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WOODLAND HILLS OUTPATIENT EATING DISORDER PROGRAM

Woodland Hills, CA

HOME / LOCATIONS / WOODLAND HILLS, CA (OUTPATIENT)

Virtual treatment available: CFD outpatient programs can also be accessed via online telehealth services.

Center For Discovery Woodland Hills Outpatient provides partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient treatment to patients of all genders and all ages. This facility is located in the Warner Center, just off the 101 freeway, between the city of Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley. There are many universities including, UCLA, USC, Cal State Northridge, Moorpark Community College and California Lutheran University, making this treatment center popular among college students. This outpatient treatment center offers yoga therapy, EMDR therapy and many other therapies that approach the mind and body connection. 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/First Health/Auto/WorkersComp, Fortified Provider Network (FPN), MCCP (Medical Cost Containment Professionals, LLC), 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.

The staff has extensive experience treating eating disorders and this facility has a Body Trust provider on staff that has extensive experience in providing weight inclusive treatment using the Health at Every Size® (HAES®). Because of the close proximity to universities, Center For Discovery Woodland Hills works closely with local universities and their staff for dietary education.

*Health At Every Size® and HAES® are registered trademarks of the Association for Size Diversity and Health and used with permission.

MEET THE TEAM

Emma Conners - Executive Director
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Emma Conners, MPH

CASE AND FACILITY MANAGER

Nicole Branch

ASSOCIATE THERAPIST

Bianca Dancy, AMFT

PRIMARY THERAPIST

Ilana Cohen, ASW

REGISTERED DIETITIAN

Sophia Scattaglia, RD

REGISTERED DIETITIAN NUTRITIONIST

Nadia Sorych, RDN

REGISTERED DIETITIAN NUTRITIONIST

Karin Jacinto Loomis, RDN

REGISTERED DIETITIAN NUTRITIONIST

Brooke Linberg, RDN

ED DIET TECHNICIAN

Carrie Glaser

ED DIET TECHNICIAN

Hannah Ward

ED TECHNICIAN

Gabby Collins

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Emma Conners, MPH

Emma joined Center for Discovery Woodland Hills as the facility’s milieu manager in 2020. After a year in that role, she was promoted to executive director and has had the privilege of leading the team through periods of transition and growth. Emma completed her Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences with a concentration in health administration and policy at Depaul University in Chicago, IL where she graduated magna cum laude. Emma continued her education at the University of Arizona where she earned a Master of Public Health degree with a concentration in health services administration.

 

It was during graduate school that Emma was first introduced to the eating disorder treatment world. She had the privilege of working in the residential, PHP and IOP levels of care with both adolescent and adult patients as a counselor assistant. This opportunity changed Emma’s career trajectory. She became passionate about the intersection between mental health and relationships with the food and body. After moving to Los Angeles, she looked for a leadership role in eating disorder treatment to continue her work in the field. The Intuitive Eating, All Foods Fit ®, and Health At Every Size ® framework utilized in Center for Discovery’s facilities aligns with Emma’s own beliefs and practices and made it the perfect fit. Her favorite part of working in treatment is witnessing patients reclaiming independence from their eating disorder and being able to focus on the joyful adventures of life. Outside of work you will find Emma scoping out the best restaurants in LA, lounging around with her dog Paco or traveling!

CASE AND FACILITY MANAGER

Nicole Branch

Nicole started with Center for Discovery Woodland Hills in 2021 as a diet technician. She has since transitioned into various leadership roles including lead eating disorder technician and her current role of case and facility manager. Nicole earned her Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Northern Arizona University. She started her career working as a chemist in both the biotechnology and pharmaceutical research fields. It was during this time that Nicole found that her true passion was to work in dietetics. She is currently enrolled in a post-baccalaureate dietetics program through the University of Northern Colorado and is working towards becoming a registered dietitian. Nicole believes that the principles of Health at Every Size ® and Intuitive Eating are the cornerstones of recovery, and she is excited to be working in an environment where they are implemented. In her free time, Nicole enjoys cooking, traveling, spending time with her cat and trying new restaurants.

