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Our Team


Physicians


Sonia Thomas, MDSonia Thomas, MD
Medical Director

Sonia Thomas, MD, was appointed medical director of Inova Kellar Center in 2014. Dr. Thomas is board certified in child, adolescent and adult psychiatry. Since joining the Kellar Center team in 2005, Dr. Thomas has provided treatment to children, adolescents and their families in the Partial Hospitalization Program and Outpatient Family Services.  In this role, she provides medication management, developmental guidance and preschool consultation to children with sleeping, feeding or behavioral difficulties.

As medical director, Dr. Thomas partners with the senor director to provide overall direction to the organization. In this leadership role, she provides clinical supervision, instruction and direction to the therapists and supports staff throughout the organization. She also provides support, guidance and leadership to the physician team. In addition to her role with Inova Kellar Center, Dr. Thomas is an assistant clinical professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at George Washington University, Washington, DC.

A graduate of Goa Medical College in Goa, India, she completed her psychiatry residency at Howard University Hospital, Washington, DC, and a fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry at Children's National Medical Center in Washington, DC, where she was named chief resident. Dr. Thomas's clinical areas of interest include adolescent substance-related disorders and childhood affective and anxiety disorders.


Lorency Fernando, MDLorency Fernando, MD

Lorency Fernando, MD, is board certified in child, adolescent and adult psychiatry.

Dr. Fernando received her medical degree from Kilpauk Medical College in Chennai, India. She completed her internship residency at Quillen College of Medicine, Johnson City, TN, and her fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry at the Menninger Department of Psychiatry, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX, where she served as chief resident in 2004-2005. She received the William P. Moore, MD, and Roy N. Aruffo, MD, Resident Award of Excellence in 2005.

Dr. Fernando provides psychiatric evaluations, medication management and developmental guidance in our clinic. Her areas of interest include childhood affective and anxiety disorders, ADHD, psychiatric and behavioral manifestations of Aspergers and autistic spectrum disorders, and personality disorders in adolescents.


Sonali Mahajan, MD

Dr. Mahajan joined Inova Kellar Center in 2013 as a child and adolescent psychiatrist. She received her medical degree from the University of Tennessee College of Medicine and completed a general psychiatry residency and child and adolescent fellowship at Emory University, Atlanta, GA.

Dr. Mahajan provides outpatient medication management and treatment of adolescents in Inova Kellar Center's Partial Hospitalization Program. She is especially interested in adolescent mood and anxiety disorders and psychotic disorders. Dr. Mahajan is board certified in general psychiatry and in child and adolescent psychiatry.


Stephanie Mayrant, MDStephanie Mayrant, MD

Stephanie Mayrant, MD, is a graduate of Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, GA. She completed a psychiatry residency at Georgetown University Hospital and a child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship at Children's National Medical Center in Washington, DC, where she was named chief resident.

Dr. Mayrant is board certified in adult psychiatry and is board eligible in child and adolescent psychiatry. At Inova Kellar Center she provides psychiatric evaluations, medication management, developmental guidance and psychotherapy. Her areas of interest include eating disorders, anxiety disorders and mood disorders. She also has extensive experience in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), trauma focused CBT and exposure response prevention therapy.


James P. McMurrer, MD

James P. McMurrer, MD

James P. McMurrer has served at the center since it opened in 1991 and as medical director from 2006 to 2014. Dr. McMurrer is board certified in child, adolescent and adult psychiatry. He received his medical degree and also completed an internship, residency and fellowship from Georgetown University School of Medicine.

Dr. McMurrer has served our community for more than 35 years, currently as chairman of the Mental Health Committee of the Fairfax County Medical Society, and as assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at Georgetown University Medical Center. Dr. McMurrer has been recognized as one of the top doctors in the Washington area by Washingtonian Magazine.


Shruti Tewari, MDShruti Tewari, MD

Shruti Tewari, MD, received her medical degree from Eastern Virginia Medical School, Norfolk, VA. She completed her residency at the Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia, PA, and her fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry at Children’s National Medical Center, Washington, DC. She served as chief resident for the 2010-11 academic year and was awarded the Dee Grant Addiction Medicine Award during residency.

Dr. Tewari joined Inova Kellar Center in 2001 and provides psychiatric evaluations, medication management, therapy and developmental guidance. Her areas of interest include childhood affective and anxiety disorders and preschool evaluations. During her residency she worked with refugees, offering her interest and expertise in cross-cultural psychiatry. She enjoys working with culturally diverse children and families and advocates for children's involvement in their mental health care. 

Dr. Tewari is board certified in general psychiatry and in child and adolescent psychiatry.


Staff


Beth Brocato, LCSWBeth Brocato, LCSW

Beth Brocato, LCSW, is a therapist in the Outpatient Family Services Program. She completed her undergraduate studies in family and child development at Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, followed by her master’s in clinical social work at Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond. Post- graduate experience includes providing therapy for adults with chronic mental illness, providing in-home therapy for at-risk adolescents and foster children in Los Angeles County and managing a day rehabilitation program for severely emotionally disturbed children.

