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”.
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.
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.
Here’s What Patients Say After Completing Treatment*
“After discharge, my daughter has repeatedly stated that her time at CFD changed her life. I see evidence of this in her attitude towards food, her personal image and interactions with myself and other family members. As a parent, I was treated with respect and consideration. I felt like we were all on the same team.” – Jill S., parent of CFD Menlo Park alumni
“This experience was life-changing.” – Mave C., former patient at CFD
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.