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Welcome to the 2023 Faces of Bethesda Magazine in its new form as a standalone magazine! As you may have noticed, there have been big changes afoot for Bethesda Magazine and its website. We recently rebranded to MoCo360, a name more reflective of the area we serve, and one that encapsulates our community-rooted values. While we have changed our overarching name, Bethesda Magazine is, and will continue to be, our flagship print offering. Always dynamic and never static, we want to be progressive, proactive, and reflective of the changes in our community while staying true to our readers who have called Bethesda Magazine their home magazine for almost 20 years.
Faces has been one of our most successful annual profile sections for the past seven years. It’s a place where business owners in our community can provide our readership with information—not just about their business and its place in the community, but about who they are as people. The sentiment that I’ve heard repeatedly from readers and advertisers (who are our readers, too) is that this profile section is not just informative, but also humanizing. Often, what our readers might discover about a business
leads directly to action. Whether it’s discovering a new doctor or trying out a new restaurant, these profiles serve our larger purpose of fostering community. And this is at the heart of our relationship with our readership.
That’s why, after years of running this profile section within the magazine, we have decided to give the 2023 Faces of Bethesda Magazine its own platform in the form of a stand-alone edition. We said from day one that if we did this, it had to look and feel different from anything we’ve done before—something noticeably unique. Due to our design team’s tireless work, we believe we have come up with a concept befitting this special section (now edition), and we could not be more excited to share this with you.
Thank you for your continued support, and please enjoy the 2023 Faces of Bethesda MagazineBrendan Martin VICE PRESIDENT OF BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT
THE FACE OF
Avi Benaim, President & Andrew Newell, Commercial Division Manager
A.B.E. Networks is the Washington, D.C. metro area’s premier provider for residential and commercial technology design and custom integration and has been for more than 30 years. The award-winning firm takes a holistic approach to building smart spaces by utilizing the design phase focusing on collaboration and aesthetics while emphasizing current and future use cases. Avi Benaim, founder and president, has built his reputation on exemplary customer service from
project inception to continuing care because the client bond doesn’t end when the project does.
A.B.E Networks’ services and offerings include wireless and wired enterprise-grade data networks, multimedia meeting rooms, security cameras and integrated security systems, access control, interactive education technology, audio/video systems, custom automation solutions, automated lighting control, motorized window treatments, structured wiring and more.
THE FACE OF Advocacy in Divorce and Family Law ALMAN & ALMAN, LLC
The attorneys at Alman & Alman, LLC have over 50 years of experience in the fields of divorce, alimony, custody, child support and domestic violence in Maryland. They understand that along with determined legal work, family law matters require honest, dedicated and empathetic counsel. And because every case is unique, they take extra time to learn the details of their clients’ issues so that they can zealously advocate for them.
As a boutique firm, Alman & Alman, LLC ensures that their clients are knowledgeable partners and understand their rights, best options and likely outcomes. Together, they work closely to resolve matters by negotiation, mediation or trial.
Elliott Alman is a past Family Law Chair at the American Association for Justice and has been named in the Maryland and Washington, D.C. “Super Lawyers” list.
THE FACE OF Experience and Integrity in Real Estate
LONG & FOSTER ALL POINTS
Andy and Jessie Alderdice, Realtors
Close relationships with clients have always worked for this top-producing and trusted mother-and-daughter team during their 46-plus combined years of real estate experience. As the market changes, Andy and Jessie adapt to what it requires— they’ve seen all the ups and downs and can advise their clients on the best, strategic paths forward. “We don’t take on too many clients at one time, so listing
clients and buyers work directly with us,” says Andy. The fifth- and sixthgeneration Washingtonians bring deep local knowledge, experience and strong community connections from being born and raised in area neighborhoods.
Licensed in Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia, Andy and Jessie provide realistic information on property values, market insights and smart opinions on what buyers and sellers can expect in the area.
OF An Award-Winning Real Estate Team THE BANNER TEAM
As one of the most successful, award-winning teams locally and nationally, specializing in luxury and upper bracket properties, the Banner Team prides themselves on an unsurpassed level of commitment to their clients. Personifying their motto of A Team behind every Transaction!, they make buying and selling a home an enjoyable, anxiety-free experience. This dynamic, hard-working team is
committed to excellence in buying, selling and custom building. Their expertise enables them to successfully guide all kinds of clients in all kinds of markets. In addition to their love of real estate, the team is driven by a love for their community. Through their Pay it Forward Program, they donate a portion of every commission to local charities, hosting community events and serving local organizations.
THE FACE OF Happy Clients
BARBARA NALLS, SENIOR VP, TTR SOTHEBY’S INTERNATIONAL REALTY
For Barbara, nothing means more than when clients who have become friends refer her to friends of their own. “I can’t think of a higher compliment,” she says.
So, when after a challenging but successful 2020 transaction, her clients began referring their friends from Yale School of the Environment, she was thrilled. Four transactions later, she feels like part
of the group. “We’ve really become friends. It’s one of the perks of the job.”
Barbara has been a recognized top agent for more than 25 years, and the top individual agent for TTR’s Bethesda office for five years running. Her secret? Market experience and strong strategic thinking that wins for her clients—even in this challenging market—plus persistence, good humor and a genuine warmth that shows.
Kind, patient and fun, Dr. Shin has been called a “child whisperer.”
After 20-plus years delivering care to families, she is changing perceptions of how kids see dentists. Even more than her academic accolades and awards, she considers that her biggest accomplishment is helping young patients develop and maintain healthy oral habits.
Born in Korea, she grew up in Brazil, and
moved to California and fell in love with the United States. After Sept. 11, she joined the Army and worked at Walter Reed. Known for pediatric dental advances, her office offers the best in technology and tailored dental approaches for each child, along with organic dental cleaning and biocompatible materials. “I’ve always loved working with and treating children,” she says. “I relate to their fears of the unknown!”
