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Embark at Cabin John is a peaceful, restorative place. We match a comfortable, nurturing environment with proven, reliable treatments and therapies that will enable your teen to heal and grow.
Atira has worn many hats since she joined Embark Behavioral Health in 2016. Hired as the clinic’s Compliance Officer, she then served as the Director of Operations for three years before stepping into her current role. Prior to that she had years of experience managing and leading retail businesses. She also spent more than a decade providing care and tutoring to children and teens with trauma, anxiety, depression, and ASD.
As a teacher in the Palyul tradition of Tibetan Buddhism, Atira is passionate about connecting people to the therapeutic, spiritual and creative tools that help them befriend their own minds and the world around them. She offers classes on how to develop wisdom and compassion through meditation and mind-training.
Atira is a strong proponent of the healing power of the arts and has been leading poetry workshops in schools since 2004. In her spare time, Atira enjoys reading, writing poetry, creating art, and exploring the great outdoors with her husband.
Dr. Gill is the Medical Director of Behavioral Health Services, Suburban Hospital, Johns Hopkins Medicine and MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center. Prior to his appointment with Suburban Hospital, Dr. Gill has served as the Medical Director, Behavioral Health Services, of Providence Hospital in Washington, DC. He is presently also Clinical Assistant Professor at George Washington University Department of Psychiatry as well as St. Elizabeth’s Psychiatry Residency Training Program.
Originally from Croatia, Dr. Gill came to the United States to pursue study and research of the brain function. After obtaining his double-major Doctorate degree in Cognitive Psychology and Neuroscience from Iowa State University focusing on brain mapping of visual imagery process, Dr. Gill served as Chief Medical Officer with the State of Iowa Department of Human Services Medicaid Agency. He has worked closely with (then) Health Care Financing Administration (presently Center for Medicare Services) on the development of quality of care measures for Medicaid and Medicare Managed Care. His continued interest in quality of care as well as providing optimal care to patients needing psychiatric care led to founding of the AXIS Healthcare Group that attracted a team of experts sharing the same mission.
Dr. Gill also completed training in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy with the Washington Center for Psychoanalysis where he also chaired and taught in the Neuroscience and Psychotherapy course. In his private practice Dr. Gill provides psychiatric and therapeutic services. His interest in education of both professionals and lay audiences led to developing the educational branch of the AXIS Healthcare Group. He continues to promote psychotherapeutic intervention as essential component of treatment both through his clinical work as well as his ongoing teaching.
Grant Gamble is a Certified Chemical Dependency Counselor (CCDC) with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. He started working in dual-diagnosis treatment in 2015 as a primary case manager for a residential young adult program. Grant received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology from California State University of Northridge. He has completed training in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), and is a Certified SMART Recovery Group Facilitator. Grant has experience working with clients diagnosed with both substance abuse and mental health diagnoses. He has a great interest and understanding of the recovery process for young adults. Grant believes in an entire mind and body connection in order to maintain long-term recovery. He focuses on helping steer client’s focus to their individualized treatment plan by supporting them in five major competencies he believes are essential to the life long recovery process (Life Skills, Recovery, Fitness, Productivity, and Emotional Well-Being). Grant is an avid swimmer, live music attendee, and lover of all things ocean-related!
Christopher Hodgson received a BA in psychology from the University of Georgia in his hometown of Athens. He has a diverse background in administrative, customer service and management roles with various businesses ranging in size from “mom and pop” through an NYSE mutual fund corporation. After relocating to Maryland, Christopher met his partner in 1997 while living in Baltimore and they now reside in Western Montgomery County surrounded by the lush greenery of the Maryland Agricultural Reserve. During his personal time he enjoys audio books, cooking, learning about American Sign Language and deepening in the practices of Vajrayana Buddhism.
Benjamin Zeoli has many years of facilities management in primarily holistic settings. He has also worked very closely, as a technician, alongside doctors in the fields of human holistic health care and holistic veterinary care. Seeing to a clean, safe, healthy and properly functioning work environment will be Benjamin’s focal points at Potomac Pathways. For the past 33 years, Benjamin has been a practicing Buddhist. He enjoys gardening, decorating, music, cooking, spending time with family and friends and has a tremendous love of animals.
Sabrina Hansen is the Director of Marketing and Outreach at Embark Behavioral Health- DC Metro. Her passion for creating a culture of helping through communication and outreach can be traced back to her pre-professional days, whether it was as a member of her high school student council or through serving as a university ambassador during her undergraduate studies where she served as a student liaison for prospective students. While earning her Master’s in Social Work, Sabrina joined a telehealth pilot program serving vulnerable populations during the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, Sabrina has also served as a volunteer for the American Cancer Society for over 7 years.
