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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!

June 25, 2024
Jenn Zambo

Jenn Zambo

MS, RDN, LDN, CEDS, CHES

Manager of Nutrition Services

Jenn Zambo (she/her) is the Manager of Nutrition Services at The Emily Program’s RTP Child, Adolescent & Adult Eating Disorder Treatment Center in Durham, North Carolina.

Jenn attended the University of Connecticut, earning her Bachelor of Science in dietetics. She completed her Master of Science in health promotion, with a focus on health education. Jenn started her eating disorder career at the University of Connecticut Student Health Services, where she counseled students with eating disorders and advised a peer education group promoting eating disorder awareness.

Before transitioning to The Emily Program, Jenn worked as an eating disorder dietitian, treating adults and adolescents within an inpatient program affiliated with Walden Behavioral Care. Jenn has since worked as a Registered Dietitian in inpatient, residential, partial hospitalization, and intensive outpatient levels of care.

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June 17, 2024
Neelam Patel

Neelam Patel

MD

Director of Child and Adolescent Medicine, Georgia

Neelam Patel (she/her), MD, is the Director of Child and Adolescent Medicine, Georgia, at Accanto Health, the parent company of The Emily Program and Gather Behavioral Health. She works with a team of medical providers at our eating disorder treatment center in Atlanta to provide care for our inpatient and residential patients.

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June 17, 2024
Becca Eckstein

Becca Eckstein

LCSW, CEDS-S

Senior Regional Director, Southeast
Accanto Health

Becca Eckstein (she/her) is the Southeast Senior Regional Director at Accanto Health, the parent company of The Emily Program and Gather Behavioral Health. In her role, she provides support to our southeast eating disorder treatment centers, all dedicated to offering evidence-based care for individuals with eating disorders and their families.

Previously, Becca served as the Executive Director of The Emily Program’s (formerly Veritas Collaborative) adult treatment center in Durham, NC from its inception until April 2022. Prior to that, she held the positions of Clinical Director and Associate Clinical Director at the first Veritas location, the Durham center for children and adolescents.

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. Her passion lies in problem-solving, creating effective and efficient systems, and merging her clinical expertise with operational aspects.

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.

Becca feels strongly that recovery occurs in community and loved ones need to be included in care, for validation, education, and support. It is the community that helps to provide the scaffolding for an individual with an eating disorder to sustain their recovery and live life more fully again. She has tremendous appreciation for our patients and their loved ones and commend their bravery in entering care, as well as their tenacity in working towards their values and doing (many) hard things. She loves this company and what we do, and thinks our ability and willingness to help others survive and thrive is truly a gift.

When Becca is not working at Accanto, she is raising a family of her own in Chapel Hill, NC. She has four children, two dogs, and a lovely husband who also helps others. A fact you may not know about her is that she is a proud New Yorker and will drive near and far for delicious bagels, baked goods, and pizza!

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June 14, 2024
Taylor Rae Homesley

Taylor Rae Homesley

LPC, CPCS, CEDS-S

Executive Director

Taylor Rae Homesley started with The Emily Program (formerly Veritas Collaborative) when we opened the Atlanta, GA, Child, Adolescent, and Adult Treatment Center in 2017, and is currently the Executive Director of that center. In her role, she oversees all location operations and works with the on-site leadership team to ensure they are providing safe and effective patient care.

Taylor Rae is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) with a master’s degree in marriage and family therapy from Richmont Graduate University. Prior to attending Richmont, she earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology with a minor in childhood and family development from the University of Georgia. She is a Georgia-approved supervisor and Certified Eating Disorder Specialist Approved Supervisor (CEDS-S).

Taylor Rae has been working with patients with eating disorders since 2012 across multiple levels of care including inpatient, partial hospitalization (PHP), and outpatient treatment settings. She has a particular interest in working with patients with Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID) and assisted in the development of Veritas’ ARFID-specific programming.

Taylor Rae finds meaning in working with the Atlanta team to provide the best care possible to patients and families so that they are able to recognize their own strengths and reach a place of recovery.

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June 13, 2024
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Locations > Atlanta

Eating Disorder Treatment
in Atlanta, Georgia

Contact us about in-person and virtual eating disorder treatment options.

