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Our Eating Disorder Treatment specialties, at our Houston, TX a outpatient center specializes in Anorexia, Bulimia, Binge Eating, & Orthorexia Recovery.

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.

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.

Alexa Shank, MS, LPC

Alexa Shank, MS, LPC

Primary Therapist

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.

Jacquelin Perez, BA

Jacquelin Perez, BA

Facility Coordinator

Jacquelin Perez (Jackie) earned her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology concentrating in Criminal Justice from Albertus Magnus College. Jackie joined Center For Discovery in November 2015 as a milieu counselor for Center for Discovery Southport. 

As milieu counselor, Jackie lead therapeutic groups and ensured the well-being of clients and staff by encouraging authenticity, self-care and accountability.

Jackie joined the Houston OP team in June 2017 as Facility Coordinator and is utilizing her background in milieu management, leading therapeutic groups and skills in business administration to ensure a welcoming and serene environment for families and clients. 

Tiffany Annamalai, LCSW

Tiffany Annamalai, LCSW

Program Therapist

Tiffany Annamalai, LMSW, joined the Center for Discovery team in January 2016. Tiffany earned her undergraduate degrees in Spanish and Social Work at Illinois State University and graduated Summa Cum Laude with her Master’s degree in Social Work from St. Ambrose University. Tiffany spent several months in various international and national locations throughout her academic career, including Spain, the Dominican Republic and New Mexico State University. Following graduation, Tiffany worked as an elementary school counselor in Davenport, Iowa for two years before moving to the Rio Grande Valley in Texas.

Tiffany worked with migrant families in Harlingen, TX before moving to McAllen to spearhead an outreach organization for adolescents, college students, and young professionals for 5 years. She then started a mentoring, education, and life skills program for teen parents and families, incorporating community members, churches, businesses, and local leaders’ participation.

Tiffany draws from various therapeutic methods including solution focused therapy, CBT, and client centered therapy. Tiffany believes in viewing clients with unconditional positive regard and drawing upon client’s existing strengths to foster recovery. Tiffany is a member of Houston Eating Disorders Specialists.

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.

Cathaleen Blake, MA, LPC

Cathaleen Blake, MA, LPC

Program Therapist

Cathaleen Blake, MA, LPC received a B.A. in Psychology with a double minor in Women’s Studies and Sociology from Indiana University at Pennsylvania (IUP).  During her undergraduate studies, Cathy dedicated herself to women’s issues.  She volunteered at a women’s shelter for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault.  While studying abroad in Brisbane, Australia, Cathy completed an internship at Sisters Inside, a non-profit advocacy organization for women in prison.

Cathy returned to IUP to earn her master of psychology degrees.  While attending graduate school, she worked at the University of Pittsburgh’s inpatient psychiatric hospital, Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic (WPIC), as a milieu therapist.  She has also worked at Youth Villages in North Carolina as a family counselor, at the University of Houston’s Language and Cultural Center, and in a partial hospitalization serving clients with co-occurring mental health and addiction issues.  Cathy is a member of Houston Eating Disorder Specialists.

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.

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.

 
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