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McLean, VA

McLean Residential Eating Disorder Program

CENTER FOR DISCOVERY
5949 Oakdale Road
McLean, VA 22101
PH 866.482.3876
Hours 24/7

PROGRAM FEATURES
Residential Treatment
Partial Hospitalization Treatment
Females
Ages 18+

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Center for Discovery McLean is a high level of care eating disorder treatment facility that offers care to adult females 18 years of age or older. This treatment facility opened in May 2017 and is located in McLean, Virginia, just outside of Washington D.C. 

Center for Discovery McLean is an eight-bed estate-like home and accepts all adult clients who identify as female. This treatment center has weekly restaurant outings as a way to expose clients to all types of food and offers weekly food exposure groups as well as individual dietary sessions twice a week. Dialectal Behavioral Therapy-informed therapy with skills groups, art therapy, and yoga therapy are also offered – all with a “health at every size” treatment philosophy. In addition to receiving evidence-based therapies, clients 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.

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Elizabeth Brown, MA, LPC, CCTP

Elizabeth Brown, MA, LPC, CCTP

PROGRAM DIRECTOR

Elizabeth Brown is a licensed professional counselor, residency supervisor and certified clinical trauma professional working in the mental health field, including clinical practice management, for over 25 years. Elizabeth specializes in dialectical behavior therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, critical incident diffusion, traumatic resolution and endorses a biopsychosocial approach to the treatment and healing of eating disorders. She endorses these best practice methods as they are designed to decrease overall distress, depression, anxiety and difficulty in interpersonal relationships. Elizabeth’s heartfelt mission is to help each person identify and achieve their full potential, reclaiming wellness through a self-directed recovery journey.

Tatiana Menick, MD

Tatiana Menick, MD

PSYCHIATRIST

A Board-certified psychiatrist, Tatiana Menick, M.D. completed her four-year residency training in psychiatry in the St Elizabeths Hospital Psychiatry Residency Program, Washington, DC,

Dr. Menick has more than ten years’ experience conducting pharmacotherapy and individual and group psychotherapy in community mental health clinics.

She provides psychiatric consultation for Center for Discovery Virginia and also maintains a thriving private practice. She is the first author of multiple articles appearing in the International Journal of Child Health and Human Development and Environment, Mood Disorders and Suicide and other books.

Natalie Irvin, MD

Natalie Irvin, MD

PHYSICIAN

Dr. Irvin is a board certified family physician with expertise and experience in the management of medical complications of eating disorders. For over 6 years, she has worked exclusively in the eating disorders and weight management field. She has experience with managing eating disorders for adolescents and adults in the outpatient, partial hospitalization, residential, and inpatient level of care.

Dr. Irvin earned her undergraduate degree in Psychobiology B.S. at the University of Southern California. She obtained her medical degree at the University of Texas in San Antonio. She is looking forward to utilizing her skills and working closely with the treatment team at Center for Discovery for improved health and healing of adolescents with eating disorders.

Vida Semsarzadeh MS, RD

Vida Semsarzadeh MS, RD

REGISTERED DIETITIAN

Vida received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan in 2015. In 2018, she earned her Master’s Degree in Nutrition at Drexel University and soon after went on to complete her clinically focused dietetic internship at the University of Maryland Medical Center. Here at Center for Discovery, Vida helps clients with all their dietary needs which include but are not limited to creating meal plans, challenging their fear foods, and holding weekly dietary exposure groups. Vida is a strong proponent of Intuitive Eating and Health at Every Size. She strives to help her clients become intune with their hunger and full cues as well as rediscover the pleasure in food.

Julie Rund, MA, ATR-P, LPC-R

Julie Rund, MA, ATR-P, LPC-R

PRIMARY THERAPIST

Julie Rund is a Primary Therapist at Center For Discovery McLean. Julie earned her Master’s Degree in Art Therapy with a Specialization in Counseling from Seton Hill University. She has worked in both hospital and residential settings with clients of all ages. She has worked with people coping with eating disorders, anxiety, depression, personality disorders, and other mood disorders. Her work is focused on helping clients better understand their emotions, thoughts, behaviors, and beliefs through the creation and discussion of art. Julie is proud of her ability to use either talk-based therapy or art therapy as her methods of treatment. Ultimately, Julie is committed to ensuring clients are motivated to lead balanced lifestyles centered around recovery.

Ryan Smith

Ryan Smith

MILIEU MANAGER

Ryan Smith earned his undergraduate degree from Florida International University with a B.S. in Criminal Justice and a minor in Psychology. Following his studies he obtained a position within a maximum-security prison in the field of mental health.

While working with this population he realized it was different from what he initially envisioned. Ryan thoroughly enjoys diving head first into different populations in hopes of learning about them at their core.
Ryan is currently the Milieu Manager for Center for Discovery in McLean, VA and prides himself on creating and maintaining healthy environments.

Emmy Johnson, MSW

Emmy Johnson, MSW

THERAPIST

Emmy Johnson, MSW, (they/them), is a social worker specializing in trauma and eating disorders, particularly in the LGBTQ+ population. They use Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and somatic-based interventions to help people work towards building a life worth living. They believe that people are experts in their own experiences, and that by combining personal knowledge and clinical expertise, the client-therapist team can determine effective ways for the client to achieve their goals. They strive to be anti-racist, anti-oppression and Health At Every Size/anti-sizeism oriented in all that they do.

Geraldine Leiva, RN

Geraldine Leiva, RN

NURSE ADMINISTRATOR

Geraldine Leiva, RN, is a Nurse Administrator who works within an interdisciplinary team to bring consistent care, optimizing positive client clinical outcomes.

After spending a decade in healthcare as a certified nursing assistant, she went back to become an RN. Geraldine has healthcare experience in a variety of nursing fields and specialties, such as urgent care, postpartum, home health, school nursing, and eating disorders. She is an advocate, mentor, teacher, and a therapeutic listener who brings her knowledge and expertise to increase and deliver individualized quality care.

Geraldine is completing her BSN from Westerner Governor University and plans to pursue an MSN.

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.

McLEAN RESIDENTIAL EATING DISORDER PROGRAM

Center for Discovery McLean is a high level of care eating disorder treatment facility that offers care to adult females 18 years of age or older. This treatment facility opened in May 2017 and is located in McLean, Virginia, just outside of Washington D.C. 

Center for Discovery McLean is an eight-bed estate-like home and accepts all adult clients who identify as female. This treatment center has weekly restaurant outings as a way to expose clients to all types of food and offers weekly food exposure groups as well as individual dietary sessions twice a week. Dialectal Behavioral Therapy-informed therapy with skills groups, art therapy, and yoga therapy are also offered – all with a “health at every size” treatment philosophy. In addition to receiving evidence-based therapies, clients 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.

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CONDITIONS WE TREAT

OUR TEAM

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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.

GET IN TOUCH / CALL 866.482.3876

CENTER FOR DISCOVERY
5949 Oakdale Road
McLean, VA 22101
PH 866.482.3876
HOURS 24/7

PROGRAM FEATURES
Residential Treatment
Partial Hospitalization
Females
Ages 18+

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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
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