THE FACE OF Annapolis Homes
TTR SOTHEBY’S ANNAPOLIS
Brad Kappel, Executive Vice President
As the leading Waterfront Real Estate Agent in Maryland, Brad has spent more than 15 years serving the real estate, home construction and renovation needs of clients on the Eastern Shore. But he doesn’t just sell a waterfront lifestyle— he lives it! The Kappel family has called Annapolis home for three generations. He still spends any downtime exploring the waterways of the Chesapeake Bay
by boat or paddleboard and enjoying time with his wife, two children and golden retriever at their home on the Severn River.
If you’re looking for an insider understanding of the unique differences in each of the area’s waterfront communities, Brad can deliver. His extensive knowledge of the Annapolis area luxury home and waterfront market is second-to-none.
THE FACE OF Joyful Learning BULLIS
Located on 102 acres in Potomac, Md., Bullis is a K-12 independent school that prepares students to be critical thinkers, joyful lifelong learners and impactful global citizens. The student-centered community embraces diversity, honors integrity and fosters belonging. Students develop passions by exploring opportunities in academics, arts, athletics and service. Bullis believes the best education is achieved when students choose from
a broad range of options that encourage flexible thinking, cultivate empathy and help build meaningful relationships. Students gain problem-solving skills in an environment where teachers push the boundaries of traditional learning practices to connect curricula to the real world in classes like entrepreneurship, making for social good, and design thinking. Every day, Bullis students boldly journey outside of their comfort zones in pursuit of self-discovery.
Whether you’re starting out in life or near retirement, the right financial plan can help you move forward with confidence. With over 100 years of combined experience, over 2,500 clients served, and a combined $650 million in assets under advisement as of 2023, the advisors at Capital Harvest are prepared to help you grow the life or business you want, guiding you every step of the way.
Each Capital Harvest advisor begins by getting to know every client they serve, listening carefully to their individual goals and needs. They serve their clients using a wide range of investment opportunities including investment management, retirement savings, college savings plans, and more. Their skilled advisors can help you create a brighter financial future –for generations to come.
MoCo’s Premier Real Estate Team
REDFIN REAL ESTATE
Buying or selling a home is an intricate process involving many moving parts and large amounts of money. Picking the right real estate agent to be your advocate — by your side every step of the way — is essential to a successful transaction. But choosing the right person can be challenging. With a combined 230+ years of experience, Montgomery County’s Redfin Premier team ranks in the top 1 percent of agents working
in luxury real estate, offering first-rate knowledge and understanding of the local market. Leading with honesty and integrity, they always put clients’ needs first, striving to provide unrivaled service while helping people navigate the often stressful real estate process as seamlessly as possible. The team’s hands-on approach, coupled with Redfin’s powerful technology, ensures that clients are well-positioned for real estate success.
THE FACE OF Pediatric Dentistry:
& All Things Myo
CHEVY CHASE PEDIATRIC DENTISTRY
Karen Benitez, DDS, QOM
We welcome you with palpable vibrancy because we love what we do! Our office design is inviting with serene calmness, transitioning to pops of color. The kids’ nook, interactive wall-toys, costume sunglasses, toy-wall and movies bring your littles closer to comfort. “These decisions help kids gain confidence,” says Dr. Karen.
Our airway practice focuses on the earliest signs of proper oral resting postures to provide optimal
early facial growth and development. We work collaboratively with orthodontists, pediatricians, ENTs, lactation counselors, speech pathologists, occupational therapists and chiropractors to support our patients from infancy. Oromyofunctional therapy surrounding tongue posture is critical for proper “face-forward” growth trajectories. As an airway-focused pediatric dentist, Dr. Karen provides newborn, toddler and children’s functional tonguetie releases to optimize growth of the facial skeleton.
THE FACE OF Gratitude in Real Estate
ROADS TO HOME REAL ESTATE, LONG & FOSTER GATEWAY OFFICEChris Rhodes
“We help buyers and sellers from the Beltway to the beach,” says Chris. “We listen to your needs and come up with winwin strategies. We aren’t about our numbers or transactions; we just want to provide solutions.”
Chris was Rookie of the Year for Long & Foster more than 20 years ago and today is a top producer and top Realtor nationwide. He and his team work around the metro area and Delaware serving client needs.
A native of both Bethesda and Falls Church City, Chris knows all metro area markets and neighborhoods. His father was a builder and developer and mother an interior designer. “I’m thankful to have been born into this business and I just love it,” he says.
THE FACE OF Eastern Shore Real Estate
BENSON & MANGOLD
Chuck Mangold, Jr.
Aleading agent in all price ranges for more than 20 years, Chuck joined Benson & Mangold in 2001. He prides himself on being in all things Eastern Shore Real Estate, including waterfront, inland and commercial properties in Talbot, Queen Anne’s, Caroline and Dorchester counties.
He brings unmatched knowledge, experience and customer service to the table for every client’s need in a seamless purchase or sale. No matter what stage of the homebuying or selling process you are in, Chuck and his team have the resources and expertise to assist. Armed with a dedicated, full-time staff, he is free to market your home or find you your dream home.
THE FACE OF Facelifts
COSMETIC SURGERY ASSOCIATES
DeanJabs, MD, PhD, FACS & Keshav Magge, MD, FACS
Cosmetic Surgery Associates offers the latest in face-lift, neck-lift, eyelid surgery and facial rejuvenation procedures in a safe, caring environment. The doctors are board-certified, fully trained plastic surgeons specializing in this unique art and science.
