La Jolla, CA

La Jolla Residential 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 La Jolla is a high level of care eating disorder treatment center that provides residential treatment and partial hospitalization to young females 16-26 years of age who have been diagnosed with an eating disorder. This beautiful location is conveniently located just off the 5 freeway in beautiful seaside La Jolla, north of downtown San Diego and is in close proximity to the surrounding coastal towns of Mission Bay and Point Loma. La Jolla Village is just minutes away with ample art studios, scenic view of the bay, and opportunities for client outings at several dining locations.

This San Diego location has been opened since September 2013 and is unique in that is offers NG tube feeding to support individuals in completing their meal plans. This location is also active in the San Diego community and participates in NEDA walks to help raise awareness about the importance of eating disorders. Center For Discovery La Jolla practices mindful movement, art therapy and experiential therapy as well as exposure response therapy, dialectal behavioral therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy. Exposure response therapy (ERP) is a therapeutic technique that uses expressive tools and activities, such as role-playing or acting, props, arts and crafts, music, guided imagery, or various forms of recreation to re-enact and re-experience emotional situations from past and recent relationships that usually relate to traumatic experiences. Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) is an evidence-based therapy that has been proven useful in treating mood disorders and for change in behavioral patterns such as self-harm, and substance abuse. Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) focuses on challenging and changing unhelpful cognitive distortions and behaviors, improving emotional regulation, and the development of personal coping strategies that target solving current problems.

CENTER FOR DISCOVERY

3013 Woodford Dr.
La Jolla, CA 92037-3549

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Meet the Team

Amanda Smith, MA, IMF 77055

Amanda Smith, MA, IMF 77055

FACILITY MANAGER/NURSE ADMINISTRATOR

​Amanda completed her Bachelor’s of Arts Degree in Psychology at Vanguard University of Southern California. From there she pursued a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from Azusa Pacific University. Amanda began her journey with Center for Discovery as a graduate student and found a passion for working with young adults with eating disorders and has been with the company now for over four years. Beginning as a floor counselor Amanda has taken on many responsibilities and brings her dedication and strong work ethic to the facility manager role.

Ashley Rist, RD

Ashley Rist, RD

REGISTERED DIETITIAN

Ashley Rist completed her undergraduate degree in Foods and Nutrition at San Diego State University. In May 2017 she completed her Dietetic Internship at Sodexo’s Distance with a concentration in Pediatrics. Ms. Rist’s employment with Center For Discovery began shortly after completing a rotation during her internship at both the PHP/IOP and RTC levels of care. Since then, Ms. Rist has experience working in all levels of care with mental health and eating disorders. In her spare time, she enjoys travelling, hiking, practicing yoga, and spending time on or around the water. Ms. Rist thoroughly enjoys the field she works in and it shows through her interactions with clients and her colleagues.

Dr. Christine Wood, MD, FAAP

Dr. Christine Wood, MD, FAAP

ADOLESCENT MEDICINE

Dr. Christine Wood is a pediatrician with a special interest in pediatric nutrition. Dr. Wood is the author of the book, How to Get Kids to Eat Great & Love It! and has been in private practice at El Camino Pediatrics in Encinitas since 1990. She often consults with parents, children and teens in the practice on nutrition concerns ranging from picky eaters and overweight children to eating disorders in children.

Locally, she serves as the Co-Chair for the San Diego County Childhood Obesity Initiative and as the Co-Medical Liaison for the San Diego Chapter International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals. She is a frequent speaker at medical conferences on nutritional issues for children, including dealing with overweight children, body image issues, eating disorders and the impact of environmental toxins on health. She graduated from the University of Michigan Medical School and went on to Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles for her pediatric residency.

Dr. Shashita Inamdar, MD

Dr. Shashita Inamdar, MD

PROGRAM PSYCHIATRIST

Doctor Inamdar is a licensed physician and a board certified child, adolescent, and adult psychiatrist. She serves as a member of the Clinical Faculty at UCSD School of Medicine, Dept. of Psychiatry and Adjunct Clinical Faculty, Department of Family Practice, and Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Inamdar is also the Medical Director at the Center for Discovery.

Dr. Inamdar’s care is based on the premise that patients who require mental health care respond best to a combination of therapy and medication. She places special emphasis on the integration of a psychotherapeutic approach, with careful and limited use of medication prescribed only when necessary. Dr. Inamdar applies her knowledge in neuropharmacology and ongoing research towards newer treatment options to improve patient health. Her willingness to work with patients seeking to explore alternative/complementary treatments, and working in collaboration with a dietician/nutritionist, and personal trainer, helps to look at treatment options beyond the traditional medications-only approach.

Dr. Nicole Posner, MD

Dr. Nicole Posner, MD

PSYCHIATRIC SERVICES

Nicole Posner, M.D. is a board-certified psychiatrist in private practice in San Diego. A graduate of the University of Vermont with a degree in psychology, she received her medical degree from The Sackler School of Medicine. Dr. Posner trained in psychiatry at The Mount Sinai School of Medicine and also obtained post-graduate training in psychotherapy at the San Diego Psychoanalytic Institute and at Columbia University Psychoanalytic Training and Research. She has extensive experience in working with people who are struggling with eating disorders.

