Tacoma, WA

Tacoma Outpatient 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 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 EMDR, CPT, TSY, & TFCBT and some staff members are bilingual. 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.

CENTER FOR DISCOVERY

2202 S Cedar St , Ste 175 & 220,
Tacoma, WA 98405

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Meet the Team

Ardis Vanmeerten, LMHC

Ardis Vanmeerten, LMHC

PRIMARY THERAPIST

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 principals. Ardis believes that everyone deserves another chance to explore their thoughts, behaviors and how their feelings are impacted by losing connection with their body and explore how they are impacted by navigating through society. 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 trained in Motivational Interviewing (MI), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), and takes a reality therapy approach.

Alex McKee, MS, RD, CD

Alex McKee, MS, RD, CD

REGISTERED DIETITIAN

Alex McKee earned her Master of Science in Nutrition degree from Bastyr University where her studies focused on evidence-based integrative and functional nutrition. Upon graduation, she completed a year-long dietetic internship at Texas State University where she could further explore her passion for holistic and compassionate care while working with people from a multitude of backgrounds and social environments.

Alex also holds a Bachelor Degree in Social Anthropology from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland where she first gained perspective on how individuals’ unique history and needs deserve personalized paths to wellness and recovery. Areas of further interest include digestive health, alternative medicine, inflammation and immunity, mindful eating, and developing peaceful relationships with foods and with our bodies.

Angelica Brown

Angelica Brown

ADULT FACILITY COORDINATOR

Angelica Brown graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Educational Studies in July 2017. Angelica has many years of experience working with children, teens, and young adults in multiple settings. She also gained administrative experience during her tenure with one of the largest school districts in Missouri.

Angelica’s personal and professional experiences have enhanced her passion for supporting families, mental health, and recovery. She is a wife and mother as well as the Facility Coordinator for Center For Discovery’s outpatient program in Tacoma, Washington serving adolescents and adults.

Chloe Allen

Chloe Allen

ADOLESCENT FACILITY COORDINATOR

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

DIET TECHNICIAN

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.

Laurel Madson-Lawson, MA, LMFTA

Laurel Madson-Lawson, MA, LMFTA

PROGRAM THERAPIST

Laurel Madson Lawson is the Program Therapist at the Center for Discovery in Tacoma Washington, providing services to adolescents, adults, and families impacted by eating disorders. Laurel Is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Associate. Laurel attended the University of Utah where she completed a Bachelors of Science in Environment and Behavior. She completed her masters degree at St. Martin’s University in Lacey, WA. Laurel has been working with teens for over 20 years in different capacities from art teacher to kayak camp instructor. She is an artist in her free time and mom to two girls. Laurel strives to develop a therapeutic relationship consisting of honesty and empathy to collaborate change with each client. Laurel believes each client is unique and each family is unique, therefore she tailors a therapeutic alliance that fits each one. She is passionate about eating disorder recovery and helping those who struggle with ED and Body Image challenges. Laurel uses Solution Focused Therapy/Art Therapy/ and EFFT.

Colleen Young, MA, LMFT

Colleen Young, MA, LMFT

PROGRAM THERAPIST – BINGE EATING DISORDER ADVISOR

Colleen Young is the lead therapist for the binge eating disorder program at the Center for Discovery in Tacoma, WA treating adolescents, adults, and families impacted by eating disorders. Colleen is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and a Certified Body Trust Provider. Colleen earned her Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Allegheny College and her Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Pacific Lutheran University.

Colleen brings with her more than ten years of experience in community mental health and private practice settings. Prior to joining the Center for Discovery team, Colleen ran her own private practice, Inner Revolution Counseling, where she worked with individuals, couples, and families struggling with disordered eating using a Health at Every Size approach with an emphasis on Intuitive Eating and Body Trust principles. Colleen also provided therapy at the Eating Recovery Program at Hope Sparks seeing clients on the disordered eating continuum.

Colleen has provided training to clinicians around Health at Every Size principles and is passionate about working with individuals towards healing their relationship with food and body. Colleen approaches treatment through a social justice lens and works to challenge the assumptions we all hold around who we are supposed to be versus who we truly are and is a champion for all people to live an embodied life where food and movement can be joyful.  Colleen enjoys good coffee, film, urban hikes, and spending time with her little boy and her partner.

