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About Us

The Discovery Story

25 Years of Eating Disorder Treatment Experience

At Center for Discovery, we have provided eating disorder and co-occurring disorder treatment for adolescents and adults of all genders for over 25 years.  Our locations across 15 states aim to help patients take control of their symptoms, feel better and have greater hope for the future.

We provide treatment for only a small number of residential patients at one time to maintain an intimate setting and a high staff-to-resident ratio. Treatment within a residential neighborhood or in an outpatient facility allows our patients to feel more comfortable in familiar surroundings and offers greater transferability of the healing experience to life after treatment.

Treating More Than Just an Eating Disorder Diagnosis

At Center for Discovery, our programs emphasize evidence-based, individualized treatment for every patient to support their growth and recovery. We know that treatment is not only about the diagnosed issues, but also about the contributing factors that underlie those conditions. We value our highly individualized treatment programs that address the specific needs and situation of each patient.

Healing the Whole Family

We view family members as part of the treatment team and focus on healing together. And when a patient returns home, loved ones can have the confidence and skills to give support and move forward as a family.

Meet Our Leadership Team

President, Substance Use & Eating Disorder Divisions

Joe Tinervin, MSW

Vice President of Operations

Amy Costa, PsyD, LMFT, CEDS-S

Assistant Director of Operations, East Coast, Residential Eating Disorder Division

Andrea Ciarlelli, LMFT

Chief Medical Officer

Matthew Ruble, MD

President, Substance Use & Eating Disorder Divisions

Joe Tinervin, MSW

Joe joined the executive leadership team at Discovery in 2019. With a passion for helping people in need, Joe’s mission is to improve access to services, remove barriers to treatment, help patients navigate the system and support families in crisis. By developing and implementing the operational goals of the substance use disorder division at Discovery, Joe ensures that staff and clinicians are providing effective, evidence-based treatment for substance use disorders and co-occurring mental health conditions. Joe believes that, above all, clinical care and safety must come first.

Bringing more than 20 years of service and leadership to his role at Discovery, Joe started his professional career as a mental health tech working on the front lines before earning his bachelor’s in psychology from the University of Dayton and his master’s in social work from Loyola University, Chicago. Joe then moved into leadership roles in the behavioral health space, becoming a CEO at 33 and ultimately overseeing behavioral health operations for 12 programs across five states.

Joe’s operational expertise includes oversight of substance use centers and eating disorder treatment centers. As division president of Acadia Healthcare, he led operations for facilities including Montecatini and Center for Hope of the Sierras.

Joe’s enthusiasm is contagious. He values a sustainable work-life balance where individuals can prioritize wellness. When he’s not working, you can find Joe surfing, listening to live music or exploring the Bay Area, where he lives.

Vice President of Operations

Amy Costa, PsyD, LMFT, CEDS-S

Dr. Costa has more than a decade of experience in treating mental health disorders. She has worked at all levels of treatment, including residential, partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient, as well as private practice. Her doctorate in psychology includes an emphasis in marriage and family therapy. She has also completed advanced training in dialectal behavioral therapy (DBT), cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and group therapy.

In addition to her work with eating disorders, Dr. Costa has experience in treating depression, anxiety and trauma in adolescents, adults and families. In treatment, Dr. Costa emphasizes skill building to help promote personal strength and mastery. Her goal is to empower individuals that seek overall healing and a transformed sense of self.

Assistant Director of Operations, East Coast, Residential Eating Disorder Division

Andrea Ciarlelli, LMFT

Andrea is a licensed marriage and family therapist specializing in the treatment of eating disorders for adolescents and their families. She earned her bachelor’s in clinical psychology and her master’s in marriage and family therapy from Southern Connecticut State University.

Andrea has worked with adolescents and adults in various levels of care including residential treatment, therapeutic group homes, intensive outpatient programs, crisis stabilization program and outpatient mental health clinics. She has extensive experience treating adolescents with complex psychiatric issues including eating disorders, psychotic disorders, mood dysregulation, self-injurious behaviors and trauma. She approaches therapy utilizing a structural family therapy framework and believes that the support and inclusion of families in treatment is critical to the healing process. Andrea is also an adjunct professor at Southern Connecticut State University in the psychology department.

Chief Medical Officer

Matthew Ruble, MD

Dr. Ruble is the chief medical officer of Discovery Behavioral Health, the family brand of Center for Discovery. Dr. Ruble has a deep passion for advancing the behavioral health industry through training,

publication, innovation, payer relations and collaboration. He spent 20 years of his career working with the Cambridge Health Alliance, a health system affiliated with Harvard Medical School, responsible for training clinicians, residents and medical staff in core evidence-based practices including:

• Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)

• Psychiatric curriculum development

• Research

• Publications

• Speaking nationally on evidence-based practices • Integrated behavioral and physical health care delivery

As lead medical director overseeing clinical behavioral health strategy and operations for Humana, he was part of the team that reviewed and advised on all behavioral health technology innovations for investment and implementation. His expertise spans consistent delivery of innovative and value-based, industry-leading and integrated behavioral health programs and services.

Dr. Ruble earned his bachelor’s from Simpson College in Indianola, Iowa. From there, he attended the Carver School of Medicine at the University of Iowa, earning his doctorate. He then attended Harvard Medical School in Boston to intern at the Department of Medicine and became a resident at the Department of Psychiatry. Dr. Ruble became chief resident of the psychopharmacology at Cambridge Health Alliance as well as a physician educator at the Academy at Harvard Medical School.

Preferred In-Network Provider for All Major Health Insurance

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  • “I would rather miss a million Christmas vacations in order to have ONE in which I am finally free.”
    CFD Alumni
  • “Our daughter’s eating disorder didn’t care one bit about our family’s holiday season, and it certainly wasn’t going on vacation just because we were. So instead, we worked towards recovery in the hope that we would see many happy holidays in years to come, free from the shadow of E.D. I’m happy to say that my family is now looking forward to our first ‘normal’ holiday season in years.
    CFD Alumni
  • “Treatment may feel like it will never end, but I can assure you that sticking with the treatment plan even through the holidays is your absolute best shot.”
    CFD Alumni
  • “This holiday season, for the first time in a long time, I am looking forward to the holidays. I am actually thinking about the people, places, and am not feeling any rigidity about food. This is the life worth living they talk about.”
    CFD Alumni

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