after a 31-year career in medical informatics at the Lister Hill National Center for Biomedical Communications, National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health. His work included research and development in telemedicine, distance learning, medical language and image processing. He has authored numerous scientific reports, book chapters, and medical educational media. Since leaving Federal service, he has developed a computerized clinical decision support system to assist primary health care practices in the recognition and management of post-traumatic stress syndromes with support from the NLM Disaster Information Management Research Center. Dr. Sneiderman has practiced family and emergency medicine part-time in the Washington, DC area since 1980 and loves his work with Culmore Clinic. He lives in the Bailey’s Crossroads area with his wife. In their free time, he volunteers with disabled veterans.
Terry O’Hara Lavoie, Co-Founder & Executive Director, Email Terry
Before co-founding Culmore Clinic in 2007, Ms. Lavoie’s work as Director of the Survivors’ Fund was recognized for its effective program approach by The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, TIME Magazine, and Salon.com. In her 20-year career in philanthropy, Ms. Lavoie has engaged funders on a broad range of topics and initiatives. She has held positions at various other nonprofits including the Council on Foundations and Washington Grantmakers, and established TOHL House, LLC which provides program development and project management for foundations and nonprofits. Ms. Lavoie lives in Alexandria, Virginia with her husband and two busy, teenaged children and holds a B.A. from The Catholic University of America and a Masters in Public Administration from The George Washington University. She is an avid runner and in her spare time she searches out antiques and vintage treasures.
Ann Cartwright, RN MSN MBA ABQAURP, Co-Founder, Email Ann
Ms. Cartwright, the co-founder of Culmore Clinic, is President of Cartwright and Associates, a healthcare consulting practice that offers services in healthcare regulatory compliance and quality management. Ms. Cartwright is also a surveyor for the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) in the Physician Practice Connections (PPC) certification program for private physician practices. An active volunteer at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, she serves on the health cabinet, domestic violence task force, and pastoral council. She is also a member of Fairfax County Region II Domestic Violence Resource Council. Ms. Cartwright holds an MBA from George Mason University and an MSN in Community Health Administration from the University of California – San Francisco. She is certified by the American Board of Quality Assurance and Utilization Review Physicians (ABQAURP) and currently lives in Fairfax County’s Mason District. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her spouse and her ever-so-smart green and yellow Macaw, Billy.
Astrid Raczynski Atkins, Administration and Staffing Specialist, Email Astrid
Nar Coleman, Prayer Minister Coordinator, Email Nar
In addition to her work with Culmore Clinic, Ms. Coleman is the Assistant Director of Local Outreach at The Falls Church Anglican. Originally from Connecticut, she studied Political Science at Amherst College, and currently lives in Northern Virginia. Her favorite thing about working at Culmore Clinic is being able to work closely with people within her own community.
Our staff of experienced, dedicated and professional administrators and medical practicioners are proud to serve our patients and be part of the Bailey's Crossroads community. Get to know them a bit better below.
Fran Sienkiewcz, Set-Up Committee Coordinator, Email Fran
As a hospital emergency room nurse, Ms. Wong Eads has come across many patients without insurance whose health has declined due to the high cost of medical care. Because of this, she volunteers at Culmore Clinic, admiring its affordable routine and preventative care that she believes “restores dignity to patients while breaking the negative cycle.” Ms. Wong Eads received her nursing training at the University of Maryland in Baltimore. Originally from China, she now resides in Northern Virginia with her two young boys. Her favorite thing about Culmore Clinic is the sense the pleasure she gets from working with people who know they are doing something great together.
Mary Cureton, Volunteer Nurse, Email Mary
Ms. Mary Cureton received her BA in Health and Human Services from Virginia Wesleyan College. She later graduated from Beth Israel School of Nursing in New York City. Ms. Cureton began her career as a registered nurse at Winthrop University Hospital in Mineola, NY. She later became the Assistant Director of Health Services at Virginia Wesleyan College and then Director of Health Services from 2003-2010. She currently works as the Primary Care Nurse at Pentagon Dilorenzo Tricare Clinic.
