Center for Discovery Dunwoody, Georgia is a residential eating disorder treatment center that serves patients of all genders ages 11-18. This center opened in January 2017. Dunwoody is a northern suburb 30 minutes from Atlanta located in DeKalb County, Georgia. Center for Discovery Dunwoody serves patients from Georgia, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Kentucky, southeast Tennessee and Alabama. Treatment modalities we offer include cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), exposure & response prevention (ERP) and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT).
In addition to receiving evidence-based therapies, patients all have the opportunity to put “joyful” back into movement through yoga and other activities. Discovery’s specialized binge eating disorder (BED) program, Path to Peace, is also offered at this location.
Insurances we accept include but are not limited to BCBS – GA, Cigna / Great West, HMC, Multi-Plan and TriCare East – Humana. Please remember that the insurances we accept change frequently. Our insurance team will verify your coverage.
Residential treatment at Center for Discovery Dunwoody, Georgia, is a high level of care that provides 24-hour care to patients where they engage in group therapy, structured and monitored mealtimes, group social events, family therapy and individual therapy. Weight restoration is the primary goal of eating disorder residential treatment. Additionally, scheduled mealtimes occur with other patients under staff supervision and patients have personal meal plans where in which they meet with their dietitian to discuss the specific requirements of each meal as part of weight restoration therapy in residential treatment.
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MEET THE TEAM
Dr. Dion Metzger
Dr. Dion Metzger is a board-certified psychiatrist. She earned her doctorate from Morehouse School of Medicine and completed her psychiatry residency at Emory University School of Medicine. She completed medical research at Stanford University School of Medicine and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Dr. Metzger is currently on faculty as a professor of psychiatry at Emory University School of Medicine, Medical College of Georgia and Morehouse School of Medicine. She is a member of the inaugural class of Emory University’s 40 under Forty and Morehouse School of Medicine’s inaugural Top 10 under 40.
Dr. Shayna Smith, MD
Dr. Shayna Smith received a Bachelor of Science from Xavier University of Louisiana. She attended medical school in her home state of Arkansas at the University of Arkansas Medical Sciences College of Medicine. She completed her pediatric residency and then pediatric emergency medicine fellowship at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri. She is board certified in pediatrics, pediatric emergency and lifestyle medicine and has practiced medicine in the Atlanta area since completing her training. Dr. Smith is dedicated to providing good care to a diverse patient population.
Taylor Hunter, LMSW
Taylor moved to Atlanta and joined Center for Discovery in August of 2021. Currently, she works as a primary therapist where she provides individual, group and family sessions. Taylor received both her bachelor’s in psychology and her master’s in social work from Michigan State University. She has previously worked in a partial hospitalization program, as a medical social worker at the Children’s Hospital of Michigan and has four years of experience as a psychometrist. Taylor decided to become an adolescent therapist as she developed a passion for interacting with children and supporting them through personal challenges. Outside of work, Taylor enjoys cooking, being outdoors, reading and spending time with friends and family.
Emma McLeod, RDN
Emma Laurie McLeod received a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics from Bastyr University in 2015. After completing her dietetic internship through Bastyr University in 2016, she became registered with the Commission on Dietetic Registration. She is currently a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and participates in the Behavioral Health and Dietitians in Integrative and Functional Medicine practice groups. Emma has experience in public health and eating disorder recovery. She has practiced all over the country but has found a home at Center for Discovery in Dunwoody. Here, she applies her expertise and practice in accordance with her nutritional philosophies including All Foods Fit, Intuitive Eating and Health at Every Size ®. Emma is passionate about size-inclusivity, culinary arts and helping people find a peaceful and nourishing relationship with food.
Tracey Brown, RN, BSN
Tracey brings empathy, an easy-going communication style and a sweet sense of humor to Center for Discovery in Dunwoody, Georgia, making it easy for her to talk to patients and family members. She has 25+ years of experience in the mental health field and is a member of the National Nurses Association. Tracey started out her career as a young licensed practical nurse and worked her way up. She received her bachelor’s in nursing from Argosy University, where she graduated with honors.
