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Dallas, TX

Dallas Residential Eating Disorder Program

CENTER FOR DISCOVERY
5124 Corinthian Bay Drive
Plano, TX 75093
PH 866.482.3876
Hours 24/7

PROGRAM FEATURES
Residential Treatment
Partial Hospitalization Treatment
All Genders
Ages 10-18

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Center for Discovery Dallas is a treatment center for male and female pre-teens and teens age 10-18 who have been diagnosed with an eating disorder. Center for Discovery Dallas opened in 2015 on beautiful estate-like home in the Willow Bend neighborhood of Dallas, Texas. It is a serene and supportive environment for our clients to engage in difficult and life-changing work

The Dallas staff is specially-trained to work with young clients across the gender spectrum, including two CEDS certified therapists, who utilize a broad range of therapies. Therapists provide Dialectal Behavior Therapy (DBT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), and Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) while also engaging the clients in mindful movement, yoga and equine therapy in a beautiful outside space.

The Dallas eating disorder treatment center also provides continuing education to clients so they do not fall behind in their studies while in treatment. Family members are an integral part of recovery and therapeutic, educational and family visitation opportunities throughout their child’s stay.

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Nicholas Ciancioso, M.A

Nicholas Ciancioso, M.A

PROGRAM DIRECTOR

Nicholas Ciancioso has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Florida, and a master’s degree in counselor education from The University of Central Florida. Nicholas’ interests include: playing and watching sports, going to the dog park, traveling, and playing video games. A lifelong Florida native, Nicholas is now branching out into Texas and is excited about the opportunity for growth.

Nicholas first discovered his passion for helping others during his volunteer experience at the Alachua County Crisis Center, where he assisted in operating a 1-800-SUICIDE hotline. Since that experience, He has also worked with: college students, children in the foster care system, incarcerated teenage males, adults with severe mood/psychotic disorders, and adults with substance abuse issues. Nicholas has worked with residential, partial-hospitalization, intensive outpatient, and outpatient levels of care. He is now working as the program director of Center for Discovery’s RTC Dallas program where he is motivated to help his team reach their potential as professionals, and ultimately provide the best care possible for the center’s clients.

Whitney Russell, LPC-S, CEDS

Whitney Russell, LPC-S, CEDS

REGIONAL DIRECTOR

Whitney Russell is a Licensed Professional Counselor-Supervisor and Certified Eating Disorder Specialist. She earned her Masters in Counseling Psychology from the University of North Texas and Bachelors in Psychology from Austin College in Sherman, Texas. Whitney is the Program Director of the adolescent residential eating disorder program in Dallas as well as the Regional Director for the Southwest Region. She has worked in the field of eating disorders since 2011 and has worked in all levels of care including private practice, Intensive Outpatient, Partial Hospitalization, and Residential. Prior to working with eating disorders, she was a therapist at a residential facility in the Dallas County Juvenile Detention Center for 4 years. Whitney had the honor of serving as the Treasurer for the International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals Dallas Fort Worth Chapter from 2016-2018. Whitney has a passion for cultivating a team founded on authenticity, collaboration, empowerment, and integrity.

Malak Saddy, RD, LDN

Malak Saddy, RD, LDN

REGISTERED DIETITIAN

Malak Saddy RDN, LD is the Registered Dietitian at Center for Discovery Dallas. She graduated from Michigan State University in East Lansing with her Bachelor of Science degree and then completed her dietetic internship at Keene State College in New Hampshire. She has over eight years’ experience in adolescent nutrition counseling, food cultures, and integrative nutrition education. Malak has lectured at multiple eating disorder conferences, as well as at universities to dietetic students, and at local schools on the effects of eating disorders and challenging others to incorporate the All Foods Fit Philosophy into their own lives. She is passionate about providing individualized nutritional care and counseling support to clients and their families while being compassionate and is empathetic to their needs.

