Greenwich, CT

Greenwich Outpatient Eating Disorder Program

Discovery begins here.

Welcome to the place where you’ll find the peace and comfort you need to get back to the you you’re meant to be.

Here, you’ll gain the strength to uncover what needs to come to light in our warm, home-like environment. Every facility is selected to be the very best match possible for your specific needs.

At Discovery, you’ll work with our highly-trained, expert staff who’ll give you the confidence and reassurance you need to succeed. Using evidence-based techniques, they’ll guide you through the entire process and help propel you to discovering a better you.

It won’t always be easy. But we will always be here for you.

Welcome to Discovery. Welcome to new beginnings.

Center For Discovery, Greenwich is an outpatient eating disorder treatment center that provides eating disorder treatment to male and female clients for all ages. Whether it is your teenage son or daughter or your 48-year-old wife or sister, Center For Discovery Greenwich focuses on treating the individual specifically and not using a blanketed approach to treating the same eating disorder for every client.

This Connecticut location has been opened since June 2014 and serves all of Fairfield County, Westchester County, and New York City areas. Each client has unique symptoms, triggers and complications associated with their eating disorder and as a result the treatment should be individually tailored. This outpatient eating disorder program offers morning therapy sessions, 9am-4pm and 10-1pm for adults and extended program therapy sessions, 10am-7pm, for both adults and adolescents and takes pride in their extensive alumni program. Center For Discovery Greenwich offers exposure therapy, eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR), dialectal behavioral therapy, and art therapy with a huge emphasis on trauma as it relates to eating disorders.

CENTER FOR DISCOVERY

7 Riverville Rd. Ste 2
Greenwich, CT 06831-3684

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Meet the Team

Francine Figueroa, MSW, LCSW

Francine Figueroa, MSW, LCSW

PROGRAM DIRECTOR

Francine Figueroa is the Program Director at Center for Discovery Eating Disorder Program Greenwich. Francine holds a Masters of Social Work and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker specializing in the treatment of Eating Disorders. Francine earned her MSW at Rutgers University’s Graduate School of Social Work in 2012. Ms. Figueroa is core trained in DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy), FBT (Family Based Therapy for Eating Disorders) and has had trainings in Biofeedback and Hypnotherapy. Francine has close to ten years of experience facilitating group therapy, family therapy and individual therapy. Francine has established Experiential Group Curriculums and has extensive experience in the facilitation of DBT group curriculum.
Francine’s specialized treatment of Eating Disorders began at an Inpatient Level of Care treating children, adolescents and adults. In addition, Francine has worked with individuals, couples and families in Private Practice, Partial Hospitalization and Intensive Outpatient Treatment who have struggled with mood disorders, eating disorders, trauma, trauma and addiction, grief and loss, adoption, infertility, learning disabilities and mental health in the LGBT community.

Francine practices trauma informed care and maintains ethnic and cultural awareness. Her style is both compassionate and non-judgmental. Her approach is geared to build supportive therapeutic relationships that encourage clients to meet their goals. Francine is a creative person always encouraging clients to connect to their creative selves as part of the healing process.

Ms. Figueroa is a strong advocate for the treatment of Eating Disorders, Addiction and Trauma.

Kelsey Riesbeck, RD, CD-N

Kelsey Riesbeck, RD, CD-N

REGISTERED DIETITIAN

Kelsey Riesbeck is a Registered Dietitian at Center for Discovery Greenwich. Kelsey earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Dietetics from the University of Connecticut in 2018. She continued her education by completing her Dietetic Internship, obtaining experience in hospitals, schools, and outpatient facilities around Connecticut and Massachusetts. She passed the national registration exam that same year to become licensed to practice in CT.

Kelsey’s specialized treatment of eating disorders began as a Psych Tech in an inpatient facility where she learned to provide individual therapy and lead group sessions. Kelsey is passionate about teaching others the importance of good nutrition for the body as well as the mind. She truly practices the “all foods fit” motto in her daily life and is excited to share her love for food and nutrition with others throughout their recovery process. Kelsey is trained in culinary education will use this knowledge to help others become more comfortable in the kitchen and dining environment. She is looking forward to continuing her career in eating disorders and leading others in their path to recovery.

Dr. Devra Braun, MD

Dr. Devra Braun, MD

PSYCHIATRIST

Devra Braun, M.D. is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Weill-Cornell Medical College, where she remains actively involved in teaching.  She is on the medical staff of Greenwich Hospital since 1997 and was Director of the Department of Psychiatry from 2014-2016.

Dr. Braun graduated from Cornell University and NYU Medical School.  She did a Residency in psychiatry and a Fellowship in Eating disorders at the New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center, Westchester Division.  She remained at NY Hospital-Cornell as Medical Director of inpatient eating disorders until 1996.  After working at Barnard Student Health Service and the Northeast Center for Trauma Recovery, she opened Integrative Medicine and Psychotherapy of Greenwich in 2002.

