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Treatment Team

Eating Disorder Center of San Diego came together out of seasoned professionals already established in private practice, focused wholly on companioning and empowering clients into lasting recovery. We know the road to recovery often comes with ambivalence and doubt. When we walk with you, you have dedicated support every step of the way.

Page_revPage M. Lauer, MFT, Executive Director

Page is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who has been directing wellness centers and treating eating disorders, trauma and women’s issues since 1998. She has been awarded advanced degrees in marriage and family therapy and sociology. Believing strongly in the healing connection between mind, body, and emotions, she has also received training and certification in Somatic Experiencing, Yoga Instruction, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), and Psychodrama. Through a combination of insight, acceptance and support, she has assisted many women find healing and confidence beyond the eating disorder: “I am dedicated to companioning women in their healing process, that they may know joy and confidence in every aspect of their personal relationships and professional lives.” Page’s role includes personally working with clients to create the best treatment plan possible, targeting client’s changing needs as recovery unfolds. Page currently serves on the Board of Directors for both the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals (iaedp) and the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT).

 

P1040192Kristine Jackson, LCSW, Clinical Director

Kristine is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who graduated magna cum laude with a Master of Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania. She has been the Clinical Director for several Eating Disorder and Substance Use programs over the past twenty years, including multi-level, residential and outpatient. She values training and diversity in her clinical experience, and over the years has gained certifications in Co-Occurring Disorders, Play Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Brief Strategic Family Therapy (BSFT) and Motivational Interviewing. As a life long learner, and lover of life, she is currently working on her certification in Psychodrama, an experiential modality that integrates mind, body and emotion and celebrates the spontaneous force in each of us. With a strong belief that the most powerful healing force comes from within, she continues to use her creativity to provide comprehensive, compassionate treatment and is deeply committed to walking the journey with those courageous enough to yes to their own healing.

 

P1040114Amy Ryk, MFTI, Lead Therapist

Amy received her Master’s Degree in Clinical Counseling from the University of Northern Colorado. She has worked in the mental health field, specializing in Eating Disorders in both residential and outpatient settings, since 2006. Amy values the way therapy supports and empowers clients to navigate the complex and sometimes confusing journey of the human experience. By exploring and transforming thought and behavior patterns that restrict fullness of being, one is given the opportunity to restore joy, confidence and authenticity, ultimately approaching life with more purpose, awareness and direction! At EDCSD, Amy’s role includes facilitating individual, group and family therapy as well as supporting clients through challenges around meals. Amy also works closely with clients to have the best treatment experience possible, targeting your specific needs in relation to beginning treatment, understanding the process, obtaining and utilizing insurance resources, and feeling companioned and supported the whole way through.

 

AshleyAzinAshley Azin, MA, MS, LMFT, Program Therapist

Ashley is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who received both her undergraduate degree in Psychology and her Master’s degree in Education with an emphasis in Counseling from San Diego State University. She received another Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from California State University Long Beach. Ashley has treated eating disorders at residential, partial and outpatient levels of care since 2007. She uses an integrative approach to therapy, which is individualized to each client’s specific needs. She strives to meet clients with the utmost respect and empathy, in order to establish safety and explore past and current patterns. She believes that every person has the ability to create a life worth living and therapy can be a helpful guide for clients to live into their most vibrant selves.

 

P1040138Mia Najor, MA, IMF

Mia received her Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from Azusa Pacific University. Mia has past experience in the adult intensive outpatient setting. She has most recently spent nearly two years in the residential and partial hospitalization setting with high acuity clients. Mia worked closely with adolescents suffering from eating disorders and co-occurring mood disorders. Mia’s role at EDCSD includes facilitating individual therapy, group therapy and meal support. Mia also supports the staff with processing insurance claims and scheduling. Mia’s compassionate and sensitive approach provides a warm and authentic environment for the eating disorder population.

 

P1040150Kate Machado, RD, CSSD, Registered Dietitian

Kate is a Registered Dietitian (RD) who received her undergraduate degree from UC Berkeley in Nutritional Sciences and her Master’s degree in Exercise Physiology and Nutrition from Cal State Long Beach. Kate has specialized in Eating Disorders and Sports Nutrition for over 7 years and is a Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics (CSSD). She has worked at all levels of Eating Disorder treatment in both Orange County and San Diego. In addition, Kate has advanced training in public health and health behavior change. In her role as a dietitian, Kate works with the clients to help them heal their relationship with food and teaches them how to find balance, and even joy, with it. She endeavors to meet clients where they are and work with them to set realistic goals towards recovery. Kate also believes that the body has its own inherent wisdom, and that healing is facilitated when clients are able to reconnect with that wisdom.

 

Anita_revAnita Carter, MA, LPCC, Expressive Arts Therapist

Anita is a licensed professional clinical counselor who earned her MA in Counseling from the University of San Diego. She then completed a post-masters program in Expressive Arts Therapy earning a Professional Diploma from the Expressive Arts Institute of San Diego. Anita has extensive experience working with clients in recovery from substance abuse, various addictions and PTSD. Anita also supports those with acute and chronic illness and those who struggle with various mood disorders in a hospital setting. Anita’s breadth of experience allows an understanding of the various challenges from those who struggle with an eating disorder face. Her desire is for clients to find expression through the power of art making. This is facilitated through visual arts, breath and body awareness, visualization meditation, writing reflections and poetry. Anita believes expressive arts therapy can be a foundation for healing, and a client’s art experience can be a resource for support, strength and courage along that journey.

 

P1040296Erika Lee, Yoga Therapist

Erika Lee has been a student of Yoga and the healing arts since she was a teenager and has been teaching full time since 2008. She is formally trained in Classic Hatha Yoga, Reiki energy healing, bio-energy healing, Yoga Nidra meditation, and she is also a trained Yoga Therapist. Erika’s main intention as a teacher and therapist is to create a warm and safe space for her students and clients to explore their inner selves and heal from the inside out. In addition to her Yoga Therapy work Erika is also the president and co-founder of Wuf Shanti, a company bringing mindfulness teachings and Yoga to children and their families.

 

ava petersonAva Peterson, Yoga Therapist

Ava took her first yoga class over 25 years ago. In 2011 she enrolled in her 200 Teacher training. Since completing the 200 she has also completed the  500 Teacher training, Prenatal certification, Ayurvedic training, Yoga of the Heart. Since graduating I have been very fortunate to teach immediately to private students helping me to refine my skills and continue to learn in intensive workshops and training. I am close to completing my Yoga Therapist certification under Brian Dorfman, a two year commitment.  Currently I teach at Recovery Centers, Yoga Vista,Soul of Yoga, Senior classes for the City of Encinitas & volunteer when I can for Cancer Recovery classes offered by many of the local studios. It is wonderful to create a life I love thru teaching the practice of Yoga learning and teaching about its deep spiritual history that allows us to connect heart to heart.
The ability to grow as a Human Being while helping others, always seeking. . .learning is best when put into practice.

 

P1040184Christal Rockwood, Office Manager

Christal received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design from the New England School of Art and Design at Suffolk University in Boston, MA. She has used her entrepreneurial and logistical skills to assist small business owners with office management and systematic organization. Christal began working with EDCSD in January 2011 and manages the day-to-day operations of the office, including processing insurance claims, client billing and scheduling. Christal is passionate about helping people regain balance, harmony and well-being, in part through cultivating greater organization in one’s life and effective time management. She recognizes that creating an environment at EDCSD of organization and clarity contributes to a feeling of positivity and safety for clients, which then better allows them to thrive. Christal is committed to using her strengths and skills to be supportive and helpful to both clients and staff of EDCSD.

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