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Chicago, IL

Chicago Residential Eating Disorder Program

CENTER FOR DISCOVERY
3737 Lawson Road
Glenview, IL 60026
PH 866.482.3876
Hours 24/7

PROGRAM FEATURES
Residential Treatment
Partial Hospitalization Treatment
Female
Ages 11-21

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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.

CONDITIONS WE TREAT

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Jillian Larmon

Jillian Larmon

PROGRAM DIRECTOR

Jillian has been an employee at Center for Discovery in Glenview for over 6 years when the doors opened for our clients. She has served in different roles throughout the facility including floor counseling staff, education liaison, facility manager, and now serving as program director upon completion of her graduate program from Northwestern University. Jillian was able to complete her graduate internship at Center for Discovery with implementing  Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) program in the facility while also facilitating family and individual therapy.

Jillian enjoys working with clients and families to establish a realistic environment for when the client is ready to transition home. She works with clients in individual, group, and family settings to educate and help clients to utilize skills to be effective for long term recovery. Through DBT skills, the clients and families, can learn effective communication, distress tolerance, emotion regulation, and mindfulness. She believes in creating an individualized treatment plan for each client and family that walks through the door!

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.

Demi Maropoulos, RD

Demi Maropoulos, RD

REGISTERED DIETITIAN

Demi Maropoulos is a Registered Dietitian with a Bachelor’s of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Demi first began at Center for Discovery during her professional internship rotations as a dietetic intern. She stepped in as many roles before becoming the facility’s full-time dietitian.

Demi believes Center for Discovery’s food philosophy is essential in creating positive relationships with food. She believes in “all foods fit” and “health at every size” for everyone, not just those recovering from eating disorders. Demi 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.

Cara Franke

Cara Franke

FACILITY MANAGER

Cara Franke graduated from Johns Hopkins University in 2018 with a Master’s degree in Counseling, preceded by a Bachelor’s in Human Development and Psychological Services from Northwestern University. Through her experiences working in K-12 schools and nonprofits, Cara took a special interest in building trustworthy relationships with adolescents to better support the development of their social, emotional, and academic skills. Cara first joined the Center for Discovery team as a milieu counselor and transitioned into her role as Facility Manager and Education Liaison (winter 2019) through which she provides individualized educational support to each client, maintains smooth programming and functioning within our facility, and works closely with Center for Discovery’s counselors, treatment team, and families to support clients through the challenges and celebrations of recovery.

Kathleen O’Connor, LCPC

Kathleen O’Connor, LCPC

PRIMARY THERAPIST

A Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC), Kathleen O‘Connor graduated from DePaul University with a Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. She has worked within the mental health and eating disorder treatment community in a variety of capacities including inpatient, residential, and crisis stabilization programs. She joined the Center for Discovery team in 2016 as a Counselor and enjoyed assisting clients to grow and empower themselves while in treatment. As a Primary Therapist, Kathleen works with clients in individual, group, and family therapy. She is passionate about eating disorder recovery and 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 recovery process. Kathleen strongly believes in the power of therapy with a personalized, direct approach to treatment that addresses the multitude of components of the individual’s struggles.

Taylor Parduhn

Taylor Parduhn

PRIMARY THERAPIST

Taylor Parduhn is a Licensed Professional Counselor, graduated with her Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Roosevelt University. She began her career with Center for Discovery as a milieu counselor where she was able to help clients realize their goals and put their skills to action. As a primary therapist, Taylor is passionate about working individually with adolescents as well as with their families, helping them understand and validate the emotional experience and working toward recovery in a positive, supportive environment. She enjoys collaborating with and encouraging adolescents as they find meaning in their life along with accomplishing short and long term goals. Taylor enjoys working with clients across populations, struggling with eating disorders, distorted body image, mood and anxiety disorders, self-injury, trauma, and suicidal ideation. She promotes the power of challenging negative beliefs and exploring new healthy skills, thoughts, and beliefs to build the best life possible.

Larkin Richards

Larkin Richards

NURSE ADMINISTRATOR

Larkin Richards is a registered nurse with a generalist master’s degree in Nursing. Larkin joined the team at Center for Discovery as the nurse administrator in the Fall of 2018 after 6 years of nursing practice with chronically ill patients and their families both in the hospital and outpatient as a case manager. Her experience in healthcare has helped Larkin to develop an appreciation for working collaboratively with clients and families to achieve their treatment goals. Larkin is passionate about effectively educating patients and their families about their health and encouraging lifelong wellness.

CHICAGO RESIDENTIAL EATING DISORDER PROGRAM

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.

CONDITIONS WE TREAT

OUR TEAM

TAKE A VIRTUAL TOUR

GET IN TOUCH / CALL 866.482.3876

CENTER FOR DISCOVERY
3737 Lawson Road
Glenview, IL 60026
PH 866.482.3876
HOURS 24/7

PROGRAM FEATURES
Residential Treatment
Partial Hospitalization
Female
Ages 11-21

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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