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Abrams & Associates, LLC

Alvord Baker & Associates, LLC Group Therapy Center

The Behavior Therapy Center of Greater Washington

The Center for Anxiety and Behavioral Change

Circle in the Square

Counseling for Contentment

Expressive Therapy Center

Family Compass Center

In Step, PC

Integrative Therapy of Greater Washington

JSSA (Jewish Social Service Agency)

Kate Kelly, LICSW, Girls In Tune

McLean Psychotherapy Practices

Mindwell Psychology Bethesda

National Family Resiliency Center

Laura Rubinoff and Associates, Speech/Language Pathologists

Allison Sibley & Associates, PLLC

Lisa Maestri Snipper, LCSW

TLC - The Treatment and Learning Centers

Daniel Turetsky, PsyD


Detailed Children's Listings

Abrams & Associates, LLC
Social skills, coed, ages 5-6, 7-9, 10-12 for children with social shyness/anxiety, Aspergers/PDD, ADHD/LD, anxiety, SIDS and/or ODD. Children learn to conquer their fears and practice social skills in a small group setting. The group is run by a licensed psychologist with evidence-based interventions and is both didactic and experiential. Homework is assigned to both children and parents for building mastery and generalizing skills to home and school. Groups run weekly for one hour through the school year. Parents are informed of goals and progress identified by the psychologist running the group. Social skills groups work to promote confidence and resilience by offering skill development in how to make a friend and join a group, social-self awareness and perspective taking, coping with disappointment and frustration, identifying feelings and communicating needs, learning give and take, encouraging empathy, listening skills and assertiveness. We are a family-friendly group practice offering assessment and psychotherapy for children, teens and adults.

Kay Abrams, PhD, Clinical Psychologist
3841 Farragut Avenue, Kensington, MD 20895
301-949-2098
www.abramsandassociates.com

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Alvord Baker & Associates, LLC Group Therapy Center
Alvord, Baker & Associates, LLC has been providing social competence groups for children and adolescents since 1992. The groups focus on enhancing resilience, which we view as the ability to adapt well to life and its challenges. Children’s social competence can be impacted greatly by one or several of the following factors: ability to regulate their behavior and emotions; anxiety; ADHD; learning disabilities; low self-esteem; organizational challenges; and/or transition difficulties. Our groups help children identify what they do well, and to build on their strengths. We use the Resilience Builder Program® which utilizes a Cognitive Behavioral framework (how one thinks impacts how one feels and subsequently, how one behaves with others) and empirically supported strategies.  We also offer specialized groups for children diagnosed with Pervasive Developmental Disorders (PDD), Aspergers and High Functioning Autism.   All groups are led by experienced licensed psychologists and clinical social workers. Didactic, process, and experiential activities, discussions and relaxation/self-control techniques are utilized. Boys, girls, and co-ed groups from pre-school through elementary grades.

Psychologists: Mary Alvord, PhD; Lisa Berghorst, PhD; Colleen Cummings, PhD; Lynn F. Bufka, PhD; Julia Felton, PhD; Keri Linas, PhD, PsyD; Erin Lewis-Morrarty, PhD; Heather Loffredo, PsyD; Elizabeth Malesa, PhD; Kelly O'Brien, PhD; Veronica Raggi, PhD; Michael Reiter, PhD; Monica Robb, PhD; Jessica Samson, PsyD; Lisa Sanchez, PhD

Clinical Social Workers: Betsy Carmichael, LCSW-C; Dorothy Moore, LCSW-C; Thomas Verratti, LCSW-C; Lemuel Yutzy, LCSW-C

Group Coordinator: 301-593-6554 x23
Email: groups@alvordbaker.com

3200 Tower Oaks Boulevard, Suite 200, Rockville, MD 20852
11161 New Hampshire Avenue, Suite 307, Silver Spring, MD 20904
301- 593-6554 ext. 23
www.alvordbaker.com

