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Expert medical and psychiatric care

Expert Medical Care

The Emily Program’s 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 1-888-364-5977.

Comprehensive care for eating disorders

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 the body. For recovery to happen, the 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’s medical and psychiatry services team provides exceptional comprehensive medical and psychiatric care.

Medical services

The Emily Program’s 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. The Emily Program is proud to have Dr. Jen Gaudiani and colleagues at the Gaudiani Clinic of Denver, Colorado contribute to our medical staff training and collaborate via ongoing consultation with medical staff across The Emily Program’s multi-state treatment centers.

We work closely with other members of the care team to continually monitor and address your physical health complications, as needed. Our focus is to:

  • Medically stabilize individuals in care
  • 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

Psychiatric services

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. 

Prescription refills

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

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.

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Visit Us

Let us show you hope

We know you want the best possible care for your patients who struggle with eating disorders. That’s why you’ll want to learn more about The Emily Program. Come in for a tour and get a firsthand look at our operations and facilities so you can make referrals with complete confidence. 

COVID-19 note: In an effort to limit visitors during the pandemic, we have temporarily stopped in-person tours. To learn more about our sites, visit our Locations pages or contact your Professional Relations Specialist.

We welcome you to visit The Emily Program

During tours for healthcare professionals, you will have opportunities to:

  • Visit our locations, including 24/7 residential facilities and lodging
  • Meet our highly trained medical staff, therapists, and dietitians
  • Learn about our clinical program and medical services
  • Network with peers and discuss eating disorder diagnosis and treatment

We’re passionate about helping individuals struggling with eating disorders and we look forward to showing you how we work at The Emily Program. Together, we can bring your patient hope and healing. To arrange a visit, please complete the form or email us at outreach@emilyprogram.com.


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    Outreach Team

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    Outreach Team

    The Emily Program’s outreach team is dedicated to providing health care professionals and communities with information on eating disorders and services at The Emily Program. Want to learn more? Attend a continuing education opportunity, stop by an event or contact us today at outreach@emilyprogram.com.

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    Kelsey Ford

    Kelsey Ford

    Director of Outreach

    Kelsey completed her undergrad degree in Health & Wellness Management from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls and her MBA-HC from Concordia University-St. Paul. Kelsey comes to The Emily Program with several years of experience in mental health advocacy and awareness education. She is very passionate about challenging stigma, societal misconceptions, and systemic inequities around eating disorders so that more people are able to access quality services and care. Kelsey is thrilled to align this passion with the mission of The Emily Program in her role as the Director of Outreach.

    Contact Kelsey at 651-645-5323 ext. 1630 or kelsey.ford@emilyprogram.com.

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    Krista Crotty

    Krista Crotty

    Director of Clinical Outreach Education

    Krista is the National Director of Brain-Based Therapies and the Director of Clinical Outreach Education. Clinically she draws from a variety of methods including TBT-S, EMDR, cognitive behavioral therapy, FBT, and acceptance and commitment therapy and often incorporates the use of the creative process in conjunction with the more traditional therapeutic process. She earned her Masters of Science from Fuller Theological Seminary, School of Psychology and her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in family and pediatrics from Azusa Pacific University. She trained at Harbor UCLA medical center and Loma Linda Children’s Hospital in neuropsych. Away from work, Krista loves being a mom to her three boys, playing outside, going on adventures with her family, skiing, hiking, biking, and camping.

    National, Eastern Region
    Katie Armstrong

    Katie Armstrong

    Regional Outreach Manager, East

    Katie began working at the front desk of the Cleveland Center for Eating Disorders (CCED) more than ten years ago, which provided a unique opportunity to observe both the clinical and business sides of eating disorder treatment. When CCED merged with The Emily Program, she was able to seamlessly transition to an outreach role. Katie graduated from Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Consumer Affairs. As a Professional Relations Specialist, Katie uses her experience and education to connect with professionals, community members, and other treatment facilities to provide awareness and information on the treatment of eating disorders.

    Contact Katie at 216-765-0500 ext. 4221 or katie.armstrong@emilyprogram.com.

    National, Midwest Region
    Kristin Dostal

    Kristin Dostal

    Regional Outreach Manager, West

    Kristin graduated from Minnesota State University Moorhead with a degree in Healthcare Administration. Since then, Kristin has worked in the healthcare field and has developed a passion for building relationships, advocating for mental health and connecting people with the right resources. Kristin has a background in community outreach and uses her experience to bring awareness to the continuum of care for treating eating disorders.

    Contact Kristin at 651-645-5323 ext. 1611 or kristin.dostal@emilyprogram.com.

