Jack E Barr Center for Well Being


  • Family Counseling
  • Child & Adolescent Counseling
  • Parenting Skills
  • Anger Management
  • Drug & Alcohol Addiction
  • Depression
  • Conduct & Behavioral Disorders
  • Anxiety
  • Grief & Loss
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Domestic Violence
  • Psychological Assessment
  • School Based Therapy
  • Behavior Modification and Training for parents/caregiver and children
  • Psychiatric Medication Evaluation
  • Play Therapy
  • Medication Assessment & Monitoring

Our Staff

Ira S. Lourie, M.D., Center Medical Director, Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist

Dr. Lourie has provided diagnostic and medication services, to children and adolescents in therapeutic group homes and foster care programs at San Mar since 2002 and in other Western Maryland community programs since 1995. He began his career over 40 years ago at the National Institute of Mental Health, where he worked for 20 years helping states and communities in developing programs for the most troubled children and youth. The book he wrote with Karl Dennis, Everything is Normal Until Proven Otherwise, about Wraparound Services has been a best seller in the child mental health field.

Jerica Washington, LCSW-C, Director

Jerica joined San Mar in the fall of 2015. She exudes excitement, tenacity, and determination to develop programs that change lives. Jerica has over 8 years’ experience working with adults and families, specializing in working with pregnant and postpartum adolescent girls and women. She received her Bachelors in Social Work from Hood College in Frederick, MD and her Masters in Social Work from the University of Maryland, Baltimore School of Social Work. She is trained in trauma systems therapy and trauma focused cognitive behavioral therapy.

Ellen Savoy,LCSW-C, Therapist

Ellen has over 30 years of experience working with San Mar and specifically with children and families. She worked with the Treatment Foster Care program for 25 years. Other experience includes being an adopting mother and a foster mother.
The past three years Ellen has been a part-time therapist with Safe Harbor Christian Counseling. She is prepared to use a scriptural approach to life challenges with anyone
showing a desire to do so.

Bridget Choudhary,LGSW, Therapist

Bridget has completed her Master’s Degree in Social Work through the University of Maryland, Baltimore and has worked for the Center since its opening in October, 2016.  Her past experience includes working in research, behavioral health, as well as in treatment foster care.  She currently provides therapeutic  services to clients with various histories of trauma.  Bridget is a dedicated therapist, enthused to open her caseload to new clients with a wide array of experiences and challenges.

Christina Negrete,LCSW-C, Therapist

Christina has practiced clinical social work for 37 years.  She is recently retired from Frederick County Public Schools where she served as a school-based therapist providing clinical services to students and families in a public alternative school.  She has worked with children, adolescents, adults and families in domestic violence, mental health, child welfare, and developmental disabilities settings.  Her interest in community health brought about her desire to earn a Master's degree in health education form Penn State University in 2005.  She is a yoga teacher.  She developed a specialization in mind/body medicine and teaches mind/body practices which
facilitate stress management, self-care and wellness.  ​

Jessica Thornton,LGSW, Therapist

Jessica Thornton is a Licensed Graduate Social Worker (LGSW) who specializes in working with clients from rural populations with the intrinsic and systematic issues as well as the strengths that arise from this particular way of life. Originally from southern West Virginia, Jessica is able to empathize and understand barriers and benefits of a rural perspective on a personal level. Jessica obtained both her Bachelors and Masters Degrees from Concord University in Athens, West Virginia, but has been living in Maryland since 2007. Jessica has experience working with groups, couples, and individuals with ages ranging from 5 years old to 85 years young. Jessica's personal practice philosophy includes elements of Strengths Based processing, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and is mostly grounded in Solution Focused Therapy.