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 - Medical Director 

Neeru Bakshi, MD, FAPA, is a Board-certified psychiatrist, and the Medical Director for Eating Recovery Center, Washington.
She is a fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and a member of the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals (iaedp). Dr. Bakshi has previously served as the Chairperson for the Overlake Hospital Department of Psychiatry, and she is a Courtesy Clinical Instructor with the University of Washington Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences.
She attended George Washington University where she received a Bachelor’s of Science with Honors in Biology and earned her medical degree from Texas A&M University Health Sciences Center College of Medicine. Dr. Bakshi 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 is a member of the Washington State Psychiatric Association as well as the American Psychiatric Association.
Dr. Bakshi has a wide variety of practice experience and is passionate about the treatment of eating disorders.

Jrasor.jpgJill 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.

Miriam Sabbagh - 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 career 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, during this time she was promoted to lead dietitian and then became a patient services manager at Methodist Hospital. She is interested in working with eating disorders patients, and she found an opportunity to grow in this field at ERCCA as a nutrition supervisor/dietitian starting last April.



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