Our Atlanta treatment center specializes in exceptional age-appropriate care for people of all ages with eating disorders of all types. We have meticulously designed a full continuum of care to cater specifically to the needs of children, adolescents, and adults, understanding that each age group faces unique challenges on their path to recovery. With a personalized approach, we ensure you receive the highest level of support and expertise during your treatment stay.

Children and Adolescents

  • Age-appropriate multidisciplinary care: Adolescence is a critical time for physical, emotional, and mental development. Our tailored treatment plans for children and adolescents are designed with this in mind. We focus on promoting healthy growth, strong bones, and brain development, while also addressing the behavioral and psychological challenges of eating disorders. Our comprehensive approach incorporates evidence-based therapies such as dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), and family-based treatment (FBT).

    In addition, our program integrates eating disorder-specific psychiatric, medical, and nutritional rehabilitation. Our culinary and nutritional programming is led by chefs and dietitians, and we also provide expressive art and movement therapy as part of our holistic approach to treatment.
  • Family involvement: Family involvement is the cornerstone of successful eating disorder recovery, especially for children and teens. Our inpatient and residential programs integrate family therapy and caregiver education to provide essential support and understanding. By creating a strong alliance between the family and our team, we empower your loved one to find their way back to health.
  • Academic support: Our Atlanta location offers tailored academic support to promote the educational pursuits of child and adolescent clients. We ensure school-age clients in our 24/7 intensive programs receive necessary academic support.

Adults

Our adult program at our Altanta, Georgia location provides specialized treatment for individuals 18 and older struggling with eating disorders.

  • Care for where you are: Whether you have been struggling with an eating disorder for years or have recently received a diagnosis, our adult program is meant to address your unique needs.
  • Support for complex psychological issues: Many adults struggle with complex factors such as trauma, co-occurring mental health conditions, or longstanding behavioral patterns. Our experienced team offers targeted support and evidence-based therapies to address the root causes of your eating disorder and set you on the path to long-term healing.
  • Consideration of your unique life stage: Adults face significant challenges in various areas of their lives, such as career, relationships, and identity. An eating disorder can impact these crucial aspects of adulthood. Our holistic approach to care takes into account how your eating disorder intersects with your career goals, personal relationships, and overall sense of self.

Regardless of age, our goal is to provide a compassionate and supportive environment where individuals can find solace, understanding, and the path to lasting recovery.

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If you or someone you know needs help with an eating disorder, reach out today.

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Eating Disorders Treated at The Emily Program’s Atlanta Location

At The Emily Program’s Atlanta center, we understand that recovery from an eating disorder is a deeply personal journey. We provide a comprehensive array of tailored treatment plans for individuals aged 8 through 24, focusing on creating personalized pathways to recovery that respect each person’s unique symptoms and needs. No matter your diagnosis, your Emily Program care team is equipped to support you.

  • Anorexia: More than just a desire to be thin; defined by complex psychological underpinnings that drive dangerous levels of food restriction, leading to malnutrition and emotional turmoil
  • Bulimia Nervosa: Characterized by cycles of binge eating followed by purging, creating a cycle of guilt and physical distress
  • Binge Eating Disorder (BED): Involves recurring episodes of eating large amounts of food quickly and often secretly, leading to feelings of shame and a lack of control
  • Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID): Defined by disinterest in food, food avoidance, or serious food aversions that lead to nutritional deficits and intense anxiety around eating
  • Other Specified Feeding or Eating Disorders (OSFED): Encompasses a range of symptoms that do not fully meet the criteria for other eating disorders but can be just as challenging and life-limiting

The Emily Program also recognizes and treats disordered eating behaviors like compulsive overeating. Our Atlanta center offers a safe and caring environment where every individual—regardless of how their eating disorder presents—is met with the compassion and specialized care they deserve.

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Eating Disorder Treatment Services provided at Atlanta include:

  • Group Psychotherapy:

    You’ll discover strength in community through our group sessions, where shared eating disorder experiences foster a deep sense of belonging. Under the guidance of our therapists, you’ll emerge with practical, peer-supported recovery strategies and accessible DBT (dialectical behavior therapy) and CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy) skills.

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    Family Therapy:

    Family involvement is crucial in treatment. Our family therapy sessions employ a family-based treatment (FBT) approach, helping your loved ones understand your eating disorder and how to construct a nurturing recovery environment at home.