Emily Kron, MA, AMFT

Emily Kron, MA, AMFT

PRIMARY THERAPIST

Emily Kron is a Primary Therapist at Center for Discovery La Jolla Residential Treatment Center treating adolescents, emerging adults, and families impacted by eating disorders, mental health, and substance abuse. Emily is an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist and earned her Bachelors of Science in Psychology at Loyola University Chicago and her Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy at the University of San Diego. Her clinical theory of practice is a client-centered approach within the framework of Family Systems and Narrative Therapy. She is interested in how one’s experience with attachments, relationships, and narratives can be used in the healing process. Emily practices using evidence-based treatment modalities including DBT and CBT, while cultivating hope and resilience through a strengths-based approach. She has experience working with a broad range of issues including eating disorders, grief and loss, mood and anxiety disorders, family conflict, attachment issues, developmental disorders, trauma, co-occurring disorders, gender identity issues, and crisis intervention. Emily previously worked in a DBT private practice setting treating couples, families, and individuals. During her graduate studies, she worked as a therapist at UCSD Eating Disorders Center, providing psychotherapy to adolescents struggling with eating disorders and their families. Emily has previously worked with special needs and developmental disorders in a school setting as well as high-risk youth in a residential foster care setting.

Maria Wilson, MA

Maria Wilson, MA

PRIMARY THERAPIST

Maria Wilson is a primary therapist at Center For Discovery La Jolla Residential Treatment Center, treating adolescents, emerging adults, and families impacted by eating disorders, mental health and trauma.  Maria earned her Bachelor of Arts in psychology at San Francisco State University, and her Masters degree in Marriage and Family Therapy at John F. Kennedy University in Berkeley.  Her clinical theory of practice is a client-centered approach within the framework of Narrative therapy and Attachment therapy, which provide clients with the opportunity to rewrite their life story, and to strengthen their relationships with loved ones and most importantly the relationship to themselves.  During her graduate studies, Maria has previously worked in a school-based system working with children and their families for two years as a floor counselor, providing psychotherapy to young children and families suffering from a variety of mental health issues.  Maria has also had experience working in a community setting for one year as a therapist working with adults suffering from a variety of issues such as suicidality, eating disorders, low self-esteem, transitional hardships, and significant loss.  Maria has experience working with a number of mental health issues such as eating disorders, mood disorders, trauma, grief and loss, family and relationships problems, and crisis interventions.   She has worked with Center For Discovery as a counselor and therapist for 1 ½ years, and continues to enjoy working with a multidisciplinary team in order to provide clients and their families with the best continued care.

Kelsey Peterson, MS, RD

Kelsey Peterson, MS, RD

ON-CALL DIETITIAN

Kelsey graduated from California State University Long Beach with a Bachelors of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics. From there, she entered CSULB’s combined dietetic internship and Masters of Science in Nutritional Science program. In 2014, Kelsey completed her dietetic internship and successfully passed the Commission on Dietetic Registration Examination making her an official Registered Dietitian. Kelsey has recently moved to San Diego and is currently working towards becoming a Certified Eating Disorder Registered Dietitian.

Kelsey combines her empathetic nature, love of food, and educational background in nutrition to provide a client-centered approach to counseling. Her background consists of nutrition counseling and education to those suffering from irritable bowel syndrome, inflammatory bowel diseases, eating disorders, diabetes, and hypertension, as well as those looking for general nutrition information and weight management. Kelsey roots her nutrition beliefs in evidence-based practices combined with Intuitive Eating principles. Kelsey believes that obtaining a healthy relationship with food is essential for long-lasting health and vitality.

La Jolla Residential 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 La Jolla is a high level of care eating disorder treatment center that provides residential treatment and partial hospitalization to young females 16-26 years of age who have been diagnosed with an eating disorder. This beautiful location is conveniently located just off the 5 freeway in beautiful seaside La Jolla, north of downtown San Diego and is in close proximity to the surrounding coastal towns of Mission Bay and Point Loma. La Jolla Village is just minutes away with ample art studios, scenic view of the bay, and opportunities for client outings at several dining locations.

This San Diego location has been opened since September 2013 and is unique in that is offers NG tube feeding to support individuals in completing their meal plans. This location is also active in the San Diego community and participates in NEDA walks to help raise awareness about the importance of eating disorders. Center For Discovery La Jolla practices mindful movement, art therapy and experiential therapy as well as exposure response therapy, dialectal behavioral therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy. Exposure response therapy (ERP) is a therapeutic technique that uses expressive tools and activities, such as role-playing or acting, props, arts and crafts, music, guided imagery, or various forms of recreation to re-enact and re-experience emotional situations from past and recent relationships that usually relate to traumatic experiences. Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) is an evidence-based therapy that has been proven useful in treating mood disorders and for change in behavioral patterns such as self-harm, and substance abuse. Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) focuses on challenging and changing unhelpful cognitive distortions and behaviors, improving emotional regulation, and the development of personal coping strategies that target solving current problems.

GET IN TOUCH / CALL 866.482.3876

CENTER FOR DISCOVERY

3013 Woodford Dr.
La Jolla, CA 92037-3549


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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