Expert Medical And Psychiatric Care
The Emily Program Medical and Psychiatry Services Team has decades of experience managing the unique medical and psychiatric complications of eating disorders. Outstanding leaders in the field, our Medical and Psychiatry Services Team continues to develop and draw upon the most up-to-date and proven methods of treatment, providing The Emily Program clients with the best in eating disorder care. Take the first step. Schedule an eating disorder assessment or call us today at 1-888-EMILY-77 (1-888-364-5977).
The Comprehensive Care That Eating Disorder Treatment Requires
Anorexia, bulimia, binge eating disorder, compulsive overeating, or other eating disorders rarely occur without other physical and mental concerns. Eating disorders take a serious, often dangerous, toll on your body. For recovery to happen, your body’s organs and processes have to recover, too. It’s also not uncommon for individuals to experience accompanying mental health issues, such as chemical dependency, anxiety, depression, and trauma. That’s why The Emily Program Medical and Psychiatry Services Team provides exceptional comprehensive medical and psychiatric care for all aspects of the recovery journey.
Medical services for all levels of care
The Emily Program Medical Team includes family practice physicians, child, adolescent and adult psychiatrists, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurses, and medical assistants who provide specialty care for evaluating and treating eating disorders. We have decades of experience managing the medical complications that persist with eating disorders.
As an affiliate of the University of Minnesota Medical School, The Emily Program offers the best evidence-based therapy methodologies as part of our integrative approach to eating disorder care. We work closely with the other members of your care team to continually monitor and address your physical health complications, as needed. Our focus is to:
- Monitor weight, blood pressure, heart rate, temperature, labs, and EKG
- Prescribe first-level antidepressants/anti-anxiety medications
- Refer to psychiatric care at The Emily Program and outside of The Emily Program
- Prescribe medication for GI issues such as heartburn, gas, bloating, fullness, constipation
- Prescribe supplements
- Assist clients getting off laxatives
- Recommend appropriate activity level
- Assist with applying for disability or FMLA
- Provide referrals for bone density testing
- Provide referrals for physical therapy
- Refer to primary care physician, dentist, or specialists in GI, cardiology, endocrinology, women's health
Medical appointments are available onsite at our Minnesota locations in St. Paul and St. Louis Park, at our Ohio location in Cleveland and at our Washington locations in Spokane and Seattle. We provide all levels of care from outpatient to residential treatment. While we can see you and treat you for mild illnesses not related to your eating disorder (such as viral illnesses, urinary tract infections and allergies) we do still encourage you to stay established with your primary doctor for routine health care such as preventive examinations, immunizations and other chronic conditions that are not related to your eating disorder. Our medical team can help direct you in this matter as needed.
Our highly regarded team of psychiatrists has years of experience treating and researching eating disorders. Psychiatrists are involved in all of our Intensive Programs and residential care. They are also available for individual consultations, outpatient sessions, and prescribing medication if appropriate.
For clients receiving medication management through The Emily Program, please take note of our Prescription Refill Guidelines.
Bariatric surgery assessment
The Emily Program offers pre-surgical psychological assessments to help individuals considering bariatric surgery, also known as gastric bypass surgery. In our extensive experience, we’ve seen that when disordered eating patterns remain unaddressed before bariatric surgery, they tend to resurface after the surgery. So, we strive to strengthen your coping skills and develop alternative behaviors before and after any surgery.
Education and support
The Medical and Psychiatric Team at The Emily Program is committed to providing as much education and support as you need. Some issues come up more often than others, especially regarding physical health. Ask us about anything. We’re here to help.
Answers to some common health concerns
The following PDF downloads help to answer some common health concerns.