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Tacoma, WA

Tacoma Outpatient Eating Disorder Program

CENTER FOR DISCOVERY
2202 South Cedar
Suite 175

Tacoma, WA 98405
PH 866.482.3876
M-F 9:00am to 5:00pm

PROGRAM FEATURES
Intensive Outpatient
Partial Hospitalization
All Genders
All Ages

GET IN TOUCH CALL 866.482.3876

GET HELP

IN-PERSON SERVICES UPDATE: We are resuming in-person programming for partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient treatments. In-person connection is incredibly important to behavioral health treatment and we are eager to provide this support to our patients as they move forward on the road to recovery. We also know that the safety and health of our patients and staff is top priority. See our latest update on steps we are taking to ensure everyone at our facilities are following guidelines as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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Center for Discovery Tacoma is an outpatient eating disorder treatment center providing partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient care to female and male clients of all ages. This Washington location provides eating disorder treatment for clients who are located in the South Puget Sound and is the only intensive outpatient and partial hospitalization program located in Pierce County.

This treatment facility provides flexible scheduling for up to six days per week and has separate suites for adolescents and adults. The clinical staff is extensively trained in trauma-informed treatment including Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), Trauma Sensitive Yoga (TSY), and our Path to Peace Binge Eating Disorder program. Our staff includes bilingual professionals as well as Certified Body Trust® Providers. This treatment center prides itself on taking a body positive approach and “health at every size” philosophy while also having certified eating disorder specialists on staff.

Center for Discovery Tacoma hosts weekly support groups for individuals and their families and is active in the Tacoma community as the staff is part of the Tacoma Eating Disorder Professional Network and staff members actively participate in the NEDA walk, and IAEDP learning opportunities.

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Maureen Peterson, MA, LMHC, CEDS-S

Maureen Peterson, MA, LMHC, CEDS-S

REGIONAL DIRECTOR

Maureen Peterson is the Program Director at Center For Discovery Tacoma OP 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.

Ardis Vanmeerten, MA, LMHC

Ardis Vanmeerten, MA, LMHC

PROGRAM DIRECTOR

Ardis is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor who focuses on disordered eating, trauma and the damage of stigmatization. She has a strong passion for helping facilitate the repair of relationships between bodies and food through body trust, health at every size and social justice principles. Ardis believes that everyone needs to learn the tools they were never taught in order to explore thoughts, behaviors and how feelings are impacted by losing connection with their body. Ardis first started with Center for Discovery in 2013 after earning her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Carroll College. She went on to complete the Master of Arts in Professional Counseling Program through Liberty University. She has over ten years of experience working in outpatient, residential and inpatient settings for eating disorders and children’s mental health. Ardis is a Certified Body Trust Provider, trained in Motivational Interviewing (MI), and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT). In her free time she enjoys cuddling with her bunny, writing, and speaking on the intersections of mental health and pop culture.

Chloe Allen

Chloe Allen

ADULT MILIEU MANAGER

Chloe is the adolescent facility coordinator in Tacoma. She graduated from the University of Washington Tacoma with a Bachelors of Artsdegree in psychology. She studied abroad in Austria for a short time where she learned about the psychology of food and culture. Chloe believes that different cultures and different backgrounds can influence one’s relationship with food and the body. She has a passion for working with people with eating disorders and body image challenges. She is also a certified yoga teacher and believes that yoga has healing properties and can help with body acceptance and body positivity. Other interests include art, traveling and practicing reiki. Chloe is committed to supporting people in recovery.

Ashley Walther

Ashley Walther

Adolescent Milieu Manager

Ashley is currently pursuing a double bachelors degree in Dietetics and Nutrition and Health with an intended graduation date in December 2019. Ashley has five years of experience working with adolescents and adults in a series of settings. Ashley has lived in five different countries and visited numerous others. During her summer semesters of University in Europe, Ashley traveled to Eastern European countries networking with community associations that benefit immigrants and underprivileged families with immigration funding programs in the Netherlands.

Ashley spent two years in the Netherlands studying medicine where she did in-depth research into perceptions of mental health disorders, such as schizophrenia, by student populations and genetic abnormalities. She volunteered her time with low-income elementary and voorbereidend middelbar beroepsonderwijs (VMBO) students (ages 12-16) who normally would not be exposed to programs and classes that would foster an interest in the medical field. Ashley is interested in furthering her knowledge about behavioral health in relation to Nutrition and proper health maintenance.

Kacie Plantenberg, MA, LMHC, LMFTA

Kacie Plantenberg, MA, LMHC, LMFTA

ADULT PRIMARY THERAPIST

Kacie Plantenberg is a Program Therapist at Center for Discovery’s outpatient program in Tacoma, WA. Kacie is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, and graduated with a Master of Arts in Psychology, Marriage and Family Therapy, from Brandman University. Kacie also received her Bachelor’s degree from Brandman University, majoring in Psychology and earning a certificate in Nutrition and Wellness. Kacie has been passionate about pursuing knowledge in the eating disorders field and has been a volunteer with the National Eating Disorders Association for the past six years. Kacie believes in the healing power of community and enjoys seeing the communities of recovery that Center for Discovery fosters in its clients.

