Clinic Doctors & Staff

 
 
 

Clinic Doctors & Staff

Our compassionate and experienced medical staff is here to treat every patient with the care and respect they deserve. We are here to treat addiction without judgement, and with the health and recovery of every person of utmost importance.


Barbara Wahl

Barbara Wahl, RN, MA

Chief Operating Officer

Barbara Wahl joined the Concerted Care Group during the planning and development of its first medical center,…

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Concerted Care Group Baltimore, and built the operations of the center from the ground up, including, hiring and training its staff, building policies and procedures and achieving full CARF accreditation within eight months of opening its doors. Barbara came to CCG from the University of Maryland Medical Center’s Division of Community Psychiatry. While there she ran the PATH outreach program, the Community Support Case Management Program, the Safe Haven transitional shelter, the SSI Project entitlements program, the Community Psychiatry Behavioral Health Home, and Integrated Care. These programs provided a coordinated continuum of care to individuals coping with issues of mental health, addiction, and homelessness.

Barbara has worked in psychiatric research and homelessness services in Oakland, California, New York City, and Baltimore. In 2002 with Common Ground Communities, she developed a sixty bed shelter serving “long term shelter stayers” that had a 99% successful placement rate. She worked as a psychiatric nurse on an inpatient unit as well as the detox unit at Johns Hopkins Hospital serving patients with dual diagnoses, neuro-impairments and psychotic disorders. She provided individual and family therapy in a community health center in Brooklyn, New York and has also been involved with the progression of telehealth in the realm of remote therapeutic services. She is a master diagnostician and has been involved in grant procurement, including grants for a $6 million study on autism, a study on the needs of the Arab American community in the post 9/11 aftermath, and a study examining social service utilization in Brooklyn’s most economically challenged neighborhoods.

She is a strong proponent of person centered care and believes CCG’s core values and whole-person approach are the key to successful outcomes. She also believes that positive change is possible in Baltimore City with the right approach, and that everyone here deserves a chance to live safe, productive, and meaningful lives. Barbara earned a bachelor’s degree in English and Psychology at Sonoma State University and a bachelor’s in Nursing from New York University. She earned her master’s degree in Applied Psychology at Yeshiva University’s Albert Einstein College of Medicine.

Erika Kane

Dr. Erika N. Kane

Chief Medical Director

Dr. Kane joins CCG following an exceptional 11-year career with Family Health Centers of Baltimore,…

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where for the last six years she served as Behavioral Health Medical Director. Dr. Kane holds the unique distinction of being certified by both the American Board of Addiction Medicine and the Board of Family Medicine.

Her peers and accrediting bodies, as well as supportive service and treatment advocacy organizations recognize Erika as a leader in addictions medicine. She has served in many capacities aimed at increasing the quality and effectiveness of integrated medical care, including as Independent Medical Review Panelist for the Maryland Board of Physicians and as an Advisory Panel Member for the Revision of Guidelines for Continuing Care Physicians in the Baltimore Buprenorphine Initiative.

Erika received her Doctor of Medicine from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in Cleveland, Ohio and served her Family Practice Residency at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore. She received her BA is Psychology from Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island.

Michelle J. Kess, MBA

Michelle J. Kess, MBA

Director of Human Resources

Michelle Kess joins Concerted Care Group with 20 years of Human Resources and business consulting experience.

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She has led several non-profit organizations serving as Chief Operating Officer, an Administrator and at the Director level. Michelle earned her MBA degree from Johns Hopkins University and has taught Business and Human Resource Management at Baltimore International College.

She is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management and the National Black MBA Association. Additionally, Mrs. Kess is a member of the board of directors for Tooney Town Early Learning Center and Chosen Media.

Vipra Patel, RN

Vipra Patel BSN, RN

Informatics Director

With great experience and training, Vipra Patel joins the CGG Team ready to share her knowledge and insight as the Director of Nursing Informatics.

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She received a Bachelor’s of Science in Health Science from the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, as well as a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing from Drexel University. Vipra then took her talents to the nursing department at Johns Hopkins where she worked on the Med-Surg Unit and the Endoscopy Unit. After gaining great clinical experience, Vipra joined GBMC as a Nurse Analyst where she provided EHR training, via the Meditech System, to inpatient physicians. Additionally, Vipra has been Epic Certified in Inpatient Clinical Documentation to adequately build documentation for inpatient physicians and ancillary staff.

Jarrell McRae, LCSW-C

Jarrell McRae, LCSW-C

Clinical Supervisor

Jarrell J. McRae is a native of Baltimore Maryland. Jarrell McRae began his career in human services as a research intern with John Hopkins School of Public Health while matriculating at Morgan State University.

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Jarrell McRae earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Morgan State University in 2007.

Jarrell McRae earned his Master’s Degree in Social Work with a concentration in Public Health in 2011. During his tenure at Morgan State University Jarrell McRae earned an opportunity to attend Morehouse School of Medicine to be apart of the Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Leadership Certification Academy in Substance Abuse & Psychopharmacology.

Since graduating Jarrell McRae has held leadership positions as a Program Director & Manager for both public and private sector organizations. Jarrell McRae has operated as a community therapist within the state of Maryland and has been a consultant for state initiatives including LGBTQ, Alternative Response & Daycare Services for Foster Youth.

Asia Johnson, LCPC

Asia Johnson, LCPC

OTP Supervisor

Currently a Licensed Clinician, Asia enjoys her career as evidenced by 25 years in the field of Behavioral Health. Her passion is to bridge the gap in the delivery and receipt of healthcare. She completed her studies at Towson and Morgan State University.

Cynthia Roberson

Cynthia Roberson

Compliance Officer

Cynthia C. Roberson has worked in the Human Service field for more than 27 years. Ms. Roberson was recently employed with the Mentor Maryland/Institute for Family Centered Services as the Director of State Operations.

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In this position Ms. Roberson managed, operated, developed, monitored and implemented various systems of operations and accountability. Ms. Roberson received her MSW from Howard University and a BS degree from Benedict College. Ms. Roberson’s most notable Career Achievement was developing strong leadership teams and launching innovative programs.

Verdell Staten

Verdell Staten

Verdell Staten has over 25 years of in depth knowledge and experience in the Medical Revenue Cycle field. This includes over 18 years as a revenue cycle manager for Johns Hopkins University. 15 years for department of Psychiatry and 3 years under the Department of Medicine.



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