ASSOCIATE THERAPIST

Bianca Dancy, AMFT

Bianca is an associate marriage and family therapist and received her Master of Science in Counseling with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from California State University Northridge. They began with Center for Discovery in 2021. As part of her graduate training, Bianca worked at the Mitchell Family Counseling Clinic on CSUN’s campus, providing therapy for individuals, families, and couples in the San Fernando Valley. Bianca strives to work from a compassion-centered, trauma-informed, and liberation-oriented stance. Bianca has a special interest in working with queer communities.

PRIMARY THERAPIST

Ilana Cohen, ASW

Ilana is an associate clinical social worker registered through the Board of Behavioral Sciences. Ilana graduated with her B.A. in sociology and marketing from the University of Denver and received her Master of Social Work (MSW) from the University of Southern California. During her graduate studies, Ilana worked at a grief support center running groups for young adults grieving a parent and conducted clinical intakes for those interested in joining specific grief groups. 

The following year, Ilana worked as a therapist at the Actors Fund, a national human services organization that caters to the needs of the entertainment community. At Actors Fund, Ilana provided individual and group therapy to patients ranging from 18-60 years old. During this time, Ilana also assessed and administered financial grants provided by the fund to patients who met eligibility criteria. Ilana is an active member of the National Association of Social Workers.

REGISTERED DIETITIAN

Sophia Scattaglia, RD

Sophia Scattaglia has been a registered dietitian at Center for Discovery- Woodland Hills since 2021. Sophia graduated from the University of Southern California, where she received her Master’s degree in Nutrition, Healthspan, and Longevity. Sophia went to Loyola Marymount University for her undergraduate degree where she studied Health and Human Sciences. Sophia is also a Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor.

Besides nutrition, Sophia has always had a passion for mental health and the connection between the two. She is passionate about working with those who struggle with eating disorders and looks forward to helping them build healthy relationships with their bodies and minds. In her free time, she loves cooking, baking, drawing, and spending time with loved ones.

REGISTERED DIETITIAN NUTRITIONIST

Nadia Sorych, RDN

Nadia’s journey in eating disorder treatment began in 2017 as a diet technician, where she discovered Intuitive Eating and Health At Every Size. She fell in love with these philosophies and adopted them as part of her personal and her professional identities.

Nadia completed her Bachelor of Arts in Biology with a Spanish minor at Oakland University in Michigan, where she held numerous leadership roles and volunteered serving local communities in the metro Detroit area. She also extended her leadership and service internationally by organizing two relief trips to Honduras and participating in a nutrition and health internship working with indigenous communities in Darién, Panama. She then completed her Master of Science in Sport and Exercise Nutrition at the University of Westminster in London, United Kingdom, where she was inspired to pursue a career as a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN). Nadia completed her didactic program in Dietetics at University of Arizona and graduated from the Greater Los Angeles Veteran Affairs Dietetic Internship Program.

Nadia believes that each person deserves to live their life to the fullest, and that recovery from an eating disorder can help bring one closer to that! She enjoys inspiring people to reject the diet culture mentality and making peace with food, so they can find their path back to intuitive eating. Her love for learning new things and connecting with people drives her passion for the field of dietetics in eating disorder recovery.

REGISTERED DIETITIAN NUTRITIONIST

Karin Jacinto Loomis, RDN

Karin Jacinto Loomis is a registered dietitian nutritionist and has been working with Center for Discovery- Woodland Hills since 2022.

She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition and Dietetics from California State University, Northridge and a Master of Science degree in Nutrition from the University of Saint Joseph. She then completed her dietetic internship at Pepperdine University.

Karin’s interest in the mind-body connection led her to working in the mental health field. She has provided nutrition counseling and support to adolescents and adults with eating disorders in RTC, PHP, and IOP levels of care as well as in a private practice setting.

