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Fairfax, VA

Fairfax Residential Eating Disorder Program

CENTER FOR DISCOVERY
5343 Summit Drive
Fairfax, VA 22030
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 Fairfax is a residential eating disorder treatment center that has provided residential and partial hospitalization treatment to young males and females 10-18 years of age since 2013. Center for Discovery Fairfax serves Northern Virginia, Washington D.C. and Southern Maryland, including Baltimore. 

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.

This adolescent gender inclusive treatment center provides clients with group therapy, structured and monitored mealtimes, group social events, family therapy, and individual therapy – all with a “health at every size” philosophy. The center’s homelike setting allows clients to practice practicing Dialectal Behavior Therapy-informed skills development in a real-life setting. Yoga therapy is offered twice weekly.

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Mark Lancet, NCC, LADC, LPC

Mark Lancet, NCC, LADC, LPC

PROGRAM DIRECTOR

Mark joined CFD in 2019 and with it both passion and energy. He has over forty years of experience in the behavioral health and fields of addictions leading facilities at all different levels of care. Mark received his Master’s Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from New York University, and holds credentials as an NCC, LADC, and LPC. In addition to his passion for his role in assisting others at Fairfax, his other passions are his wife Denise and their four grown sons, and two grandsons- and of finally, the New York Jets and New York Mets.

EmiLeigh Whitehouse

EmiLeigh Whitehouse

PRIMARY THERAPIST

EmiLeigh Whitehouse is a licensed professional counselor in the state of Virginia. She earned her bachelors in psychology at Florida State University in 2013 and then graduated with her masters in counseling in 2015 at Radford University. She has clinical specialities in working with trauma, eating disorders, and children/adolescents. She is a certified clinical trauma professional and a trauma focused-cognitive behavioural therapist. When she’s not working she enjoys being with her loved ones, hiking, or playing board games.

Mary Frances Hartley, RD

Mary Frances Hartley, RD

REGISTERED DIETITIAN

Mary Frances Hartley earned her Bachelor of Science in Nutrition from Auburn University and her Masters in Nutrition from East Carolina University. She is a Registered Dietitian with the Commission on Dietetic Registration. Mary Frances has been with Center for Discovery since 2020. Her previous experience working with eating disorders includes private practice work as well as in a family medicine clinic. She works from a model that all foods fit. She is passionate about helping others to heal their relationship with food in order to enjoy all that life has to offer us.

Raquel Grigera, Psy.D.

Raquel Grigera, Psy.D.

PSYCHOLOGY ASSOCIATE

Dr. Grigera is a psychology associate who specializes in the treatment of eating disorders, mood and anxiety disorders, self-injury, suicidal ideation, trauma, family counseling for communication or relationship difficulties, identity concerns, interpersonal difficulties, self esteem concerns. She provides individualized evidence-based therapeutic services to children, adolescents, young adults, and families. She has extensive experience in conducting individual, group, and family therapy. Dr. Grigera has worked in a variety of settings, including private practices, public school systems, medical centers, and residential treatment centers. Dr. Grigera is trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) for eating disorders. She typically works with children, adolescents, and young adults from a variety of backgrounds.

 

Dr. Grigera places value in the therapeutic relationship and believes it is the strongest predictor of effective therapy. She believes in providing a safe, non judgmental, and supportive environment to empower her clients to take control of their lives. Through her empathetic and genuine demeanor, she provides a space where clients feel comfortable with being open and honest. Through a collaborative approach, Dr. Grigera aides her clients in identifying goals for treatment. She also guides her clients into gaining insight into their struggles, as well as helps her clients establish and practice adaptive coping skills to manage their distress. She places importance on providing culturally competent, individualized, and evidence-based treatments to her clients. Dr. Grigera helps her clients recognize their potential and capacity to overcome their own struggles as well as she instills hope in her clients by helping them believe that change is possible.

 

Dr. Grigera received her B.S. in psychology from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her M.A. in general psychology from American University. She received a second M.A. in clinical psychology and her doctoral degree from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology.

Maureen Gately, MS, RD, CEDRD

Maureen Gately, MS, RD, CEDRD

REGISTERED DIETITIAN

Maureen Gately, MS, RD, CEDRD is a Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist with nearly a decade of experience in treating individuals with eating disorders. Maureen got her start in the field by completing her undergraduate degree at James Madison University and her dietetic internship at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. She received her Masters degree in Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine in December of 2018 from the University of Western States. Maureen became interested in treating eating disorders during one of her dietetic internship rotations when she realized human connection and individualized counseling can make a huge impact on the treatment of these diagnoses. Maureen has worked at several local treatment facilities at various levels of care. Having worked in each level of eating disorder treatment, Maureen has a wealth of knowledge and is able to use her experience to tailor treatment for each individual. Maureen is also passionate about community engagement and is a founding member and current president of the IAEDP Alexandria chapter.

Tatiana Menick, MD

Tatiana Menick, MD

PSYCHIATRIST

A Board-certified psychiatrist, Tatiana Menick, M.D. completed her four-year residency training in psychiatry in the St Elizabeths Hospital Psychiatry Residency Program, Washington, DC,

Dr. Menick has more than ten years’ experience conducting pharmacotherapy and individual and group psychotherapy in community mental health clinics.

She provides psychiatric consultation for Center for Discovery Virginia and also maintains a thriving private practice. She is the first author of multiple articles appearing in the International Journal of Child Health and Human Development and Environment, Mood Disorders and Suicide and other books.

Natalie Irvin, MD

Natalie Irvin, MD

PHYSICIAN

Dr. Irvin is a board certified family physician with expertise and experience in the management of medical complications of eating disorders. For over 6 years, she has worked exclusively in the eating disorders and weight management field. She has experience with managing eating disorders for adolescents and adults in the outpatient, partial hospitalization, residential, and inpatient level of care.

Dr. Irvin earned her undergraduate degree in Psychobiology B.S. at the University of Southern California. She obtained her medical degree at the University of Texas in San Antonio. She is looking forward to utilizing her skills and working closely with the treatment team at Center for Discovery for improved health and healing of adolescents with eating disorders.

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.

FAIRFAX RESIDENTIAL EATING DISORDER PROGRAM

Center for Discovery Fairfax is a residential eating disorder treatment center that has provided residential and partial hospitalization treatment to young males and females 10-18 years of age since 2013. Center for Discovery Fairfax serves Northern Virginia, Washington D.C. and Southern Maryland, including Baltimore. 

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.

This adolescent gender inclusive treatment center provides clients with group therapy, structured and monitored mealtimes, group social events, family therapy, and individual therapy – all with a “health at every size” philosophy. The center’s homelike setting allows clients to practice practicing Dialectal Behavior Therapy-informed skills development in a real-life setting. Yoga therapy is offered twice weekly.

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CONDITIONS WE TREAT

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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
5343 Summit Drive
Fairfax, VA 22030
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
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