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Ofundem Akoh-Arrey Nokuri


President, Medical Director of Pediatric Medicine

Dr. Nokuri finished her undergraduate degree at Bowie State University in Maryland. She went on to earn her medical degree from the Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine in Hershey, Pennsylvania. After completing her pediatric residency at Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, DC, Dr. Nokuri went through additional training to become board certified through the American Board of Pediatrics. 
Since Dr. Nokuri previously served as an emergency room pediatrician at Sinai Hospital in Baltimore, she has an extensive background in urgent care diagnoses and treatments. Patients of Dr. Nokuri commend her caring and compassionate bedside manner, especially when caring for infants and young children. Dr. Nokuri strives to build lasting, lifelong relationships with each of her patients.


Jo-ann Middleton

FNP-BC, MSN, FNE-A/P SANE-A, Family Nurse Practitioner
Oxon Hill Clinical Director/Chief Medical Officer

Jo-Ann is a clinical nurse practitioner with 28 years of experience in the areas of emergent/urgent care/trauma/PACU/GI and forensic nursing for the adult, adolescent, and pediatric populations in many Baltimore/Washington metro area facilities including University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center, Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, Johns Hopkins Howard County General Hospital (HCGH), Sinai Hospital, Union Memorial Hospital, Good Samaritan Hospital, Washington Hospital Center, and many others. Joan worked at HCGH where she developed the Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) Assessment program for HCGH. She graduated from Simmons College in Boston and is a member of American Association of Nurse Practitioners, Maryland Nurses Association, International Association of Forensic Nurses, and Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society.   

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Dr. Tanshanicka Helem

Nurse Practitioner
Chief of Veterans Affairs 

Dr. Tanshanicka Helem earned her BSN from Howard University, Washington DC and was a critical care nurse for 22 years. Dr.Helem then went on to obtain her Masters of Science Nursing in education because of her love for teaching and precepting new graduate nurses. She earned her Doctor of Nursing practice as Family Nurse Practitioner from George Mason University.   
Dr. Helem has a passion for Women’s Health and is excited about serving the Prince George’s County community. She is also a mentor for women of color in underserved communities who desire to pursue an education in Nursing .  
Dr. Helem is excited about being appointed co-director of Southern District of Maryland and hopes to increase the presence of Nurse Practitioners in Charles, St. Mary’s, and Calvert counties. 


Gladys Ngatchou Happi

FNP-BC, CRNP, CNN. Nurse Practitioner

Gladys completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Maryland, school of nursing in 1999. Gladys worked in several specialty ICUs, trauma, PACU, transplant, dialysis, wound care and research mainly at Johns Hopkins and University of Maryland Medical Center. Gladys earned a MSN in leadership and Management from Walden University in 2014 then took on several leadership roles as a government contractor with CMS and CDC and with University of Maryland Medical Systems. She completed her post Master FNP degree at Bradley University.  Gladys is the current President of the American Nephrology Nurses Association (chapter 101) and also the President of the Cameroonian American Nurses Association ( She volunteered with non-profit groups since 2005 in the US as well as abroad. Gladys belongs to AONL, ANA, CAMNA-USA, AANP and ANNA.  Gladys served as a mentor/preceptor for many registered nurses and still teaches clinical part time to nursing students at Stevenson University. Gladys enjoys traveling the world, dancing and spending time with family and friends. 


Mara Monroe

Clinical Care Coordinator

Mara is a dog mom to 10-year-old Pixie and a fiancée to Jason; she enjoys loud music, reading, and spending time with friends and family. Mara is a graduate of Howard Community College's Licensed Practical Nursing program; with a strong background in hospice, home health, oncology, and intimate experience in caring for holocaust survivors.  Mara strongly believes in a holistic approach to providing patient care. Having grown up in a military family, Mara truly understands the one mission, one team mentality that is at the heart of Premier Health Express. 


Rocio Recinos

QTC Quality Analyst Coordinator

Rocio attended Anne Arundel Community College. She previously worked in the mortgage industry as a Loan Processor where she found a passion for assisting and finding creative solutions for everyone she had the pleasure of working with. She has previous experience as a medical receptionist and medical technician. Rocio is an organized, bilingual, friendly team player who to this day continues to find creative solutions for her team and those she gets the opportunity to work with. Today, Rocio continues to broaden her interest as the QTC Quality Analyst Coordinator and her pursue as a Real Estate Agent.

