Virtual treatment available: CFD outpatient programs can also be accessed via online telehealth services.
Center for Discovery Southport eating disorder treatment center offers residential treatment and partial hospitalization for adolescents from 10-17 years of age and of all genders who are in need of a higher level of care. The Southport location opened in 2012 and provides care to all of New England, New York and New Jersey. This southern Connecticut location partners with Learnwell for education consultation so clients can keep up with their studies while undergoing the best care for their eating disorder. 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 Aetna / Shaller Anderson/GHC, UNICARE – Beacon HS, Optum BH – UHC/UBH including PBH/Oxford and Anthem BC/BS of CT. Please remember that the insurances we accept change frequently. Our insurance team will verify your coverage.
This Connecticut location was the first Center for Discovery eating disorder program to open on the East Coast and is renowned as one of the leading eating disorder programs in the entire state of Connecticut. The staff is comprised of therapists who incorporate mindful movement and yoga meditation, registered dietitian and medical doctors who have been on staff since this location opened.
MEET THE TEAM
Amy Patnode, MS (She/Her)
Amy graduated from the University of New Haven with bachelor’s in Legal Studies and History which lead her on to receive her Master’s in Education at the University of Bridgeport. Amy’s combined passions of learning and teaching others provided her an opportunity to fulfill the Teacher and Counselor dual role at Center for Discovery. Throughout her experience with Center for Discovery, Amy has progressed from a Milieu Manager, Northeast CPI trainer, and now in her current position as Executive Director of Southport. Her goal is to continue to mentor, support, and encourage the growth of all of the Southport team and patients that she comes in contact with.
Sara Levine, MD, MPH, FAAP
Dr. Levine is board-certified in both general pediatrics and adolescent medicine. She graduated from Yale University and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and completed her pediatric residency and adolescent medicine fellowship at the Children’s Hospital at Montefiore. Dr. Levine is in private practice at Greenwich Adolescent & Young Adult Medicine, and she has been a medical consultant to Center for Discovery since 2012.
Ellen Grossman-Kase RN, BSN
Ellen joined our team as the Director of Nursing Services. She has been a Registered Nurse for over 30 years and has worked in a variety of settings, including emergency and critical care, as both a clinician and administrator. Throughout her professional career she has practiced a holistic approach to patient care with emphasis on the mind and body connection. She assesses well-being through observation, communication and assessment of vital signs, laboratory results and responses to medical treatment. In her down time, she enjoys her family, skiing, hiking and knitting.
Melissa Weaver M.A. LPCA
Melissa received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Sacred Heart University along with her master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling from Fairfield University. Melissa was previously a counselor for a few years at Center for Discovery before becoming a therapist. Melissa has a background working with children, adolescents and adults in individual and group settings with substance abuse, developmental disabilities, autism and behavioral and emotional difficulties. Melissa is excited to continue her work at Center for Discovery and pursue her passion of working with adolescents in recovery.
Artemia joined Center for Discovery’s Southport team in March 2021 as the Education Liaison and Counselor. She brings patience, compassion, and a holistic perspective to her role as counselor, as well as years of experience working in an educational environment as a teacher and tutor.
Artemia graduated from Western Connecticut State University with a Bachelor’s in Sociology and a minor in Psychology. This led her into the field of human services before returning to Western to receive a Bachelor’s in Health Promotion, with a concentration in Holistic and Integrative Health. This degree allowed Artemia to broaden her knowledge on whole-body wellness and develop an in-depth understanding of reconnecting the mind, body, and spirit through various modalities such as yoga, meditation, and energy healing. Artemia has experience working with preschool and school age children, as well as adults with developmental disabilities, helping to promote cognitive development and social skills. She is a certified Reiki Master Teacher, and plans to continue her education and obtain her Master’s in Health Administration.
Dr. Marcie Schneider, MD, FAAP, FSAHM
Dr. Schneider graduated from Brown University, and attended medical school at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Her residency was in Pediatrics at the Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx, New York, followed by a fellowship in Adolescent Medicine was at North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, New York. She remained at North Shore for a total of 13 years and during that time became Associate Chief of the Division of Adolescent Medicine, and Medical Director for the Eating Disorders Day Program. She was recruited by Greenwich Hospital to start an Adolescent Program, which ran from June 1999 through June of 2005. Since July 2005, she has been in full time private practice of adolescent medicine. Additionally, since 2012 she has served as medical consultant for Center for Discovery’s Fairfield county adolescent and young adult residential facilities. Dr. Schneider is board certified in Pediatrics and in the subspecialty of Adolescent Medicine. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and of the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine. She has served on the board of directors of the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine, and was a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Nutrition from 2005 – 2011. She was has served on the Executive Committee of the American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Adolescent Health November since 2013.
Tracy Southworth, LCSW
Tracy is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She has been working with individuals and families for over 20 years. Tracy has worked in hospitals and community agencies. She has a kind, non-judgmental and empathetic approach. Providing a supportive therapeutic style.
Tracy believes that change happens when people are given the guidance they need to draw on their own strengths and realizing their potential. Rather than adopting one methodology for all individuals and issues, Tracy draws from a variety of methods to create a tailored approach for each individual and situation.
Nicholas graduated from the University of Connecticut with a bachelor’s in psychology. His introduction into the field of behavioral health began while working as a wilderness therapy instructor with at-risk youth in North Carolina. Prior to landing at Center for Discovery he spent several years working as a direct care service provider for young adults with developmental disabilities. His goal is to continue making a difference in the lives of others while maintaining a sense of purpose in doing so. When Nicholas is not working, he loves hiking, backpacking, camping and any activity that brings him closer to nature.
Here’s What Patients Say After Completing Treatment*
“Center for Discovery saved my life. I will be forever grateful for the support and care I received in my stay here. My therapist, the counselors, the dietitian and the nurses were extremely helpful. I’m now able to feel excited for my future.” – Dalia L., former patient at CFD Southport
“We firmly believe that CFD saved our daughter’s life.” -Rachel C., parent of CFD Southport alumni
“Center for Discovery went above and beyond to put me, my treatment and fighting my eating disorder first. They made sure that I was treated as a human being instead of someone with a mental illness. Center For Discovery staff deserve all the love, kindness and recognition in the world.” – Maddie E., former patient at CFD Southport