Our Team

Eating Recovery Center, Austin’s eating disorder treatment facility has been developed and is overseen by a compassionate team of experts across many behavioral health disciplines, including psychiatrists, psychologists, therapists, mental health counselors, dietitians and other patient support staff. Together with Eating Recovery Center’s internationally renowned leadership team, Eating Recovery Center, Austin experts deliver evidence-based care to meet each patient and family’s unique recovery and disorder treatment needs.

Allison Chase, PhD, CEDS
Regional Managing Clinical Director

Allison Chase, PhD, CEDS, has been working in the field of eating disorder treatment for over 20 years. Prior to joining Eating Recovery Center, Austin, Dr. Chase was the Principal and Founder of AK Chase & Associates, which she established in Austin in 2003. Dr. Chase’s areas of specialization include child and adolescent mental health issues, the treatment of eating disorders, parental training and education, and family- or team-based therapy.
In addition to serving her patients, Dr. Chase enjoys helping others on a mass scale through presentations and media interviews. She offers training and ongoing education for other professionals across the U.S., as well as workshops for schools and community organizations. Dr. Chase has also taught undergraduate psychology courses at The University of Texas at Austin since 2001.
Dr. Chase earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology at the University of California at San Diego. She earned her Ph.D. in clinical psychology at The University of Texas at Austin and completed residency training in Chicago at Rush University Medical Center, in both the departments of psychology and pediatrics. Dr. Chase completed a post-doctoral fellowship at Austin Child Guidance Center as well.

Michelle Cross, LCSW, RD, LD
Director of Operations and Nutrition

Michelle Cross, LCSW, RD, LD has over 30 years of experience as a dietitian and has specialized in the treatment of eating disorders for 20 years. She completed her Master’s degree in Social Work in 2001 and completed the Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Intensive Training in 2009. Michelle’s approach to nutrition therapy is rooted in empowering her clients to be mindful about their bodies by listening to internal clues of hunger and fullness. Utilizing social work principles to treat eating disorders behaviors, she helps clients become aware of their relationship with food and how it affects their current life situations.

Kara Fowler, LPC, RD, LD, CDE, LMT
Director of Clinical Services, Insight Behavioral Health Center of Austin

Kara Fowler, LPC, RD, LD, CDE, LMT is a dietitian and psychotherapist with over fifteen years of eating disorder treatment experience in a variety of settings. In addition to her eating disorder specialization, she is skilled in addressing issues related to trauma and dissociation. Kara completed her comprehensive Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) training in 2009, and she utilizes other tools including Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), clinical hypnosis and body-centered therapies to help patients find lasting recovery.


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