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Samuel Nokuri


CEO/Founder , Medical Director of  Adult Medicine

During his undergraduate program at Virginia Commonwealth University, Dr. Nokuri studied chemistry. After earning his bachelor’s degree, Dr. Nokuri completed his medical degree from Ross University School of Medicine in the Caribbean island of Dominica.
He then went through his residency training in internal medicine at St. Agnes Hospital in Baltimore.
To ensure he keeps offering the latest treatments and solutions for his patients, Dr. Nokuri takes continuing education courses. He went on to earn a Master of Business Administration degree (MBA) from Johns Hopkins University Carey Business School in Baltimore.
Dr. Nokuri is currently board-certified through the American Board of Internal Medicine. He also serves as a flight surgeon for the United States Air Force and Air National Guard out of Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland.  


Courtney Phillip


Chief of Operations

Courtney Phillip is a Board-Certified Family Nurse Practitioner. She attended Georgetown University School of Nursing and Health Studies, where she received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing in 2000. While working as an emergency department nurse for the last 19 years, she recently completed her Master of Science in Nursing, receiving a degree as a Family Nurse Practitioner. She has worked primarily in emergency department settings, beginning her emergency department nursing career at George Washington University Hospital. While working full-time as an emergency department nurse, she has also served as an emergency department nurse manager, hospital administrator and expert witness for several law firms.
Courtney is an active member of the American College of Nurse Practitioners; Sigma Theta Tau, the International Honor Society of Nursing; Emergency Nursing Association; American Nursing Association and Maryland Nursing Association, Maryland Association of Nurse Practitioners, District of Columbia Association of Nurse Practitioners, AmericanAssociation of Nurse Practitioners and Maryland Notary Association.


Ruby L. Asaram

Practice Manager

Ruby L. Asaram started her professional journey as an Industrial Engineering and a Healthcare Professional in Clinical Operations.  She has about 20years of experience in a leadership role with her credentials in Computer Science, Industrial Engineering, and Operations Management.
Ruby is from NYC. She started her professional journey from New York City to Upstate New York, to New Jersey to Philadelphia, PA, and now in Maryland.  She is a former IBM lead Engineer who was leading 650 techs and operators in 39 departments. Also, experienced as Database, System, Technology Logistics Analyst, and Auditor.  
As a medical professional, she has been Managing Physician's practices, Hospital Trauma/ER In-patient/Out-patient, admitting scheduling, bed capacity, financial counselors, Registration, Trauma/ER/Medical offices/Hospital Billing, and health insurance claims.
Ruby worked with veterans at QTC management, a Leidos company, as a Clinical Operations Supervisor. Ruby's experience with QTC will make things better and flawless for our veterans from both ends. Also, it will make Premier health Express Urgent Care and QTC partnership better for our veterans. 


Lamley Armah-Lee 

Nurse Practicioner

Lamley is a board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner; with more than ten years of nursing experience in critical care, pre/post-operative care, ambulatory surgery, and interventional radiology. Lamley received her initial training in the United States Navy as a hospital corpsman with hands-on training in obstetrics, labor and delivery, surgical services, and trauma. She then moved to Ohio, where she worked as a home health aide for mentally disabled adults while completing her undergraduate degree at Kent State University. The majority of her tenure has been spent working as an ICU nurse and assisting in vascular services. Lamley earned her graduate degree in family practice at Walden University, receiving hands-on training throughout Baltimore and Southern Maryland. While not with patients, you may find her teaching a CPR class or nursing skills at a local community college.  Family time, gardening, woodwork, and crafting are her most treasured downtime activities. 


Hinmer Velasquez

Social Media Coordinator

Hinmer went to the University of Akron and was an intern for their radio station WZIP. He has had a marketing leadership in several organizations through the years. Hinmer attended Anne Arundel Community College in which he was their Social Media Intern, having experienced in graphic design, marketing, advertising, and communication. He graduated with an associate degree in Media and plans to further his career in journalism. In his spare time he loves to go on spontaneous adventures and take photographs and videos on the way. 

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Elvira McCullough

Community Outreach in Chief and Marketing/Website  Management

Elvira McCullough has her own Marketing Solutions company, ITS International, and has worked in marketing and website design for over 10 years, she has been Premier Health Express Website, Media and Marketing Coordinator for the past 4 years.
Elvira is also Premier's Outreach in Chief and she is responsible for connecting Premier Health Express with the surrounding community. She brainstorms potential partnerships or methods for engagement with the local community, maintaining a calendar for outreach events and working closely with community partners to plan and execute various outreach events.

Elvira McCullough is a mother of three wonderful kids, who loves to connect with people and be involve in the community. She volunteers with 3 non profit organizations in Howard County, Champions Against Cancer, Burleigh Manor Animal Sanctuary and Just Living Advocacy, and at her kids school's PTA. She enjoys cooking, gardening, playing tennis, chess and traveling.