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BELLEVUE EATING DISORDER PROGRAM

Bellevue, WA

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Center for Discovery in Bellevue, Washington, is an eating disorder treatment center that caters to female and non-binary (regardless of sex assigned at birth) patients ages 18 and older who have been diagnosed with an eating disorder. Center for Discovery Bellevue has been opened since August 2012 and the city is home to 145,000 people and is the third largest city in Washington. Center for Discovery Bellevue caters to the entire Pacific Northwest and Northwest United States including Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Alaska and Montana. The center is conveniently located just off of the intersection of I-90 and I-405. Our facility is just a short distance from the city of Seattle, downtown Issaquah, downtown Bellevue and the Lake Washington waterfront. This eating disorder treatment facility is in small residential neighborhood just miles from Lake Sammamish.

This treatment center works to incorporate individualized care in a home-like setting in a residential neighborhood and works with each patient to help them meet their recovery goals, while incorporating the Health at Every Size® (HAES®) perspective.

Treatment approaches include:

Insurances we accept include but are not limited to Employee Health Network (EHN), MCCP (Medical Cost Containment Professionals, LLC), OPTUM BH (PBH, UHC, UBH) and UNICARE – Beacon HS. Please remember that the insurances we accept change frequently. Our insurance team will verify your coverage.

*Health At Every Size® and HAES® are registered trademarks of the Association for Size Diversity and Health and used with permission.

MEET THE TEAM

REGIONAL CLINICAL DIRECTOR

Maureen Peterson, MA, LMHC, CEDS-S

PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT

Melissa Holmes, PA-C

REGISTERED DIETITIAN

Julia Fulk, RD

REGIONAL DIRECTOR OF CLINICAL OUTREACH

Jenni Scharf

REGIONAL CLINICAL OUTREACH REPRESENTATIVE

Clacy Albert

PROGRAM DIRECTOR

Megan Pritchard

SENIOR MILIEU MANAGER

Lisa Green

PRIMARY THERAPIST

Kat Bonnington

REGISTERED DIETICIAN NUTRITIONIST, CERTIFIED DIETITIAN

Brandy Minks, RDN

MILIEU COORDINATOR

Mia Reyes

PROGRAM THERAPIST

Christina Adams

REGIONAL CLINICAL DIRECTOR

Maureen Peterson, MA, LMHC, CEDS-S

Maureen Peterson is the Regional Director for the Pacific Northwest & Northern California at Center For Discovery treating adolescents, adults, and families impacted by eating disorders. Maureen is a licensed mental health counselor and earned her BA  in Psychology from Pacific Lutheran University and her MA in Counseling Psychology from Saint Martin’s University. She also completed a certificate program in The Long Term Treatment of Psychiatric Disorders through the University of Washington School of Social Work. Maureen has been working in the mental health field since 1991 and has specialized in the treatment of eating disorders since 1996. She is a Certified Eating Disorder Specialist and Supervisor through the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals. In 2011, Maureen received the “Spirit of the Alliance” award through the Alliance for Families, a national organization. She is passionate about community service, and enjoys reading, traveling, and spending time with friends and family.

PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT

Melissa Holmes, PA-C

Melissa has 17 years of experience in Family Practice. Her career started in private practice in Sanford, North Carolina. She moved to Seattle in 2002 and supported the Valley Medical Center’s residency program for 10 yrs. In 2011 she left VMC to help open Greenlake Primary Care where she is currently Clinic Director. She enjoys providing personalized healthcare and a medical home to her panel of patients who range from newborns to geriatrics. She started specializing in Eating Disorders on 2011. She believes in a multidisciplinary team approach to treating eating disorders and has expertise in monitoring and treating medical complications in these patients. She provides medical support to all levels of care in eating disorder treatment. Melissa works closely with Dr Naomi Busch, who supervises all admissions to Edmonds. Dr Busch is a Board Certified Family Physician working out of her primary care office in Seattle.

REGISTERED DIETITIAN

Julia Fulk, RD

Julia completed her undergraduate degree in 2015 at Bluffton University in Bluffton, OH. She completed her dietetic internship, with a focus in sustainable food systems, at Montana State University. Julia is now a Certified Dietitian in the state of Washington and is passionate about helping clients develop a positive relationship with food and body. Julia has experience working in a variety of settings including outpatient, food service, and food security working at a large food bank in Seattle. Julia is excited to be working with the strong clinical team at Center for Discovery.

REGIONAL DIRECTOR OF CLINICAL OUTREACH

Jenni Scharf

Jenni Scharf is the Clinical Outreach Supervisor and Staff Recruitment Representative at Center For Discovery in the Northwest treating adolescents, adults and families impacted by eating disorders. Jenni earned her degree in Journalism, with an emphasis in Management from Western Washington University. Jenni has been working in healthcare marketing since 2001 and has held seats on 4 separate Pacific Northwest iaedp chapter boards. Jenni loves being a resource for professionals. She is a wife and mom to three kids and is passionate about helping families find the recovery they need to be healthy, whole and happy once again.

REGIONAL CLINICAL OUTREACH REPRESENTATIVE

Clacy Albert

Clacy Albert is the Regional Clinical Outreach Representative at Center for Discovery in the Northwest treating adolescents, adults, and families impacted by eating disorders. Clacy earned her BA in Speech Communication in 2000 from the University of Washington. Clacy has been working in healthcare sales, marketing, and education since 2001.  In 2017, Clacy found her passion in helping those affected by eating disorders and joined Center for Discovery in 2019. Clacy loves being a resource for professionals, patients, and families.  When she is not working, she can be found hanging out with her dog, her nieces and nephew, and the rest of her family and friends.

