Medical & Clinical Leadership

Eating Disorder Treatment Experts

Eating Recovery Center leads the industry in clinical experience and thought leadership, professional and consumer education, family involvement and after care support, research and innovation. ERC is led by the world’s leading medical and clinical experts in eating disorder treatment who collectively possess more than 200 years of experience. Learn more about our leadership.

Ken Weiner, MD, CEDS, FAED

Founding Partner and Chief Executive Officer

Dr. Ken Weiner | Chief Executive Officer

Ken Weiner has been active in the treatment of Eating Disorders in Denver for more than 30 years.  Recognized as a national expert in the treatment of Eating Disorders, he lectures extensively in the United States.  He continues to be instrumental in designing and delivering state-of-the- art, high quality patient care.

Dr. Weiner created and directed Columbine Psychiatric Center Eating Disorders Program from 1988-1992, Bethesda Eating Disorder Program from 1992-1998 and Eating Disorder Center of Denver from 2001-2007.  Eating Recovery Center was established October 2008 in Denver, Colorado as a joint effort with colleague Dr. Emmett Bishop.

Dr. Weiner was named Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year in 2013. He is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the University Of Colorado School Of Medicine and has received the prestigious Gold Apple Teaching Award from the medical school and The Best Teacher Award from the Psychiatric Residency Training Program (2007). He has been named a Fellow of the Academy of Eating Disorders, a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, and received the National Eating Disorders Award (2006) for co-founding the Eating Disorders Foundation in Colorado.  A dedicated clinician and teacher, Dr. Weiner has co-authored numerous articles on eating disorders.

“Eating Recovery Center is the only privately-owned behavioral health hospital for the treatment of eating disorders in the country, and one of the very few treatment programs offering comprehensive recovery services for male and female children, adolescents and adults.”

Craig Johnson, PhD, CEDS, FAED

Chief Science Officer & Director, Family Institute

Dr. Craig Johnson | Chief Science Officer

Dr. Craig Johnson has been a leader in the field of Eating Disorders for more than 35 years. He is the Chief Science Officer and Director of the Family Institute for Eating Recovery Center in Denver, Colorado. He is a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Oklahoma Medical School and has formerly held faculty appointments at Yale University Medical School, University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine and Northwestern University Feinberg Medical School. He was the Founding Editor of the International Journal of Eating Disorders, Co-Founder of the International Conference of Eating Disorders, Founder of the Academy for Eating Disorders (AED), Founding Member of the Eating Disorders Research Society, and Co-Founder and past President of the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA). He has been a National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) funded researcher for over 15 years and has authored over 80 research articles and three books. He has received distinguished contribution awards from AED, International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals (iAEDP), NEDA, National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders (ANAD), and the American Red Cross. NEDA also honored Dr. Johnson by creating the Craig Johnson Award for Clinical Excellence and Training, which is awarded annually.

Emmett Bishop, Jr., MD, CEDS, FAED, F.iaedp

Founding Partner and Medical Director of Outpatient Services and Program Development

Dr. Emmett Bishop | Medical Director of Outpatient Services and Program Development

Emmett Bishop, Jr., MD, FAED, F.iaedp, CEDS is the Medical Director of Outpatient Services and Program Development at Eating Recovery Center in Denver, Colorado. He has written and lectured nationally and internationally on eating disorders and their treatment. He served on the Board of Directors of the International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals from 1993 to 2014 and has held several offices including President. He is a Fellow of the Academy for Eating Disorders and is on the Editorial Board of Eating Disorders: Journal of Treatment and Prevention. He received the IAEDP CEDS Lifetime Achievement Award in 2014.

Philip S. Mehler, MD, CEDS, FACP, FAED

Executive Medical Director

Dr. Philip Mehler | Executive Medical Director

As Executive Medical Director and Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Philip Mehler is the designated head of medical services across Eating Recovery Center’s full National treatment spectrum, including Inpatient, Residential, Partial Hospitalization, Intensive Outpatient and Outpatient levels of care. Prior to joining Eating Recovery Center, Dr. Mehler served as Medical Director of the ACUTE Center for Eating Disorders, and Medical Director of Denver Health and Hospital Authority. Dr. Mehler began his career at Denver Health nearly 30 years ago and was formerly its Chief of Internal Medicine. He is the Glassman Professor of Medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, and has conducted research into the optimal treatment of the most severe cases of Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia. Dr. Mehler has authored 400 publications, including 3 textbooks, Medical Complications of Eating Disorders, which published by the Johns Hopkins University Press and is now in its third edition. Dr. Mehler was the recipient of the Academy of Eating Disorders 2012 Outstanding Clinician Award, has been recognized among the “Best Doctors in America” for the past 20 years in a row, and was voted the “Top Internist in Denver” multiple times by 5280 magazine. Dr. Mehler is a member and fellow of the Eating Disorders Research Society and the Academy of Eating Disorders, as well as a member of the editorial board of the International Journal of Eating Disorders. He has lectured extensively on a national and international level as the leading medical expert on the topic of medical complications of eating disorders.

