Designed for women, powered by women.

Designed for women, powered by women.

Our Team

At Liv, your dedicated Care Team takes the time to listen and communicate with each other about your distinct needs and goals.  From our Providers and Care Coordinators to our Patient Experience Teams, we work together to support your health and wellness. Liv’s unique environment empowers our team to thrive, innovate, and do what they love – provide quality care to our community (that means you!).

 

Sharon Kressel, MD

Obstetrician/Gynecologist

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Dr. Kressel is a general Ob-Gyn who loves learning her patient’s stories, counseling them to help them understand any aspect of women’s health, and fine-tuning the patient experience to bring healthcare to the next level.  

Fun facts about Dr. Kressel: She was briefly in the “two under two” club with two boys, born in 2018 and 2020.  She felt so passionate about the Liv opportunity that she flew to DC for the day and interviewed for her position when she was almost 36 weeks pregnant (and went on to deliver in the 37th week)!

Deborah Cobb, FNP-BC

Nurse Practitioner

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Deborah is a board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner with a solid appreciation for affordable, quality, evidence-based primary care practice. She’s passionate about helping patients prevent problems before they come with problems.

Fun facts about Deborah: She loves history, animals (she considered going into veterinary medicine), spending time with her family, and is fixing up a house in the Carolinas!

Andrea Agalloco, MSW, LICSW, LCSW-C

Mental Wellness Counselor

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Andrea is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with experience counseling women in many phases of life and a passion for working with women during pregnancy and early parenthood. Andrea joins Liv after five years of working in community health clinics in the Washington, DC area.

Fun facts about Andrea: She loves to sing karaoke, spent 10 years working as a nonprofit event planner and has lived in the DC area for 20 years, after moving here from New Jersey. 

Sylvia A. Jones, MBA

Practice Manager

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Sylvia has extensive experience in practice operations and she’s passionate about improving quality, patient satisfaction, efficiency, and productivity through automation and process improvement. 

Fun facts about Sylvia: She is part of the Medical Reserve Corps. She loves photography and travel (has been to 40 countries – her favorites are Morocco and Denmark). She was also a radio announcer in Louisiana!

Sareta Bartlett RMA, MBA/MHA

Care Coordinator

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Sareta is passionate about population health and finding ways to better the healthcare industry. She’s the thread that ties our integrated care model together by working with our providers and members to make sure they are aligned on their personalized care plans.

Fun facts about Sareta: She just graduated from the University of Phoenix with a dual Master’s degree in Business and Health Administration and also collects designer bags (Chanel is her favorite).

Madison Lawrence

Patient Experience Manager

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Madison’s marketing expertise is built on her exposure working in a dynamic marketing agency environment, where she supported a range of clients including healthcare, non-profit, and e-commerce companies. She looks forward to building genuine relationships and using creative storytelling to form a strong community and further Liv’s mission.

Fun Facts about Madison: She is a doting mama to her rescue mastiff, Kody. She’s been playing soccer since she learned to walk. She’s the oldest of 6 kids (five girls and one boy!) and recently picked up the hobby of revamping antique furniture.

Shante Hagans, CNA

Medical Assistant

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Shante started her career as a Certified Nursing Assistant and is passionate about treating patients with empathy and open ears. She is looking forward to getting to know the women of DC and being able to offer them equitable, integrated care.

Fun facts about Shante: She has an identical twin who is also in the medical field. They were both inspired to enter medicine by spending time with their mother and her patient as she was a Private Duty Nurse. In her free time, she enjoys dancing and spending time with her daughter Zyaire.

Tameika Jackson, CCMA

Medical Assistant

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Tameika has been working in women’s health for 30 years and loves everything about her career. She is looking forward to making a difference in the lives of our Liv members and helping us grow.

Fun facts about Tameika: She is very family-oriented and is the mother to 6 sons and one young daughter. There’s a furry member in her family too – her name is Peppa the Guinea Pig!

Erica Hall, ARDMS

Sonographer

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Erica has over 30 years of experience in the healthcare field, getting her start as a Certified Nursing Assistant in high school. She’s been performing ultrasounds for 25 years and has truly found her passion in helping women through their health journey. She’s looking forward to bringing that passion to the women of DC!

Fun facts abut Erica: She loves turtles and has 2 of her own (with the hope of getting more soon)! She loves spending time with family and friends and hopes to feed her love of traveling by seeing a new country every year.

Meera Garcia, MD, FACOG

Chief Medical Officer

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Dr. Meera Garcia, MD, FACOG, is the Chief Medical Officer of Advantia Health, leading the clinical team and empowering providers across Advantia’s growing footprint of Ob-Gyn and specialty practices. An experienced leader and educator in women’s health, Dr. Garcia is focused on helping the company drive better health outcomes and convenient, compassionate care for women across the country.

What her team will tell you: “Dr. Garcia brings a wealth of clinical leadership experience to Advantia and cares deeply about our mission to transform healthcare for all women. As the leader of our clinical team, she ensures that our providers are empowered to bring the highest quality care to our patients.

Nihar Ganju, MD

VP, Innovation

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Dr. Ganju is a practicing Obstetrician & Gynecologist with a strong background in computer science & information technology. He is working toward the intersection of technology and medicine with the goal to shape the future of medicine.

