Eating Recovery Center Chicago Oak Brook

Location Details

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

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ERC Oak Brook is a safe and calm location in a family-friendly neighborhood offering Partial Hospitalization and Intensive Outpatient treatment for adults, adolescents, and children suffering from eating disorders, and adults specifically with Binge Eating Disorder.

Informed, inclusive, and with the expertise to treat all conditions, no matter how complex, we offer a compassionate environment to light the path for patients towards interrupting maladaptive thoughts and behaviors to live a better and more fruitful life.

Highly Effective Eating Disorder Treatment Near Chicago, IL

Accredited by the Joint Commission, Eating Recovery Center Chicago – Oak Brook (ERC Oak Brook) provides eating disorder treatment for adults, adolescents and children of all genders. Located in a family-friendly neighborhood, the calm and compassionate environment at ERC Oak Brook is here to light your path to recovery.

Oak Brook is one of several ERC locations in the Chicago area. It is also one of the few ERC locations specializing in substance use as a co-occurring mental health disorder.

  • Trusted by over 20,000 patients and their families
  • 87% of former patients agreed that their experience at ERC was helpful
  • 91% of parents of former patients would recommend ERC to others in need of services
  • Specialized treatment designed by a team of experienced clinicians
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Lighting your way to recover from eating disorders

Take home a toolbox filled with new coping skills

Learn how to interrupt eating disorder thoughts and behaviors to create a life based on your values.

Explore new approaches to healing

Experience self-growth with individual, group and family therapy, nutritional counseling, education and more.

Be your authentic self — without judgement

Find acceptance in supportive spaces that respect diversity and cultural differences.

Benefit from expert eating disorder care

The tenured clinical team at ERC Oak Brook brings both experience and expertise to eating disorder treatment. Many of the ERC clinical leaders have been actively involved in research into effective, evidence-based eating disorders treatment. 

“The level of commitment I see at ERC — from our psychiatrists to dietary assistants — is outstanding. We ensure that each patient’s needs are met, and that care is individualized. The team goes above and beyond to meet each patient where they are at.”

Daniele Kéty, MSW, APSW, Executive Director, ERC Chicago

Who We Treat

Conditions We Treat

  • Eating Disorders

    An eating disorder is a treatable mental illness that includes a number of different symptoms, including extreme emotions, attitudes, and behaviors surrounding weight and food issues.

  • Anorexia

    Anorexia nervosa is characterized by an obsessive fear of weight gain and a refusal to maintain a healthy body weight.

  • Atypical Anorexia

    You can’t tell if someone has an eating disorder just by looking at them. See how atypical anorexia affects people in a variety of body shapes and sizes.


    ARFID is a lesser known eating disorder that frequently begins as early as infancy or childhood, but adults can also suffer.

  • Binge Eating Disorder

    Binge eating disorder is characterized by frequent overeating – at least once a week for three months – combined with a lack of control, intense feelings of distress and several other characteristic behaviors.

  • Bulimia

    Bulimia is characterized by patterns of bingeing and purging.

  • Compulsive Overeating

    Compulsive overeating can involve binge eating and weight gain, but it can also involve other behaviors.

  • Diabulimia

    The term diabulimia is used to describe the diagnosis of an eating disorder in an individual with type 1 diabetes. These patients intentionally misuse insulin for weight control.


    Some eating disorders do not meet all of the diagnostic criteria for specific diagnoses like anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa.

  • Orthorexia

    Some people go to extremes to “eat clean” at all times. This may lead to a disordered eating pattern known as orthorexia.

Levels of Care Offered

  • Inpatient

    Our Inpatient programming is designed to support adults, children and adolescents of all genders who are acutely ill and are experiencing medical and mood instability as a result of their eating disorder.

  • Residential

    Within ERC Pathlight's step-down model of care, the Residential eating disorder treatment program as well as the Residential mood & anxiety treatment program offer medically stable patients a highly-structured and supportive 24-hour treatment environment.

  • Partial Hospitalization

    Our Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) offers some of the same intensity and structure of Residential mood, anxiety, and eating disorder treatment while providing additional opportunities to practice recovery outside of the controlled eating disorder treatment environment during evenings at home or in peer-supported apartment communities.

  • On-Site Intensive Outpatient Treatment

    Our Intensive Outpatient program is a flexible mood, anxiety, and eating disorder treatment program that allows patients to work, go to school, or care for children during the day and sleep at home at night.

  • Virtual Intensive Outpatient - Eating Recovery At Home

    ERC is removing the barriers that can keep patients with anorexia, bulimia, and other eating disorders from receiving treatment. Through telebehavioral health programming, Eating Recovery At Home (our virtual Intensive Outpatient Program) offers the same proven care as our in-person treatment centers. 

Find long-lasting recovery with our 7-day PHP

Research shows that eating disorder patients in 5-day (weekday-only) programming struggle with eating disorder behaviors over the weekend. Since eating disorders don’t take the weekend off, we don’t either. We provide programming 7 days a week for individuals in our partial hospitalization program, because it offers you and your loved ones the best chance of recovery. Program offerings include:

  • A highly experienced, multi-disciplinary team 
  • Alumni support
  • Travel assistance
  • Family programming and education rooted in EFFT and FBT 
  • Educational specialists / dedicated school resource room
Nutrition Services

Nutrition Counseling & Education

No matter what your symptoms are, you deserve to make peace with food and your body. In treatment, we provide supportive, structured meal planning that focuses on balance, variety and flexibility.

