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From Left: Bruce Alan Kehr, M.D., Guillermo Portillo, M.D., Mark A. Novitsky, Jr., M.D., John Carr, M.D., Julie Wendt, MS, LN, CNS. Courtesy Photo

Root Cause Analysis at Potomac Psychiatry


5920 Hubbard Drive
Rockville, MD 20852


Phone: 301-984-9791


“In the twenty-first century… we are constructing a new epidemiology of self: we are beginning to describe illness, identity, affinity, temperament, preferences—and, ultimately, fate and choice—in terms of genes and genomes. The influence of genes on our lives and beings is richer, deeper and more unnerving than we had imagined.” -Siddhartha Mukherjee, M.D., Pulitzer Prize Winning Author

We will do Whatever It Takes to help you feel well and recover your health.

We practice Root Cause Psychiatry.

Root causes of emotional distress lie in many biological and environmental factors, from our DNA to our gut health, from the food we eat to the childhood we survived. These root causes constantly re-create our experience of the world and our place in it—and thanks to incredible new scientific discoveries, we have the tools to discern these causes, assess their impacts on your mental health and create a personalized roadmap to recovery.


Rapidly advancing knowledge of genetics, microbiome science, nutrition and computational biology suggest a series of root causes that form an entirely new architecture of the mind and the self. Root Cause Psychiatry—Your Blueprint to Build Mental Health—will endow you with the knowledge and power to become the architect of your mental health destiny.

Inside our bodies, everything is constantly changing at unbelievably fast speeds, offering a continuous opportunity to improve or worsen the underlying health of our cellular and mental processes. As DNA is life’s driving force, we use genetic tests to help build better mental health.

“Microtraumas” affect the very fabric of one’s biological being. They impact your DNA, the molecules within your cells, and the very cells themselves. Damaged DNA and traumatized cells need to be restored to health. We assess your DNA, gut health, cellular molecular and nutrients status, and screening blood studies to pinpoint areas in need of restoration, and create targeted treatments to improve your mental health and brain health, from the inside out.

Awards & Honors:
“Best Psychiatric Care Provider in Maryland,” Global Health & Pharma (GHP), Healthcare and Pharmaceutical Awards, 2020. Repeatedly awarded “Washingtonian magazine Top Doctors.” “One of the top 100 most inspirational and influential people in the life sciences industry,” PharmaVOICE 100 Awards (Dr. Kehr). Bethesda Magazine Top Doctor (Dr. Kehr), 2020.

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