Bergina Isbell, MD

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Bergina Brickhouse Isbell, MD is America’s Spiritual and Mental Health Doctor and she believes there is a cure for cancer of the soul. As a Psychiatrist, speaker, and author of Victory Over Depression With and Without Medicines and Come to the Table: A Special Needs Devotional, she has been recognized as an influencer who combines the sacred with the scientific. She has been described as a combination of Dr. Oz meets Dr. Caroline Leaf.

Dr. Bergina has been a speaker at South by Southwest (SXSW), National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), the Autism Society, Southern Baptist Convention, Society of Surgical Technologists, Curves Rock, Mocha Moms, and BizKids. In addition to being a featured broadcaster on Periscope by Twitter for their Wellness Warriors program, expertise from her signature process for mental health coaching has been featured in SHAPE magazine and on WGTS 91.9 radio.

Dr. Bergina is a Board Certified Johns Hopkins and Mayo Clinic trained Psychiatrist recognized for her specialization in the treatment of patients with trauma, depression, and special needs, including autism. She is the founder of Led Life, LLC, a mental health consulting practice where she provides corporate wellness and individual psychiatric services. She provides mental health coaching through Growing in Grace Life Coaching, LLC. When not using the world as a classroom for her two homeschooled children, she enjoys Bible journaling, ballroom dancing with her husband, and doing burpees.


Professional Highlights

  • A skilled psychiatrist with more than 10 years of practical experience in outpatient, corrections, and homeless health care clinics.
  • Expertise in Trauma and PTSD, Workman’s compensation, Depression, and Special Needs populations.
  • Experienced in assessment, counseling, and education regarding medications and treatment of PTSD. Provide both individual and group therapy for women survivors of trauma.
  • Proficient in the practice of Telepsychiatry and documentation in Electronic Medical Records to ensure the accuracy of the patient records and protect confidentiality.
  • Chief Medical Officer, Growing in Grace Consulting – Ellicott City, MD
  • Lead Psychiatrist, Led Life, LLC – Largo, MD
  • Psychiatrist, Unity Health Care – Washington, DC
  • Tele psychiatrist, ePsychiatry and Locum Tenens – Minnesota, California, Michigan
  • Staff Psychiatrist, State Correctional Institution – Coal Township and Munch, PA
  • Performance Improvement Data Specialist, St. Joseph Medical Center – Towson, MD
  • Principle Investigator/Project Coordinator, East Baltimore Medical Center/Johns Hopkins School of Public Health Department of Population and Family Health Sciences, Women’s and Children’s Health Policy Center – Baltimore, MD



  • Board Certified in Psychiatry



  • MHM Services Staff Innovation Award, 2011
  • Mayo Clinic Graduate School of Medicine Howard Rome Grand Rounds Award, 2009
  • American Psychiatric Institute for Research and Education (APIRE) Janssen Resident American Psychiatric Association Research Colloquium for Junior Investigators, 2008
  • Psychiatric Research Scholar, 2008
  • Mayo Psychiatry Residency Research Scholar, 2007, 2008
  • Program for Minority Research Training in Psychiatry (PMRTP) Mini-Fellow, 2007
  • American Psychiatric Association Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Minority Fellowship Program Travel Scholarship for Minority Students, 2004
  • University of Maryland Medical Breakaway, 2001
  • National Medical Association Monumental City Scholar, 2001
  • University of Maryland Combined Associated Program in Psychiatry, 2000-2003 The Fetzer Institute Medical Scholarship, 2000
  • National Health Service Corp Scholar, 2000
  • National Association of Health Service Executives Scholar, 1999 Zimbabwe: National and Culture Scholar, 1995
  • National Research Council Institute for Information Technology Scholarship, 1995 Johns Hopkins Beneficial Hodson Scholarship, 1994


Professional Memberships

  • Maryland State Medical Society (MedChi) California Medical Association
  • The Banquet Network (Board Member) Parents Place of Maryland (LEADers Council) Autism Society


Publications and Presentations

  • Isbell, Bergina. Come to the Table: A Special Needs Devotional. Led Life Publishing, 2019.
  • Isbell, Bergina. Victory Over Depression: With and Without Medicines. Led Life Publishing, 2017.
  • Nicholson, WK, Brickhouse, BL, Powe, N, Bronner, Y. Prenatal Patients’ Views of Prenatal Care Services: A Medical Center-Based Assessment of Knowledge and Intent to Use Support Services. Ethnicity and Disease. 2004; 14(1): 13-20.
  • Isbell, B, Zimmerman, E, “Why We Need Autism Tech Like Yesterday,” Presented at the South by Southwest (SXSW) Conference on March 11, 2019.
  • Isbell, B, Waters, D, Gardner, A. “Post Traumatic Stress and Workplace Trauma,” Presented at the District of Columbia Department of Employment Services Labor Standards Bureau on August 26, 2019.
  • Isbell, B. “Caring for the Caregiver,” Presented at the Banquet Network on July 20, 2019. Isbell, B. “Caring for the Caregiver,” Presented at the Banquet Network in December 2018.
  • Brickhouse, BL, Sim, L, Geda, YE. “Efficacy of Parental Support Group in Reducing Parental Stress.” Presented at the American Psychiatric Association Annual Meeting on May 17, 2009.
  • Brickhouse, BL. “An Assessment of Support Group in Decreasing Parental Stress and Dysfunctional Parent-Child Interactions.” Presented at the National Medical Association Annual Meeting on July 26, 2008.
  • Brickhouse, BL, Isbell, AA, Sorum, B. “Circle of Parents: A Parental Support Group.” Presented at the Prevent Child Abuse Minnesota Annual Meeting on April 25, 2008.
  • Brickhouse, BL. “Creating a Loving Home Environment Free From Abuse.” Presented at the Prevent Child Abuse Minnesota Annual Meeting on April 26, 2007.
  • Schak, KM, Brickhouse, BL, Wheatley, R, Lennon, VA, Wells, LA. Review of Autoimmune Encephalopathies and Presentation of an Adolescent Female. Presented at AACAP conference in October 2006.
  • Nicholson, W, Brickhouse, BL. A Needs Assessment of Patients Newly Enrolled in a Managed Care Organization. Presented at the Johns Hopkins University Sigma Delta Academic Poster Competition. April 1999.



  • B.A. in Natural Health Sciences of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University School of Arts and Sciences – Baltimore, MD
  • M.H.S. in Public Health, Population and Family Health Sciences, Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health – Baltimore, MD
  • M.D. Candidate, University of Maryland School of Medicine
  • M.D., Eastern Virginia Medical School – Norfolk, VA
  • Resident, General Psychiatry Program, Child and Adolescent Tract and Research Tract, Mayo School of Graduate Medical Education Department of Psychiatry and Psychology
Last modified on: 29-07-2021