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Our Eating Disorder Treatment specialties, at our Portland, OR a outpatient center specializes in Anorexia, Bulimia, Binge Eating, & Orthorexia Recovery.

Eating Disorder Treatment Team | Portland, OR

Dawn Delgado, MS, LMFT, CEDS-S

Dawn Delgado, MS, LMFT, CEDS-S

National Director of Operations, Outpatient Eating Disorder

Dawn Delgado, a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, and an EMDR trained trauma specialist. She holds both her CEDS, Certified Eating Disorder Specialist and CEDS-S Supervisor designation through the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals.  Dawn has dedicated herself to working with adolescents and adults recovering from eating disorders and co-occurring mental health issues for over 15 years.

In addition, to her lengthy tenure at Center For Discovery, she has directed and been instrumental in developing residential, partial hospitalization/day treatment, intensive outpatient, and transitional living programs. Trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), she incorporates this form of trauma treatment in her private practice, Inspire Evolve, and into the clinical programming at Center For Discovery.  An active member of the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals (IAEDP), she is a former chair member of the Los Angeles chapter. Dawn has a passion for yoga and travel and has served as a consultant to clinics and hospitals in Bali, Singapore, Java, and Dubai.

Jessica Harris, LMFT, CEDS-S

Jessica Harris, LMFT, CEDS-S

West Coast Assistant Director of Eating Disorder Outpatient Services

Jessica Harris graduated from the University of California, Davis with a Bachelor’s of Art in Psychology and a minor in Child Development. She obtained her Masters in clinical psychology with an emphasis in marriage and family therapy from Pepperdine University in Malibu, California. Over the past 5 years, she has experience working with children, adolescents and adults in various settings. Prior to joining the Center For Discovery team, Jessica worked as the Program Manager of a Residential Treatment Center treating adult women with eating disorders.

She has additional experience working with eating disorders at the inpatient, partial and outpatient level of care treating adult and adolescent men and women. During her graduate studies, Jessica worked as a developmental therapist with special needs children and their families assisting them in supporting their child’s communication, relational and social skills needs.  Jessica uses a mixture of cognitive behavioral therapy, family systems therapy, narrative therapy and solution focused therapy.  She is passionate about providing individualized and group support in the IOP setting.

Kacy Grossman, MS, RD, CPT

Kacy Grossman, MS, RD, CPT

West Coast Supervisor of Outpatient Dietary Services

Kacy earned her bachelor’s of science in Clinical Nutrition and minor in Psychology from the University of New Jersey, Davis and went on to earn her master’s of science in Family and Consumer Sciences, Nutrition from New Jersey State University Northridge. To complement her education in nutrition, Kacy obtained a certificate in personal training from the American Council on Exercise.

Essentially by accident Kacy found a way to combine all her areas of interest and education when she began working as a Diet Tech in 2009 at A New Journey Eating Disorder Center. Once Kacy completed her dietetic internship through CSUN, she became a Registered Dietitian at ANJ and worked with adults and adolescents at the intensive outpatient (IOP) and partial day treatment (PDT) levels of care. In Early 2014 Kacy began working Center For Discovery where she now finds fulfilment working in adolescent residential and adult Outpatient eating disorder treatment. Kacy also maintains a private practice, The Shameless Eater, in Westwood, Ca and is serving as secretary of Behavioral Health and Nutrition dietetic practice group for the 2014-2016 term.

Sara M. Aslan, PhD

Sara M. Aslan, PhD

Program Director

Sara received a master’s degree in counseling psychology with an emphasis on marriage and family therapy from the University of San Francisco. In 2010 she began working as a therapist in the field of eating disorders in outpatient treatment centers, community counseling centers, and private practice settings. During this time, she was also engaged in international psychological research, traveling to Thailand for a project on physical self-concept, and to Samoa for a project on trauma and resiliency after the 2009 tsunami devastation.

During her doctoral program at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, Sara continued her clinical work with eating disorder clients in outpatient and university settings, while gaining experience in neuropsychological assessment at Veteran’s Affairs Medical Centers. Some of the PTSD treatment modalities she is versed in include Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) and Prolonged Exposure Therapy (PE), with individuals and groups. Her trauma-focused training included a clinical internship at the Colmery O’Neil VA Medical Center, where she supervised doctoral student’s CPT cases and took part in rotations on their nationally recognized inpatient PTSD treatment program.

