We provide medical services at all levels of care -- from outpatient to our 24/7 residential treatment.
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 physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, and nurses are experienced in—and passionate about—eating disorder treatment. 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, St. Louis Park, and Duluth 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
- Provide acupuncture for medical concerns
Clients should see a primary care physician (PCP) for:
- Annual exams/pap smears
- 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 and appointment at The Emily Program)