When Dr. Braun joined the staff at the Center for Discovery in Greenwich last year, she was continuing her longtime work in the field of eating disorders.  She was Principal Investigator on an NIMH eating disorders research grant and has written more than a dozen peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, mainly about eating disorders.

Virginia Aloi, BS

Virginia Aloi, BS

DIETITIAN

Virginia Aloi is a Registration Eligible Dietitian at Center for Discovery Eating Disorder Program Greenwich. In 2013, Virginia earned her Associate’s degree in Foods and Nutrition at the State University of New York’s Westchester Community College. Driven by her growing passion for nutrition, she continued her studies and obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Dietetics from the City University of New York’s Lehman College, becoming a Dietetic Technician Registered in 2015. That year she joined the Center for Discovery Greenwich team as a Diet Tech, where she has been making a lasting impact in the lives of countless clients on their path towards recovery. In 2018, Virginia completed her Dietetic Internship through the University of Delaware, obtaining her field experience at Greenwich Hospital, New York’s Office of Mental Health, and Westchester County’s Department of Senior Programs and Services. In her new role as a Dietitian at Center for Discovery Greenwich, Virginia is looking forward to continuing to help improve clients’ lives by guiding them on their path to reconciling their relationship with food.

Kristie Shannon, BS

Kristie Shannon, BS

FACILITY COORDINATOR

Kristie Shannon is the Facility Coordinator at Center for Discovery Greenwich Outpatient Program. Kristie received her Bachelor’s degree in Health Sciences with a focus in Nutrition and a minor in Psychology and is currently completing her Master’s degree in Human Nutrition at the University of Bridgeport. She began working at the Center for Discovery in the Adolescent Residential Eating Disorder Facility in Southport as a Diet Tech and Counselor. Kristie’s goal is to become a Certified Nutrition Specialist and continue working with clients to help them overcome their eating disorders.

Kristie is passionate about teaching others how to manage the allostatic load to help people live the best life possible. Kristie believes that food is medicine and that all foods fit in balance, variety, and moderation.

Stacie Handel

Stacie Handel

PROGRAM THERAPIST

Stacie has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. Stacie is passionate about working with families and practices from a systemic lens when working with families as well as individuals. Stacie was a senior counselor at Center for Discovery before being promoted to becoming the Primary Therapist. She has run several therapeutic groups at Center for Discovery including dialectal behavioral therapy (DBT) Group, Multi-Family Group, Shame Resilience and Relapse Prevention Group. Stacie has experience working with children, teenagers, adults, families and couples. She has previously worked in Youth and Family Service programs collaborating with social services agencies and schools. Stacie believes in promoting growth and recovery in the individual as well as the family. Stacie works from a cognitive behavioral approach and believes that thoughts and behaviors are strongly connected. With Center for Discovery client’s and families she works to empower the family system and fostering family communication.

Danielle Deramo

Danielle Deramo

PROGRAM THERAPIST

Danielle Deramo attended Mercy College where she received a Bachelor of Science in Behavioral Science/Psychology. She then attended Pace University where she received her Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling. Danielle has provided weekly intensive therapy to clients of all ages struggling with eating disorders, depression, anxiety, and family conflict.

As Program Therapist for Center for Discovery, Danielle believes in a healing and therapeutic environment for families and clients. She strives to embody this philosophy in her practice through a multi-faceted, strengths-based approach including CBT, DBT, and art therapy.

Danielle’s true passion is the treatment of mental health and eating disorders and her focus is helping clients feel empowered on their journey to recovery.

Katrina Lippolt, LMSW

Katrina Lippolt, LMSW

PROGRAM THERAPIST

Katrina Lippolt received her Bachelor’s degree from SUNY New Paltz in Psychology and Evolutionary Studies. Katrina continued her education at Adelphi University by gaining a master’s degree in social work. Katrina has previous experiencing working at a partial and outpatient mental health clinic. She has worked with both children and adults providing individual and group therapy. Katrina believes each person’s path to recovery is different and their treatment plan is based on the person needs. Within Center for Discovery Eating Disorder Program, Katrina has experience working as a Counselor III at the Young Adult Residential Eating Disorder Facility in Fairfield, CT and has recently joined the Greenwich PHP/IOP team as a Therapist.

Rebecca McCollum, BS

Rebecca McCollum, BS

DIETETIC TECHNICIAN

Rebecca McCollum is a Dietetic Technician at Center for Discovery Eating Disorder Programs in Greenwich and Fairfield. Rebecca received her first Bachelor’s degree in Molecular and Cell Biology at the University of Connecticut, Storrs. Currently, she is completing her second Bachelor’s of Science degree in Nutrition and Dietetics and was accepted into the Human Nutrition Master’s program at the University of New Haven. She is working towards applying for a Dietetic Internship and becoming a Registered Dietitian with a focus in nutritional genomics.

