Our Providers

Mount Vernon Internal Medicine is a team of professionals dedicated to providing the best quality healthcare in a responsive and caring environment. Our providers each have years of experience in the healthcare industry. They collaborate with nurses and office staff to understand your health issues quickly and to apply the correct treatment to get you back to your optimal health. Mount Vernon Internal Medicine prides itself on providing well-rounded patient care. As one of the driving forces in the Medical Community, we are proud to offer hospital and nursing home-based care, both of which are unheard of in the area. This provides our patients with uninterrupted care during the times when they are most vulnerable.

Albert Herrera, M.D. - President (Lorton)

Dr. Herrera joined Mount Vernon Internal Medicine in 1989. He has been serving as its President since 2008 while practicing at our Lorton location. Dr. Herrera began his residency at Yale University- St. Vincent's Medical Center and finished at Franklin Square Hospital Center in Baltimore, Maryland. He is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and is on the Board of Directors of the Virginia Society of Medicine, the Doctors Health Medical Group and the Medtrust Medical Group. He has served as the Chairman of the Department of Medicine and is on the Board of Directors at INOVA-Signature Partners Accountable Care Organization. He has also been serving as the Medical Director of Manor Care Alexandria and Arlington Nursing Center. He is fluent in Spanish.

 

Stephanie Carter, M.D. - Vice President (Alexandria)

Dr. Carter is a native of Washington D.C. and joined Mount Vernon Internal Medicine in 1999 and has served as the Vice President since 2008. She received her medical degree from The University of Colorado, School of Medicine. She served a tour in the Army, completing her Internal Medicine Internship at Eisenhower Army Medical Center in Fort Gordon (Augusta), Georgia. She went on to serve at duty stations in Camp Humphrey, Korea and Fort McPherson, Georgia. After completing her military commitment, she finished her residency at the Atlanta Medical Center in Atlanta, Georgia, where she also served as a Chief Resident. After her residency, she returned to the D.C. Area and worked briefly with George Washington University before joining Mount Vernon Internal Medicine. She is the Medical Director at Belvoir Woods Healthcare Center where she cares for patients in the nursing and assisted living facilities. Her special interests are geriatrics and the management of chronic health care issues.

 

ALEXANDRIA OFFICE:

Carleen Tylenda, M.D.

Dr. Tylenda joined Mt. Vernon Internal Medicine in 2001. Dr. Tylenda received her Medical Degree from Georgetown University and completed her internship and residency at the Washington VA Medical Center. In the past, she has served as the Primary Care Physician for multiple health departments, including those in Alabama and Arlington, VA. She is the Medical Director at Mount Vernon Nursing Center where she provides care to patient in the nursing and long-term care facilities.

 

Gary Davidson, M.D.

Dr. Davidson joined Mount Vernon Internal Medicine in 2011. He received his Doctorate from the Autonomous University of Guerrero and completed his residency at Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center in Johnstown, PA. Dr. Davidson ran his own solo private practice, Davidsville Family Practice in Hollsopple, PA for over twenty years. He was the Medical Director at Select Specialty Hospital of Johnstown, PA. Prior to joining Mount Vernon Internal Medicine, Dr. Davidson practiced at Quantico's Naval Health Clinic. He is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians. Dr. Davidson is fluent in Spanish, French, and Japanese. His special interests include managing chronic health issues and preventative medicine.

 

Luiz Malini, M.D.

Dr. Malini joined Mount Vernon Internal Medicine in 2012. He is board certified in Internal Medicine. He received his medical doctorate from Escola de Medicina Da Santa Casa da Misericordia in Brasil. He completed his Internal Medicine Residency training at Roger Williams Hospital-Boston University affiliated with Rhode Island. Prior to joining Mount Vernon Internal Medicine, Dr. Malini was a hospitalist at Medstar Saint Mary's Hospital in Southern Maryland.

 

Dominique R. Taylor, M.D.

