Eating Recovery Center Dallas/Plano - Baylor Campus
Founded in 2014 in the renowned medical center of Dallas, Texas, ERC Baylor first opened strictly as an Intensive Outpatient Program for eating disorders before need quickly outgrew the 5,000sf space on Baylor Medical Campus.
By 2016, the campus had expanded to 17,000sf within the same building, housing a 24-bed Residential program as well as a Partial Hospitalization and Intensive Outpatient program for adult patients with eating disorders. In 2020, ERC-Pathlight Dallas / Plano was built a couple miles down the road as an additional 72-bed Residential program for eating disorders and together the two have become one of the most comprehensive, medically-supervised treatment programs in the country.
At Baylor, we offer comprehensive support that includes medical and psychiatric supervision with 24/7 nursing support, emphasis on medical and psychiatric stabilization and interruption of maladaptive behaviors, and treatment for co-occurring illnesses to help light the path for patients towards lasting recovery.
Highly Effective Eating Disorder Treatment at Baylor
Nestled directly on the Baylor Medical Campus, ERC Baylor has quickly grown to be one of the most comprehensive, medically supervised treatment programs in the United States. Originally founded in 2014 in one of Dallas’s largest suburbs, the campus now offers an entire continuum of care to meet every patient – exactly where they are. With the right care at the right time, we help our patients progress toward recovery with the same clinical model, treatments and programming language.
- 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
- Trusted by over 20,000 patients and their families
- Specialized treatment designed by a team of experienced clinicians
Find Recovery with Evidence-Based Therapies
- Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
- Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP)
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
- Emotion-Focused Family Therapy (EFFT)
- Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
- Family-Based Treatment-informed care (FBT – for children and adolescents)
- Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT)
Lighting Your Way to Recover from Eating Disorders
Develop a toolbox of new coping skills
Learn how to interrupt eating disorder thoughts, behaviors and coping mechanisms to create a life based on your values.
Explore various approaches to healing
Experience self-growth with individual and group therapy, nutritional education, art, music, yoga and pet therapy.
Be your authentic self — without judgement
Find acceptance in supportive, welcoming and affirming spaces that respect diversity, cultural differences and all belief systems.
State-of-the-Art Medical Care for Eating Disorders
At ERC Baylor, we are highly equipped to treat patients with complex eating disorders. Given our ideal location on the Baylor Medical Campus – a pavilion attached to the hospital – our team can immediately and effectively address urgent and complex medical complications on-site. Comprehensive support includes 24/7 nursing support, medical and psychiatric stabilization and treatment for co-occurring conditions. The treatment team at ERC Baylor includes:
- Internal medicine physicians
- EMDR-certified therapists
- Registered dietitians
- Family clinicians
- Nursing support
- Alumni support and other support staff
- Teachers and educational specialists
Accredited by the Joint Commission, our medical and clinical leadership team includes the world’s leading eating disorders treatment experts, many of whom have actively led research supporting effective, evidence-based eating disorders treatment.
“Our leadership team has been together for many, many years…and we’re very invested in the culture that we have with our employees in our centers. That shines through in the care that we give to our patients. We’re also very passionate about working with families and caregivers, incorporating the entire support system and seeing them through this really difficult time.”
Who We Treat
Children & Adolescents
We can help guide you and your child on a path to long-lasting change and healing.
We provide eating disorder treatment and mood and anxiety disorder treatment for all genders ages 18 and older.
Conditions We Treat
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 nervosa is characterized by an obsessive fear of weight gain and a refusal to maintain a healthy body weight.
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 is characterized by patterns of bingeing and purging.
Compulsive overeating can involve binge eating and weight gain, but it can also involve other behaviors.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Your path to healing is as unique as you are
One of the foundations of treatment at ERC Baylor is that you or your loved one will work with the same treatment team throughout all levels of care — from inpatient to residential to PHP — all within the same campus. We use the same clinical team, treatment modalities and language, creating a congruent language across programming.
Find stabilization in inpatient
The inpatient level of care is for patients who have the most severe and acute symptoms, complications and health risks – and the highest level of support. Medical and nursing care is available around the clock, 24/7. Once these individuals are medically and psychiatrically stable, they have increased freedom to do the important work of recovery alongside registered dietitians, therapists and other team members.
