DENVER, CO--(Marketwired - Jul 18, 2013) - Eating Recovery Center, an international center providing comprehensive treatment for anorexia, bulimia, EDNOS and binge eating disorder, today announced that it has recruited two eating disorders and mental health treatment experts to join its leadership team. Cindy Pikus, PhD, has been named clinical director of adult inpatient and residential services and associate chief clinical officer, and Nadine Dexter, RN, MSN, has been named chief nursing officer.
"Pikus and Dexter each bring a coveted combination of eating disorders and mental health treatment expertise in their respective disciplines as well as administrative experience to Eating Recovery Center's clinical leadership team," said Kenneth L. Weiner, MD, FAED, CEDS, chief executive officer and founding partner of Eating Recovery Center. "These qualities will be instrumental in the delivery of guidance, insight and supervision to our multidisciplinary treatment teams providing care to individuals struggling with these complex illnesses. This expert insight will be particularly valuable as Eating Recovery Center continues to grow to meet the treatment needs of more patients and families across the country."
In her role as Eating Recovery Center's clinical director of adult inpatient and residential services and associate chief clinical officer, Dr. Pikus is tasked with overseeing the delivery of clinical care by a team of skilled therapists providing individual, family and group therapy to adult eating disordered patients at the Center's Behavioral Hospital for Adults. Additionally, she collaborates with Craig Johnson, PhD, FAED, CEDS, chief clinical officer, in the development of clinical treatment approaches and policies, and consults with the multidisciplinary treatment team regarding patient care issues.
Dr. Pikus brings more than 17 years of eating disorders treatment experience, working with adults, adolescents and children at multiple levels of care to her position at Eating Recovery Center. Previously, she served as associate director of the UCLA Eating Disorders Program, where she was responsible for program development and coordination and oversight for multidisciplinary clinical teams in the program's inpatient and partial hospitalization levels of care. Additionally, Dr. Pikus co-founded the UCLA Campus-wide Eating Disorders Partnership to promote collaboration across the departments on campus providing treatment to students with eating disorders.
Nadine Dexter, RN, MSN, has worked in psychiatric nursing for more than 35 years in both clinical and administrative capacities. In her role as chief nursing officer, Dexter will oversee the nursing staff at Eating Recovery Center's four Denver-based eating disorders treatment facilities, providing guidance and insight regarding the nursing management of eating disordered patients as part of the multidisciplinary treatment team.
Prior to joining the Eating Recovery Center clinical leadership team, Dexter served as chief nursing officer and director of clinical services for the Wyoming Behavioral Institute, where she was responsible for strategic and operational oversight for nursing, therapy, lab, pharmacy, infection control, dietetics and education services across the full spectrum of psychiatric disorders for adults, adolescents and children. She has also held director-level administrative positions at Lawrence Memorial Hospital in Lawrence, Kan., Stormont Vail Medical Center and Menningers in Topeka, Kan. Before moving into a series of administrative nursing roles, Dexter worked as a staff nurse/team nurse, including providing care to eating disordered patients. In 2012, Dexter was named the Wyoming March of Dimes Nurse Administrator of the Year.
Since its inception in 2008, Eating Recovery Center has grown from a single 12-bed/12-partial hospitalization slot adult behavioral hospital to a six-facility hospital network in Denver, Colo., California and Washington treating adults, adolescents and children with 46 beds/128 partial hospitalization slots. In an effort to expand patient access to care throughout the United States, Eating Recovery Center has partnered with Summit Eating Disorders and Outreach Program in Northern California and The Moore Center in Bellevue, Wash.
About Eating Recovery Center
Eating Recovery Center is an international center providing comprehensive treatment for anorexia, bulimia, EDNOS and binge eating disorder. Under the leadership of Drs. Kenneth Weiner, Craig Johnson, Emmett Bishop and Ovidio Bermudez, programs provide a full spectrum of services for children, adolescents and adults that includes Inpatient, Residential, Partial Hospitalization, Intensive Outpatient and Outpatient Services. Our compassionate team of professionals collaborates with treating professionals and loved ones to cultivate lasting behavioral change. Denver-based facilities include the Behavioral Hospital for Adults, the Behavioral Hospital for Children and Adolescents, the Partial Hospitalization Program and Outpatient Services for Adults, and the Partial Hospitalization Program for Children and Adolescents. In an effort to increase patient access to care throughout the United States, Eating Recovery Center partners with Summit Eating Disorders and Outreach Program in Sacramento, Cali., and The Moore Center for Eating Disorders in Bellevue, Wash. Summit offers Partial Hospitalization, Intensive Outpatient and Outpatient Services, as well as Outpatient Services in Fresno. The Moore Center offers Partial Hospitalization, Intensive Outpatient and Outpatient Services. For more information, please contact us at 877-218-1344 or info@EatingRecoveryCenter.com or confidentially chat live on our website at www.EatingRecoveryCenter.com.