Nicholas Berretta

Nicholas Berretta

REGISTERED DIETITIAN

Nicholas Berretta is a Registered Dietitian who holds degrees in both biochemistry and nutrition, and he is thrilled and grateful to be working with Center for Discovery’s Tacoma team. Mr. Berretta has spent the entirety of his dietetics career counseling individuals with disordered eating patterns, and is a strong proponent of Health At Every Size operating from an All Foods Fit philosophy. Mr. Berretta understands that our relationship with food and body image is systematically associated with previous life experiences, and it is this understanding that has driven him to further explore the research behind eating sustainably, dismissing myths propagated by diet culture, and embracing eating in a way that is helpful, as opposed to harmful, to our bodies and minds.

Emily Duncan

Emily Duncan

Registered Dietitian

Emily Duncan, a registered dietitian nutritionist, is health at every size advocate, and a strong proponent of evidence-based treatment plans for establishing a healthy relationship with food and body. Her background in dance and athletics means that she has experienced first hand the pressures put upon us by family members and peers to maintain “perfection.” It is this personal experience that lends well to Emily’s capacity to really engage her clients as she implements sustainable nutrition lifestyle practices. Emily is an intuitive eating coach, with both a gentle and evidence-based approach to teaching and inspiring while adopting an all foods fit approach to her own life and coaching. She enjoys trying new foods, teaching dance, hiking, shopping, and following pop culture.

Nicole Ford, MA.ED, LMHC, NCC

Nicole Ford, MA.ED, LMHC, NCC

PROGRAM THERAPIST

Nicole is a therapist for the eating disorder recovery program at the Center for Discovery in Tacoma, WA treating adults impacted by eating disorders, anxiety, depression, trauma, relationship and identity crisis. Nicole has earned her Masters in Community Counseling from Seattle University and works as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, trained in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and narrative theoretical practices to help guide other’s self-reflection and realize their strengths. Nicole works to be conscious of cultural and spiritual values and adapt therapy to best fit each unique individual. Nicole has been passionate in pursuing knowledge of eating disorders, as well as joining others in their own development of self-discovery, healing, and mental well-being. Some of Nicole’s interests that have been key to her wellness are enjoying the outdoors, painting, traveling, dance studios, and nurturing relationships with family and friends.

The path to recovery may feel isolating and daunting; by seeking out help I applaud you for taking the first step. Nicole looks forward being a part of your journey working towards your healing and peace.

Madeline Roscoe

Madeline Roscoe

DIET TECHNICIAN

Madeline is from Tacoma, Washington. She earned a Bachelor of Science in food science and nutrition from Central Washington University and is currently working on a master of science and dietetic internship program through Marywood University. As a diet technician she works to offer guidance and support to clients during meal times. She believes that all foods fit in a healthy diet.

Connor Smith

Connor Smith

DIET TECHNICIAN

Connor graduated from Central Washington University with a Bachelor of Science in Food Science and Nutrition with a specialization in Dietetics. He has a passion for helping people understand the importance of food and the impact it has on the body. Connor is striving to become a dietary diabetes educator. His desire to educate diabetics on the importance of nutrition and dietary choices stems from experiencing and observing the struggles of his mother who has type I diabetes. Connor’s hobbies include learning and practicing Japanese, watching Anime and playing soccer.

Jenni Scharf

Jenni Scharf

CLINICAL OUTREACH SUPERVISOR AND STAFF RECRUITMENT REPRESENTATIVE

Jenni Scharf is the Clinical Outreach Supervisor and Staff Recruitment Representative at Center For Discovery in the Northwest treating adolescents, adults and families impacted by eating disorders. Jenni earned her degree in Journalism, with an emphasis in Management from Western Washington University. Jenni has been working in healthcare marketing since 2001 and has held seats on 4 separate Pacific Northwest iaedp chapter boards. Jenni loves being a resource for professionals. She is a wife and mom to three kids and is passionate about helping families find the recovery they need to be healthy, whole and happy once again.

Lacey Gregory

Lacey Gregory

OP UR Case Manager

Lacey is the OP UR team lead, and the UR case manager for Center for Discovery’s Pacific Northwest region. She graduated with her Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology from Boise State University, and with her Master’s in Social Work from Western New Mexico University. Before she started working for Center for Discovery, she was a florist for several years and after completing her BS, worked in residential settings with adolescents and young adults. She started with Center for Discovery in 2015 as a residential counselor, and has held several positions within the company before taking on her current role as a UR case manager in late 2018.

She currently lives in Idaho with her husband and rescue dog, Champion. Outside of work, she enjoys watching her favorite teams compete (Seahawks, Mariners, Duke Blue Devils and BSU Broncos), reading, doing puzzles, playing tennis and basketball, hiking on Idaho’s many beautiful trails, and acting as her family’s personal florist.

