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. 


PaulineJo Adia, LMSW

PaulineJo earned her Bachelor of Social Work degree from

the Catholic University of America in 2014 and her Master of Social Work degree from Walden University in 2020. She has worked with culturally and socioeconomically diverse individuals and families throughout Washington, D.C., Northern Virginia, and Central Maryland.  Alongside clinical experience gained from her MSW, she has experience in shelter advocacy, school coordination, and hospital and non-profit case management positions


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).

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Robin Handy, LMSW

Robin strives to bring optimal mental health care to all patients with her passion, innovation, and ability to connect with a diverse population. She utilizes an empowerment approach to help patients discover their strengths and ability to problem solve on their journeys to healing. She has extensive experience providing therapy in various mental health settings and her expertise includes; individual therapy, group therapy, and crisis management. 


Robin earned a Bachelors Degree in Social Work from Bowie State University, and a Masters Degree in Social Work from the University of Maryland, School of Social Work. Robin is a Licensed Social Worker in the State of Maryland. She has earned various accolades and awards for her work in the field of Social Work, including the Gwendolyn C. Lee Award for Innovative Social Work Practice. 

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.


Tajudeen Omodeoye, PMHNP-BC


Tajudeen is board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner and a graduate of The University of South Alabama, Mobile, Alabama. His background includes, though not limited to:  providing psychiatric services to children, adolescents, adults as well as mature adults experiencing a continuum of psychiatric illnesses. His clinical career and experiences span across various aspects of the healthcare system, from inpatient to outpatient settings, handling the care of individuals with mental illness including depressive, anxiety, bipolar, ADHD, schizoaffective, somatic , personality, and schizophrenic disorder.

Tajudeen Omodeoye is proficient in the application of psychopharmacological and psychotherapeutic intervention to alleviate patient symptoms and allow them to function at optimal level.

Upon completion of the Master’s degree in Psychiatric Nursing, CRNP-PMH, he began working for Aspen Day Treatment Center providing mental health care for patients with co-occurring disorders.

In his leisure time, Tajudeen Omodeoye enjoys spending time with family, writing, and watching sports. He is passionate about quality healthcare and patient advocacy.


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.