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Our Team

Eating Recovery Center, Washington’s medical and clinical leadership work closely with Drs. Ken Weiner, Philip Mehler, Craig Johnson, Ovidio Bermudez and Emmett Bishop, Eating Recovery Center’s medical and clinical leadership who together possess over 130 years of specific eating disorders experience, to develop and implement innovative, evidence-based treatment strategies. Eating Recovery Center, Washington’s Residential program mirrors Eating Recovery Center’s Residential programs for adults and adolescents in Denver, Colorado to ensure effective delivery of Eating Recovery Center’s evidence-based treatment philosophies, processes and interventions in a 24-hour treatment environment.

Neeru Bakshi, MD, FAPA
Medical Director

Neeru Bakshi, MD, FAPA, is a Board-certified psychiatrist, and the Medical Director for Eating Recovery Center, Washington.

She is a fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and a member of the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals (iaedp). Dr. Bakshi has previously served as the Chairperson for the Overlake Hospital Department of Psychiatry, and she is a Courtesy Clinical Instructor with the University of Washington Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences.

She attended George Washington University where she received a Bachelor’s of Science with Honors in Biology and earned her medical degree from Texas A&M University Health Sciences Center College of Medicine. Dr. Bakshi completed her internship and residency at Baylor College of Medicine in the Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and the University of Washington. Dr. Bakshi is a member of the Washington State Psychiatric Association as well as the American Psychiatric Association.

Dr. Bakshi has a wide variety of practice experience and is passionate about the treatment of eating disorders.

Brian Smart, MD
Associate Medical Director

Board certified in both General Psychiatry and Addiction Psychiatry, Dr. Smart is passionate about supporting patients struggling with eating disorders and/or addiction. At Eating Recovery Center, Washington, he works as Associate Medical Director with adults at the Residential level of care.

Dr. Smart joined Eating Recovery Center, Washington from Harborview Medical Center, where he was an attending physician with inpatient and outpatient responsibilities. He also served as Acting Assistant Professor at the University Of Washington School Of Medicine and today continues his university involvement as an Affiliate Assistant Professor. Dr. Smart completed his psychiatry residency and addiction psychiatry fellowship at the University of Washington School of Medicine. He earned his medical degree from Drexel University College of Medicine and his undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College. He is an active member of the American Psychiatric Association, Washington State Psychiatric Association, and the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry.

Anja Gugel, MD
Primary Physician

Dr. Gugel, a regional provider of Family Medicine, brings 10+ years of practice in the greater Seattle community to Eating Recovery Center, Washington. Gugel completed her residency in Family Medicine at Seattle’s Swedish Family Medicine Center at Cherry Hill, and served as a Family Medicine physician at the Polyclinic (Northgate site) and at the Rainer Park Community Health Care Center (NeighborCare Health). Prior to joining the medical treatment team at Eating Recovery Center, Washington, Dr. Gugel was a Family Medicine physician at Qliance, a provider of comprehensive healthcare with six locations across Seattle, Washington. In addition to delivering compassionate, individualized care to patients, Dr. Gugel has participated in several clinical research endeavors.

As a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, Dr. Gugel’s research focused on invasive fungal infections (Aspergillosis). She also served as a Research Scientist for the Department of Infectious Diseases at Children’s Hospital, University of Washington (Seattle) with emphasis on HIV research for the Pediatric-Aids-Clinical Trial Group (PACTG).

Dr. Gugel earned her Medical Degree from the Medical School at the Albert-Ludwigs University, as well as a degree in Social Work from Fachhochschule fuer Sozialwesen in Freiburg, Germany. In an effort to serve the diverse patient population in Washington, she is fluent in English, German, French and Spanish.

Bethany Block, MD
Primary Physician

Bethany Block, M.D., is a Primary Physician at Eating Recovery Center, Washington. Dr. Block joins Eating Recovery Center, Washington’s multidisciplinary treatment team in managing the life-threatening consequences and debilitating health conditions that may occur for patients with eating disorders. Dr. Block will educates healthcare providers in the Pacific Northwest on best practices for the medical management of eating disorders.

A seasoned internist with nearly 30 years’ experience, Dr. Block most recently practiced internal medicine at the Fish Center for Women’s Health at Brigham & Women’s Hospital (BWH), Harvard Medical School’s second-largest teaching affiliate in Boston. She was the primary care provider for approximately 900 patients. During her prior 13-year tenure practicing internal medicine at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Dr. Block spearheaded an effort to improve the clinical care of eating disorder patients.

Dr. Block is also devoted to teaching about eating disorders. While at MIT, she presented regularly on eating disorders to MIT Medical Department clinicians, Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) internal medicine residents, and other members of the MIT community. She has supervised Harvard Medical School students, residents and fellows since 1989. For the past 10 years, Dr. Block has been precepting BWH internal medicine residents, educating the next generation of internists. Dr. Block also lectures on the medical management of patients with eating disorders for Continuing Medical Education courses.

Avanti Bergquist, MD, MS, FAPA
Primary Physician

Avanti Bergquist, MD, MS, FAPA is physician with board certifiications in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry as well as Adult Psychiatry.


She has a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Duke University, a Master of Science in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from the Oregon School of Science and Engineering at OHSU, and received her MD from the University of Louisville. She completed both her psychiatry residency and child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship at the University of Washington. Prior to coming to Eating Recovery Center she was on faculty at the University of Washington in the Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences department and an attending psychiatrist on the Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine Unit at Seattle Children’s Hospital.

