Jeffrey Lafferman, MD, FAPA 


Dr. Jeff Lafferman graduated from University of Maryland School of Medicine in

1983. After earning his Medical Degree, Dr. Lafferman completed first a Psychiatry

Residency at the University of Maryland, then a Geriatric Psychiatry Fellowship at a

combined Veterans Hospital and University of Maryland in Baltimore. Following this

training, Dr. Lafferman worked with the elderly and has 25 years of experience

taking care of our seniors in a hospital setting.


Dr. Lafferman has been Director of the Division of Psychiatry at Medstar Harbor Hospital and Psychiatric Director of St. Agnes Emergency Room. Dr. Lafferman, together with his

wife Dr. Christine Lafferman, founded Aspen Day Treatment to provide psychiatric

services for the Halethorpe-Arbutus Community. Dr. Lafferman is interested in

further developing the continuum of care to follow patients in need, whether in a

Hospital setting or at Aspen Day Treatment.

Christine Bell Lafferman, MD, FACP, PharmD


Dr. Christine Lafferman has 30 years experience in patient care as a primary care internal medicine doctor and a hospitalist. She obtained a pharmacy degree at University of London, England, and a Doctor of Pharmacy at University of Maryland School of Pharmacy. She went on to study medicine at University of Maryland School of Medicine before completing a residency in Internal Medicine at Mercy Hospiral in Baltimore.


Dr. Lafferman has spent 30 years serving the community in Baltimore County as a primary care doctor, hospital doctor, and medical director of Subacute and long term care programs.  Her emphasis is on wellness, preventative care, mental health, and geriatric medicine.

Karen Meckler, MD 


Dr. Karen Meckler is a Board Certified psychiatrist with more than twenty-five
years of clinical experience in a wide variety of settings.

She has been treating patients at Aspen since it opened in 2005. Her interests include addictions and chronic mental disorders and she enjoys working closely with other mental health professionals.

Her work is enhanced by Mocha, her emotional support dog.

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Mary Flood

Mary comes from a military family and has traveled to many parts of the United States, and now resides in Maryland. Mary completed her Bachelor of Science in Health Administration and is now a certified medical assistant, Mary has been working in the medical field for 17 years and enjoys helping people. She can speak German and understand a little of bit of the Filipino language.  Mary enjoys traveling, shopping, and going out for meals with her family and friends.


Shanda Owens LCSW-C

Shanda has considerable experience as a clinician, a clinical supervisor and in program development. She graduated from the University of MD School of Social Work in 2007 with her Masters in Social Work. She received her LCSW-C licensure in 2009. She has experience working with adults, adolescents, children, and families. She has worked in a variety of settings including outpatient clinics, hospitals, crisis centers, and residential treatment facilities. Shanda also has specialized training in treating clients who may be experiencing trauma, anxiety, depression, personality disorders, and various other mental health disorders and issues. Shanda has experience in CBT, motivational interviewing, and other evidence-based approaches & techniques that can assist clients in meeting their treatment goals. Shanda connects with clients while providing a safe, accepting space where they can begin their wellness journey. 



Jessica Milone, CRNP-PMH

Jessica Milone graduated from the University of Maryland School of Nursing with an MS in clinical nurse leadership in 2012.  Jessica went on to work in nursing at multiple hospitals and clinics. Jessica graduated with a Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) from the Psychiatric Mental Health Practitioner Program at the University of Maryland in 2019. Her Doctorate project involved implementing a mindfulness meditation program for a hospital day program.  Jessica is board certified through the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).

Mark Livingston, LCSW-C

Mark Livingston has been a Clinical Social Worker for 34 years. He worked for the State of Maryland in Mental Health for 31 years before retiring.  


He has been in private practice on the faculty of the University of Maryland and Catholic University School of Social Work. He has also been a supervisor and Clinical Director of Residential Facilities and Crisis Response System.


Ingra Williams, LMSW


Ingra uses the strengths perspective to support and empower her patients.  She has benefitted from her experience providing therapy to adolescents, families and groups.  Ingra graduated from Morgan State University with her Bachelors Degree in Social Work in 2019 and her Master’s Degree in Social Work in 2020.  Ingra is highly dedicated and motivated to improve our community one person at a time.

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Guillermo Diaz, LMSW

Guillermo E. Diaz, LMSW is highly motivated and dedicated professional with many years of experience as a social worker and therapist. Guillermo earned his Masters in Social Work from the University of Maryland and has experience working with anxiety, depressive, Bipolar, and PTSD conditions.  Guillermo now provides clinical therapy and counseling services to individuals and groups and couples for Aspen Day Treatment.  Guillermo takes a client centered approach in all aspects of clinical care from when the client walks in the door until they complete treatment. 


Nicole Hatcher, DHSc, MPAS, PA-C


Nicole Hatcher graduated from Howard University with a BS in Physician Assistant Studies and a Certificate in Primary Care in 2003. Since then, Nicole has maintained national certification from the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) and practiced in a variety of hospital-based settings with an emphasis on internal medicine and emergency medicine. In 2006, Nicole completed a Master of Advanced Physician Assistant Studies at Oregon Health & Science University and then went on to earn a Doctorate in Health Science from Nova Southeastern University in 2010. 

Atefeh Ameri


"Ati" graduated with honors at University of Maryland, Baltimore County with a Bachelors in Health Administration and Public Policy. After graduation she worked at Johns Hopkins Radiology department for several years and published a research study on " Targeted MR-Guided Prostate Biopsy: Assessment of PI-RADS Scoring with Pathological Correlation". She then continued her education to receive a Masters in Healthcare Management from University of Baltimore. While in graduate school, she completed an internship with Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland where she was able to expand the organization by opening and managing a new site. She have always had a strong interest in the healthcare field.