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Bridgewater, NJ

Bridgewater Outpatient Eating Disorder Program

CENTER FOR DISCOVERY
745 Route 206, Suite 103
Bridgewater, NJ 08807
PH 866.482.3876
M-F 11:00am to 7:00pm

PROGRAM FEATURES
Intensive Outpatient
Partial Hospitalization
All Genders
All Ages

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Center for Discovery Bridgewater is an outpatient eating disorder facility that has been operating since April 2017 and treats men and women of all ages. The Bridgewater New Jersey location offers intensive outpatient therapy (IOP) and partial hospitalization (PHP) to adolescents and adults. Bridgewater, New Jersey outpatient serves clients and families living in the counties of central New Jersey, Eastern PA, and along our shore, providing easy access for clients from the surrounding areas. The outpatient center has ample parking and is easily accessible from Route 287 or Route 78.

Bridgewater outpatient provides clients with mindful movement, expressive arts and social media therapy groups while also providing Exposure & Response Prevention (ERP) therapy for clients who have a history of trauma. Bridgewater outpatient provides theme days as a way to bring fun into the therapy program, which allows clients to practice self-expression in a positive environment. Discovery’s specialized Binge Eating Disorder (BED) program, Path to Peace, is also offered at this location. Upon successful completion of the outpatient program, each client is presented with a celebratory ceremony.

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Shannon Smith, MA, LPC, NCC, ACS, DRCC

Shannon Smith, MA, LPC, NCC, ACS, DRCC

PROGRAM DIRECTOR

Shannon completed her undergraduate degree in Psychology at Rutgers College before obtaining her Masters in Professional Counseling at Monmouth University. She additionally holds a Post Masters Certificate in Psychological Counseling from Monmouth U. Shannon has over 15 years of experience providing supportive and therapeutic services to adults, adolescents and their families. Her experience involves serving as an in-home behavioral assistant/interventionist for at-risk adolescents as well as an in-home therapist for adolescents and their families who have struggled with severe emotional and psychological issues. Shannon has also worked as a therapist for a facility that serves women and children who were victims of domestic abuse.

Shannon brings to Discovery 8.5 years of experience as a primary therapist at one of the two only inpatient eating disorder inpatient hospitalization programs in the state of New Jersey. She has worked closely with people suffering from eating disorders and co-occurring disorders and their families in both the inpatient and partial hospitalization/intensive outpatient settings. Shannon maintains a private practice that she has owned and operated since 2011, and additionally provides clinical supervisor for Licensed Associate Counselors as an Approved Clinical Supervisor. She has participated in many community outreach programs both through speaking engagements and through a weekly support group that she facilitated. Shannon is a proud volunteer for the NJ Disaster Response Crisis team, as well as maintains a membership with the National Board of Certified Counselors.

Shannon has worked as a proud Program Director for Center for Discovery Eating Disorder Program since the start of Discovery’s Outpatient presence in New Jersey in 2016. She has had the privilege of starting both the Paramus Outpatient and Bridgewater Outpatient programs between 2016 and 2017, and has worked as Program Director of both. She is currently the full time Program Director of the Bridgewater facility. Shannon is committed to providing an individualized client and family experience.

Dr. Nicole Dorio, DO

Dr. Nicole Dorio, DO

PSYCHIATRIST

Dr. Nicole Dorio is board -certified in general and forensic psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. She earned her Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. She completed her residency in psychiatry at Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine and a forensic psychiatry fellowship at Rutgers University- Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.

Since completing her training, Dr. Dorio has provided clinical psychiatric services to incarcerated and civilly committed chronically mentally ill adults and is the owner of Mentis Forensic Psychiatry LLC. She has experience in serving on a treatment team and as a team leader, and she recognizes the importance of building and involving a support team around everyone she treats.

In addition to her clinical experience, Dr. Dorio also serves as an expert witness in psychiatry in New Jersey Superior Court and has been asked to provide testimony in courts across the state.

Ariyel Whitehead, BS

Ariyel Whitehead, BS

FACILITY COORDINATOR

Ariyel Whitehead earned her Bachelor of Science in Health Administration from University of Phoenix. Prior to working for Center for Discovery Eating Disorder Program, she worked in case management as a coordinator for a hospital in New Jersey. She honed her skills of providing quality care, by caring for patients with various mental conditions such as Dementia & Alzheimer’s Disease. Ariyel also has clinical experience providing care in sub-acute and rehab settings.

As the Facility Coordinator, Ariyel handles daily operations in the Outpatient program including administrative duties, research, clinical documentation, and customer service.

She takes pride and joy in being able to help others. Ariyel is grateful to be a part of the Center for Discovery Eating Disorder Program team.

Caroline Calegari, LAMFT

Caroline Calegari, LAMFT

PROGRAM THERAPIST

Caroline Calegari joins Center for Discovery Eating Disorder Program as a Program Therapist. She graduated from Rutgers University with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and later returned to Rutgers to complete her Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology. She subsequently completed Kean University’s graduate program in Marriage and Family Therapy and has been working as a clinician since 2010. Her earlier experience includes working in a residential treatment facility providing group counseling services for youth with emotional and psychological issues. This was followed by 6.5 years as a clinician working for a non-profit organization in their Community Outreach Program providing clinical support to individuals with mental illness; assisting adults in their recovery through identifying and achieving their goals.