In her professional career, Sabrina has had opportunities to spread her mission of compassion and well-being in her work as a people and business leader for a leading global cosmetics company, a 4-diamond luxury destination spa focusing on wellness, nutrition and fitness, and most recently, a leading nonprofit healthcare organization.
Sabrina enjoys exploring new running, hiking and adventure paths both locally and internationally. She is happiest when she is making memories with her husband, friends, family and her two cats.
Lee Lovett III, LMSW, holds a Master’s in Social Work from the University of Maryland, Baltimore, where he concentrated in clinical, behavioral health, and sub-specialized in Employee Assistance Programs. He is also a Certified Consulting Hypnotist, and believes that Hypnosis is an effective way to promote long-lasting behavioral changes. In his work with clients, he utilizes a range of therapeutic interventions from theoretical orientations including but not limited to: mindfulness-based stress reduction, psychoanalytic, dialectical and cognitive behavioral therapies, and motivational interviewing. Lee has always been fascinated with people and their stories. He comes from a humanistic, person-centered approach, believing that the storytellers are the experts in their lives. He strongly believes in the cathartic value that creative endeavors bring and likes to help people tap into that inherent part of themselves. He is a very active person, enjoys being outside for hikes and runs, and has a good sense of humor. While he takes his work seriously, he doesn’t take himself too seriously; he likes to have a good time and joke around, when appropriate.
Terra Tuono-Shell is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the states of Maryland and Virginia and a Certified Counselor Supervisor. She earned a Bachelor of Art’s Degree in Psychology from University of Maryland, Baltimore County, a Master of Arts Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from University of Maryland, College Park, and a Master of Arts Degree in Forensic Psychology from Marymount University. Terra started her career specializing in assisting adolescents with learning disabilities to navigate Individual Education Plan development and acquiring accommodations in education and work environments. Throughout her career, Terra gained a variety of work experience with adolescents and adults in outpatient mental health, residential treatment, outpatient substance abuse, Federal government, non-profit, and education settings. Prior to joining Embark Behavioral Health, Terra worked in private practice providing treatment for anxiety, depression, trauma, and family discord. Terra Tuono-Shell has extensive experience in critical incident response, suicide prevention/intervention and curriculum development that she gained while working for a Federal law enforcement agency. Overall, Terra has spent her entire career providing assistance for adolescents and adults with the hope they will be able to have a balanced life, connected relationships, and optimal performance in any setting.
Kelley York is a Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW), obtaining her Master of Social Work degree from THE Howard University. She went to West Virginia University for undergrad, majoring in Psychology and minoring in Sociology. While there, she played for the school’s Women’s Lacrosse team and loved every second of it. She has experience working with children, adolescents, and adults in a variety of settings, including in a hospital, a school setting, a partial hospitalization program (PHP), an intensive outpatient program (IOP), and within the community. She enjoys staying active and is fond of expressive therapy as talking/talk-therapy is not always as easy as it seems (and you get to dance and pet animals!). She also enjoys Mindfulness and meditates every single day to help end her day stress-free. She loves her family, her cat, listening to music, the beach, and being silly, when appropriate. Kelley is excited for her new role as a therapist and looks forward to helping her clients realize their worth.
John Pelletier is a graduate of University of Maryland, College Park with a BA in English. He has a long history of management and administration in companies both large and small in various industries including big box retail, local grocery and veterinary medicine. A former veterinary assistant, John continues to spend time volunteering with animals and enjoys gardening, meditating and reading.
About Our Location
located in the Washington, DC metro area approximately 10 miles northwest of Washington, DC, 13 miles northwest of Arlington, Virginia, and 5 miles southwest of Bethesda, Maryland
A healing, nurturing, and safe environment to help families and their children address and overcome the issues that may be affecting their everyday lives.
A comforting environment with various spaces, couches, chairs, kitchen, living spaces, and more.
Interventions & Therapies
As a pioneer and leader in quality outcomes, we have gathered more data than any other provider over the past 10 years and only offer treatment that we know drives long-lasting, sustainable results. We offer customized, individual therapeutic programs to enable your daughter to thrive. Specialized services and areas of focus include:
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Short-term treatment typically lasts one to three months. Teens best suited for short-term treatment often have engaged in other therapeutic programs like outpatient or intensive outpatient therapy and need a 24-hour continuum of care. Our unique, relationship-based treatments use extensive data collection to improve treatment plans and interventions in real-time, creating long-lasting, sustainable, verified results.