Dr. Tae Lee, MD

Dr. Tae Lee, MD

PROGRAM PSYCHIATRIST

Dr. Tae Lee is a child and adolescent psychiatrist in the DFW area. Dr. Lee obtained his medical degree from U.T. Southwestern. Dr. Lee’s clinical training in adult psychiatry was at John Peter Smith Hospital, Fort Worth, TX, and Parkland Hospital, Dallas, TX. Following his training in adult psychiatry, Dr. Lee was a fellow at Children’s Medical Center of Dallas, where he had the opportunity to serve as the chief resident in the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Training Program. It was at Children’s Medical Center where Dr. Lee developed a passion for treating eating disorders.

Dr. Lee is also the medical director at Innovations Child and Adolescent partial hospitalization program in Fort Worth, TX. He is also faculty at Children’s Health in Dallas, TX.

Past endeavors include research involving pediatric and adolescent depression with Dr. Graham Emslie at UT Southwestern and collaboration with The Renfrew Center.

Away from his clinical duties Dr. Lee has given several talks about Bipolar Disorder, Anxiety disorders, Video games, ADHD as well as the use of medication in children to several of the school districts as well as the Texas School Nurse Administrators Association.

Courtney Cox, M.A., LPC-Intern

Courtney Cox, M.A., LPC-Intern

PRIMARY THERAPIST

Courtney Cox is a Licensed Professional Counselor Intern, supervised by Whitney Russell, MS, LPC-S, CEDS. She received her Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology from Texas Woman’s University and her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Southern Methodist University.  Courtney has experience treating clients with a variety of mental health conditions including PTSD, depression, anxiety, and substance abuse, and she is passionate about working with the LGBTQ+ community. Courtney combines elements of interpersonal, existential, and cognitive-behavioral therapy to provide her clients and their families with compassionate, individualized care.

Barbara To, LPC

Barbara To, LPC

PRIMARY THERAPIST

Barbara To is the Primary Therapist at Center for Discovery in Plano, Texas, treating adolescents and their families impacted by eating disorders.  Barbara is a Licensed Professional Counselor and received her Master of Science in Counseling from the University of North Texas and her Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Sciences from the University of Texas at Austin.  Barbara has experience treating clients struggling with eating disorders, depression, self-injury, abuse, and anxiety through individual, family and group counseling.  Barbara has also been trained in play therapy.

Katy Alaniz, MA, LPC-Intern

Katy Alaniz, MA, LPC-Intern

FACILITY MANAGER/NURSE ADMINISTRATOR

Katy Alaniz, MA, LPC-Intern is supervised by Whitney Russell MS, LPC-S, CEDS. She earned her Bachelors of Arts degree in Psychology at Dallas Baptist University and then completed her Master of Arts degree in Professional Counseling at Amberton University. She has worked in the field of eating disorders since 2015, at both the residential and outpatient levels. She has obtained her certification in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. She continues working on completing her qualifications for full licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Certified Eating Disorder Specialist. Katy has a strong passion for treating adolescents with eating disorders while incorporating compassionate individualized care.

Dr. Jennifer Zomnir, MD

Dr. Jennifer Zomnir, MD

PROGRAM PHYSICIAN

Dr. Jennifer Zomnir is a board certified Family Physician caring for patients of all ages.  She graduated from Texas A&M University with a degree in Genetics and attended the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio for Medical School.  She then went on to complete her Family Medicine Residency at the University of Texas Health Center in Tyler, TX.

Dr. Zomnir has been in practice since 2006. She believes in a peaceful life.  Too often today, we are overstressed and rushed from one task to the next. This even happens at most medical offices.  She believes your time with your doctor is precious and sacred. You should not be rushed through something as important as your health and well-being.

My husband, Kolin, and I have two wonderful boys, Oliver, and Logan.  We enjoy playing outside and building things.

Anne Jensen-Smith, MA, LPC

Anne Jensen-Smith, MA, LPC

PRIMARY THERAPIST

Anne is a Licensed Professional Counselor Intern and is supervised by Whitney Russell MS, LPC-S, CEDS. Anne graduated with a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology from Texas Woman’s University, an institution that emphasizes multiculturalism and diversity. Anne has worked with various mental health conditions including eating disorders, depression, anxiety, PTSD, addiction, mood disorders, and grief. She is also trained in EMDR. Anne applies a collaborative and positive approach to empowering clients on their path towards meaningful change.