Outside of her work at the Culmore Clinic, Ms. Cureton has volunteered for the American Cancer Society and the American Red Cross. She currently volunteers for the Alexandria Medical Reserve Corps in Alexandria, Virginia.
Rebecca Reynolds, ANP, FNP, Nurse Practicioner, Email Rebecca
Maura Ann Constance, Nurse Practicioner, Email Maura
As a family and adult Nurse Practitioner with years of experience as an independent health care provider in the U.S. and abroad, Mrs. Reynolds has treated everything from the common cold to tropical diseases such as dengue fever and malaria. After seeing firsthand many preventable chronic diseases, she is a strong believer in preventive medicine.
She has provided services to members of virtually every agency of U.S. Government which sends employees overseas. Ms. Reynolds has received awards from both foreign governments and US, including the Department of State, which recognized her with the prestigious career achievement award. She has served on the boards of the Nurse Practitioner Association of DC and Rhode Island and coordinated training on malaria with the Rhode Island African Alliance.
When not at the clinic, she is working to start her own acupuncture practice and taking her two rescue pugs for long walks. While she appreciates many things at Culmore Clinic, she especially values working with the staff and her patients.
Because Culmore Clinic operates out of the Crossroads Campus of Columbia Baptist Church one day a week, it falls on Ms. Sienkiewicz and her team to transform the church’s meeting rooms into a full-service clinic, early every Thursday morning. Now retired, when not working her magic at Culmore Clinic, Ms. Sienkiewicz spends her days volunteering at Life With Cancer, St. Anthony of Padua Church, and The Dominican Retreat House. Originally from Frackville, PA, she now resides in Falls Church, VA.
Originally from Washington, D.C., Ms. Constance now resides in nearby Falls Church, Virginia. Having previously worked in supervisory positions, including director of nursing in pediatric care settings, Ms. Constance has spent the last 12 years working as a Family Nurse Practitioner. Ms. Constance has attended several universities including Pennsylvania State University where she majored in Biology and the University of Maryland, School of Nursing, receiving her Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Ms. Constance obtained her Masters Degree in Public Health at Columbia University and received a Post Master Certificate in Family Nurse Practitioner from Marymount University. Her favorite thing about working at the Culmore Clinic is all the great people she gets to interact with when she is there.
Julia Wong Eads, Volunteer Nurse, Email Julia
Juan Ramirez, Clinical Coordinator, Email Juan
Mr. Ramirez has travelled all over the world working as a registered nurse. Originally from Malaga, Spain, Ramirez graduated from his hometown university, Universidad de Malaga before setting off for the world. Splitting his time between family practices and schools, Ramirez has worked in Spain, Mexico, Togo, Bolivia, Turkey, Belgium and of course, the United States.
Mr. Ramirez currently resides in Northern Virginia with his wife and three children. Outside of work he enjoys hiking and camping with his family as well as painting, drawing and cooking. His favorite thing about the Culmore Clinic is his colleagues dedication to the cause of helping the less fortunate.
Patty Holley, Administration Manager, Email Patty
Patty Holley joined Culmore Clinic following retirement from a long career in accounting and management. Most recently, Ms. Holley worked in the non-profit arena serving as CFO for FACETS, as a consultant with Alternative House with their Homeless Youth Initiative, and as a Regional Director for Northern Virginia Ignatian Volunteer Corps. Holley is originally from Portland, Oregon, with degrees from both Oregon State University and the University of Portland. Over her career she has lived in many places including California, Cuba and New York. She currently lives in Oakton, Virginia.
Ms. Holley’s favorite thing about working for Culmore Clinic is the positive attitude of the staff and volunteers who share a commitment to serve clients with respect and dignity. In her free time Holley enjoys volunteering with her church, specifically the homeless shelter and spending time with her grown children and grandchild. Her hobbies include travelling, hiking, sewing and knitting.
