Orlando, FL

Orlando Residential Eating Disorder Program

Discovery begins here.

Welcome to the place where you’ll find the peace and comfort you need to get back to the you you’re meant to be.

Here, you’ll gain the strength to uncover what needs to come to light in our warm, home-like environment. Every facility is selected to be the very best match possible for your specific needs.

At Discovery, you’ll work with our highly-trained, expert staff who’ll give you the confidence and reassurance you need to succeed. Using evidence-based techniques, they’ll guide you through the entire process and help propel you to discovering a better you.

It won’t always be easy. But we will always be here for you.

Welcome to Discovery. Welcome to new beginnings.

Center For Discovery Orlando is a high level of care eating disorder treatment facility that offers residential treatment and partial hospitalization to female and male adolescent clients 10-17 years of age. This located opened in January 2016 and is located in Montverde, FL, 40 minutes west of Orlando in a serene location off of the Florida Turnpike. This eight-bed facility offers individualized care for every client while providing equine therapy on site.

Center For Discovery Orlando is gender inclusive and treats all adolescent individuals regardless of their gender identification or sexual orientation. The clinical staff is composed of certified eating disorder specialists and several EMDR trained clinicians as trauma is closely connected with eating disorders. Family therapy, dietary consultations and dialectal behavioral skills group are all routine therapy approaches during each client’s stay. This center also offers a monthly family day where loved ones can visit and take part in treatment. This day is also extended to members of the community including alumni and outpatient providers as a way to cover educational content on eating disorder basics, medical complications, and nutritional and dietary education for all interested parties. The clinicians at Center For Discovery Orlando are actively involved in the community including quarterly IAEDP meetings, NEDA and Alliance walks, and provide regular outreach trainings to local schools, outpatient providers, and mental health organizations.

CENTER FOR DISCOVERY

14915 Fosgate Rd.
Montverde, FL 34756-3347

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Meet the Team

Dr. Celine Passeri, Psy.D.

Dr. Celine Passeri, Psy.D.

CLINICAL ADVISOR

Celine Passeri, Psy.D. is a licensed psychologist who graduated from Nova Southeastern University with a doctorate in clinical psychology. Dr. Passeri specializes in treating eating disorders and co-occurring mental health illnesses.Dr. Passeri has worked in a variety of mental health settings throughout her career. The Child and Family Wellness Center at Florida Hospital for Children was created with the coloration and expertise of Dr. Passeri. To help address the current pediatric obesity crisis in Central Florida, Dr. Passeri helped to develop The Child and Family Wellness Center at Florida Hospital For Children. Dr. Passeri created the first department to identify and address the presence of eating disorders and body image issues in children and adolescents diagnosed as overweight or obese.

As a leader in the Eating Disorder Network of Central Florida (EDNCF), Celine is committed to raising eating disorders awareness and providing specialized treatment and prevention. In February 2011, Dr. Passeri organized the first National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) walk in Orlando and she and her team recently celebrated their 7th Annual NEDA Walk on March 11th, 2017. Dr Passeri is one of the founders of the yearly EDNCF scholarship program, which provides eating disorder treatment funds to families and individuals in need. Dr. Passeri is a member and Education chair of the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals (IAEDP) Orlando Chapter.

Marissa Jones, MS, MHCA, LMHC, CEDS

Marissa Jones, MS, MHCA, LMHC, CEDS

REGIONAL DIRECTOR & PROGRAM DIRECTOR

Marissa Jones graduated from The University of Oklahoma majoring in psychology with a minor in Sociology/Criminology. Marissa has had an interest in the counseling field since her teen years eager to help young people with identity development, and to help individuals learn their own value in the world. Marissa continued on to pursue two graduate degrees, one in Counseling from Oklahoma State University, and a Second Master of Science in Health Care Administration from Oklahoma State University.

Marissa has worked in the acute/residential setting for eating disorder treatment for several years now becoming a Certified Eating Disorder Specialist relentlessly pursuing higher education and professional development to provide quality care to her clients. In addition, Marissa has extensive training in Interpersonal Psychotherapy, an evidenced based modality for the treatment of eating disorder and depression, from the IPT Institute. Marissa uses a relationship based approach to healing enjoying relationship building with clients and peers.

