Eating Recovery Center’s Outpatient Medical Clinic

Specialty Eating Disorder Outpatient Clinic

Eating Recovery Center of Denver’s outpatient medical clinic for specialty consultation and care services is led by Dr. Philip Mehler and Dr. Jennifer Watts. The outpatient medical clinic offers expert diagnostic and monitoring services for Colorado healthcare providers to provide specialty services for their eating disorder patients of all genders and ages.

The Eating Recovery Center of Denver’s Outpatient Medical Clinic welcomes patients that are:

  • Direct referrals from Intensive Outpatient Programs
  • Current Eating Recovery Center patients
  • Self-referrals
  • Professional referrals

Services will also be offered to IOP and outpatients that are currently in treatment for eating disorders.

Any healthcare provider that believes their patient might suffer from an eating disorder may refer the patient to us for a specialty consultation that is covered by most health insurance carriers.

“ERC is very pleased to be able to offer this new service to our former patients and to new patients who have been requesting such a resource to address their medical concerns.  After 30 years of medically treating patients with eating disorders, publishing hundreds of scientific articles on this subject along with textbooks & speaking all over the world, I am certain of the unequivocal benefit these patients will derive from ERC’s new outpatient medical clinic for eating disordered patients. I will personally be involved in the medical care along with my ERC medical colleague, Dr. Jennifer Watts.  This growing awareness of the medical issues of these patients is further evidenced by the very recent, first ever, publication of an entire issue of the International Journal of Eating Disorders wholly devoted to the medical complications of Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia.  I was especially honored to be asked by the journal to be the editor for this definitive treatise on this subject.” – Philip S. Mehler, MD, CEDS, FAED, FACP, Executive Medical Director, Eating Recovery Center

About Dr. Jennifer Watts

Dr. Jennifer Watts is the Director of Outpatient Medical Services at the Eating Recovery Center.  A Denver native, Dr. Watts received her degree from Stanford University in Human Biology and her medical degree from University of Colorado, Health Sciences Center.  Dr. Watts lived in San Francisco where she worked at the University of California, San Francisco in adolescent medicine and studies dealing with risk perception and risk-taking in children, adolescents and adults.  She also volunteered at San Francisco General’s Emergency department which deepened her interest in medicine.

Dr. Watts began her medicine residency at St. Joe’s Hospital in Denver and is Board certified in Family Medicine.  She worked in a private practice prior to moving to Exempla to a primary care practice in 2012 specializing in women’s health.

At Exempla, Dr. Watts saw more and more outpatients who struggled with eating disorders, bringing her to the Eating Recovery Center in 2015 to focus solely on eating disorders and the associated medical complications, “The interdisciplinary team approach to patient care stands apart from many other treatment centers and it has been wonderful to work with this organization which cares for patients with eating disorders at all levels of acuity.”

Dr. Watts is married with three girls, ages 12, 10 and 5.


About Dr. Phil Mehler

As Executive Medical Director and Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Philip Mehler is the designated head of medical services across Eating Recovery Center’s full treatment spectrum, including Inpatient, Residential, Partial Hospitalization, Intensive Outpatient and Outpatient levels of care. Prior to joining Eating Recovery Center, Dr. Mehler served as Medical Director of Denver Health and Hospital Authority.

Dr. Mehler began his career at Denver Health nearly 30 years ago and was formerly its Chief of Internal Medicine. He is the Glassman Professor of Medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, and has conducted research into the optimal treatment of the most severe cases of Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia. In 2005, Dr. Mehler founded the ACUTE Center for Eating Disorders at Denver Health, the only medical stabilization unit for patients with severe anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa.

Dr. Mehler has authored 400 publications, including a textbook, Medical Complications of Eating Disorders, which published by the Johns Hopkins University Press and is now in its second edition. Dr. Mehler was the recipient of the Academy of Eating Disorders 2012 Outstanding Clinician Award, has been recognized among the “Best Doctors in America” for the past 18 years, and was voted the “Top Internist in Denver” multiple times by 5280 magazine. Dr. Mehler is a member and fellow of the Eating Disorders Research Society and the Academy of Eating Disorders, as well as a member of the editorial board of the International Journal of Eating Disorders. He has lectured extensively on a national and international level as the leading medical expert on the topic of medical complications of eating disorders. Dr. Mehler was the first internist in the United States to receive the CEDS certification from the International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals (iadep).

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