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    Hilmar Wagner

    Hilmar Wagner

    Clinical Education Specialist

    Hilmar Wagner is a Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist (RDN) and Licensed Dietitian in the state of Minnesota. Hilmar joined the Emily Program in 2006, he currently serves as the Training Coordinator for Nutrition Services and Clinical Outreach Specialist. Hilmar initiates and coordinates training of new dietetic staff, dietetic interns and continuing education for nutrition services for all Emily Program locations. He has presented on a wide range of nutrition topics at local, regional and national conferences. Hilmar received his Bachelor’s degree in Nutrition/Dietetics and Master’s Public Health Nutrition from the University of Minnesota. He has worked in the field of eating disorders for the past 12 years. Hilmar has extensive experience working with clients of all eating disorder diagnoses in both individual and group settings and has a particular interest in mindfulness and body-centered approaches to eating disorder recovery.

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    Kelly Pertzsch

    Kelly Pertzsch

    Clinical Education Specialist

    Kelly Pertzsch is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) in the state of Minnesota. Kelly received her Bachelor’s degree in Communications from Richmond, the American International University in London and her Master’s in Counseling Psychology with a certificate in Eating Disorder Studies from the Lewis and Clark College. She has treated eating disorders her entire career and has worked in community mental health, private practice, and a college counseling center. Kelly has a particular interest in the intersection of eating disorder treatment and social justice, as well as Health at Every Size.

    Northwest Region
    Caley Willrich

    Caley Willrich

    Professional Relations Specialist

    Caley graduated from Carroll College with a degree in Communication and Public Relations, with a minor in Marketing. She comes to The Emily Program with years of experience in educating and connecting professionals in local communities with resources to better serve their clients. Caley sees mental health as an area that lacks understanding and community acceptance and has taken on this role to change the perception of this stigma. With the skills she brings to the table, in conjunction with her passion that no one should have to face personal battles alone, Caley’s focus is to bring greater awareness of The Emily Program to local communities.

    Contact Caley at 509-847-4779 or caley.willrich@emilyprogram.com.

    Northwest Region
    Lexus Hartley

    Lexus Hartley

    Professional Relations Specialist

    Lexus graduated from The Lake Washington Institute of Technology with a degree in Public Health specializing her studies Community Education and Engagement, with a minor in Business. Her passion for helping others has led her to The Emily Program where her focus lays on spreading awareness of eating disorders and the compassionate care available to individuals within the community.

    Contact Lexus at 206-488-7317 or lexus.hartley@emilyprogram.com.

    Midwest Region
    Emily Lamb

    Emily Lamb

    Professional Relations Specialist

    Emily graduated from Carthage College on the beautiful shores of Lake Michigan with a degree in Business and Marketing and a minor in Communications. She worked in healthcare sales promoting Fortune 100 brands and then took some time off to spend with her two kids. The mission of The Emily Program brought her back into healthcare where she hopes to connect more people with The Emily Program and increase awareness of eating disorders.

    Contact Emily at 651-645-5323 ext. 2204 or emily.lamb@emilyprogram.com.

    Northwest Region
    Katie Sherpe

    Katie Sherpe

    Professional Relations Specialist

    Katie graduated from Oregon State University with a degree in Apparel Design. After college, she pursued a career in merchandising and held numerous roles to help influence the business side of retail. While she enjoyed developing her business skills, Katie felt called to more meaningful work and this led her to The Emily Program. With a background in building partnerships in her old world, Katie brings a unique approach to the team and is passionate about bringing awareness regarding eating disorders to local communities.

    Contact Katie at 503-421-7172 or katie.sherpe@emilyprogram.com.

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    Dani Vincent

    Dani Vincent

    Outreach Marketing Specialist

    Dani graduated from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls with a degree in Marketing and Communications. She has worked for The Emily Program since 2013. As Outreach Marketing Specialist, Dani connects with providers and members of the community to raise awareness for eating disorders and to help clients access the care they need.

    Contact Dani at 651-645-5323 ext. 2223 or danielle.vincent@emilyprogram.com.

    Eastern Region
    Caitlin Purk

    Caitlin Purk

    Professional Relations Specialist

    Caitlin completed her undergraduate degree in Public Relations at Heidelberg University and her Master of Public Administration with a specialization in Global Health at The Ohio State University. Caitlin’s experience and passion for advocacy, outreach, and communications led her to The Emily Program. She believes that no person’s story should go unheard. Caitlin is excited build relationships with professionals and the community while spreading awareness for eating disorders and individualized care. In her free time, Caitlin loves being outdoors and is an avid reader. 

    Contact Caitlin at 888-364-5977 ext. 1656 or caitlin.purk@emilyprogram.com.