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    Nutrition Therapy:

    Overall, nutrition therapy is about more than just food—it’s about understanding and addressing the complex relationship between nutrition, health, and emotional well-being. Through comprehensive nutrition education, supportive meal plans, and a culture that embraces all foods, you can work toward sustainable recovery and build a sense of freedom and choice around food.

  • Medical Care:

    Medical care forms the backbone of The Emily Program’s effective eating disorder treatment, adapting to the severity of your eating disorder and your specific needs at different stages of recovery. You can trust our physicians to monitor and safeguard your physical health so you can engage more fully in other aspects of treatment.

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    Psychiatric Care:

    Across all levels of care, our psychiatrists play a pivotal role in managing the intricate web of physical and psychological symptoms associated with your eating disorder. Through an integrated approach that addresses both the eating disorder and any co-occurring conditions such as depression, anxiety, or obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), you’ll be set up to achieve the best possible outcomes on your journey toward recovery.

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    Experiential Activities:

    At The Emily Program, we bridge the gap between treatment and everyday living through activities like grocery store outings and cooking classes. These sessions are designed to help you apply the skills you learn in therapy and nutrition counseling to real-world situations, fostering greater independence and confidence in managing your eating behaviors outside of the structured treatment environment.

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    Education/Schooling:

    Prioritizing treatment doesn’t mean that schoolwork has to suffer. At our Atlanta center, school-age clients in 24/7 care receive personalized academic support from a dedicated LearnWell teacher, ensuring education continues seamlessly during treatment. When it comes time for discharge, our educational specialists help prepare for a smooth transition back, easing the return to school.

  • Additional Therapies:

    Our additional therapies are vital to our holistic treatment model, addressing aspects that traditional programming may not fully reach:

    • Expressive Arts: Engaging in art-making is particularly beneficial for those who might find it difficult to articulate the complicated thoughts and emotions around their illness. Expressive arts can help you visualize your recovery and gain new perspectives, ultimately leading to greater self-discovery and stress relief.
    • Movement Therapy: Eating disorders can strain your relationship with your body. Modalities such as gentle yoga and guided movement can improve your body awareness and promote compassion for your body’s current state.

Eating disorder recovery begins here. Get started today. 

Where to find us

41 Perimeter Center East, Suite 250
Dunwoody, GA 30346

All Inquiries: 866-751-7239
Front Desk: 770-871-3750

Parking

Ample parking is available onsite in the parking lot at the entrance of the building.

Public Transportation

Atlanta has a train and bus transit system operated by MARTA. Take the red line train marked “North Springs” and get off at the “Dunwoody” station.

If you’re coming from the south of our treatment center, take the red line train going north named “North Springs.” Walk (20 minutes) or take an Uber directly from the MARTA station to our building.

There is also a shuttle from the Dunwoody MARTA station to our building. To use the shuttle, go downstairs to the area marked “Shuttles” after getting off the MARTA train. Take the Perimeter Center Dunwoody shuttle to Building 47. The shuttle runs Monday–Friday, 6am–10am and 3pm–7pm, and runs about every 10 minutes during these times.

Plan your trip: https://mycommute.itsmarta.com/planatrip.aspx

We’re Here to Help

  • Taylor Rae Homesley

    Taylor Rae Homesley, LPC, CPCS, CEDS-S

    Executive Director

    Meet Taylor Rae

  • Jonathan Levy

    Jonathan Levy, MD, CEDS-S

    Medical Director

    Meet Jonathan

  • Kara Stultz

    Kara Stultz, LPC, CPCS

    Clinical Director

    Meet Kara

  • Cassandra Jones

    Laura Brown, MS, MBA, RDN, LDN

    Manager of Nutrition Services

    Meet Laura

  • Shannon Wilcoxson

    Shannon Wilcoxson

    Office Manager

    Meet Shannon

  • Becca Eckstein

    Becca Eckstein, LCSW, CEDS-S

    Senior Regional Director, Southeast

    Meet Becca

  • Neelam Patel

    Neelam Patel, MD

    Director of Child and Adolescent Medicine

    Meet Neelam

  • Mark Warren headshot

    Mark Warren, MD, MPH, FAED

    Chief Medical Officer

    Meet Mark

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