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There’s Help. There’s Hope! The Emily Program is a warm and welcoming place where individuals and their families can find comprehensive treatment for eating disorders and related issues. This blog is a place for us to share the latest happenings at The Emily Program, as well as helpful tidbits from the broader eating disorder community. Subscribe via RSS to receive automatic updates. We want to hear your story. Email us (blog@emilyprogram.com) and ask how you can become a contributor!

April 12, 2021
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Kelsey Thomas

MS, RDN, CD

Senior Regional Director, Pacific Northwest

Kelsey Thomas (she/her) is the Senior Regional Director, Pacific Northwest at Accanto Health, the parent company of The Emily Program and Gather Behavioral Health. Kelsey joined The Emily Program’s Seattle Outpatient treatment center in 2012 as a Registered Dietitian and transitioned over time into the Senior Regional Director, Pacific Northwest role. During her time working at the Seattle Outpatient location, Kelsey has worked with adults and adolescents in OP, IOP, and PHP levels of care and held the role of Site Director for three years. Kelsey has her master’s degree in nutrition and dietetics, loves eating the food her husband makes, and enjoys playing cribbage as well as gardening in her outdoor and indoor gardens.

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April 5, 2021
Rebecca Eckstein

Rebecca Eckstein

LCSW, CEDS-S

Senior Regional Director, Southeast

Becca Eckstein (she/her) is the Senior Regional Director, Southeast at Accanto Health, the parent company of The Emily Program and Gather Behavioral Health. Becca is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, having earned her MSW in Social Work from New York University, and Bachelor’s degrees in Psychology and Violin Performance from Northwestern University in Evanston, IL.

Becca’s experience helping individuals with eating disorders in various levels of care at The Emily Program (formerly Veritas Collaborative) and in Massachusetts, along with her training in FBT, ACT, CBT, and DBT, informs her evidence-based approach to treatment. She is passionate about empowering individuals to create a sustainable path to recovery that moves them in the direction of their values. She also firmly believes in treatment to outcome, to help ensure the best chance of a lasting recovery process for individuals and their loved ones. Becca specializes in family therapy and sees partners, parents, and other loved ones as essential advocates and allies in the treatment process.

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April 5, 2021
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Brittany Davis

MEd, LPCC-S

Senior Regional Director, Midwest

Brittany Davis (she/her), MEd, LPCC-S, is the Senior Regional Director, Midwest at Accanto Health, the parent company of The Emily Program and Gather Behavioral Health. Brittany began her counseling career as a graduate student at The Cleveland Center for Eating Disorders (CCED) in 2009. After graduating, she joined the CCED team as the Adolescent PHP/IOP Program Coordinator and remained in this role for 9 years. In 2018, she transitioned to the Site Director for The Emily Program’s Cleveland Outpatient location. Over the years, Brittany has specialized in the treatment of adolescent eating disorders using the Family-Based Treatment (FBT) approach and has attended multiple intensive trainings in Family-Based Treatment (FBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT).

Brittany is the mom to her daughter Isabelle and her son Tyler. She has a love for animals and recently adopted a golden retriever puppy. In her personal time, she enjoys being outside, spending time with her family and friends, and cheering on Cleveland sports teams.

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September 25, 2019
Kate Norris

Kate Norris

JD

General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer

Kate Norris (she/her) is the General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer of Accanto Health, the parent company of The Emily Program and Gather Behavioral Health. She leads Accanto’s Legal, Compliance, and Medical Records functions, providing legal counsel across the organization and supervising compliance and regulatory initiatives. Kate’s passion lies in expanding access to eating disorder care and collaborating with government entities to advance this objective.

Kate studied law at the University of St. Thomas School of Law in the Twin Cities and worked in a variety of capacities within the medical device industry, legal technology, and public defense prior to joining The Emily Program. She is a current adjunct professor at the University of St. Thomas School of Law and a frequent speaker in university classes and various legal and compliance conferences.

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September 15, 2018
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Mark Warren

MD, MPH, FAED

Chief Medical Officer

Dr. Mark Warren (he/him) is the Chief Medical Officer of Accanto Health, the parent company of The Emily Program and Gather Behavioral Health. His primary focus enhancing patient safety and providing comprehensive treatment that addresses both the physical and psychological aspects of eating disorders. Working alongside our executive team and our medical staff, Dr. Warren is dedicated to helping all of our patients embark on a path toward a meaningful and joyful life.

Dr. Warren is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and a Fellow of the Academy of Eating Disorders, where he co-founded the special interest group (SIG) for Professionals and Recovery and the SIG for Males and Eating Disorders. He is a two-time recipient of the Exemplary Psychiatrist Award of the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill, and a winner of the Woodruff Award. He has published and spoken extensively on males and eating disorders, professionals and recovery, and DBT and FBT in the treatment of eating disorders.

Dr. Warren is a founding member and former co-chair of the Academy of Eating Disorders Medical Care Standards Committee and serves on the FEAST Medical Advisory Board and The Visiting Committee of the Case Western Francis Payne Bolton School of Nursing.

Having personally experienced an eating disorder as a young man, Mark feels privileged to be working in the field of eating disorders for over two decades.

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September 15, 2018
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Dirk Miller

PhD, LP

Founder | Executive Chair and Chief Clinical Strategy Officer

Dirk Miller (he/him) is the Founder, Executive Chair, and Chief Clinical Strategy Officer of The Emily Program. In these roles, Dirk is responsible for defining the organization’s clinical vision and overseeing its growth strategy.

Dirk has over 35 years of experience in the treatment of eating disorders, substance use disorders, and other mental and behavioral health issues. He founded and formerly ran the Memorial Hospital’s HOPE program for eating disorders and the Renaissance Intensive Outpatient alcohol and drug treatment program in Elkhart General Hospital. Dirk is a founding member of REDC, as well as a current member of the Board of Directors and Chair of the Ethics Committee. He is also actively involved as a Board member of the Retreat in Wayzata, MN, a Founder and Board Member Emeritus of WithAll, and a former member of the Governing Council of the MN Psychological Association. Additionally, Dirk is a Distinguished Alumni of the University of Minnesota and recipient of the Larry Johnson Award. He has spoken nationally on a variety of mental health treatment topics and consults with many healthcare organizations.

Both Dirk and his sister Emily experienced eating disorders but lacked access to appropriate treatment programs. For him, it’s been a dream come true to build The Emily Program and observe the growth of Accanto Health.

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