Scott Crow, MD

Scott Crow

Scott Crow, MD

Vice President for the Department of Psychiatry

Dr. Scott Crow is the Vice President for the Department of Psychiatry at Accanto Health, the parent company of The Emily Program and Veritas Collaborative.

Scott oversees research that The Emily Program conducts in partnership with the University of Minnesota. He also provides psychiatric evaluations and medication management for a small caseload of individual clients. Scott earned his medical degree and completed his psychiatric residency at the University of Minnesota, where he is now a professor. Scott has been active in national and international eating disorders groups and is Past President of the Academy of Eating Disorders.

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Testimonials

Testimonials

The Emily Program has earned a reputation for exceptional client satisfaction. A recent survey showed that 90% of clients who had previously received eating disorder treatment elsewhere preferred The Emily Program.

The Client Experience: In Their Own Words

#BesideMeWhen

The Emily Program’s #BesideMeWhen campaign showcases stories of hope and healing. Former Emily Program clients describe how The Emily Program supported them through an eating disorder.

Recovery Story: Stephanie

Stephanie Maiwurm, a former Emily Program client, shares her story of treatment, healing, and recovery.

Recovery Story: Jeana

A former Emily Program client describes her experience with an eating disorder and how she approached recovery.

  • One of the most powerful things that I am able to see today is that my team worked tirelessly and held that hope for me when I couldn’t hold it for myself. The team held out hope that I would overcome ED—they believed even when I no longer did, and they were absolutely relentless in their attempts to help me heal myself.”
  • My relationship to food now is—it’s just there to fuel me. It’s not my protector anymore, because now I’ve got that; now I’ve got people. There’s no hold on me with it anymore—which is awesome.”
  • I LOVE The Emily Program and becoming a ‘part’ of it has helped me grow, develop, heal, and become a better person.”
  • I love The Emily Program for the hope, respect, support, and wonderful care they bring to all who are affected by eating disorders.”
  • The beautiful thing about this place is that they are teaching us how to take our lives back, empowering us to empower ourselves.”
  • In my specific experience, The Emily Program has been life-saving. Actually, more so, it was life ‘giving’ in that through my 5 months of working with The Emily Program, I’ve had glimpses into what life COULD be like. They are helping me learn to ‘live’ my life. At age 42, I’m finally able to admit to myself that yes, this is long overdue, and yes, I do actually deserve it :)”
  • Thank God for The Emily Program. My heart is filled with gratitude and love.  I’m starting to find me and it feels so good.  I’ve been lost for so long.  Symptoms have subsided to a bare minimum.  Progress!!”
  • The Emily Program means freedom from a life-long obsession for me. For most of my life, I thought more about eating or not eating than anything else, and I couldn’t stop. When my problem got so bad–difficulty functioning at work and in my relationships–I turned to The Emily Program. After a year in treatment, I can honestly say that I am free. Food is just food and I am able to live for the first time in many years.”
  • The staff at The Emily Program made me feel safe and genuinely cared for. And I know they will help me out of this difficult time and will continue to do so years and years after being symptom-free.”
  • Finding The Emily Program was like finding a second home and family. This is a support network that will never give up on me and tries to help everyone, no matter what stage or eating disorder they may or may not be suffering from.”
  • The Emily Program is truly a holistic program and I can’t emphasize enough how amazing they are.”
  • At first, I was angry at the help that my counselors and nutritionists were giving me; however, that sense of genuine care and concern—as well as a sense of belonging to a community—kept me coming back. I could not be here today without the help I received from The Emily Program.”
  • The Emily Program has truly helped me heal emotionally, physically, and spiritually. I have a new lease on life after years of misery. Call today—you will be amazed that it took you as long as it did.”
  • Recovery is hard work, but my therapist, dietitian, and psychiatrist have made it the most rewarding experience of my life! There is always help. I am recovering after 15 years with bulimia. If I can do this, you can, too.”
  • The Emily Program staff never gave up and one day I was able to see a glimpse of what they saw. I started to trust. I opened up and felt the pain I was running away from. Now I can live. I can live a life without my eating disorder.”
  • Three years ago I was at the Anna Westin House. Today, I’m in a yoga teacher training program. Things are happening in my life now that I couldn’t have even imagined then. Words don’t do justice to the gratitude I have in my heart for your support–as well as all of the support I received from The Emily Program as a whole. If you see any other EP employees today I had worked with, can you share with them how grateful I am?”