Samantha Brewer, MS

Samantha Brewer, MS

PRIMARY THERAPIST

After completing a Bachelor of Arts degree from Florida Gulf Coast University in Psychology, Samantha went on to earn a Master of Science degree in Mental Health Counseling from Troy University.  Samantha discovered her passion for working with adolescents when she began with the Center for Discovery as a counselor in 2015. She continued her education by obtaining training in trauma and EMDR, which she incorporates into her therapeutic style as a Primary Therapist at the Orlando Residential Facility for adolescents.  She is currently working towards becoming a Certified Eating Disorder Specialist in order to better serve the families that seek services at Center For Discovery.

Sharon Schmalbach, MS

Sharon Schmalbach, MS

PRIMARY THERAPIST

After completing a Bachelor of Arts degree from Florida International University in Liberal Studies, Sharon went on to earn a Master of Science degree in Mental Health Counseling from Nova Southeastern University.  It was her desire in helping others that influenced her decision to pursue a career in mental health.  She dedicated her graduate internship to working with at-risk teens and discovered a passion in counseling adolescents.  Sharon believes in the impact a person’s adolescent years has in shaping their adulthood. This is her motivation in working with the adolescent population. Sharon discovered her interest in the treatment process of eating disorders, while working as a Recovery Coach for eating disorders in Miami, Florida. After moving to Orlando, she continued her work with eating disorders at Center for Discovery as a Counselor.  Sharon continued to advance her work experience with Center for Discovery and is now a Primary Therapist in the Orlando Residential Facility for adolescents.

Katharine Albarella, RD, LD/N

Katharine Albarella, RD, LD/N

REGISTERED DIETITIAN

Kate Albarella is a registered, licensed dietitian who specializes in eating disorders and GI disorders. She has always had a passion for helping others heal their relationships with food and their bodies. Kate graduated with Magna Cum Laude from the University of New Haven in Connecticut and completed her dietetic internship at the University of Saint Joseph. Kate founded a body image support group on campus during college to help others find support in their journey toward body acceptance. After graduating, she went on to work in various areas of nutrition, including long term care, school nutrition, and retail dietetics. Kate has a strong clinical background, as she spent 4 years as a clinical dietitian where she helped patients in both inpatient and outpatient settings. She worked with a team to better identify malnutrition in the clinical setting and personally wrote a policy of re-feeding syndrome in severely malnourished patients. She has experience working with nearly every disease state, including heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and various gastrointestinal diseases.

Kate is a member and Education Co-Chair for the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals Central Florida chapter. She is also a member of the International Federation of Eating Disorder Dietitians. Additionally, she is a Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor and a Y-200 trained yoga teacher. She has completed various trainings in the treatment of eating disorders from leading clinicians throughout the country. Kate strongly believes in an all foods fit philosophy and a Health At Every Size approach as she works with individuals in their recovery process.

When not at work, continuing her education, or reading research articles, Kate is generally at home playing with her twin boys. She also enjoys hiking, biking, yoga, and exploring the city of Orlando.

Jennifer Keebaugh, MD

Jennifer Keebaugh, MD

PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT

Dr. Jennifer Keehbauch was recently appointed to the position of Chief Medical Officer for Winter Park Memorial Hospital.  She obtained her M.D. from the University of FL in 1992 and has been appointed to both the Florida Academy of Family Physicians (State) and American Academy of Family Physicians (National).   She’s also held leadership roles in research, curriculum development, and competency evaluation and review for the Florida Hospital Family Medicine Residency.

Being a Board Certified Family Physician has allowed Dr. Keehbauch to see patients in a variety of healthcare environments with different team cultures.  In the military, she worked exclusively in the Emergency Department for several years, and most recently she served as a full-time hospitalist.  She’s also had the pleasure of working in the outpatient setting, nursing homes, and a large tertiary hospital.  As a representative of the Florida Family Physician medical community, she was chosen by her peers to serve as President of the Florida Academy of Family Physicians at state and national meetings. Selection for this position was based on her track record as an educator, visionary and negotiator.

