Eating Recovery Center, Dallas’s eating disorder treatment facility has been developed and is overseen by a compassionate team of experts across many behavioral health disciplines. Eating Recovery Center, Dallas’s clinical and medical leadership team is comprised of multidisciplinary experts with decades of specific experience in the treatment of eating disorders. These experts work closely with medical and clinical leadership at Eating Recovery Center in Denver, Colorado. Our eating disorder treatment program was created and is overseen by internationally recognized eating disorders treatment experts. Together, these five experts have over 156 years of collective experience in the treatment of these complex illnesses.
Stephanie Setliff, MD, CEDS-S
Regional Medical Director
Dr. Stephanie Setliff is a child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist living in Dallas, Texas. She is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and has specialized in the treatment of eating disorders for over 20 years. After developing and directing the eating disorders program at Children’s Health, she joined Eating Recovery Center in January 2014 to develop and open Eating Recovery Center in Dallas. She opened ERC Dallas in July 2014 with an intensive, eleven hour a day, seven days a week, Partial Hospitalization Program and a three hour a day, three days a week, Intensive Outpatient Program for the treatment of adults and adolescents, men and women, boys and girls who suffer from eating disorders. In a short time, it was expanded to be a fully vertically integrated treatment program, offering inpatient and residential care as well.
Dr. Setliff received her medical degree from Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska. She completed her adult psychiatry residency in Dallas, Texas, and did advanced training in a child and adolescent fellowship at UT Southwestern Medical Center. She served as Chief Resident of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry while in her child fellowship. From 2000-November 2013, she was an Assistant Professor at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and the Medical Director of the Center for Pediatric Eating Disorders at Children’s Medical Center. She also was the medical director for inpatient pediatric psychiatry for a period of time from 2000 through November 2011. She was involved in collaborations with UT and Children’s to increase research on eating disorders at the University.
Dr. Setliff speaks frequently at various eating disorder education, prevention, and treatment programs in an effort to increase awareness about the growing epidemic of eating disorders. She has been interviewed on many local and national news and media outlets and has become a strong voice for eating disorder awareness to the North Texas community. Additionally, for 16 years, Dr. Setliff has served on the Board of Directors of The Elisa Project. She was their 2012 Star of Hope recipient, was the Board Chairman from 2015-2017 and is their current Vice President of Programming. She currently serves on the board of Dallas Child and Family Guidance and the Embody Love Movement Organization.
Tyler Wooten, MD
Dr. Tyler A. Wooten is a child, adolescent, and adult psychiatrist who is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, and has been a practicing psychiatrist and psychotherapist for more than 20 years. He entered medical school in 1995 with the sole intention of becoming a pediatric psychiatrist. Dr. Wooten began college at Southern Methodist University on a fine arts scholarship in the Meadows School.
His path towards understanding and meaning ultimately led him to be interested in the study of psychotherapy. He entered medical school at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, in his hometown of Little Rock, and after graduation began his medical internship at the University of Virginia.
He completed his general adult residency at UT Southwestern Medical Center, and went on to advance training in a pediatric psychiatry fellowship at Children’s Medical Center. Dr. Wooten left his private practice at Uptown Analytic Practices in January 2016 and became a Medical Director at Eating Recovery Center, Dallas. He feels he has been most inspired as a clinician by eating disorders, drug and alcohol addictions, and his past work in the juvenile detention system.
Michael Lutter, MD, PhD
Michael Lutter, MD, PhD is a Physician -Scientist who is Board Certified in Adult Psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. He graduated from the MD/PhD program at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in 2003 and then entered the Psychiatry Residency Program at the University of Texas Southwestern where he first became interested in the study and treatment of eating disorders. Upon completion of his Psychiatry Residency, he received additional post-doctoral training in neuroscience and human genetics.
