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Outpatient Eating Disorder Treatment Team | Dallas, TX

Dawn Delgado, MS, LMFT, CEDS-S

Dawn Delgado, MS, LMFT, CEDS-S

National Director of Operations, Outpatient Eating Disorder

Dawn Delgado, a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, and an EMDR trained trauma specialist. She holds both her CEDS, Certified Eating Disorder Specialist and CEDS-S Supervisor designation through the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals.  Dawn has dedicated herself to working with adolescents and adults recovering from eating disorders and co-occurring mental health issues for over 15 years.

In addition, to her lengthy tenure at Center For Discovery, she has directed and been instrumental in developing residential, partial hospitalization/day treatment, intensive outpatient, and transitional living programs. Trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), she incorporates this form of trauma treatment in her private practice, Inspire Evolve, and into the clinical programming at Center For Discovery.  An active member of the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals (IAEDP), she is a former chair member of the Los Angeles chapter. Dawn has a passion for yoga and travel and has served as a consultant to clinics and hospitals in Bali, Singapore, Java, and Dubai.

Kelsey Latimer, PhD, LP

Kelsey Latimer, PhD, LP

East Coast Assistant Director of ED Outpatient Services

Kelsey M. Latimer, PhD, LP became the first college graduate in her family in 2001, double majoring in anthropology and psychology at the University of Rhode Island and receiving the university’s annual president award/excellence award in both disciplines.  Dr. Latimer’s passion for research and the health/wellness of children and young adults led her to furthering her education, earning her doctorate and masters of science degrees from the University of North Texas, with emphases in child/adolescent development and neuropsychology. Throughout her doctoral training, Dr. Latimer became extremely passionate in the prevention and treatment of eating disorders, completing her research in this area, as well as pursuing specialized clinical training with preceptorships in disordered eating and administration/training during her APA-accredited predoctoral-internship. 

Since that time, Dr. Latimer joined a pediatric hospital and medical school to continue devoting her career to the development of eating disorder intervention programs at all levels of care, training future professionals in the field and acting as an advisory board member to healthy body movements including Healthy is the New Skinny.  In addition, she comes with a strong managerial/leadership background and uses a compassionate leadership model in growing talented team members.  She has presented at over 50 regional/national/international conferences, written many articles and been featured in print/online magazines on the topic of body image and training/administration, and is currently completing a book on the principles of effective eating disorder treatment scheduled for publishing in 2017.  Dr. Latimer is thrilled that these experiences have led her to her next step on her professional journey of empowering young people to fight against eating disorders by joining the Center For Discovery as the new East Coast Assistant Director of ED Outpatient Services!

Kacy Grossman, MS, RD, CPT

Kacy Grossman, MS, RD, CPT

West Coast Supervisor of Outpatient Dietary Services

Kacy earned her bachelor’s of science in Clinical Nutrition and minor in Psychology from the University of New Jersey, Davis and went on to earn her master’s of science in Family and Consumer Sciences, Nutrition from New Jersey State University Northridge. To complement her education in nutrition, Kacy obtained a certificate in personal training from the American Council on Exercise.

Essentially by accident Kacy found a way to combine all her areas of interest and education when she began working as a Diet Tech in 2009 at A New Journey Eating Disorder Center. Once Kacy completed her dietetic internship through CSUN, she became a Registered Dietitian at ANJ and worked with adults and adolescents at the intensive outpatient (IOP) and partial day treatment (PDT) levels of care. In Early 2014 Kacy began working Center For Discovery where she now finds fulfilment working in adolescent residential and adult Outpatient eating disorder treatment. Kacy also maintains a private practice, The Shameless Eater, in Westwood, Ca and is serving as secretary of Behavioral Health and Nutrition dietetic practice group for the 2014-2016 term.

