Center for Discovery Menlo Park is a high level of care eating disorder treatment facility for adolescent patients of all gender identities, age 10-18 who are in need of inpatient care. The Menlo Park location opened in 2006 and is located in the heart of the San Francisco Bay area, just off the 280 freeway. Centered between San Francisco to the north and San Jose to the south, Menlo Park is just minutes from Palo Alto. Center for Discovery Menlo Park is down the street from prestigious Stanford University Medical Center and our staff collaborates closely with their affiliate medical team.
Our quaint, cottage-style home is located in a quiet, residential neighborhood. This location treats six adolescent patients at a time, allowing for an individualized treatment approach while offering therapeutic gardening practices to bring about emotional and psychological healing. Family therapy is a weekly part of treatment plan as well as mindful movement therapy, trauma therapy and drama therapy. 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 Alameda County, Holman Group, Health Net, IEHP and San Mateo County. Please remember that the insurances we accept change frequently. Our insurance team will verify your coverage.
Center for Discovery Menlo Park draws a wide range of patients and families with diverse backgrounds and as a result, the treatment team aims to actively work on sensitivity and competence around cross-cultural challenges of each and every patient.
MEET THE TEAM
Susanne Martin, MD
Susanne Martin, MD is board-certified in Internal Medicine as well as Adolescent Medicine. After finishing her residency through Yale School of Medicine, she pursued a three-year fellowship in Adolescent Medicine at Stanford with a research focus on bone health in teens with eating disorders. She is also the Medical Director at a day treatment program for teens in the area (The Healthy Teen Project), has a private practice at The Community Health Collaborative, works part-time in Urgent Care at Palo Alto Medical Foundation and at Vaden, the College Health Center at Stanford. She continues to be actively involved in research projects in the field, peer reviews of articles and she contributed the medical chapter to the book: “How to Nourish Your Child Through an Eating Disorder”.
Rachel Wirthlin, RD
Rachel Wirthlin received her Master’s in Public Health specifically in Public Health Nutrition while doing a dietetic internship. She is currently a Dietitian at Center for Discovery. Rachel believes that food fuels our body and believes in the All Foods Fit Philosophy and Health at Every Size. She loves helping people make peace with their food and finding peace with accepting who they are.
Yimeng (Lily) Fei, RN/BSN
Dr. Mina Fisher, MD
Dr. Mina Fisher (Psychiatrist): Mina Fisher received her BA in Economics and Human Biology Minor from Stanford University where she was also actively engaged in leadership roles as Freshman, Sophomore, Junior and Senior Class President. She obtained MD from UCLA School of Medicine, completed medical residency at San Mateo County Residency Training Program and completed Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship at Stanford University Hospital. Since receiving MD and completing fellowship training at Stanford University, she joined the faculty at Stanford Hospital and Clinics as an attending physician at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital’s Comprehensive Care Program 2009-2013. In 2013, she transitioned to work with primarily underserved population locally within San Mateo County while continuing to teach Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellow a System of Care Services Course at Stanford as Adjunct Clinical Faculty.
Mika Celli, LCSW
Mika is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, working as a Primary Therapist with CFD Menlo Park. She graduated from the University of Southern California with a Master of Arts in Social Work (with an emphasis on mental health). She also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in social work, obtained from Concordia University in Portland, OR. Her experience includes eating disorder, dual diagnosis and general mental health (Depression, suicidality, anxiety, PTSD, Bipolar Disorder, Borderline Personality Disorder, etc.) treatment at the residential level and mandated substance abuse counseling, as well as general mental health services, at the outpatient level. She’s also worked in community-based mental health treatment for children and families on MediCal.
Mika works to meet the clients (and their support systems) wherever they are in the moment and provides empathetic, individualized, and client-centered care, using a variety of therapeutic approaches and techniques. Outside of work, she provides suicide prevention and intervention on the Golden Gate Bridge and strongly values civil rights and social justice.
Francesca Lalli, PsyD
Francesca is a licensed psychologist in California. After graduating with a master’s degree in clinical psychology from University of Padua (Italy), she moved to California to purse a doctorate degree in clinical psychology. Francesca obtained a Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) in Clinical Psychology from Sofia University in Palo Alto, CA. Her dissertation addressed the correlation between shame and self-compassion in a group of women at risk of developing an eating disorder. Francesca’s academic training includes psychodynamic orientation, evidence-based and mindfulness-based techniques. She is experienced in working with patients in the general mental health, substance use and cancer diagnosis populations. With a patient- and client-centered, collaborative and eclectic approach, Francesca has worked with adults, couples and children both in individual and group settings. She strives to honor, respect and foster each client’s unique journey, providing empathetic care and presence to the client’s experience.
BriAnne Timmons, AMFT
BriAnne Timmons currently holds the position as a Primary Therapist for Center For Discovery. Her position entails providing care at residential programs, PHP and IOP programs for adults, adolescents and families across Southern California. Her knowledge and experience creates a foundation consisting of working with various socio-economic and culturally diverse communities, and has experience in working with a wide range of neurodevelopment and mental health disorders.
BriAnne began working with Discovery Behavioral Health as an art therapist intern in 2017 for the substance abuse and mental health track treating adolescents, and subsequently moved to the eating disorder division. BriAnne earned a Bachelor’s of Arts in Psychology in 2014 and a Master’s of Arts in Marital and Family Therapy with a specialization in Clinical Art Therapy. She has experience working with foster and probation youth, pregnant and parenting teens, LGBTQIA+ youth, K-12 students with developmental and learning disabilities, addiction recovery, and with children and families. BriAnne uses a variety of approaches, including a range of art mediums and interventions to focus on individualized and integrative whole person care, and trauma informed care.
Julianne has been working with Center for Discovery since February 2022. She is a registered dietitian at the Menlo Park residential treatment center. Julianne entered this field of dietetics because she enjoys working with people, especially the youth population, and is passionate about helping individuals heal their relationship with food. Julianne earned her Bachelor of Science in Nutrition in Food Science at California State University, Chico as well as a Master of Public Health in Nutrition at Northern Arizona University. Much of her focus and applied knowledge in undergraduate and graduate school revolved around nutrition counseling and nutrition education using Health at Every Size ®, Intuitive Eating and All Foods Fit ® philosophies. When Julianne is not at work, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, being outdoors and being active.
Louisa has been working at Center for Discovery since 2021. Currently, she is the lead registered nurse at the Menlo Park facility where she oversees the nursing staff and works as a direct link between the psychiatric and medical provider, the team, the patients and their families. Louisa became passionate about eating disorders after personal experiences and struggles with them. She graduated from Johns Hopkins University with a master’s degree in nursing, previously earning a bachelor’s degree in psychology. Louisa hopes to use her personal and educational experiences, coupled with her passion for helping others, to shape the recovery journey of her patients. When Louisa is not at work, she loves exploring new restaurants, hiking and rock climbing.
This location provides free in person eating disorder support groups on Thursdays 7:00PM. We also have a handful of free online support groups. Find out more about how to join our free support groups.
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.