Ms. Brocato joined Inova Kellar Center in 2007, initially serving as a program anchor in the Partial Hospitalization Program. Since 2008 she has worked in the outpatient department providing individual and family therapy for children, adolescents and adults. She co-facilitates a DBT group for adolescents and currently participates in an advanced psychotherapy training program at the Institute of Contemporary Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis. Clinical interests include trauma, self-injury, relationship struggles, depression and anxiety disorders, persosnality disorders and attachment related issues. 


Rebecca Charneco, PhD

Rebecca Charneco, PhD, joined Inova Kellar Center in 2012 and is a licensed clinical psychologist. She has a BS degree in psychology from the College of William and Mary and a doctorate from the University of Virginia. She also completed a pre-doctoral internship at the Virginia Treatment Center for Children at the Medical College of Virginia.

Dr. Charneco provides evaluation and treatment for a broad range of emotional, behavioral and learning difficulties, including ADHD, learning problems, anxiety, depression, autism spectrum disorder, family difficulties and mood/behavior dysregulation. She provides parent guidance and individual, group and family therapy for children and adolescents.


Lynn Field, PhD, LPCLynn Field, PhD, LPC
Program Manager, Outpatient Family Services

Lynn Field, PhD, LPC, is the program manager for Outpatient Family Services and In-home Services at Inova Kellar Center. In this role, Dr. field provides overall direction and supervision to clinical staff who provide individual, group and family therapy to children, adolescents, adults and families and home-based treatment to children in the community.

She received her doctorate in clinical counseling from George Mason University,  and is a licensed professional counselor. In addition to her leadership responsibilities, Dr. Field provides direct treatment to adolescents, adults and families in need of services. She has considerable experience with anorexia, bulimia and binge eating disorder, depression, anxiety and relationship issues. Dr. Field has published text book chapters on mood disorders such as depression and bipolar disorder in adolescents as well as mental illness in adult and adolescent substance abusers.

Before joining Inova Kellar Center in 2011, she spent nine years in private practice,  seven years at the Growth and Recovery Center in Fairfax, VA, and seven years at the Women’s Center in Northern Virginia. She continues to take an active role in clinical supervision. Dr. Field is a member of the National Eating Disorder Association and the Association for Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders.


J. Thomas Giroux, PhDJ. Thomas Giroux, PhD
Program Manager, Psychological Services

J. Thomas Giroux, PhD, joined the Kellar team in 1991 and is a licensed clinical psychologist and program manager of Outpatient Psychological Services. In this role, he is responsible for the supervision and clinical leadership of psychologists and externs providing psychological and educational evaluations and assessments to children and adolescents.

Dr. Giroux received his doctorate in psychology from Michigan State University and completed his internship at the Regional Institute for Children and Adolescents in Rockville, MD. His broad range of clinical experience includes working within public school systems to developing and implementing an attention disorders evaluation program within a large national health maintenance organization. He has also been an adjunct professor of psychology at George Mason University, Fairfax, VA.

Dr. Giroux provides psychological and educational evaluations, individual and family therapy, and parent guidance. His areas of interest include attention deficit/hyperactivity disorders, autism spectrum disorders, learning disorders and cognitive-behavioral and family systems approaches to treatment.


Jharna Mallik, PsyD

Jharna Mallik, PsyD, joined Inova Kellar Center in 2011 and is a licensed clinical psychologist. Dr. Mallik has a doctorate in psychology from The George Washington University, Washington, DC, and completed an internship at NYU-Rusk Institute for Rehabilitation, New York City, NY, and a residency at Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, FL.

Dr. Mallik's broad range of clinical skills include includes psychological and educational evaluations, individual and family therapy and parental guidance. Areas of interest include attention deficit and hyperactivity disorders, autism spectrum disorders, learning disorders and mood disorders in children and adolescents.


Jean McGuire-Robb, MEd, LCSWJean McGuire-Robb, MEd, MSW, LCSW

Ms. McGuire-Robb is a therapist in the Outpatient Family Services Program at Inova Kellar Center. She received a Bachelor of Science degree from Bowling Green State University, a master's in education from George Mason University, and a master's in social work from Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond.. She also has completed courses necessary for licensure in special education to broaden her expertise.

Ms. McGuire-Robb is a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) who works with individuals, couples and families on improving the quality of their lives and relationships. She also provides group sessions to explore clinical, educational and personal enrichment topics. Ms. McGuire-Robb is an experienced high school teacher and administrator, licensed in both mainstream and special education, which provides her with additional skills in working with a wide range of adolescent and family issue during these challenging years.


Katherine Miller-Darras, LCSW

Katherine Miller-Darras joined Inova Kellar Center in 2013. She completed her Master's degree in social work from Columbia University, New York City, NY, and her undergraduate degree at the College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA. She is a licensed clinical social worker and as a member of Inova Kellar Center's Outpatient Family Services, provides individual and family therapy to patients coping with a range of issues.


Catherine Rathman, PhD

Catherine Rathman, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist who joined Inova Kellar Center in 2012. She received her MA degree and doctoral degree in clinical psychology from The Catholic University of America, Washington, DC. Dr. Rathman completed an internship at Virginia Treatment Center for Children through Virginia Commonwealth University health system, Richmond, VA. Her clinical areas of interest include ADHD, cognitive behavior therapy, social skills training, parent management training, and psychological and educational evaluations.