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Total Wellness is a holistic treatment center for the mind and body. We feel that our patients do best when they are able to get help from different disciplines and the treatment aims at getting a healthy mind and body. Once we evaluate our patients a treatment plan is made with the patient and tailored to the patient's specific needs and personality. We focus on the patient's strengths to help change erroneous thoughts that can cause abnormal behaviors, disordered eating and poor self esteem. We maintain the strictest confidence and regard for your privacy. At Total Wellness you can access help for psychological issues as well as issues related to obesity and over weight. Patients can access psychiatry/ Individual psychotherapy/ Group Psychotherapy/ Marital Therapy/nutrition counseling/ exercise physiology/ Chinese acupressure. The ability to access all these services under one roof helps enhance care. We are conveniently located at 723 South Charles Street in down town Baltimore, just off I95.

POLICIES are subject to amendment please discuss this before your appointment. Payment at Time of Service: Full payment is required at the time of service unless other arrangements have been made in writing.

Attendance: Appointments can be cancelled with 24 hours notice. Appointments missed without 24 hours notice are considered scheduled appointments, and full fee may be collected. A pattern of missed and late appointments may result in termination and referral to another clinician. If I need to cancel an appointment because of emergency or illness, you will be notified as soon as possible. The session will be rescheduled at the next convenient time for both parties.

Appointment time & Punctuality: Please call when running late. Arrival more than 15 minutes late may result in cancellation of the appointment. If you are late, the therapy session must be shortened in order to maintain the agreed upon schedule. In most cases it’s not possible to extend the length of the session to compensate for late arrival.

Compliance: Compliance with psychiatric medications is required as a condition of treatment. Compliance with mutually agreed upon contracts, such as safety contracts, is required.




Dr. Varsha Vaidya received her training in London, England, before coming to the US in 1993. She completed her training in the U.S. at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. She is Board Certified in Psychiatry.

Dr Vaidya has been in psychiatry since 1988 She treats patients with depression, anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, Schizophrenia, Adult ADHD, Dementia Eating Disorders and psychiatric disorders in pregnancy and lactation. She specializes in treating medically ill patients with psychiatric illness Dr. Vaidya’s area of expertise is Obesity Psychiatry.

Dr. Vaidya joined the faculty at Johns Hopkins Bayview in 1996 and served as Director of Consult Psychiatry 1997-2006. She has worked in several areas of psychiatry and has focused on psychiatric issues in obese patients since 2000. In addition to several journal articles on bariatric psychiatry, Varsha published a book titled, "Health and Treatment Strategies in Obesity." She is an internationally recognized expert on obesity and bariatric psychiatry, and has been an invited speaker at numerous conferences and hospitals.

Dr Vaidya is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and General Internal Medicine at Johns Hopkins University and School of Medicine. She founded the Obesity Psychiatry program at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center in 1999.



Margaret Furtado, MS, RD, LDN, has almost 20 years' experience in clinical nutrition and dietetics, including 4 years as a nutrition support dietitian (CNSD), 2 years as a clinical nutrition manager, and 6 years as a renal nutrition specialist. She has spent the last 6 years working in the field of bariatric nutrition and obesity medicine, including approximately 4 years as a Lead Dietitian at Tufts/New England Medical Center's Obesity Consult Center, and 2 years at Massachusetts General Hospital's Weight Center.

Margaret received her undergraduate degree in nutrition from the University of Rhode Island, and her M.S. degree in nutrition and dietetics from Florida International University, where she also completed her RD training. Areas of particular interest to Margaret are metabolic changes accompanying bariatric surgery, mindful eating, and stress reduction. She is a registered yoga teacher (RYT 200). Ms. Furtado speaks fluent Portugese and Spanish. Ms. Furtado has written several journal articles regarding bariatric nutrition, and has also co-authored chapters in nutrition textbooks on both renal and bariatric nutrition. She is the co-author of the book "Recipes for Life After Weight Loss Surgery: Delicious Dishes for Nourishing the New You," which was released in February of 2007.

Margaret is a member of the Allied Health Committee of the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS), and gives talks related to bariatric surgery and nutrition throughout the United States.

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Larry got his MSW Degree 1985 from University of Maryland at Baltimore School of Social Work in the Clinical Concentration-Aging Specialization and a Certificate in Aging from the University of Maryland.
He has an M.A. in Psychology in 1986 from Towson State University in Community Mental Health Counseling.
He is licensed by the State of Maryland to practice psychotherapy. He has passed the licensing examinations for Social Work Clinical practice.
Lawrence Mernaugh has worked in psychiatry for the past 22 years at the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Centers Community Psychiatry Adult Outpatient Program. -22 years as a Psychotherapist and 19 years as a Clinical Supervisor. Has also served for 20 years as the Consultant to the Employee assistance Program at JHBMC.
Larry treats patients with depression/anxiety/PTSD/ Bipolar disorder/Eating disorders/ADHD/Dementias/ Delirium and Obesity related psychiatric symptoms. His area of expertise is treating psychiatric symptoms in the aging, medically ill patient and Obesity. He has had the privilege of working with patients suffering from an extensive array of psychiatric illnesses including problems related to crisis, trauma ,grief and end of life issues, stress and interpersonal issues, men’s and women’s issues, body image, obesity and emotional overeating.  Larry has had 22 years of expertise in the modalities of; Individual Psychotherapy, marital/couples counseling and Group Psychotherapy


Our location in Silver Spring MD.
712 Wayne Avenue, Silver Spring MD 20910
Phone # 2404756817
Directions to the Silver Spring Office
Take route 29 south from the beltway, and make a left on Dale drive and right on wayne ave, make a left into the drive way right before the traffic light. Parking is Free.
Directions to the Baltimore Office
This is a map of our location. From I 95 take 395 toward Inner Harbor (do not go on to MLK blvd that viers to the right). Make a right on Conway and a right on Light Street. A right again on Lee Street and a left on South Charles. We are 723 South Charles St Suite 103. Parking is off the street or you can use car park on Huges street (cost is 10.00$)at the back of our office. 

GENERAL INFORMATION Patients can make appointments by calling 410 605 0180 (Baltimore) or 2404756817 (Silver Spring MD).
 We will return your call in 24 hours. Currently we do not accept insurance but will assist you to get reimbursed by your insurance. Please call us or email us if you have any further questions.
PHONE: 410 6050180 Baltimore 2404756817 Silver Spring
Fax: 410 6050181
Email: vvaidya@obesitypsychiatry.com

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