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LAKEWOOD EATING DISORDER PROGRAM

Lakewood, CA

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Center for Discovery Lakewood is an eating disorder treatment center that focuses on treating young patients of all genders  ages 10-18 for eating disorders that are deemed as moderate or severe in nature and require a higher level of care, such as residential treatment or partial hospitalization. This center is located in Los Angeles County, 20 minutes from Seal Beach and 15 minutes from Long Beach, and is in close proximity to the 405 and 91 freeways. 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 AHCCCS, Avante BC, Beacon Health Strategies, Coventry / First Health (CCN) and IEHP. 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.

Center for Discovery Lakewood offers mindful movement, art therapy and experiential therapy. Center for Discovery Lakewood opened in July 1997 and is active in the Orange County and Los Angeles communities as participants in events such as NEDA walks to help raise awareness about the importance of eating disorders.

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MEET THE TEAM

FACILITY MANAGER/NURSE ADMINISTRATOR

Carmen Retana

National Clinical and Operational Specialist and Program Director

Matt Hagins-Perry, MS, PSB, Body Positive Certified

PRIMARY THERAPIST

Ziv Elgar

PHYSICIAN

Dr. Sheena Malik, M.D.

REGISTERED DIETITIAN

Citlalli Gonzales

REGISTERED DIETITIAN

Jennifer Saenz

FACILITY MANAGER/NURSE ADMINISTRATOR

Carmen Retana

National Clinical and Operational Specialist and Program Director

Matt Hagins-Perry, MS, PSB, Body Positive Certified

Matt currently holds two positions with Center for Discovery; National Clinical and Operational Specialist and Program Director at the Lakewood adolescent residential facility. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from University of California, Merced, his Master of Science degree in Psychology from Walden University and is currently in his 4th year as a PhD student studying Clinical Psychology. Matt’s practicum and internships have been working with acute mental health and eating disorder populations.

Matt has had the pleasure of working with adolescents and adults for several years before joining the Discovery team as a counselor. Over the past five years with the organization, Matt has held a variety of roles. His principal ambition is to interface creative clinical techniques with a company-wide philosophy. Matt seeks to meet families and clients alike with overall positive regard and a therapeutic and charismatic attitude. His goal is to create a transformative treatment environment for Center for Discovery staff, clients and their loved ones. Matt was born and raised in Northern California and currently resides in Southern California.

PRIMARY THERAPIST

Ziv Elgar

Ziv is a graduate of Antioch University Los Angeles, where she earned a Masters of Arts in Clinical Psychology. Ziv was trained in Crisis Management and the Trauma Resiliency Model. Ziv also holds a bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology with an emphasis on movement, nutrition, and wellness.  Ziv has experience working with a wide range of mental health disorders, as well as working in various socio-economic and culturally diverse communities. Ziv works to meet the clients and their families with empathy, variety of therapeutic approaches, and individualized client centered care.

PHYSICIAN

Dr. Sheena Malik, M.D.

Dr. Malik is a board-certified family medicine physician at Center for Discovery. She completed residency training at Kaiser Permanente Fontana Medical Center and served as chief resident during her final year of training. Dr. Malik has published a number of scientific papers and has received awards for her clinical research. Believing that communication is a key part of medicine, Dr. Malik enjoys getting to know each patient and building long lasting relationships with them. She values advocating for her patients’ health.

REGISTERED DIETITIAN

Citlalli Gonzales

Citlalli earned her Bachelor of Science in Nutrition & Dietetics and her Master of Science in Nutritional Science at California State University, Long Beach. Citlalli has worked in the nutrition recovery process for multiple mental health and eating disorder houses. Her focuses are creating positive experiences with food and helping clients learn to trust their bodies and nourish themselves again. She is passionate about promoting non-restrictive food philosophies. Citlalli believes eating disorder recovery requires patience, self-compassion, small steps, kindness, and support. She loves guiding and positively challenging clients and seeing the transformation that happens during the healing process.

REGISTERED DIETITIAN

Jennifer Saenz

Jennifer Saenz is a registered nurse with over 25 years of healthcare experience. She has held various positions in both the acute and ambulatory care settings, health education, and case management. Jennifer also has extensive experience with not-for-profit organizations and community health. Jennifer has dedicated her career to a lifelong commitment of providing individualized, personalized, comprehensive care for patients. She also serves on a board of directors for a local not-for-profit agency whose mission is to reduce social inequality and disparities within their community. This role aligns with her goals of working towards the advancement of health equity among vulnerable, marginalized, stigmatized, and under-served populations. 

Jennifer’s passion for mental health enables her to help patients understand the interconnectivity of all body systems and the concept of a holistic approach to healthcare. Jennifer is dedicated to instilling individualized, personalized, and comprehensive care for patients. She is also passionate about creating reliable healthcare tracking systems and developing the next generation of nurses.  

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.

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COVID-19 Update: Online telehealth is offered for intensive outpatient treatment as an option to patients living in California, Florida, New Jersey and Texas.

In-person intensive outpatient and partial hospitalization is also offered at this location. 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.

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