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Media Contact: Clarencia J. Stephen

Published on March 11, 2009

Potomac Ridge Behavioral Health Strengthens Clinical Team at Rockville Campus

Rockville, MD - Potomac Ridge Behavioral Health is pleased to announce the addition of three new doctors to its Rockville campus: Drs. Michelle Seelman, Madan Uprety, and Gebrehana Zebro. Samantha Madhosingh, Psy.D., and Laura Thorpe, LCSW-C, BCD, also recently joined the Rockville campus as Residential Treatment Center (RTC) director and program director, respectively. The new clinical team members are part of Potomac Ridge Behavioral Health's commitment to offering the highest quality patient care, enhancing clinical programs, and meeting the behavioral health needs of the community.

Michelle G. Seelman, M.D., is a psychiatrist for the Children's Unit at Potomac Ridge Behavioral Health's Rockville campus. Dr. Seelman received her medical degree from the George Washington University School of Medicine. She completed a pediatrics internship at the National Naval Medical Center and trained in general psychiatry at the George Washington University. She later completed a fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry at the University of Maryland. Prior to entering the field of psychiatry, Dr. Seelman served in the United States Navy as a flight surgeon and general medical officer. Dr. Seelman is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. She is a member of the American Psychiatric Association, American Medical Association and the American Association of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Dr. Seelman is also a recipient of the Navy Achievement Medal and the National Defense Medal.

Madan Uprety, M.D., is a psychiatrist for the adult acute inpatient services at the Rockville campus. His expertise in providing care for the chronically mentally ill including those with bipolar disorder and major depression is expected to enhance the quality of services offered in our adult inpatient units. Prior to joining Potomac Ridge Behavioral Health's Rockville campus, Dr. Uprety served as staff psychiatrist at the Cumberland Memorial Hospital/North West Regional Center in Cumberland, Wisconsin. His duties as a staff psychiatrist included providing clinical supervision in the inpatient/outpatient units in addition to the nursing homes. Prior to this position, Dr. Uprety was a chief resident and part-time attending psychiatrist at Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York. Dr. Uprety is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.

Gebrehana Zebro, M.D., is a psychiatrist and general medical internist for the acute care services at the Rockville campus. In his role, Dr. Zebro will lead and build the medical services department to support mentally ill patients who are also medically-compromised. Prior to joining Potomac Ridge Behavioral Health's clinical staff, Dr. Zebro was section chief for consult-liaison and emergency psychiatry at Carillion Clinic Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine Services in Roanoke, Virginia. Dr. Zebro completed a combined psychiatry and internal medicine residency at the University of Virginia Roanoke-Salem Program. He is board-certified in internal medicine and board-eligible in general psychiatry. He is also a member of the American Medical Association, American Psychiatric Association, American College of Physicians and the National Alliance on Mental Illness.

Samantha Madhosingh, Psy.D., joined the Rockville campus as director of its RTC. In this role, she provides clinical oversight of the residential treatment services for girls and the adolescent sex offender program. Dr. Madhosingh joins Potomac Ridge Behavioral Health from the District of Columbia Department of Mental Health where she first served as a clinical psychologist in the School Mental Health Program, and was later promoted to clinical program manager of the Residential Treatment Center Re-investment Program. She has conducted extensive research in trauma- and trauma-related mental health disorders, and is certified by The National Institute for Trauma and Loss in Children. She also served as president of the Advisory Board for the North American Family Institute's programs in Maryland, including the Thomas O' Farrell Youth Center, the Sykesville Shelter, and Harbor House. Dr. Madhosingh received a doctorate of professional psychology from George Washington University and a bachelor's degree in political science from Florida International University.

Laura Thorpe, LCSW-C, BCD, joined the Rockville campus as the program director of adult acute care services. Working in collaboration with the nurse managers, she is responsible for directing the day-to-day clinical operations of the acute adult units. Ms. Thorpe joins Potomac Ridge Behavioral Health with a wealth of behavioral health care expertise, including managing psychiatric and substance abuse programs for health care organizations such as Vesta, Inc., Stress and Health Management, Inc., and Creative Mental Health Services. She has also directed residential rehabilitation programs, outpatient mental health clinics, psychiatric rehabilitation and assisted living programs. Additionally, Ms. Thorpe served as a psychiatric social worker for the inpatient unit at Crownsville Hospital Center. Ms. Thorpe earned a bachelor's degree in science from Florida State University and a master's degree in social work from the University of Maryland School of Social Work.

"I am thrilled to welcome these highly-skilled behavioral health specialists to Potomac Ridge Behavioral Health," said Sako Maki, President of Adventist HealthCare Behavioral Health Services. "I am confident that our new clinical staff will deliver the highest standards of care to our patients, and help shape our future clinical programs and services at our Rockville campus."

About Adventist HealthCare Behavioral Health Services

The behavioral health services of Adventist HealthCare include Potomac Ridge Behavioral Health , the behavioral health unit at Washington Adventist Hospital and the Reginald S. Lourie Center for Infants and Young Children. The second largest provider of mental health services in Maryland, the behavioral health services division offers a broad range of programs and treatment options for children, adolescents and seniors including acute care, outpatient/inpatient chemical dependency programs, residential treatment, special education programs and community-based residential services. The behavioral health services of Adventist HealthCare employ more than 800 people at its locations in Anne Arundel and Montgomery Counties and the Eastern Shore.

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