DeeDee joined the clinic in 2008 and oversees scheduling appointments, daily patient registration, patient reports, charges for laboratory tests, referrals and the waiting list. What she loves most about the Culmore Clinic is the care and time the staff gives to each patient, working together to make sure those patients understand their diagnosis and how to manage the other tests and medicines needed for their care.
DeeDee works full-time as a store manager for a local storage company In her (very little) spare time, DeeDee likes to spend time with her daughter, shopping, sightseeing, watching movies and reading books.
DeeDee, Patient Support Specialist, Email DeeDee
Ms. Bui, originally from San Jose, California now resides in northern Virginia. When she is not volunteering with Culmore Clinic, Bui works as a Lab Assistant securing a safe and efficient learning environment for tutors and teachers alike. She has volunteered in the past at several libraries in both California and Virginia. Bui loves her work with Culmore Clinic and is always looking for opportunities to interact and support her community, especially in health care services.
Tran Bui, Volunteer Records Assistant, Email Tran
Caroline Hillkirk, Director of Interpreter Services, Email Caroline
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Caroline Hillkirk has worked as a medical interpreter since 2000. Originally from New York City, Hillkirk spent many childhood years in Jacksonville, Florida, before attending Florida State University. She obtained her interpreting training from AHEC Medical Interpreting Training. Prior to becoming a medical interpreter, Hillkirk worked in the fashion industry in various capacities, living in Mexico, Miami and Washington, DC.
In her spare time Ms. Hillkirk also volunteers with the Naomi Project, a DC area organization that mentors at-risk mothers. Her favorite thing about Culmore Clinic is getting to serve patients and working with the compassionate staff. In her free time Ms. Hillkirk enjoys traveling, reading, films, flamenco dancing and scuba diving as well as spending time at home with her wonderful teenaged children.
Cynthia R. Gorostiaga, Volunteer Interpreter, Email Cynthia
Since retiring from a career in interpreting, Ms. Gorostiaga now serves as an interpreter on a freelance basis. Ms. Gorostiaga was educated in Asuncion, Paraguay and later in Washington, D.C., where she received a Certificate of Proficiency in Translation from Georgetown University. Her favorite thing about working for the Culmore Clinic is the professionalism of everyone she works with as well as the rewarding experience of helping people who otherwise would not be able to communicate.
Rita Siebenaler, LCSW, Volunteer Counselor, Email Rita
A retired Clinical Social Worker/Counselor, Ms. Siebenaler has worked professionally in three foreign countries, for two local school systems, several family service agencies and for the US State Department. She splits her volunteer time between Culmore Clinic and the Arlington Free Clinic as well as serving on several nonprofit committees and boards in the community. Originally from Brooklyn, NY, Ms. Siebenaler trained at NYU Graduate School of Social Work. After many years overseas, she now lives in Falls Church and spends her free time reading mysteries and spy thrillers, gardening, and playing with her grandchildren.
Barbara Avalos Rowe, Volunteer Counselor, Email Barbara
Barbara Avalos Rowe joined Culmore Clinic as a volunteer counselor after retiring from the U.S. Army as a mental health officer. Originally from Sonora, Mexico, Rowe earned a BA in Psychology from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, her MSW from Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio and her PHD from the Clinical Social Work Institute in Washington, DC.
Outside of the Culmore Clinic, Rowe conducts the Body-Brain-Balance program. This group promotes enhanced physical and mental functioning of geriatric patients through supportive social interaction as well as specially designed yoga-based physical and breathing exercises.