Dr. Taylor is a native Californian who matriculated at the Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara, Mexico for Medical School. Upon completion, she participated in a pre-internship program at New York Medical College where she trained at Mount Vernon Hospital, New York. She then went on to complete her Internal Medicine Internship and Residency training at NYC Health and Hospitals/Harlem, the affiliate of Columbia University, which was a time of profound personal, emotional, professional and intellectual growth. Throughout her medical career, she emphasizes the importance of working as a team not only with colleagues and staff but also with her patients. She is always an advocate seeking to empower her patients through health and education, striving to give each person a new sense of hope and encouragement, while at the same time delivering the best medical care they deserve. Dr. Taylor uses her compassionate and humanistic strengths to connect with all patients, while at the same time bringing forth her bilingual proficiency, a gateway to communication for her Spanish-speaking patients and members of their families. She is eager to continue to grow in the medical field. 

 

Melissa Hewitt, AGPCNP-BC

Ms. Hewitt joined Mount Vernon Internal Medicine in 2017. She is a Board Certified Adult and Geriatric Nurse Practitioner. Her undergraduate and graduate studies were both conducted at George Mason University in Fairfax Virginia. Prior to joining Mount Vernon Internal Medicine she spent 15 years as a Cardio Pulmonary nurse at Inova Fairfax Hospital. Her special interests include preventative care and geriatrics.

 
 

LORTON OFFICE:

Jonathan Siddon, D.O.

Dr. Siddon joined Mount Vernon Internal Medicine in 2014. Dr. Siddon received his Doctorate at the Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine in Blacksburg, VA. He completed his internship and residency at Pinnacle Health Systems in Harrisburg, PA. Dr. Siddon has a special interest in preventative medicine and the management of chronic illness.

 

Neelu Kaliani, M.D.

Dr. Kaliani is a considerate and dedicated internist serving the community of Lorton, VA. Dr. Kaliani attended Gandhi Medical College and Hospital in Secunderabad, India where she received her medical degree. Dr. Kaliani is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and is trilingual in English, Hindi, and Telugu. Dr. Kaliani is devoted to ensuring the longevity of her patients’ health and developing long-lasting relationships with them. She takes her time to understand symptoms and give correct diagnoses to ensure the continued health of all her patients. She has a special interest in the care of patients with chronic diseases such as diabetes and heart failure and has spent years in research and treatment of these diseases.

 

Brenda Rolander, FNP-BC

Mrs. Rolander joined Mount Vernon Internal Medicine in 2006. She is a Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner and received her Master's Degree from the George Mason University/George Washington University Collaborative Nurse Practitioner Program. Prior to joining Mount Vernon Internal Medicine, she spent 20 years at Inova Alexandria Hospital as a nurse in the Adult and Neonatal Critical Care Units.

 

Bridget Haley, FNP-C

Ms. Haley received her Masters of Science in Nursing from Georgetown University and is a board certified Family Nurse Practitioner. Prior to joining Mount Vernon Internal Medicine, she worked as a nurse on melanoma clinical trials at Georgetown Lombardi's Comprehensive Cancer Center. She also worked in the inpatient Hematology/Oncology unit at Washington Hospital Center. Her special interests include oncology care and clinical research.

 
 

SPRINGFIELD OFFICE:

Raymond Murow, M.D.

Dr. Murow joined Mount Vernon Internal Medicine in 2009 through a merger with Internal Medicine Associates of Northern Virginia. Dr. Murow received his Doctorate from Georgetown Medical School, completed his residency in Dermatology at the University of Pennsylvania Hospital and his residency in Internal Medicine at Georgetown Hospital. Dr. Murow currently practices Internal Medicine with a sub-specialty in Dermatology. Dr. Murow served in the United States Army Medical Corps as a Major and was stationed at Fort Meade in Maryland.

 

Sonya Bethel, M.D. 

Dr. Bethel has been involved in the practice of primary care medicine for the past thirty-two years. A native of Miami, Florida, she received her medical degree from the University of Florida College of Medicine, then completed internship and residency in Family Medicine from St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Jacksonville, Florida. She has practiced in the Greater Washington area since 1987, gaining experience in multiple primary care settings. Dr. Bethel has an interest in Geriatric Medicine. Striving to improve the management quality of long-term care facilities, she has received Medical Director Certification from the American Medical Directors Association.

 
 

ENDOCRINOLOGY:

Merica Shrestha, M.D.

