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Dunwoody, GA

Dunwoody Residential Eating Disorder Program

CENTER FOR DISCOVERY
1364 Manget Way
Dunwoody, GA 30338
PH 866.482.3876
Hours 24/7

PROGRAM FEATURES
Residential
Partial Hospitalization
All Genders
Ages 10-17

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Center for Discovery Dunwoody, Georgia is a residential eating disorder treatment center that serves adolescent males and females 10-18 years of age. This center opened in January 2017 and is located in Dunwoody, Georgia. Dunwoody is a northern suburb 30 minutes from Atlanta located in DeKalb County, Georgia. Center for Discovery Dunwoody serves clients 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, clients 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. For free insurance verification, click here.

This adolescent, gender-inclusive program provides six beds in a residential home setting and offers individualized care and practices a “health at every size” philosophy. This residential program also provides Dialectal Behavior Therapy (DBT) skills in a group setting, four times per week.

Residential treatment at Center for Discovery Dunwoody, Georgia is a high level of care that provides 24-hour care to male and female teenager clients 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 with other clients under staff supervision and personal meal plans where the client will meet with their nutritionist to discuss the specific requirements of each meal as part of weight restoration therapy in residential treatment.

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Taylor Ford, LCSW

Taylor Ford, LCSW

PROGRAM DIRECTOR

Taylor Ford is a licensed clinical social worker that specializes in mental health treatment. Taylor earned a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work from the University of Iowa and a Master of Social Work with a concentration in mental health from the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis. Taylor’s previous experience providing inpatient, partial hospital, outpatient, and emergency psychiatry services in a hospital setting led her to discover her passion for working with individuals diagnosed with an eating disorder.

Prior to relocating to the Atlanta area, Taylor was the Assistant Clinical Director for an emergency psychiatry unit at The University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. Taylor is a Diplomate and Certified Cognitive Behavioral therapist through the Academy of Cognitive and Behavioral Therapies. She utilizes evidence-based treatment modalities to facilitate positive change. Taylor has a passion for mental health advocacy and teaching. In addition to her time at Center for Discovery, Taylor is also an Adjunct Instructor at The University of Iowa, teaching Motivational Interviewing and Interpersonal Skills Lab online.

Christine Engstrom,  MS, RD, LD, CEDRD-S

Christine Engstrom, MS, RD, LD, CEDRD-S

REGISTERED DIETITIAN

Christine Engstrom is the Residential, Registered Dietitian, at the Dunwoody Center for Discovery in Dunwoody, Georgia and has been treating clients with eating disorders for over 30 years.  She is respected within the Greater Atlanta Eating Disorder area for her expertise in Medical Nutrition Therapy, Nutrition Counseling and Nutrition Therapy.

She is a member of IAEDP and holds the CEDRD-S credentialing and has served on the Board of Directors.  

Engstrom received her Bachelor of Science from Iowa State University and Graduate Degree from Northern Illinois University.  Prior to joining, Center for Discovery, Christine was the Dietitian at Veritas Collaborative Outpatient Clinic and Senior Dietitian at Emory University Hospital.  

Nancie Ferdinand

Nancie Ferdinand

PRIMARY THERAPIST

Nancie Ferdinand is a Licensed Professional Counselor with a master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Mercer University. Prior to attending Mercer, she earned a bachelor’s degree from The University of West Georgia in Psychology. Nancie’s interest for counseling and empowering others began in college while taking a Psychology of early childhood and adolescent course. Nancie’s internship at a non-profit that provides clinical services for community members with limited resources would spark her passion for working with eating disorders.

Prior to coming to Center for Discovery, Nancie worked directly with adolescents, adults and families affected by eating disorders and other mental health issues in a variety of settings, such as non-profits, hospitals and private practice over the last 6+ years. Throughout her experience, she has grown to value a collaborative approach and the importance of connecting with clients, clients’ support systems, colleagues and other providers in the community. Nancie uses evidence-based treatment theories that focuses on individuals improving emotional regulation and developing coping skills that support interpersonal growth and development.

Aside from her interest in counseling, Nancie also enjoys traveling and being outdoors.

Agnes Nichols, RN, BSN

Agnes Nichols, RN, BSN

NURSE ADMINISTRATOR

Agnes “Sonya” Nichols, RN, BSN is the Nurse Administrator for the Center for
Discovery Adolescent Eating Disorder Residential Treatment Center in Atlanta,
Georgia. Sonya’s clinical experience spans from primary care clinics and Neonatal Intensive
Care Units. Sonya completed her nursing education from Southern Adventist University
in Tennessee. She began her nursing career in 2006 at Loma Linda University Medical
Center in California but called Atlanta her home. She is a member of the Christian
Medical Dental Association and spends a great deal of her time volunteering at a
refugee clinic in Clarkston, Georgia. Sonya is passionate about helping her clients to
live healthier lives, free from the grip of eating disorders. She believes in teamwork and
a collaborative approach in meeting the needs of her clients and their family.

