Eating Recovery Center, California’s clinical and medical leadership team is comprised of multidisciplinary experts with decades of specific experience in the treatment of eating disorders. These experts also work closely with medical and clinical leadership at Eating Recovery Center in Denver, Colorado.
Lara Schuster Effland, LCSW - California and Washington Regional Managing Clinical Director
A licensed clinical social worker and formerly a Senior Director of Insight Behavioral Health Centers in Chicago. Ms. Effland has been working in the field of eating disorders for 13 years in multiple levels of care throughout the country. Ms. Effland received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Oberlin College and her Master’s degree in Social Work from Loyola University of Chicago with a concentration in clinical practice. Ms. Effland specializes in co-occurring eating, mood, anxiety, and traumatic stress disorders, with a focus primarily on mindfulness and evidenced based behavioral interventions, such as Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Prolonged Exposure Therapy, and mindfulness meditation and theory.
Ms. Effland joined the Chicago, Insight Behavioral Team in 2006 as a DBT therapist. In 2009, Insight’s founder Dr. Susan McClanahan and Ms. Effland developed Insight’s mood and anxiety program, which Ms. Effland has directed and lead since.
Ms. Effland became the Executive Clinical Director of Eating Recovery Center’s Washington site in March of 2017. Her experience in co-occurring disorders complements the exemplary eating disorders care at Eating Recovery Center of Washington. Ms. Effland regularly speaks and trains nationally on the topic of eating, mood, anxiety, and traumatic stress disorders. Her goal is to continue to bring compassion, competence, and integrity to patient care and to ensure that all staff at ERC are given all the support they need to be the best they can be.
Kristine Suchan, LMFT – Clinical Director
Kristine Suchan, MFT has been with Eating Recovery Center for 7 years and is currently serving as Clinical Director. Other roles for Suchan at ERC have included Primary Therapist, Clinical Manager, and Director of Outpatient Service. She has been working in the field of Eating Disorders for 13 years supporting individuals and families through their journey of recovery from Anorexia Nervosa Bulimia Nervosa, and binge Eating Disorder. Kristine is certified in Family Based Treatment (FBT) and has done extensive family therapy along with educating professionals in the community on signs and symptoms of eating disorders. She is particularly interested in supporting patients and their families who struggle with Binge Eating and has been instrumental in implementing treatment that is evidenced based for binge eating at the Sacramento Site. Suchan earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Child Development from the University of Missouri, Columbia, and earned her Masters from Sacramento State University, Sacramento in Counseling specializing in Marriage and Family Therapy. Suchan is a member of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapist as well as Binge Eating Disorder Association (BEDA). She is passionate about her mission and provides a comprehensive approach that integrates working towards developing a balanced health lifestyle through values based work with her patients.
Chassity Angeny–Showalter, Psy.D. – Clinical Manager
Chassity Angeny-Showalter, Psy.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist with over a decade of experience working in the fields of eating disorders and substance use at multiple levels of care. She completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Sociology from Elon University, and earned her Doctorate Degree in Clinical Psychology at Nova Southeastern University. Dr. Angeny-Showalter previously worked as a psychologist at Kaiser Permanente, developing and implementing an outpatient program for adults with eating disorders. Most recently, Dr. Angeny-Showalter served as the Clinical Director at Aspire Wellness Center, an eating disorder partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient program for adolescents and adults. Dr. Angeny-Showalter is passionate about helping people achieve a balanced, meaningful, and sustainable life through improving their relationship with food and their bodies.
Cindy Brom, MBA- Managing Director-Operations
Cindy came to the Eating Recovery Center family through our Chicago partner program, Insight Behavioral Health Centers, which she joined in 2008. At Insight she served in various roles involving operations, compliance, consulting, human resources, business development and financial management. Cindy has been involved with operations management of Eating Recovery Center Washington since January of 2017 as well as serves in a national food management role for all ERC sites.
Cindy earned her MBA from the J.L. Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and BSB from the University of Minnesota. Her experience also includes business development management for an acute care residential and inpatient substance abuse facility in Chicago, practice management for primary care and psychiatric group practices affiliated with Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and strategic consulting for growing businesses.
Jill Rasor, BSM – Practice Manager
Jill Rasor has worked in the Sacramento healthcare operations field for more than 20 years serving in various capacities supporting healthcare operations from finance and budgeting to customer service, provider relations, compliance oversight and facilities management Jill joins the team as the Practice Manager for Eating Recovery Center, California. Jill’s role supports the backbone of operations that allows the direct patient caregivers to focus on delivering excellent care. Jill has a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Phoenix and an AA in accounting.
Kerri Mulligan, RD – Nutritional Services Supervisor
Kerri Mulligan, RD, serves as the Nutritional Services Supervisor for Eating Recovery Center, California’s Partial Hospitalization Program. Kerr joined the Eating Recovery Center Recovery Team in 2011 in San Antonio where she developed the nutrition curriculum for Binge Eating Disorder based on mindful and intuitive eating practices. She is passionate about supporting patients through the recovery process to normalize eating patterns, develop skills for intuitive eating, and to make peace with food.
Kerri earned her Bachelor’s degree in Nutrition from the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, Texas. She is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and of the Binge Eating Disorder Association.
Karen Schneller, MFT, CEDS. - Clinical Director of Virtual Outpatient Programs
Karen Schneller is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Certified Eating Disorder Specialist. Ms. Schneller has been working in the field of eating disorders since 2003. She has experience working in residential treatment centers, intensive outpatient programs, schools and private practice settings. She received intensive training in the treatment of eating disorders and their co-morbid pathologies over the course of her training and pursued certification as an Eating Disorder Specialist through the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals (iaedp) in 2013. Karen also served on the Board as the Marketing Chair for the Orange County, Ca Chapter of iaedp from 2011-2013.
One of Karen’s passions is eating disorder education and prevention. As a way to give back to the community, for the last 10 years, Karen has offered a free eating disorder support group. She has also done many guest speaking opportunities at colleges and universities as well as for non-profit organizations. Karen believes in compassionate and customized treatment with an emphasis on meeting the unique needs of each client. While working in treatment programs over the last 14 years, she has seen first-hand the power of treatment in combating this life-threatening disease.