Dr. Shrestha joined Mount Vernon Internal Medicine in 2016. She is board certified in Endocrinology and Internal Medicine. Dr. Shrestha received her Doctorate at the University of Missouri in Kansas City. She served in the United States Army, completing her residency and fellowship at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. She recently completed her military commitment as Assistant Chief of Endocrinology at Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center in Ft. Gordon, Georgia.  Dr. Shrestha sees a wide spectrum of endocrine disease, to include diabetes, thyroid disorders, bone disorders, and other gland/hormone disorders. She is also proficient in fine-needle aspiration biopsies of thyroid nodules. 

 

Romona Satchi, M.D.

Dr. Satchi joined Mount Vernon Internal Medicine in August 2018. Dr. Satchi received her medical degree from Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Jersey. She completed her Internal Medicine residency at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center in New York. Upon completion of her residency, she was an Internal Medicine hospitalist at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York. Subsequently, she completed her fellowship in Endocrinology, Diabetes and Bone diseases at the Mount Sinai Hospital in New York. Prior to joining Mount Vernon Internal Medicine, she worked at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, helping to regulate and approve new Endocrinology therapies. She is board certified in Internal Medicine as well as Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism. She has a special interest in the management of diabetes, osteoporosis, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), thyroid, parathyroid, adrenal and pituitary disorders. She is also trained in ultrasound-guided fine-needle biopsy of thyroid nodules.

 
 

HOSPITAL PROVIDERS:

Virginia Elesho, M.D.

Dr. Elesho joined Mount Vernon Internal Medicine in 2005. She received her Doctorate at Ross University School of Medicine in Dominica and completed her residency at St. Michaels Medical Center in Newark, New Jersey. Prior to joining Mount Vernon Internal Medicine, Dr. Elesho practiced at the VA Medical Center in Salem, VA and George Washington University Hospital in Washington, DC.

 

Valerie Chrosniak, ANP-BC

Mrs. Chrosniak joined Mount Vernon Internal Medicine in 2002. She is a Board Certified Adult Nurse Practitioner. Mrs. Chrosniak received her Masters from George Mason University. She has experience in Cardiovascular Surgery and Critical Care.

 
 

NURSING HOME PROVIDERS:

Simon Lwin, M.D.

Dr. Lwin joined Mount Vernon Internal Medicine in 2008. He is Board Certified in Internal Medicine. Dr. Lwin received his Doctorate from the Institute of Medicine in Yangon, Myanmar. He completed his residency at Woodhall Medicine and Mental Health Center in Brooklyn, New York. Dr. Lwin is fluent in Burmese. Prior to joining Mount Vernon Internal Medicine, Dr. Lwin was a hospitalist at the Catskill Regional Medical Center in Harris, New York. 

 

Lubna Rashid, M.D.

Dr. Rashid joined Mount Vernon Internal Medicine in 2012. She completed her residency training at AnMed Health Medical Center in Anderson, South Carolina. Subsequently, she completed her fellowship in Hospital Medicine from Corpus Christi Medical Center in Corpus Christi, Texas. Dr. Rashid is fluent in Urdu and Punjabi. Prior to joining Mount Vernon Internal Medicine, Dr. Rashid was a Hospitalist with IPC Healthcare in Dallas, Texas. 

 
 

Kathleen Mares, ANP-BC

Ms. Mares joined Mount Vernon Internal Medicine in 2017. She is a board certified nurse practitioner and has been a registered nurse for forty years. Ms. Mares received her Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from Marymount University in 1980 and obtained her Nurse Practitioner Degree from George Mason and George Washington University collaborative programs in 1994.Ms. Mares is the past president and now an active member of the Virginia Council of Nurse Practitioners.

 

Patrisha Lultschik, FNP-C

Mrs. Lultschik joined Mount Vernon Internal Medicine in 2014. She attended Old Dominion University for both undergraduate and graduate studies. She is a certified Family Nurse Practitioner. Her background as a registered nurse is in intensive care/progressive care. She has a passion for preventative care.

 

Lexi Vick, FNP-BC

Ms. Vick, a certified Family Nurse Practitioner, joined Mount Vernon Internal Medicine in 2018. She attended the University of South Carolina for her undergraduate nursing studies in Columbia, South Carolina. She attended Marymount University in Arlington, Virginia for graduate studies.  Her background as a registered nurse is in intensive care. She has a passion for chronic disease management and infectious disease.