Chicago, IL

Residential Eating Disorder Treatment Center

Chicago Residential Eating Disorder Program

Discovery begins here.

Welcome to the place where you’ll find the peace and comfort you need to get back to the you you’re meant to be.

Here, you’ll gain the strength to uncover what needs to come to light in our warm, home-like environment. Every facility is selected to be the very best match possible for your specific needs.

At Discovery, you’ll work with our highly-trained, expert staff who’ll give you the confidence and reassurance you need to succeed. Using evidence-based techniques, they’ll guide you through the entire process and help propel you to discovering a better you.

It won’t always be easy. But we will always be here for you.

Welcome to Discovery. Welcome to new beginnings.

CENTER FOR DISCOVERY

3737 Lawson Rd.
Glenview, IL 60026-1107

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CALL 866.482.3876

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Meet the Team

Desiree Hawley, PsyD

Desiree Hawley, PsyD

PROGRAM DIRECTOR

Dr. Desiree Hawley is a Clinical Psychologist with over 7 years of experience in residential care for eating disorders. She earned her Doctor of Psychology degree at Illinois School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University where she focused on coping processes and perceived stress in men with eating disorders. She also has strong interest in individual, group, and family psychotherapy, treatment of body image concerns, anxiety, depression, difficulties with transitions and identity development, LGBTQ issues, and self-injury. Dr. Hawley believes clients are ultimately the experts on their own issues, and her goal is to help them achieve what they are looking for in life through understanding, support and collaboration. As the Primary Therapist at Center for Discovery Chicago, Dr. Hawley works with clients individually, in groups, and with their families. She is passionate about eating disorder residential care and the emotional depth this work can produce.

Jillian Larmon

Jillian Larmon

FACILITY MANAGER/NURSE ADMINISTRATOR

Jillian Larmon graduated from DePaul University in 2013 with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. When she began her work with Center for Discovery in 2013 as a milieu counselor at Discovery’s Glenview location, she soon discovered her passion for helping people find freedom from their eating disorder. Ms. Larmon enjoyed being a part of the counseling staff, especially providing meal support, challenging client’s eating disorder thoughts, and helping clients express and process the emotions that surfaced at these moments.

For the last two years, she served as the education liaison for Center for Discovery, and provided support to each client’s individual education needs. In the summer of 2015, Ms. Larmon took on the role of Facility Administrator and has enjoyed supporting both the counselors and treatment team to better serve clients and their families.

Kathleen O’Connor, LPC

Kathleen O’Connor, LPC

PRIMARY THERAPIST

A Licensed Professional Counselor, Kathleen OConnor graduated from DePaul University with a Master’s degree in Community Counseling. She has worked within the mental health and eating disorder treatment community in a variety of roles including inpatient, residential, and crisis stabilization programs. She began working as a Counselor at Center for Discovery and enjoyed assisting clients to grow and empower themselves throughout the challenges of treatment. As a Primary Therapist, Ms. OConnor works with clients individually, in groups, and with their families. She is passionate about eating disorder recovery and the collaborating with patients to find balance in their lives. She brings a genuine passion and enthusiasm to her work as she supports her clients throughout the journey of recovery. Ms. OConnor strongly believes in the power of therapy with a personalized approach to treatment that addresses the multitude of components of the individual’s struggles.

Alicia Kazarian, R.D.

Alicia Kazarian, R.D.

REGISTERED DIETITIAN

A Registered Dietitian, Alicia Kazarian has a Bachelor’s of Science in Health Care Sciences with an emphasis on Nutrition from University of Colorado, Colorado Springs. Following graduation, Alicia welcomed her first position with Center for Discovery as a Diet Tech in Chicago. Before she completed her dietetic internship through Sodexo Distance Internships, Alicia knew she would return to Center for Discovery to work with adolescents and nutrition.

She believes that the food philosophy taught at Center for Discovery is essential in creating positive relationships with food. Alicia lives this philosophy daily, in and out of Center for Discovery, with the hope of inspiring others to develop their own healthy relationships with food.

Dr. Stephen G. Galston, MD

Dr. Stephen G. Galston, MD

PSYCHIATRIST

A graduate of Washigton University in St. Louis, Chicago Medical School, and Northwestern’s Institute of Psychiatry, Dr. Stephen Galston has been dually board certified in both adolescent and adult psychiatry. He served for 28 years as the only medical director of the Highland Park Hospital Eating Disorder Unit until it’s closing in the spring of 2013. His private practice, serving adolescents and adults, resides in Vernon Hills and Highland Park, IL, where he is the President of Neuropsychiatric Associates of Illinois. He has been the medical director and consultant for multiple adolescent and adult psychiatric, chemical dependency, and eating disorder programs in the Chicago area. He has also served as President of the Medical Staff at various hospitals in Chicago and its suburbs.

Dr. Galston is an instructor at the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University and the University Of Chicago School Of Medicine, where he teaches psychiatric child fellows and residents, and family practice residents, eating disorders and psychiatric problems. He has lectured widely on the subjects of eating disorders and all areas of adolescent and adult psychiatry.

Dr. Chirag Patel

Dr. Chirag Patel

PHYSICIAN

Dr. Chirag Patel has been an Internal Medicine physician in private practice for 15 years. He received his medical degree from the joint BA biology/M.D.  medical program at University of Missouri-Kansas City, and completed his residency in Internal Medicine at St. Joseph Hospital/Northwestern Medical Center. He has extensive experience in metabolic syndromes, relative to nutrition and dietary practices, specializing in young adult and adolescent medicine.

Dr. Patel started his private practice in 2000, and continues to care for patients in the Northshore and Chicagoland area. Dr. Patel has been appointed as the Primary Care Physician at Center for Discovery’s Adolescent Eating Disorder Treatment Center in Glenview, Illinois and will provide important medical care, supervision, and treatment to the adolescents enrolled in this treatment program.

Emily Van Nelson, MA

Emily Van Nelson, MA

CLINICAL OUTREACH REPRESENTATIVE

Emily Van Nelson earned her MA in Dance/Movement Therapy and Counseling from Columbia College Chicago. She worked as a clinical team member for 4 years with many clients in inpatient, residential and partial hospital levels of care. Ms. Van Nelson has been in clinical outreach for 3 years and is devoted to connecting clients and professionals with the services they need to meet their specific needs.

As the Clinical Outreach Representative at Center for Discovery Chicago, Ms. Van Nelson 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.

Chicago Residential Eating Disorder Program

Discovery begins here.

Welcome to the place where you’ll find the peace and comfort you need to get back to the you you’re meant to be.

Here, you’ll gain the strength to uncover what needs to come to light in our warm, home-like environment. Every facility is selected to be the very best match possible for your specific needs.

At Discovery, you’ll work with our highly-trained, expert staff who’ll give you the confidence and reassurance you need to succeed. Using evidence-based techniques, they’ll guide you through the entire process and help propel you to discovering a better you.

It won’t always be easy. But we will always be here for you.

Welcome to Discovery. Welcome to new beginnings.

TAKE A VIRTUAL TOUR

GET IN TOUCH / CALL 866.482.3876

CENTER FOR DISCOVERY

3737 Lawson Rd.
Glenview, IL 60026-1107


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Preferred In-Network Provider for All Major Health Insurance

Preferred In-Network Provider for All Major Health Insurance

  • 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