The practice strives to ensure patients are well informed and feel confident in their choices. Their comfort and well-being are priorities – before, during and after
procedures. Communication is open, direct and honest.
All surgery is performed in their accredited outpatient surgical operating suites. There are many options available depending upon the goal of the patient. The doctors carefully explain the procedures they recommend to help you reach your individual goals.
They have thousands of happy patients. Come for a free consult to explore your options.
THE FACE OF Accessible Real Estate
The home buying and selling process doesn’t have to be intimidating. With D’Ann Melnick as your trusted guide, navigating a successful real estate transaction can be a swift and enjoyable experience. A skilled negotiator, she thrives in a competitive market, thinking outside the box to craft unique and innovative strategies, distinguishing clients in multiple-offer situations.
While D’Ann admits it is easy to get discouraged in a high-cost-of-living area, she is committed to helping people realize their real estate dreams and removing common barriers to home ownership. “To me, a luxury experience should not just be about a price point,” she says. “An excellent journey to homeownership is for everyone.”
THE FACE OF Westbrook Neighborhood Homes
DANA RICE GROUP OF COMPASS
Specializing in the unique collection of “Westbrook” neighborhoods (Westmoreland Hills, Westgate, Brookdale, Green Acres, Crestview, among others), Dana Rice is a familiar and trusted resource in Bethesda and Chevy Chase real estate. “Homes in these neighborhoods are well-built and extremely desirable for their proximity to Friendship Heights and D.C.,” says Rice. “My team lives and works here, which makes a huge difference as we serve our clients.”
From small bungalows to expansive custom new homes, through Bethesda, Chevy Chase and Washington, D.C., Dana Rice brings a depth of community knowledge that makes a difference for sellers and buyers alike. With unmatched marketing insight, an on-staff stager, an interior designer and a roster of go-to experts, the Dana Rice Group brings concierge service to each client.
THE FACE OF A Top Divorce Lawyer and Author
JOSEPH GREENWALD & LAAKE, PADavid Bulitt, Attorney at Law
Awarded as a Leader in Law for Alternative Dispute Resolution by the Maryland State Bar Association in 2023, David Bulitt is a nationally-recognized family law specialist who advocates for his clients’ best interests with the same fervor he would want someone to fight for his. A skilled mediator and litigator with extensive knowledge of divorce’s impact on special needs children, Bulitt is not afraid to think outside the box and is often appointed by local courts to mediate high-conflict custody and financial disputes.
Married to a family therapist and a father of four daughters, Bulitt brings unique perspective to every client’s case. He and wife Julie’s second book, Secrets of Strong Couples, is scheduled for release on July 11, 2023. Their award-winning first book, The Five Core Conversations for Couples, was published in 2020.
THE FACE OF Retirement Planning
DAVID B. HURWITZ, CFP, CRPC, CRPS, RICP, APMA, BFA
The alphabet soup after my name is evidence of my commitment to the specific needs around retirement planning strategies.
I hold the Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor (CRPC), Retirement Income Chartered Professional (RICP) and Chartered Retirement Plans Specialist (CRPS) designations, on top of being a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER practitioner (CFP).
Our team helps clients not only plan for how to make their money last throughout retirement, but also all the other challenges, like planning for kids and grandkids, dealing with volatile markets, and often coaching people on how to spend and enjoy their money. When it comes to retirement planning strategies, we can help with saving, growing, preserving or gifting your nest egg. Visit our website to request a complimentary initial consultation. 301-263-8509
David B. Hurwitz, CFP, CRPC, CRPSSM, RICP, APMA, is a Private Wealth Advisor with Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC in Bethesda, MD. He specializes in fee-based financial planning and asset management strategies and has been in practice for 20 years.
Advisor is licensed and registered to do business with U.S. residents only in the state(s) of [insert state(s)].
The initial consultation provides an overview of financial planning concepts. You will not receive written analysis and/ or recommendations.
Investment products are not insured by the FDIC, NCUA or any federal agency, are not deposits or obligations of, or guaranteed by any financial institution, and involve investment risks including possible loss of principal and fluctuation in value. Investment advisory products and services are made available through Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC, a registered investment adviser.
Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC. Member FINRA and SIPC. © 2023 Ameriprise Financial, Inc. All rights reserved.PHOTO BY HILARY SCHWAB
THE FACE OF Custom Homes
DOUGLAS CONSTRUCTION GROUP (DCG)
Doug Monsein, Founder
Twenty-plus years ago, Doug Monsein blended his business acumen with a passion for building, deep knowledge of construction and a fanatical eye for detail to create the Douglas Construction Group (DCG). With happy clients as their best ambassadors, they’ve just delivered their 200th home. With every client’s vision of their new custom home as their north star, the DCG build process includes:
1. Extraordinary communication before, during and after construction
2. A keenly organized and stress-free fixture and finish selection process aided by an experienced on-staff decorator
3. Trade professionals and vendors dedicated to DCG’s high standards and expectations
4. A deep commitment to green building practices. DCG is the only builder to receive the recognition of Bethesda’s Best Green Builder as voted by Bethesda Magazine readers.
THE FACE OF Family
EISEN BLACKSTONE GROUP
Roberta Eisen & Carly Blackstone
Roberta Eisen, M.Ed., LPC, NCC, and Carly Blackstone, Psy.D. are skilled practitioners in coaching, mediation, parent and family coordination, and therapy and reunification services for individuals, families and children. For more than three decades, their expertise has assisted parents and children through the transitions of family reorganization.
Spurred by the rise in family separation and divorce triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic,
the mother-daughter duo founded Eisen Blackstone Group in 2021 to serve families in Washington, D.C. and nationwide with counseling and mediation services to improve outcomes for children and parents alike.
