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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 ( and ask how you can become a contributor!

March 15, 2021

Liz McCabe, PhD, LCSW

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Liz McCabe


Chief Clinical Officer

Liz McCabe is the Chief Clinical Officer of Accanto Health, the parent company of The Emily Program and Veritas Collaborative.

Liz joined The Emily Program in 2015 as the Pittsburgh Site Director with the responsibility of expanding access to eating disorders specialty care in the southwestern Pennsylvania region. In 2020 she assumed the role of Chief Clinical Officer and is now responsible for ensuring that clients in all levels of Emily Program care receive effective evidence-based treatment.

Liz brings over 25 years of eating disorders experience to her role as the Chief Clinical Officer. She has worked with children, adolescents, and adults in inpatient and outpatient settings and across the domains of clinical practice, supervision, program development, administration, teaching, and research. Prior to joining The Emily Program, she served as Clinical Administrator for the Eating Disorders Program and Director of Social Work at Western Psychiatric Hospital of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. She also served as Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

Liz received her PhD in social work at the University of Pittsburgh. Her research there focused on predictors of readmission to hospital among individuals hospitalized for treatment of anorexia nervosa. She has authored and co-authored articles and book chapters, and frequently presents to local and national audiences on eating disorders and dialectical behavior therapy. She is a member of the Academy of Eating Disorders and served as Past Co-Chair of the Family Therapy Special Interest Group.

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December 16, 2019

Jackie Ottoson

Jackie Ottoson

Jackie Ottoson

Vice President of Human Resources

Jackie Kane Ottoson is the Vice President of Human Resources for Accanto Health, the parent company of The Emily Program and Veritas Collaborative.

She brings over 25 years of broad corporate and field leadership experience in diverse environments from healthcare to hospitality and non-profit to Fortune 100 organizations. Her previous experience includes McKesson, Caremark, Bon Secours, Deluxe, and Famous Dave’s. Jackie is known for achieving results through building strategic partnerships, leveraging technology, and aligning culture with organizational mission and business objectives. She brings experience in building robust talent pipelines, strategic planning, coaching and mentoring, mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, and leading through organizational change.

Jackie serves as a board member and operations committee member for Summit Academy, OIC, a community-based vocational training and job placement program in North Minneapolis, Minnesota. She also serves as a board member and Chair of the Governance Committee for HIRED, one of the most respected workforce development organizations in the Twin Cities area. For Tubman, Jackie is a board and nomination committee member.

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September 25, 2019

Kate Norris, JD

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Kate Norris


General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer

Kate Norris is the General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer of Accanto Health, the parent company of The Emily Program and Veritas Collaborative, leading the Legal, Compliance, and Medical Records functions. She 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. Kate has a passion for expanding access to care for adults and adolescents with eating disorders and works closely with government entities in her work to achieve that objective.

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January 2, 2019

Doug Foote

Doug Foote

Doug Foote

Chief Operating Officer

Doug Foote is Chief Operating Officer of Accanto Health, the parent company of The Emily Program and Veritas Collaborative.

He is accountable for the operational and financial performance of all care delivery sites. Doug has a unique background, leading organizations for over 20 years in healthcare and insurance services including behavioral healthcare, home healthcare, podiatric healthcare, and long-term care insurance administration.

Doug is known for his ability to ensure delivery on complex initiatives such as mergers and acquisitions, integrations, separations, conversions, transformations, cost reductions, and other large-scale strategic endeavors. He also has a long history of community involvement, most notably as a veteran volunteer firefighter/EMT.

It is Doug’s passion to provide The Emily Program and Veritas Collaborative’s healing services to all those in need. He is inspired by the eating disorder experiences of family and friends.

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October 5, 2018

Dave Willcutts

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Dave Willcutts

Chief Executive Officer

Dave Willcutts is Chief Executive Officer of Accanto Health, the parent company of The Emily Program and Veritas Collaborative.

He is an accomplished healthcare executive whose career includes over 25 years leading organizations in a range of multi-site healthcare services, including specialty pharmaceuticals, home care services, radiology, managed care services, and, most recently, behavioral health.

Dave founded and served as the CEO and Chair of Ancillary Care Management, which was honored on the Inc. 5000 list of the fastest-growing companies in America, debuting on the list at number 9 in 2006 and 115th in 2007. He has also served as CEO of ONRAD, a full-service radiology provider offering physician services in 33 states, and as President of Univita Healthcare’s Integrated Home Care business unit (IHC), a $200 million provider of home care services under exclusive managed care contracts.

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September 16, 2018

Mark Warren, MD, MPH, FAED

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Mark Warren


Chief Medical Officer

Dr. Mark Warren is the Chief Medical Officer of Accanto Health, the parent company of The Emily Program and Veritas Collaborative. Accanto is focused on bringing the most advanced, evidence-based care to clients who are treated in a community of recovery. A graduate of The Johns Hopkins University Medical School, Dr. Warren completed his residency at Harvard Medical School. He is on Faculty at Case Medical School and teaches at University Hospitals of Cleveland and The Cleveland Clinic Foundation. He is a past chair of the Department of Psychiatry at Case Western University’s Mt. Sinai Hospital.

Dr. Warren is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, a Fellow of the Academy of Eating Disorders, where he co-founded the SIG in 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 was a founding member and 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.

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