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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
Parkavi Chellappa

Parkavi Chellappa

MD

Director of Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Services

Dr. Parkavi Chellappa (she/her) serves as Director of Psychiatric Services for The Emily Program’s North Carolina eating disorder treatment centers. Dr. Chellappa is a highly trained and experienced medical doctor specializing in child and adolescent psychiatry.

Dr. Chellappa completed her child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship at Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, California, where she gained extensive knowledge and training in diagnosing and treating psychiatric disorders in younger populations. She completed her psychiatry residency at the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona. While there, she gained a deep understanding of the complexities of psychiatric disorders and treatments. Dr. Chellappa is board-certified in both general psychiatry and child and adolescent psychiatry.

Dr. Chellappa completed her primary medical school education in India before moving to the United Kingdom, where she completed her psychiatry residency at Northwest Wales NHS Trust. Her international experience has allowed her to develop a unique perspective on psychiatry and has provided valuable experience working with diverse populations.

Dr. Chellappa’s vast experience has made her well-versed in treating eating disorders and a range of co-occurring conditions, including anxiety, depression, other mood disorders, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), autism spectrum disorder (ASD), and psychosis. In addition to her clinical work at The Emily Program, she has held various teaching positions at academic institutions and is a published researcher.

Dr. Chellappa is widely recognized for her compassionate and client-centered approach to psychiatry and her dedication to improving the lives of her clients and their families. She has a passion for helping children and adolescents with psychiatric disorders and takes a compassionate and holistic approach to treatment. Her expertise and experience have made her a valuable asset to the child and adolescent psychiatry field.

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June 25, 2024
Joseph Crozier

Joseph Crozier

MD, PhD

Medical Director

Joe Croizer (he/him) serves as Medical Director for The Emily Program’s North Carolina eating disorder treatment centers. Joe brings a unique approach to his clinical work that he credits to his training as both a psychiatrist and a clinical psychologist.

Before joining The Emily Program (formerly Veritas Collaborative) team in 2017, Joe held faculty positions in the medical schools at Duke University and the University of North Carolina (UNC). While at UNC, Joe was the Medical Director of the UNC Center of Excellence for Eating Disorders. In this role, he treated clients at the inpatient, partial hospitalization, and outpatient levels of care, as well as participated in research examining new treatment approaches for clients with eating disorders.

Joe is a passionate advocate for the care of clients with eating disorders, inspired by his experience working with clients in extreme physical and emotional distress and walking with them through recovery. He is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and is board-certified in General and Child & Adolescent Psychiatry.

Consistent with his training in psychiatry and psychology, Joe approaches his clients with a deep appreciation for the connection between mind and body and the scope of the mental and physical impacts of eating disorders. Joe understands that recovering from an eating disorder requires sustained, gradual effort through inevitable emotional and physical struggles. He believes that multidisciplinary treatment can help clients overcome their struggles by addressing disordered patterns of thoughts and feelings and reconnecting them to their deeply held values and goals.

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June 25, 2024
Sara Hofmeier

Sara Hofmeier

MS, LCMHCS, CEDS-S

Executive Director

Sara Hofmeier (she/her) serves as Executive Director of The Emily Program’s Triangle Child, Adolescent & Adult Eating Disorder Treatment Center in Durham and our Child, Adolescent & Adult Center in Charlotte, North Carolina. Sara believes in a collaborative and strengths-based approach to treatment. She particularly enjoys providing a non-judgmental space to help clients find new ways to describe their experiences and struggles as they move toward recovery.

Sara is a Licensed Professional Counselor, earning her master’s in counseling from the University of North Carolina Greensboro. Sara has been working with clients with eating disorders since 2007. Before joining The Emily Program, Sara was the Clinical Director of the UNC Center of Excellence for Eating Disorders (CEED) and served as an Assistant Professor.

Sara has experience providing individual, group, and family therapy for clients with eating disorders across multiple levels of care, including inpatient, partial hospitalization, and outpatient treatment settings. In addition to her experience in direct client care, Sara has extensive experience providing supervision and training to new therapists. She is passionate about providing supervision around the care and treatment of client with eating disorders.

Sara strongly believes in an evidence-informed approach to best-practice treatment. She pulls from several therapeutic styles in her work with clients and families with eating disorders, including dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), and the Maudsley model of family-based therapy (FBT).

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June 25, 2024
Elysse Miller

Elysse Miller

MPH, RD, LDN, CEDRD

Manager, Nutrition Services

Elysse Thebner Miller (she/her) is the Manager of Nutrition Services at The Emily Program’s Douglas Adult Eating Disorder Treatment Center and the Interim Manager of Nutrition Services at our Triangle Child, Adolescent & Adult Eating Disorder Treatment Center, both located in Durham, North Carolina.

Elysse attended Ithaca College, where she completed her Bachelor of Science degree in health sciences/pre-medical studies with an emphasis in nutrition, and minors in anthropology and art. Elysse earned her master’s in public health (with a nutrition focus) from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health. She completed her dietetic internship at UNC Center for Excellence for Eating Disorders (CEED) and Duke University.

Before joining The Emily Program, Elysse worked as a Registered Dietitian (RD) at the UNC CEED clinic, working with individuals in inpatient, partial hospitalization, and outpatient levels of care. She also served as a research dietitian in trials for anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge eating disorder.

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June 25, 2024
Dani Field

Dani Field

MSW

Office Manager

Dani Field (she/her) is the Office Manager at The Emily Program’s Child, Adolescent & Adult Center in Charlotte, North Carolina. Dani manages the day-to-day administrative operations at the location, providing meaningful connections as the point of contact for clients and families. She coordinates communication between departments, ensuring clients are matched with care teams as soon as possible.

Dani earned a Bachelor of Arts in environmental studies from Green Mountain College and a Master of Social Work (MSW) with a focus in clinical practice from Hunter College. Dani has nearly a decade of office management experience, primarily in mental health.

When Dani is not in the office, you can find her spending time with her dog or exploring the city on her bicycle.

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June 25, 2024
Lauren Tinkey

Lauren Tinkey

MS, RDN, LDN

OP Nutrition & Culinary Lead

Lauren Tinkey (she/her) is the Outpatient Nutrition & Culinary Lead at The Emily Program’s Child, Adolescent & Adult Center in Charlotte, North Carolina. Lauren is responsible for the nutrition department’s effectiveness and efficiency, overseeing all of the location’s nutrition services within her role. As Outpatient Nutrition & Culinary Lead, she manages nutrition department personnel (including registered dietitians and dietetic technicians), conducts and coordinates clinical care for partial hospitalization (PHP), intensive outpatient (IOP), and outpatient levels of care, and directs operational functions of the treatment center’s culinary and food service needs.

Lauren attended the University of Georgia (UGA) and completed her Bachelor of Science in dietetics. During her undergrad, she co-founded the Sports Nutrition Association for Pre-Professionals, and worked under the sports dietitians with UGA’s Division I athletes. Lauren completed the Coordinated Dietetics Program to earn her Master of Science in health sciences with a nutrition focus. Prior to joining The Emily Program (formerly Veritas Collaborative), Lauren built up her clinical experience as a Registered Dietitian (RDN) and advanced her creativity and management skills working for start-ups.

Lauren embodies a balance of work-hard and play-hard. When not at work, you’re likely to find Lauren tackling a jigsaw puzzle, scheming a book swap, playing a round of golf, or seeking her adrenaline fix as an adventure sports enthusiast.

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