Kacie Eldridge-Johnson, MA, LMFTA

Kacie Eldridge-Johnson, MA, LMFTA

PROGRAM THERAPIST – BINGE EATING DISORDER ADVISOR

Kacie Eldridge-Johnson is a Program Therapist at Center for Discovery’s outpatient program in Tacoma, WA. Kacie is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Associate, 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.

Niashay Whitaker, LMHCA CDPT

Niashay Whitaker, LMHCA CDPT

PRIMARY THERAPIST

Niashay Whitaker earned her undergraduate degree in developmental psychology from Eastern Washington University in 2013 and her graduate degree from Seattle University in community counseling in 2017. While studying Niashay specialized in child development and multicultural studies. Her internship included working with underprivileged youth helping youth and their families. Niashay received her Master of Education from Seattle University in community counselor with an emphasis in social justice. While studying, Niashay began her working at an inpatient eating disorder clinic helping clients develop tools, coping skills, and running specialized groups.

Niashay’s areas of focus include but are not limited to; eating disorders,trauma-focused care, depression, anxiety, grief and loss, adjustment concerns, and parenting.

Boyd Cowan, ARNP, PMHNP-BC

Boyd Cowan, ARNP, PMHNP-BC

NURSE PRACTITIONER

Boyd Cowan is the psychiatric provider at Center for Discovery Tacoma PHP treating adolescents, adults, and families impacted by eating disorders and mental health disorders. Boyd is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and earned his Master’s in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing from Seattle University and Master’s in Psychology from Seattle University. Boyd has been working with children, adults, and families in the mental health field for 8 years. He has worked in inpatient and outpatient settings, providing psychiatric assessment, prescribing psychiatric medications, and conducting counseling and family therapy.

Sara Zajac, MSW, LCSW

Sara Zajac, MSW, LCSW

PROGRAM THERAPIST – BINGE EATING DISORDER ADVISOR

Sara is a part-time therapist for the eating disorder recovery program at the Center for Discovery in Tacoma, WA treating adolescents, adults, and families impacted by eating disorders. Sara earned her Masters Degree in Social Work from the University of Washington in Tacoma, Wa and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Sara brings with her over 10 years of experience in the social work and mental health fields. Sara has worked with a variety of different populations impacted by biopsychosocial issues including Veterans at the VA Hospital, homeless adolescents and young adults in non-profit outpatient and residential settings, elderly adults with in-home mental health and nursing homes, and substance abuse and chronic pain residential treatment programs.

Sara has experience in both individual MH treatment as well as group therapy treatment including Dialetical Behavioral Therapy and Acceptance and Committment Therapy. Sara believes in social justice, equality for all people and is passionate about advocating for her patients and their rights. One of these beliefs is that every person deserves a life full of meaning, purpose and happiness. Sara works with every patient from a strengths-based perspective and a person-centered approach. Sara enjoys spending time with her husband and their beautiful rescue cats, painting, weekend road-trips and shopping.

Maggie Mills, MS, CN

Maggie Mills, MS, CN

DIET TECHNICIAN

Maggie Mills earned her Master of Science in Nutrition degree from the National University of Natural Medicine in Portland, OR, where her studies focused on holistic, integrative, and personalized nutrition. After graduation, she began teaching nutrition courses for college students, focusing on topics related to the dangers of fad diets, chronic dieting, and weight stigma. In 2017, she completed the Be Nourished Training Institute’s Body Trust Provider certification program, a 10-month training course which seeks to refocus multiple healing modalities with compassionate care at the core.

Maggie also holds a Bachelor Degree in Psychology from the University of Tulsa in Tulsa, OK, where she gained experience and perspective working with underserved populations within the local mental healthcare system. Areas of further interest include alternative medicine, functional nutrition, digestive health, autoimmune conditions, intuitive eating, meal planning, size diversity, body positivity, Health at Every Size (HAES), and helping others repair their relationships with food and their bodies.

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.

Tacoma Outpatient 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 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 EMDR, CPT, TSY, & TFCBT and some staff members are bilingual. 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.

GET IN TOUCH / CALL 866.482.3876

CENTER FOR DISCOVERY

2202 S Cedar St , Ste 175 & 220,
Tacoma, WA 98405


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TAKE A VIRTUAL TOUR

Preferred In-Network Provider for All Major Health Insurance

Preferred In-Network Provider for All Major Health Insurance

  • 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