Mary Bretzman, MD

Mary Bretzman

Mary Bretzman, MD

VP of Medical

Dr. Bretzman is a graduate of the University of Minnesota Medical School and completed a residency in Family Medicine at the University of Utah-Salt Lake City. Since residency, she practiced in primary care in Utah and Minnesota. Dr. Bretzman started at The Emily Program in 2010, providing medical service to all ages in the field of eating disorders.

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Leah Graves

Leah Graves

Leah Graves, RDN, LDN, CERD-S, FAED

Vice President of Nutrition and Culinary Services

Leah Graves is the Vice President of Nutrition and Culinary Services of Accanto Health, the parent company of the newly merged Veritas Collaborative and The Emily Program.

Leah has been treating patients with eating disorders for over 30 years. Prior to joining Veritas, Leah was the Manager of Eating Disorders Nutrition Therapy for the Laureate Eating Disorders Program in Tulsa, OK. She graduated with the highest distinction from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center in 1985 and then began her work with individuals with eating disorders.

Leah is a founding member of the Academy for Eating Disorders where she has served on the Academy’s Executive Team, Board of Directors and Chaired the North American Teaching Days for the International Conference on Eating Disorders in addition to serving the Academy on the Nominating, Fellowship Selection, and Membership Recruitment and Retention Committees. She has also been honored with the distinction of Fellow of the Academy for Eating Disorders.

Leah has been involved in eating disorders advocacy with the National Eating Disorders Association as a member of the Conference Planning Committee and with the Oklahoma Eating Disorders Association where she served as President and Governance Committee Chair. She currently serves on the Clinical Advisory Board for Rock Recovery.

Leah has been invited faculty at many eating disorders conferences including the International Conference on Eating Disorders, Hispano-Latin American Congress on Eating Disorders, International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals Symposium, Renfrew Foundation Conference, Multi-service Eating Disorders Association Conference, and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Food and Nutrition Conference, as well as numerous regional and local conferences. Leah has written several publications pertaining to nutrition and eating disorders and is highly respected within the eating disorders field for her expertise in medical nutrition therapy, nutrition counseling, clinical supervision, and research.

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Liz McCabe, PhD, LCSW

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Liz McCabe, PhD, LCSW

Chief Clinical Officer

Liz is the Chief Clinical Officer of Accanto Health, the parent company of the newly merged Veritas Collaborative and The Emily Program.

Liz joined The Emily Program in 2015 as the Pittsburgh Site Director with the responsibility of expanding access to eating disorders specialty care in the southwestern Pennsylvania region. In 2020 she assumed the role of Chief Clinical Officer and is now responsible for ensuring that clients in all levels of Emily Program care receive effective evidence-based treatment.

Liz brings over 25 years of eating disorders experience to her role as the Chief Clinical Officer. She has worked with children, adolescents, and adults in inpatient and outpatient settings and across the domains of clinical practice, supervision, program development, administration, teaching, and research. Prior to joining The Emily Program, she served as Clinical Administrator for the Eating Disorders Program and Director of Social Work at Western Psychiatric Hospital of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. She also served as Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

Liz received her PhD in social work at the University of Pittsburgh. Her research there focused on predictors of readmission to hospital among individuals hospitalized for treatment of anorexia nervosa. She has authored and co-authored articles and book chapters, and frequently presents to local and national audiences on eating disorders and dialectical behavior therapy. She is a member of the Academy of Eating Disorders and served as Past Co-Chair of the Family Therapy Special Interest Group.

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Alisha Hanson

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Alisha Hanson

Vice President of Human Resources

Alisha Hanson is the Vice President of Human Resources at Accanto Health, the parent company of the newly merged Veritas Collaborative and The Emily Program. In this role, she oversees all facets of HR operations including but not limited to, recruitment/selection, retention, employee engagement, benefits and compensation. She also leads the Credentialing and Learning and Development teams. Alisha has worked in healthcare for the past 15 years, 7 years in acute care and the last 8 years in behavioral health.

Alisha has a strong passion for working in organizations whose mission is to make a difference in people’s lives. 

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Kate Norris, JD

Kate Norris

Kate Norris, JD

General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer

Kate is the General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer of Accanto Health, the parent company of the newly merged Veritas Collaborative and The Emily Program, leading the Legal, Compliance, and Medical Records functions. She studied law at the University of St. Thomas School of Law in the Twin Cities and worked in a variety of capacities within the medical device industry, legal technology, and public defense prior to joining The Emily Program 5 years ago. She is a current adjunct professor at the University of St. Thomas School of Law and a frequent speaker in university classes and various legal and compliance conferences. Kate has a passion for expanding access to care for adults and adolescents with eating disorders and works closely with government entities in her work to achieve that objective.

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Doug Foote

Doug Foote

Doug Foote

Chief Operating Officer

Doug Foote is Chief Operating Officer of Accanto Health, the parent company of the newly merged Veritas Collaborative and The Emily Program.

He is accountable for the operational and financial performance of all care delivery sites. Doug has a unique background, leading organizations for 20+ years in healthcare and insurance services including behavioral healthcare, home healthcare, podiatric healthcare, and long-term care insurance administration.

Doug is known for his ability to ensure delivery on complex initiatives such as mergers and acquisitions, integrations, separations, conversions, transformations, cost reductions, and other large-scale strategic endeavors. He also has a long history of community involvement, most notably as a veteran volunteer firefighter/EMT.

It is Doug’s passion to provide The Emily Program and Veritas Collaborative’s healing services to all those in need. He is inspired by the eating disorder experiences of family and friends.

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