Future of Human Health and Medicine Organization (FHHMO) is hosting Teen Mental Health Night: Virtual Edition on Tuesday, July 14, 2020 at 7:00 pm. Two Licensed Clinical Social Workers, LaToya Nkongolo LCSW-C, LCADC and Denise Courtney LCSW-C will be discussing Teen Mental Health and answering audience questions. Mallory Snodgrass, a teen mental health advocate, will be hosting the event and it will be moderated by Dr. Marc Brassard M.D. Teen Mental Health Night: Virtual Edition will be streamed live through Twitch and audience members will have the opportunity to text their questions to be answered live.
LCSW-C | Therapist
LaToya Nkongolo is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Licensed Clinical Drug and Alcohol Counselor. LaToya has worked in the fields of addiction and mental health for 21 years as a clinician and administrator. LaToya is the co-owner of Work Life Behavioral Health Clinic located in Glen Burnie, MD, immediate Past President of the Maryland Addictions and Behavioral Health Professionals Certification Board, and an Adjunct Professor in the addictions program at Anne Arundel Community College. LaToya is the 2020 recipient of Leadership Anne Arundel's Distinguished Graduate Award for her work and advocacy in the field of mental health in the county.
LCSW-C | Psychotherapist
Denise Courtney has practiced outpatient psychotherapy for over 35 years with an emphasis on teens and young adults. She received her BA from Goucher College in Mathematics; was a special student in psychology and child psychiatry at Johns Hopkins University and Medical School; received an MSW from Simmons College School of Social Work. In addition to work at a community hospital in Baltimore she was a consultant to the Dekalb County Schools in Atlanta Georgia providing teen suicide prevention workshops. She also conducted programs for children struggling with the challenges of divorcing parents. She has lectured in schools and other settings throughout the area on a host of topics relevant to teens. She practices in Annapolis and Washington DC.
Teen & Mental Health Advocate
Mallory Snodgrass recently graduated from Broadneck High School, where she took interest in musical theater, student government, and political activism. Over the last few years, Mallory has worked as a volunteer lobbyist with the Eating Disorders Coalition, an ambassador for the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA), a member of the leaderboard for internet empowerment program “Curls, Colors, Curves,” and a speaker for several youth run advocacy groups such as Our Minds Matter. Mallory’s passion for mental health awareness is rooted in her own experience with psychiatric treatment for depression, anxiety, and anorexia nervosa. This fall, she will join American University’s Class of 2024 where she will double major in political science and education.
AAMC Orthopedic Surgeon
FHHMO Chief Medical Officer & Co-Founder
Dr. Brassard is a 1992 graduate of the University of Massachusetts Medical School and has a special interest in total joint replacement and sports medicine. His residency was completed at the University of Alabama Hospital. During his residency, he also trained under Dr. James Andrews and coauthored a paper in The American Journal of Radiology. He joined Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine in August 1999 after completing a one-year fellowship in total joint replacement and sports medicine at the Insall Scott Kelly Institute for Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine at Beth Israel Hospital in New York. Dr. Brassard became board certified in July of 2002 by the American board of Orthopaedic Surgeons. Dr. Brassard has held a number of consulting positions for sports teams and was assistant team physician to the New York Liberty WNBA team and the New York Knicks.
He already has four journal publications, one in the Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics, and another in the Journal of the Southern Orthopaedic Association. In addition, Dr. Brassard is lead-author of a 10-year follow-up study on total knee replacements, published in the July 2001 edition of Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research. He has written four book chapters on Total Knee Replacements in the book, Surgery of the Knee. Dr. Brassard is currently involved in three major studies; a national study looking at partial knee replacement, a rapid recovery protocol for joint replacement, and one involving a ten-year follow-up for joint replacement. In 1992, Dr. Brassard was awarded the CIBS-Geigy Award for Community Service and in 1994 he was the recipient of the Young Alumni Award from Springfield College. He is a member of the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons, the Maryland Orthopaedic Society, and the John Insall Society. He is the past chairman of the Advisory Board for the the Arthritis Foundation of Southern Maryland. He also serves as volunteer team physician for the Broadneck High School football team.
Since 2012, having co-founded Future Doctors Organization (FDO) and Future of Human Health and Medicine Organization (FHHMO), Dr. Brassard has championed inclusive empowerment, mentorship, and career development in the medical and health field. Dr. Brassard is a leader and major advocate for health equity, a representative medical workforce, and community medical and health learning opportunities for high school students. He has provided opportunities for more than 450 high school students over the past 7 years out of the Annapolis region.