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Fremont, CA

Fremont Residential Eating Disorder Program

CENTER FOR DISCOVERY
46890 Rancho Higuera Road
Fremont, CA 94539-7308
PH 866.482.3876
Hours 24/7

PROGRAM FEATURES
Residential
Partial Hospitalization
Female 18+

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COVID-19 Update: In-person residential treatment is still offered at this location. Learn about all that we are doing to protect the safety and wellbeing of our patients and staff.

Center for Discovery Fremont is a higher level of care facility in northern California, just a short distance from San Francisco. We are an all adult, female residence offering treatment to a small milieu of just six clients at a time. Nestled in an estate-like setting, there’s an outdoor rose garden and meditation space. 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 Fresno County, Kaiser, Humana (Life Sync), and MHN. Please remember that the insurances we accept change frequently. Our insurance team will verify your coverage.

We place a large emphasis on trauma-focused treatment. Our creative arts therapies include creative journaling taught by a Master’s-level creative writing counselor as well as groups facilitated by counselors. Therapeutic yoga is offered three times/week. A special feature at this location is our Horticulture therapy, which utilizes gardening to foster emotional and psychological healing.

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Megan Freundlich, RD

Megan Freundlich, RD

PROGRAM DIRECTOR

Megan Freundlich earned her Bachelor of Science in Food and Nutrition with a minor in Spanish from Appalachian State University and her Masters in Public Health from New York University. She is a Registered Dietitian with the Commission on Dietetic Registration. Megan has been with the Center for Discovery as a Registered Dietitian since 2017 and recently transitioned to Program Director at the adult woman, residential facility in Fremont. She is passionate about rebuilding the relationship her clients have with food and body. She utilizes the Healthy At Every Size model in her treatment and implements the tenants of intuitive eating with her clients. Megan believes full remission is possible, and seeks to provide a supportive space where her clients can explore and discover their own capacity to recover.

Chelsea Hall, LMFT

Chelsea Hall, LMFT

PRIMARY THERAPIST

Chelsea is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who obtained a Masters of Science in Counseling (MFT option), and a Bachelors of Arts in Psychology from Cal State East Bay and a Doctorate of Ministry in Pastoral Counseling. Chelsea began working for Center for Discovery in 2019 at the Fremont location as a primary therapist, and works hard to support her clients and team with serenity and diligence. Chelsea’s experience includes treating substance abuse and trauma with interactions with eating disorders at the residential level of care, supporting families in navigating the CPS system, as well as treating trauma, substance abuse, anxiety, depression, spiritual and personal identity issues, family conflict and a variety of other community health issues at an outpatient level and in private practice. Chelsea’s therapeutic style is authentic, direct, and client centered. She strives to meet clients with empathy and support at their point of need, and emphasizes the use of current strengths and new skills to assist them to heal in a safe environment while also reaching their goals.

Catherine Fruto, RN

Catherine Fruto, RN

NURSE ADMINISTRATOR

Catherine has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the Philippine Women’s University. From 2011 to 2017, she maintained a stellar record as a caregiver. With her nursing background, she was able to assist all clients and their medical needs. She was preferred by her clients and their family members for her dependability, compassion, patience, and attentiveness. In 2017, Catherine became a Licensed Vocational Nurse and joined Center for Discovery. In that time, she discovered a passion for the mental health, especially working with adult women. In 2019, Catherine moved into the Nurse Administrator role at the Fremont facility. She is passionate about her work and clients and hopes to continue to grow in leadership and management in her new role.

Shannon Lin, RD

Shannon Lin, RD

REGISTERED DIETITIAN

Shannon is the Registered Dietitian at Center for Discovery Fremont, a residential eating disorder program for adult women. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Clinical Nutrition with a minor in Communications from the University of California, Davis. She completed her dietetic internship in Sonoma County, where she was able to lead a community nutrition project. Shannon hopes to help clients improve their relationship with food by challenging and supporting them throughout their recovery, as well as helping them incorporate the “all foods fit” philosophy into their daily lives.

Dulce Morales, BA

Dulce Morales, BA

FACILITY MANAGER
Mitesh Popat, MD

Mitesh Popat, MD

PROGRAM PHYSICIAN

Dr. Popat has worked at Center for Discovery Fremont since the house opened in June 2012. He greatly enjoys providing interdisciplinary care to clients as they recover from their eating disorders. He believes in the efficacy of teams of clinicians who are trained in different ways to impact peoples’ lives. In caring for clients at CFD, his general approach is one of medical stabilization while engaging in the therapeutic process. He believes understanding the “why” of eating disorder behaviors is critical to recovery and developing more healthy modes of coping with stress and past trauma.

In his work outside of CFD, he works at Marin Community Clinics as Chief Medical Officer (CMO) and Associate CEO. He is a Board Certified Family Physician with a MD and MPH from Tufts University School of Medicine. After medical school, he served in the O’Connor Hospital/Stanford Family Medicine Residency Program in San Jose. He has worked in India, South Africa, and Honduras with local medical professionals to improve preventive care for patients with chronic disease and to describe the social factors surrounding HIV infection.  He volunteers his time with various organizations, including the American Cancer Society.

Ruth Hsu, MD

Ruth Hsu, MD

Psychiatrist

Dr. Ruth Hsu received her BS in Neuroscience and Psychology from the University of Michigan, and completed her MD at the University of California, Irvine School of Medicine. After medical school, she completed her residency in Adult Psychiatry at Stanford University where she served as a Chief Resident in her final year of training.

She has a special interest in eating disorders, and enjoys working at Center for Discovery in a collaborative approach with the larger team to address an individual’s interpersonal dynamics, medical complications, psycho-education, behavioral modification, therapeutic needs, and medication management. She also has an understanding and ability to treat a wide range of conditions including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, trauma, addictions, obsessive compulsive disorder, and psychosis.

In addition to her role at Center for Discovery, she works at the Santa Clara Valley Medical Center in the Emergency Psychiatric Services, as well as The Camden Center located in Menlo Park.

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.

FREMONT RESIDENTIAL EATING DISORDER PROGRAM

COVID-19 Update: In-person residential treatment is still offered at this location. Learn about all that we are doing to protect the safety and wellbeing of our patients and staff.

Center for Discovery Fremont is a higher level of care facility in northern California, just a short distance from San Francisco. We are an all adult, female residence offering treatment to a small milieu of just six clients at a time. Nestled in an estate-like setting, there’s an outdoor rose garden and meditation space. 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 Fresno County, Kaiser, Humana (Life Sync), and MHN. Please remember that the insurances we accept change frequently. Our insurance team will verify your coverage.

We place a large emphasis on trauma-focused treatment. Our creative arts therapies include creative journaling taught by a Master’s-level creative writing counselor as well as groups facilitated by counselors. Therapeutic yoga is offered three times/week. A special feature at this location is our Horticulture therapy, which utilizes gardening to foster emotional and psychological healing.

LEARN ABOUT OUR COVID CLEAN COMMITMENT

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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
46890 Rancho Higuera Road
Fremont, CA 94539-7308
PH 866.482.3876
Hours 24/7

PROGRAM FEATURES
Residential
Partial Hospitalization
Female 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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