Eden Hyder, MA, LPC

Eden Hyder, MA, LPC

Program Co-Director
Eden joins the Center for Discovery Outpatient team as Program Director after several years with the company. After earning her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Washington University in St. Louis, Eden pursued her passion for counseling. She completed a dual Masters in Counseling Psychology and in Christian Studies from the Seattle School of Psychology and Theology. Eden joined the Center for Discovery team while still in graduate school, supporting and counseling adolescents with eating disorders at our residential program in Edmonds, Washington.
Eden has worked in all levels of care, supporting adolescents and adults with eating disorders, anxiety, depression and body image issues. She is trained in Relational Psychoanalysis, which motivates her emphasis on clients’ relationships with themselves and their loved ones. Eden regularly complements that focus by incorporating several other modalities in her work with clients, including DBT, CBT, ACT, Trauma-Focused CBT, Play Therapy and Lifespan Integration. She is most passionate about collaborating with her clients to develop treatment goals that are both individualized and creative.
Eden believes that cultivating a team founded on hope, authenticity and integrity creates a positive and safe environment for the clients and their loved ones to learn and grow on their journey toward recovery.
Natalie Morse

Natalie Morse

Program Co-Director
Natalie Morse is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Registered Play Therapist in the state of Texas. She earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Psychology with a minor in Sociology from Dallas Baptist University. She continued to pursue her passion for counseling and earned a Masters of Science in Counseling with a focus on Child Development from Southern Methodist University. Natalie has gained experience working in a variety of treatment settings including hospitals, agencies, schools, and private practice. Natalie served on the North Texas Chapter Board for Play Therapy as Member at Large and received the honor of being named Southern Methodist University’s Emerging Leader in Play Therapy. Natalie spent several years working with eating disorder patients at the inpatient, partial, and outpatient level of care at a Pediatric Hospital.

 
During that time, she was involved in program development, research, and providing training to staff and the eating disorder community. Natalie also gained managerial experience working as an Intensive Outpatient Coordinator for a pediatric eating disorder program. Natalie completed her graduate internship at a Children’s Advocacy Center,  where she gained experience working with survivors of childhood trauma, specifically sexual abuse. Natalie continues to attend workshops to stay current and informed on evidence-based practices for treating children, teens, and adults in therapy. Natalie believes in seeing every client as an individual, and works to conceptualize each client according to his or her specific needs and treatment goals. Natalie is competent in the use of a variety of counseling modalities including CBT, DBT, ERP, Play and Activity Therapy, Sandtray Therapy, Therapeutic parenting/ Filial Therapy, Trauma-informed Therapies, and specific eating disorder interventions. Natalie aspires to be an active voice in the community and is passionate about providing education and training on eating disorder awareness and the promotion of healthy body-image. Natalie is currently working towards becoming a Certified Eating Disorder Specialist. She is most passionate about helping clients find self-worth, confidence, purpose, and the belief that they are more than their body-image. Natalie hopes to provide the necessary support and education to clients and their families at Center for Discovery, so that they can continue to change their own lives and in turn change the dialogue surrounding body-image and food in their communities. Natalie is honored and privileged to be  Co-director at Center for Discovery Dallas. She is constantly working to make the treatment and experience the best it can be!
Ericka Pitts, LMFT

Ericka Pitts, LMFT

Program Therapist

Ericka received a Bachelor of Science degree from Central Michigan University, where she double majored in family studies and psychology. During her time there she volunteered at the Child and Family Enrichment Center where she helped victims of domestic violence find solace while being an advocate for children who experienced various types of abuse. Additionally, she worked at the West Midland Family Center, providing support groups to families in the area.

Later, Ericka moved to Texas to pursue a Masters degree at Abilene Christian University in Marriage and Family Therapy. During this time, she interned at the Marriage and Family Institute, providing free therapy to families and couples in need. She also interned at the Medical and Counseling Care Center, where she provided counseling to students and faculty of Abilene Christian University.

After she graduated, Ericka moved to Fort Worth to pursue a Doctorate degree in Marriage and Family Therapy at Texas Wesleyan University. She started working for a non-profit agency, working primarily with adolescents and families. It was here where she developed her passion to work in a more intensive environment. This experience also fostered an interest in working with individuals struggling with eating disorders.

