Virtual treatment available: CFD outpatient programs can also be accessed via online telehealth services.
Center for Discovery Glendale is an outpatient eating disorder treatment center that provides partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient therapy to patients of all genders and all ages. This Glendale outpatient program is located in Los Angeles County and is easily accessible for patients located in Pasadena, Arcadia, San Marino, La Canada, Downtown Los Angeles, Burbank, North Hollywood and the San Gabriel Valley. 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 Cigna/ Great West, HMC, Magellan of CA HAI, MCCP (Medical Cost Containment Professionals, LLC) and TriCare Military Region WEST MHN/HeathNet. Please remember that the insurances we accept change frequently. Please remember that the insurances we accept change frequently. Our insurance team will verify your coverage.
This is the only outpatient location treating all ages with a primary diagnosis of an eating disorder in the Glendale and surrounding areas. The Center for Discovery Glendale team has EMDR therapists for patients with a history of trauma. Many of the clinicians also have a background in treating patients struggling with substance abuse. The dietitian at Glendale OP is Body Trust certified, yoga certified, and has worked with co-occurring disorders and addiction. This program also offers yoga therapy and incorporates mindfulness and somatic awareness into their therapy approaches.
MEET THE TEAM
Carissa (Cassie) has worked with Center for Discovery since 2017 at various Los Angeles area facilities as a registered dietitian nutritionist. She now currently serves as executive director at the Glendale outpatient facility. She received her bachelor’s degrees in journalism and nutrition from California State University, Northridge (CSUN) where she also completed her master’s in nutrition and food science. During her graduate studies, Cassie critically evaluated many areas of food culture and utilized her experience in writing and education to combat present-day food myths regarding health and nutrition. Cassie adheres to the All Foods Fit ® philosophy and enjoys helping patients find their own path to recovery by creating a healthy relationship with food. Cassie’s favorite place to travel to is Yosemite National Park. She enjoys baking fun creations on the weekends.
Lindsay Roth, MA LMFT
Lindsay Roth is a licensed marriage and family therapist and has been working with Center for Discovery since 2021. She received a bachelor’s in psychology from Humboldt State University and a master’s in applied clinical psychology with an emphasis in marriage and family therapy from Remington College in San Diego, graduating with honors on the dean’s list. Lindsay has been working with adolescent and adult clients who struggle with eating disorders for over 10 years. She has additional experience working with adolescents, adults and families in relation to anxiety, depression, OCD, PTSD and trauma. Lindsay works with her clients to help them gain an improved quality of life on a daily basis. Her approach to psychotherapy integrates key concepts from cognitive behavior therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) and solution-focused therapy. Additionally, her approach utilizes trauma-informed care and is client-centered and strength-based. Lindsay loves utilizing creativity and passion in group, family and individual settings to help motivate clients towards a recovery path. She has utilized her experience as a therapist to help fuel her passion to support, train and inspire other clinicians in the mental health industry. In her down time, Lindsay values her time with her family/friends and always prefers to spend her time outdoors whenever she can.
Michael Louie, DO
Louie received his medical degree from Western University of Health Sciences and went on to complete his psychiatry residency training at Loma Linda University.
Dr. Louie is well versed in treating adult, child and adolescent, and geriatric patients. Dr. Louie has an understanding and ability to treat a range of disorders including depression, anxiety, eating disorders, addiction, and psychosis.
Dr. Louie’s therapeutic and empathic approach to treating clients, as well as his composed and caring demeanor, are just a some of the many reasons why he is a beloved and respected member of the Newport Beach treatment team.
Natalie has been working with Center for Discovery since 2018 in various clinical roles. She holds a master’s in psychology with an emphasis in marriage and family therapy from Phillips Graduate University and a bachelor’s in psychology from Humboldt State University. During her graduate studies, Natalie provided psychotherapy to families, children and adults at the David H. Fox Counseling Center. Natalie has several years of experience working in substance use disorder and eating disorder treatment both as a resident advisor and as a therapist. She practices from a systemic approach and has experience working with a broad range of issues including depression, anxiety, eating disorders, substance abuse, trauma and life transitions. She uses the techniques she has learned and developed as a therapist to create a trusting, open, and honest relationship with her clients. She is firmly committed to providing each client with high-quality treatment in individual and group settings. Natalie is currently working toward earning her Certified Eating Disorder Specialist (CEDS) certificate through the International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals.
Brianna has been working at Center for Discovery as a registered dietitian since 2020. Brianna uses an All Foods Fit ® and Health at Every Size ®️ approach to help her clients heal their relationship with food. Brianna works with both adolescent and adult clients on setting and achieving their individual goals towards recovery. Brianna graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles with a bachelor’s degree in microbiology, immunology and molecular genetics. After a period of working in research, Brianna received her master’s in nutritional science from California State University, Los Angeles. Her graduate studies placed an academic focus on how mindful and intuitive eating principles can be integrated into nutrition counseling. Brianna was also involved in the Cal State LA community, leading cooking and nutrition classes for undergraduate students living on campus and developing an undergraduate nutrition curriculum. Prior to joining the Center for Discovery team, Brianna worked at Emanate Health providing nutrition therapy in an inpatient hospital setting. Outside of her role at CFD, Brianna loves any activity outdoors including hiking, camping and exploring local parks.
