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Fairfield, CT

Wellington Residential Eating Disorder Program

CENTER FOR DISCOVERY
600 Wellington Drive
Fairfield, CT 06824
PH 866.482.3876
Hours 24/7

PROGRAM FEATURES
Residential
Female 18-26

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Center for Discovery Wellington is a high level of care eating disorder treatment center located in Fairfield County, Connecticut and treats female clients 18-26 years of age. This location offers residential treatment and has been open since 2017.

Center for Discovery Wellington is located minutes from the Merritt Parkway and about an hour from Manhattan, attracting clients from all over Connecticut, New York and New Jersey. This high level of care eating disorder facility offers body movement work, such as dance movement therapy and yoga therapy to help clients reconnect with their mind and body. Treatment plans are highly individualized for each client.

CONDITIONS WE TREAT

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Elizabeth Damon, R-DMT, LPC

Elizabeth Damon, R-DMT, LPC

PROGRAM DIRECTOR

Elizabeth Damon is a registered dance/movement therapist and licensed professional counselor with over ten years of experience in the mental health field. She believes in providing empirically validated treatment in a safe and supportive environment and is passionate about treating women with eating disorders. Her treatment approach is to provide room for growth and self-reflection as well as laughter and joy. She hopes that when her clients leave treatment they feel whole again, and are able to experience themselves, as well as life, in a more rich and complete way.

Jessica Filipkowski, RD, CD-N

Jessica Filipkowski, RD, CD-N

REGISTERED DIETITIAN

Jessica Filipkowski is a Registered Dietitian and Certified Dietitian-Nutritionist in the state of Connecticut. She has a Bachelor of Science in Nutritional Science from Michigan State University and a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics from the University of New Haven. Additionally, Jessica successfully completed a clinically focused 50-week dietetic internship program at Yale-New Haven Hospital in New Haven, Connecticut. During more than 1400 hours of supervised practice, Jessica provided intensive nutrition therapy to numerous patient populations with various disease states. Jessica has nearly 5 years of experience working with both adolescents and young adults at the Center for Discovery Eating Disorder Programs. She is currently working towards her specialty certification as a Certified Eating Disorders Registered Dietitian. Jessica has a strong passion for helping others and is excited to support, educate, challenge, and motivate her new clients throughout their recovery process.

Danielle Worst, MA

Danielle Worst, MA

PRIMARY THERAPIST

Danielle Worst earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Communications Studies from Baldwin Wallace University and then continued on to earn her Master’s degree in Performance Psychology from the Graduate School of Professional Psychology at the University of Denver. Danielle began working with clients with eating disorders while in graduate school and continued working with this population after earning her graduate degree. Danielle is a Licensed Body Positive Facilitator and believes in helping people of all ages, genders, and sizes to learn to love and accept their body. Danielle believes in creating a safe and encouraging therapeutic environment in which she can challenge the eating disorder, and also support her clients while at their most vulnerable.

Lauren Hunt

Lauren Hunt

FACILITY MANAGER

Lauren is a Connecticut native who received her Bachelor of Arts from Ithaca College. Lauren’s career in the Mental Health Counseling field began at Center for Discovery, where she worked as a counselor and on-call Facility Manager for the Southport Adolescent facility. She then stepped into the role of Facility Manager of the Wellington Young Adult facility. Lauren has a passion for introducing young women to the journey of recovery and providing them with the opportunity to change the course of their lives.

Samantha Trayer, MA, LMFTA

Samantha Trayer, MA, LMFTA

THERAPIST

Sammy Trayer received her Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Fairfield University. Coming from a youth bureau setting, Sammy has worked with a variety of issues ranging from behavior problems, divorce and remarriage related issues, relationship difficulties, depression, anxiety, trauma, eating disorders and grief. She focuses on supporting families and individuals while assisting them in transitioning through life stages and obstacles.

Sammy is passionate about helping her clients develop a deeper understanding of themselves and the world around them. Her aim is to help clients fulfill their therapeutic goals by strengthening their emotional well-being, increasing their self-esteem and self-worth, improving their interpersonal relationships, while helping them to become more mindful in their life. Sammy’s style is warm and inviting and she is direct and informative while working cohesively with her clients to identify their journey to recovery.

Dr. Ilana Karpenos, MD

Dr. Ilana Karpenos, MD

PSYCHIATRIST

Dr. Ilana Karpenos graduated from Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education/ SUNY Downstate, a 7 year BS/MD program. She completed her training in pediatrics, psychiatry and child psychiatry at North Shore University Hospital and NY Presbyterian Hospital.

She has been in private practice in Westport for the past 20 years and has worked with CFD since 2012.
In addition, Dr. Karpenos has worked with IOPs as well consulted for multiple school districts in Fairfield County.
She’s board-certified in adult psychiatry and neurology as well as child and adolescent psychiatry.

Dr. Marcie Schneider, MD, FAAP, FSAHM

Dr. Marcie Schneider, MD, FAAP, FSAHM

PHYSICIAN

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.

Sara Levine, MD, MPH, FAAP

Sara Levine, MD, MPH, FAAP

PHYSICIAN

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.

Emma Ardry, RN

Emma Ardry, RN

NURSE ADMINISTRATOR

Emma Ardry obtained her bachelor’s in nursing from Southern Connecticut State University in 2011, and her masters in nursing management from Sacred Heart University in 2016. She has previously worked in a hospital setting as well as an adolescent residential facility before coming to Center for Discovery. Supporting young women through their journey of recovery, and seeing the shift in them is what makes this job so rewarding for her.

WELLINGTON RESIDENTIAL EATING DISORDER PROGRAM

Center for Discovery Wellington is a high level of care eating disorder treatment center located in Fairfield County, Connecticut and treats female clients 18-26 years of age. This location offers residential treatment and has been open since 2017.

Center for Discovery Wellington is located minutes from the Merritt Parkway and about an hour from Manhattan, attracting clients from all over Connecticut, New York and New Jersey. This high level of care eating disorder facility offers body movement work, such as dance movement therapy and yoga therapy to help clients reconnect with their mind and body. Treatment plans are highly individualized for each client.

CONDITIONS WE TREAT

OUR TEAM

GET IN TOUCH / CALL 866.482.3876

CENTER FOR DISCOVERY
600 Wellington Drive
Fairfield, CT 06824
PH 866.482.3876
Hours 24/7

PROGRAM FEATURES
Residential
Female 18+

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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