Eating Disorders Program
Whole Person Wellness and Eating Disorder Program
Camden Center’s Whole Person Wellness and Eating Disorder Program supports individuals struggling with body image distress, disordered eating, and diagnosed eating disorders. As a medical organization that integrates primary care, psychiatry, psychotherapy, nutrition, fitness, coaching, and community-based approaches, Camden Center is able to provide truly comprehensive treatment at multiple levels of care, allowing patients not only to recover but to also build happy, productive, and meaningful lives.
THE CAMDEN APPROACH TO EATING DISORDER TREATMENT
Patients at Camden Center receive innovative, evidence-based treatments for eating disorders administered by a diverse team of expert clinicians across medical, integrative, psychotherapeutic, somatic, and nutritional modalities. As part of their individualized care, each patient receives a unique clinical team assembled to meet their specific needs and goals. No two patients have the same schedule and every patient’s treatment plan is re-evaluated each week, with changes made in real time based upon feedback and progress. Provided that a patient is medically stable, we utilize a flexible approach to eating disorder treatment in order to meet the person at their current readiness for change, and allow for individualized pacing. Camden Center’s model is based on the principle that the best outcomes result from dynamically matching treatment to the changing clinical needs of each patient as they progress in their recovery.
PHILOSOPHY AND FRAMEWORK
Eating disorders typically begin as a coping mechanism to manage chronic emotional pain resulting from shame-based aspects of identity that are themselves the consequence of developmental stressors and trauma. Camden Center works to strengthen each individual’s “healthy self” through a dual process in which individuals develop healthier behaviors related to food while also addressing the underlying emotional, biological, developmental, and functional causes of disordered eating. This can include attending to co-occurring diagnoses such as mood disorders, personality disorders, or addiction as part of a comprehensive plan.
Camden Center clinicians utilize aspects of several philosophical approaches to the treatment of eating disorders including Health at Every Size (HAES), the intuitive eating movement, traditional eating disorder treatment modalities, and the Food-As-Medicine Movement. Camden also recognizes that sensory sensitivities and sensory processing differences can impact an individual's relationship with food and their experience of eating. A sensory assessment completed by an occupational therapist may be conducted as part of treatment at Camden Center and can provide insight into the most effective ways to support individuals with disordered eating behaviors while acknowledging and respecting their unique sensory experience.
All core staff at Camden Center and Camden Residences are trained in eating disorder treatment best practices, allowing us to provide therapeutic meal support both at the center and our residences. We have also built our other clinical programs with the understanding that even those patients who do not have eating disorders or disordered eating can benefit from improving their relationship with food and their bodies. Therefore, our policies at the residences and center utilize weight-neutral language and philosophies.
- Medical support
- Integrative and primary care medicine
- Registered Dietitian (RD) support and nutrition
- Occupational therapy
- Psychotherapy including Comprehensive Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Somatic Experiencing, and psychodynamic therapy, among other modalities
- Clinician-supported meals
Through our whole person and integrative approach, we are able to treat:
- Anorexia Nervosa
- Bulimia Nervosa
- Binge Eating Disorder
- Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID) and other disordered eating patterns secondary to sensory differences and sensitivities
- Body dysmorphia and body image distress, including Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD)
- Compulsive overexercise
- Unspecified Eating Disorders
Mallory Aye, ND, is a naturopathic doctor licensed in California. Dr. Aye received a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a Bachelor of Science in Human Physiology from the University of Oregon in Eugene. She received her Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine from National University of Natural Medicine in Portland, Oregon.
Dr. Aye completed a naturopathic residency at an addiction treatment center in Arizona, and has worked as a naturopathic physician at a family health center in Pasadena, California.
Dr. Aye has extensive training in pelvic floor therapy and expertise in addressing hormonal issues, mood disorders, chronic pelvic pain, and functional medicine concerns.
She is passionate about helping people understand the connection between the mind and the body and takes a very holistic approach to optimizing health.
At Camden Center, Dr. Aye uses evidence-based conventional and alternative modalities to help support both the mental and physical health of patients. She offers naturopathic treatment options and pelvic floor therapy.
Carly Heynes, MS, RDN, CLC (she/her) is a registered dietitian licensed by the Commision on Dietetic Registration. Carly received a Bachelor of Science in Dietetics from the University of Connecticut and a Masters of Science in Nutrition from the University of St. Joseph.
Carly has extensive training in behavioral health nutrition and specializes in eating disorders and feeding relationships. Additionally, she has expertise working within neurodiverse and LGBTQIA+ populations, and provides innovative, trauma-informed, and person-centered care.
Her professional experience includes interdisciplinary feeding therapy, and holding lead positions in eating disorder treatment settings across the continuum of care. Carly utilizes a comprehensive approach by learning her patient's values, nutritional and medical concerns, and lived experiences to support individualized treatment and recovery. She assists her patients in developing intentional and sustainable nutrition approaches in support of comprehensive healing and wellness.
At Camden Center, Carly provides individual nutrition counseling, nutrition education groups, and direct meal support for patients. She uses evidenced-based treatment modalities interwoven with progressive interventions to help patients heal their relationships to food and body.
Reina Remigio, PhD, earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from University of California, San Diego (UCSD), where she assisted in various research projects at the UCSD Center for Functional MRI.
She received her Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Psychology and master’s-level certificate in creative expression at Sofia University in Palo Alto, California, emphasizing a whole-person approach to psychology.
Dr. Remigio is trained in Radically Open Dialectical Behavior Therapy (RO-DBT), DBT (foundational), Focused Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (FACT), Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), Interpersonal Neurobiology, and Motivational Interviewing.