What his team will tell you: “Nihar is smart, patient, knows a ton about tech, AND he’s an OB in real life. Thanks to Dr. Ganju, we have a trusted perspective from the front lines and honest input about how we can make a difference for our patients and providers.”

Melanie Silverman, MS, RD, IBCLC

Chief Clinician, Telehealth

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Melanie is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) and Pediatric Registered Dietitian (RD) since 1998 and is the Chief Clinical Officer for Pacify Health, Liv’s telehealth app for new and expecting parents. She counsels families on breastfeeding, picky eating, food allergies, poor weight gain, obesity, Celiac Disease and Prader-Willi Syndrome. 

What her team will tell you: “Melanie’s dedication to helping new parents is unparalleled.  She is brilliant, perceptive, and compassionate in all that she brings to achieving our mission.  Plus, her sense of humor and unflappable optimism never fail to lift our spirits and inspire our team – I don’t know what we’d do without Melanie!

Donna Nowak

SVP, Clinical Operations

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Donna is a strong professional with a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) focused in Nursing Education. She is integral to the initial design, construction, and management of Liv!

What her team will tell you: “‘Thank God for Donna’ is a phrase I’ve heard multiple times. Her knowledge and experience when it comes to all things clinical is so helpful and appreciated. From build-outs to protocols and Long Island iced teas, Donna has it covered.”

Zeena Johar

SVP, Operations

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Zeena Johar joined Advantia Health in 2017 as Senior Vice President, Business Operations. Before joining Advantia Health, Zeena worked in health policy along with Dr. Mark McClellan (previous FDA Commissioner, and previous Administrator CMS).

Zeena completed her Executive MBA (Program for Leadership Development) at the Harvard Business School (HBS), Boston. Zeena was elected as an Ashoka Fellow in 2013, Aspen Global Leadership Network (AGLN) Fellow 2014, as one of Asia’s 100 Pioneers by Purpose Economy in 2014 and Yale World Fellow 2015.

Lacey Loehr

VP, Marketing

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Lacey is an analytical sales and marketing leader with a passion for entrepreneurship. She has experience helping purpose-driven, tech-enabled businesses grow, including two successful acquisitions.

What her team will tell you: “Lacey is a powerhouse and never seems to drop a ball – I don’t know when this girl sleeps, but she goes above and beyond the call of duty. Best of all, she does it all with such good natured wit – no one can get a good snort laugh out of me better than Lacey.”

Courtney Beglin

Creative Director

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Courtney is a creative leader with experience in branding, product design, visual & UX design, and fine art. She is responsible for ownership of the brand identity, aesthetic vision, and stylistic roadmap of the company.

What her team will tell you: “Courtney is our creative mastermind – her ability to take an idea and turn it into something beautiful is amazing! If we could just clone Courtney, the world would be a better (and more beautifully designed) place.”

Gray Johnson

Digital Marketing

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Gray is a digital growth marketer with a focus on user acquisition for multi-unit businesses. Prior to joining Advantia, Gray has worked on both agency and in-house marketing teams in multiple industries including retail, hospitality, education, and natural health. 

Fun Facts about Gray: Driven by binge-watching several seasons of baking shows during quarantine, Gray is an (extremely) amateur baker with aspirations to operate a thriving recipe website. His two diminutive hounds, Frankie and Roo, are more than happy to eat any of his failed experiments.

Liv shares on-call and after hours coverage with nearby Reiter, Hill & Johnson, which is also part of Advantia Health.

Our affiliated hospital is Sibley Memorial Hospital, located at 5255 Loughboro Rd NW, Washington, DC 20016.

Our Care Philosophy

We believe all women deserve a better healthcare experience.

While the healthcare industry has innovated at a rapid pace, women’s healthcare has fallen behind. Health indicators for U.S. women, particularly during pregnancy and childbirth, are worse than in other developed countries. Liv by Advantia Health is changing that.

On our mission to transform healthcare for all women, we’ve designed truly integrated care.

You should be able to get help with anxiety, pregnancy and abnormal thyroid levels under the same roof, from the highest-quality providers. Doctors should listen and understand your health needs — mental and physical. And technology can help make the whole experience better, end-to-end.

Your health doesn’t have to be so hard to manage.

We’ve carefully considered every detail of your healthcare journey to ensure your experience is comfortable, convenient, and collaborative, every step of the way. No more wasting time in stark waiting rooms or filling out unnecessary forms. Liv by Advantia Health is the next generation of healthcare: an innovative care model that puts women at the center, making it easy to start out healthy and stay that way.

Our Care Philosophy

We believe all women deserve a better healthcare experience.

While the healthcare industry has innovated at a rapid pace, women’s healthcare has fallen behind. Health indicators for U.S. women, particularly during pregnancy and childbirth, are worse than in other developed countries. Liv by Advantia Health is changing that.

On our mission to transform healthcare for all women, we’ve designed truly integrated care.

You should be able to get help with anxiety, pregnancy and abnormal thyroid levels under the same roof, from the highest-quality providers. Doctors should listen and understand your health needs — mental and physical. And technology can help make the whole experience better, end-to-end.

Your health doesn’t have to be so hard to manage.

We’ve carefully considered every detail of your healthcare journey to ensure your experience is comfortable, convenient, and collaborative, every step of the way. No more wasting time in stark waiting rooms or filling out unnecessary forms. Liv by Advantia Health is the next generation of healthcare: an innovative care model that puts women at the center, making it easy to start out healthy and stay that way.

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