Alisa Breetz, M.A., PhD
Alisa received her bachelor’s degree from Brown University and her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from American University. Alisa completed her clinical psychology internship at Duke University Medical Center where she trained under nationally recognized experts in Dialectical Behavior Therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. While in graduate school at American, she completed an externship with Dr. Christine Courtois, an internationally known trauma specialist and a colleague of Dr. Sprei’s. As a Clinical Associate with Dr. Courtois, Alisa specialized in the treatment of complex and cumulative trauma following a relationship-based therapy approach. Alisa has also been a Psychology Associate at Stixrud & Associates conducting psycho-educational and neuropsychological testing and has been an adjunct faculty instructor at American University and a Clinical affiliate at George Washington University Counseling Center.
Dr. Breetz welcomes clients with a wide range of concerns, including mood, anxiety, and personality disorder issues. Alisa has particular research and clinical interest in the treatment of self-destructive behaviors and symptoms related to emotional dysregulation. She enjoys helping clients to identify their personal goals and values and to develop specific skills to create a more rewarding and value-driven life. She is committed to providing compassionate treatment that balances change with acceptance of current realities. Her approach to psychotherapy is collaborative, empathic, result-oriented, and flexible, and emphasizes the importance of creating a genuine, supportive and honest therapeutic relationship.
In addition to clinical practice, Dr. Breetz has published and presented research topics related to mindful attention and awareness, fear of emotion, and rejection sensitivity. She continues to be actively engaged in research and believes in the importance of evidence-based clinical practice.
At DBTMaryland, Alisa works with young adults and adults providing Comprehensive DBT. Alisa facilitates one of our adult DBTskills groups and provides supervision.
Annie Kimball, Psy.D.
Dr. Kimball is a Maryland licensed psychologist specializing in the treatment of mood disorders, anxiety, trauma, and behavioral and emotional dysregulation.
Dr. Kimball graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Psychology and Sociology from Clark University. She went on to earn her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology in 2012. While earning her degree, Dr. Kimball received training in the treatment of complex trauma and behavioral disorders at multiple inpatient treatment facilities. She completed an APA-accredited internship at the John L. Gildner Regional Institute for Children and Adolescents (JLG-RICA), a therapeutic day school residential treatment where she remains as a staff psychologist and supervisor. At JLG-RICA, Dr. Kimball provides DBT individual, family and group therapy. In addition, Dr. Kimball is a clinical supervisor, a member of the DBT consultation team, and the leader of the Huddle Up and Cope Team which provides trauma assessment and treatment. Dr.Kimball also provides neuropsychological assessments.
Prior to Dr. Kimball also had 6 years of experience providing individual, and group psychotherapy in a variety of outpatient practices in Maryland.
At Dr. Judi Spreiand Associates, DBTMaryland, Annie treats adolescents, young adults, and adults and facilitates one of our adult DBT skills groups.
Amanda Jacob Pezzanite, LCSW-C
Amanda Jacob Pezzanite offers Comprehensive DBT for adolescents and young adults. She enjoys including families in skills groups and family therapy when appropriate. Amanda has particular interest and expertise in the treatment of trauma using DBT-PE (prolonged exposure.)
Amanda graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Social Work from Hood College. She went on to get her Master's in clinical social work with concentrations in mental health and substance abuse. While in graduate school she provided individual and group therapy at an outpatient substance abuse treatment center in Frederick, MD. Just after graduating she moved to Honduras to be a volunteer resource teacher for eight months.
In addition to her work at DBTMaryland, Amanda also works at the John L. Gildner Regional Children and Adolescents (JGL-RICA) in Rockville, MD. Amanda received training in DBT while at RICA. At RICA, she provides group, family and individual therapy for children with emotional disabilities including, but not limited to autism spectrum disorders, major depressive disorders, generalized anxiety disorders, conduct disorders, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Amanda also leads DBT multi-family skills groups and DBT graduate groups.
At DB Maryland, Amanda currently provides individual DBT, DBT-PE and facilitates our young adolescent, older adolescent, and advanced adolescent Amanda also provides supervision.
Hope Qi, LGSW
Hope Qi offers individual DBT for adolescents and adults on weekdays, evenings and Sundays.
Hope graduated from Columbia School of Social Work with a Master of Science in Social Work and successfully completed the Dialectical Behavior Therapy Training Program. Hope has additional training in motivational interviewing, exposure therapy, and cognitive behavioral therapies for advanced suicide risk assessments.
