Our Team

The Eating Recovery Center in Sacramento's eating disorder treatment facility is overseen by a compassionate team of experts across many behavioral health disciplines. 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, LICSW
Regional Managing Director - Clinical and Center of Excellence Leader for Insight Adult Services

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 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.

Neeru Bakshi, MD, FAPA, CEDMD – Regional Medical Director WA/CA

Neeru Bakshi, MD, FAPA, CEDS is a board-certified adult psychiatrist and the Medical Director of Eating Recovery Center, Washington. She is a fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and a Certified Eating Disorder Specialist as designated by the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals (iaedp). She is also a member of the Academy of Eating Disorders. Dr. Bakshi has served in a number of professional capacities over the course of her career including currently as a Clinical Instructor with the University of Washington Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and previously as the Chairperson for the Overlake Hospital Department of Psychiatry. She earned her Bachelors of Science with Honors in Biology from the George Washington University and her Medical Degree from Texas A&M University Health Sciences College of Medicine. She completed her internship and residency at Baylor College of Medicine in the Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and the University of Washington. Dr. Bakshi often speaks on topics related to the medical complications of and treatments for eating disorders.

Jenna Flagg, PsyD – Sr. Clinical Director WA & CA

Jenna Flagg, PsyD, received her doctorate in clinical psychology from Nova Southeastern University in Florida. She is currently licensed as a psychologist in the state of Washington. Jenna completed her post-doctoral residency at the Renfrew Center of Florida, a residential treatment center for women with eating disorders. Following her residency, she spent several years at the Renfrew Center working as both a therapist and treatment team leader.
 
Prior to becoming the Clinical Director of Adult Programs at Eating Recovery Center, Washington, Jenna was a Primary Therapist. Jenna has extensive experience supervising students, interns and residents who have a desire to gain knowledge and experience in the field of eating disorders. The therapeutic orientation she was trained in cognitive behavioral, but she is currently using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and also has training in RO-DBT and Family Based Treatment.

Ramona Weatherford, LCSW, CEDS-S
Regional Vice President

Ramona Weatherford holds a master’s 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. She currently is responsible for management and operations of all Texas, California and Washington ERC/Insight locations.

Cory Adams, LMFT-Clinical Director

A licensed Marriage and Family Therapist working in the mental health field for the past 12 years. Cory has joined Eating Recovery Center in May of 2019 with advanced training in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and extensive experience working within family systems. Cory comes to Eating Recovery Center with experience teaching Dialectical Behavioral therapy and has presented related to utilizing DBT with adolescents.  
 

Miriam Sabbagh, RD - Nutrition Supervisor

Miriam Sabbagh graduated from California State University of Sacramento in 2009 with a second bachelor in Dietetics; she completed her dietetic internship in 2012 and started her carreer as a registered dietitian working at skilled nursing facilities in 2013. A year later she moved to Dignity Health as a clinical dietitian to work in acute care settings for over 5 years, and during this time was promoted to lead dietitian and then became a patient services manager at Methodist Hospital. She am interested in working with eating disorders patients, and found an opportunity to grow in this field at ERCCA as a nutrition supervisor/dietitian starting last April. Outside of work, she is a mom of two teenagers. During her free time, I enjoy traveling and attending music shows.

Jrasor.jpgKaren Schneller, LMFT, CEDS - Clinical Director of Virtual Outpatient Programs

Karen Schneller, LMFT, CEDS, is the Clinical Director of Telebehavioral Health for Eating Recovery Center.   Karen Schneller is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Certified Eating Disorder Specialist in the state of California and Texas and Ohio.  Additionally, she is Board Certified in TeleMental Health (BC-TMH) which is an advanced certification in the laws and ethics of delivering therapeutic services via web-based platforms.  In her current role as the Clinical Director of Telebehavioral Health she leads the Virtual Intensive Outpatient Program (VIOP) team in delivering ERC’s proven IOP programming and curriculum in a virtual format to patients in Texas and California and Ohio.  Ms. Schneller is excited to be on the forefront of expanding access through telebehavioral health to connect with patients in areas where specialized services may not be available.  She is thrilled to share with others how telebehavioral health can reach those who may not seek treatment otherwise, due to distance or other factors.  Ms. Schneller has been working in the field of eating disorders since 2003 and has experience in all levels of care.  Karen’s has served on the Board for the Orange County, Ca Chapter of iaedp from 2011-2013 and currently is the Secretary on the board for EDRS, Inc since 2015.  Her passion is to make treatment available to everyone and volunteering through EDRS allows her to participate in awarding outpatient scholarships to people in California who are in need.

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