Adolescent & Family Services Testimonials

  • Sometimes, you feel like you’re doing the battle alone. Being with the other parents definitely made me feel more supported. There’s a whole bunch of other people going through the same thing with their kids.”
  • The Emily Program has helped me a lot mostly because I am a kid and usually these don’t make a whole lot of sense. Thank you again.”
  • The emotional connections I have with my support people have been vital in helping me recover.”
  • Our family is more open—not just about food, but with feelings. It’s amazing to see how much everything has changed and how willing they are to say how they feel.”
  • Now I feel surrounded and protected and held—something I didn’t have for many years. It’s nice to have that, finally.”

Group/Intensive Program Testimonials

  • Today I need nothing more than a hug. Not your everyday kind of a hug, but an ‘I know your pain, love you, care and want to take your pain kind of hug.’ I fell off the train … but today in group you loved me… now I know I’m worth the hug.”

BED/COE Program Testimonials

  • I’ve suffered from an eating disorder all my life. The program gives me the opportunity to own the disease without shame, guilt, and self-loathing. I had those feelings when I came into the program a few years ago. I believe compulsive overeating is a disease of the mind as well as the body. The Emily Program works foremost on the mind, and physical recovery follows the change in the emotional and thought patterns. For me, it has been very slow. They are teaching me how to be patient and kind to myself. It took a lifetime for me to hit bottom. The healing journey will continue for the rest of my life, and for that I’m grateful.”
  • I would recommend The Emily Program. It is very holistic. It is very sound. It offers support in so many areas of life. My eating disorder has permeated all areas and I’ve been learning to do things that I never thought possible. For example, as a very large woman, I began taking a yoga and body image class, and it has opened doors for me to become more comfortable in my own body and interested in doing more self-care, because of the wonderful support from the therapist, instructor and members of the group. The program meets us ‘where we are.’ No two people are alike, and I’ve admired the creativity and integrity of the program. I’ve made friends here, and see how their treatment programs are different and similar to mine. The program works because it is based on patience and a willingness to change thinking in ways that lead to physical recovery.”

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History

History

Founded in 1993, The Emily Program is nationally recognized for our compassionate and personalized approach to eating disorder awareness, treatment, and lifetime recovery. We’re here to help people of all ages and genders make peace with food.

The History of The Emily Program

In 1993, psychologist Dirk Miller, PhD, LP, opened a private eating disorders treatment practice after a distinguished career in the field. Previously, he started the first hospital-based eating disorders treatment program at South Bend (IN) General Hospital. He had also worked with the University of Minnesota’s intensive bulimia program and started an eating disorders group at The University of St. Thomas.

“I had great experiences,” he says, “but I didn’t feel as good about treating eating disorders in a hospital setting as I did in outpatient settings. The goals of a hospital didn’t coincide with the needs of the eating disorder clients I knew. Mental health issues are very different from physical health concerns and require different methods and settings.”

Dr. Miller named his new practice The Emily Program, after his sister, Emily, who recovered from an eating disorder. The Emily name has come to signify the core values behind our successes: personalized care for all individuals struggling with eating disorders.


The Emily Program Timeline

 

1993

Dr. Dirk Miller opens a private practice called The Emily Program in a former St. Paul, MN fire station.

 

1995

Gretchen Goff, MPH, coordinator of the first intensive bulimia treatment program, becomes Miller’s partner.

 

1999

Goff retires. The Emily Program hires our first staff person, therapist Lori Peiffer, PhD.

 

2000

The Emily Program adds two additional therapists and our first administrative staff person, Shirley Gottwalt, and a consulting dietitian begins offering services. Our St. Louis Park, MN office opens on S. Highway 100. The St. Paul office moves to Gordon’s School Building on Dayton Avenue.

 

2002

With outpatient groups expanding, Jennifer (Gottwalt) Smith, RD, LD, becomes our first staff dietitian.

 

2003

Our team, now comprised of six therapists and a dietitian, holds a day-long retreat to plan The Emily Program’s first intensive program and consider expanding into other outpatient services. Our St. Paul offices move to the Court International Building on University Ave.

 

2006

Our first satellite office opens in downtown Stillwater, MN.

 

2007

We begin operating the Anna Westin House in Chaska, Minnesota’s first residential eating disorders treatment facility. Our second satellite office opens in downtown Duluth, the largest city in northern Minnesota. To accommodate our growing programs and staff, we purchase and begin to renovate the former Park Midway Bank in St. Paul’s St. Anthony Park neighborhood, creating our new St. Paul office and agency headquarters.

 

2008

Our third satellite office opens in Burnsville, a Twin Cities suburb. We move into our new St. Paul headquarters and even hold meetings in the old bank vault!

 

2009

The Emily Program purchases the former St. Andrew Kim Catholic Church across from the University of Minnesota’s St. Paul campus. We renovate the building to host the new Anna Westin House, doubling treatment capacity to 16.

