Eating Recovery Center Denver - Spruce St

Location Details

Who we treat
Child and Adolescent
Level of Care
Partial Hospitalization
Conditions We Treat
Eating Disorders
Anorexia Nervosa
Atypical Anorexia
Binge Eating Disorder
Bulimia Nervosa
Compulsive Overeating

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Located in the relaxed Lowry neighborhood, just east of Downtown Denver, ERC Denver - Spruce St. provides full time eating disorder treatment for child and adolescent needing higher levels of care in Inpatient, Residential and Partial Hospitalization Programs. 

One of our most boutique centers, with seamless transition between our Partial Hospitalization Program on the first floor and our Residential and Inpatient on the second floor, we can house up to 29 patients in Inpatient and Residential in mostly single bedroom accommodations. Founded by a team of leading experts whose goal is to fuse evidence-based findings and innovation to create a comprehensive center of healing, this location is led by some of the most renowned and experienced leaders in the field.

Highly Effective Eating Disorder Treatment in Denver, Colorado

Eating Recovery Center (ERC) Denver, located at 98 Spruce Street in the relaxed Lowry neighborhood east of Downtown Denver, provides eating disorder treatment for children and adolescents in our inpatient, residential and partial hospitalization programs (PHP). Known as ERC Denver-Pine, this location provides a seamless transition from inpatient to residential to PHP.

Led by renowned experts in the field, ERC Denver encompasses multiple locations that provide eating disorder treatment for children, teens and adults. Several ERC Denver locations (Willow, Conifer and Pine) are situated within the Lowry clinical campus, near local shops and restaurants.

  • 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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The Nation’s Top Medical Experts in Eating Disorder Care

Accredited by the Joint-Commission, the gold standard of healthcare, we provide the absolute best care for children and adolescents with complex medical and psychiatric disorders. We can treat many medical complications onsite at ERC Denver-Pine or coordinate with local hospitals for emergencies.

  • Primary care physicians onsite Monday through Friday
  • 24/7 nursing and medical support offered in our inpatient and residential programs
  • Supplemental tube feeding is available for patients in inpatient and residential care

Empowering Families Each Step of the Way

At ERC Denver-Pine, we invest in our patients and our families, focusing heavily on caregiver education, support and family therapy. Caregivers learn how to interrupt the eating disorder with skills learned in family-based treatment and emotion-focused family therapy (EFFT). Consistency among all of our locations includes:

  • Accurate diagnosis and medication management
  • Individualized treatment planning based on each patient’s unique history, personality, strengths and challenges
  • A foundation of compassionate care that includes individual, group and family therapy 

“Eating disorders can have a devastating impact on families. In recovery, a child’s family is their greatest resource. I have a passion for helping caregivers navigate the challenges of caring for a child with mental illness. I enjoy helping children, adolescents and their families move towards freedom.”

Liza Feilner, MA, LPC, CEDS-S

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.

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. 

Work with the Experts

Family Support in Inpatient

At ERC Denver, patients work with the same team members, in the same building, throughout all levels of care. Family involvement is critical to recovery, starting from day one. As we care for your loved one, we will teach you how to be the bridge to recovery for your loved one until they are ready to manage recovery themselves.

Find Stability in Residential

Explore new approaches to healing in residential care. As young patients become more stable, outings become more frequent, and therapy deepens. Care includes:

  • Individual, group and family therapy
  • Nutritional counseling and education
  • Art therapy
  • Yoga

Benefits of 7-Day PHP

Research shows that 5-day (weekday-only) PHP participation may lead to increased eating disorder behaviors over the weekend. Since eating disorders don’t take the weekend off, we don’t either. Young patients in PHP benefit most from care 7 days a week. We provide programming 7 days a week to give your loved one the best chance of recovery.

Nutrition Services

Our Nutrition Approach

In eating disorder treatment, your loved one’s primary medicine is proper nutrition. Our goal is to help all of our patients develop a healthy relationship with food. Daily meals and snacks provide opportunities for nourishment and social connection. Our proprietary food service model provides fresh, attractive and tasty meals, prepared daily in our state-of-the-art kitchen.

Travel and Housing Accommodations

If you are traveling for care, you are far from alone. Most patients seeking care at ERC Denver come to us from out of state. Our travel concierge and family support services are here to eliminate unnecessary stress for you and your family. To help make the admissions process as smooth as possible, let us know if you have questions related to:

  • Transportation
  • Accommodations, hotels and lodging options
  • Local resources

Travel concerns don’t have to get in the way of your loved one receiving the quality treatment they need and deserve. If you need help finding short-term housing nearby, we can help.

