Center For Discovery Ranchos Palos Verdes is a high level of care eating disorder treatment center that provides residential and partial hospitalization to female and non-binary (regardless of sex assigned at birth) patients who are 18 years of age or older. This eating disorder treatment facility opened in December 2008 and is located on the Southern California coast with close proximity to Los Angeles and Orange County. This very scenic treatment center overlooks a golf course and is a short distance from the beach. 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 Coventry / First Health (CCN), Fortified Provider Network (FPN), Humana (Life Sync), OPTUM BH (PBH, UHC, UBH) and UNICARE – Beacon HS. Please remember that the insurances we accept change frequently. Our insurance team will verify your coverage.
Center For Discovery Ranchos Palos Verdes practices mindful movement yoga therapy, art therapy and experiential therapy.
MEET THE TEAM
Sasha Millice, MS, RDN, LDN, CEDRD
Sasha Millice is the Program Director at Center for Discovery, Rancho Palos Verde Residential Eating Disorder Program. She earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of British Columbia in Food, Nutrition, and Health and her master’s degree in Nutritional Science from California State University, Los Angeles. During her graduate studies, Sasha’s research focused on exploring how weight and socioeconomic status impacted the recognition and treatment of eating disorders. She completed her dietetic internship at the University of Houston and is currently pursuing her Certified Eating Disorders Registered Dietitian certification. Throughout her education and career, Sasha has gained experience at all levels of care for eating disorder treatment. After 5 years on Center for Discovery’s dietary team, Sasha transitioned her career into leadership as the Program Director at Center for Discovery. She approaches nutrition therapy with compassion, meeting clients where they are at, for individualized care throughout every stage of recovery. Sasha uses intuitive eating and Health at Every Size principles to help clients find a more peaceful way to relate to food, which includes nourishment and satisfaction.
Dr. Sheena Malik, M.D.
Dr. Malik is a board-certified family medicine physician at Center for Discovery. She completed residency training at Kaiser Permanente Fontana Medical Center and served as chief resident during her final year of training. Dr. Malik has published a number of scientific papers and has received awards for her clinical research. Believing that communication is a key part of medicine, Dr. Malik enjoys getting to know each patient and building long lasting relationships with them. She values advocating for her patients’ health.
Emily Rotenberg, RDN
Emily Rotenberg earned her Bachelor of Food and Nutrition Science at San Diego State University. Immediately after graduating she was accepted to University of Northern Colorado Distance Dietetic Internship with an emphasis in Nutrition Education and Counseling. After Emily completed her Distance Dietetic Internship, she passed her Commission on Dietetics Registration Board Exam, started her own private practice, and began working as a Clinical Dietitian. Shortly after, Emily was hired at Center for Discovery in Ranch Palos Verdes to joined the Treatment Team as a Dietitian. Emily uses a client centered counselling approach to meet her clients where they are at in their recovery journey. This allows her to create an empowering atmosphere to support them in their journey to heal their relationship with food. Outside of work, Emily loves to take bike rides on the beach strand, travel to learn about other cultures, doing art projects, and spending time with family and friends!
Bianca Medina, AMFT, APCC
Bianca is an associate marriage and family therapist and an associate professional clinical counselor. She earned her master degree at California State University, Dominguez Hills, in clinical psychology. Alongside her graduate work, Bianca gained experience working in the eating disorder community at the residential and inpatient levels of care. Bianca is passionate about working within the eating disorder community and works to meet patients where they are using a compassionate and patient-centered approach.
Laura Hernandez, RN, BSN
Laura graduated with her Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from National University in 2019. Laura has gained experience working in various settings such as K-12 schools and skilled nursing facilities. Laura has been working with the eating disorder population for the last four years in the inpatient and residential setting. Using a compassionate but firm approach, Laura provides evidence-based nursing care and empathetic listening to support her patients. When she’s not working, Laura loves to experiment with new recipes and identifies as a huge “foodie.”
Jackie graduated from UC Santa Cruz in 2016 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology. Jackie’s passion for supporting individuals struggling with mental health brought her to Center for Discovery in 2017. She worked in residential treatment for adolescents with co-occurring substance abuse and mental health concerns for four years. In 2020, Jackie stepped into a leadership role and transitioned to working with adults with eating disorders at Center for Discovery, Rancho Palos Verde. Jackie’s favorite part of her role is witnessing the patients regain their “spark” through the treatment process. Jackie is RPV’s biggest Dodgers fan and has even traveled out of state to attend spring training!
Daphne Rosales, ASW
Working in the eating disorder field since 2016, Daphne is an associate clinical social worker at Center for Discovery. She received her Bachelor of Social Work degree from Azusa Pacific University in 2018 while working as a counselor within a residential eating disorder facility for adult women. In 2020, Daphne completed her Master of Social Work degree at California State University, Long Beach, specializing in integrated health. Daphne has worked within the juvenile corrections system, homeless services and intimate partner violence agencies. She strives to create a safe, inclusive, culturally humble environment for all of her patients. Outside of work, her interests include reading, discovering new music, playing the ukulele and spending time with her friends, family members and dog.
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*
“Our experience at Center for Discovery was top notch. We are incredibly grateful to them for not only their professionalism, but their knowledge as well as compassion for our daughter and family.” – Sarah S., parent of CFD alumni
“This experience was life-changing.” – Mave C., former patient at CFD
*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).