This year, Eisen and Blackstone are expanding services by forming a nonprofit organization, the D.C. Children’s Institute, to help ensure support services are attainable for all families, regardless of their socioeconomic status.
THE FACE OF Architecture
ELIE BEN ARCHITECTURE, LLC
Maryam Tabrizchi, AIA, NCARB
Elie Ben Architecture is an award-winning architectural firm, designing custom and speculative homes. The firm provides services to homeowners and builders planning to renovate or build new stunning homes.
Maryam Tabrizchi, AIA, NCARB is the principal architect. With about 20 years of experience in commercial and residential architecture, she is dedicated to contributing to neighborhood reinvigoration by designing innovative yet practical and cost-effective custom and speculative homes. Her goal is to design projects that are welcoming from outside and functional and loving inside. She believes that each custom house should be unique, representing the owner’s lifestyle.
Elie Ben Architecture values clients’ expectations and is committed to a seamless client experience. With the client’s vision in mind, the firm designs living spaces that are both inspiring and timeless.
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THE FACE OF Family Formation
FAMILY FORMATION LAW OFFICEJennifer Fairfax
Clients who want to fulfill their dream of becoming a parent through adoption or assisted reproductive technology (ART) turn to Jennifer Fairfax for her expertise, compassion and commitment to excellence. Jennifer has specialized in family formation for decades and brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to this complex area of law. She represents gestational carriers, intended parents, donors, adoptive parents and birth parents placing children for adoption and guides clients through the adoption experience or ART arrangements. Everyone is treated with the utmost care and respect during what is an understandably stressful process.
Recognized by her peers as a leader in the field, she is an author, speaker and collaborator both locally, nationally and across the globe. She is licensed in Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C.
THE FACE OF Family Law
FELDESMAN TUCKER LEIFER FIDELL LLP FAMILY LAW GROUP
The dissolution of a marriage or relationship is often challenging and emotionally draining. Feldesman Tucker’s award-winning Family Law Group (FTLF) understands the high stakes of divorce and family law matters — including allocating complicated financial assets, child custody, protecting clients’ reputations and their safety, and preserving financial resources. FTLF delivers sophisticated, individualized representation, allowing clients to move forward successfully with
their lives. FTLF attorneys consider the entire mosaic, incorporating a holistic approach and focusing on long-term priorities. Whether through negotiation, litigation, Collaborative Law or mediation, FTLF’s team develops strategies to best meet clients’ needs and protect children’s best interests. Serving clients in Maryland, D.C. and Virginia, FTLF’s Family Law Group is consistently recognized by MoCo360, Washingtonian and Northern Virginia Magazine and named a “Best Law Firm” by U.S. News-Best Lawyers
THE FACE OF Criminal Law
FELSEN & SARGENT LLC
Voted a Bethesda Magazine
Top Attorney for Criminal Law since 2019, David Felsen brings experience, knowledge and zeal to his client focused representation of those charged with crimes. David has been voted a Super Lawyer and included in the Daily Record’s 2022 Criminal Law Power List. As a professor at the Washington School of Law, he brings passion for law to educating future lawyers.
With more than 35 years of trial experience, David is a known personality in Montgomery County courthouses. Known for providing individualized client services, David offers close client contact with an emphasis on clients knowing all facets of their case, so each client can make informed decisions.
David Felsen zealously represents clients charged with traffic, criminal, and juvenile offenses throughout Maryland.
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THE FACE OF Outstanding
As a certified orthodontic specialist, Dr. Murphy and her team at Friendship Heights Orthodontics are experts at creating healthy, beautiful smiles in children, teens and adults. Treatment is tailored to your life, using the latest technologies to achieve your smile goals comfortably and efficiently. You couldn’t be in better hands— out of all practices using Invisalign, Friendship Heights Orthodontics is certified in the top 1 percent, making Dr. Murphy a Diamond Invisalign Provider. Friendship Heights
Orthodontics is conveniently located in Northwest Washington, D.C., only a few minutes from Chevy Chase. The office is just steps from the Friendship Heights Metro stop, and there’s on-site parking available. Visit FrienshipHeightsOrtho.com or read online reviews from patients to see what this outstanding team can do for you.
THE FACE OF Risk Mitigation Strategies
GARTENHAUS WEALTH MANAGEMENT
Howard Perlroth, APMA, Chief Operating Officer
Meet Howard Perlroth, financial advisor with Gartenhaus Wealth Management, an advisory practice of Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC. With over 24 years of experience, Howard has helped numerous clients navigate market uncertainty and manage risk.
Affectionately known as HP, his specialized approach focuses on risk mitigation utilizing alternative solutions to preserve your wealth, destress your portfolio and plan for a successful
retirement. HP takes pride in creating personalized strategies, tailoring his advice to client’s unique goals and risk tolerance.
With HP’s experience in managed future strategies and their non-correlated nature, he provides valuable diversification benefits to clients, especially during periods of elevated stress.
If you’re feeling overwhelmed by market volatility, or need help with your retirement planning, Howard Perlroth can help you achieve greater financial peace of mind.
A Lifelong Love of Learning
GENEVA DAY SCHOOL
Two fish plus three fish is ... Five fish. Ms. O’Donnell, teacher of 4s at Geneva Day School, leads Dr. Seussinspired addition.
“Math is part of children’s everyday lives,” says Ms. O’Donnell. “We teach math. . . through a variety of techniques while making math fun!”
It adds up...
Geneva’s innovative, academic curriculum is powered by STEAM and includes specialized art, environmental education,
mindfulness, music and physical education. Passionate, highly-trained staff guide students to learn and play whether indoors at a table or outdoors exploring. Themes shape lessons and place student interests first.
Of this award-winning school’s exceptional classes and extraordinary programs, Dr. Seuss may have remarked: “Oh, the places you’ll go. . .”