Susan McClanahan, PhD, CEDS

Chief Development Officer of Eating Recovery Center, President and Founder of Insight Behavioral Health Centers

Dr. Susan McClanahan | Chief Development Officer

Dr. Susan F. McClanahan is a licensed clinical psychologist, the Chief Development Officer of Eating Recovery Center and the President and Founder of Insight Behavioral Health Centers, an accredited clinical center with a commitment to leadership, teaching, training, research and advocacy. Having specialized in the treatment for anorexia and bulimia, well as treatment for binge eating disorder for over 20 years, Dr. McClanahan is a leading expert in the field. Additionally, she frequently works with clients struggling with depressive and anxiety disorders and has expertise in the psychological aspects of pregnancy and infertility.

Dr. McClanahan is active on the boards of several professional organizations, including iaedp, where she is the past-Secretary for the Heartland Alliance Chapter.  She is a Board Member on the Residential Eating Disorders Consortium and is a founding member of the Medical and Scientific Advisory Board for the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders.  Dr. McClanahan also recently joined the Executive Board of Eating Recovery Center, where she helps to drive decisions related to growth and expansion of clinical services.  Specific to her leadership contribution to iaedp, Dr. McClanahan is an Approved Supervisor, providing ongoing mentorship and supervision to two of her top clinical staff who also hold leadership positions within iaedp: Michelle Gebhardt, President of the Heartland Chapter, and Anne Kubal, Insight’s Director of Clinical Training.

Dr. McClanahan holds an Assistant Professor position at both Rush Medical Center and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.  She coordinates and supervises the training of medical and psychiatry residents and post-doctoral fellows and interns.  Under her direction, Insight has developed a large and well-regarded training program and last year became a clinical training site for Northwestern University interns. Additionally, Dr. McClanahan’s expertise is sought out for local and national presentations. Recently, she was invited to speak on panels at the annual Academy for Eating Disorders’ ICED conference and at the Eating Recovery Center Foundation Eating Disorders conference.  In 2014, she was invited to join an elite group of female businesswomen to participate in the Women’s Business Symposia in Chicago.

Dr. McClanahan has designed and implemented a study at Insight’s residential treatment centers in Illinois to elucidate factors that predict positive responses to treatment, including therapeutic alliance, motivation, DBT skills acquisition and ERP engagement to outcomes.  The results of this study have important implications for the design and implementation of residential treatment services at Insight and elsewhere in the field.  Additionally, Dr. McClanahan recently spearheaded a research collaboration with Dr. Daniel Le Grange examining the inclusion of DBT in certain cases of FBT in order to improve treatment outcomes.

Dr. McClanahan has also proven to be an advocate for mental health treatment and Chicago eating disorder treatment in particular.  In 2010 she raised local awareness of discrepancies in an insurance company’s interpretation of parity laws and was instrumental in making changes on a state level to ensure proper care for Illinois residents.

Ovidio Bermudez, MD, FAAP, FSAHM, FAED, F.iaedp, CEDS

Chief Clinical Officer and Medical Director of Child and Adolescent Services

Dr. Ovidio Bermudez | Chief Clinical Officer and Medical Director of Child and Adolescent Services

Ovidio Bermudez, MD, is the Chief Clinical Officer and Medical Director of Child & Adolescent Services at Eating Recovery Center in Denver, Colorado. He holds academic appointments as Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine and Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. He is Board certified in Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine.

Dr. Bermudez is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine, the Academy for Eating Disorders and the International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals. He is Past Chairman and Senior Advisor on Media for the Board of Directors of the National Eating Disorders Association, Co-Founder of the Eating Disorders Coalition of Tennessee (EDCT), Co-founder of the Oklahoma Eating Disorders Association (OEDA) and a founding member of Houston Eating Disorders Specialists (HEDS). He is a Certified Eating Disorders Specialist of the International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals.

