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Our Eating Disorder Treatment specialties, at our Orlando, FL residential center specializes in Anorexia, Bulimia, Binge Eating, & Orthorexia Recovery.

Residential Eating Disorder Treatment Team | Orlando, FL

Deandra Christianson, MA, LCPC, NCC, CCMHC, CDWF

Deandra Christianson, MA, LCPC, NCC, CCMHC, CDWF

National Director of Operations, Residential Eating Disorder Division

Deandra Christianson received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and then continued on to receive her Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. While in her Master’s program she earned a Counseling Specialization and focused on treatment of children and adolescents. She is currently completing her PhD in Organizational Leadership at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology.

Deandra has been with Center for Discovery in many capacities, both clinical and administrative, since 2013. She has been afforded many opportunities to speak at conferences and other engagements throughout the country. Deandra has worked with people with eating disorders, self-injurious behaviors, mood disorders, and other co-occurring issues in both residential and outpatient treatment settings. Additionally, she has worked with schools in program development and implementation that focuses on student leadership and bullying prevention and intervention. Deandra is passionate about her work, as well as, eating disorder awareness, advocacy, and treatment.

Andrea Ciarlelli, LMFT

Andrea Ciarlelli, LMFT

Assistant Director of Operation, East Coast, Residential Eating Disorder Division

Andrea Ciarlelli is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist specializing in the treatment of eating disorders for adolescents and their families. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Southern Connecticut State University and later earned her Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from the same institution.

Ms. Ciarlelli has worked with adolescents and adults in various levels of care including Residential Treatment Centers, Therapeutic Group Homes, Intensive Outpatient Programs, Crisis Stabilization Programs and Outpatient Mental Health Clinics. Ms. Ciarlelli has extensive experience treating adolescents with complex psychiatric issues including: eating disorders, psychotic disorders, mood dysregulation, self-injurious behaviors and trauma. She approaches therapy utilizing a structural family therapy framework and believes that the support and inclusion of families in treatment is critical to the healing process. Ms. Ciarlelli is also an adjunct professor at Southern Connecticut State University in the Psychology Department, where she teaches Infant and Child Development, Adolescent Psychology and Abnormal Psychology as needed.

Julia Cassidy, CEDS-S

Julia Cassidy, CEDS-S

Director of Dietary Services

Julia Cassidy is a Registered Dietitian and Certified Eating Disorder Specialist and has worked at Center For Discovery for over 10 years. She develops and maintains Center For Discovery’s nutrition program and oversees its implementation at each of Center For Discovery’s programs nationwide. Julia earned her Bachelor’s degree in Nutrition and Dietetics from California State University-Long Beach and her Masters in Exercise Science and Fitness at California University of Pennsylvania.

Julia’s belief is having a healthy relationship with food through balanced nutrition is the baseline to attaining the tools necessary while on the road to recovery. The core ingredient for success for patients with eating disorders can be summed up in the words of Hippocrates: “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.”

Dr. Celine Passeri, Psy.D.

Dr. Celine Passeri, Psy.D.

Clinical Advisor

Celine Passeri, Psy.D. is a licensed psychologist who graduated from Nova Southeastern University with a doctorate in clinical psychology. Dr. Passeri specializes in treating eating disorders and co-occurring mental health illnesses.Dr. Passeri has worked in a variety of mental health settings throughout her career. The Child and Family Wellness Center at Florida Hospital for Children was created with the coloration and expertise of Dr. Passeri. To help address the current pediatric obesity crisis in Central Florida, Dr. Passeri helped to develop The Child and Family Wellness Center at Florida Hospital For Children. Dr. Passeri created the first department to identify and address the presence of eating disorders and body image issues in children and adolescents diagnosed as overweight or obese.

As a leader in the Eating Disorder Network of Central Florida (EDNCF), Celine is committed to raising eating disorders awareness and providing specialized treatment and prevention. In February 2011, Dr. Passeri organized the first National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) walk in Orlando and she and her team recently celebrated their 7th Annual NEDA Walk on March 11th, 2017. Dr Passeri is one of the founders of the yearly EDNCF scholarship program, which provides eating disorder treatment funds to families and individuals in need. Dr. Passeri is a member and Education chair of the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals (IAEDP) Orlando Chapter.

Marissa Jones, MS, MHCA, LPC, CEDS

Marissa Jones, MS, MHCA, LPC, CEDS

Program Director

Marissa Jones graduated from The University of Oklahoma majoring in psychology with a minor in Sociology/Criminology. Marissa has had an interest in the counseling field since her teen years eager to help young people with identity development, and to help individuals learn their own value in the world. Marissa continued on to pursue two graduate degrees, one in Counseling from Oklahoma State University, and a Second Master of Science in Health Care Administration from Oklahoma State University.

Marissa has worked in the acute/residential setting for eating disorder treatment for several years now becoming a Certified Eating Disorder Specialist relentlessly pursuing higher education and professional development to provide quality care to her clients. In addition, Marissa has extensive training in Interpersonal Psychotherapy, an evidenced based modality for the treatment of eating disorder and depression, from the IPT Institute. Marissa uses a relationship based approach to healing enjoying relationship building with clients and peers.

Sharon Schmalbach, MS

Sharon Schmalbach, MS

Primary Therapist

After completing a Bachelor of Arts degree from Florida International University in Liberal Studies, Sharon went on to earn a Master of Science degree in Mental Health Counseling from Nova Southeastern University.  It was her desire in helping others that influenced her decision to pursue a career in mental health.  She dedicated her graduate internship to working with at-risk teens and discovered a passion in counseling adolescents.  Sharon believes in the impact a person’s adolescent years has in shaping their adulthood. This is her motivation in working with the adolescent population. Sharon discovered her interest in the treatment process of eating disorders, while working as a Recovery Coach for eating disorders in Miami, Florida. After moving to Orlando, she continued her work with eating disorders at Center for Discovery as a Counselor.  Sharon continued to advance her work experience with Center for Discovery and is now a Primary Therapist in the Orlando Residential Facility for adolescents.

