Eating Disorders Program
Whole Person Wellness and Eating Disorder Program
Camden Center’s Whole Person Wellness and Eating Disorder Program in Los Angeles and San Francisco supports individuals struggling with eating disorders, body image distress, or features of disordered eating related to co-occurring diagnoses.
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 CARE
Each patient at Camden Center receives a unique team of expert clinicians across multiple specialties 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 outcome measure data, patient feedback, and overall clinical progress.
Provided that a patient is medically stable, we utilize a flexible approach to eating disorder support in order to meet each person at their current readiness for change and desired pacing of care. 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.
Patients in our Whole Person Wellness/Eating Disorder Program have the unique opportunity to opt-in or opt-out of all programming aspects. Without level systems or holding periods that are typical within most eating disorder treatment environments, at Camden Center, patient autonomy is preserved throughout the course of treatment.
PHILOSOPHY AND FRAMEWORK
Eating disorders often 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 the “healthy self” through a dual process in which individuals release disordered food and body behaviors 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 uses an eclectic model of care that integrates aspects of several philosophical approaches to the treatment of eating disorders. Health at Every Size (HAES), Intuitive Eating, traditional eating disorder treatment modalities, and the Food-As-Medicine Movement all offer value to treating the whole person. Treatment elements are determined by each patient’s individual differences, needs, and values.
Camden Center also recognizes the importance of differences in interoception, which may be informed by neurodiversity, trauma, and temperament, when exploring 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.
Nutrition support is also clinically guided, with priority given to establishing body safety and ensuring medical stability. Without prescriptive meal plans or mandated completions, Camden Center patients and providers remain in therapeutic alignment while building foundations for recovery.
All core staff at Camden Center are trained in eating disorder treatment best practices. Our clinical programs have been designed 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 utilize weight-neutral and eating disorder safe language and philosophies.
Our Whole Person Wellness and Eating Disorder Program includes the following elements of care:
- 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
Camden Center specializes in the treatment of the following conditions:
- 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
To learn more about Camden Center’s Whole Person Wellness and Eating Disorder Program, call 844-861-2256.
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.
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.
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.