In response to the steadily increasing demand for treatment, our Duluth team moves into new, larger offices. The Anna Westin House opens in its new, expanded facility; the renovation wins a design award from the Builders Association of the Twin Cities. We also purchase the Children’s Home Society and Family Services historic Toogood Building, down the block from our St. Paul headquarters, and begin renovating it to house more treatment, including an expansion for our adolescent programming.

 

2011

In April, we open our outpatient location in Seattle’s South Lake Union neighborhood—our first site in Washington!

 

2013

We open our lodging options in St. Paul, St. Louis Park, and Seattle. Hillside, West End, and Neptune Lodging are the first of their kind for eating disorders in Minnesota and Washington, offering adults a comfortable, home-like place to stay while participating in Minneapolis-St. Paul or Seattle intensive programs. Responding to demand in Washington, we expand our Seattle office and open in Spokane, our second Washington location. We also open our East Metro, MN office in September and a new residential site in St. Paul—The Anna Westin House for Adolescents.

 

2014

In June we partner with Cleveland Center for Eating Disorders. Due to the high demand for treatment in the South Sound area of Washington, we open our third Washington office in Lacey, WA. Spokane services also expand to offer lodging and we begin plans to open 24/7 residential care in Ohio and Washington. We expand our Burnsville, MN office in February to provide more treatment options, including family and couples counseling along with additional adolescent programs. 

 

2015

The Emily Program opens an outpatient office in Cranberry Township outside of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania that offers individual, group, and family therapy services. In June, The Emily Program-Residential opens in Cleveland Heights, Ohio, offering adults 24/7 eating disorder treatment in a warm, inviting, renovated historic home.

 

2016

The Emily Program introduces lodging for intensive programs in Cleveland, providing adults with a safe, comfortable place to stay while participating in Ohio intensive programs. Lodging is added in Cleveland and a second lodging option opens in St. Paul.

 

2017

We expand levels of care offered in Washington by opening our 24/7 residential facility in Seattle. We also roll out an integrated eating disorder/substance use disorder intensive day program in Minnesota.

 

2018

In September, The Anna Westin House for Adolescents site expands from 10 beds to 16 beds. Lodging facilities for intensive program clients open in St. Louis Park and additional lodging is added in Cleveland.

 

2019

In August, The Emily Program opens the first residential eating disorder treatment facility in Minneapolis, MN: The Anna Westin House West.

 

2020

In March, The Emily Program – Columbus opens. The Center for Balanced Living transitions its services to The Emily Program to improve and sustain access to quality eating disorder care in Central Ohio. 

 

2021

In March, The Emily Program and Veritas Collaborative merge, joining two of the nation’s leading eating disorder treatment programs under a new parent company, Accanto Health. Collectively, The Emily Program and Veritas have 20 locations across Georgia, Minnesota, Ohio, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Washington.

 

2022

In February, The Emily Program – Columbus Residential for Adolescents opens, completing our continuum of care options for children and adolescents of all genders in central Ohio.

 

Today

Today, The Emily Program’s clinical and administrative staff has grown to over 600 people, offering an unusually wide range of outpatient, group treatment services, intensive programs, and residential care for eating disorders and related problems.

Dr. Miller believes the program is unique because our foundation is outpatient services. He says, “We didn’t start as an inpatient program and develop outpatient services to support that model. The reason is pretty simple: most change occurs as an outpatient. We live our lives as ‘outpatients’. Ultimately we must apply what’s learned to a life of recovery that we live outside the treatment program.”

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University of Minnesota Medical School Affiliate

The Emily Program is affiliated with
the University of Minnesota

As one of the premier treatment centers for eating disorders in the United States, The Emily Program is affiliated with the world-renowned University of Minnesota Medical School. Some of the world’s top researchers in the eating disorder field are on the staffs of both the University of Minnesota Medical School and The Emily Program. Learn more about referrals and admissions by calling 1-888-364-5977 today.

University of Minnesota affiliation

As an affiliate of the University of Minnesota Medical School, The Emily Program stays at the forefront of the best practices in eating disorder treatment. We have collaborated with world-renowned researchers and our clinicians are involved in cutting-edge research on eating disorder diagnosis, intervention, and outcomes.

Together with the University of Minnesota, The Emily Program helps facilitate the only dietetic internship of its kind in the United States. In a nine-week rotation at The Emily Program, students learn and experience working with eating disorders. Learn more.

The Emily Program is committed to continuing to develop and draw upon the most up-to-date and proven methods of treatment for the best in eating disorder care. We’re here to help.

Recommended links

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Your leadership team

Comprised of nationally recognized researchers and expert clinicians, the leadership team at The Emily Program ensures we provide the best care for eating disorders. Meet the team.

