Eating Recovery Center Denver - Franklin St

Location Details

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

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One of ERC’s original and most prominent locations for the treatment of eating disorders in children and adolescents, Pathlight-ERC Juniper in Denver, Colorado provides 36-beds for Residential and Inpatient Programs, as well as a 16-patient Partial Hospitalization and Intensive Outpatient Program.

Housed in a beautiful, state-of-the art center, we like to call this our newly updated “patient-picked” center. Everything from the hanging art to the color of paint on the walls was voted and chosen on from current and former patients to better provide a calming atmosphere. For spaces that are hardest for patients, such as bathroom and dining spaces, we renovated to provide quieter flooring in the hallways and noise-reducers in dining rooms, as well as outdoor-themed and sensory-nurturing natural lighting in the bathrooms.

Founded by a team of leading experts whose goal is to fuse evidence-based findings and innovation to create a comprehensive center of healing, we also have on staff two full time teachers, two education specialists, and a parent classroom to better serve our residential and inpatient children and adolescents.

Highly Effective Eating Disorder Treatment in Denver, Colorado

At Eating Recovery Center (ERC) Denver, we take the very best care of patients and their caregivers. This location, known ERC Denver-Juniper, is one of ERC’s original and most prominent locations for the treatment of eating disorders in children and adolescents. Located at 1830 Franklin Street in Denver, Colorado, ERC Denver-Juniper provides inpatient, residential and partial hospitalization programming (PHP) for children and adolescents with eating disorders. You can find inpatient and residential eating disorder treatment for adults at our center for excellence, ERC Denver-Willow.

Focusing heavily on family therapy, support and education, we equip all caregivers to take care of their loved ones as they move towards recovery.

  • 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
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Lighting Your Way to Recover from Eating Disorders

Housed in a beautiful center, this location is “patient-picked.” Everything from the hanging art to the color of paint on the walls was voted and chosen by current and former patients to provide a calming atmosphere.

Spaces that are most challenging, such as bathroom and dining spaces, have been renovated and feature quieter flooring, noise-reduction, and outdoor-themed, sensory-nurturing natural lighting. All our therapists are trained in a nationally validated psychotherapy model on the most up-to-date and evidence-based therapies that address complex eating disorders.

State-of-the-Art Medical Care

Treatment begins with an accurate diagnosis, an appropriate medication regimen, and an individualized treatment plan. To help young patients with complex medical and psychiatric issues, our physicians are onsite Monday through Friday. In treatment, patients work with:

  • Psychiatrists
  • Internal medicine physicians
  • Therapists
  • Registered dietitians
  • Family clinicians
  • Nursing support
  • Alumni support and other support staff
  • Full time 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.

“Caregivers are a vital component of the treatment team in eating disorder recovery. One of our biggest strengths is that we invest in our caregivers and support them as they navigate the difficult and stressful challenges associated with eating disorders and mental health concerns.”

Liza Feilner, MA, LPC, CEDS-S, Clinical Director

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. 

Expert Care for Children and Teens

Medical Support in Inpatient

The inpatient level of care is for children and adolescents who have the most severe symptoms, complications and health risks, and need the most support. Medical and nursing care is available around the clock, 24/7. Once these individuals are medically and psychiatrically stable, they have more freedom to do the important work of recovery alongside registered dietitians, therapists and other team members.

24-Hour Care in Residential

Young 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 this level of care, patients have more freedom than in inpatient, 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.

Research-Backed 7-Day PHP

Since eating disorders don’t take the weekend off, we don’t either. We provide programming 7 days a week, 11.5 hours a day, for individuals in PHP, as supported by research. Caregivers and patients stay in apartment housing near the treatment center to practice skills learned during the day. For our PHP families, we offer a caregiver support group exclusively for families at ERC Denver.

Nutrition Services

Meal Planning Emphasizes Balance, Moderation and Variety

Meal planning, nutritional counseling and food experiences are an integral part of treatment at ERC Denver. Caregivers are educated on recovery skills, food portioning, and meal planning and preparation as they learn:

  • How to help their loved ones overcome a fear of food or eating 
  • The importance of balance, moderation and variety in nutrition
  • How to provide support and structure during meals
  • That there are no good or bad foods

As patients make progress in treatment, they can go on outings to practice the skills they learn in programming.

Travel & Housing Assistance

Traveling from out of state? You are not alone. Most patients who seek care with us at ERC Denver come from out of state and we are happy to help you make arrangements for travel and lodging. ERC Denver-Juniper is conveniently located in a vibrant area near downtown with easy access to lodging, public transportation, restaurants and grocery stores. If you have specific questions or would like to know what other families have found helpful in the past, we invite you to call our travel concierge at (720) 537-7501. Let us know if you need help with travel or accommodations while your loved one is in our care. Our travel concierge is passionate about meeting each family’s individual needs.

Supporting Young Patients and Their Families

Family-Based Treatment That Works

Our treatment approach draws heavily on the evidence-based Family-Based Treatment model for treating eating disorders, which is the gold standard for working with children and adolescents. Incorporating emotion-focused family therapy (EFFT) into our programming, caregivers move from feeling overwhelmed to feeling empowered.

Robust Family Programming

We applaud you for doing everything you can to help your loved one recover. When your loved one is in our care, you will work closely with our therapists and registered dietitians to learn the recovery skills your family needs to help your child recover. Families are involved in treatment planning every step of the way.

Support for Students

One stressful aspect of eating disorder treatment is deciding how your loved one will manage schoolwork while they are in our care. We devote 90 minutes of the day to education, coordinating with parents, teachers and guidance counselors, and accommodating extra education support, as needed.

Get Started with Treatment

We applaud you for doing everything you can to help your loved one recover. Our admissions team, made up of Clinical Response Specialists, Clinical Assessment Specialists and Admissions Coordinators, will compassionately walk you through the intake process and eating disorder 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.

Paying for Eating Disorder Treatment

When facing a life-threatening eating disorder, you shouldn’t have to worry about how to pay for treatment. Our experienced benefits team – our Patient Access Coordinators — will diligently work with your insurance company to ensure all financial resources are being used to your benefit.

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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Q&A with Clinical Director Liza Feilner, MA, LPC, CEDS-S

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 ...
  • 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 ...
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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.

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

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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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