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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!

May 8, 2024
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Anne Rigda

LPCC-S

Site Director

Outpatient & Day Treatment for Adults and Adolescents – Cleveland, OH

Anne Rigda (she/her) is the Site Director of The Emily Program’s Outpatient & Day Treatment site for Adolescents and Adults in Beachwood, Ohio. In this role, she is responsible for a dynamic mix of clinical and operational components. She oversees the clinical teams, ensuring the delivery of high-quality care, and also plays a crucial role in the site’s financial and operational success. Anne takes pride in working individually with the passionate and mission-driven staff in Cleveland, fostering a collaborative and supportive treatment environment.

Anne holds a bachelor’s degree from Ohio Wesleyan University and a master’s from John Carroll University in University Heights, Ohio. As a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor with Supervision Designation (LPCC-S), Anne has been at The Emily Program for over half a decade, working as a dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) program therapist, outpatient therapist, intake therapist, and clinical manager. 

Outside work, Anne enjoys spending time with her two weird and loving greyhounds, trying out new pizza recipes, and exploring cool nature spots in Ohio!

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May 3, 2024
Liza Torgerson

Liza Endersbe

Regional Behavioral Health Technician (BHT) Manager

Anna Westin House for Adults – St. Paul, MN

Anna Westin House for Adolescents – St. Paul, MN

Liza Endersbe (she/her) is the Regional Behavioral Health Technician (BHT) Manager for The Emily Program’s Anna Westin House for Adults and the Anna Westin House for Adolescents in St. Paul, Minnesota. As Regional BHT Manager, Liza is responsible for the overall functioning of St. Paul’s residential BHT teams and maintaining a therapeutic and recovery-oriented milieu. She also provides leadership, supervision, coaching, and role-specific training to BHTs and BHT Supervisors across multiple sites.

Liza began her journey at The Emily Program as a behavioral health technician at the Anna Westin House for Adults before transitioning into BHT Manager. She then served as the site’s Associate Operations Director before assuming her role as Regional BHT Manager. Liza attended Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan, where she earned a bachelor’s in psychology with a minor in nutrition.

Liza’s passion for her work extends beyond her role as a Mental Health Practitioner (MPH). She is deeply committed to sharing her eating disorder knowledge and clinical insights with other healthcare professionals. A recent educational presentation to over 200 Allina healthcare professionals stands out as a personal career highlight.

Liza enjoys spending her days off engaging in outdoor activities with her husband and dog. She also enjoys going out for brunch and traveling somewhere warm—Sedona is her favorite vacation spot!

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May 3, 2024
Liza Torgerson

Liza Endersbe

Regional Behavioral Health Technician (BHT) Manager

Anna Westin House for Adults – St. Paul, MN

Anna Westin House for Adolescents – St. Paul, MN

Liza Endersbe (she/her) is the Regional Behavioral Health Technician (BHT) Manager for The Emily Program’s Anna Westin House for Adults and the Anna Westin House for Adolescents in St. Paul, Minnesota. As Regional BHT Manager, Liza is responsible for the overall functioning of St. Paul’s residential BHT teams and maintaining a therapeutic and recovery-oriented milieu. She also provides leadership, supervision, coaching, and role-specific training to BHTs and BHT Supervisors across multiple sites.

Liza began her journey at The Emily Program as a behavioral health technician at the Anna Westin House for Adults before transitioning into BHT Manager. She then served as the site’s Associate Operations Director before assuming her role as Regional BHT Manager. Liza attended Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan, where she earned a bachelor’s in psychology with a minor in nutrition.

Liza’s passion for her work extends beyond her role as a Mental Health Practitioner (MPH). She is deeply committed to sharing her eating disorder knowledge and clinical insights with other healthcare professionals. A recent educational presentation to over 200 Allina healthcare professionals stands out as a personal career highlight.

Liza enjoys spending her days off engaging in outdoor activities with her husband and dog. She also enjoys going out for brunch and traveling somewhere warm—Sedona is her favorite vacation spot!

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April 29, 2024
Linda Limburg

Linda Limburg

MAOL, MAED, LPCC-S, CDCA

Site Director

Residential Treatment for Adults – Cleveland, OH

Linda Limburg (she/her) is the Site Director at The Emily Program’s Residential Treatment Center for Adults in Cleveland Heights, Ohio. As Site Director, Linda has the pleasure of working with both residents and staff. She also plays a part in the clinical treatment team, helping to make clinical decisions on-site.

Linda holds two master’s degrees, one in clinical counseling and one in organizational leadership. Prior to joining The Emily Program, she worked across a variety of mental health settings, including working as a program coordinator for the Mental Health and Recovery Services Board of Stark County, a social worker director for the Ohio Department of Juvenile Justice Corrections, a clinical director at a mental health hospital, a clinical director for an adolescent residential treatment center for behavioral health issues, and a clinical director at an alcohol and drug residential treatment center for adults.

Linda greatly enjoys working as the Site Director of Cleveland Residential within the Accanto Health treatment system. She cherishes meeting each new resident at the site, learning about their journey with eating, and determining how best to help them meet their treatment goals.

At home, Linda likes spending time with her three adult children and their families. She has one goldendoodle, “Snickers,” who keeps her very busy.

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April 29, 2024
McKenzie Olson

McKenzie Olson

Administrative Coordinator

Anna Westin House West for Adults – Minneapolis, MN

McKenzie Olson (she/her) is the Administrative Coordinator at The Emily Program’s Anna Westin House West for Adults in Minneapolis, Minnesota. In her role, McKenzie oversees day-to-day administrative operations and all site scheduling, ensuring that staff and clients alike have everything they need for a successful treatment experience.

McKenzie holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin-Superior. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time outdoors, listening to music, and reading.

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April 18, 2024
Kathleen Fugere

Kathleen Fugere

PMHNP-BC

Regional Director of Psychiatry and Residential Clinical Services, Washington

Kathleen Fugere (she/her), BA, MN, PMHNP, (ARNP-BC) is The Emily Program’s Director of Psychiatry and Residential Clinical Services in Washington state. She holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in nursing from the University of Washington. Kathleen has over 20 years of clinical experience, primarily devoted to diagnostic assessment and medication management. She has worked with children, adolescents, and their families at Seattle Children’s Hospital’s inpatient psychiatry unit, first as a charge nurse and later as a primary clinician. Kathleen has also worked in an outpatient setting with college students at Hall Health Mental Health Clinic at the University of Washington.

Kathleen has been at The Emily Program for over a decade, working across residential, partial hospitalization, and outpatient settings. She has lectured in academic and community settings, and has special interests in optimal multidisciplinary team functioning and behavior/milieu management.

Outside of work, Kathleen enjoys traveling, gardening, doing yoga, and spending time with her husband, twin girls, and their silly labradoodle, Riley.

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