OUR MISSION

Our mission is to timely and correctly diagnose psychiatric illnesses, and utilize safe, innovative, and evidence-based treatments in combination with the most up to date medication regimens to provide the best outcome for our patients.

Meet Our Team

Amir Etesam

Psychiatrist

Dr. Amir Etesam, MD, is a Johns Hopkins-trained Psychiatrist at Bright Horizons Psychiatry in North Bethesda, Maryland. After receiving his medical de...

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Amir Etesam

Psychiatrist

Dr. Amir Etesam, MD, is a Johns Hopkins-trained Psychiatrist at Bright Horizons Psychiatry in North Bethesda, Maryland. After receiving his medical degree, Dr. Etesam chose to focus his career on mood and anxiety disorders. He is a member of the well-respected Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA), the only medical honor society in the world. Diagnostic clarification and appropriately treating psychiatric disorders are the fundamentals of Dr. Etesam’s practice and his promise to his patients. His particular interests include complex psychopharmacology, Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS), and Intranasal Ketamine Esketamine (Spravato®) treatment. Dr. Etesam is a National Institute of Mental Health (NIH) certified TMS provider. At present, he sees and treats patients with mild to moderate depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, OCD, and ADHD, including severe and treatment-resistant cases. He warmly welcomes all patients to Bright Horizons Psychiatry and he looks forward to caring for them.

Sepideh Adl

Head of Administration

Sepideh got her Bachelor's degree in the field of dental hygiene from the University of Maryland and after 4 years of providing treatments for patient...

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Sepideh Adl

Head of Administration

Sepideh got her Bachelor’s degree in the field of dental hygiene from the University of Maryland and after 4 years of providing treatments for patients, moved into an office management role and led business management and operations for various medical practices. She is the main point of contact for our patients regarding their appointments, billing and other questions.

Shelly Valliath

Nurse Practitioner

Shelly Valliath is a board-certified Nurse Practitioner who is compassionate and dedicated to providing excellent care to each and every one of her pa...

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Shelly Valliath

Nurse Practitioner

Shelly Valliath is a board-certified Nurse Practitioner who is compassionate and dedicated to providing excellent care to each and every one of her patients. Shelly received her Masters in Nursing and then went on to receive a second Masters degree to become a Nurse Practitioner. Through her extensive education and clinical training, Shelly is experienced in many diverse therapeutic areas including Cardiology, Pulmonology, Gastroenterology, Intensive Care, Primary Care, Women’s Health, and Psychiatry.

Through her medical experience, she found that when her patients were healthy mentally, they were also able to heal physically. Shelly has experience treating depression, anxiety, attention-deficit-disorder, insomnia, post-traumatic stress disorder, alcohol-abuse disorder, and many other psychiatric disorders. Shelly focuses on developing an individualized treatment plan while utilizing evidenced-based pharmacological and non-pharmacological modalities to support each one of her clients.

Shelly is looking forward to working with you!

Hesam Etesam

Head of Neuromodulation and TMS Coordinator

Hesam received his Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering, and Master’s degree in Healthcare Administration from the University of Maryland. ...

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Hesam Etesam

Head of Neuromodulation and TMS Coordinator

Hesam received his Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering, and Master’s degree in Healthcare Administration from the University of Maryland. His keen interest in medicine and healthcare in combination with his background in engineering led him to pursue a career in neuromodulation. He has worked extensively with patients with mental and behavioural disorders and completed his studies in preliminary medicine. He is a certified TMS provider and is the main point of contact regarding neuromodulation evaluations and coordination of treatments.

Batool Asif

TMS Technician

Batool is an experienced healthcare professional currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Health Services Management, She brings a wealth of knowle...

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Batool Asif

TMS Technician

Batool is an experienced healthcare professional currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Health Services Management, She brings a wealth of knowledge and compassion to her role as a medical assistant in our psychiatric office. With a deep understanding of mental health disorders and the ethical considerations in healthcare, she excels in patient correspondence, TMS, and front desk operations. Batool is committed to making a positive impact on the lives of our patients and in the healthcare field as a whole.

Dayana Velez

Esketamine Coordinator

Dayana worked as a medical assistant in various fields before becoming our Esketamine Coordinator; such as gynecology, neurology, and internal medicin...

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Dayana Velez

Esketamine Coordinator

Dayana worked as a medical assistant in various fields before becoming our Esketamine Coordinator; such as gynecology, neurology, and internal medicine. However, before her start in the medical field, she owned her own business for the better part of a decade. This mix of knowledge and experience in both clinical and administrative capacities, makes her the perfect fit for this position, and her genuine concern for the wellbeing of her patients makes her the perfect fit for Bright Horizons Psychiatry. Dayana is the point of contact for enrollment, scheduling, and any other inquiries related to Esketamine.

Mackenzie Beard

Esketamine Coordinator

MacKenzie got her start in administration with Montgomery County Parks and Recreation. After 5 years as a Recreation specialist, she entered the medic...

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Mackenzie Beard

Esketamine Coordinator

MacKenzie got her start in administration with Montgomery County Parks and Recreation. After 5 years as a Recreation specialist, she entered the medical field as an ophthalmic technician at The Retina Group of Washington, and eventually trained to be a scribe. She has worked extensively in patient relations and administrative roles and is well-versed in how to connect with, and calm, people from all walks of life. She is the main point of contact regarding coordination of Esketamine treatments and general inquiries about both TMS and Esketamine treatments at our clinic.

Naomi Velez

Administrative Assistant

Naomi has worked in the medical field for years, first as a medical assistant and then as a front office coordinator, where she excelled in customer s...

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Naomi Velez

Administrative Assistant

Naomi has worked in the medical field for years, first as a medical assistant and then as a front office coordinator, where she excelled in customer service and clerical duties. Most recently she took a short break from the medical field to be a flight attendant where she maintained her stellar customer service and attention to detail, as well as compassion and a love for helping people. She is the main point of contact for initial patient appointments and general inquiries about the practice.

Katie Amaya

Patient Relations Specialist

Katie worked in the medical field for almost 5 years prior to joining the Bright Horizons Family. She got certified in Cosmetology, shortly following ...

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Katie Amaya

Patient Relations Specialist

Katie worked in the medical field for almost 5 years prior to joining the Bright Horizons Family. She got certified in Cosmetology, shortly following high school. However, she decided her skills were better suited to patient care, after getting her start in a Podiatrist office, as medical assistant. Katie has spent the last couple years working in different offices, from functional medicine to chiropractic, before settling on psychiatric medicine. Katie is our point of contact for all new patients, and handles general inquiries.

Briana Cooper

Briana is a seasoned marketing professional with over 6 years of experience in the industry. Specializing in digital marketing, Briana has a proven tr...

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Briana Cooper

Briana is a seasoned marketing professional with over 6 years of experience in the industry. Specializing in digital marketing, Briana has a proven track record of developing and executing successful marketing strategies that drive brand growth and increase engagement. With expertise in social media management, content creation, and SEO optimization, she has helped numerous brands enhance their online presence and achieve their marketing goals. Passionate about staying ahead of industry trends, Briana is dedicated to continuous learning in the ever-evolving field of marketing.

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ABOUT BRIGHT HORIZONS PSYCHIATRY

Bright Horizons Psychiatry in North Bethesda, Maryland, provides comprehensive psychiatric care for adults ages 18 and over who suffer from mood disorders.

Experienced psychiatrist Amir Etesam, MD, and his team correctly diagnose a range of mental health conditions, from depression and anxiety to obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), and provide second opinions for patients with complex, treatment-resistant conditions.

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