In addition to her work with the Body-Brain-Balance program and the Culmore Clinic, Rowe volunteers at the Fort Belvoir Community Hospital. Rowe’s favorite thing about the Culmore Clinic is the dedication of the staff as well as the sincere desire of patients to improve their lives. When not at work, Rowe enjoys Yoga, TaiChi and QiGong as well as going to the movies, watching TV, reading and hiking. She currently resides in Alexandria where she likes to spend time with her family, her dogs and visit with her friends.
Karen Smith, Volunteer Counselor, Email Karen
Ms. Smith has a Masters in Religious Studies and one in Counseling. Ms. Smith works with patients holistically working to heal their bodies, minds and spirits in counseling. She addresses religious or spiritual concerns and is familiar with the 12 Step programs.
Dr. Fahad Alobayee, Doctor of Physical Therapy, Email Dr. Alobayee
Dr. Alobayee is originally from Yemen and graduated with a degree in physical therapy from King Saud University in Saudi Arabia in 1993. Dr. Alobayee later moved to the United States and obtained his doctorate degree in physical therapy from Marymount University in 2006. A father of four children, two boys and two girls, Dr. Alobayee’s favorite thing about Culmore Clinic is the staff’s dedication and family oriented atmosphere. When Dr. Alobayee is not at The Clinic he works full-time as a home health physical therapist.
Dr. Alobayee presently resides in Falls Church, Virginia and enjoys spending his free time playing soccer.
Dr. Farah Mofid-Woo, MD, Board Certified in Family Practice, Email Dr. Mofid-Woo
Dr. Mofid-Woo is Board Certified in Family Practice and serves as Supervising Physician at George Mason University MAP Clinic. Her physician practice has ranged from Kaiser Permanete’s urgent care network to Public Health Departments in Prince William and Loudon Counties. She has also served as Assistant Professor of Medicine at Northern Virginia Community College and has been a featured speaking on Cervical and Breast Cancer in many settings. Dr Mofid-Woo’s degrees are from George Washington University and she speaks fluent Farsi and basic Spanish.
Dr. Alobayee presently resides in Falls Church, Virginia and enjoys spending his free time playing soccer.
Raquel Tun, Nurse Manager, Email Raquel
Christ McFall, Volunteer Nurse, Email Christie
Ms. Amorosi is a nurse and strategic consultant with over 25 years of experience in the health care industry working for public, private and government organizations. Her work has ranged from direct clinical care at leading medical facilities to strategic business planning, operational process improvement and educational training and implementation. Most recently, she was the Director of Quality and Innovation at the Alliance for Continuing Education in the Health Professions (ACEhp) where she led the quality improvement education programs and funding.
Ms. Amorosi received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) from Georgetown University and worked as a nurse at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and Georgetown University Medical Center. She is a member of the American Nurses Association and Adjunct Faculty to Georgetown University School of Nursing and Health Studies.
Christine Amarosi, RN, BSN, MHSA, Volunteer Nurse, Email Christine
Ms. Nguyen came to America in 1978 among the thousands of Vietnamese fleeing their country after the Vietnam War. She graduated from California State University at Long Beach majoring in Finance-Investment and Financial Management, working in this field until the birth of her youngest son. With her mind set on "giving back" to America, Noelle has volunteered with both youth and elderly. In addition to volunteering as an interpreter for Vietnamese-speaking patients at Culmore Clinic, Ms. Nguyen teaches CCD at St. Anthony and at Holy Martyrs of Viet Nam and tutors students in the Culmore neighborhood. She organizes fundraising events to help low-income familes in her parish. One of her favorite quotes is "Give them a fish and they can live for a day. Teach them how to fish and they can survive for a lifetime.” Ms. Nguyen believes in doing everything with love and for the greater glory of God.
Noelle Nguyen, Volunteer Interpreter, Email Noel
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Falls Church, VA 22041
3245 Glen Carlyn Rd. Falls Church, VA 22041
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Ms. Raquel Tun is an oncology nurse who currently resides in Alexandria, Virginia. A graduate of Marymount University, her favorite thing about Culmore Clinic is educating patients about their health.