New Eating Disorder Treatment Center Opens in Bellevue
From the time she was four, Jenni Schaefer heard the voice of her eating disorder, Ed, judge her. The personified voice of her disease needled her for years about her body and eating habits, eventually controlling many aspects of her life.
Many years later, Schaefer is now telling her story and helping others through her new role as a national recovery advocate at the new Eating Recovery Center in Bellevue.
"It's really surreal that I'm here right now and working with this organization. I want to show young people that hope is there and a full recovery is possible," she said.
The center, which opened on Overlake Medical Center's campus earlier this month, is the only facility in the Pacific Northwest that will treat children eight years and older. The state-of-the-art facility also pulls from new research, addresses the changing demographics and integrates family members into treatment.
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Jenni Schaefer and Dr. Ovidio Bermudez were featured in an article on bellevuereporter.com discussing the grand opening of the new ERC facility in Bellevue, WA on June 1