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, RN, MA
Chief Operating Officer
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.
Dr. Erika N. Kane
Chief Medical Director
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
Director of Human Resources
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 BSN, RN
Jarrell McRae, LCSW-C
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.