Get support 24/7 in residential
Patients may enter our residential program directly, step down from inpatient or step up from PHP. This level of care also offers medical and nursing support around the clock, 24/7. In residential care, patients have more freedom than our inpatient program, taking part in activities and outings outside the treatment center. Supplemental tube feeding is available in both residential and inpatient levels of care when needed.
Recover in our 7-day PHP
Since eating disorders don’t take the weekend off, we don’t either. Our partial hospitalization program, backed by research on best outcomes, takes place 7 days a week for 10 hours a day on weekdays and 8 hours a day on weekends. Patients often stay in apartment housing near the treatment center to practice skills learned during the day. Our PHP provides the maximum clinical standard of care, offering the best chance of lasting recovery.
View Our Nutrition Approach
At ERC Baylor, we help you find peace with food with supportive, structured meal planning that focuses on balance, variety and flexibility. We strongly focus on exposures to familiarize our patients with food:
- We perform body image and exposure work with mirror tracings, sand tray experientials and butter sculptures
- We help our patients with lunch exposures to prepare them for life outside treatment
- We facilitate nutrition and grocery store exposures, in addition to weekly variety snacks often related to outside events (i.e., corn dogs during State Fair)
- We will also perform more random exposures including birthday exposures with cupcakes and pizza to help push against the rigidity of the eating disorder
While we do “innings” where we bring food into the center (potlucks and picnic-style), patients in PHP can also go on “outings” to practice skills learned in treatment in daily life.
Travel and housing assistance provided
Traveling from out of state? Many of our patients are faced with numerous travel and housing logistics, and we do our best to support you at each step of the way. ERC Baylor has nearby apartments that can be used for either adult or child PHP patients. These are typically two-bedroom, two-bathroom apartments that can accommodate 4 adults in PHP, or 2 parents and 2 children. Our Travel Concierge will help you with any and all needs before and during treatment, including airline reservations, ground transportation, all types of accommodations and recommendations for local services.
Eating disorder recovery for kids and teens
Learn new skills in family-based treatment
Our treatment approach heavily emphasizes the evidence-based Family-Based Treatment model for treating eating disorders, considered the medical gold standard for working with children and adolescents. By incorporating emotion-focused family therapy (EFFT) into our programming, caregivers move from feeling overwhelmed to feeling empowered. These two modalities are at the core of everything we do, with supplemental evidence-based psychotherapies integrated into the curriculum.
Find support as a caregiver
In addition to our national family education programming offered across the country, and virtual caregiver support groups, we do extensive supplementary programming at ERC Baylor to support caregivers.
Stay up to date with school
At ERC Baylor, we offer a certified, dedicated Education Specialist that works with Plano Independent School District to help support your loved one while in treatment. We offer ‘school’ for our patients 2-3 hours each day: half is led by our Education Specialist; the other half is self-directed to support homework and any academic-related items. Our goal is to ensure your loved one can keep up with school while maintaining the challenging work of recovery.
Just One Phone Call to Get Started
Reaching out for help is a critical, challenging and brave first step. Our admissions team, comprised of Clinical Response Specialists, Clinical Assessment Specialists and Admissions Coordinators, will walk you through the entire intake process and thorough assessment. Give us a call to get started on the road to recovery.
No referral is ever needed for you to access the treatment you need and deserve.
Let us help you with insurance
When facing a life-threatening eating disorder, you shouldn’t have to worry about how to pay for treatment. Our experienced team of insurance verification experts will diligently work with your insurance company to ensure all financial resources are being used to your benefit. We will communicate with you at each step of the way so you understand exactly what your coverage includes and how you can access are.
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
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.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do you work with any local groups or organizations?
We work closely with the Dallas chapter of the International Association Of Eating Disorders Professionals Foundation (IAEDP).
Do you let caregivers know when changes are made to the eating disorder treatment plan?
One of the critical aspects of ERC Baylor is that we do not implement any changes to a patient’s treatment plan without family involvement. Changes to treatment plans are made only with a caregiver’s collaboration and understanding.
Where do most of your patients come from?
Many of our patients come from within the entire state of Texas, and travel to our center for the best treatment. We also have patients travel from the East Coast – including several from Virginia and North Carolina. Many patients also travel from the surrounding states.
How do I know which eating disorder treatment level of care is right for me?
