Medical Services

We provide medical services at all levels of care -- from outpatient to our 24/7 residential treatment.  

The Emily Program Medical Team has decades of experience managing the unique medical complications of eating disorders. As an affiliate of the University of Minnesota Medical School, our Medical Team is up-to-date with treatment and research, providing the best in comprehensive medical care across all levels of treatment for people of all ages and genders.

Eating disorders take a serious, often dangerous, toll on your body. In order for recovery to happen, your body’s organs and processes have to recover, too. That’s why we always coordinate medical care with other aspects of treatment.

Our Medical Team provides specialty care including medical management of interruption of eating disorder symptoms and related medical complications, medication recommendations, support and accountability. Our family practice physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, medical assistants, and nurses are experienced in—and passionate about—eating disorder treatment as it relates to one's physical health. They work closely with the other members of your treatment team to monitor eating disorder-related complications on an ongoing basis. Medical service providers are part of our holistic approach to eating disorder care. They are dedicated to easing client fears related to medical care, ensuring each client’s visits are as comfortable as possible.

Medical appointments are available onsite at our Minnesota locations in St. Paul and St. Louis Park, and at our Washington locations in Seattle and Spokane.

Our medical services focus at The Emily Program is to:

  • Assess medical stability to participate in outpatient eating disorder services
  • Monitor weight, blood pressure, heart rate, temperature, labs, and EKG
  • Prescribe first level antidepressants/anti-anxiety medications, as needed
  • Refer to psychiatry - at The Emily Program and outside of The Emily Program
  • Prescribe medication for GI issues - heartburn, gas, bloating, fullness, constipation  (as needed)
  • Prescribe supplements, as needed
  • Assist clients getting off laxatives
  • Provide recommendations for activity level
  • Provide recommendations for level of care, groups, programs at The Emily Program
  • Assist with applying for disability or FMLA
  • Provide referrals for bone density testing
  • Provide referrals for physical therapy
  • Refer to PCP, dentists, GI, Cardiology, Endocrinology, Women's Health

Clients should see a primary care physician (PCP) for:

  • Annual exams/pap smears
  • Vaccinations
  • Routine checkups
  • Management of chronic conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease
  • Routine minor complaints such as headaches, sinus infections, bladder infections, sore throat (if unable to get an appointment at The Emily Program) 

We are committed to providing our clients with as much education and support as they need. There are some issues that we commonly talk with clients about in regard to their physical health. Below are printable handouts that address these common concerns: 


Dietary Sources of Iron

Dietary Sources of Potassium

Laxative Abuse

Osteoporosis and Calcium

What is an EKG and why do I need one?

For clients receiving medication management through The Emily Program, please take note of our Prescription Refill Guidelines.

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