Team

Highly Qualified Team Tailors Treatment to the Individual

The team at the Harold C. Schott Foundation Eating Disorders Program at Lindner Center of HOPE is nationally recognized for their scientifically proven methods and progressive expertise in assessing and treating eating disorders.

This team brings a wealth of experience and specialization to an innovative eating disorders program. Active in numerous professional associations, the eating disorders treatment team works together to integrate their knowledge of proven approaches and current research to ensure comprehensive, effective patient care.

Sarah Arszman Lavanier, PsyD
Sarah Arszman Lavanier, PsyD
Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Scott K. Bullock, MSW, LISW-S
Scott K. Bullock, MSW, LISW-S
Family Therapist/Intake Coordinator
Heather A. Dlugosz, MD
Heather A. Dlugosz, MD
Lindner Center of HOPE, Staff Psychiatrist
Elizabeth Mariutto, PsyD
Lindner Center of HOPE, Staff Psychologist
Susan L. McElroy, MD
Susan L. McElroy, MD
Chief Research Officer and Consultant to Eating Disorders team

This team brings a wealth of experience and specialization to an innovative eating disorders program. Active in numerous professional associations, the eating disorders treatment team works together to integrate their knowledge of proven approaches and current research to ensure comprehensive, effective patient care. They oversee:

  • Psychiatric assessment, including careful assessment for psychiatric co-morbidity
  • Medical monitoring and stabilization
  • Psychiatric medication evaluation and treatment
  • Ongoing therapeutic evaluations and program support

Dietitian

  • Nutritional evaluation
  • Nutrition group twice a week
  • Ongoing individual nutrition education and meal planning

Care Coordinators / Therapists

  • Treatment team planning
  • Ongoing individual and family therapy
  • Group therapies

Mental Health Specialists

  • Management of therapeutic environment
  • Meal support, nutritional education
  • Group therapies including family-based therapy

Nursing Staff Members

  • Medical monitoring: physical assessment including vital signs, monitoring of intake and output, etc.
  • Management of therapeutic environment
  • Utilization review
  • Group therapy including parent and child group therapy and unit activities
  • Communication with school to minimize potential educational and developmental impact from hospitalization
  • Weekday classroom work with peers Internal Medicine/Pediatrics Consultants
  • Initial physical assessment and medical planning
  • Ongoing on site medical monitoring and care when needed

Each patient’s treatment team may also include the following healthcare professionals:

  • Psychotherapists with specialized Eating Disorder training including training in Family Based Treatment (FBT)
  • Teacher/ Education Specialists
  • Internal Medicine/Pediatrics Consultants

Additional capabilities:

  • Treatment for males and females
  • Treatment for the whole range of eating disorders, from anorexia and bulimia to overeating
  • Specialized meal support including mirror meals where patients “mirror” a meal eaten by a clinician sitting across the table
  • Medical interventions including feeding tubes for more serious situations to help support nutritive rehabilitation
  • Open therapeutic environment providing treatment for patients with eating disorders alongside patients with other mental disorders