As a DBT intern in the Adult Outpatient Psychiatry Department at Long Island Jewish Medical Center, Hope conducted DBT individual therapy and DBT skills training to treat patients who suffer from borderline personality disorder and other co-occurring mental health disorders. She also had experience working with middle and high school students effectively utilizing evidence-based clinical practice to address school and family-related stress.
Having the experience of growing up and studying in both China and the United States, Hope developed the understanding and interest to explore how cultural differences and family of origin issues impact her clients' well-being. She is able to provide treatment in both Mandarin and English.
In addition to her work at Dr. Judi Sprei & Associates, DBTMaryland, Hope works in an intensive outpatient substance abuse treatment program for adolescents and young adults in Cabin John, Maryland where she provides DBT individual treatment and DBT skills training to help clients achieve their life worth living goals.
Drew Rosenzweig, LCSW-C, LICSW
Drew Rosenzweig is a Clinical Social Worker who, in addition to providing individual DBT to adolescents and young adults, leads our young adult DBT skills group.
Drew graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park, with a Bachelor's degree in Communications. She then earned her Master's degree in Social Work from Fordham University, Graduate School of Social Service, in New York. After graduation, Drew worked as a Social Worker in charter schools both in NewYork City and Washington, D.C., where she provided individual and group therapy to elementary and middle school students.
In addition to her work at Dr. Judi Sprei and Associates, DBTMaryalnd, Drew currently works at John J. Gildner Regional Institue for Children and Adolescents (JGL-RICA) where she provides individual, family and group therapy for children and adolescents who present with a wide variety of mental health concerns. At RICA, Drew leads DBT skills and as well as other evidence-based groups focused on learning communication skills and effective coping skills.
Drew strives to provide a safe and supportive environment for her clients by building a strong therapeutic alliance. Drew believes in building her clients' strengths as a way to empower them to make lasting changes.
Elissa Stieglitz, Ph.D.
Elissa Stieglitz received her BA from Barnard College, her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology, Yeshiva University completed post-doctoral training at The Washington School of Psychiatry Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy Program.
Elissa has been a clinical team leader at RICA since 1996 and a staff psychologist at RICA since 1993. Elissa has been part of RICA's DBT program since 2014 after receiving training in both inpatient and outpatient DBT.
At Dr. Judi Sprei and Associates, DBTMaryland, Elissa specializes in working with parents providing therapy and parent coaching to individuals, couples and families.
Ethan Ulanow, LMSW
Ethan specializes in treating adolescents and their parents. He is trained in both Dialectical Behavior Therapy and Cognitive Behavior Therapy and has advanced training in suicide risk assessment and exposure therapy.
Ethan received his Master's degree from Columbia University where he successfully completed the Dialectical Behavior Therapy Training Program, one of the leading graduate training programs in DBT in the country. As an intern at eh Long Island Jewish Zucker Hillside Hospital Child and Adolescent Outpatient Department, Ethan conducted individual DBT and skills groups, as well as children's social skills groups. While at LIJ, Ethan treated clients who had Borderline Personality Disorder, Bipolar 1 & 2, and other co-occurring mental health disorders.
In addition to his work at Dr. Judi Sprei and Associates, DBTMaryland, Ethan works at a local social service agency where he provides individual and family therapy.
Deborah Zlotnik, Ph.D.
Dr. Deborah Zlotnik, a Maryland Licensed Psychologist, conducts our parents' groups. Dr. Zlotnik graduated with a Bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Rochester and went on to get her in Clinical Psychology from St. John's University in New York. Her internship was at La Rabida Children's Hospital in Chicago where she specialized in complex trauma. For her postdoctoral fellowship, Dr. Zlotnik continued pursuing her interest in trauma at the Audrey Hepburn Children's House in Hackensack, New Jersey. Deborah served as a psychologist and supervisor at the John L. Gildner Regional and Adolescents (JGL-RICA) in Rockville, MD where she received training in DBT. At RICA, she provided individual, family, and group therapy for adolescents with emotional disabilities including, but not limited to, major depressive disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, bipolar disorder, and hyperactivity disorder. Dr. Zlotnik also conducted DBT multi-family adolescent skills and graduate groups. In addition to her work at RICA and conducting DBT groups, Dr. Zlotnik specializes in comprehensive assessments for learning disorders, ADHD, and other psychological disorders. Deborah currently holds a position at Children's Hospital.