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Eating Disorder Treatment Team | Houston, 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.

Allison Marek, LCSW, CDWF

Allison Marek, LCSW, CDWF

Program Director

Allison Marek, LCSW, CDWF has treated eating disorders, depression, anxiety, and trauma-related issues within private practice, intensive outpatient, partial hospitalization, and residential treatment settings. Allison has been with Center for Discovery since 2015, serving as opening Program Director for the Houston Outpatient Program. Allison was awarded Center for Discovery’s Employee of the Year Award in 2016. A dynamic speaker and facilitator, Allison often presents on topics related to eating disorders, diversity, trauma, and shame. Allison earned her Master of Social Work degree from the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work, where she studied under shame and vulnerability expert Brené Brown, PhD, LMSW. Allison is certified in Dr. Brown’s Daring Way™ method and has facilitated the Daring Way™ in a variety of clinical settings and within professional teams. With her training in Trauma-Focused Equine Assisted Psychotherapy, Allison was one of the first clinicians to utilize EAP to facilitate Dr. Brown’s work. Allison is also trained in EMDR through the EMDR International Association and uses this evidence-based practice in her work with clients. Regardless of her treatment approach, compassion is at the heart of Allison’s work with clients, families, and teams.

Allison serves on the board of the Diabulimia Helpline, a nonprofit organization serving individuals with co-occurring type 1 diabetes and eating disorders. She also volunteers with Woman Within International. Allison is a member of Houston Eating Disorders Specialists, Houston Group Psychotherapy Society, and the National Association for Social Workers.

Laura Laine, MEd, RD, LD

Laura Laine, MEd, RD, LD

Clinical Advisory Board Member

Laura Laine graduated in 1980 from the University of Texas Health Science Center-Houston with a B.S. in Nutrition and Dietetics. Following graduation, she began her career at Texas Children’s Hospital (TCH) where she dedicated over 22 years of service. In 1986, she received her M.Ed. from the University of Houston in Allied Health Education and Administration, and completed an internship in corporate wellness. During her career at TCH, she worked with people of all ages in a variety of areas, including obesity, eating disorders, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, sports nutrition, food allergies, gastrointestinal diseases, and tube feedings.

She received her certification in Spiritual Direction from the Cenacle Retreat House in 2004, and has since provided spiritual direction for individuals and groups and implemented spiritual talks and retreats. During this time, she maintained her dietetics credentials and gave presentations on eating disorders. After eight years as a parish administrator, she combined her skills as a dietitian and spiritual director and formed The Sophia Grace Center for Nutrition, Health, and Spirituality, LLC in 2010. Laura has been married for over 30 years and has two grown children.

Alexa Shank, MS, LPC

Alexa Shank, MS, LPC

Assistant Program Director

Alexa received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from The University of Texas at Austin. While earning her degree, she took on the role of research assistant for the Psychology Department’s Mood Disorders Laboratory, under the direction of Christopher Beevers, PhD. Alexa helped facilitate studies advancing our understanding of mood disorders; particularly the factors that lead to and maintain depression. This prompted her to pursue her Master of Science in Clinical Counseling from Bellevue University.

Alexa has a background in working with adults and adolescents struggling with eating disorders, depression, and anxiety in partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient, and private practice settings. Alexa is committed to helping clients resolve interpersonal, psychological, and life-transition issues with warmth and empathy.

Dr. Sonal Rana, MD

Dr. Sonal Rana, MD

Psychiatrist

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.

Emily Travis, MPH, RDN, LD

Emily Travis, MPH, RDN, LD

Registered Dietitian

Emily Travis, MPH, RDN, LD, earned a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition from Baylor University in 2014. She then completed her Dietetic Internship and customized Master’s degree with concentration in nutrition and focus in epidemiology from the University of Texas School of Public Health in 2016.

Emily obtained extensive training and experience in outpatient, intensive outpatient, and partial hospitalization eating disorder treatment throughout her dietetic internship. Emily also has experience working in private practice. Emily works with individuals to help them obtain a more positive body image, while overcoming their obstacles around food.

Laura Keho, LMSW

Laura Keho, LMSW

Program Therapist

Laura Keho, LMSW, received her Master’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin’s School of Social Work in 2009. Prior to pursuing her graduate degree, Laura received her BA in English from Rice University.

Laura is passionate about using concrete tools to support individuals in self-exploration on the path to freedom. She has a particular interest in how one’s relationship with food, exercise, and their body impacts mental health and life satisfaction.

Laura approaches her work with presence, creativity, and a commitment to supporting clients in living meaningful lives of their choosing.

In her free time, Laura enjoys spending time with her five-year-old daughter.

Morgan Sinclair, MS, RDN, LD

Morgan Sinclair, MS, RDN, LD

Registered Dietitian

Morgan Sinclair is a registered dietitian at Center for Discovery Houston and splits her time between the residential treatment facility working with adolescents and the outpatient treatment facility where she leads the Binge Eating Disorder program. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Nutritional Sciences as well as her Master’s of Science in Business from Texas A&M University. During her studies, she was a part of the performance nutrition staff through Texas A&M Athletics, co-founded The Move Initiative – a nonprofit that utilizes NCAA student-athletes to help elementary students develop a healthy relationship with food and activity, and completed nutrition-focused study abroad trips to northern Italy and Brazil. Morgan completed her dietetic internship through the University of Houston, including rotations at the Medical Center for Eating Disorders and with an outpatient eating disorder dietitian. She practices with a Health at Every Size approach as she works with clients to become intuitive eaters and help them develop a positive relationship with food and their body.

