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Menlo Park, CA

Menlo Park Residential Eating Disorder Program

CENTER FOR DISCOVERY
1895 Altschul Avenue
Menlo Park, CA 94025
PH 866.482.3876
HOURS 24/7

PROGRAM FEATURES
Residential Treatment
Partial Hospitalization
All Genders
Ages 10-18

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Center for Discovery Menlo Park is a high level of care eating disorder treatment facility for adolescent male and female clients, 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 clients 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. 

Center for Discovery Menlo Park draws a wide range of clients 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 client. This treatment facility has a strong alumni program, which offers a bi-monthly alumni group for past clients to come together and share and express their current challenges, successes and experiences with a therapist.

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Emily Wanczyk, LMFT #113005

Emily Wanczyk, LMFT #113005

PROGRAM DIRECTOR

Emily received her Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of Saint Joseph in Connecticut. Prior to joining Center For Discovery, Emily completed a clinical internship at Walden Behavioral Care, where she worked with teens, adults, and families struggling with anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating disorder in intensive outpatient (IOP) and partial hospitalization program (PHP) settings.

Emily’s clinical interests include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, family dynamics, and mindfulness. She believes in the importance of a strong mind-body connection and strives to help individuals live in the present in order to fully embrace and enjoy life.

Susanne Martin, MD

Susanne Martin, MD

PRIMARY CARE MEDICAL PROVIDER

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”.

Michelle Moezpoor

Michelle Moezpoor

FACILITY MANAGER

Michelle joined the team as Facility Manager in the spring of 2018. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology at the University of California, Berkeley and plans to pursue a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology. Prior to starting with Center for Discovery, Michelle worked in education services as a case manager and volunteered as a crisis counselor with Crisis Text Line. She believes that self-compassion and loving-kindness can be powerful tools for strengthening the connection between mind and body and is dedicated to supporting clients in their experience of recovery.

Rachel Wirthlin, RD

Rachel Wirthlin, RD

REGISTERED DIETITIAN

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.

Lauren Timmerman

Lauren Timmerman

PRIMARY THERAPIST

Lauren received her master’s degree in social work from Baylor University with a specialization in physical and mental health. She focused her studies and research on eating disorders, specifically women’s experiences during recovery. Previously, she interned at Waco Center for Youth, where she worked with teenagers in a residential setting who were experiencing enduring mental health concerns, including BulimiaNervosa, OSFED, and additional disordered patterns of eating. Lauren’s clinical interests include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, and mind-body integration techniques. One of her mains tenets is to provide a safe space and evidence-based interventions for clients to strengthen their mind-body connection during individual therapy sessions, as re-integrating the connection between one’s body and mind is essential for a balanced, fulfilling life.

Yimeng (Lily) Fei, RN/BSN

Yimeng (Lily) Fei, RN/BSN

NURSE ADMINISTRATOR
Dr. Mina Fisher, MD

Dr. Mina Fisher, MD

Psychiatrist

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.

MENLO PARK RESIDENTIAL EATING DISORDER PROGRAM

Center for Discovery Menlo Park is a high level of care eating disorder treatment facility for adolescent male and female clients, 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 clients 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. 

Center for Discovery Menlo Park draws a wide range of clients 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 client. This treatment facility has a strong alumni program, which offers a bi-monthly alumni group for past clients to come together and share and express their current challenges, successes and experiences with a therapist.

CONDITIONS WE TREAT

OUR TEAM

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CENTER FOR DISCOVERY
1895 Altschul Avenue
Menlo Park, CA 94025
PH 866.482.3876
HOURS 24/7

PROGRAM FEATURES
Residential Treatment
Partial Hospitalization
All Genders
Ages 10-18

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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