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Our Eating Disorder Treatment specialties, at our Menlo Park, CA a residential center specializes in Anorexia, Bulimia, Binge Eating, & Orthorexia Recovery.

Eating Disorder Treatment Team | Menlo Park, CA

Deandra Christianson, MA, LCPC, NCC, CCMHC, CDWF

Deandra Christianson, MA, LCPC, NCC, CCMHC, CDWF

National Director of Operations, Residential Eating Disorder Division

Deandra Christianson received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and then continued on to receive her Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. While in her Master’s program she earned a Counseling Specialization and focused on treatment of children and adolescents. She is currently completing her PhD in Organizational Leadership at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology.

Deandra has been with Center for Discovery in many capacities, both clinical and administrative, since 2013. She has been afforded many opportunities to speak at conferences and other engagements throughout the country. Deandra has worked with individuals with eating disorders, self-injurious behaviors, mood disorders, and other co-occurring issues in both residential and outpatient treatment settings. Additionally, she has worked with schools in program development and implementation that focuses on student leadership and bullying prevention and intervention. Deandra is passionate about her work, as well as, eating disorder awareness, advocacy, and treatment.

Perla Vilhjalmsdottir, LMFT, CEDS-S

Perla Vilhjalmsdottir, LMFT, CEDS-S

Regional Director

Perla completed her undergraduate studies at The University of Iceland where she studied Early Childhood Development and completed two master’s degrees at Washington State University, Los Angeles. While earning her degree in Research Psychology focusing on multi-cultural issues and conflict resolution between adolescents and their parents she received an award by the American Psychological Association for outstanding research. Once completed, her focus became Marriage and Family Therapy as she was already passionate about making a difference in the field of eating disorders.

Perla has over 14 years of experience working with both adolescent and adult populations with eating disorders and co-occurring disorders in inpatient, residential, and day treatment settings. She has been supervising other eating disorder professionals for the past 5 years and now holds a certificate as a CEDS Supervisor.

The quote: “Returning to the Center For Discovery team has been a blessing for me. I feel like I’m amongst family, there is a sense of belonging. It is clear that our team is compassionate and invested in treating eating disorders as well as other mental health issues. Center For Discovery provides a healing place for people and their loved ones recovering from an eating disorder and that is the kind of team I want to invest in and be a part of”.

Julia Cassidy, CEDS-S

Julia Cassidy, CEDS-S

Director of Dietary Services- Adult ED RTC

Julia Cassidy is the Director of Dietary Services- Adult ED RTC for Center For Discovery where she has worked for over 13 years. Julia is a Certified Eating Disorder Specialist and a Licensed Body Positive facilitator. Through her passion of nutrition, food, positive body image and eating disorder recovery, Julia has developed the nutrition program used with all clients in the adolescent residential programs at Center For Discovery. Julia’s belief in having a healthy relationship with food through balanced nutrition is the baseline to attaining the tools necessary while on the road to recovery. The core ingredient for success for patients with eating disorders can be summed up in the words of Hippocrates: “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.”

Emily Wanczyk, M.A.

Emily Wanczyk, M.A.

Program Director

Emily received her Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of Saint Joseph in Connecticut. Prior to joining Center For Discovery, Emily completed a clinical internship at Walden Behavioral Care, where she worked with teens, adults, and families struggling with anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating disorder in intensive outpatient (IOP) and partial hospitalization program (PHP) settings.

Emily’s clinical interests include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, family dynamics, and mindfulness. She believes in the importance of a strong mind-body connection and strives to help individuals live in the present in order to fully embrace and enjoy life.

Lauren Fowler, RDN, RYT

Lauren Fowler, RDN, RYT

Registered Dietitian

Lauren Fowler RDN, RYT received her Bachelor’s degree in Nutrition, Dietetics, & Food Science at the University of Vermont and completed her dietetic internship in Boston at Brigham & Women’s Hospital. She previously worked in the outpatient field with eating disorders for adolescents and adults and received supervision from eating disorder dietitians and psychotherapists.

Her approach is an individualized, compassionate, and mindful approach to recovery by providing nutrition education, counseling, and support to clients. She is committed to guiding clients to discovering a healthy relationship with food and their bodies. She is also a yoga teacher who uses restorative and gentle yoga and mindfulness practices to help clients re-connect with their bodies and discover joyful movement.

Susanne Martin, MD

Susanne Martin, MD

Physician

Susanne Martin, MD is board certified in Internal Medicine as well as Adolescent Medicine. After finishing her residency through Yale School of Medicine, she pursued a three-year fellowship in Adolescent Medicine at Stanford with a research focus in bone health in teens with eating disorders.

She also provides medical care at a day treatment program for teens and in an outpatient clinic, urgent care at Palo Alto Medical Foundation and at the College health center at Stanford.

Diana Joakimson

Diana Joakimson

Primary Therapist

Diana Joakimson is the primary therapist at Center For Discovery Menlo Park Residential Treatment Center treating adolescents and families dealing with eating disorders. Diana began her Center For Discovery journey as a residential counselor at the Menlo Park location and has over four years’ experience working in the field of eating disorders. Diana earned her B.A. in Sociology with an emphasis in Social Work from Chapman University and earned her M.A. from John F. Kennedy University in Counseling Psychology with an emphasis in Holistic studies, including somatic and transpersonal psychotherapy. Diana is passionate about bringing somatic approaches into the work with her clients to help individuals connect their mind and body. Diana is also a 200-hour certified Yoga Instructor, a certified Hypnotherapist, and a certified Reiki Master practitioner and teacher.

Mina Fisher

Mina Fisher

Psychiatrist
Tina Aggarwal

Tina Aggarwal

Primary Therapist
Michelle Moezpoor

Michelle Moezpoor

Facility Manager

“Michelle joined the team as Facility Manager in spring of 2018. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology at the University of California, Berkeley and plans to pursue a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology. Prior to joining Center for Discovery, Michelle worked in education services as a case manager and volunteered as a crisis counselor with Crisis Text Line. She believes that self-compassion and loving kindness can be powerful tools for strengthening the connection between mind and body and is dedicated to supporting clients in their experience of recovery”.