Currently, Ericka is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Associate and is continuing to pursue a Ph. D in Marriage and Family Therapy. Ericka tends to take a systemic approach to therapy, incorporating family members and friends whenever possible in order to be cultivate change and support every person involved in the treatment process.

Sonia Schwalen, PhD, LP, NCSP, LSSP

Sonia Schwalen, PhD, LP, NCSP, LSSP

Clinical Advisor

Sonia Schwalen, PhD, LP, NCSP, LSSP is the Clinical Advisor for Center For Discovery at the Dallas location. She graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in both Marketing and Psychology from Michigan State University. She further pursued a degree in School Psychology from the University of Houston, through which she completed her APA Accredited predoctoral internship at Fort Worth Independent School District. It was during her training where she developed an interest in treating eating disorders Her doctoral degree prepared her to be able to work with school age children, adolescents, and their families across many different settings. She received her APA-accredited postdoctoral fellowship at a children’s hospital in their center for pediatric eating disorders. Upon completion of her training, she joined the children’s hospital and medical school full time to work with children and adolescents struggling with eating disorders, She also pursued mentoring and teaching in the academic setting.

Currently Dr. Schwalen is a licensed psychologist in the state of Texas and is also the founder of the psychological consulting firm, Next STEPS Worldwide, PLLC. She specializes in the prevention and the treatment of eating disorders. by providing direct care with clients in the form of therapy, psychological assessment, and multidisciplinary team consultation. She also specializes in program development and has a passion for treatment integration of the spectrum of eating disorders including obesity and avoidant/restrictive food intake disorder. She has presented many local/national/international conferences, has been featured in online and print media for her expertise on eating disorders, and currently has a book in review that focuses on the principles of effective eating disorder treatment.

Dr. Sonal Rana, MD

Dr. Sonal Rana, MD

Sonal Rana, MD, went to Stanford University for her undergraduate education. She pursued her medical degree at the University of California, San Francisco. She completed four years of adult psychiatry training at the University of California, Los Angeles’ Semel Institute of Human Behavior and Neuroscience and later returned to Stanford to complete her child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship. She is board certified in adult psychiatry and child and adolescent psychiatry.

After completing her fellowship, Dr. Rana worked as the medical director for the intensive outpatient program for adolescents and families at the Bay Area Children’s Association, a non-profit agency in California. She has specialized training in mentalization-based therapy, structural family therapy, family based therapy for eating disorders, play-based therapies, interpersonal, parent-child interaction therapy, and cognitive behavioral therapies for children and adolescents.

She has facilitated adolescent groups on depression and anxiety, parent workshops on childhood anxiety, as well as, multifamily groups designed to improve family communication and cohesiveness. She has worked with children, adolescents, and adults with diagnoses ranging from anxiety and depression, to bipolar disorder, eating disorders, disruptive behavior disorder, personality disorders (with particular emphasis on Borderline Personality Disorder), attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, high functioning autism, and schizophrenia. As a psychiatrist, she believes that medications are a useful adjunct to therapeutic modalities designed to bolster families and individuals. She moved to Houston, Texas in May 2015 and is excited to be part of the Center for Discovery family.

Ruth Roddy, LPC

Ruth Roddy, LPC

Program Therapist

Ruth joins the Center for Discovery Outpatient team as a Consulting Therapist after more than two years working in the field of eating disorders. After earning her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Ruth worked as a Violence Prevention Program Coordinator for a domestic violence shelter in Stillwater, Oklahoma. This position had her running groups in local schools to help prevent domestic violence in the future lives of adolescents. This experience solidified her desire to pursue higher education in the field of counseling as well as a passion for working with adolescents. Ruth then went on to complete her Masters in Counseling from Oklahoma State University. While pursuing this degree, she interned with a community counseling center focusing on trauma informed care.