Dr. Bermudez has lectured nationally and internationally on eating pathology across the lifespan, obesity and other topics related to pediatric and adult healthcare, and has been repeatedly recognized for his dedication and advocacy in the field of eating disorders

Nadine Dexter, BSN, RN, MSN, CNS

Chief Nursing Officer

Nadine Dexter | Chief Nursing Officer

Nadine has specialized in hospital based, behavioral health care for over 38 years and is well versed not only in the clinical aspect of care but also the operational/ business aspect. In her role as Chief Nursing Officer, Nadine is the designated head of Nursing services across Eating Recovery Center’s full spectrum of care — for all programs across the country.   Prior to joining Eating Recovery Center, Nadine served for 10 years as Director of Clinical Services & Chief Nursing Officer at Wyoming Behavioral Hospital, a 110 bed facility that specialized in the treatment of children, adolescents and adults. In that role she was responsible for the entire multidisciplinary team and overall operations of clinical services. Prior to moving to Wyoming, Nadine was instrumental in developing specialized Geriatric-Psychiatric services for 2 different large medical centers in Kansas. She has lectured and published on a variety of topics related to Nursing and Mental Health Services—including as a Contributor  to the clinical book, “Medical Surgical Nursing–Clinical Care Plans” by Mayers and Pankratz, 1995  as well as a group “co-author” to several Menninger based published research papers. Nadine has served as faculty both at Washburn University and Baker Schools of Nursing in Topeka, Kansas and served on the Nurse Practitioner Boards for the University of Kansas and University of Wyoming.

While working at Menninger in Topeka, Kansas, she hosted a ‘talk radio’ hour that showcased local experts on a variety of mental health topics. It was also at Menninger that she first worked as a ‘Fitness Nurse’ consultant with patients struggling with Eating Disorders. She has received many recognition awards over her career with the most recent being the ‘Nurse Administrator of the Year’ in 2012 by the state of Wyoming March of Dimes.

Nadine has been active throughout the years with several professional and community organizations with her proudest accomplishment coming from actively serving with the Boy Scouts of America for 25 years and having all 4 sons achieving the rank of Eagle Scout.

Ralph Carson, LD, RD, PhD

Vice President of Science and Innovation, Comprehensive Overeating Recovery Effort Program

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Dr. Ralph Carson is a clinical nutritionist and exercise physiologist with nearly 40 years of experience in the treatment of addictions, obesity and eating disorders.

Prior to joining ERC, Dr. Carson was the Executive Director of FitRx in Brentwood, Tennessee, an outpatient program for people of size struggling with both medical and psychological complications of binge eating. He was also a clinical consultant to PineGrove Behavioral Health and Addiction Treatment Center in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, as well as other eating disorder treatment centers across the country. In addition to his successful clinical practice, Dr. Carson is committed to community education and teaching the next generation of healthcare professionals specializing in exercise therapy, sports nutrition, eating disorders and obesity. He has been a faculty member of the University of Alabama at Huntsville for over 20 years, is a nutritional advisor to numerous university athletic departments, including the University of Tennessee National Basketball Champion Lady Volunteers, and speaks regularly to professional and lay audiences alike. Dr. Carson is the author of Harnessing the Healing Power of Fruit and The Brain Fix: What’s the Matter with Your Gray Matter, and has published more than 20 articles.

Additionally, Dr. Carson is an active board member of the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals (IAEDP) and the Binge Eating Disorder Association (BEDA). He has earned multiple degrees, including a Bachelor of Science from Duke University; Bachelor of Health Science from Duke University Medical School; Bachelor of Science in Nutrition from Oakwood College; and a Ph.D. in Nutrition from Auburn University.

Jane Miceli, MD

Medical Director of Adult Inpatient and Residential Services

Dr. Jane Miceli | Medical Director of Adult Inpatient and Residential Services

Dr. Jane Miceli is the Medical Director of Adult Inpatient and Residential Services at Eating Recovery Center. She has over 20 years of psychiatric experience and has treated eating disorders and co-occurring illnesses in Eating Recovery Center’s Inpatient/Residential unit since 2010. Previously, she has worked in community mental health settings and in private practice, and has gained a wealth of knowledge and experience through this work. Dr. Miceli loves working with Eating Recovery Center’s multidisciplinary professionals that share her values and strive to do their very best to help patients find their way towards healing and health.

Dr. Miceli graduated from the University of Colorado medical school with Honors and completed their Psychiatric Residency program. During her residency in psychiatry, she received the Charter Fellow Leadership Award from the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (1993) and the Gold Apple Teaching Award from the University of Colorado’s School of Medicine (1991). Dr. Miceli worked at the Mental Health Center of Denver from 1993 to 2001, during which time she held the position of Associate Medical Director for Intake and Mobile Crisis Services. Dr. Miceli was in private practice from 2001-2010. She is Board Certified in Psychiatry, a Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, and a member of the Colorado Psychiatric Society, the Academy of Eating disorders and the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals.