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The Behavior Therapy Center of Greater Washington
The Behavior Therapy Center of Greater Washington has been providing quality, evidence-based psychological treatment to the metro area for over 30 years.  We offer specialized, evidence-based groups for children, teens, and adults with social anxiety called Social Effectiveness Therapy (SET).  SET is designed to address common social skills deficits found in very shy people, including initiating conversations, maintaining conversations, inviting peers to join in activities, joining groups, phone skills, using appropriate assertiveness, and accurately recognizing social cues. Each group consists of a nuts-and-bolts breakdown of a particular social skill, modeling of that skill by the facilitators, and behavioral rehearsals (role-plays) by group participants.  Gentle corrective feedback from group facilitators and peers help with skill mastery.  Between sessions, participants practice skills in a goal-directed way in their day-to-day lives to build skill generalization.  The SET group meets weekly for one 90 minute session over the course of 12 weeks.

Charles Mansueto, PhD, Clinic Director
Contact: Rina Pesce, PhD 
301-593-4040 X228 or rpesce@behaviortherapycenter.com for program information

11227 Lockwood Drive, Silver Spring, MD 20901
301-593-4040
www.behaviortherapycenter.com

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Center for Anxiety and Behavioral Change
We offer a specialized evidence-based group for teens and children with social anxiety. These groups are designed to address common social skills deficits found in children with Social Anxiety Disorder including initiating conversations, maintaining conversations, inviting peers to join in activities, joining groups, phone skills, using appropriate assertiveness, and recognizing social cues.  Each group consists of didactic instruction, modeling, behavioral rehearsals (role-plays), and corrective feedback from group leader and peers. We also provide “generalization sessions” in which prior “graduates” of the group return to serve as unfamiliar peers for the current group members when the group engages in typical age-appropriate activities that allow the current group members to practice their newly acquired skills in a more natural setting.

Jonathan Dalton, PhD, Director
Email: drjdalton@gmail.com

414 Hungerford Drive, Suite 210, Rockville, MD 20850
301-610-7850

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Circle in the Square Child and Adolescent Group Programs
Offering relationship-based developmental group experiences for boys and girls ages 5-19 since 1990. Groups are designed to provide a safe yet challenging environment within which a full range of relationship skills and competencies can develop. Close collaboration with parents through monthly parent groups and individual sessions helps to support the changes the children in our groups and their families are working to make. Our groups work with a wide range of children's issues including depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, distractibility and impulse control issues, difficulties with the expression of anger, and disruptions to family life. Our groups are organized by age, grade, and developmental capacity while tending to be heterogeneous in terms of specific issues and problems. Our goal is to work on personal and social development in a reality-based context that will promote generalization of gains to the outside world.

Directors: David A. Beigel, LPC, CGP; David Flohr, PhD, CGP

109 Park Washington Court, Falls Church, VA 22046
703-533-5824 ext 5
http://washingtonsq.org/

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Counseling for Contentment
Circles Groups (Children In Relationship Circles Learning Emotional Socialization): Social skills, coed, variety of groups for children age 4-8, separated by age-groups. Ideal for children with social shyness/anxiety, Aspergers/PDD, ADHD/LD, anxiety, SID and/or ODD.  These children often play by themselves; get into frequent conflicts with other children; fall apart easily in a group; require extra attention from teachers/ caregivers; seem overly competitive; and/or get bullied by other children.  This therapeutic play group for preschool aged children can help children work on social skills in a supportive small group environment. This group will focus on helping children to express themselves verbally, through play and with the help of a therapist. We will provide a structured environment that will help children feel comfortable and safe and which will allow them to work on relational skills with peers and adults. Initial child assessment required and parent participation with occasional meetings to develop goals and review progress. Our offices are family-friendly, comfortable and ideal for child play therapy groups. Please call 301-625-9102 or visit our website at www.CounselingForContentment.com for specific details. Groups are weekly, 60 minutes for 8 sessions. Locations in Silver Spring and Bethesda, Maryland.