Since 2008, Dr. Lutter’s Research Program has focused on identifying the genetic and neurobiologic basis of eating disorders while continuing to treat patients with eating disorders. He has published 27 original research articles and written 8 book chapters and review articles. His research has contributed several major findings to the field of eating disorder research including identifying the first two rare genetic mutations associated with the risk of developing anorexia nervosa, demonstrating a role for the ‘hunger’ hormone ghrelin in mediating the effects of calorie restriction on mood and food reward, and defining a shared neural circuit for behavioral compulsivity and feeding that may contribute to the obsessionality frequently observed in patients with eating disorders.
Dr. Lutter is excited to join Eating Recovery Center of Dallas with the goal of translating the latest research findings into improved treatments.
Hani Ahmed, MD
Dr. Hani Ahmed is a Family Medicine Clinician, Board Certified by the American Board of Family Medicine since 2008. He comes from a diverse background, and was born and raised in Karachi, Pakistan where he attended medical school. Personable and compassionate, he took part in many school and local organizations to help the needy, as well as the community at large. He headed a mobile blood bank and was the treasurer of the school charity fund. He realized his calling was for family medicine seeing the lack of dedicated primary care doctors while he was doing his internship. This led him to become a pioneer in his family and move to the United States to pursue a family medicine residency. Diligent and perseverant, he faced the odds and challenges of acclimating to a new world with a different culture. His dedication won him a residency in Urbana-Champaign, Illinois, which he completed in 2008. Having become attached to the local community, he started working at Christie Clinic in Rantoul, IL and enjoyed two years there building a robust practice. He then moved to Shreveport, Louisiana, feeling compelled to serve his country at a broader level, and joined Barksdale Air Force Base where he was treating active duty military recruits, retirees, and their families. Exposed to a plethora of mental disorders – depression, anxiety, PTSD – he honed his skills as he cared for their medical problems. At the end of his five-year period, he was awarded a shield of appreciation and medal. He continued to serve by joining the Veterans' Affairs, treating veterans with complex medical diagnoses. Wanting to give his family better opportunities, he then relocated to Dallas in 2016, lured by an intriguing opportunity to work at ERC. Since then Dr. Ahmed, had been actively learning and appreciating the medical intricacies of eat disorders. Being a family physician, he integrates and incorporates the medical aspects of eating disorders with psychiatry. Given his rich background of treating patients in all settings and with all kinds of complexities, he is an ideal candidate for the job and applies his vast knowledge and experience to treat medical complications arising from eating disorders.
Ramona Weatherford, LCSW, CEDS
Regional Managing Director of Operations - TX
Ramona Weatherford holds a Masters Degree in Social Work from Louisiana State University and has over 30 years of clinical experience. In the last 15 years of her career, Ramona has focused on the management and operations side of clinical practices. Prior to joining Eating Recovery Center, Dallas , Ramona spent 14 years managing the eating disorder unit at Children’s Medical Center in Dallas. Ramona joined Eating Recovery Center in May 2014 and was instrumental in the opening of Eating Recovery Center, Dallas in July 2014.
Tollie Taylor, MD – Attending Psychiatrist
Dr. Tollie Taylor is Board Certified in Adult Psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. She graduated from Texas A&M University and then went to medical school at UT Houston Medical School, graduating in 2004. Following graduation, she entered the Psychiatry Residency Program at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, where she remained to complete a Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship Program at Children's Medical Center and served as Chief Fellow. It was during her training at Children's Medical Center that she met Dr. Stephanie Setliff and Dr. Tyler Wooten, who were involved in the education of the residents and fellows. Dr. Taylor immediately took an interest in the treatment of eating disorders and started to spend extra time on the unit whenever she could. Upon completion of training in 2009, she joined the Department of Psychiatry at Cook Children's Medical Center in Fort Worth, Texas. She was on staff there for almost nine years, and for the last five years she ran the Psychiatry Partial Hospitalization Program.
Dr. Taylor is so excited to join her colleagues at Eating Recovery Center, Dallas.