Virtual treatment available: CFD outpatient programs can also be accessed via online telehealth services.
Center for Discovery Los Alamitos outpatient eating disorder treatment center is located in Orange County, California, and treats patients of all genders and all ages since its inception in 2013. This outpatient facility is in close proximity to Disneyland and within minutes from the 405 and 91 freeways and serves the entire Orange County and Los Angeles community. 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. This treatment center emphasizes a body positive approach and Health at Every Size® (HAES®).
Insurances we accept include but are not limited to Aetna/Shaller Anderson/GHC/First Health/Auto/WorkersComp, Cigna/ Great West, Humana (Life Sync), Kaiser (So Cal) and OPTUM BH (PBH, UHC, UBH). Please remember that the insurances we accept change frequently. Our insurance team will verify your coverage.
The eating disorder outpatient team is highly trained in eating disorders, including certifications in eating disorder treatment and abundant experience with high acuity patients. Many of the staff members are trained in trauma therapy, including eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR). This eating disorder treatment facility strongly supports family involvement in the treatment process and holds family nights as a way to involve loved ones to enhance the involvement of the patients Patients’ artwork is displayed all round the facility.
*Health At Every Size® and HAES® are registered trademarks of the Association for Size Diversity and Health and used with permission.
MEET THE TEAM
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.
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.
Amanda Contreras, B.S.
Amanda earned her Bachelor’s of Science in Health Science from California State University, Fullerton. Amanda is currently taking prerequisite courses and will be pursuing her Master’s of Science in Nutrition in the near future. Amanda has worked in areas of customer service, community health and clinical food service. She is excited to continue working in the realm of nutrition with an emphasis in health at every size and intuitive eating. Amanda enjoys spending her time with friends and family, roller skating and cooking in her spare time.
Luz Rivera Duarte, B.A, M.Ed.
Luz has been working at Center for Discovery (CFD) since 2018 in various roles. Currently, she is facility coordinator at the Los Alamitos eating disorder outpatient program. Luz started as a part-time counselor at a CFD eating disorder residential treatment center and then became a full-time counselor, working between two eating disorder residential treatment centers. She entered this field following her own mental health recovery and is determined to support other young people in their recoveries. Prior to working in healthcare, she worked as an English teacher with adolescents for four years and as a special education teacher for one year with third graders in Washington, D.C. When Luz is not at work, she loves to travel with her partner around the U.S. as well as video chat with her family on the East Coast.
Fatima Coley, Psy.D.
Fatima is passionate about her therapeutic work with patients. She earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology with a minor in business administration from Loyola Marymount University in Westchester, CA, her master’s degree in psychology from Antioch University in Los Angeles and her doctoral degree in clinical psychology from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Her dissertation work focused on the lived experience and resiliency among African American adolescents who had experienced paternal incarceration. Fatima is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., dedicated to the mission of scholarship, sisterhood and service. A registered 1psychological assistant, she was trained in psychodynamic and cognitive behavioral theoretical orientations. With over seven years of experience in community mental health within the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health, Fatima has provided intensive field–based clinical services to severely mentally ill clients with dual diagnosis throughout South Los Angeles. Other previous roles include providing case management services to low-income Section 8 clients participating in an HUD–funded family self-sufficiency program at St. Joseph’s Center and providing intensive supportive services to homeless men and women at New Image Emergency Homeless Shelter, one of the only year–round shelters in Los Angeles. Fatima is a board member of a nonprofit agency that provides affordable transitional housing to formerly homeless men, women and children in South Los Angeles, In this role, Fatima coordinates community service and outreach events for homeless and low-income families. When she is not working, she dedicates her time to her son and family.