Rebecca promotes positive mentalities about food, body image, and mental health. She is passionate about teaching and believes food can be used as a tool to prevent disease states. Her greatest passion is supporting and empowering clients to have healthy relationships with others, themselves, and food.

Elizabeth M. Madden M.A.A.T., LPC

Elizabeth M. Madden M.A.A.T., LPC

ART THERAPIST

Elizabeth has attained her Master’s in art therapy as well as being a Licensed Professional Counselor. She has accrued over ten years of experience in the field of expressive art therapy and psychotherapy. Working with children, adolescents, and adults as well as families who are challenged by trauma, loss, PTSD, ADHD, anxiety, depression, and addiction. She has worked in both in and outpatient programs, schools, and community centers. Elizabeth has established her own private practice with offices in Newtown, Westport, and Greenwich. She has always had a passion for art and believes it can be used as a means of initiating and facilitating the process of healing through the expression of images and symbols. It is also a unique and effective approach for offering an alternative means of communication.

Sarah Turney, LMHC, LPC

Sarah Turney, LMHC, LPC

Program Therapist

Sarah Turney received a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Scranton. She credits her experience there for igniting her passion for therapy. Sarah then went on to attend Mercy College where she obtained her Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling. Sarah has experience working in a variety of settings including inpatient, residential, partial hospitalization, clinic, and private practice. She considers her style of therapy to be integrative; pulling from a collection of psychological theories, she tailors her approach to each individual client. She believes the client/therapist relationship is a partnership and the client is the expert in their own life. Sarah brings her authentic self to every session and prides herself on her ability to connect with others.

Megan Zhang, M.A.

Megan Zhang, M.A.

Program Therapist

Megan Zhang is a Program Therapist at the Greenwich Center For Discovery Eating Disorder Program. Megan
holds a Master of Arts (M.A.) degree from Eastern University in Clinical Counseling Psychology, with a
concentration in trauma studies. Megan also received her Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree in Psychology from
Eastern University, with minors in both music, and gender studies. Megan has been working with the eating disorder
population since 2014, in PHP, IOP and outpatient settings. Megan has also had experience working with clients in a
variety of settings, including: working with clients with autism spectrum disorder, trauma, anxiety, depression, grief
& loss, career counseling, and working with college students facing various struggles.

As a therapist, Megan offers a nonjudgmental, compassionate approach when working with clients. Megan is
educated in trauma-informed care and practices a trauma-informed approach with clients. In addition, Megan enjoys
utilizing each client’s unique strengths in their treatment, empowering them to use their individual strengths as
assets in their recovery. Megan is passionate about understanding who the client is at their core, or their “soul self”,
and helping them regain who they are as they strengthen their “healthy self” in recovery.

Greenwich Outpatient Eating Disorder Program

Discovery begins here.

Welcome to the place where you’ll find the peace and comfort you need to get back to the you you’re meant to be.

Here, you’ll gain the strength to uncover what needs to come to light in our warm, home-like environment. Every facility is selected to be the very best match possible for your specific needs.

At Discovery, you’ll work with our highly-trained, expert staff who’ll give you the confidence and reassurance you need to succeed. Using evidence-based techniques, they’ll guide you through the entire process and help propel you to discovering a better you.

It won’t always be easy. But we will always be here for you.

Welcome to Discovery. Welcome to new beginnings.

Center For Discovery, Greenwich is an outpatient eating disorder treatment center that provides eating disorder treatment to male and female clients for all ages. Whether it is your teenage son or daughter or your 48-year-old wife or sister, Center For Discovery Greenwich focuses on treating the individual specifically and not using a blanketed approach to treating the same eating disorder for every client.

This Connecticut location has been opened since June 2014 and serves all of Fairfield County, Westchester County, and New York City areas. Each client has unique symptoms, triggers and complications associated with their eating disorder and as a result the treatment should be individually tailored. This outpatient eating disorder program offers morning therapy sessions, 9am-4pm and 10-1pm for adults and extended program therapy sessions, 10am-7pm, for both adults and adolescents and takes pride in their extensive alumni program. Center For Discovery Greenwich offers exposure therapy, eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR), dialectal behavioral therapy, and art therapy with a huge emphasis on trauma as it relates to eating disorders.

GET IN TOUCH / CALL 866.482.3876

CENTER FOR DISCOVERY

7 Riverville Rd. Ste 2
Greenwich, CT 06831-3684


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Preferred In-Network Provider for All Major Health Insurance

Preferred In-Network Provider for All Major Health Insurance

  • 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