Sara has published several journal articles and has presented her research at various conferences, including the International Conference on Eating Disorders, and the American Psychological Association. Her research interests include trauma, eating disorders, culturally specific coping mechanisms, and the application of objectification theory; particularly with Women of Color. Clinically, Sara believes in tailoring treatment to the individual and creating a holistic approach, pulling from DBT, ACT, Psychodynamic, and multicultural perspectives, while utilizing mindfulness-based interventions. In her spare time, she enjoys travel and training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

Jacqueline Hayter, MA, CSWA

Jacqueline Hayter, MA, CSWA

Primary Therapist

Jacqueline completed her bachelor’s degree in psychology. And she also earned a master’s degree in social work, with an emphasis in behavioral health. She centers her passion on building fortitude in one’s life, reconciling purpose, and uncovering the authentic and unique self, through value-directed transformation, personal narrative, and holistic connection. She has worked in Kenya, Honduras and Belize, providing community development, and childhood education, along with cultivating best practices for family-sustainability. While in these countries, she also taught orphanage functionality, to aide in relinquishing poverty through family nutrition and bio-intensive agriculture. Jacqueline has a heart for the lost and suffering – bringing healing, hope, joy, laughter and creativity back into a “life worth living,” and holding a truth that recovery is possible.

Gina Garrett, RD, LD

Gina Garrett, RD, LD

Registered Dietitian

Gina earned her Bachelors of Science degree in Dietetics at Iowa State University. After completing her dietetic internship, she accepted a position with a specialty clinic working in both the healthy lifestyles and bariatric surgery programs. In these roles, Gina had the opportunity to work with numerous individuals struggling with disordered eating and eating disorders. Gina has been with Center For Discovery Portland location since they opened in the fall of 2016. Gina utilizes a holistic approach to help individuals heal their relationship with food. She meets the clients where they are on their path to recovery and supports them in making progress on their journey. In order to assist individuals in making behavior changes, Gina utilizes motivational interviewing techniques, as well as teaches mindfulness and intuitive eating skills. Her nutrition philosophy is: there are no “good” or “bad” foods; all foods can fit in a balanced diet. Gina is committed to providing a nurturing partnership with the people she serves. She has a strong passion to help people learn to nourish their bodies with the amount and variety of food they really need.  When Gina is not at Center For Discovery, you may find her at her private practice or spending time with her family enjoying beautiful Oregon. Gina is a member of the Columbia River Eating Disorder Network (CREDN) and holds the Media/Technology Chair position for the Willamette Chapter of The International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals Foundation (IAEDP.)

Thea Lynch, RD

Thea Lynch, RD

Registered Dietitian

Thea is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from University of California at Santa Barbara and Master of Science in Nutrition and Food Science from San Jose State University. During her graduate studies, Thea conducted research on childhood feeding practices. Prior to joining the team at Center for Discovery, Thea worked as dietitian for the adolescent program with Casa Serena Eating Disorders intensive outpatient program in Northern California.

Thea is committed to supporting people of all ages and genders develop a healthy and satisfying relationship with food. She works with both adults and adolescents to stabilize nutrition, normalize the eating experience, and make peace with food. Thea lives in Portland with her family and has been exploring Oregon’s year-round natural wonders. She is an avid reader and music enthusiast. Thea is a member of The International Federation of Eating Disorder Dietitians and the Columbia River Eating Disorders Network.

Dr. Alysa Zalma, MD

Dr. Alysa Zalma, MD

Psychiatrist

Dr. Zalma received her medical degree from Tufts University School of Medicine in 1997. She completed her medical internship at Harvard Medical School in 1999 and finished her residency in psychiatry at Oregon Health and Sciences University in 2002. Her areas of specialty include Mind-Body Medicine and the psychoanalytic perspective on eating disorders, body image, trauma, as well as depressive and anxiety spectrum disorders. She has served as a faculty member with the Contemplative Health Project, an international meditation project designed to study meditation with many patient populations.