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    Refer A Patient

    Refer a patient

    A leader in personalized eating disorder treatment for people of all ages and genders since 1993, The Emily Program is your best choice for a patient referral if you suspect an eating disorder. Talk to one of our professionals today at 1-888-364-5977 or refer a patient through our online form so we can schedule an eating disorder assessment. We’re here to help.

    When to refer a patient to The Emily Program

    As with other mental and physical disorders, a healthcare professional must recognize the signs of a problem or potential problem, and then intervene effectively. If you suspect food, body image, weight, and/or eating issues, the American Academy of Family Physicians and American Psychiatric Association suggest that you act quickly.

    Know the common eating disorder symptoms

    Use the common symptoms list and simple screening tool below. We also offer educational events to help your team screen for eating disorders, understand their effects, and access available treatment resources.

    Eating disorders present physiologically and behaviorally. The multidisciplinary team at The Emily Program recommends checking for common symptoms, such as:

    • Dramatic weight gain or loss
    • Verbal preoccupation with food, weight, and shape
    • Medical complications, such as amenorrhea, bradycardia, unexpected osteopenia or osteoporosis, electrolyte abnormalities, low body temperature, orthostatic hypotension
    • Rapid or persistent decline or increase in food intake
    • Purging; restricting; binge eating; compulsive eating; compulsive exercising; abuse of diet pills, laxatives, diuretics, or emetics
    • Denial of food and eating problems, despite concerns of others
    • Eating in secret, hiding food, disrupting family meals, feeling out of control with food

    Start the conversation

    Ask if it is okay to discuss eating habits: “I’m concerned about your eating (or weight, body image, etc.). May we discuss how you typically eat and your relationship with food?”

    Then ask your patient these 6 questions:

    1. Do you feel like you sometimes lose or have lost control over how you eat?
    2. Do you ever make yourself sick because you feel uncomfortably full?
    3. Do you believe yourself to be fat, even when others say you are too thin?
    4. Do food or thoughts about food dominate your life?
    5. Do thoughts about changing your body and/or your weight dominate your life?
    6. Have others become worried about your weight and/or eating?

    Two or more “yes” answers strongly indicate the presence of disordered eating. (Adapted from SCOFF Questionnaire by Morgan, Reid & Lacy-BMJ, 1999.)

    Streamlined admission

    To ensure your patient can get treatment as soon as possible, they will be connected with a Phone Intake Therapist/Nurse, who will conduct a phone intake within 48 hours of the initial call, determine the level of care, schedule an admit date and start the process to secure medical data and arrange any necessary lodging.

    Stay involved

    To stay informed of your patient’s progress throughout their eating disorder treatment, ask them to complete a Release of Information form so we have permission to share health information with you.

    Talk with the experts at The Emily Program

    The Emily Program staff is available to assist. Call us at 1-888-364-5977, use our online referral form, or send your patient to our website to request an eating disorder assessment.

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    Complete the information below or call us at 1-888-364-5977. We’ll contact your patient within one business day to learn more about their condition. We’ll keep you updated on our progress, too.

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      Recovery is possible

      If an eating disorder and/or related issues are diagnosed, we will work with you and your patient to develop a personalized treatment and recovery plan. We treat the whole person with a wide range of comprehensive, personalized treatments using diverse modalities.

      Our team is passionate about helping individuals struggling with eating disorders. Together, we can bring your patient hope and healing. Please contact our Admissions team at 1-888-364-5977 with questions or fax your referral to (651) 379-6105.

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      For Professionals

      The Emily Program is the leader in personalized eating disorder treatment for people of all ages and genders. We help healthcare professionals recognize the signs and understand the symptoms. If you suspect an eating disorder, don’t wait.

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      Learn more about referring a patient

      If you suspect food, body image, weight, and/or eating issues, the American Academy of Family Physicians and American Psychiatric Association suggest that you act quickly. Learn to recognize signs of disordered eating and how the team at The Emily Program can assist you and your patient.

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      Visit us

      Visit us

      We know you want the best possible care for your patients who struggle with eating disorders. Typically we offer tours so you can get a firsthand look at our operations and facilities. Currently, in-person tours are suspended due to COVID-19 concerns, but please reach to an outreach representative in your area to discuss our treatment programs so you can make referrals with complete confidence.

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      Gain new insights through our educational events

      Gain new insights through our educational events

      The Emily Program offers engaging presentations to help you recognize the warning signs and intervene effectively to get help for your client or patient.

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      Apply for advanced degree training

      Apply for advanced degree training

      The Emily Program offers opportunities for post-doctoral candidates and other students to pursue advanced training in eating disorders. 

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