Katharine Albarella, RD, LD/N

Katharine Albarella, RD, LD/N

Registered Dietitian

Kate Albarella is a registered, licensed dietitian who specializes in eating disorders and GI disorders. She has always had a passion for helping others heal their relationships with food and their bodies. Kate graduated with Magna Cum Laude from the University of New Haven in Connecticut and completed her dietetic internship at the University of Saint Joseph. Kate founded a body image support group on campus during college to help others find support in their journey toward body acceptance. After graduating, she went on to work in various areas of nutrition, including long term care, school nutrition, and retail dietetics. Kate has a strong clinical background, as she spent 4 years as a clinical dietitian where she helped patients in both inpatient and outpatient settings. She worked with a team to better identify malnutrition in the clinical setting and personally wrote a policy of re-feeding syndrome in severely malnourished patients. She has experience working with nearly every disease state, including heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and various gastrointestinal diseases.

Kate is a member and Education Co-Chair for the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals Central Florida chapter. She is also a member of the International Federation of Eating Disorder Dietitians. Additionally, she is a Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor and a Y-200 trained yoga teacher. She has completed various trainings in the treatment of eating disorders from leading clinicians throughout the country. Kate strongly believes in an all foods fit philosophy and a Health At Every Size approach as she works with individuals in their recovery process.

When not at work, continuing her education, or reading research articles, Kate is generally at home playing with her twin boys. She also enjoys hiking, biking, yoga, and exploring the city of Orlando.

Kristina Kise, MD

Kristina Kise, MD

Psychiatrist

Kristina Kise, MD is the Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist at Center For Discovery Orlando Residential Treatment Center treating adolescents and families impacted by eating disorders. Dr. Kise is double boarded in General Psychiatry and Child & Adolescent Psychiatry and earned her medical degree from University of Florida.  She completed her internship at Brown University, Residency at University of Florida, and fellowship at University of Florida. Her training included working in the Shands Eating Disorder Recovery Center inpatient unit. She is also adjunct faculty at University of Central Florida.

Jennifer Keebaugh, MD

Jennifer Keebaugh, MD

Physician

Dr. Jennifer Keehbauch was recently appointed to the position of Chief Medical Officer for Winter Park Memorial Hospital.  She obtained her M.D. from the University of FL in 1992 and has been appointed to both the Florida Academy of Family Physicians (State) and American Academy of Family Physicians (National).   She’s also held leadership roles in research, curriculum development, and competency evaluation and review for the Florida Hospital Family Medicine Residency.

Being a Board Certified Family Physician has allowed Dr. Keehbauch to see patients in a variety of healthcare environments with different team cultures.  In the military, she worked exclusively in the Emergency Department for several years, and most recently she served as a full-time hospitalist.  She’s also had the pleasure of working in the outpatient setting, nursing homes, and a large tertiary hospital.  As a representative of the Florida Family Physician medical community, she was chosen by her peers to serve as President of the Florida Academy of Family Physicians at state and national meetings. Selection for this position was based on her track record as an educator, visionary and negotiator.

Lacey Clemmons, MS, LAC

Lacey Clemmons, MS, LAC

Facility Manager

Lacey Clemmons graduated from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette majoring in Psychology with a minor in Biology. Lacey has always been interested in healthcare and began pursuing education in psychology when her interest grew in helping others. Lacey continued on to graduate from Northwestern State University with a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology and a concentration in Drug and Alcohol Addiction Treatment. After completing her education, Lacey began working as an Addiction therapist in an Intensive Outpatient Program for Adults. Lacey discovered a desire to guide others wanting to seek recovery but struggling with knowing how this was even possible. After a few years, Lacey advanced into a Clinical Manager position and was able to become more involved with the entirety of the recovery process. Although she has exclusively worked with adults, Lacey has always had the dream to work with children and adolescents. When she relocated to Orlando, FL in June 2018, she took this opportunity to change her path and discovered a new passion for working with adolescents with Eating Disorders. 

Ann Klega, MD

Ann Klega, MD

Physician

Ann Klega, MD, trained in Family Medicine at Halifax Medical Center in Daytona Beach, Florida, after completing University of Florida College of Medicine. She gained experience in treating patients with various eating disorders through COPE (Community Outreach for Prevention of Eating Disorders) in Daytona, and her work with college students at Montana State University Student Health Service. She is currently the Women’s Health Faculty Development Director at the Florida Hospital Family Medicine Residency Program.

Leah Wypych

Leah Wypych

Clinical Outreach Representative

Leah’s goal has always been to help the community, particularly children and their families and began her career working in the child welfare system in 2001. Leah received her undergraduate degree from Florida State University and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Florida Atlantic University. Leah has been a board member for the Alliance for Eating Disorders Awareness since 2011 and is also an active member of the International Association for Eating Disorder Professionals (IAEDP). She joined Center For Discovery in 2015.

Sara Dreier

Sara Dreier

Clinical Outreach and Staff Recruitment Representative

Sara specializes in Community Outreach, Marketing Strategy, and Business Development. Sara is actively involved with the recovery community. This has led her to public speaking, educating healthcare professionals, facilitating support groups, as well as fundraising and advocacy for prevention and improved access to treatment in the Central Florida Community and beyond.