Aside from her passion for excellence in nursing care, Sonya’s interests include outdoor
activities, cooking, and sewing. She is also an animal lover and has one cat and two
dogs.

Dr. Saudia George, Ph.D., MHA, NSLS

Dr. Saudia George, Ph.D., MHA, NSLS

FACILITY MANAGER

Dr. Saudia George serves as the Facility Manager for the Center for Discovery Atlanta, Adolescent Eating Disorder Residential Treatment Center. Originally from Orlando FL, Dr. George received her bachelor’s degree in Health Informatics/Information Management from Florida A&M University and her master’s in Health Care Administration from Kaplan University. Dr. George comes with an extensive amount of knowledge in mental health services providing care for adults and adolescents struggling with Bipolar Disorder, Anxiety, Depression, and Substance Abuse, which have a higher comorbidity with eating disorders. With her interest and passion for mental health services for adolescents, she decided to pursue her doctoral degree in Health Services-Health Care Management from Walden University. Her dissertation focused on Guardians’ Perspective of Mental Health Services for Adolescents diagnosed with Pediatric Bipolar Disorder.

Dr. George has worked in mental/behavioral health for five years with a focus in healthcare compliance and educating higher learning professionals. She has a passion to develop, initiate, maintain, and review compliance programs and policies within pediatric mental health services. In addition to her time at the Center for Discovery, Dr. George in an online Adjunct Professor instructing Anatomy & Physiology, Medical Terminology, and Medical Assistance courses and serves her community volunteering with the American Cancer Society and Make a Wish Foundation.

Dr. Neha Bhatt, MD

Dr. Neha Bhatt, MD

PEDIATRICIAN

Neha Bhatt, MD. graduated from Emory University with BS of Biology and Minor in Psychology and medical school in Cambridge University in the UK. She completed pediatric residency in Chicago and ended her years as Chief Resident in her program. She moved back to Atlanta and worked as a general pediatrician before beginning her family. She returns back to focus on pediatric and adolescent medicine, Dr. Bhatt has joined the Center for Discovery to support the challenges of ED medicine.

John Ward, MS, LAPC, NCC, CCMHC

John Ward, MS, LAPC, NCC, CCMHC

PROGRAM THERAPIST

John graduated from Capella University earning a Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling. John received his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Phoenix, and is an inducted member of Chi Sigma Iota, Counseling Academic and Professional Honor Society International, and a member of the American Counseling Association (ACA). John is a National Certified Counselor (NCC), and a Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor(CCMHC).

John has worked with adolescents for the past 4 years addressing issues of depression, anxiety, substance abuse, grief, PTSD, Parent/Child relationships, and eating disorders. John has been with Center For Discover since October 2018 and is currently a Program Therapist.

Dr. Maryann Jacob

Dr. Maryann Jacob

Psychiatrist

Dr. Maryann Jacob is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in the areas of child, adolescent, and adult psychiatry. She obtained her Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Michigan, with a major in Bio-psychology. She then received a Master of Science at Wright State University in Physiology, and went on to receive her Doctor of Medicine at the American University of the Caribbean. She completed her residency in Psychiatry at Temple University in Philadelphia, PA and her Child and Adolescent Fellowship at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago, IL.

Dr. Jacob is a consultation-liaison psychiatrist who specializes in the treatment of eating disorders. She believes in a multidisciplinary treatment approach to address eating disorders and helps with identifying the psychiatric co-morbidities that can impact the disease. She works to de-stigmatize mental health issues, and partners with children and families during their journey to recovery.

Support Group

This location provides free online eating disorder support groups. Our online support groups vary. Find out more about how to join our free support groups.

DUNWOODY RESIDENTIAL EATING DISORDER PROGRAM

Center for Discovery Dunwoody, Georgia is a residential eating disorder treatment center that serves adolescent males and females 10-18 years of age. This center opened in January 2017 and is located in Dunwoody, Georgia. Dunwoody is a northern suburb 30 minutes from Atlanta located in DeKalb County, Georgia. Center for Discovery Atlanta serves clients 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, clients 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. For free insurance verification, click here.

This adolescent, gender-inclusive program provides six beds in a residential home setting and offers individualized care and practices a “health at every size” philosophy. This residential program also provides Dialectal Behavior Therapy (DBT) skills in a group setting, four times per week.

Residential treatment at Center for Discovery Dunwoody, Georgia is a high level of care that provides 24-hour care to male and female teenager clients 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 with other clients under staff supervision and personal meal plans where the client will meet with their nutritionist to discuss the specific requirements of each meal as part of weight restoration therapy in residential treatment.

CONDITIONS WE TREAT

OUR TEAM

TAKE A VIRTUAL TOUR

Support Group

This location provides free online eating disorder support groups. Our online support groups vary. Find out more about how to join our free support groups.

GET IN TOUCH / CALL 866.482.3876

CENTER FOR DISCOVERY
1364 Manget Way
Dunwoody, GA 30338
PH 866.482.3876
HOURS 24/7

PROGRAM FEATURES
Residential
Partial Hospitalization
All Genders
Ages 10-17

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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
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