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Vice President of Nutrition and Culinary Services
Leah Graves (she/her) is the Vice President of Nutrition and Culinary Services at Accanto Health, the parent company of The Emily Program, Veritas Collaborative, and Gather Behavioral Health. In this role, Leah establishes Accanto’s vision, direction, processes, and culture for client nourishment and nutrition care. She leads the development of nutrition and culinary best-practice systems, processes, policies, procedures, and protocols. Additionally, Leah serves as an Accanto Health nutrition content expert, collaborating with the corporate clinical team to ensure the delivery of evidence-driven eating disorder treatment across the organization’s full continuum of care.
Leah has been treating patients with eating disorders for over 30 years. Prior to joining the organization, Leah was the Manager of Eating Disorders Nutrition Therapy for the Laureate Eating Disorders Program in Tulsa, OK. She graduated with the highest distinction from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center in 1985 and then began her work with individuals with eating disorders.
Leah is a founding member of the Academy for Eating Disorders where she has served on the Academy’s Executive Team and Board of Directors. She has also chaired the Academy’s North American Teaching Days for the International Conference on Eating Disorders, in addition to serving the Academy on the Nominating, Fellowship Selection, and Membership Recruitment and Retention Committees. She has also been honored with the distinction of Fellow of the Academy for Eating Disorders.
Leah has been involved in eating disorders advocacy with the National Eating Disorders Association as a member of the Conference Planning Committee and with the Oklahoma Eating Disorders Association where she served as President and Governance Committee Chair. She currently serves on the Clinical Advisory Board for Rock Recovery.
Leah has been invited faculty at many eating disorders conferences including the International Conference on Eating Disorders, Hispano-Latin American Congress on Eating Disorders, International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals Symposium, Renfrew Foundation Conference, Multi-service Eating Disorders Association Conference, and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Food and Nutrition Conference, as well as numerous regional and local conferences. Leah has written several publications pertaining to nutrition and eating disorders and is highly respected within the eating disorders field for her expertise in medical nutrition therapy, nutrition counseling, clinical supervision, and research.
Throughout Leah’s career, her motivation for working with individuals with eating disorders centered around a mission to help clients and their supporters learn to eat in a manner that supports their ability to engage in life – work, love, and play. As she has transitioned into a leadership role, this passion has continued. Today, she is passionately engaged in collaboration with her Accanto Health colleagues to establish a specialty healthcare system where individuals with eating disorders and their families and community of support can access best-practice, client-centered care at each site, and the level of care which supports their recovery journey.
Chief Clinical Officer
Liz McCabe (she/her) is the Chief Clinical Officer of Accanto Health, the parent company of The Emily Program, Veritas Collaborative, and Gather Behavioral Health.
Liz joined The Emily Program in 2015 as the Pittsburgh Site Director, with the primary responsibility of expanding access to specialty eating disorders care in the southwestern Pennsylvania region. Assuming the role of Chief Clinical Officer in 2020, Liz now partners with other executive team members, clinical leadership, and staff across the organization to provide exceptional individual, family, and group programming at all levels of care. She also oversees the ongoing training and professional development of our clinical staff, ensuring they have the skills and support they need to do this crucial work.
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.
Despite the many challenges involved in treating eating disorders, Liz finds it to be the most rewarding and inspiring work of her career.
The Emily Program is committed to keeping clients and staff safe, keeping our sites open, and continuing to provide essential and exceptional care to clients struggling with eating disorders. To ensure the highest level of safety and minimize any potential exposure to COVID-19, we monitor and implement the latest recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control, World Health Organization, and other trusted resources.
Refer to The Emily Program’s Safety Protocols document for additional details.
Virtual treatment services are offered for intensive day and outpatient programs (PHP/IDP and IOP) and individual outpatient sessions.
See our Virtual PHP/IDP and IOP brochure for details on virtual intensive programs for adults and adolescents.
Visit our Virtual Treatment page for more information on services.
If I have a fever and cough, should I still come to treatment at The Emily Program?
No, we are screening all clients, staff, and visitors. All entrances have posted signs that ask clients, staff, visitors, and others not to enter if they have signs of illness (such as fever or cough).
Will I be asked to wear a medical/flat mask if I attend treatment in person?
As of April 17th, 2023, medical/flat masks are optional in all Emily Program facilities.
Can The Emily Program test for coronavirus at our sites?
Yes. We now offer PCR on-site testing at all Emily Program facilities.
Are clients and staff required to be vaccinated?
No, we are not requiring COVID-19 vaccinations at this time for staff or clients. We will, however, be tracking whether staff and clients are vaccinated so that we can keep people safe.
How can I get vaccinated?
We strongly encourage you to get vaccinated. Please contact your health provider or search online for vaccination availability near you. COVID-19 vaccination is free and/or covered by insurance. The Emily Program is not offering vaccinations.
Can visitors still come to The Emily Program sites?
Residential clients may have up to two visitors (parent/legal guardian, partner, sibling, etc.) visit during on-site visiting hours. Visitors will be screened upon arrival. We are supporting virtual visits to continue to support clients and families through these exceptional times.
Which levels of care are available in person at this time?
Residential treatment takes place on site. PHP, IDP, and IOP are available in-person and via telehealth, as are individual outpatient services. Call 1-888-364-5977 to learn what is available in your area.
Will my insurance continue to cover telehealth treatment?
We understand that insurance coverage for telehealth may be a concern. We do not yet have clear information on whether insurance providers will change their telehealth coverage policies. If there is a shift, we do expect to have adequate notice so we can, in turn, give adequate notice to our clients.
Medical leadership staff are available to address any other questions or concerns you may have:
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, Veritas Collaborative, 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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Chief Medical Officer
Dr. Mark Warren (he/him) is the Chief Medical Officer of Accanto Health, the parent company of The Emily Program, and Veritas Collaborative, 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.