About Us

At Synergy Strive, we are a team of solution-focused clinicians and coaches. Our goal to help you, your child or your family uncover your true potential and lead a life that is worth celebrating. While we cannot change difficult situations of the past, we can work together to better understand and resolve challenges in your life. If you're looking for extra support and guidance through a challenging situation or you're just ready to move in a new direction in your life, we look forward to working with you to achieve your goals.

Our Mission

Our mission at Synergy Strive is to facilitate change in our client’s life by building hope and activating their resilience while they strive for determination towards their future. We do this using our personalized model of resiliency, ultimately assisting our clients to uncover their true potential.

Our Vision

To restore intrinsic HOPE; bringing the world together by activating resilience.

Our Values

The team at Synergy Strive is your ally to guide you on the bridge of your journey from where you are to where you would ideally like to be.

Our Goal

Our team’s goal at Synergy Strive is to assist our clients over the bridge towards life success, fulfillment and overall happiness.

     Meet the Team


Steven M Gordon, PMHCNS/NP-BC, Director, Owner

Steven M. Gordon is a licensed and registered Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and Nurse Therapist who has over 25 years’ experience treating children, adolescents, adults and families; specializing with young adults. He has worked in leadership positions at the Regional Institute of Children and Adolescents, Children’s National Hospital and University of Maryland Department of Community Psychiatry. Mr. Gordon has been recognized and spoken nationally about his model of Hope and Resiliency of treatment. Mr. Gordon is presently writing about how Life Coaching can be a vital part of the mental health continuum, ultimately preventing emotional crisis.  Using a combination of Acceptance Commitment Therapy and Mr. Gordon’s extensive psycho-pharmacological knowledge, Mr. Gordon is able to fully treat a wide demographic of patients and the issues they are facing.

Jennifer Jones, Assistant Director and Life Coach Team Coordinator

Following a successful 20-year career in medical sales, Jennifer left the business world to become a life coach.  After completing comprehensive coursework in life coaching, she became a Certified Life Coach from the International Coach Federation in 2018. Jennifer welcomes all types of coaching clients-- professionals who seek executive goal coaching; individuals who want guidance through life or career transitions; students who need help with executive functioning; and anyone who wants to improve a relationship.

Dr. Samantha A. Rogers, DNP, PMHNP-BC

Dr. Rogers graduated Magna Cum Laude with her Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing from the Catholic University of America in 2010. From May 2010 until September 2014, she served as an active duty Nurse Corps Officer in the United States Navy. During this time she treated Wounded Warriors serving in Operation Iraqi and Enduring Freedom, specializing in the care of those suffering from traumatic brain injuries at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. She received a Joint Service Commendation Medal in 2014 for her dedicated service and trauma-centered care while on the in-patient TBI unit. Dr. Rogers continues to serve in the Navy Active Reserves as a mental health nurse.
She has over 6 years of experience working in the psychiatric setting. She has experience with a full spectrum of developmental ages from children to adults in individual and group therapy. She graduated with her Doctorate of Nursing Practice in 2018 from the University of Maryland specializing in Psychiatric Medication Management and Psychotherapy as a Family Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and Nurse Therapist. She enjoys spending her free time at the beach with her family and friends.

Dr. Elsa DeLeonardo, DNP, PMHNP-BC

Dr. Elsa DeLeonardo is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She holds a Doctorate in Nursing Practice and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Maryland, Baltimore. During her undergraduate studies, Dr. DeLeonardo worked in a private psychiatric practice dealing with various aspects of patient care including brain mapping and biofeedback. While raising her family, she returned to school and graduated magna cum laude from two nursing programs while working and caring for patients and their families.
Dr. DeLeonardo has worked for many years in the outpatient psychiatric setting. Her career highlights include creating and implementing a hospital-wide educational program for non-psychiatric nurses at University of Maryland Medical Center for the evaluation of suicidal ideation and developing a Clinical Practice Guideline for the Prevention and Management of Workplace Violence in the outpatient mental health setting. Dr. DeLeonardo specializes in the psychopharmacological treatment of adolescent and adult patient populations. Her years of training and experience in varied settings contributes to her holistic approach when working with patients and their families. Fluent in English and Spanish, Dr. DeLeonardo aims to provide appropriate family-centered and culturally-competent psychiatric care to all patients.

Derek Walcker, PMHNP-BC

Derek earned his BSN from Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing in 2009 and invested 5 years working in critical care, including ERs, ICUs, organ procurement, and Level One Shock Trauma. In 2015, Derek transitioned his career to behavioral health, joining Sheppard Pratt Hospital where he served for 3 years as the night building administrator, managing and coordinating all administrative and patient care responsibilities. During this time, he became adept at providing acute behavioral healthcare to patients in crisis, ranging in age from adolescence to geriatric.
After earning his MSN in Psychiatric Mental Health from Kent State, where he graduated with a 4.0 GPA, Derek initially provided inpatient behavioral health consultation and management for adult/geriatric residents of skilled nursing facilities, many of whom had battled a lifetime of psychiatric illness. Realizing the impact of poorly managed behavioral health over a patient’s lifespan, Derek switched his focus to providing early mental health intervention and management to adolescents and young adults in the outpatient setting. Derek is a staunch practitioner of evidence-based practice, that includes a combination of medication and psychotherapy, with intimate involvement of the patient and their family in the decision-making process. His overall goal is to provide the highest quality of life for each patient.