She has done extensive in-home work with adults, children and families providing support, education, advocacy and stabilization services. She also works as a Therapist for a medical center providing school-based supportive counseling services to youth. Caroline is currently working towards completing her clinical hours to become a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and is a member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists. She has dedicated her career to helping others and hopes to bring empathy, hope and support to those in their recovery.

Sydney Keller, RN

Sydney Keller, RN

REGISTERED NURSE

Sydney received her Bachelor of Science in Public Health and Psychology from the George Washington University. She then pursued her desire to work with adolescents and adults with eating disorders in both the inpatient and outpatient setting, both at two top Eating Disorder treatment facilities in Boston, MA. Starting off as a residential counselor and then becoming a supervisor in the inpatient setting, she has been working in the field of eating disorders for 4+ years.
In 2016, Sydney decided to pursue another dream of hers to become a Nurse Practitioner. She graduated Vanderbilt University with her MSN in Pediatric Primary Care. She is currently a full-time pediatric provider in New Jersey.

Sydney could not be more ecstatic to be a part of the team at Center for Discovery Eating Disorder Program Bridgewater as a registered nurse. She is grateful for this opportunity and thankful for the support she has received from Bridgewater Outpatient.

Leah Kinder, LAC, LAMFT

Leah Kinder, LAC, LAMFT

PROGRAM THERAPIST

Leah completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology at California State University, Northridge, and her Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy at Seton Hall University. Leah comes to Center for Discovery with a diverse and extensive clinical background. During her graduate training, Leah worked with both the incarcerated population, as well as with community and crisis management cases. Following the completion of her degree, Leah worked in an inpatient psychiatric facility, and then in an outpatient practice, specializing in the treatment of Eating Disorders. Prior to coming to Center for Discovery, Leah participated in a program designated to the treatment of eating disorders, both in a primary clinical, as well as a program development role.

Leah brings a positive energy and passion to her work, and she is overjoyed with the opportunity to be a part of the Center for Discovery treatment team. Having the chance to help patients work towards their recovery is so fulfilling, and it is an opportunity that she feels very grateful for.

Samantha Manthis, MA, LAMFT

Samantha Manthis, MA, LAMFT

PROGRAM THERAPIST

Samantha received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology at Fairleigh Dickinson University. While pursuing her undergraduate degree, she worked with adolescents and their families with emotional and psychological issues in a residential facility. She received her Masters at Kean University in Marriage and Family Therapy where she wrote and published her dissertation on technology and the effects on long term relationships. She has experience working with adults and families in a dual diagnosis outpatient facility. In addition to working as a clinician, she  promoted mental illness awareness in her community and helped the facility create and facilitate other therapeutic and wellness group activities for the clients.

Samantha has experience working in a residential and outpatient facility as well as private practice. She hopes to bring to her work empathy, promote courage, wholehearted living and growth while supporting her clients and their families through their personal life challenges.

Michelle Dougherty, RD

Michelle Dougherty, RD

REGISTERED DIETITIAN

Michelle is a registered dietitian and earned her Bachelors in Nutrition and Dietetics from San Francisco State University. She completed her dietetic internship through Napa State Hospital before moving to the east coast. Michelle has worked in the field of eating disorders since 2004. She has experience in all settings, including inpatient hospitalization, partial hospitalization and private practice. She is an active member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Michelle enjoys supporting and mentoring dietetic interns and lecturing undergrads on a part-time basis.

Michelle is thrilled for the opportunity to share her knowledge and expertise of nutrition in recovery to the clients at Center for Discovery and help in their pursuit of a healthy relationship with food.

Cathy Lane

Cathy Lane

CLINICAL OUTREACH REPRESENTATIVE

Cathy Lane joins Center for Discovery Eating Disorder Program as the Clinical Outreach Representative for New Jersey. She has dedicated the entirety of her professional career to the treatment of eating disorders, having held leadership positions in admissions and outreach over the past decade. Cathy holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Women’s & Gender Studies from The College of New Jersey.

With a caring, patient heart and detail-oriented mind, Cathy’s goal is to create a path to recovery for those struggling with eating disorders by sharing what makes our Center for Discovery Eating Disorder Program programs unique and assuring access to these services is as seamless as possible for the members of our community.

Cathy proudly lives near our beautiful New Jersey beaches with her husband and two boys, and enjoys crocheting, camping, and making sure each day includes a little bit of sunshine.

Jennifer Smith, LAC

Jennifer Smith, LAC

Primary Therapist

Jennifer graduated from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst with a bachelors degree in Psychology and then obtained her Master’s degree in Instructional Leadership from Centenary University.  She spent 15 years working as a middle school teacher where she had the ability to work with adolescents and their families in an educational capacity.  After years of teaching, Jennifer returned to Centenary University to complete a second Master’s degree in Clinical and School Counseling.  During her studies, she worked in addiction counseling where she had the opportunity to counsel individuals, groups, and families.  Additionally, she returned to the education-setting to work as a school counselor.