PROGRAM DIRECTOR

Megan Pritchard

Megan has worked for Center for Discovery (CFD) since 2017 in various roles. She is currently the program director at the Bellevue residential treatment facility and an associate clinical social worker. Her current role involves orienting new clients and families to CFD. She also provides support and clinical oversight to the entire team to ensure a therapeutic milieu environment. Megan started with CFD as a floor counselor and later advanced to becoming a primary therapist. In fulfilling both of these roles, she decided that she wanted to both support clients in their recovery and growth process and support staff growth. So, she decided to become a facility manager. In fulfilling her role as a milieu manager over the last year, she helped out in several facilities throughout Washington and also assisted in opening the Enumclaw residential treatment facility. During this time, the opportunity to being a program director became available. Megan is very excited to be working once again with adults struggling with eating disorders and excited to be joining the team at Bellevue. She holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the College of Charleston and a master’s degree in social work from the University of Southern Mississippi. Megan is currently fulfilling her final clinical hours to become fully licensed in the state of Washington. She likes to think of herself as a kid at heart, because of her love of Disney and Pixar movies, and her willingness to try and bring laughter and positivity to the treatment environment.

SENIOR MILIEU MANAGER

Lisa Green

Lisa has over 15 years of experience working with adolescents with co-occurring disorders and their families in inpatient, residential, detention centers and day treatment settings. She believes that creating a space that enables clients and families to have a voice in treatment planning and creating individualized treatment helps them discover their strengths, builds support systems, adapts new coping skills and develops healthy lifestyles. She trusts in the supportive and structured treatment focused environment that Center for Discovery provides to all the clients and their families, which is essential in the recovery process. Lisa’s compassion for adolescents and the work with their families is rooted in experience and understanding.

PRIMARY THERAPIST

Kat Bonnington

Kat Bonnington is a clinical mental health therapist who joined the Center for Discovery team in August of 2021. She is currently a primary therapist at Center for Discovery Bellevue’s residential treatment program in Washington. Kat received her bachelor’s in American sign language and English interpretation from Bloomsburg University and her master’s in clinical mental health counseling from Gallaudet University. In her work as an interpreter for the D/deaf, she found that she enjoyed working one-on-one with people in mental health settings. In graduate school, Kat focused on working with people within the D/deaf community and took interest in the eating disorder field. She has worked in community mental health, seeing clients from all walks of life to address various concerns they wanted to work on. Kat strives to meet clients wherever they are in their healing journey and to create a safe space where ‘self’ can be explored. In her current role with Center for Discovery, she strives to provide trauma and social justice informed care that supports clients through their eating disorder recovery journey.

REGISTERED DIETICIAN NUTRITIONIST, CERTIFIED DIETITIAN

Brandy Minks, RDN

Brandy is an eating disorder dietitian for the Center for Discovery virtual outpatient program. She identifies as a Health at Every Size ® practitioner and an anti-diet dietitian. Brandy graduated from Washington State University in 2016 with her master’s in nutrition and exercise physiology. She has extensive experience in teaching Intuitive Eating and mindful eating. Brandy is also the author of The Anti-Diet Workbook, a book which helps people take practical steps towards practicing Intuitive Eating and body acceptance. Brandy has a personal history of disordered eating and is committed to helping others find peace with food and improve body image. When Brandy is not at work, she is writing for her blog, playing outside with her son and dog or watching anything Disney.

MILIEU COORDINATOR

Mia Reyes

Mia has worked in residential care and community services since 2015. They have experience providing direct care to adolescents, adults, and families of different backgrounds. Mia began at Center for Discovery as a counselor in 2018 before transitioning to their role as a milieu coordinator. Mia works towards creating a space that is safe for people of all sizes, abilities, race, gender and sexual orientation. They are involved in CFD’s new Diversity, Equity and Inclusion committee. Mia believes that by opening up a conversation about changes needed in our mental health care system, we can better the lives of those who come to us for care. In their downtime, Mia enjoys spending time with their dog, ghost hunting and writing.

PROGRAM THERAPIST

Christina Adams

Christina joined the Bellevue Center for Discovery team in 2020 and worked as a counselor before taking on a primary therapist role. Christina is an associate clinical social worker who completed both her bachelor’s degree in sociology and master’s degree in social work through the University of Central Florida. Throughout graduate school, Christina knew she wanted to work with clients with eating disorders at a residential level of care and is excited to be doing just that with Center for Discovery Bellevue’s incredible team. Christina is passionate about debunking diet culture and fighting fatphobia. She aims to meet clients wherever they are when they walk through the doors and see them through their journey in residential treatment, whatever their path may be.

Here’s What Patients Say After Completing Treatment*

“I achieved all the goals I set for myself with the help of my treatment team at Center for Discovery.” – Ashley M., former patient at CFD Bellevue

“The staff has been very understanding, supportive and accommodating to my needs and gender identity. I felt respected, heard and validated.” – Bee N., former patient at CFD Bellevue

Support Group

The Support in Recovery group is for those who are in treatment, in recovery or who have not yet sought help. We also have a group for family and friends.

Thursdays @ 7-8pm — Support in Recovery (SIR)
When: Jun 11, 2020 07:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

 

Thursdays @ 7-8pm — Family/Friends Support Group
When: Jun 11, 2020 07:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

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