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The Specialists

We are excited to welcome some of the world's most powerful, intelligent, and influential

women for Enlightened Woman events. They will be present to offer their knowledge and expertise to help

awaken you and cause you to walk into your authentic and whole self.


Rev. Benita Lewis

Rev. Benita Lewis is a native Washingtonian.  She is the only child born to Mrs. Benzena Wilds Lewis and the late Rev. J. Edward Lewis.  Benita attended the public schools of Montgomery County Maryland, and was quite active in the Resurrection Baptist Church where her father was the founder and pastor.  

Rev. Lewis attended North Carolina A&T State University (Greensboro), and graduated Suma Cum Laude in Child Development.  She became a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. at A&T’s Alpha Mu Chapter.  She earned a MS degree from The Ohio State University (Columbus) in Family Relations and Human Development. Rev. Lewis has also earned a professional certificate in school administration and supervision from Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland.    In 2007, Rev. Lewis earned a Masters of Divinity Degree (with an emphasis in Pastoral Care and Counseling) from the Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC, and in May 2007, she was also the recipient of the Maryland Bible Society Award for Proficiency in Biblical Preaching, and in the fall of 2006 a sermon written by Rev. Lewis, entitled “A Message from the Original Promise Keepers” was published in the Seminarians Issue of The African American Pulpit Journal.  In 2016, Rev. Lewis completed her studies in pastoral counseling from Loyola University Maryland (Baltimore).  She will continue to fulfill her call and aspiration by returning to her undergraduate alma mater to earn a doctorate degree in Rehabilitation Counseling with a focus on trauma.


Wellness Panel

This panel of experts will help guide you to wellness in body. They will provide dynamic insight and

understanding to enable you to live a life of health and beauty from the inside out.


Dr. Debora Whitehurst-Brown

Dr. Whitehurst-Brown is a board certified obstetrician-gynecologist who was raised in the Washington, DC area. She has provided ObGyn care to patients in the Anne Arundel and Prince George's communities since 1990. She received her medical school degree from the University of Cincinnati and completed her residency in Obstetrics & Gynecology at Henry Ford Hospital in Michigan. She served as chief of ObGyn at Anne Arundel Medical Center in Annapolis, Maryland. Her interests include alternative and complementary medicine for obstetrics and menopause, operative hysteroscopy and laparoscopy and adolescent gynecology. She is a devoted wife and mother who enjoys traveling, reading, and listening to jazz music.


Dr. Vanessa Allen

Dr. Allen successfully treats medical conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, acute care (URi, sore throat, colds), asthma, allergic rhinitis, depression, anxiety, back pain, dermatitis, headache, thyroid disease, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), vaginitis, menopause, obesity, and tobacco addictions.Dr. Vanessa Allen received her medical degree from Howard University, College of Medicine in 1989 and completed her residency in Family Medicine at Duke University Hospital in North Carolina. After completing her residency in 1993, she developed a successful private group practice in Ft. Washington, Maryland before starting her own practice in Bowie, Maryland. Dr. Allen believes in patient centered care and addresses healthy lifestyle issues focusing on nutrition, physical activity, mind-body approaches and spirituality. Her goal is to promote wellness and disease prevention that enables patients to increase control over and improve their health care.


Terri Peters, RPH-PD

Terri Peters is the President/CEO/Pharmacist of Quality of Life Pharmacy & Health, Inc. She is a Graduate of United States Air Force Pharmacy Technician Specialist Program. She holds 30 college credit hours in Pharmacy Technology. Peters is a Graduate of The Philadelphia College of Pharmacy & Science and has a Bachelors of Science in Pharmacy. Her specialty is Women’s Health, Hormone Replacement, Diabetes Management, Herbal Supplementation.


Shelly Walker, PhD


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