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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!

September 27, 2021
Sydney Brodeur Johnson

Sydney Brodeur-Johnson

PhD, LCP, CEDS

Senior Director of Clinical Services and Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion 

Sydney Brodeur-Johnson (she/her), PhD, LCP, CEDS, is the Senior Director of Clinical Services and Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion at Accanto Health, the parent company of The Emily Program and Gather Behavioral Health.

Sydney’s passion is providing best-practice, research-informed, and multiculturally competent treatment to patients and their families suffering with eating disorders. She is committed to increasing access to effective treatment, training professionals to deliver gold-standard care, and empowering them to be the best providers and people they can be.

Dr. Brodeur received her PhD in counseling psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) in 2005 and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Alabama at Birmingham with a concentration in the interdisciplinary treatment of adolescents with eating disorders. She assisted with the opening of Carolina House, a residential eating disorder treatment facility in Durham, NC, and was its first Center Director. From 2008 to 2019, Sydney served as the eating disorder specialist and Associate Director for Training at University Counseling Services at VCU. In that role, she maintained APA accreditation of the psychology internship program and was the administrator for the training program for students in psychology, social work, and counselor education. She also served as a member of the center’s executive team.

In her free time, Sydney enjoys spending time with her children and partner, being outdoors, listening to music, and traveling.

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August 6, 2021
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Accanto Health

Accanto Health is the parent company of The Emily Program and Gather Behavioral Health, two nationally known treatment programs offering a full continuum of care for children, adolescents, and adults of all genders.

Beside you every step of the way

Accanto means “beside” in Italian. This speaks to our commitment to serve our clients the whole way through their treatment journeys, across all services and levels of care. We honor the incredible courage it takes to reach out for help, and in turn, we meet each individual where they are and provide warm, caring treatment every step of the way.

Recognizing that one size does not fit all, our programs provide exceptional, individualized care for people with eating disorders of all ages in a gender-diverse and inclusive environment, incorporating an array of individual, group, and family therapy, nutrition, psychiatry, medical care, yoga, education, and support services.

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Our programs

The Emily Program

The Emily Program offers in-person and virtual treatment across Minnesota, Washington, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Georgia, and North Carolina.

Learn more about The Emily Program here or by calling 1-888-364-5977.

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Gather Behavioral Health offers in-person and virtual treatment across Minnesota and Wisconsin.

Learn more about Gather Behavioral Health here or by calling 1-888-364-5977.

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April 30, 2021
Caleb Kaihoi

Caleb Kaihoi

MA, LMFT

Senior Regional Director, North

Caleb Kaihoi (he/him) is the Senior Regional Director, North of Accanto Health, the parent company of The Emily Program and Gather Behavioral Health. Caleb joined The Emily Program’s Anna Westin House in St. Paul, MN in 2014 as a Residential Therapist. Caleb has a combined 5 years of experience leading both residential and outpatient locations at The Emily Program, and over time transitioned to the Senior Regional Director, North role. In clinical work, Caleb draws from multiple approaches to support clients in meeting their goals, including understanding family and relational context, providing CBT and DBT skills, utilizing the stages of change model, and trauma-informed care. He is passionate about ensuring locations are providing effective care at all levels, and that clients will experience tangible change and improvement in their health and wellbeing.

Outside of work, Caleb enjoys spending time with his family, being outdoors, golfing, working on house projects, and listening to all types of music.

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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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