Such destinations include a creek (teeming with fish!) that borders the school’s gorgeous Maryland Green School grounds.
GEORGETOWN HILL EARLY SCHOOL
Ashlee Zhang, T-K Teacher
Love Where They Learn...
Georgetown Hill opened its doors in the heart of downtown Bethesda in fall of 2021. Their preschool program and before/after care programs have led the childcare industry with a play-based, joyful approach to learning. The school’s P.L.A.N. curriculum is research-based and time-tested, all revolving around a child- and familyfirst environment. As a non-profit
organization, they believe in giving back to families and the community and have been doing so for 42 years! Their whole-child approach to learning is evident as happy teachers create happy children, and in return, happy parents. Call today to learn about all 13 campuses located across Montgomery, Prince Georges and Frederick Counties. Come discover why the school is a “family and not a franchise!”
THE FACE OF Collaborative Pediatric Dental Care
HARMONY PEDIATRIC DENTISTRY & ORTHODONTICSDrs. Sholander & Goodman
Harmony takes a functional approach to treatment by looking at dental health as it relates to the whole body. A child’s growth and development is influenced by many factors, including genetics and lifestyle habits. The way a child’s mouth develops will affect not only their teeth but also how well they breathe and even sleep! Collaborative care involves family education such as discussing lifestyle habits like food choices
or bedtime routines. Other times it means helping kids kick thumb and pacifier habits, or recommending early orthodontic treatment to redirect growth.
Drs. Goodman and Sholander are board-certified specialists who’ve created a patient-centered practice with an integrative and efficient style. The practice offers comprehensive dental care for children and orthodontics for the entire family.
THE FACE OF Academic & Executive Function Coaching
ILLUMINOS ACADEMIC COACHING & TUTORINGWendy Weinberger, President & Co-Founder
Wendy is co-founder and president of Illuminos, the leading Academic and Executive Function Coaching company in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area for third grade through college. In her words, “We don’t just teach students what to learn—we teach them how to learn— and how to advocate for what they need. Our research-driven curriculum is customized for each student, and we coordinate with the child’s circle of support to enable them to achieve improvements in their academics, emotional well-being, independence and social skills.”
Wendy’s intellect, empathy and nurturing spirit are woven into the fabric of Illuminos. Illuminos’ approach is unique, individualized and holistic. Expert coaches work one-on-one with students in their homes—both in person and virtually—teaching critical foundational skills, such as organization, time management and study skills, while building selfconfidence and supporting subjectmatter needs.
THE FACE OF Dental Implants
Israel Puterman DMD MSD & Alan M. Levine, DDS
When you need specialized care, you deserve doctors with the highest level of expertise. This practice focuses on providing you with the latest and most trusted technology, while also prioritizing your experience as a whole. The doctors pay extra attention to making your visits more comfortable and relaxing. Whether you have to replace teeth with implants, have gum recession, gum disease, a gummy smile, or simply want their opinion, they can help.
With all the latest technology, including 3D microscopes, digital guided surgery, laser periodontics and minimally-invasive techniques, they provide the highest level of care. IV sedation lets you take a comfortable nap during any procedure. Repeatedly voted by peers as a ‘Top Dentist,’ they provide world-class periodontics and implant dentistry in the most relaxing of atmospheres.
THE FACE OF Engaged Living
AT KING FARM
Ingleside at King Farm offers an engaging lifestyle. This modern, dynamic community offers the full continuum of care including independent living, assisted living, memory support assisted living, skilled nursing and home care services. Through person-centered programs, Ingleside at King Farm provides an environment that supports active lifestyles both on
campus and beyond. The community’s Center for Healthy Living engages the body, mind and spirit with a cultural arts center and exceptional amenities. An art studio, coffee bar, yoga studio, day spa and saltwater pool are just some of the features to enjoy. The unique location in a walkable Rockville neighborhood offers easy access to parks, shopping, restaurants and the nation’s capital.
THE FACE OF Cosmetic and Dental Implants
Dr. Jason Cohen’s patients appreciate the artistry that goes into his dentistry. His practice offers gentle treatment in a caring atmosphere and aims to preserve, protect and enhance patients’ dental health, while treating patients like family. He and his staff prove that going to the dentist can be an enjoyable experience.
Ranging from simple aesthetic bonding to complex implant dentistry, Dr. Cohen’s office utilizes digital radiography and photography to ensure the most ideal aesthetic results. Dr. Cohen, a detail-oriented perfectionist, and his team have a commitment to continuing education that enables them to provide the most current, state-of-the-art care.
Practicing in the area since 2002, Dr. Cohen lives in Bethesda with his wife, Stacy, and sons Corey and Blake.
THE FACE OF High-Stakes Divorce Cases
JOSEPH GREENWALD & LAKE PAJeffrey N. Greenblatt
When something important is at stake in your divorce — a significant right at issue — Jeffrey N. Greenblatt, a leader in Montgomery County family law, is the tenacious attorney you want by your side. Experience is integral to successfully navigating the minefield of complex, emotionallycharged family law matters, and Greenblatt has negotiated or tried well over 1,000 cases in a career spanning five decades.
With compassion, honesty and patience, he always lays out a clear case roadmap, ensuring clients, many misinformed and discouraged by their spouses, will understand their rights and the legal process.
“I love helping people who cannot help themselves, and I hate seeing someone being taken advantage of,” says Greenblatt, perennially recognized by Best Lawyers and Super Lawyers. “I will not let something go if I know it’s in my client’s best interests.”
JOHNS HOPKINS MEDICINE,
Johns Hopkins neurosurgeons Louis Chang, Youssef Comair and ShihChun (David) Lin bring the quality and expertise of Johns Hopkins to the Greater Washington area. Patients are seen at their Bethesda office at 10215 Fernwood Road, Suite 412, and most surgeries are performed at Suburban Hospital.