Lacey Clemmons, MS, LAC

Lacey Clemmons, MS, LAC

FACILITY MANAGER/NURSE ADMINISTRATOR

Lacey Clemmons graduated from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette majoring in Psychology with a minor in Biology. Lacey has always been interested in healthcare and began pursuing education in psychology when her interest grew in helping others. Lacey continued on to graduate from Northwestern State University with a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology and a concentration in Drug and Alcohol Addiction Treatment. After completing her education, Lacey began working as an Addiction therapist in an Intensive Outpatient Program for Adults. Lacey discovered a desire to guide others wanting to seek recovery but struggling with knowing how this was even possible. After a few years, Lacey advanced into a Clinical Manager position and was able to become more involved with the entirety of the recovery process. Although she has exclusively worked with adults, Lacey has always had the dream to work with children and adolescents. When she relocated to Orlando, FL in June 2018, she took this opportunity to change her path and discovered a new passion for working with adolescents with Eating Disorders.

Laurie Harden, MD

Laurie Harden, MD

PSYCHIATRIST

Dr. Harden is board certified in General Psychiatry. She graduated from the University of South Florida College of Medicine in 2007.Dr. Harden attended a residency at the Palmetto Health/University of South Carolina program in Columbia, SC. She has been a Psychiatrist in Florida since 2011. She is available for psychiatric consultation, evaluation, and medication management. Dr. Harden has experience with mood disorders, anxiety disorders, eating disorders and many other psychiatric conditions. In addition, she has a strong interest in multiple types of therapy including cognitive behavioral therapy, psychodynamic therapy, and interpersonal therapy.

Ann Klega, MD

Ann Klega, MD

PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT

Ann Klega, MD, trained in Family Medicine at Halifax Medical Center in Daytona Beach, Florida, after completing University of Florida College of Medicine. She gained experience in treating patients with various eating disorders through COPE (Community Outreach for Prevention of Eating Disorders) in Daytona, and her work with college students at Montana State University Student Health Service. She is currently the Women’s Health Faculty Development Director at the Florida Hospital Family Medicine Residency Program.

Sara Dreier

Sara Dreier

CLINICAL OUTREACH AND STAFF RECRUITMENT REPRESENTATIVE

Sara specializes in Community Outreach, Marketing Strategy, and Business Development. Sara is actively involved with the recovery community. This has led her to public speaking, educating healthcare professionals, facilitating support groups, as well as fundraising and advocacy for prevention and improved access to treatment in the Central Florida Community and beyond.

Orlando Residential Eating Disorder Program

Discovery begins here.

Welcome to the place where you’ll find the peace and comfort you need to get back to the you you’re meant to be.

Here, you’ll gain the strength to uncover what needs to come to light in our warm, home-like environment. Every facility is selected to be the very best match possible for your specific needs.

At Discovery, you’ll work with our highly-trained, expert staff who’ll give you the confidence and reassurance you need to succeed. Using evidence-based techniques, they’ll guide you through the entire process and help propel you to discovering a better you.

It won’t always be easy. But we will always be here for you.

Welcome to Discovery. Welcome to new beginnings.

Center For Discovery Orlando is a high level of care eating disorder treatment facility that offers residential treatment and partial hospitalization to female and male adolescent clients 10-17 years of age. This located opened in January 2016 and is located in Montverde, FL, 40 minutes west of Orlando in a serene location off of the Florida Turnpike. This eight-bed facility offers individualized care for every client while providing equine therapy on site.

Center For Discovery Orlando is gender inclusive and treats all adolescent individuals regardless of their gender identification or sexual orientation. The clinical staff is composed of certified eating disorder specialists and several EMDR trained clinicians as trauma is closely connected with eating disorders. Family therapy, dietary consultations and dialectal behavioral skills group are all routine therapy approaches during each client’s stay. This center also offers a monthly family day where loved ones can visit and take part in treatment. This day is also extended to members of the community including alumni and outpatient providers as a way to cover educational content on eating disorder basics, medical complications, and nutritional and dietary education for all interested parties. The clinicians at Center For Discovery Orlando are actively involved in the community including quarterly IAEDP meetings, NEDA and Alliance walks, and provide regular outreach trainings to local schools, outpatient providers, and mental health organizations.

GET IN TOUCH / CALL 866.482.3876

CENTER FOR DISCOVERY

14915 Fosgate Rd.
Montverde, FL 34756-3347


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Preferred In-Network Provider for All Major Health Insurance

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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