Eating Recovery Center Bethesda

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Eating Recovery Center Bethesda

Located in Bethesda, Maryland, ERC Bethesda serves medically stable children, adolescents and adults with eating disorders.

Our eating disorders program provides evidence-based treatment for all types of eating disorders, including ARFID and Binge Eating Disorder. Our PHP program enables patients to eat three meals every day with their treatment team and offers ample opportunities to practice new skills in a safe, healing environment. Additionally, we work with our Baltimore-based ERC centers to provide a comprehensive continuum of care that helps patients easily transition based on needs.

We also offer a three-day-a-week Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) led by a multidisciplinary treatment team of compassionate professionals with an emphasis on cognitive behavior therapy (CBT and CBT-E), family-based therapy (FBT), Emotionally Focused Family Therapy (EFFT), and exposure therapy. Specialized care and treatment for elite athletes, males and individuals with dual diagnosis is available.

With convenient access to nearby communities, attractions, entertainment, business and healthcare – and less than a 30-minute drive from Washington, D.C. – our center supports a social and therapeutic environment to help light the way for patients to find lasting wellness.

Location Details

Who we treat
Child and Adolescent
Level of Care
On-site Intensive Outpatient
Partial Hospitalization
Conditions We Treat
Anorexia Nervosa
Bulimia Nervosa
Eating Disorders

Life at Eating Recovery Center Bethesda

Patients and families at ERC Bethesda will work closely with a compassionate team of providers including board certified physicians/psychiatrists, registered nurses, licensed therapists, registered dietitians and additional experts in eating disorders.

Individualized eating disorder treatment plans, evidence-based interventions, medical support, family involvement and discharge planning are fundamental to the ERC treatment approach – all of which help patients and families experience the freedom of healing and recovery.

  • Eating Recovery Center Bethesda is a welcoming, affirming center and we serve patients of all gender identities.
  • A multidisciplinary eating disorder treatment team of professionals oversees all levels of care, including Partial Hospitalization and Intensive Outpatient.
  • Every individual at all levels of care has access to Psychiatry Consultation and Medical Management, Individual Therapy, Group Therapies, Family Therapy and Nutritional Counseling. Specific types of treatment are determined by individual needs and the treatment planning process.
  • Collaboration with family, friends and loved ones is emphasized for all patients. In addition to family therapy, we offer a Virtual Family & Friends Series for adults, children and adolescents: providing families and support systems with education and skills development.
  • All Maryland teammates work closely with Denver-based Eating Recovery Center, an international center, to provide a seamless transition to a higher level of care (Inpatient and Residential programs) if needed.
  • A clinician-led team provides ongoing support for patients who have transitioned to outpatient care through alumni events, free support groups, social recovery communities and resources for patients and caregivers.

Eating Disorders Programs

  • ERC Bethesda treats adolescents (ages 12-17) with anorexia, bulimia, binge eating disorder, ARFID and other unspecified eating disorders and general body image disturbances.
  • Two levels of care are available locally to support everyone at their individual stage of recovery, and whatever their individual treatment needs may be.
  • Frequent communication and coordination with local outpatient community providers as well as our colleagues in ERC Inpatient and Residential programs across the country – including ERC Baltimore – ensures continuity of care and positive outcomes.
  • Travel


    For our out-of-town patients and families, we offer free Travel Concierge Services. Our Eating Recovery Center Concierge Services Representative is available to assist you with a wide variety of needs before and during treatment, including travel arrangements, booking accommodations and help locating local services, such as shopping, dining and much more.

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    Family and Alumni Support

    Our support for patients and families does not end at the time of discharge—rather, the treatment team carefully develops a personalized discharge plan, and offers several aftercare services and alumni support programs for patients that do not have an established eating disorder treatment team.

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    Treatment for Children and Adolescents

    For all adolescent and children programs, we employ teachers on staff and in the center that will help with tutoring and coordinating with children and adolescent schools so that treatment does not hinder their ability to move forward in education.

Paying for Treatment

Insurances accepted change frequently. If you do not see your insurance carrier here, please ask us. The Eating Recovery Center’s insurance and financial specialists will provide a free benefits check. Our team will work tirelessly on your behalf to make treatment possible.

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In-Network Providers


Blue Cross/Blue Shield







Moda Health Plan


PHCS Multiplan

Seton Health Plan

United Behavioral Health/Optum

Value Options

Levels of Care

  • Partial Hospitalization

    Daytime, onsite care with evenings offsite or at patient’s home.

  • Intensive Outpatient

    Days spent at center and nights at patient’s home.

Explore Our Other Locations

ERC has multiple locations in Maryland to meet your eating disorder treatment needs. 

Meet Our Team

  • Ramona Weatherford, LCSW, CEDS-S
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    Ramona Weatherford, LCSW, CEDS-S

    Regional Vice President
    Ramona Weatherford holds a master’s Degree in Social Work from Louisiana State University and has over 30 years of clinical ...
  • Harry A. Brandt, MD
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    Harry A. Brandt, MD

    Regional Medical Director
    Dr. Harry Brandt led the eating disorders programs at Mercy Medical Center, St. Joseph Medical Center and Sheppard Pratt ...
  • Lara Kenik MS, RN
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    Lara Kenik MS, RN

    Regional Nursing Director
    Lara Kenik joined Eating Recovery Center/Pathlight Mood & Anxiety Center (ERCPL) in August 2016 as a full-time overnight nurse ...
  • Kim Anderson, PhD
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    Kim Anderson, PhD, CEDS

    Executive Director
    Dr. Kim Anderson is the Executive Director at Pathlight Mood & Anxiety Center. She currently oversees clinical programming at ...
  • Zach Marselle
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    Zach Marselle

    Director of Operational Excellence
    Zach joined ERC and Pathlight in 2020, bringing a combined 15 years of experience between healthcare administration and public ...
  • Steven Crawford, MD
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    Steven F. Crawford, MD

    Medical Director, Psychiatrist
    Dr. Steven Crawford is the Medical Director at Eating Recovery Center and Assistant Chief of Psychiatry at University of ...
  • Robert Yagoda
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    Robert Yagoda, LMHC, LPC

    Clinical Director
    Robert Yagoda is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor who brings his knowledge and passion of more than 17 years in the field of ...
  • Kathryn Johnson
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    Kathryn Johnson MA, RD/LD, CEDRD-S

    Nutrition Director
    Kathryn Johnson grew up in the Dallas area and earned her degree in food and nutrition from The University of Alabama and her ...

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