She has given numerous local and national talks on the treatment of eating disorders and body image within the psychiatric community, as well as in the public-school system in the state of Oregon. She continues to study the emotional and physical effects of guided imagery meditation in combination with music as well as compassion meditation relevant to health and well-being. She is also interested in the physiological mechanisms by which inflammatory processes promote disease states such as anxiety spectrum disorders, and depression and how they impair optimal psychosocial functioning.

Arianna Kupras, BA

Arianna Kupras, BA

Facility Coordinator

Arianna graduated from California State University, Chico with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology. Before arriving in Portland, Arianna worked within Center for Discovery in Sacramento, CA as a behavioral health counselor at the residential level of care for adolescent’s receiving treatment for eating disorders. Arianna also previously worked as intake coordinator, verifying a client’s health care benefits at the outpatient level of care. Currently, Arianna is the Program Coordinator for Center for Discovery’s Portland outpatient facility. She has been passionate about finding opportunities to work with, and advocate for those who have eating disorders. She also seeks to promote eating disorder research, education, and treatments. Arianna is also currently continuing her education by attending Portland State University to earn her Master’s degree in Social Work.

Abigail Ginder, RD

Abigail Ginder, RD

Diet Tech

Abby completed her Bachelors Degree in Dietetics at Concordia College in Minnesota, and Dietetic Internship at Iowa State University. Throughout and following her education, she has sought out various opportunities to work with and treat individuals with eating disorders. This includes an inpatient clinic in Fargo, North Dakota and an outpatient program in Auckland, New Zealand. Her passion to work closely with clients and help people achieve their best quality of life drew her to this field of work. Abby works from the model that all foods fit in a balanced diet and strives to help clients develop a healthy relationship with food.

Mary Jo Mastro, LCSW

Mary Jo Mastro, LCSW

Program Therapist

Mary Jo Mastro, LCSW has been licensed for over 10 years and practicing in the mental health field for over 20 years. She has experience working with individuals, couples, and groups in all age range in both inpatient and outpatient settings. Her professional methods include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Strength-Based Practices, and Dialectical Behavior Therapy. Prior to joining the Center for Discovery team, she held a private practice specializing in eating disorders and anxiety. She also has experience in facilitating a wide variety of group populations including those who were experiencing grief and loss, people diagnosed HIV positive, male prison inmates, and heart transplant, patients.

Ms. Mastro is a member of the National Social Workers Association, the American Psychological Association, the Accredited Case Management Association, and Psychology Today. She has been a field instructor for UCLA and USC graduate students. She was a supervisor for MSW candidates and a guest lecturer at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.

Ms. Mastro has a passion for physical, spiritual, and mental health. She sees the client as an individual within a system and tailors treatment plans according to a client’s individual needs. Her passion for health goes beyond the work setting as she herself is committed to her own health having completed multiple marathons, triathlons, and other road races.

 

Stephanie Wichmann, LICSW, RDT

Stephanie Wichmann, LICSW, RDT

Clinical Outreach, Recruitment, and Group Therapist

Stephanie Wichmann is the Clinical Outreach and Recruiting Rep. & Group Therapist at Center For Discovery Portland treating adolescents, adults and families impacted by eating disorders. Stephanie is a clinical social worker (Portland State University) and Registered Drama Therapist (North American Drama Therapy Association. Stephanie has worked in medical and community outreach settings for over 12 years, working in eating disorders since 2008. She is currently on the board of the Columbia Eating Disorders Network. Stephanie is passionate about using her art (drama, storytelling, improv) as a means of community engagement and therapy and facilitates drama therapy groups at Center for Discovery Portland.

Jenna Hadeed, BS

Jenna Hadeed, BS

Mindful Movement Instructor

Jenna is a graduate from Portland State University with a Bachelors Of Science in Public Health with the concentration of Community Health Education. She has been doing yoga on and off since high school through college, but it was not until recently when she started to notice the true mental benefits yoga has to offer when you link your body and mind with breath. She got her 200-hour Registered Yoga Teaching Certificate from Corepower Yoga in April of 2017. After that she has been teaching and trying to explore new ways to heal with yoga.