Our Clinical Response Specialists are here to guide you, starting with your first call or web inquiry. They offer you a supportive and confidential place to:
- Chat and explore eating disorder treatment options
- Answer any questions you might have about treatment
- Gather some basic information about you and your experience
If it seems like ERC might be a good fit for you, we will schedule a free 60–90-minute clinical assessment. During this assessment, we will determine treatment needs, explore your treatment options, and recommend the best program for your goals.
What ages do you treat at ERC Baylor?
At this location, we treat children and adolescents ages 13 and up. If you have a younger child who may require eating disorder treatment, our nearby location on Legacy Drive (only a 10-minute drive from this center) treats children ages 8 and up – in addition to adult patients.
How much time do parents and caregivers engage in treatment each week at ERC Baylor?
Caregivers take part in weekly nutrition education groups and join their loved one for virtual or in-person meals. As families approach PHP, they can expect to be engaged in six hours a week of Texas-based family programming. Our goal is to equip and empower all our caregivers to provide a bridge to recovery until the child is more comfortable on their own.
What type of eating disorder support do you offer once treatment ends?
You’ll receive follow-up emails and phone calls after your loved one is discharged from treatment, and we will walk you step by step through what to expect with the transition back home. Extensive aftercare planning with support from our Community Outreach team helps ensure you have a “plan of action” to maintain recovery. We can also help you pre-arrange outpatient appointments at discharge.
What type of eating disorder support is offered to caregivers and family members?
Expert Care for Eating Disorders in Plano, Texas
Meet the leadership team at Eating Recovery Center Baylor.
Stephanie Setliff Link
Stephanie SetliffRegional Medical DirectorDr. Stephanie Setliff is a child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist living in Dallas, Texas. She is certified by the American ...READ MORE
Kara Ware Link
Kara WareExecutive DirectorKara Ware is an Executive Director at Eating Recovery Center (ERC). She received her Bachelor of Science from Texas Christian ...READ MORE
Alyssa Aakre Link
Alyssa AakreDirector of Operational ExcellenceAlyssa Aakre is Director of Operational Excellence at ERC and Pathlight. Alyssa has been with Eating Recovery Center and ...READ MORE
Tyler Wooten Link
Tyler WootenMedical Director, PsychiatristDr. Tyler A. Wooten is a child, adolescent, and adult psychiatrist who is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and ...READ MORE
Leslee Marcom Link
Leslee MarcomRegional Clinical DirectorLeslee Marcom grew up in the Dallas area and attended Texas State University for her undergraduate degree. After obtaining her ...READ MORE
Ramona Weatherford Link
Ramona WeatherfordRegional Vice PresidentRamona Weatherford holds a master’s Degree in Social Work from Louisiana State University and has over 30 years of clinical ...READ MORE
Jamie Phillips Link
Jamie PhillipsRegional Nursing DirectorJamie Phillips is the Regional Nursing Director. Jamie has been with Eating Recovery Center since 2016. As Director of Nursing ...READ MORE
Jennifer Vittitow Link
Jennifer VittitowRegional Nutrition DirectorJennifer Lewis received her degree in nutrition from the University of Texas at Austin in 2005 and completed a dietetic ...READ MORE
Sally Fleck Link
Sally FleckClinical DirectorDr. Sally Fleck is a licensed psychologist and clinical manager of the child and adolescent program at Eating Recovery Center of ...READ MORE
Lindsey Reed Link
Lindsey ReedClinical DirectorLindsey Reed graduated from Texas A&M Commerce with a Bachelors in Psychology and then obtained a Masters in Science of Social ...READ MORE
Heather VanHooser Link
Heather VanHooserChief Nursing OfficerHeather joined ERC Pathlight as Chief Nursing Officer in 2023. She holds three bachelor’s degrees, a MBA, and a Master’s in ...READ MORE
Find Virtual Eating Disorder Treatment in Texas
We also offer virtual eating disorder treatment for individuals in Texas through our Eating Recovery At Home program. Individuals in all cities and towns across Texas, including the cities listed below, are eligible to participate in Eating Recovery At Home. This program is the leading virtual IOP for eating disorders, and as effective as in-person treatment. If you are looking for an option to fit seamlessly into your everyday life, this online eating disorder therapy program is for you.
- Highland Park
- The Colony
- Farmers Branch
- Little Elm
- University Park
Explore Our Other Texas Locations
2820 S University Dr
Fort Worth, TX 76129
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