The doctors practice patient-centered care by treating the patient, not just the signs and symptoms.
They offer comprehensive, tailored treatment for neurosurgical conditions, including minimally invasive treatments for brain and spinal disorders, and they promote personalized care before and after surgery.
Following consultation and throughout treatment, the team works with the patient’s physicians to determine the best plan. To learn more about their services, please call or visit the website.GREATER WASHINGTON AREA
THE FACE OF Luxury Real Estate
THE HALEM GROUP, COMPASS
Atop 1 percent agent nationwide per The Wall Street Journal rankings, The Halem Group is Compass Bethesda’s No. 1 team and one of the Washington Metropolitan region’s most highlydecorated teams. Consistently named a top producer by Washingtonian, Margie and her team — Harrison Halem, Courtney Halem, Elizabeth Meltzer, Lori Silverman, Ashley Townsend, Matt Gloger, Janet Pitt and Benjamin Pate — offer unrivaled knowledge, exceptional client-centric service and tech-savvy approach to real estate. Margie cherishes the enduring relationships she cultivates with clients; all receive her undivided attention. Over three decades, her service-driven approach and passion for helping people have built an extensive network of contacts that she leverages for clients’ benefit. Wherever your next real estate journey may take you, you want Margie and the Halem Group by your side.
Dr. Malini Iyer and her Bethesda MOSA Team
MOSA’s award-winning doctors offer the full scope of oral and maxillofacial surgery. The state’s oldest and largest oral and maxillofacial facial surgery practice, MOSA has expanded in 52 years from two full-time surgeons to 13. All have trained at the world’s highestrated surgical programs. With eight locations throughout Maryland, patients can schedule appointments at their convenience and with many geographical options.
These dentists relish the entire process of meeting a patient, understanding their needs and concerns, and addressing them. They enjoy connecting with patients on a personal level, allowing for a holistic experience and customized treatments that result in optimal outcomes. The official oral surgeons for the University of Maryland athletic teams for nearly 20 years, specialties include dental implants, bone grafting, wisdom teeth, extractions and cosmetic dentistry.
THE FACE OF Business Law
NAZARETH BONIFACINO LAW BENEFIT LLC
Natasha M. Nazareth, Esq. & Ginny Cascio Bonifacino, Esq.
Aboutique firm offering business, intellectual property and education legal services, Nazareth Bonifacino Law counsels companies, schools and nonprofits with legal advice to protect the business, create opportunities and deepen relationships that matter. Working with all kinds of businesses as trusted advisors and strategic partners, they deliver practical, business-minded advice to help you grow and thrive.
Natasha and Ginny offer deep experience in corporate and business law, general counsel, executive contracts, trademarks, leasing and conflict resolution. Both believe that honoring values is good business and think that your work should give you joy, satisfaction and pride. They find joy in untangling problems, aligning strategy to vision, and knowing that when you choose them to tackle your legal needs, you can focus on what makes you happy.
THE FACE OF Bethesda Orthopedics
Dr. Joseph O’Brien
Spine surgery can be done many ways, but in 2023, the less invasive way is the best way. Dr. O’Brien’s practice focuses on effective surgery with minimal impact on patients’ lives. He has practiced in the area since 2007 and treats his patients like family.
“When recommending surgery, it’s important to consider what you would want if the roles were reversed, “ he says. A board-certified orthopedic surgeon, Dr.
O’Brien treats patients in need of spine surgery, or those who have had surgery that was not effective.
“My training at Johns Hopkins prepared me to help complex cases. At this point, I’ve refined what I learned to be minimally invasive, too.”
Dr. O’Brien joined OrthoBethesda in 2017 and founded the Washington Spine and Scoliosis Institute at OrthoBethesda with other practice members.
THE FACE OF Scientific Advancement: Replacing Animals with Human-Relevant Methods
PETAKatherine Roe, Ph.D., Chief of Science Advancement & Outreach Division
Dr. Katherine Roe’s critique of the National Institutes of Health’s maternal deprivation experiments on baby monkeys led to the laboratory’s closure. Now, she leads efforts to challenge the outdated animal experimentation paradigm. She earned her Ph.D. from the University of California–San Diego and has more than 20 years’ experience conducting human brain research, including
at Johns Hopkins University and the National Institute of Mental Health.
“Animals are being killed for experiments that cannot yield human-relevant results—wasting resources and failing patients,” she says.
“That’s why PETA scientists have developed the Research Modernization Deal—a plan for phasing out animal experiments in favor of cutting-edge, non-animal research methodologies.”
THE FACE OF Home Design + Build
PINEHURST DESIGN BUILD
Tom Gilday is widely known in the Washington, D.C. metro area for executing beautifully designed and flawlessly constructed home renovations. Through his new company, Pinehurst Design Build, Tom continues to build his renovation legacy with his team of highly skilled and uncompromising architects, designers, project managers and craftsmen. The alignment of design and construction on the same team fosters a problem-solving environment where goals are shared throughout all phases of the renovation, optimizing quality, schedules and adherence to budgets. The end result is a smooth, personal and, dare we say, fun renovation experience for our clients.
THE FACE OF Plastic Surgery
PLASTIC SURGERY INSTITUTE OF WASHINGTON
Drs. Roger Friedman, Douglas Forman & Kathy Huang
The Plastic Surgery Institute of Washington has a dedicated staff with one focus in mind … you. The team prides itself on creating an inviting and engaging environment with the shared goal of promoting confidence and improved self-esteem. The Institute’s skilled, board-certified plastic surgeons continue to be recognized as Top
Doctors by Bethesda, Washingtonian, and Newsweek magazines. Surgeons work closely with nurse injectors and the aesthetician to offer exceptional, individualized patient care using the latest surgical and non-surgical treatments in aesthetic plastic surgery. Their goal is to work together with you to achieve the best version of yourself and exceed your aesthetic goals.