Leaders:
Marie Caterini Choppin, LCSW-C (301-625-9102)
Email: mchoppin@counselingforcontentment.com

Elana Benatar, LCSW-C (202-276-1594)
Gail Schumann, LCSW-C (301-906-3776)

10000 Colesville Road, Silver Spring, MD 20901
4405 East-West Highway, Suite 508, Bethesda, MD 20814
301-625-9102
www.CounselingForContentment.com

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Expressive Therapy Center
Offering a variety of support groups for children ages 3-13. Our groups offer a combination of process-oriented and social skills-building strategies and incorporate art, play, movement, and traditional "talk" techniques. For the past 15 years, our team of psychologists, clinical social workers, professional counselors, and expressive therapists (art and movement), have been helping children improve their self-esteem, confidence, self-regulation, peer relationships, communication skills, and more. These competencies may be effected by ADHD, Aspergers/Autism, Anxiety, Depression, Eating Disorders, learning challenges, anger control, and general relationship deficits. Children are carefully assessed for group placement based on age, gender, need, and developmental level.

Clinical Director: Stephanie Natter, MA, ATR-BC, CGP
           
14808 Physicians Lane, Suite 111, Rockville, MD 20850
4701 Sangamore Road, Suite S105,  Bethesda, MD 20816
1320 Vincent Place, McLean, VA 22101

301-869-1017 ext. 1  or 703-349-5225
www.expressivetherapycenter.com

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Family Compass Group
Family Compass Group is an interdisciplinary group of child therapy and development specialists in the fields of psychology, neuropsychology, and social work.   For more than fifteen years, Family Compass has provided early intervention, individual and group therapy for children, and guidance for parents. Social Skills/Drama Therapy Groups- Our curriculum combines actual social experience, through peer interaction and theater improvisation, with direct teaching. We emphasize not just what to do (behaviors), but why (understanding) and how (through practice). Our small (2-6 children) groups focus on each child’s individual needs, strengths, interests and goals. We focus on the enhancement of social skills such as flexibility, emotional regulation, social awareness, and cooperation through direct instruction, play and dramatic play. We hold periodic parent meetings to monitor progress and to discuss everyday opportunities to facilitate friendships and social interaction.

Group Therapists: Larisa Perez deGraffenreid, LCSW, Mecca Burns RDT-BCT Registered Drama Therapist and Board Certified Drama Therapy Trainer, Brad Stoller MFA.

Director, Group Therapy: Larisa Perez deGraffenreid, LCSW
Email: Larisa.deGraffenreid@familycompassgroup.com

11150 Sunset Hills Road Suite 150
Reston, VA 20190
703-471-5517 ext.99
www.FamilyCompass.com

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In Step, PC
Stepping Stones, is a nationally recognized social skills group therapy program for children, ages 3 1/2-12 and their parents.  For more than fifteen years, our team of psychologists, clinical social workers, and professional counselors has been guiding children and their families towards more effective social relationships. Our dynamic mental health professionals partner with you to develop a continuum of care plan, in order to ensure that the skills learned with us create long-lasting change. Some of our areas of specialty beside social development are Anxiety and Depressive Disorders, Asperger's and Autism Issues, Anger Management, Preschool Services, and ADD/ADHD Issues.

Cathi Cohen, LCSW, Director
Email: info@insteppc.com

In Step, PC: 8500 Executive Park Ave., Ste. 204, Fairfax, VA 22031
703-876-8480

In Step, PC West: 6 Pidgeon Hill Drive, Suite 200, Sterling, VA 20165
703-433-5771

www.insteppc.com

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Integrative Therapy of Greater Washington
We are a practice of psychologists and social workers that use an integrative approach to mental health. Conveniently located in Rockville, Maryland (near Montrose Road) our practice serves infants to retirees using individual, couples, and group psychotherapy.  Our clinicians are able to adapt to what is needed at a given moment and are approachable with their warm and friendly demeanor. Our clinicians have spoken an numerous schools and events around the area and have contributed to parenting periodicals, blogs and conferences. CHAT- Children Have A Lot to Tell--A group for kids that helps with friendship building and understanding emotions (day and time in Rockville: TBD).