Frequently Asked Questions

The Emily Program is here to answer any questions you have about eating disorders and the recovery journey. We want to help. Read the FAQ now.

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Leadership Team

Your leadership team

The leadership team at The Emily Program ensures we provide the best care for eating disorders. Our multidisciplinary approach encourages collaboration in treating the complexities of eating disorders and related mental health concerns, including body image issues or substance use disorders. With in-person and virtual treatment options in Minnesota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Washington, we’re here to help.

Dirk Miller, PhD, LP

Dirk Miller, PhD, LP

Executive Chair | Founder, The Emily Program

Meet Dirk

Dave Willcutts

Dave Willcutts

Chief Executive Officer

Meet Dave

Doug Foote

Doug Foote

Chief Operating Officer

Meet Doug

Jillian Lampert, PhD, MPH, RD, LD, FAED

Jillian Lampert, PhD, MPH, RD, LD, FAED

Chief Strategy Officer

Meet Jillian

Liz McCabe, PhD, LCSW

Liz McCabe, PhD, LCSW

Chief Clinical Officer

Meet Liz

Mark Warren, MD, MPH, FAED

Mark Warren, MD, MPH, FAED

Chief Medical Officer

Meet Mark

Scott Crow, MD

Scott Crow, MD

Vice President for the Department of Psychiatry

Meet Scott

Kate Norris, JD

Kate Norris, JD

General Counsel & Chief Compliance Officer

Meet Kate

Chase Bannister, MDIV, MSW, LCSW, CEDS

Chase Bannister, MDIV, MSW, LCSW, CEDS

Senior Vice President for Community Engagement

Meet Chase

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

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

Vice President, Nutrition and Culinary Services

Meet Leah

Stacey Brown, RN

Stacey Brown, RN

Vice President of Nursing

Meet Stacey

Mary Bretzman, MD

Mary Bretzman, MD

Vice President for the Department of Adult Medicine

Meet Mary

Anna Tanner, MD, FAAP, FSAHM, CEDS-S

Anna Tanner, MD, FAAP, FSAHM, CEDS-S

Vice President for the Department of Child and Adolescent Medicine

Meet Anna

Lindsay Drebenstedt, MBA

Lindsay Drebenstedt, MBA

Vice President of Corporate Operations

Meet Lindsay

Jessie Morsching, MBA, CPA-Inactive

Jessie Morsching, MBA, CPA-Inactive

Chief Financial Officer

Meet Jessie

Jackie Ottoson

Jackie Ottoson

Vice President of Human Resources

Meet Jackie

Harry Holmberg

Harry Holmberg

Vice President of IT

Meet Harry

Sydney Brodeur-Johnson, PhD, LCP, CEDS

Sydney Brodeur-Johnson, PhD, LCP, CEDS

Senior Director, Clinical Services

Meet Sydney

Caleb Kaihoi, MA, LMFT

Caleb Kaihoi, MA, LMFT

Senior Regional Director, North

Meet Caleb

Kelsey Thomas, MS, RDN, CD

Kelsey Thomas, MS, RDN, CD

Senior Regional Director, Pacific Northwest

Meet Kelsey

Brittany Davis, MEd, PCC-S

Brittany Davis, MEd, PCC-S

Senior Regional Director, Midwest

Meet Brittany

Rebecca Eckstein, LCSW, CEDS-S

Rebecca Eckstein, LCSW, CEDS-S

Senior Regional Director, Southeast

Meet Rebecca

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Your Care Team

Your care team

Because no two people have the same eating disorder, we personalize your treatment and assemble a care team that is best for your unique situation.

Your therapist is here with you, step by step

The role of a therapist in eating disorder treatment is to help you learn how to address your symptoms and feelings in relation to eating and food. Therapy also aids in coping and self-growth. Your therapist is your primary contact for every step in your recovery journey. Many times, a close connection develops between the therapist, client, and client’s family over time.


Other care team members may also help with your journey

Individual treatment plans may call for additional healthcare professionals on the care team, such as:

  • Dietitian – helps you choose food options that lead to a healthier lifestyle and nutritional balance
  • Specialty Therapist – provides integrative interventions or nontraditional care, such as yoga, expressive arts and movement therapy, or recreation therapy
  • Medical Professionals – evaluate, diagnose, treat, and monitor physical ailments due to an eating disorder
  • Psychiatrist – helps address other mental disorders occurring with an eating disorder, such as anxiety or depression
Recommended links

Recommended links

Your leadership team

Comprised of nationally recognized researchers and expert clinicians, the leadership team at The Emily Program ensures we provide the best care for eating disorders. Meet the team.

Frequently Asked Questions

The Emily Program is here to answer any questions you have about eating disorders and the recovery journey. We want to help. Read the FAQ now.

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