THE FACE OF Audiology Experience
POTOMAC AUDIOLOGYGail Linn, Au.D. & Tricia Terlep, Au.D.
Since 1998, Dr. Gail Linn has been providing doctorate level hearing care people can trust. The practice added a pediatric specialist when Dr. Linn’s daughter, Dr. Tricia Terlep, joined in 2007. Over her 35 years in practice, Dr. Linn has become a leading voice in the industry for Real Ear Measurements, a procedure that allows her to
measure exactly what the hearing aid is delivering to the ear through a tiny tube attached to a microphone in a patient’s ear. While not widely done, Dr. Linn considers this the most important component of a hearing aid fitting. There is no reason to risk spending thousands of dollars on hearing aids that may not be programmed to the best of their ability.
THE FACE OF Rhinoplasty & Facial EnhancementRENU BY DR. SCHOENFELD Philip S. Schoenfeld, MD, FACS, Medical Director
Dr. Schoenfeld practices the most advanced techniques in rhinoplasty, revision rhinoplasty and facial rejuvenation. A speaker, teacher and author of facial aesthetic techniques, he utilizes both open and closed rhinoplasty procedures and ultrasonic rhinoplasty where appropriate. He also specializes in deep plane face and neck-lifting techniques, which give the most natural and long-lasting outcomes.
Not all faces are alike, so he creates noses that are not only attractive, but also enhance your face. It’s a natural-looking nose that you will love—and not draw unwanted attention for appearing “over done.”
Patients, many of whom come from great distances, appreciate his warmth and ability to put them at ease. Using computer morphing software during your consultation, he sets realistic expectations for each surgical and non-surgical procedure.
THE FACE OF Smile & Full Mouth Rejuvenation
RINALDI DENTAL ARTS
Dr. Rinaldi is a renowned cosmetic dentist and a pioneer in developing the techniques and principles of smile design for more than 25 years.
A leader in the field of cosmetic dentistry, he is an accredited member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD). He’s authored more than 30 articles on cosmetic procedures and contributed to textbooks on veneers and smile design. People travel from around the world to have their smiles improved by Dr. Rinaldi. He never settles for mediocrity, and he always offers the best, truly customized treatment for each patient.
Dr. Rinaldi appreciates the confidence and trust a patient must give to have their smile transformed. That is why he delivers the utmost commitment to providing a warm, caring and attentive experience for his patients.
THE FACE OF Coaching: Leadership & Life
RIPPLE COACHING & CONSULTING
Jonathan Ger, Founder
Jonathan’s former career required him to be deeply in touch with how to help his clients and employees. Upon leaving that field, Jonathan felt compelled to take what he learned and combined it with a formal coaching education. The net result is a practice built on the principle that his clients are naturally creative, resourceful, and whole. In other words, his clients have the answers, and he helps them access it. Feeling uncertain?
Riddled with self-doubt? Desiring guidance in dealing with your team?
Jonathan can help with all of this and more. Jonathan works with leaders and managers at all levels in his Leadership Coaching practice and people from all backgrounds in his Life Coaching practice.
Take the Step, Create the Ripple, Change your Life!
THE FACES OF Persistence and Success
RLG Law offers deep expertise in family law, employment law, business planning and formation, trusts and estates, and civil litigation. Firm attorneys blend their experience and compassion with legal smarts to provide effective representation with integrity, professionalism and unrivaled commitment to their clients’ best interest.
Many firms offer aggressive litigators or collaborative peacemakers, but RLG handles
all resolution methods—mediation, alternative dispute models, collaborative methods, litigation and everything in between. Working in partnership with clients, they don’t just tell clients what to do. They carefully explain all possible options and likely outcomes, with a goal-centric approach. RLG attorneys map out a plan custom-tailored to each client’s goals, to create an effective strategy to achieve the desired outcomes. Through RLG Law’s persistence, success is attainable.
THE FACE OF Wealth Management
SANDBOX FINANCIAL PARTNERS
Communication and transparency in the financial advice industry are paramount to building trust, says Sandbox Financial Partners CEO and Managing Partner Brian Salcetti. The firm’s accomplished team of subject matter experts prides itself on proactive communication, especially as today’s headlines warn of bank failures, high inflation and rising interest rates.
“Recessions are scary, but we shine amid economic uncertainty,” says Salcetti. “Listening to our clients intently, we understand their financial priorities and lifestyle needs. We prioritize education to ensure they are as informed as possible, allowing them to ‘live more and worry less.’”
An independent fiduciary firm, Sandbox always puts clients’ interests first. Through its planning-first approach, Sandbox is committed to helping clients build and preserve wealth for their families or businesses; its track record for success speaks for itself.
THE FACE OF Real Estate Law
Selzer Gurvitch attorneys possess unique insight that can only be gained from representing clients in some of the most complex real estate transactions in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. The firm’s longstanding real estate practice provides the attorneys with extensive knowledge and resources to creatively address clients’ needs and solve their problems.
This talented group works with developers, builders, investors, lenders and
others to bring clients’ projects to life. Their deals include all stages of a project, from acquiring the raw land to zoning, financing, construction, leasing and sale. They work across all asset classes including mixed-use properties, single and multi-family residential and industrial and commercial buildings. They have in-depth knowledge of how to develop projects through public/private partnerships and private sector solutions for public redevelopment needs.
The Siena School, a national leader in dyslexia education, serves bright, college-bound students with language-based learning differences on campuses in Silver Spring, Md. (grades 412) and Oakton, Va. (grades 3- 11).