Cindy Pikus, PhD, CEDS

Senior Clinical Director of Adult Inpatient and Residential Services

Dr. Cindy Pikus | Senior Clinical Director of Adult Inpatient and Residential Services

Dr. Cindy Pikus has treated children, adolescents and adults with eating disorders, as well as their families, for more than 20 years. She has extensive experience and expertise in working with eating disorder patients in multiple treatment modalities and at multiple levels of care. Dr. Pikus brings to her role at Eating Recovery Center a collaborative and compassionate approach to leadership, clinical supervision, program development and patient care.

Prior to joining Eating Recovery Center’s team in 2013, Dr. Pikus served as the Associate Director of the UCLA Eating Disorders Program, coordinating multidisciplinary teams for the program’s adolescent and adult tracks at both the inpatient and partial hospitalization levels of care, and running outpatient eating disorder groups. Dr. Pikus received both her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology and Bachelor of Arts degree with honors in Psychology from UCLA, and completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the UCLA Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital. She then joined the UCLA Resnick Hospital staff to provide individual, family and group therapy in both the Adolescent Psychiatry department and the UCLA Eating Disorders Program. During her tenure as Associate Director of the UCLA program, Dr. Pikus co-founded the UCLA Campus-wide Eating Disorders Partnership, bringing together the hospital-based eating disorders program, student counseling center and athletic department to promote collaboration across departments providing treatment to students with eating disorders. Dr. Pikus is a member of the American Psychological Association and the Academy for Eating Disorders.

Thomas King, MD

Medical Director of Adult Residential and Partial Hospital Services

Dr. Thomas King | Medical Director of Adult Residential and Partial Hospital Services

Thomas B. King, MD, is the Medical Director of Adult Residential/Partial Hospital Services at Eating Recovery Center. Dr. King earned his MD at the University of Southern California School of Medicine, which included a summer fellowship at the Maudsley Institute in London, England, and graduated in 1973, followed by his Psychiatric Residency at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in Denver, Colorado. His career in medicine includes more than 35 years experience as a psychiatrist, treating varying patient populations and age groups, both nationally and internationally. Most recently, Dr. King served as Medical Director and Staff Psychiatrist of Exempla West Pines Behavioral Health Services, and still currently holds a Psychiatry Private Practice in Wheat Ridge, Colorado. He is a member of the American Psychiatric Association, American Psychiatric Foundation, and Colorado Psychiatric Society, and his primary professional interests include psychotherapy, psychological development and teaching.

“The treatment process at Eating Recovery Center helps people work through the illusion of control that an eating disorder promotes, and come out on the other side where they can actually reaffirm themselves and take back control of their lives in a meaningful way.”

Elizabeth Easton, PsyD

Clinical Director of Child and Adolescent Services

Dr. Elizabeth Easton | Clinical Director of Child and Adolescent Services

Elizabeth Easton, Psy.D. is the Clinical Director of Child and Adolescent Services at Eating Recovery Center. She has played a vital role in the creation and development of the program’s Family-Centered Therapy model. As a Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Dr. Easton is a clinician, supervisor, and speaker passionate about educating and empowering patients and parents to engage in the treatment and recovery process for eating disorders. She graduated with a Doctorate in Psychology from The George Washington University in Washington, DC. Dr. Easton completed her pre-doctoral internship and post-doctoral fellowship at The Children’s Hospital of Denver, specializing in individual, family and group therapy with The Eating Disorders Program, Anxiety and Mood Disorder Outpatient Clinics, and General Psychiatry Inpatient Units. Her integrative therapy approach spans psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral, mindfulness-based treatment and Family-Based Treatment modalities.

Bonnie Brennan, MA, LPC, CEDS

Senior Clinical Director of Adult Residential and Partial Hospital Services

Bonnie Brennan | Senior Clinical Director of Adult Residential and Partial Hospital Services

Bonnie Brennan has been part of the Eating Recovery Center Team since its inception, playing an instrumental role in the development of the adult programs. At Eating Recovery Center, Bonnie directs adult Inpatient, Residential, Partial Hospitalization, Intensive Outpatient and Outpatient levels of care. Bonnie is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Certified Eating Disorders Specialist. She is also the President Elect of  the Rocky Mountain Association of Contextual Behavioral Science and an active member of the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals.   In addition, Bonnie has a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology and Counselor Education with an emphasis on Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Colorado at Denver.