Upon graduation, Ruth returned to the metroplex and began her LPC-Internship with a local inpatient psychiatric hospital focusing on eating disorders. Ruth has worked at all levels of care supporting adolescents and adults with eating disorders, obsessive compulsive disorder, anxiety and depression. Ruth takes a client centered approach to therapy complemented by including DBT, ACT, CBT, and ERP. She is most passionate about facilitating groups and incorporating the family into treatment. She believes that increasing family understanding and connectedness can be transformational in the treatment process.

Jessica Chavolla, LPC-Intern

Jessica Chavolla, LPC-Intern

Primary Therapist

Jessica Chavolla, MS, LPC-Intern is a primary therapist at Center for Discovery in Dallas, working with adults, teens, and families who are impacted by eating disorders. She received a bachelor of arts degree in psychology with a minor in English at Texas A&M University, and a master of science degree in clinical mental health counseling from University of North Texas.
Jessica has worked with a variety of populations, and has a relational, client-centered approach to therapy, often using elements of motivational interviewing, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), and mindfulness. While in graduate school she worked with children with autism spectrum disorder and was a therapist intern at an outpatient eating disorder treatment center. After that, she completed the Clinical Fellowship with the Council on Recovery in Houston, where she was a group and individual therapist with people with substance use addictions, process addictions, and co-occurring mental health disorders. She has provided trauma-informed care for people across the lifespan with eating disorders.

Nikki Weber, RD, LD

Nikki Weber, RD, LD

Registered Dietitian

Nikki Weber is the Registered Dietitian at the Center for Discovery Dallas outpatient facility treating adolescents, adults, and families affected by eating disorders. Nikki graduated from Texas Christian University where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Nutritional Sciences. She completed her dietetic internship hours while in school through the Coordinated Program in Dietetics at TCU.
She has nutrition experience working in hospitals, diabetes clinics, and school districts. Nikki had the opportunity to intern at an eating disorder facility where she developed a passion for helping individuals struggling with eating disorders. After creating meal plans and providing nutrition education to school aged children and parents at a local school district for a few years, Nikki is ready to begin her career as a dietitian at Center for Discovery.
She believes in providing thoughtful individualized nutrition counseling for her clients so that they can one day embrace the “all foods fit” philosophy.

McKenzie Ramirez, RD

McKenzie Ramirez, RD

Registered Dietitian

McKenzie Ramirez is a Registered Dietitian at Center for Discovery Dallas Outpatient treating adolescents, adults, and families impacted by eating disorders. McKenzie graduated from the Texas A&M University where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Nutritional Sciences and Dietetics. She completed her clinical dietetic internship through Texas A&M at world-class dietetic facilities in Houston.
McKenzie has great passion for and experience treating adults and adolescents with the eating disorders. She believes in providing professional, warm and compassionate individualized nutritional counseling to help her clients rebuild and nurture a healthy relationship with food.

Jamie Schwartz RD, LDN

Jamie Schwartz RD, LDN

Clinical Outreach

Jamie Schwartz RD, LDN, joined the Center For Discovery team in 2015. Jamie is a registered dietitian with years of experience treating clients with eating disorders. She received her first Bachelor’s degree in biology from UT Dallas. After working at UT Southwestern in developmental biology and Baylor hospital, testing infants for inborn errors of metabolism, she realized that she had a passion for helping people with eating disorders.  She returned to school to receive her second Bachelor’s in Nutrition and Dietetics at Texas Women’s University. She was part of the nations first Dietetic Internship with an emphasis on eating disorders at the University of Minnesota. After several years in direct client care in residential and PHP eating disorder facilities, she returned to her hometown of Dallas, TX and began her work as a Clinical Outreach Representative at Center For Discovery.

Jamie is dedicated to connecting clients and professionals with the services they need to meet their specific needs. She is passionate about connecting with professionals in the mental health field, providing education and awareness, and helping people find the best possible treatment available. She continues to expand her own clinical knowledge and loves being pat of the Center For Discovery family, where clinical excellence and dedication to the individual client make recovery possible. She would be happy to hear from you with any questions or concerns.

 
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