Center for Discovery Portland is an outpatient eating disorder treatment center providing care to adult patients of all genders. This outpatient eating disorder treatment center opened in September 2016 with a specially-trained staff of experts, including extensive experience in trauma-informed treatment as well as dialectal behavior therapy (DBT), exposure & response prevention (ERP) and mindfulness.
Insurances we accept include but are not limited to Cigna / Great West, Humana (Life Sync), Kaiser (Portland), MODA and Optum BH (Including PBH and UBH). Please remember that the insurances we accept change frequently. Our insurance team will verify your coverage.
This facility is unique in that it offers a specialized group, Path to Peace, for patients experiencing binge eating disorder. The center is located in a beautiful, wooded area in Tigard, Oregon, close to George Fox University, Sumner College and Portland Community College.
MEET THE TEAM
Maureen Peterson, MA, LMHC, CEDS-S
Maureen Peterson is the Regional Director for the Pacific Northwest & Northern California at Center For Discovery treating adolescents, adults, and families impacted by eating disorders. Maureen is a licensed mental health counselor and earned her BA in Psychology from Pacific Lutheran University and her MA in Counseling Psychology from Saint Martin’s University. She also completed a certificate program in The Long Term Treatment of Psychiatric Disorders through the University of Washington School of Social Work. Maureen has been working in the mental health field since 1991 and has specialized in the treatment of eating disorders since 1996. She is a Certified Eating Disorder Specialist and Supervisor through the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals. In 2011, Maureen received the “Spirit of the Alliance” award through the Alliance for Families, a national organization. She is passionate about community service, and enjoys reading, traveling, and spending time with friends and family.
Samantha Abukhater, MA
Samantha is the Milieu Manager at Center for Discovery. She completed her undergraduate studies at Portland State University in 2013 and received a Dual-Master’s degree from Pacific University in Healthcare Administration and Counseling Psychology in 2015. She completed her graduate internship at Clackamas Community College as a Counseling Intern working with students and doing various outreach projects and training activities. During her graduate education, Samantha found that she enjoyed the legal and administrative aspects of healthcare and completed a Graduate Certificate for Healthcare Compliance in 2016. After graduation, Samantha worked for a medical center in their partial hospitalization program for eating disorders. She is passionate about working with eating disorders and helping people overcome their barriers to treatment, as well as helping organizations run effectively and maintaining compliance. In her free time, Samantha enjoys going to the beach and spending time with her dog.
Paige Handler, MS, RDN
Paige Handler is a Registered Dietitian and Certificated Lactation Educator. She received a Bachelor of Arts in both Drama and Psychology from Vassar College and completed her Didactic Program in Dietetics at California State University, Northridge (CSUN) where she also completed her Dietetic Internship as well as her Masters of Science in Family and Consumer Sciences. During her graduate studies, Paige created a thesis project based on increasing eating disorder knowledge among adolescents through theater and education. Prior to joining the team at Center for Discovery in 2016, Paige gained her clinical experience as an intern at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. Paige adheres to the All Foods Fit Philosophy and enjoys helping clients find their own path to recovery be creating a healthy relationship with food. She enjoys working with adolescent and adult clients on setting and achieving their individual goals while focusing on the principles of intuitive eating.
Calvin J. Kirklin, Ph.D., LPC, NCC
Here’s What Patients Say After Completing Treatment*
- 97% can identify their triggers*
- 97% believe they can help themselves get better*
- 96% understand when to ask for help*
“I am a better person because of this place.” – Celeste G., former patient at CFD Portland
“CFD has helped me in so many ways. I am able to live a full happy life because of this program.” – Ella R., former patient at CFD Portland
*Percentage includes adult and adolescent patients who admitted to the Center for Discovery program in 2021 (between 1/1/2021 and 12/31/2021) and completed the Recovery Assessment Scale (RAS, N=2,644). Average treatment range 41.3 days for those who completed treatment (did not discharge to higher level of care, due to insurance, against treatment advice transfer or administratively).