It is not only the doctors who are exceptional at Chevy Chase Surgical Associates, we have a whole team of experienced professionals who are focused on treating the whole patient and ensuring not only their successful healing but also a quick and lasting recovery.
Lori Zorc, RN, MS, ANP-BC, EdD
Lori C. Zorc RN, MS, ANP-BC, EdD is a graduate of Villanova University where she earned her bachelor’s degree in Nursing. She completed a master’s degree in Science from the University of Rochester with a specialization in pediatric primary care and subsequently became a board certified pediatric nurse practitioner. While working at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington DC she cared for many children with developmental delays and was the nurse coordinator for a multidisciplinary Feeding Disorder Team. She earned a Doctorate in Education through the School of Education and Human Development at the George Washington University. She matriculated in the Adult Nurse Practitioner Program at Catholic University before joining Dr. Pennanen at the Chevy Chase Breast Center. She is now a board certified adult nurse practitioner with over 4 years of experience in caring for women with a wide array of benign breast problems and breast cancer. She is a member of the National Nursing Honor Society, Sigma Theta Tau, and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.
Lori is a dedicated, knowledgeable nurse practitioner who provides patient education, support and case management to help patients navigate all aspects of care, from scheduling biopsies and surgery, coordinating services and appointments, answering questions, and informing patients about logistics, resources, and instructions. She coordinates support services such as physical therapy, psychosocial support, nutritional support and fertility preservation. Dr. Pennanen and Lori work closely to coordinate all aspects of multidisciplinary care, including referrals for breast imaging, reconstructive surgery, radiation oncology, medical oncology, and genetic counseling.
Lori is a founding member of Living in Pink, an organization started nearly 10 years ago with a mission to raise awareness and funding for breast cancer research in the greater Washington area. When not caring for patients, Lori enjoys caring for her 7 children and is involved with various volunteer organizations such as the Boy Scouts of America as a den leader and her children’s schools. In her free time she likes to read, entertain, cook, and ski.
Elizabeth Donovan, MS, PA-C
Ms. Donovan is a 1988 graduate of the University of Maryland with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biopsychology. She is also a 1990 graduate of the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences Physician Assistant Program. She is certified by the National Commission for the Certification of Physician Assistants
Mindy Hong, PA-C
Ms. Hong is a 1991 graduate of George Washington University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. She is also a 1994 graduate of the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences Physician Assistant Program. She is certified by the National Commission for the Certification of Physician Assistants.
Carolina Meneses, MCMSc, PA-C
Our nurses are passionate, skilled individuals who are kind, friendly, and caring. Our nursing team includes experienced and energetic people whose goal is to provide the best health care possible.
Our staff is hand-picked for professional expertise and warm interpersonal skills. When you call the Chevy Chase Surgical Associates, a knowledgeable staff member will answer the phone, not a recording. We understand how distressing it is to have a surgical problem and we make it a priority to schedule appointments promptly, often within 24 hours.