Chief Executive Officer
Lee Higginbotham, a native of Charlottesville, Virginia, was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Dominion Hospital in Falls Church, Virginia, in May 2016.
Prior to joining Dominion Hospital, Lee served as the Chief Operating Officer and the Ethics and Compliance Officer at Frankfort Regional Medical Center in Frankfort, Kentucky. Prior to joining Frankfort Regional, Lee was the Associate Administrator at CJW Medical Center and Administrator of the Levinson Heart Hospital in Richmond, Virginia.
Lee earned his Master of Health Administration from the Medical College of Virginia in Richmond, Virginia. He received his bachelor’s degree from Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia where he double majored in History and Political Science. Lee is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and is the recipient of the Regent’s Award and Service Award.
Lee and his wife have three children, a son and two daughters. In his spare time, Lee is an outdoor junkie and loves to mountain bike, fly fish, and backpack for fun.
Chief Financial Officer
Matt has spent over 18 years in Healthcare and with HCA. Beginning as a staff accountant at Research Psychiatric Center in Kansas City Missouri coming straight out of college, Matt was promoted through the ranks of healthcare finance to Senior Financial Analyst, to Assistant Controller, and then to Controller in three different hospitals.
Matt has worked in four Med-Surg Hospitals and one Psychiatric Hospital before joining the team at Dominion Hospital. In 2015 Matt was selected as one of six financial professionals within HCA to participate in the HCA CFO Executive Development Program.
Matt earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. He is a member of Healthcare Financial Management Association and the American College of Healthcare Executives.
Matt and his wife have five children, 3 sons and 2 daughters. Outside of work Matt enjoys spending time with his family, serving within his church, and reading personal development books.
Gary Litovitz, M.D.
Dr. Gary Litovitz, a board-certified psychiatrist, has been the Medical Director of Dominion Hospital for more than 20 years and of the Reflections Eating Disorders Treatment Center since our doors opened. He’s a graduate of the Georgetown University School of Medicine, where he completed his residency in psychiatry and a fellowship in psychosomatic medicine.
In addition to his leadership at Dominion Hospital and Reflections, Dr. Litovitz has served as a clinical assistant professor of psychiatry at Georgetown University School of Medicine. He devotes much of his practice to the treatment of eating disorders and related psychiatric disorders and writes and lectures on a variety of associated topics, including eating disorders, self-injury, mood disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder and other anxiety disorders.
He is a Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and a member of the Association of Eating Disorder Professionals (IAEDP), Washington Society for the Study of Eating Disorders and Obesity (WSSEDO) and the Academy of Eating Disorders (AED). A Certified Eating Disorder Specialist (CEDS), Dr. Litovitz also maintains an outpatient psychiatry practice in the Tysons Corner area of Vienna, VA.
Chief Nursing Officer
Ms. Amy Rushton is the former Chief Nurse Executive at Northern Virginia Mental Health Institute in Falls Church, VA. She received her Master’s degree in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing at The Catholic University of America. She has been a practicing registered nurse since 1994 and an ANCC certified APRN in Psychiatric Mental-Health Nursing since 1998.
Ms. Rushton has worked in a variety of roles and settings: staff nurse, charge nurse, nurse supervisor, therapist in private practice, Director of Continuing Education for the American Psychiatric Nurses Association, and nurse administrator. In her most recent position as Chief Nurse Executive at Northern Virginia Mental Health Institute, Ms. Rushton was and continues to be dedicated to the safety of consumers, families and service providers. Her work has focused on the elimination of the need for coercion and the use of seclusion and restraint.
In addition, she is an advocate for the full integration of trauma?informed care in all care settings, positive partnerships between consumers and service providers and healing treatments that inspire hope and make recovery possible for all individuals. Ms. Rushton is an active member of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association and has served two terms on the Board of Directors as an elected official, Member-at-Large. She is currently enrolled at The Ohio State University pursuing her Doctorate of Nursing Practice in the Nurse Executive track.
Ms. Rushton has lived in the DC metro area for the past 22 years. In her spare time you can find her teaching classes at the Bar Method fitness studio in Tyson’s Corner or enjoying spending time with her two dogs, family and friends.
Donald A. Kniffen, Jr., MBA, CPHQ, CPHRM, CPPS
Don Kniffen, Jr. is currently the Assistant Administrator for Dominion Hospital. Mr. Kniffen has worked in behavioral health for over 30 years and has previously held leadership positions with Adventist Healthcare and the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.
Mr. Kniffen’s expertise includes healthcare operations, quality, and patient safety. Professional certifications include Healthcare Quality (CPHQ), Healthcare Risk Management (CPHRM), Patient Safety (CPPS), and Six Sigma (Green Belt). Mr. Kniffen holds a degree in Psychology from the University of Maryland and MBA from the Robert H. Smith School of Business.
Volunteer work includes current membership on the Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services (PRS) board of Directors and previously as a Board member of CrisisLink.
Michael Repie, Ph.D.
Senior Director of Clinical Services
Dr. Repie received his B.S. in Secondary Education and his M.A. in Special Education in from West Virginia University. He received his Ph.D. in Special Education, with a minor in Healthcare Administration from George Mason University.
Dr. Repie served Dominion for many years as Director of Education Services, and accepted the position of Senior Director of Clinical Services, assuming clinical oversight for all service lines, and participating as part of the senior leadership team in 2015. Dr. Repie is a published author, and remains active on the faculty of George Mason University, teaching courses and serving as faculty advisor and practicum supervisor.
Dr. Repie is married, and has two boys. He is avid about health, fitness, and wellness, and can often be found running, road biking, or snow skiing.
Vice President of Human Resources
Christopher Ackerman is the Vice President of Human Resources at Dominion Hospital. Chris brings over 10 years of human resources experience in the areas of HR strategy and design, performance management, talent acquisition, and leadership development and serves as a business partner and key contributor on both strategic and operating levels.
Prior to his career with Dominion Hospital, Chris led the human resources function for a Washington, D.C. based non-profit providing behavioral healthcare to clients diagnosed with severe and persistent mental illness. He has also served in growing HR capacities at for-profit and professional services firms in New York and San Francisco.
As a native Washingtonian, Chris earned his Bachelor of Science from the University of Maryland, University College and has done graduate work at New York University. He is a member of the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) and the local chapter of the Human Resource Association of the National Capital Area.