Bianca Johnson

Bianca Johnson

DIET TECHNICIAN

Bianca is a Brazilian Dietitian who holds a bachelor degree from the School of Public Health/University of Sao Paulo, Brazil. She recently moved to WA to continue to learn and grow in her field. While in college she was inspired by a professor that is specialized in eating disorders. Bianca is passionate about the Intuitive Eating philosophy. Her goal as a Dietitian is to help people to create a healthier relationship with food, mind and body. In her spare time, Bianca likes to try new recipes, play card games with friends and find new TV shows to watch.

Alyssa Viray

Alyssa Viray

COUNSELOR III

Alyssa Viray is a Counselor III at Center for Discovery’s outpatient program in Tacoma, WA. Being a Washingtonian, Alyssa decided to start her educational journey at Pacific Lutheran University before transferring to the University of Mary in Bismarck, North Dakota, where she completed her undergraduate degree in University Studies and Psychology. She continued her education by earning her Master’s degree from Northcentral University, San Diego, in Psychology with a Health specialization and is currently achieving her Ph.D. in Psychology with Health specialization from Northcentral University.  Alyssa is passionate about the relationships between culture and cuisine, education, and healthcare. Before the Center for Discovery, Alyssa has worked within the local education system, supporting adolescents to navigate high school and future plans. In her spare time, Alyssa enjoys being with family and exploring her home state.

Lindsay Birchfield

Lindsay Birchfield

DIETARY SUPERVISOR

Lindsay’s formal education defines them as a Registered Dietitian, but they prefer to identify as a gender and body activist. Lindsay is committed to undoing the dehumanizing and fatphobic legacy of diet culture and traditional dietetics. They strive to work in partnership with their clients to help clarify an authentic and intuitive sense of their own ideas of health, nourishment, and recovery.  They have a personal and professional investment in the intersections of body and fat liberation across gender identities. Lindsay’s passion lands within changing the harmful nutrition practices that isolate bodies and genders outside the “status quo.”

Lindsay grew up in Chicago, IL and received their masters in clinical nutrition from New York University. They completed their internship at the James J Peters VA Hospital in New York City.  Lindsay has practiced body and nutrition therapy across the continental US within various eating disorder treatment facilities prior to joining Center for Discovery.   Their areas of specialization include disordered eating across age and genders, nutritional healing following gastric surgeries, weight-neutral interventions for diabetes and PCOS, food aversions, food-related trauma, and exposure therapy. Lindsay’s therapeutic style is marked by a suspicion for judgement and generalizations, and a respect for the power of curiosity, empathy, and humor to bring out the healthiest parts of ourselves.

In their spare time, Lindsey finds inspiration within the classroom where they teach masters-level dietetic students about the complexities of health and body oppression within traditional healthcare.   When looking for rest and relaxation, you can find Lindsay in their kitchen playing and exploring various cultural cuisines, traveling the PNW with their wife, and playing with their two bulldogs.

Sammantha Paulsen

Sammantha Paulsen

REGISTERED DIETITIAN

Sammy Paulsen is a Registered Dietitian at Center for Discovery. After graduating from Seattle Pacific University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition and Dietetics, Sammy worked with eating disorder clients at the residential level of care as a dietetic technician for about three years. She then completed a dietetic internship with an eating disorders emphasis at University of Minnesota. Sammy’s experience has fueled her passion for helping clients to overcome their eating disorders. She employs a compassionate approach to individualized nutrition counseling that is centered on establishing healthy relationships with food and body. In her spare time, Sammy enjoys spending time outdoors in the Pacific Northwest, cooking meals for her friends and family, reading books, and film photography.

TACOMA OUTPATIENT EATING DISORDER PROGRAM

IN-PERSON SERVICES UPDATE: We are resuming in-person programming for partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient treatments. In-person connection is incredibly important to behavioral health treatment and we are eager to provide this support to our patients as they move forward on the road to recovery. We also know that the safety and health of our patients and staff is top priority. See our latest update on steps we are taking to ensure everyone at our facilities are following guidelines as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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Center for Discovery Tacoma is an outpatient eating disorder treatment center providing partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient care to female and male clients of all ages. This Washington location provides eating disorder treatment for clients who are located in the South Puget Sound and is the only intensive outpatient and partial hospitalization program located in Pierce County.

This treatment facility provides flexible scheduling for up to six days per week and has separate suites for adolescents and adults. The clinical staff is extensively trained in trauma-informed treatment including Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), Trauma Sensitive Yoga (TSY), and our Path to Peace Binge Eating Disorder program. Our staff includes bilingual professionals as well as Certified Body Trust® Providers. This treatment center prides itself on taking a body positive approach and “health at every size” philosophy while also having certified eating disorder specialists on staff.

Center for Discovery Tacoma hosts weekly support groups for individuals and their families and is active in the Tacoma community as the staff is part of the Tacoma Eating Disorder Professional Network and staff members actively participate in the NEDA walk, and IAEDP learning opportunities.

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CENTER FOR DISCOVERY
2202 South Cedar
Suite 175

Tacoma, WA 98405
PH 866.482.3876
M-F 9:00am to 5:00pm

PROGRAM FEATURES
Intensive Outpatient
Partial Hospitalization
All Genders
All Ages

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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
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