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About the Practice

At Capital Women’s Care - Bethesda, patients can get all of their women’s health needs addressed. This professional and friendly office located in Bethesda, Maryland serves women in Montgomery County, Maryland and Washington, DC.

From young women dealing with contraception and painful periods, through pregnancy planning and postpartum during the childbearing years, to older women’s issues with menopause and osteoporosis, these doctors provide the care and compassion women want and deserve.

Our providers have over 30 years of experience providing women’s health services, traditional and minimally invasive surgical options and care for both high and low risk pregnancies. Our team consists of board certified and fellowship trained doctors, a Certified Nurse Midwife, and a Certified Physician Assistant.

Morgan Wilkerson PA-C joined our team in early 2019 and brought along her many years of experience as a women’s specialist to help care for our patients. The newest member of our team is Rachael Cleberg, MD, MPH who is already an accomplished physician early on in her a career. She has received awards for her skills in minimally invasive gynecologic surgery, has presented at national conferences, and looks forward to providing comprehensive gyn care, as well as general and high risk obstetric services to the women of Maryland and Washington, DC.

Dr. Lewis Townsend focuses solely on gynecology and specializes in laparoscopic and minimally invasive gynecological surgeries. He is also an early adopter and specialist of utilizing the MonaLisa Touch laser to help treat vulvovaginal atrophy, vulvar disorders and other conditions associated with the changes of menopause. Dr. John Gschwend works in both gynecology and obstetrics and has vast experience in the surgical management of female conditions. Dr. Deena Kleinerman and midwife Kimberly Severn, CNM both treat all women’s health needs, including routine and benign gynecologic conditions and labor, and delivery for our pregnant patients.

Along with traditional OB/GYN services, patients can receive cutting-edge MonaLisa Touch procedures at Capital Women’s Care - Bethesda. This is a non-invasive way to help restore and promote female vaginal health and address some of the changes that may occur with menopause. It is an in office laser therapy that has no downtime and requires no anesthesia.

Patients can also enjoy the convenience of in-office sonography and genetic testing for pregnancy risk assessment and for hereditary cancer screening. We also now offer in house phlebotomy services where patients can conveniently have pregnancy lab tests, general health profiles and STD testing performed before they leave.

We are also one of the only offices offering guaranteed same day appointments as well as online scheduling of visits. Click on the link above to make your appointment or give us a call to schedule your next consultation or exam. We look forward to taking care of you!

Recent Awards

Dr. John Gschwend and Dr. Lewis Townsend were voted Top Docs by Bethesda Magazine for 2019!

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MonaLisa Touch

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Dr. Cleberg is now performing Hysteroscopy procedures in-office! Click to learn more!

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In-Office Sonography

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Pelvic Muscle Therapy

Treatment for bladder and bowel control

Voiding dysfunction

Pelvic pain and sexual dysfunction.

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Laparoscopic Surgery

A minimally invasive surgery available with our providers Dr. Townsend and Dr. Gschwend. Click to learn more!

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Accepted Insurance

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Beech Street
Coventry Health Care
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National Endometriosis Awareness Month

March is National Endometriosis Awareness Month. Endometriosis can cause pelvic pain and dyspareunia (pain with intercourse). At Capital Women’s Care, we offer same day visits so we can quickly address your concerns and symptoms!

Cervical Health Awareness Month

January is Cervical Health Awareness Month. Here at Capital Women’s Care, we want to help you to stay up to date on your cervical health screenings and to answer any questions you may have!

Contraception (Birth Control)

There are many different forms of contraception and it can be difficult to choose which one is right for you. At Capital Women’s Care, we are here to provide you with information to choose the option that works best for you!


Words from our patients

  • Vitals

    "I love Dr. Townsend's positive attitude. He is very professional, but always sensitive and caring. He is always ready for you when you arrive for your appointment."

    Verified Patient
  • Vitals

    "Dr. Townsend delivered our child 18 years ago and continues to be my favorite GYN. I trust his skills and decisions."

    Verified Patient
  • Vitals

    "I have been a patient of Dr. Kleinerman since the early 80's when she just started out. She has seen me through my single-ness, baby and now the later in life."

    Verified Patient
  • Google

    "My wife has received great service here over the past 6 years. We can personally recommend Dr. Townsend, Dr. Gschwend, and Kim Severn."

    Steven H.
  • Healthgrades

    "I had all of my 3 boys delivered by Dr. Gschwend. I had an emergency c-section as my son went into distress. He was wonderful."

  • Vitals

    "Dr. Gschwend delivered my babies and they all was high risk pregnancies. He cares about his patients, takes time with his patients, and very knowledgeable."

    Verified Patient
Capital Women's Care
10215 Fernwood Rd., Suite 250

Bethesda, MD 20817
Phone: 301-359-6613
Fax: (301) 897 0832
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