  • Meal outings are incorporated into treatment regularly
  • Patients may go on one-on-one meal outings with a clinician or with a group
  • Food exposures are often carried out at the Oak Brook Mall, with multiple dining options

Traveling for care? We can help

While many patients live within 30 miles of our center, some of our patients travel from further away. If you need assistance with travel planning, we can help make your journey easier and less stressful. Please contact us to learn more about our travel concierge services. We provide help with:

  • Hotels
  • Car rentals
  • Flight reservations, and more

Eating disorder care for children and teens

Find family-based treatment that works

Family involvement is key to helping young people recover from eating disorders. At ERC Oak Brook, you’ll find an array of resources for families and caregivers rooted in:

Get ongoing family support

Providing care for patients age 12 and up, our compassionate team is here to support you every step of the way and will teach you the recovery skills you need to know. Register now to take part in our:

Stay up to date with school

Eating disorder treatment does not have to impact a young person’s education. With an educational specialist on site, we provide daily education support for all of our child and adolescent patients. Our team works closely with schools to coordinate assignments and can even provide support for students who need help with tutoring or 504 plans.

Just one phone call to get started

Thousands of people have found healing in our programs and so can you. With one phone call, you can take a giant step forward towards recovery. Let us know if you have any questions. Our compassionate admissions team is here to walk you through the entire admissions process with care and support.

No referral is ever needed for you to access the treatment you need and deserve.

Let us help you with insurance

ERC is one of the most well-established providers of eating disorder treatment in the U.S. Providing the full spectrum of eating disorder care, our insurance and finance team is here to advocate on your behalf to help you get insurance coverage for treatment. Give us a call and we can help you understand the insurance and payment process.

Get matched with the exact support you need.

With one conversation, our mental health professionals will help you better understand what you’re going through and what you need.

We will meet you where you are, listen to your story in a therapeutic setting, and match you with the level of support that meets your struggle.

Covered by Most Commercial Insurance Plans

  • cofinity
  • compsych
  • magellan health
  • moda
  • multiplan
  • phcs
  • rocky mountain health plans
  • ascension seton
  • value options

Our patient access team is here to advocate for you. We can help you address financial challenges and work with you to get you the maximum coverage offered by your plan.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Expert Care for Eating Disorders in Chicago, IL

Meet the leadership team at Eating Recovery Center Oak Brook.

  • Kim Effertz, MSW
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    Kim Effertz

    Regional Vice President
    Kim Effertz joined Eating Recovery Center and Pathlight Mood & Anxiety Center in September 2021 as an Operating Vice President ...
  • Lara Kenik MS, RN
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    Lara Kenik

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

    Medical Director
    Dr. Delia Aldridge is a Board Certified Psychiatrist with 20 years of experience in treating adults and adolescents with eating ...
  • Kelsey Estry, MS, RD, LDN
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    Kelsey Estry

    Regional Nutrition Director
    Kelsey Estry, MS, RD, LDN, is a graduate of Michigan State University. She completed her Dietetic Internship at Loyola ...
  • Steven Crawford, MD
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    Steven F. Crawford

    Regional Medical Director
    Dr. Steven Crawford is the Medical Director at Eating Recovery Center and Assistant Chief of Psychiatry at University of ...
  • Ellen Astrachan Fletcher
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    Ellen Astrachan-Fletcher

    Regional Clinical Director
    Ellen Astrachan-Fletcher, PhD, FAED, CEDS-S, is Regional Clinical Director, Eating Recovery Center and Pathlight Mood and ...
  • 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 ...
  • Heather VanHooser
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    Heather VanHooser

    Chief Nursing Officer
    Heather joined ERC Pathlight as Chief Nursing Officer in 2023. She holds three bachelor’s degrees, a MBA, and a Master’s in ...
  • Ellen Class
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    Ellen Class

    Ellen Class joined Eating Recovery Center/Pathlight Mood & Anxiety Center (ERC PL) in August 2017 as an overnight nurse. Ellen ...
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Find Virtual Eating Disorder Treatment in Illinois

We also offer virtual eating disorder treatment for individuals in Illinois through our Eating Recovery At Home program. Individuals in all cities and towns across Illinois, including the cities listed below, are eligible to participate in Eating Recovery At Home.

  • Chicago
  • Aurora
  • Joliet
  • Naperville
  • Rockford
  • Springfield
  • Elgin
  • Peoria
  • Champaign
  • Waukegan
  • Cicero
  • Bloomington
  • Schaumburg
  • Evanston
  • Arlington Heights

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Eating Recovery Center is accredited through the Joint Commission. This organization seeks to enhance the lives of the persons served in healthcare settings through a consultative accreditation process emphasizing quality, value and optimal outcomes of services.

Organizations that earn the Gold Seal of Approval™ have met or exceeded The Joint Commission’s rigorous performance standards to obtain this distinctive and internationally recognized accreditation. Learn more about this accreditation here.

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