Dr. Bergquist is a member of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) where she serves on both the Advocacy Committee and the Inpatient, Residential, and Partial Hospitalization Committee. She is also a fellow of the American Psychiatric Association (APA).  She has many local leadership responsibilities.She is the president-elect and advocacy liaison of the Washington State Council of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (WSCCAP) as well as the WSCCAP alternate delegate to the Washington State Medical Association (WSMA) Behavioral Health Work Group. 

She is a member of the WSMA and serves on the Young Physician Governing Council. She is a member of the Washington State Speaker of the House of Representatives’ Mental Health Task Force. She is also a member of the Washington State Psychiatric Association and the American Psychiatric Association.  As a community leader she serves on the boards of Renton Area Youth and Family Services (RAYS) and Friends of Renton Schools.

Jenna Flagg, PsyD
Clinical Director, Adult Residential and Partial Hospitalization Programs

Jenna Flagg, PsyD, received her doctorate in clinical psychology from Nova Southeastern University in Florida. She is currently licensed as a psychologist in the state of Washington. Jenna completed her post-doctoral residency at the Renfrew Center of Florida, a residential treatment center for women with eating disorders. Following her residency, she spent several years at the Renfrew Center working as both a therapist and treatment team leader.

Prior to becoming the Clinical Director of Adult Programs at Eating Recovery Center, Washington, Jenna was a Primary Therapist. Jenna has extensive experience supervising students, interns and residents who have a desire to gain knowledge and experience in the field of eating disorders. The therapeutic orientation she was trained in cognitive behavioral, but she is currently uses Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and this year is doing intensive training in RO-DBT well.

Crissy Anderson, LMFT
Clinical Director Residential and PHP Child and Adolescent Programs

Crissy received her Masters in marital and family therapy from The Family Institute at Northwestern University and her undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of Washington. Prior to her position at Eating Recovery Center, Washington, Crissy served in a variety of clinical rolls at The Family Institute including Chief Clinical Fellow and Staff Therapist. While at The Family Institute, she worked with individuals, couples, and families, and was a member of the Mindfulness and Behavior Therapies Program. Crissy is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the state of Washington.

 

Jeanne Wicomb, MA, LMFT, CEDS
Clinical Director, Intensive Outpatient Program

Jeanne received her Master’s degree in counseling at Sonoma State University in California. She has 20 years of experience working as a program manager, health educator, and counselor for individuals, couples, and families. Trained in a family systems approach, she has specialized in eating disorders, anxiety, stress reduction and anger management.  She incorporates ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy) into her work.

She is a member of Chi Sigma Iota, an International Counseling, Academic, and Professional Honor Society.  She is a Certified Eating Disorders Specialist certified by the International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals (iaedp).  She is the Clinical Director of the Intensive Outpatient Program.

Ileana Calinoiu, MD
Adult, Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist

Dr. Ileana Calinoiu is an Adult, and Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Dr Calinoiu completed her adult residency at Albert Einstein Medical Center and her child and adolescent fellowship at University of Washington.  This training informed her deep regard for both evidence based treatments and optimum multidisciplinary team function. Prior to joining the Eating Recovery Center, Washington team, Dr. Calinoiu served as Assistant Clinical Instructor at the University of Washington and was the attending psychiatrist at the Eating Disorders Clinic at Seattle Children’s, as well as the attending psychiatrist for the adolescent residential program at the Child Study and Treatment Center in Lakewood, WA. 

Dr. Calinoiu opened her own private practice after graduation from her fellowship training. She has been recognized as a Top 10 Psychiatrists by State and honored with the Patient’s Choice Award and the Compassionate Doctor Award yearly since 2008. Dr. Calinoiu has served the professional community as President (advocacy issues) for the Washington State Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Association in charge of advocating for mental health funding and parity in front of Senate and House representatives in Washington, DC.

Marsha Chenoweth, MD, FAAP
Attending Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist

Dr. Marsha Chenoweth is a pediatrician, adult psychiatrist, and child & adolescent psychiatrist who specializes in the treatment of comorbid psychiatric and medical illnesses affecting children, adolescents and their families. She is board certified in Pediatrics and Adult Psychiatry and board eligible in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. She completed her undergraduate education at the University of Texas at Austin, where she received dual Bachelor of Arts degrees in liberal arts honors and music. She received her MD from the University of Texas Houston Medical School in 2005. She then went on to obtain her post-graduate medical training at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island at the Triple Board Residency Training Program, where she completed her pediatric and adult psychiatry residencies, as well as her child & adolescent psychiatry fellowship.

After graduating in 2010, Dr. Chenoweth worked in an outpatient setting, where she provided psychiatric care to children ages 4 through young adult, as well as their families. Dr. Chenoweth has extensive training in individual and family psychotherapies, and served as Volunteer Faculty at Brown University, where she provided psychotherapy supervision and psychopharmacology training to child and adolescent psychiatry residents and fellows as well as pediatric residents, prior to moving to the state of Washington in 2014.

Dr. Chenoweth comes to Eating Recovery Center, Washington with the strong belief that families hold the key to their children’s ability to heal and thrive. She is therefore committed to working side-by-side with families toward the common goal of facilitating change and restoring good health.

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