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About Mekeshia Bates, DNP, MDIV, MPH, MSN

Dr. Mekeshia Bates, a retired United States Public Health Service Commissioned Corps officer, is the CEO of Gift of Dreams Wellness and Consulting, LLC and an associate minister at Central Baptist Church of Camp Springs, MD. She has experience in child and adolescent psychiatry, adult psychiatry, pastoral counseling, geriatrics, forensics, and addictions. Through her company, she works with churches to establish the infrastructure and systems needed to provide high quality culturally competent, biblically based behavioral health and wellness services to their congregations. Additionally, she provides behavioral health consultation services to businesses and organizations. 

Dr. Bates enjoys traveling, attending cultural events, and watching sports. Her personal motto is “you may be disappointed if you fail but you are doomed if you don’t try.” She believes that change starts with the person you see in the mirror and strives to be a role model for those that believe that dreams do come true.

My Education & Experience

Dr. Bates is a cum laude graduate of Wake Forest University (Winston-Salem, NC). She matriculated at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH, earning a Masters of Science in Nursing (focus on Adult Psychiatric/Mental Health), a Masters in Public Health (focus on Health Policy and Administration), and a Doctorate in Nursing Practice. She also completed the Cleveland (OH) Veterans Affairs National Quality Scholars Fellowship.  In May 2019, she completed her Masters of Divinity degree at the Samuel Dewitt Proctor School of Theology at Virginia Union University in Richmond, VA.

Dr. Bates is a published author and has conducted numerous presentations on her research on genetic testing, African American males, quality improvement, entrepreneurship, and mental health.  She is actively involved in the community serving as a mentor, motivational speaker, and volunteer. She is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated and a charter member of the Patuxent River (MD) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated.

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