Bonnie has worked in a variety of treatment settings, including outpatient private practice, intensive outpatient, residential and inpatient settings. Aside from her expertise working with eating disorders, she is an engaging national speaker and educator and is deeply committed to helping lead patients, families and clinicians towards values-directed lives.

Russell Marx, MD

Associate Medical Director, Adult Inpatient Services

Dr. Russell Marx | Associate Medical Director, Adult Inpatient Services

Russell Marx, MD has been involved in the eating disorders treatment field for over 25 years, most recently as the Director of the Adolescent Eating Disorders Program at the University of California, San Diego.  Prior to his position at UCSD, he was the Medical Director for 15 years of the hospital-based Eating Disorders Program at the University Medical Center at Princeton.  Dr. Marx graduated from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and completed his Psychiatry Residency and Child Psychiatry Fellowship at the Stanford University School of Medicine.  He has served on the medical school faculties of Cornell University and the University of California, San Diego. Dr Marx has served on the Board of Directors and is currently Chief Science Officer of the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA). Additionally, he received NEDA’s “Outstanding Professional Achievement Award” in April 2014. Dr. Marx was a principal investigator in several research studies for new medications to treat eating disorders, is the author of It’s Not Your Fault, published by Random House, and serves on the editorial board of Eating Disorders Review. Visit the Eating Disorders Information Gateway to view a compilation of articles by Dr. Marx. Dr Marx serves on the Advisory Board of the National Association for Males with Eating Disorders.

Anne Marie O’Melia, MS, MD, FAAP

Medical Director of Adult Services on the Lowry Campus

Dr. Anne Omelia | Attending Psychiatrist, Eating Recovery Center Behavioral Hospital for Adults

Anne Marie O’Melia, MS, MD joined the medical staff at Eating Recovery Center in 2014. She is a Triple Board trained physician, with board certifications in Pediatrics and General Psychiatry. She also holds subspecialty board certifications in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry and in Psychosomatic Medicine. Prior to attending medical school, she earned her Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of Kentucky College of Education and then practiced as a psychologist in rural regions of Kentucky. She earned her MD with Distinction from the University of Kentucky College of Medicine and completed her residency training at the University of Utah Triple Board Program. Dr. O’Melia has co-authored multiple articles and book chapters on eating disorders and served as a co-investigator for various clinical trials related to psychopharmacology in the treatment of eating disorders and mood disorders. Dr. O’Melia has been listed as one of the “Best Doctors in America” every year since 2007.

Prior to moving to Denver and joining the staff at Eating Recovery Center, Dr. O’Melia was a dual appointed Assistant Professor first in the University of Utah and then in the University of Cincinnati Departments of Psychiatry and Pediatrics. Both at the University of Utah and the University of Cincinnati, she has served as Medical Director of programs that serve children and adults at all levels of care and with a wide range of complex medical and psychiatric comorbidities.

Marla Scanzello, MS, RD

Director of Dietary Services

Marla Scanzello | Director of Dietary Services

Marla Scanzello is committed to helping individuals with eating disorders develop a healthy relationship with food. A Registered Dietitian, she received her BS in Nutrition from the University of Arizona, completed her dietetic internship at Tufts-New England Medical Center and received a Master’s degree in Nutrition from Tufts University.

Marla has worked with patients at multiple levels of care at both Cambridge Eating Disorders Center and Klarman Eating Disorders Center at McLean Hospital in Massachusetts. She also has experience working with diabetes, GI disorders, heart disease and many other conditions as an outpatient dietitian at Kaiser Permanente. Marla has worked extensively with patients and families, implementing nutrition plans for patients suffering from anorexia, bulimia and eating disorders not otherwise specified (EDNOS).

“The role of nutrition services is very important in the treatment of an eating disorder. Our dietitians work with patients who are often terrified of eating, to help them eat, achieve a balanced pattern of nutrition and reach a healthy weight for optimal recovery.”

Jeana Cost, MS, LPC, NCC

Admissions Director

Jeana Cost | Eating Recovery Center Admissions Director

Jeana Cost is the Admissions Director at Eating Recovery Center. She has been with the center since 2010 and has worked in the mental health field for 10+ years. Jeana graduated with a BA in Psychology, a BS in Health Care Administration and a MS in Community Counseling from Minnesota State University Moorhead. She is recognized by the state of Colorado as a Licensed Professional Counselor and is certified by the National Board for Certified Counselors.

As the Admissions Director, Jeana oversees the Clinical Assessment process at Eating Recovery Center and its Partner Programs. She provides guidance and insight to her teams with regard to pre-admission patient assessment, treatment recommendations and collaboration with families and outpatient teams. She actively collaborates with medical and clinical leadership to identify the best care for patients and families.

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