Julie Bindeman, Psy.D; Nanci Brown, LCSW-C; Kari Moskowitz, PhD; Dahlia Topolosky, Psy.D

Contact:
Julie Bindeman, Psy.D
Email: jbindeman@greaterwashingtontherapy.com

5818 B Hubbard Drive Rockville, Maryland 20852
301-468-4849
www.GreaterWashingtonTherapy.com

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JSSA (Jewish Social Service Agency)
Psychotherapy and social skills therapy groups for children, including those with anxiety, ADHD, emotional and behavioral self-control, autism spectrum disorder, other related disorders. Social skills therapy groups focus on taking turns, friendly behaviors, reading social cues, self-control, handling teasing, working cooperatively, social conversation, building self-esteem and solving problems. JSSA also offers anger management workshops, social clubs for teens with autism spectrum and related disorders  as well as support groups for siblings of children with disabilities, children coping with separation or divorce, and parents of children with disabilities. JSSA leads a children’s summer BFF Camp (Building and Fostering Friendships) at the McLean School of Maryland. JSSA offers groups for boys, girls, preschool, elementary, middle school, and high school. JSSA programs are non-sectarian.

Lise Bram, Chief Marketing Officer
Email: lbram@jssa.org

More than 100 (part-time and full-time) Credentials include LCSW, LICSW, LSCW-C, LCPC, LGSW, MSW, MS, PhD, MD

200 Wood Hill Road, Rockvlle, MD 20850
301-610-8312
www.jssa.org

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Kate Kelly, LICSW, Girls In Tune
Girls In Tune offers educational, experiential and playful mindful awareness groups to help girls reduce stress, increase well-being and strengthen their connections to themselves and others. Groups are skill-based, body-mind centered and friendship-focused with emphasis on learning positive and affirming coping and relational skills. Through yoga, art, movement games, "talk time," play and more, girls learn to "tune in" to themselves and discover the power within to create calm and connection.   Groups are appropriate for girls who need assistance with: coping and self-regulation skills; learning to "read" themselves and others (i.e., managing friendships); reducing anxiety; and developing self-appreciation, esteem and confidence. Groups include: 4th-and 5th-grade girls; Middle school girls; and High school girls.

Kate Kelly, LICSW
Email: Girlsintune@gmail.com

5540 Connecticut Ave., NW, 2nd Flr, Washington, DC 20015
202-230-9307

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McLean Psychotherapy Practices
The clinicians at McLean Psychotherapy Practices offer numerous ongoing social skills groups for children of varying ages and developmental levels. Each group is specifically tailored to address the challenges faced by the group members. We use a variety of therapeutic interventions, including expressive, art and play techniques. Groups typically run from September to June, with additional summer groups offered as well.  In addition, we work collaboratively with parents, schools, and other treatment providers to ensure positive treatment outcomes. The primary goals of our preschool groups are to assist with school preparation, encourage collaborative play, help children label and identify feelings, establish boundaries, develop and maintain friendships, read social cues, and improve imaginary play skills. These play oriented groups incorporate a variety of therapeutic approaches including the Floortime or DIR method, expressive play therapy techniques, and behavioral approaches. The primary goals for school age groups are to help your child develop and maintain friendships, learn to read social cues, identify and process feelings, build confidence, establish better boundaries, strengthen outdoor play skills, and explore feelings about social inclusion and exclusion.  These groups also incorporate a variety of therapeutic approaches including the Floortime or DIR method, expressive play therapy techniques, and behavioral approaches. Additionally, we offer a Sibling Support Group for school age children with a sibling diagnosed with a spectrum disorder.

