Lauren Zohler, D.O.
Dr. Zohler is a psychiatrist specializing in the treatment of children, adolescents, and young adults with mood, anxiety, and behavioral disorders, including attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). She was born and raised in Syracuse, New York. She completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Rochester in Rochester, NY, receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Biological Sciences in 2007. She then completed a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Biological Sciences (2008) at the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine in Erie, Pennsylvania, where she also attended medical school, completing her medical education in 2012. She completed her residency in Psychiatry at the State University of New York at Buffalo in 2016, and her Child and Adolescent Psychiatry fellowship in June of 2018 at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC, where she served as the Chief Fellow. Dr. Zohler provides comprehensive psychiatric assessments, including psychopharmacological treatment when indicated, and a family-systems approach to care. She emphasizes the need for a team approach when working with children and families, including routine communication with therapists, schools, and other medical professionals in order to provide comprehensive care. Dr. Zohler enjoys reading, traveling, golfing, going to the theater, and watching sports. She currently resides in Washington, DC.

Kathy Ruano, LCSW-C
Kathy Ruano, LCSW-C is a bilingual Licensed Certified Clinical Social Worker specializing in the treatment of children, adolescents, and young adults. Her experience has focused on and included work with trauma, behavioral and mood disorders, ADHD, and family reunification. Kathy was born and raised in Montgomery County, MD with family originating from Guatemala. Kathy received her Bachelor of Science in Family Science from the University of Maryland, College Park and her master’s in social work from the University of Maryland, Baltimore. Her past experiences have included treatment with elementary aged children in a school setting and work with recently immigrated youth and adults in an office setting. She believes in the importance of team effort, communication, and engagement of the individual and family unit.
Kathy enjoys baking, traveling, trying new restaurants, and spending time with her family and dogs. She continues to reside in Montgomery County

Melanie Eisman, LMSW
A native of Potomac, MD, Melanie is a psychotherapist specializing in the treatment of children, adolescents and young adults with anxiety, depression, chronic illness, and behavioral and mood disorders. She comes to Potomac Pediatrics with 10 years of experience in New York City, having worked as an inpatient pediatric social worker at a renowned hospital system, in outpatient mental health clinics, and within the school system. Melanie comes here with a passion of tailoring all her experiences to collaborate with our multidisciplinary team to offer the best care for our patients. She is passionate about a family systems approach to care, utilizing therapeutic modules such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and strengths based approach, best suited for each individual, recognizing there is no cookie cutter treatment. Melanie goes above and beyond for her patients and families, and creates a safe space for individuals to grow and navigate specific challenges and struggles. She received her Bachelor of Science at Penn State University (WE ARE!) and her Masters of Social Work at Columbia University.

Jess Silbermann, LCSW-C
Jess Silbermann is a psychotherapist specializing in the treatment of children, adolescents, young adults, and families. Her experience includes treating clients with trauma, mood, behavioral, and anxiety disorders. She is fully trained in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Jess also has experience and training treating school refusal and grief and loss. She has lived in the Greater Washington area for more than 20 years. Jess completed her undergraduate studies at Smith College, and completed her Masters of Social Work at Boston University with a trauma certificate and group work specialization. Her past experiences include treating children, adolescents, young adults and families in-home and in outpatient clinics. Jess utilizes empathy and curiosity, and a client-centered approach to build strong therapeutic relationships and collaborations with clients and their families. She enjoys singing, reading, hiking, and cooking.