Her clinical background includes serving diverse populations in primary care integrated behavioral health and inpatient departments at the San Mateo Medical Center in California.
She also worked in forensic, residential, skilled care, and community mental health settings. Dr. Remigio has provided supervision and training to pre- and post-doctoral clinicians in those settings.
As clinical director of Camden Center San Francisco, Dr. Remigio oversees and supports clinical care, a highly skilled team of providers, and outcome measures to ensure whole-person care that is attuned to each patient’s needs and goals.
Leah Parrent, OTR/L, MBA, is a licensed occupational therapist. She received a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy from Loma Linda University in California and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Redlands School of Business in California.
She is extensively trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and has training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and mindfulness.
Leah has more than 20 years of clinical experience, including as both an occupational therapist and coordinator of admissions for the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital Adolescent Inpatient Eating Disorders Program.
At Camden Center, Leah is a clinical team lead at the Los Angeles location. She assists patients, their families, and providers in the coordination of communication and support for optimal treatment outcomes through quality, client-centered, and comprehensive care services.
Michelle Plotkin, MA, LMFT, received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Studio Art from Scripps College in Claremont, Calif. She received a Master of Arts in Crisis and Trauma Social Work from Tel Aviv University in Israel and a Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy, with specialized training in clinical art therapy, at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles.
Michelle is trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), and has experience utilizing Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT).
She has worked in a variety of settings, including community mental health, outpatient and residential treatment facilities, and in private practice. Her therapeutic approach is informed by cultural humility, attachment theory, mindfulness, and trauma-informed practice.
Michelle is interested in the complex relationship between mind and body and seeks to explore the intersection of these elements in the therapeutic process. She is passionate about utilizing creative interventions in order to better understand the unique strengths and challenges of each of her patients. She values her own artistic process as a self-care method and source of insight.
At Camden Center, Michelle works as a core clinician at the Los Angeles location, providing services as both a clinical team lead and individual therapist. As a clinical team lead, she assists patients, their families, and providers in the coordination of communication and support for optimal treatment outcomes through quality, client-centered, and comprehensive care services.
Nicole Riddle, PsyD, received a Bachelor of Arts in Clinical Psychology and Spanish Literature from Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts. She received both her Master of Science in Clinical Psychology and Doctor of Clinical Psychology from Palo Alto University-Stanford PsyD Consortium in California.
She completed her postdoctoral fellowship in behavioral medicine at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in Torrance, California. During her fellowship, she provided individual therapy and medical consultation, supervised doctoral candidate students, and co-facilitated a Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) course for the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health.
Dr. Riddle is extensively trained in CBT, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).
She has participated as a clinician on the Marin County Mental Health DBT team, provided DBT-informed treatment as a pre-doctoral intern at Boston Medical Center’s forensic inpatient psychiatric hospital, and participated as a clinician in the DBT for Binge Eating Disorder study at Stanford University Outpatient Psychiatry Clinic. She has also worked as clinical director of a leading DBT treatment program in Los Angeles.
Dr. Riddle is trained as a National Education Alliance for Borderline Personality Disorder (NEA-BPD) Family Connections leader.
At Camden Center, Dr. Riddle facilitates DBT skills groups and provides comprehensive individual DBT to patients.
Laudan Gish, LCSW, PPSC, is a licensed clinical social worker. She received her bachelor’s degree in business and marketing from The George Washington University in Washington, D.C., graduating magna cum laude. She earned both her master’s degree in social welfare and her Pupil Personnel Services Credential from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Laudan’s professional background as a publicist in the entertainment industry prior to becoming a psychotherapist has given her the unique knowledge of understanding the dynamic field. Laudan has completed extensive post-graduate training in co-occurring mood disorders, eating disorders, substance use disorders, trauma, crisis management, and perinatal mental health.
Laudan is supportive and insight-oriented. Her comprehensive therapeutic approach incorporates the emotional, environmental, and cultural struggles impacting the lives of her clients.
At Camden Center, Laudan provides psychotherapy and reintegration therapy services to clients. As a reintegration therapist, Laudan works with clients to identify and help them follow through with goals related to their recovery, education, careers, personal health, finances, relationships, and spirituality.
Laudan helps clients develop and fine tune skills that are necessary to sustain their recovery outside of and after treatment.
Arielle Werblun, LMFT, received both her Bachelor of Science in Psychology and her Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy from California State University, Northridge.
Arielle is an evidence-based trained clinician who has worked in a range of treatment settings, including both residential and outpatient. She previously worked as a clinical team lead and supervisor at an eating disorder treatment center, providing services to individuals who become hyper-focused on body and food to manage uncomfortable feelings, often related to complex trauma.
Arielle has also worked extensively with substance abuse - in both adolescent and adult treatment centers - supporting individuals and families struggling with addiction on their recovery journeys.
At Camden Center, Arielle provides individual psychotherapy, specializing primarily in eating disorders. She uses evidence-based tactics and a strength-based approach to both challenge and empower each of her clients in achieving their goals.
Hana Raftery, OTR/L, earned a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Biology from University of California, Davis and a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy from San Jose State University in California.
Hana completed several advanced mindfulness and yoga teacher training certification programs, including Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), yoga for 12-step recovery, and various trauma-informed yoga trainings.
Hana has worked in a variety of settings as an occupational therapist and yoga instructor. These include a therapeutic high school for adolescents and young adults experiencing mental illness, a community mental health and early intervention program for youth experiencing early signs of psychosis, and in the San Mateo County juvenile justice system.
At Camden Center, Hana provides reintegration therapy services to patients returning to work, school, and other meaningful life endeavors. She also teaches trauma-informed yoga to groups and individuals.