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Eating Disorder Treatment Expert Christine Pappas, PsyD, Joins Eating Recovery Center of California

As Clinical Program Manager, Dr. Pappas Will Oversee the Development of Eating Recovery Center of California's Bay Area Outpatient Eating Disorder Program

SACRAMENTO, CA -- (Marketwired) -- 02/03/14 -- Eating Recovery Center of California, an eating disorder treatment program providing comprehensive outpatient care to adults, adolescents and families in the Northern California region, today announced that eating disorder treatment expert Christine Pappas, PsyD, has joined its clinical leadership team as Clinical Program Manager.

As Clinical Program Manager, Dr. Pappas will oversee the expansion of Eating Recovery Center of California's eating disorder treatment and recovery services into the San Francisco Bay Area. This new program, anticipated to begin accepting patients in Spring 2014, offers a comprehensive approach to treating eating disorders, including individual therapy, family, couples and group therapy and coordination of care with area providers. Pappas will also oversee a weekly support group for Bay Area patients and families, conduct assessments for prospective patients, and engage in community outreach for professionals emphasizing relapse prevention and the importance of a collaborative referral process.

"Dr. Pappas is known for her competence, compassion and collaboration in the eating disorder treatment field, and she brings diverse experience to her new role at Eating Recovery Center of California," explains Jennifer Lombardi, MFT, Executive Director of Eating Recovery Center of California. "Her vast knowledge about these complex illnesses, administrative leadership experience and understanding of effective delivery of treatment will be a strong asset as we expand access to specialized eating disorder care for patients and families in the San Francisco Bay Area."

Prior to joining Eating Recovery Center, Pappas served in several clinical leadership roles with a specialized eating disorder treatment center in Northern California. In those roles, she developed, launched and expanded treatment program locations; supervised multidisciplinary treatment staff (including psychiatrists, Registered Nurses, Registered Dietitians, licensed therapists, and MFT interns); created and implemented an integrated treatment approach to recovery; developed community relationships with referral sources; and oversaw the intake/assessment process. Pappas also has extensive direct patient care experience as a therapist in both treatment center and private practice settings, serves as President of the Bay Area iaedp Chapter and is a Committee Member of Eating Disorder Recovery Support, Inc.

For more information about Eating Recovery Center of California and its comprehensive outpatient eating disorder treatment programs and services, call 916.574.1000, email info@EatingRecoveryCenterCA.com or visit www.EatingRecoveryCenterCA.com to chat confidentially with a Master's-level, eating disorders therapist from the Clinical Assessment team.

About Eating Recovery Center of California

Eating Recovery Center of California is a Joint Commission-accredited center for eating disorders treatment and prevention based in Sacramento, California. Founded in 2000 by eating disorders experts and formerly known as Summit Eating Disorders and Outreach Program, Eating Recovery Center of California is a medically-supervised treatment program serving female and male adults and adolescents with Anorexia, Bulimia, Binge Eating Disorder, Eating Disorder Not Otherwise Specified (EDNOS) and related conditions including trauma, substance abuse, exercise compulsion, diabetes and medical/psychiatric complications. A multidisciplinary team of professionals oversees comprehensive outpatient levels of care, including a seven day-per-week Partial Hospitalization Program, an Intensive Outpatient Program and flexible Outpatient programming in Sacramento, as well as flexible Outpatient services in Fresno. Eating Recovery Center of California works closely with Denver-based Eating Recovery Center, an international center providing comprehensive treatment for adults, adolescents and children struggling with the full spectrum of eating disorder diagnoses and co-occurring illnesses.

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