Ashley started working at Center for Discovery in 2020 and has had numerous roles. Currently, she is the educational liaison at the Dunwoody residential treatment center located in Atlanta, Georgia. Ashley first started as an on-call counselor and worked her way up. She received her bachelor’s in biology and served as an assistant teacher for various age groups. Ashley has always had a passion for guiding and helping others to help them better themselves and reach personal goals. When Ashley is not at work she enjoys going to the movies, painting, escape rooms and spending time with family.
Reanah has been working with Center for Discovery since July 2021 as a milieu manager. She has a bachelor’s degree in political science and international relations from Albany State University. Reanah began her career in 2014 at a psychiatric residential treatment facility for adolescents. After 7 years, Reanah decided to transition into the eating disorder field to broaden her skill set and continue assisting adolescents in their mental health journey. Reanah is passionate about working with children and plans on attending law school to become an attorney to continue advocating for children. In her spare time, Reanah loves to play tennis, attend her children’s sporting events and travel with her wife.
Kenyatta Williams, LPC, LMHC
Kenyatta has been program director at Center for Discovery since 2020. She is a licensed psychotherapist and has been working in the mental health field since 2006. She is licensed in the states of Georgia and Florida. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in psychology from Southern University and A&M College and her Master of Arts degree in counseling psychology from the University of North Florida. She is an intuitive and compassionate individual who is passionate about helping others to heal and live the life that they desire. She has a vast amount of knowledge in the mental health field. She has spent most of her career working at psychiatric and substance abuse hospitals where she treated adults and children with various mental health conditions including depression, anxiety, psychosis, substance abuse disorders, eating disorders and others. She also has experience working with college students in the university setting. It was in this setting that she learned the importance of early detection and treatment of illness. Over the years she has provided psychiatric evaluation, individual therapy, group therapy and family therapy to many across several different levels of care. Over the last few years, she has had the pleasure of transitioning into management. Through this transition, she not only has the ability to continue to help patients but also provide guidance and education to individuals of various clinical disciplines. She is especially passionate about helping people to understand the connection between the mind and body. She encourages others to expand their view of what it means to be well. Kenyatta looks forward to continuing to empower people to become their authentic self for many years to come. She will continue to be a lifelong advocate of assuring that peace and wholeness is accessible to everyone.
Amber Thomas, APC
Amber first worked at Center for Discovery from 2017-2019 serving as a counselor. She left to pursue her associate license in a psychiatric residential facility. Currently, Amber is a primary therapist at Center for Discovery, Dunwoody Residential Treatment Center. She also supports patients at Center for Discovery, Atlanta Outpatient. She is a strong mental health advocate. Amber entered the field in 2017 with the desire of helping individuals who struggle with various mental diagnoses. She is passionate about the treatment of eating disorders. Amber was engaged in cheerleading growing up, where eating disorders can be very prominent. She is determined to help others navigate their recovery and has an additional passion for helping athletes. Amber enjoys connecting with others and is highly motivated to help adolescents. She is warm, empathetic and strongly believes in the possibility of long-term recovery. When Amber is not at work, she loves spending time with her family and animals, reading a good book and spending time outside.
Here’s What Patients Say After Completing Treatment*
- 97% can identify their triggers*
- 97% believe they can help themselves get better*
- 96% understand when to ask for help*
“Our experience at Center for Discovery was top notch. We are incredibly grateful to them for not only their professionalism, but their knowledge as well as compassion for our daughter and family.” – Sarah S., parent of CFD alumni
“This experience was life-changing.” – Mave C., former patient at CFD
*Percentage includes adult and adolescent patients who admitted to the Center for Discovery program in 2021 (between 1/1/2021 and 12/31/2021) and completed the Recovery Assessment Scale (RAS, N=2,644). Average treatment range 41.3 days for those who completed treatment (did not discharge to higher level of care, due to insurance, against treatment advice transfer or administratively).