Through her experiences, she has found a true passion for helping individuals build a healthy relationship with food through sustainable practices. She is a strong advocate for body acceptance and Health At Every Size. Utilizing a holistic and mindfulness-based approach, she hopes to work with clients collaboratively to support them in practicing self-care through nutrition.

REGISTERED DIETITIAN NUTRITIONIST

Brooke Linberg, RDN

Brooke Linberg is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist. She graduated from Viterbo University in Wisconsin with a Bachelor of Science in Community-Medical Dietetics and minor in Sports Science. She went on to complete internships at an eating disorder center in Denver called EDCare, as well as at the University of Louisville Sports Nutrition Department. Brooke is currently working towards her master’s in nutrition sciences. Brooke has experience with the outpatient, IOP and PHP, and partial-hospitalization level of care with both adults and adolescents.

Brooke practices the All Foods Fit Philosophy, as well as Intuitive Eating. Brooke is passionate about helping others practice body positivity and learn how to make peace with both themselves and food. She is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

ED DIET TECHNICIAN

Carrie Glaser

Carrie is an ED diet technician who started working at Center for Discovery- Woodland Hills in 2022. She graduated from University of Wisconsin, Madison in 2016 with a degree in Communication Arts. Her passion for supporting individuals struggling with mental health and eating disorders inspired her to pursue a position in this field. Carrie believes in Health At Every Size and Intuitive Eating philosophies and applies them to her daily life. She is excited to be a part of team and works to foster a safe, inclusive, and welcoming environment. In her free time, Carrie enjoys traveling, reading, trying new restaurants, and spending time with her dog.

 

ED DIET TECHNICIAN

Hannah Ward

Hannah Ward has been a ED diet technician at Center for Discovery- Woodland Hills since 2021. They are a graduate from California State University, Northridge, where they studied and earned a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics, completing the didactic program. Hannah also has associate’s degree of General S.T.E.M. and Social and Behavioral Science, with plans to return to school to complete their master’s and become a registered dietitian. Hannah carries a passion for nutrition as it relates to mental wellness and the Health At Every Size Movement. They aim to create a safe and supportive environment that empowers clients to boldly be themselves and focus on their recovery. Hannah believes it’s a privilege to accompany people on their journey as they explore what it means to feed both body and soul. In their free-time, Hannah enjoys sewing costumes, cooking, reading, and playing board games with friends and their twin sister.

 

ED TECHNICIAN

Gabby Collins

Gabby has been a ED technician at Center for Discovery- Woodland Hills since October 2021, and they lead groups on DBT, self-compassion, and expressive arts, as well as offer support at meal times. Gabby graduated with her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with highest honors from the University of California, Berkeley, and spent time counseling LGBTQ+ students and teaching visual arts. Shortly after graduating, Gabby began pursuing their Master of Social Work at the University of California, Los Angeles. As a part of their graduate studies, they currently support members of the unhoused community in meeting their housing and mental health goals through motivational interviewing. Gabby was inspired to work in eating disorder treatment due to their own experiences with disordered eating, and due to the commonality of eating disorders amongst LGBTQ+ and neurodivergent people, two populations they love working with. In the future, Gabby hopes to obtain her LCSW and work as a therapist specializing in eating disorders, LGBTQ+ identity, and autistic and ADHD teens and adults. Outside of their work, Gabby enjoys trying new restaurants with friends, spending time in nature with their dog, and snowboarding.

Here’s What Patients Say After Completing Treatment*

  • 97% feel hopeful about their future*
  • 95% believe they can handle life after treatment*
  • 99% know what helps them get better*

“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 Discovery Mood & Anxiety Program in 2021 (between 1/1/21 and 12/31/21) and completed the Recovery Assessment Scale (RAS) (N = 2,278). Average length of stay is 34.2 days for those who completed treatment (did not discharge to a higher level of care, due to insurance, against treatment advice, transfer or administratively).

Support Group

We offer free, online support groups for those struggling with an Eating Disorder.  Register in advance for this meeting:
https://centerfordiscovery.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJMld-CprzMiGdL_0XzGd3R2NlC9ICaTpGfD

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

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