Prior to joining Center for Discovery, Jennifer worked at an inpatient psychiatric facility where she served as a group counselor working with general mental health and dual diagnosis.  She continues to work as an intensive in-home therapist for families in need.

Jennifer is very excited to be part of the team at Center for Discovery as a program therapist.  She brings with her a keen sense of curiosity, compassion, and empathy.  She is so grateful for the opportunity to join clients in their recovery journey.

BRIDGEWATER OUTPATIENT EATING DISORDER PROGRAM

Center for Discovery Bridgewater is an outpatient eating disorder facility that has been operating since April 2017 and treats men and women of all ages. The Bridgewater New Jersey location offers intensive outpatient therapy (IOP) and partial hospitalization (PHP) to adolescents and adults. Bridgewater, New Jersey outpatient serves clients and families living in the counties of central New Jersey, Eastern PA, and along our shore, providing easy access for clients from the surrounding areas. The outpatient center has ample parking and is easily accessible from Route 287 or Route 78.

Bridgewater outpatient provides clients with mindful movement, expressive arts and social media therapy groups while also providing Exposure & Response Prevention (ERP) therapy for clients who have a history of trauma. Bridgewater outpatient provides theme days as a way to bring fun into the therapy program, which allows clients to practice self-expression in a positive environment. Discovery’s specialized Binge Eating Disorder (BED) program, Path to Peace, is also offered at this location. Upon successful completion of the outpatient program, each client is presented with a celebratory ceremony.

CONDITIONS WE TREAT

OUR TEAM

TAKE A VIRTUAL TOUR

GET IN TOUCH / CALL 866.482.3876

CENTER FOR DISCOVERY
745 Route 206, Suite 103
Bridgewater, NJ 08807
PH 866.482.3876
M-F 11:00am to 7:00pm

PROGRAM FEATURES
Intensive Outpatient
Partial Hospitalization
All Genders
All Ages

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  • I was sent to [Center for Discovery], an all women's eating disorder treatment facility, and I was terrified to go. I was told I would be there for a month and would return home after that. I ended staying there for almost 3 months, and I can honestly say I am beyond thankful for my time there. I learned so much and they helped me find myself and get over my traumas and learn to cope with issues that I was having. All the staff was super helpful and had my best interest at heart. I may have not liked all of them, but I knew they wanted what was best for me. Even after my insurance run out, the therapist I was working with arranged for me to go to another center to continue my treatment because I was not ready to come home. I highly recommend getting help with Center for Discovery. They truly care!
    Rebecca S
    Alumni
  • I was at [Center for Discovery] for 6 weeks. I'm from Ohio and being so far away from home was hard. The staff made me feel super comfortable and cared for, making my stay much more manageable. The program was very individualized. They worked hard to make sure my specific needs were met and that my specific behaviors were addressed. This is a top notch facility with incredibly caring staff. Not only were the house staff wonderful, but everyone from admissions to the medical director worked hard to make sure I knew what was going on. This is a wonderful company who are true to what they say. They gave me my life back. I'm someone who has been in and out of treatment for my eating disorder and this program was by far the best. I feel so optimistic about my future. The progress I made there was life changing and I will be forever grateful. I recommend this program to anyone who is serious, willing, and ready to get better.
    Natalie F
    Alumni
  • I was surprised by my parents with the option of going to get help for my eating disorder and overall unhealthy lifestyle. I so badly wanted to get help, but was too ashamed. After talking to my mom I agreed to at least talk to someone from Center for Discoveryabout what program I would be in and what it would be like. The gal was super helpful, kind, and did not make me feel like I was the only person who suffered from what I did. She was very patient with me and overall helped out our family with the process of insurance and costs and what not. As for the actual facility I stayed at, it was a great experience.
    Rebecca S
    Alumni
  • We had our son in an acute care hospital and the social worker recommended the Center for Discovery. Before our son was discharged, my wife and I met with the staff and toured the facility. We were impressed by the staff and how the program was structured. Our son was there 6 weeks. It was a game changer and now we feel our son left with a good base of skills that he has continued to use. We now feel our son can leave a normal type life and not have to worry that he may need to live in a group home setting as an adult. We can't say enough for the help and support we received from the entire staff at the Center for Discovery. When we were considering the facility we did some reviews on line. Some weren't overly positive, but most were and we feel that it was a very positive experience for our son and our family. Even our son now admits that he learned some great skills and that his time at Center for Discovery turned his life around.
    John W
    Parent of Alumni
  • I completely recommend this outpatient program for the treatment of eating disorders.  The program is tailored to each individual and my daughter was able to attend school while attending. The staff is caring, knowledgeable and fully committed to the treatment process for the patient and family.  My family now better understands eating disorders and we are able to support our daughter through her recovery.  5 stars all the way!!
    C.Y.
    Parent of Alumni