Clinicians: Anne Fleury, LCSW 703-282-5937;Lisa Elkin, PsyD 571-238-6524; Cynthia Mathis, LMFT 703-401-5394

1487 Chain Bridge Road, Suite 300, McLean, VA 22101
www.mcleanpsychotherapy.com

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Mindwell Psychology Bethesda
Mindwell Psychology offers three groups for children, including: a group for elementary school girls who need help with friendships and managing anxiety/stress; a group for 3-4 year olds who need to practice social and play skills; and a group for boys in grades 3-5 who need help coping with daily stressors. All groups will be led by a licensed psychologist or master's level psychotherapist with expertise in cognitive behavioral therapy. Our therapists are warm, compassionate and highly skilled in group therapy. Your child  will be in excellent hands.

Group Coordinator: Dr. Jaclyn Halpern 301-581-1120 or email: drhalpern@mindwell.us

Psychologists:
Dr. Jaclyn Halpern, Dr. Talisha Lee
Clinical Social Worker: Susan Rail, LCSWC

5602 Shields Drive, Suite A
Bethesda, Maryland 20814
www.mindwell.us

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Moving Forward, PLC
We provide individual psychotherapy, psycho educational and social skill building groups for children, adolescents, adults, families and couples.  Included in our groups are those struggling with anxiety, depression, ADHD, ADD, social-behavioral disorders, separation/divorce, parenting challenges, Asperser’s Syndrome and other related disorders.  Our groups are short term and can be 4-5 weeks or lasting up to 12 weeks.  In our social skills and middle school groups we work on role plays, joining into groups, communication and conversation, looking for the friendly face, making and keeping friends, what to say and how to say it, self-control, self esteem building, anger management, problem solving and changing negatives to positives.  During the groups, members can bring up related topics that can be integrated into the group so everyone’s needs are met.  Our group members leave feeling changed and are able to transition what’s learned in our practice into everyday life.  We have enough staff that after the group is concluded you can come in if needed for individualized tune ups.

Contact: Michele Cole, BS, BSW, MSW, LCSW/Director, Group Coordinator
Email: mcole@movingforwardplc.com

Therapists: Michele Cole, LCSW, Amy Lehman, LPC, Bonnie Martin, LPC, Lisa Layman, LCSW

113 S. St. Asaph Street, Alexandria, VA 22314
117 S. St. Asaph Street, Alexandria, VA 22314
571-483-0306
www.movingforwardplc.com

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National Family Resiliency Center
KIDSCONNEX:  A one evening educational group is held throughout the year for children ages 6-12.  KidsConnex provides a sense of hope and a practical guide to handling family transitions through normalizing a family transition and teaching skills to help children cope with family change. GROUP THERAPY:  Age specific group programs are offered for children pre school through grade 8. Groups run from 8 to 12 weeks; 90 minutes per group session. Children learn techniques for identifying concerns, labeling and expressing feelings, problem solving and effective communication around family transition and divorce related issues. Parents are closely involved through individual and multiple family sessions.

Risa J. Garon, LCSW-C, BCD, CFLE; Susan Bilchik, NBCC, Ellen Levin, LGSW,  Elaine Drewyer, LCSW- C

451 Hungerford Drive, Suite 225, Rockville, MD 20850 
301-384-0079 

10632 Little Patuxent Parkway, Suite 121 Columbia, MD 21044
410-740-9553

14350 Solomons Island Road, Suite 202B, Solomons, MD 20688 
410-474-8500 

www.nfrchelp.org 

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Laura Rubinoff and Associates, Speech/Language Pathologists
Social Skillograpy: These groups are designed to  improve Social Thinking, Social Problem Solving and Pragmatic Language Functions. Our leaders (speech pathologists teamed with actors of improvisation and non-verbal communication) use Performing Arts, Improvisation, Video Modeling and Authentic Conversational Exchanges to improve Social Cognition. We introduce Michelle Garcia Winner strategies for recognizing your own and others' social minds, teach behaviors that make others feel good and think good thoughts about us and guide participants to internalize  behaviors and words that affect emotions across different social networks. Groups meet weekly for 90 minutes for 16 weeks. Co-ed and exclusively boys and girls groups; ages 5-12; grouped by age and skills level.