Supporting Young Patients and Their Families

Family-Based Treatment That Works

Find the support you need and take home a caregiver toolbox filled with eating disorder recovery skills:

  • Learn about meal planning, preparation and portioning. 
  • Participate in weekly nutrition education groups 
  • Join your loved one onsite or for virtual meals

Robust Family Programming

Overwhelmed? Caregiver resources provide support and community. Take part in our:

We also offer a Denver-based support group just for caregivers whose loved ones are in treatment at ERC Denver.

Support for Students

Eating disorders can disrupt a young person’s education. To support our young patients and their developing minds, we offer 1.5 hours of schooltime daily. Education specialists on site coordinate with parents, teachers and guidance counselors to make sure each student can continue their educational journey. If your child needs individual education support, please let us know and we will work to make that happen.

How to Get Started

Eating disorders are serious mental health conditions that can take over your loved one’s life. Reaching out for help is an important and brave first step. Give us a call and our compassionate admissions team will walk you through the entire process with care and support.

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

How to Pay for Treatment

The insurance process can be complicated, so we do everything we can to make it easy on you. Since your top priority is finding the best care possible for your loved one, we can contact your insurance company for you and communicate back to you exactly what your coverage includes, in easy-to-understand terms.

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

  • How does ERC Denver create eating disorder treatment plans?

    Since families and caregivers are critical to the recovery process, we incorporate families and caregivers in every step of the treatment plan. Any changes to treatment or strategies for care are only made in collaboration with caregivers. We do not make changes to the treatment plan without talking to family members first. Treatment planning is done in a collaborative model among all members of the treatment team, including:

    • Psychiatrist
    • Primary therapist
    • Family therapist
    • Registered dietitian
    • Social workers, and others
  • Where is ERC Denver-Pine located?

    ERC Denver-Pine, at 98 Spruce Street, is conveniently located in the Lowry neighborhood of Denver, the capital of Colorado, in a vibrant community that supports eating disorder recovery. We are 12 miles east of the foothills of the beautiful Rocky Mountains. If you are traveling for care, take advantage of nearby shops and restaurants in the Lowry community. Denver is also home to 3 major sports stadiums, multiple art and history museums, white water rafting, hiking and more.

  • What support do you offer once eating disorder treatment ends?

    We have an entire team devoted to supporting each of our patients after they discharge from care. Before your loved one leaves treatment, we can help them get set up with an intensive outpatient program like Eating Recovery At Home. We can also help them get set up with an outpatient treatment team, including a registered dietitian, psychiatrist and therapist. Regular phone calls and check-ins from our Community Outreach Liaisons ensure you have a plan of action to maintain recovery.

Expert Care for Eating Disorders in Denver, CO

Meet the leadership team at Eating Recovery Center Denver.

  • Elizabeth Wassenaar, MS, MD, CEDS
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    Elizabeth Wassenaar

    Regional Medical Director
    Dr. Elizabeth Wassenaar is the Regional Medical Director for the Mountain and West regions at Eating Recovery Center and ...
  • Liza Feilner, MA, LPC, CEDS-S
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    Liza Feilner

    Senior Clinical Director, C&A
    Liza is the Clinical Director of Eating Recovery Center’s Child and Adolescent units in Denver. She began working in the field ...
  • Jessica Barth Nesbitt, MA, RD, LD, CEDRD
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    Jessica Barth-Nesbitt

    Regional Nutrition Director
    Jessica is a Certified Eating Disorders Registered Dietitian (CEDRD). Jessica has experience in working with individuals with ...
  • Keely Flack
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    Keely Flack

    Assistant Nursing Director
    Keely has been a registered nurse for 10 years. She received my BSN from Allen College of Nursing and a BA in Biology from ...
  • Adam Marion
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    Adam Marion

    Regional Vice President
    Adam is a Licensed Clinical Social who has worked with child, adolescent, and adult populations across the country in various ...
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Find Virtual Eating Disorder Treatment in Colorado

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

  • Denver
  • Colorado Springs
  • Aurora
  • Fort Collins
  • Lakewood
  • Thornton
  • Arvada
  • Westminster
  • Pueblo
  • Breckenridge
  • Grand Junction
  • Boulder
  • Highlands Ranch
  • Longmont
  • Castle Rock
  • Glenwood Springs
  • Aspen
  • Vail

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