Staci Aguilar

Staci Aguilar

FACILITY MANAGER

Staci Aguilar graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Texas A&M University. Staci has a variety of mental health and educational experience. After graduating Staci worked in the psychiatry unit of a children’s’ hospital supporting patients with various mental health conditions then worked in an insurance setting handling bodily injury and disability claims. Because of her passion in working with children, Staci returned to school to pursue a master’s degree in Early Childhood Disorders from University of Texas at Dallas and ultimately became certified to teach. Staci taught for 12 years in Special Education and General Education at the Elementary level. Returning to her background in psychology, Staci started with Center for Discovery as a counselor and Education Liaison, and now is supporting clients and staff in her role as Facility Manager. Outside of work, Staci enjoys spending time with family and has a passion for travel.

Holly Zohner

Holly Zohner

NURSE ADMINISTRATOR

Holly has been a registered nurse for over 10 years. She got her nursing degree at Weber State University in Ogden, UT. Holly has lived in Utah most of her life and recently moved to Texas. The majority of her nursing career has been in mental health nursing. She has worked in adult behavioral health and also in an adolescent behavioral treatment center. She loves working with teenagers and loves expanding her specialty to include treating eating disorders. Holly’s hobbies include doing anything outdoors. While in Utah, she took advantage of being near the mountains to do plenty of camping, hiking and fishing. Here in Texas she has enjoyed exploring the various parks and nature trails with her kids.

McKenzie Ramirez, RD, LD

McKenzie Ramirez, RD, LD

REGISTERED DIETITIAN

McKenzie Ramirez is a Registered Dietitian specializing in the treatment of eating disorders, emotional eating, unhealthy relationships with food and exercise, and other disordered eating patterns. McKenzie graduated from the Texas A&M University where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Nutritional Sciences and Dietetics. She also completed her clinical dietetic internship through Texas A&M University.

McKenzie believes in a Health at Every Size® approach and considers herself an “anti-diet” dietitian. Her approach stems from the philosophy that all foods fit: meaning that all foods can fit in balance, variety, and moderation. McKenzie enjoys working with adolescents and their families or loved ones to improve and accept their relationship with food and their bodies. McKenzie aims to create a safe place for people of any body shape or size.

McKenzie’s passion for treating eating disorders stems from her experience at all levels of care including her work with Center for Discovery’s Partial Hospitalization Program, Intensive Outpatient Program, and Adolescent Residential Treatment.

McKenzie’s mission as a clinician is to provide professional, warm, and compassionate individualized nutritional counseling to help her clients rebuild and nurture a healthy relationship with food and their body.

DALLAS RESIDENTIAL EATING DISORDER PROGRAM

Center for Discovery Dallas is a treatment center for male and female pre-teens and teens age 10-18 who have been diagnosed with an eating disorder. Center for Discovery Dallas opened in 2015 on beautiful estate-like home in the Willow Bend neighborhood of Dallas, Texas. It is a serene and supportive environment for our clients to engage in difficult and life-changing work

The Dallas staff is specially-trained to work with young clients across the gender spectrum, including two CEDS certified therapists, who utilize a broad range of therapies. Therapists provide Dialectal Behavior Therapy (DBT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), and Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) while also engaging the clients in mindful movement, yoga and equine therapy in a beautiful outside space.

The Dallas eating disorder treatment center also provides continuing education to clients so they do not fall behind in their studies while in treatment. Family members are an integral part of recovery and therapeutic, educational and family visitation opportunities throughout their child’s stay.

CONDITIONS WE TREAT

OUR TEAM

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GET IN TOUCH / CALL 866.482.3876

CENTER FOR DISCOVERY
5124 Corinthian Bay Drive
Plano, TX 75093
PH 866.482.3876
HOURS 24/7

PROGRAM FEATURES
Residential Treatment
Partial Hospitalization
All Genders
Ages 10-18

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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