Lisa is a registered dietitian at Center for Discovery in the Orange County area. Born and raised in Southern California, Lisa earned a bachelor’s degree and a Master of Science degree in nutritional sciences and dietetics from California State University, Los Angeles. During this time, Lisa also completed her dietetic internship, with experience in hospitals, schools, outpatient facilities and community nutrition programs. Previously, Lisa specialized in adult weight management and sports nutrition, with a focus on preventative health and wellness. She has experience in private consulting as well as group-facilitated sessions. Lisa is passionate about teaching others the importance of nourishing the body through food and being mindful of the importance of proper nutrition. She has always taken great interest in the eating disorder population, understanding that support for this population is vital. Lisa is looking forward to the opportunity to continue growing in her career in eating disorders and supporting others in their path to recovery. In her free time, Lisa enjoys spending time with her family at the beach and taking her 4-year old son to do fun activities. She also enjoys trying new restaurants, traveling, going to live music events and spending time with friends.
Arturo Mendiola, Jr.
Arturo Mendiola, Jr is a registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist and a registered Associate Professional Clinical Counselor. Arturo graduated from Pepperdine University in 2020 with a Master of Arts degree in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy with Latinxs. Prior to joining the team, Arturo worked with at-risk youth and families in Orange County. Arturo is passionate about building meaningful connections with clients and empowering them to heal through a strengths-based perspective. In his spare time, Arturo enjoys singing, watching sunsets, doing Target runs, and baking.
Brittany Hitt, ACSW
Brittany is a registered associate clinical social worker. Brittany was born and raised in Southern California, where Brittany grew up surfing and cheerleading. Brittany graduated with a Bachelor of Social Work degree from Boise State University and completed her Master of Social Work degree at Loma Linda University. Brittany has experience in clinical as well as medical social work. Brittany has a passion for serving and empowering others to see all the unique and inspiring qualities that they bring to this world. Brittany enjoys spending time with her family, cat and reading. Brittany is thrilled to have found her home at the Center for Discovery, Los Alamitos.
Alyssa Gonzalez, BA
Alyssa is the UR Care Coordinator in our Eating Disorder Outpatient Department. She developed a passion for psychology in her undergrad and received a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from California State University, Fullerton. Alyssa has a background in working with college students at her former University and worked as a school-based counselor in Placentia. She began working at Center for Discovery as a counselor at our Lakewood residential location in 2018. While working there she gained insight into the complexity of eating disorders and wanted to learn more. In 2019 she accepted a position to work in the UR department; advocating and ensuring utilization of benefits for our clients. She is currently obtaining her Master’s degree in clinical psychology at Azusa Pacific University and will graduate in May 2020.
Carolyn is a diet tech here at Center for Discovery. She graduated with an associate’s degree in nutrition and dietetics at Orange Coast College. During her academic years in the nutrition and dietetics program, Carolyn found passion in wanting to support the community on improving their relationship with food as well as incorporating Health at Every Size ® (HAES ®) into their day-to-day life. Prior to working at the facility, Carolyn has worked in the food service industry, thus learning the importance of customer service and care. In her free time, Carolyn loves to hang out with her family and friends and go to live shows. But the majority of the time, she is busy giving all her attention to her dog.
Amanda has been working with Center for Discovery since 2022 as a registered dietitian. She works with patients in partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient programs for eating disorders. Amanda has a passion for dismantling diet culture and helping patients break free from disordered eating. She is aligned with Health at Every Size ®️ and endorses an Intuitive Eating approach to nutrition. Amanda obtained her Bachelor of Science in Dietetics at Point Loma Nazarene University, CA and completed her dietetic internship through California State University Long Beach. Her previous role was in the field of mental health where she provided nutrition counseling to patients in various levels of care and gained her experience working with people with eating disorders (secondary to mental health). Amanda transitioned into her role at Center for Discovery as a result of her desire to work exclusively with eating disorders in a setting that aligned with her nutrition philosophy and values. In her free time, Amanda enjoys spending time with her family, including two little ones (Rhea and Edwin). Some of her favorite family activities include going on scenic walks and spending time at the beach.
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 program was the best thing we could have asked for our daughter. It provided guidance, information, counseling and treatment that has taken her into a new world. We are grateful to all the staff at Center for Discovery for their compassion and expertise.”- Deborah M., parent of CFD Los Alamitos alumni
“Our experience at Center for Discovery was top notch. We are incredibly grateful to them for not only their professionalism, but their knowledge as well as compassion for our daughter and family.” – Sarah S., parent of CFD alumni
*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).