6505 Democracy Boulevard, Bethesda, MD 20817
301 493-4695
Contact: laurarubinoff@gmail.com

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Allison Sibley & Associates, PLLC
Activity-based groups for children offer an arena in which to practice personal and relational skills related to making and keeping friends. Groups provide opportunities for social skill building and processing experiences in an educational and engaging setting. Emphasis is on “playing out” and “talking through” friendship experiences, which may be influenced by a variety of issues including adjustment issues, self-esteem, ADHD, and emotional factors. Current co-ed [k-1st], boys [3rd-4th], and girls [4th-5th, 6th-8th, and 9th-11th/10th-12th] groups for school-aged children and middle/high school girls group are available.

Contact: Allison Sibley or Amanda Good

Allison Sibley, PhD, Clinical Social Worker; Amanda Good, MSW, Clinical Social Worker; Jacquelyn Horton, MSW, Clinical Social Worker; Molly Mattison, MSW, Clinical Social Worker; Gregg Moses, MSW, Clinical Social Worker; Lori Seifter, MSW, Clinical Social Worker

5236 44th Street NW #4, Washington DC 20015
202-237-1196 (office)
202-744-1086 (cell)
www.allisonsibleyassociates.com

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Lisa Maestri Snipper, LCSW
Lisa Snipper and Associates PLLC is a group practice in Reston VA, that provides, individual group and family counseling to children through adults. The social skills groups at Snipper and Associates provide the opportunity, in a small structured setting, for children to develop, practice, and enhance their interpersonal skills. Groups are kept small (5 at most) to maximize opportunities for the children to develop/practice the necessary skills that are needed to make and keep friends, as well as increase self esteem, and enhance emotional regulation. Groups are structured to provide opportunities for children in a play based setting.

11250 Roger Bacon Drive, Suite 6, Reston, VA 20191 
571-230-2349
www.atherapistforyou.com

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TLC - The Treatment and Learning Centers
TLC - The Treatment and Learning Centers Saturday Sensory Integration Groups are designed for children ages 4 ½ to 6 years who are experiencing sensory processing and motor planning difficulties.  An occupational therapist and assistants lead this series of fun-filled, small group sessions.  Participants work on self-regulation and sensory problems, play skills, motor planning, abstract thinking, sequencing, and socialization. The Kiwanis Clubs of Montgomery County Interaction Groups are designed for children ages 2 ½ to 6 years.  Utilizing strategies and techniques from the DIR® Floortime Model T, the Interaction Groups are led by a licensed and certified OT and SLP, a licensed psychologist, and assistants. Materials, toys, and equipment are chosen based on each child's individual sensory and learning preferences.  Facilitated play is used to foster children's engagement, communication, and problem solving.  Parent coaching and parent support groups are part of the program for young children.
The Pencil Pals handwriting program is a small group experience to enhance handwriting skills, using a sensory-integrative approach to fine motor skill development. Outdoor Adventures is a series of fun-filled, small group summer activities held outdoors at area parks.  The activities are designed for children experiencing difficulty in the areas of sensory processing, motor planning, communication, and interaction. TLC also provides individual speech and occupational therapy services, audiology services, psycho-educational testing and academic tutoring, and summer camp programs for children with speech and occupational therapy needs, as well as parent education and support groups.

Director of Outpatient Services: Janet Graves-Wright, MM, MSEd, CCC-SLP
Director of Administrative Services:  Julie Bobrow

2092 Gaither Road, Suite 100, Rockville, MD 20850
301-424-5200
www.ttlc.org

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Daniel Turetsky, PsyD, Psychologist
Activity based groups focus on the development of social skills within an enjoyable, engaging, supportive and therapeutic environment. Goals include improving children's self-esteem and regulation, social interest and confidence, and awareness of self and others to facilitate more successful interactions and positive relationships with both peers and adults.  

4809 Saint Elmo Ave., Bethesda, MD 20814
301-913-5947
Email: danisaact@aol.com

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