Abbie Womack, MS, RD, LD

Abbie Womack, MS, RD, LD

Registered Dietitian

Abbie Womack earned both her Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Master of Science in Nutrition from Oklahoma State University. During her dietetic internship through the University of Houston, Abbie obtained experience with the partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient levels of eating disorder care, as well as extensive nutrition counseling and clinical training at Houston Methodist Hospital. In addition to working at Center for Discovery, Abbie also works in private practice. Abbie operates based on the Health at Every Size philosophy and specializes in helping clients journey toward food freedom through intuitive eating.

Carli Safier, M.Ed, LPC-Intern

Carli Safier, M.Ed, LPC-Intern

Primary Therapist

Carli Safier is a Licensed Professional Counselor Intern, Supervised by Meredith Riddick, LPC-S, CEDS-S. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Human Relations from the University of Oklahoma and a Masters of Education in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from University of Houston. Her clinical experience includes individual and group therapy, assessment, and treatment planning, in residential, PHP, IOP, and outpatient settings. She has worked with children, adolescents, and adults suffering from anxiety, depression, ptsd, and eating disorders. Carli enjoys working with all ages. Her approach utilizes a mix of Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and Solution-Focused Therapy. She is passionate about providing a space for clients to be understood and known as well as the connection between the body and mind. Carli attends Ecclesia church in downtown Houston and is a big Houston sports fan.

Melanie Lammers, MS, RDN, LD

Melanie Lammers, MS, RDN, LD

Registered Dietitian

Melanie Lammers, MS, RDN, LD, earned her Bachelor of Science degrees in both Nutritional Sciences and Psychology from the University of Arizona in 2015. She completed her Dietetic Internship and Master’s degree in Nutrition and Metabolism at the University of Texas Medical Branch in 2017.

During her dietetic internship Melanie gained experience working in all areas of nutrition including inpatient clinical care and intensive outpatient and partial hospitalization eating disorder treatment. As a dietitian, Melanie helps clients develop a more positive relationship with both food and their bodies by embracing the philosophies of both Intuitive Eating and Health at Every Size. In addition to her nutrition background, Melanie is also certified through Yoga Alliance as an RYT-200 level yoga instructor. She believes that both the physical practice and spiritual principles of yoga help clients develop a healthier body image and increase awareness of their physical and mental selves.

Sara Benefiel, LPC

Sara Benefiel, LPC

Primary Therapist

Sarah received her Bachelor’s in Psychology with a Minor in Human Development and Family Studies from the University of Houston. She went on to pursue her Master’s in Counseling from Sam Houston State University where she specialized in marriage and family therapy. While working on her master’s she explored many different areas within the counseling field during her internships where she honed in on her desire to work with adolescents and their families. During her internship she counseled at a community counseling center and within the Texas Juvenile Justice System. She also has experience working with children, adolescents, and adults in an acute care facility; it was at this time she realized her passion to work in a more intensive environment.

Sarah tends to take a systemic approach to therapy where she involves family and supportive others as much as possible to increase support, communication, understanding, and connection within the support system. She enjoys working in collaboration with clients and their families through challenging family transitions such as family conflict, trauma, self-harm, depression, and anxiety that are often tied into eating disorders.

Sehrish Ali, MA

Sehrish Ali, MA

Primary Therapist

Sehrish received her Masters of Arts in Counseling from Houston Baptist University. While pursuing her graduate degree she centered her intern experience around gaining a better understanding of the complexities involved in various eating disorders.

Prior to joining Center for Discovery’s team, Sehrish worked extensively with both adult and adolescent individuals presenting with eating disorders, depression, anxiety and trauma. She did so while working alongside their families and loved ones to help gauge a better understanding of how to care for their loved ones at various levels of care.

Sehrish believes in an approach that is collaborative and allows one to effectively acknowledge parts of oneself, including behaviors and relationships that are presently impeding future growth. Sehrish utilizes various forms of empirically based therapies including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Action Committed Therapy (ACT), and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) to meet each individual client’s needs.

Sonia Albin

Sonia Albin

Facility Coordinator

Sonia is originally from Mexico City and earned a B.S. in Aquatic and Fisheries Science from the University of Washington, after which she was an outdoor and adventure educator in western Maine. After working as a science teacher at an arts-based school in Houston, Sonia decided to become a health coach and counselor, and is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at the University of St. Thomas. In addition to being an educator and coach, Sonia has worked as an artist, barista, farmer, and karate instructor and is passionate about nature. Sonia joined the CFD team in May 2018 as Facility Coordinator and is now a Group Counselor.

Jon Carapezza

Jon Carapezza

Facility Coordinator

Jon has 10 years of experience in the mental health field, including management and client care coordination of inpatient, residential, and intensive outpatient facilities. He joined the team in May 2018 as Facility Coordinator and is currently fulfilling his hours to become a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor. In his spare time, Jon likes to play with his dog and spend time in nature.

Cheryl Philipps, MEd

Cheryl Philipps, MEd

Clinical Outreach Representative

Cheryl Phillipps  joined the Center for Discovery team with an integrated marketing background and over five years of experience in the field of behavioral health treatment and nutrition. Cheryl received her undergraduate degree in business administration at Keene State with a concentration in Marketing and her M.Ed. in nutrition at Framingham State College with high honors.

Cheryl is dedicated to connecting clients and professionals with the services they need to meet their specific needs. As the Clinical Outreach Representative at Center for Discovery, Cheryl fosters and maintains relationships with professionals throughout the mental health community, and she is the primary contact for inquiries about the treatment center. She would be happy to hear from you with any questions or concerns. Cheryl is passionate about helping treatment teams, their clients, and families find treatment and loves being part of the Center for Discovery family where clinical excellence and dedication to the individual client help make recovery possible.

 
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