Ryan Branson, MS, RD
Ryan earned his Master of Science in Human Nutrition from the University of Illinois in Chicago. Ryan also earned a Master of Science in Eating Disorders & Clinical Nutrition from University College London. As a part of his dietetic supervised practice, Ryan worked as an intern at Rogers Behavioral Health and Eating Recovery Center. Aside from his professional education, he has been actively involved in the disordered eating field for many years, including volunteer work with eating disorder organizations. Following graduation from the dietetics program, Ryan worked as a registered dietitian at the Shoreline Center for Eating Disorder Treatment in Long Beach, CA, prior to joining the Center for Discovery ED OP Glendale team. Ryan is thrilled to work with CFD as a registered dietitian (ED/OP) working collaboratively with the treatment team to provide the highest and best quality of care and instilling hope in patients that recovery is possible. Outside of work, Ryan enjoys spending time with friends and family, traveling to new destinations and continues to further his education in an effort to obtain the Certified Eating Disorder Registered Dietitian (CEDRD) credential.
Daisy has been working with Center for Discovery within the eating disorder division since 2021. She started as a dietetic technician at the residential house for eating disorders in Lakewood and transferred to the Glendale outpatient facility. She studied to be a registered dietitian at Cal State Los Angeles and became a registered dietetic technician in February 2021. Daisy entered this field wanting to learn more about eating disorders and to help patients with eating disorders in the recovery process. She enjoys teaching patients hands-on experience in the kitchen and helps them find resourceful articles on nutrition. When Daisy is not at work, she enjoys baking desserts for family events, spending time with friends and family, and reading mystery books.
Yunjie has been working for Center for Discovery’s outpatient facility since July 21, 2021. Yunjie started as a full-time diet technician. She prepares and eats meals with adolescents and adults. At the same time, she helps patients create their menu plan and explores the nutrition news with patients. She entered this field after her journey majoring in nutrition at California State, Long Beach. After working at Fountain Valley Hospital as a nutrition assistant, she believes food plays an important role in improving both mental and physical health. Yunjie is a very flexible worker and enjoys teamwork. She has a passion for the dietetic field. She is completing her dietetic internship with the goal of becoming a dietitian. When Yunjie is not working, she loves spending time cooking, gardening, taking care of her pet cat and enjoying time with her family.
Hannah (she/her) has been the facility manager at Center for Discovery since July 2022. Hannah graduated from Smith College with a Bachelor of Arts in English Language and Literature and from Brown University with an MAT in Elementary Education. After teaching for seven years, Hannah decided to make a change and move into a different field. She realized that working with people in recovery would be a rewarding experience and align well with her skillset. Center for Discovery’s emphasis on Health at Every Size and Intuitive Eating, as well as its ability to provide exceptional and empathetic care for its patients, made it a perfect fit. In her spare time, Hannah loves to read science fiction and fantasy, write poetry, and sing made up songs to her very patient cat.
Morgen joined Center for Discovery’s Glendale location in May 2022 after earning her Master of Arts in Mental Health and Counseling from Loyola Marymount University. Morgen’s educational background is in nutrition and food science, and she furthered her education with the goal of learning how to better help the whole person. Prior to joining Center for Discovery, she worked as a nutritionist for Mercy General Hospital in Sacramento, California. Additionally, she served as an AmeriCorps Construction Crew Leader for Habitat for Humanity of Greater Sacramento. She will utilize her experiences and education to be an advocate, a teacher and a healer. Morgen has a passion for working with people, being creative and learning. Her goal is to not only make a positive impact in communities but to also aid individuals in living their best life. Life can be difficult, so she follows the wise words of Maya Angelou which is to “try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud” every day. In her free time, Morgen enjoys discovering new museums, spending time with family and rewatching episodes of The Office.
Michelle has worked with Center for Discovery as a program therapist since February 2022. She started at the adolescent residential eating disorder treatment center in Lakewood and now has joined the Glendale team. In her role as a program therapist, she facilitates groups and provides individual and family therapy sessions. Michelle holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and social behavior from UC Irvine and a master’s degree in clinical psychology with an emphasis in marriage and family therapy from Pepperdine University. Prior to working at Center for Discovery, Michelle provided therapy to middle school and high school students in a school-based setting, helping students who were experiencing struggles with depression, anxiety, identity and body image issues and parent-child conflicts. In her practice, Michelle primarily utilizes techniques under the cognitive-behavioral umbrella including CBT, DBT, and ACT. She holds a passion for helping individuals repair their relationship with their body and learning to love and accept themselves for who they are. In her spare time, Michelle enjoys spending time with family and friends, playing video games, cosplaying, going to the movies, and going on adventures with her dog, Zero.
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*
“This place has changed my life for the better. Everyone here has been incredible throughout it.” – Helen W., former patient at CFD Glendale
“This is a supportive and nurturing environment.” – Kathy S., former patient at CFD Glendale
*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).
This location provides free in person eating disorder support groups on Thursdays 7:00PM. We also have a handful of free online support groups. Find out more about how to join our free support groups.
COVID-19 Update: In-person intensive outpatient and partial hospitalization are offered at this location as well as virtual online telehealth programming. Residential treatment continues to be offered at our residential facilities for individuals in need of a higher level of care. Learn about all that we are doing to protect the safety and wellbeing of our patients and staff.