As a longtime area psychologist who specializes in diagnosing dyslexia shared, “To have Siena open in Oakton is incredibly exciting. It’s a great resource for families, and we can definitely get students the
education they need.”
Siena’s innovative dyslexia education is designed for students with strong interests in the arts, sciences, history, social justice and more. Technology, individualized reading instruction, multisensory teaching methods, lessons in self-advocacy and executive functioning, and regular collaboration help meet students’ strengths and learning needs. Siena also provides virtual tutoring and a summer academic program.
THE FACE OF Advanced General & Implant Dentistry
SMILES OF CHEVY CHASE
Despina M. Markogiannakis, DDS
Dr. Markogiannakis and Smiles of Chevy Chase are known to be the most innovative practice in the area providing advanced general and implant dentistry. They take ordinary people and make extraordinary smiles.
In as little as two weeks, you can regain your confidence after years of hiding your smile because of misalignment, discoloration and decay. From technology-guided dental procedures for crowns and fillings, to sophisticated implant and cosmetic treatments, the Smiles of Chevy Chase experience is unmatched. Just as technology is always changing, so are they; always pushing to think outside the box and lead the way.
Follow @smilesofchevychase to see how Dr. Markogiannakis inspires patients to change the world with their smile, every day!
THE FACE OF The Modern Family Law Firm
STRICKLER, PLATNICK & HATFIELD
The outcome of your divorce, custody dispute, or other family conflict will have a lasting impact, and is profoundly influenced by your choice of attorneys. Strickler, Platnick &Hatfield knows their actions make a world of difference for clients. This prestigious firm brings decades of experience in family law, including the most complex and contentious cases. Attorneys work as a team on your behalf to produce the
maximum advantages, guiding you through the process with the compassion and tactical precision you deserve.
Achieving your goals is their highest priority. “We don’t tell clients what they need,” says Geoffrey S. Platnick, managing partner. “We meet them where they are and help identify their objectives. We then single-mindedly pursue those objectives on their behalf, devising creative strategies and advocating fiercely to achieve their goals.”
THE FACE OF Home Renovation
One of the most exciting building and remodeling firms in the area, STRUCTURE. is leading a new generation in home construction.
The core of the team is Matt Covell and Omar Shawqi, renovation specialists with a fresh take on home aesthetics and a soulful, creative approach to how home improvement is experienced. Established talent in the local building scene, they have a reputation for high quality, highly customized projects that shine with undeniable style. Their unique work has been recently featured on the cover of HGTV Magazine and highlighted in The Washington Post, Bethesda Magazine and others. With more and more STRUCTURE. signs appearing in yards across the area, home envy is becoming more prevalent with Covell and Shawqi working next door!
THE FACE OF Your Optimal Health & Fitness Journey
When it comes to health and wellness, everyone’s journey is different. Whether your goals revolve around strength-building, weight management, or cultivating better habits to support your mental health and a positive mindset, Kim Teri is ready to meet you wherever you are. Teri works with clients to identify their needs and create and implement personalized plans to help them achieve their optimal health.
In addition to 30 years of experience as a personal trainer, Teri holds a certification for nutrition as an Optavia Transformation Health Coach. As a former professional dancer, international fitness competitor and award-winning personal trainer, she offers a unique perspective on incorporating a healthy lifestyle.
“I am here to guide, motivate and hold my clients accountable along their journeys,” says Teri, “to help them discover the power they hold and achieve goals they cannot achieve alone.”
THE FACE OF Buyer & Seller Success in a Competitive Market
TRENT & CO AT COMPASS REAL ESTATETrent Heminger & Mary Noone (Licensed in DC/MD/VA)
The uncertain economy has understandably left many home buyers and sellers concerned about the market. A shortage of houses for sale in Bethesda—the lowest inventory in five years—indicates a need for listings from sellers and experienced agents to navigate this playing field for buyers.
One tool that can help is Final Offer, a new online platform that provides transparency in the offer process for everyone. With an experienced agent and Final Offer, buyers will get the certainty they need to make winning offers, and sellers will be confident they have maximized the value of their home.
“With all of the tools at our disposal, you can be the most competitive and achieve your goals, whether buying or selling,” says Mary Noone. “Let us show you how!”
*Trent Heminger and Mary Noone have a financial interest in Final Offer.
WEBB SOYPHER MCGRATH, LLC
The intricacies of a family law matter can be complicated and overwhelming. Trust Webb Soypher McGrath’s dynamic team of seasoned, highly-skilled attorneys to help you protect what matters most. Recognized as top family lawyers by their peers and numerous publications, these attorneys and their team routinely handle complex cases, including such contentious issues as high-conflict divorce, business and
professional valuations and asset tracing, and child custody. With integrity and compassion, they expertly guide clients through what is often the most challenging time of their lives, helping them make informed, goal-oriented decisions. Webb Soypher McGrath’s primary goal is to help clients reach fair settlements outside the courtroom, but when that isn’t an option, the firm’s attorneys draw from vast trial experience to achieve optimal outcomes.
THE FACE OF Smart Real Estate
Highly experienced in the real estate industry and particularly senior housing needs, Wendy spent 25 years in commercial lending and asset management to Senior Housing properties before launching her career as a Realtor. A Senior Real Estate Specialist, she provides personalized service to every client along their real estate journey, whether buying, selling, or both. She works with financial advisors, title companies and organizational advisors to meet your needs. A personalized marketing plan is tailored to each client that includes social media, print ads and a robust referral network to help streamline the process.
A longtime resident of Fox Hills West in Potomac, Wendy knows the local markets and happenings in her area as well as the rest of Montgomery County and Northern Virginia.