Center for Discovery Fairfax is a residential eating disorder treatment center that has provided residential and partial hospitalization treatment to patients of all genders ages 10-18. Center for Discovery Fairfax serves Northern Virginia, Washington D.C. and Southern Maryland, including Baltimore.
In addition to receiving evidence-based therapies, patients all have the opportunity to put “joyful” back into movement through yoga and other activities.
This adolescent gender-inclusive treatment center provides patients with group therapy, structured and monitored mealtimes, group social events, family therapy and individual therapy – all with a Health at Every Size® (HAES®) philosophy. The center’s homelike setting allows patients to practice dialectal behavior therapy (DBT)-informed skills in a real-life setting. Yoga therapy is offered twice weekly.
Insurances we accept include but are not limited to Employee Health Network (EHN), MCCP (Medical Cost Containment Professionals, LLC), OPTUM BH (PBH, UHC, UBH) and UNICARE – Beacon HS. Please remember that the insurances we accept change frequently. Our insurance team will verify your coverage.
*Health At Every Size® and HAES® are registered trademarks of the Association for Size Diversity and Health and used with permission.
MEET THE TEAM
Tatiana Menick, MD
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
Dr. Irvin is a family physician with expertise in the management of medical complications of eating disorders. She has worked exclusively in the eating disorder field since 2007, and has experience working with inpatient, residential, partial hospitalization, and outpatient level of care.
Dr. Irvin earned her undergraduate degree in Psychobiology at the University of Southern California, and her medical degree at the University of Texas in San Antonio. She has been with Center for Discovery since 2013 with the opening of the Fairfax eating disorder treatment facility in Virginia. She enjoys working closely with the treatment team to assist individuals at every stage of life on the journey toward recovery.
Cat Saffarinia, MS
Cat earned her Bachelor of Science degree in nutrition and dietetics from the University of the District of Columbia and her master’s degree in nutrition from George Mason University. Cat worked as a diet technician and counselor at Center for Discovery, then went on to complete her dietetic internship through the University of Maryland, College Park. During that time, she worked in an outpatient setting for eating disorders during one of her dietetic internship rotations. Now that she’s back at Center for Discovery, Cat is passionate about helping patients through individualized nutrition counseling to understand the importance of hunger and satiety cues, rejecting the diet restriction mentality, making peace with food, honoring feelings with and without using food, and respecting their bodies. This goes along with the mindfulness and Intuitive Eating technique, which rebuilds relationships with food, mind and body.
Amy Fowler, MSW
Amy Fowler earned her Bachelors in Social Work with a minor in Psychology from George Mason University in 2015 and her Masters in Social Work with a clinical focus in trauma from Simmons College in 2019. She is currently a Supervisee in Clinical Social Work in the state of Virginia. Amy has been with Center for Discovery since August 2020 and has experience working with trauma, children and adolescents, families, and using multiple different interventions. When she is not at work, Amy enjoys hiking and kayaking, spending time with her loved ones and her cats, and dabbling in playing guitar.
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*
“CFD was extremely helpful in my recovery and enabled me to feel comfortable. I was able to express my emotions and struggles with the clients and staff, and I got a lot of support throughout my journey. – Ella Z., former CFD Fairfax patient
“I have experienced so much love and acceptance here. I also learned so much about my eating disorder and how it impacted me. I have grown so much here, and I am so thankful for everything that I have learned and all the wisdom and support that I have gained.” – Meghan M., former patient at CFD Fairfax
*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).