Center for Discovery Alexandria is an eating disorder treatment center that opened in 2016 and accepts patients of all genders ages 10-18. Alexandria is located 30 minutes south of Washington, D.C., and serves patients from Virginia, Maryland and Washington, D.C.
In addition to receiving evidence-based therapies, patients all have the opportunity to put “joyful” back into movement through yoga and other activities.
Insurances we accept include but are not limited to Carefirst (JW0), TriCare East – Humana, Cigna / Great West and Kaiser Mid-Atlantic. Please remember that the insurances we accept change frequently. Please remember that the insurances we accept change frequently. Our insurance team will verify your coverage.
This higher level of care center provides 24-hour sub-acute care in a homelike, eight-bed setting where patients engage in group therapy, structured and monitored mealtimes, group social events, family therapy, dialectal behavior therapy-informed (DBT) skills building and individual therapy. The treatment team is trauma-informed and embrace a Health at Every Size (HAES) philosophy.
MEET THE TEAM
Ericka Leonard, LCSW-C
Ericka serves as the program director at Center for Discovery’s Alexandria residential treatment facility. Ericka is a licensed clinical social worker and brings over 10 years of experience working with the child/adolescent population. Ericka graduated from University of Maryland-Baltimore School of Social Work and her clinical areas of expertise include eating disorders, trauma and domestic violence. Ericka has provided trainings and presentations on a variety of topics nationwide, including child abuse, mandated reporting and trauma-informed care. Prior to becoming a social worker, Ericka was a middle school French and Spanish teacher.
Hannah joined CFD Alexandria residential treatment center as the milieu manager in 2021. Hannah earned her bachelor of arts degree in dance from Seton Hill University and her master of arts degree in dance/movement therapy and counseling from Antioch University New England. Through Hannah’s experiences in residence life and mental health treatment, she has developed competencies in communication, rapport building, collaboration, inclusion, program management and conflict resolution.
Tatiana Menick, MD
A Board-certified psychiatrist, Tatiana Menick, M.D. completed her four-year residency training in psychiatry in the St Elizabeths Hospital Psychiatry Residency Program, Washington, DC,
Dr. Menick has more than ten years’ experience conducting pharmacotherapy and individual and group psychotherapy in community mental health clinics.
She provides psychiatric consultation for Center for Discovery Virginia and also maintains a thriving private practice. She is the first author of multiple articles appearing in the International Journal of Child Health and Human Development and Environment, Mood Disorders and Suicide and other books.
Dr. Jay Joglekar
Dr. Joglekar earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Maryland in Software Engineering and began his graduate work in Software Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. After medical school, Dr. Joglekar developed an electronic medical record at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD while conducting a Phase II clinical trial on advanced head and neck cancers.
Dr. Joglekar is Board Certified in Internal Medicine (American Board of Internal Medicine) and completed his residency at HCMC in Minneapolis, MN (University of Minnesota).
Dr. Joglekar believes that a healthy lifestyle, strong mental health and preventive approach lead to the promotion of wellness.
Jillian Eckert, M.S.
Jillian serves as the Dietician for Center for Discovery’s Alexandria Residential Treatment Facility.
Jillian received her Bachelor’s of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics, from the University of the District of Columbia in 2015. She then went on to complete her Master’s of Science in Nutrition and Food Studies, at George Mason University in 2017.
After graduate school, she completed her dietetic internship through Wellness Workdays before returning to Center for Discovery. Jillian also previously worked as a diet technician at Center for Discovery’s adolescent facility in Fairfax, Virginia.
Jillian is passionate about helping individuals understand the importance of nutrition and assisting them overcome the fear and anxiety associated with food.
Patricia has a strong passion to support individuals through the healing process toward recovery. She works to help patients discover their potential and focus on addressing barriers through empowerment. Patricia enthusiastically ascribes to the values of the social work profession to maintain the dignity and worth of all people, advocate for social justice, serve with competence and integrity, and promote the importance of healthy interpersonal relationships.
The primary focus for Patricia is to assist adolescents with improving their self-esteem, healing from disordered eating patterns, maintaining safety, decreasing behavioral concerns, and continuing to build and maintain healthy relationships. She also supports the development of skills to improve academic concentration, anxiety management, emotional regulation and socialization.
Patricia utilizes cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) to help further an understanding of the connection between thoughts, feelings and behavior to address various forms of depression, anxiety and compulsions. Additionally, she practices dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) to teach skills to assist in emotional regulation, distress management, mindfulness, and relationship and communication effectiveness.
Here’s What Patients Say After Completing Treatment*
- 97% can identify their triggers*
- 97% believe they can help themselves get better*
- 96% understand when to ask for help*
“This program has changed and saved my life even in just a few days. I’ve never felt this understood and supported.” – Elizabeth W., former patient at CFD Alexandria
“This house at Center for Discovery has been a home to me. I’m a different person than when I admitted. I’m still me, but a healthier, happier version of myself. I am so grateful for my time here.” – Elliana W., former patient at CFD Alexandria
“As parents, we were happy with the attention, care, professionalism and excellent communication that Lily’s team provided.”- Diana S., former patient at CFD Alexandria
*Percentage includes adult and adolescent patients who admitted to the Center for Discovery program in 2021 (between 1/1/2021 and 12/31/2021) and completed the Recovery Assessment Scale (RAS, N=2,644). Average treatment range 41.3 days for those who completed treatment (did not discharge to higher level of care, due to insurance, against treatment advice transfer or administratively).