Dawn Delgado, a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, and an EMDR trained trauma specialist. Dawn holds both her CEDS, Certified Eating Disorder Specialist and CEDS-S Supervisor designation through the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals. Dawn has dedicated herself to working with adolescents and adults recovering from eating disorders and co-occurring mental health issues for over 15 years.
In addition, to her lengthy tenure at Center For Discovery, she has directed and been instrumental in developing residential, partial hospitalization/day treatment, intensive outpatient, and transitional living programs. Trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), she incorporates this form of trauma treatment in her private practice, Inspire Evolve, and into the clinical programming at Center For Discovery. An active member of the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals (IAEDP), she is a former chair member of the Los Angeles chapter. Dawn has a passion for yoga and travel and has served as a consultant to clinics and hospitals in Bali, Singapore, Java, and Dubai.
Smadar brings her East Coast experience out west, incorporating cognitive behavioral therapy, family systems therapy, narrative therapy and solution focused therapy, allowing each client to explore their inner world as an individual. She is a mix of personal spunk and therapeutic savvy. She blends traditional psychoanalysis with spiritual concepts. Her passion for learning is parallel to her passion for people.
Having studied Sociology at University California at Berkeley; Smadar furthered her studies with a Master in Medical Anthropology for University College London, with a dissertation on Terminology and its Effects on Social Behavior. Following which she attended New York University where she obtained her Masters in Clinical Social Work. She has been working with eating disorders since her educational beginnings. She has trained at the top eating disorders facilities, at all levels of care.
Kacy earned her bachelor’s of science in Clinical Nutrition and minor in Psychology from the University of New Jersey, Davis and went on to earn her master’s of science in Family and Consumer Sciences, Nutrition from New Jersey State University Northridge. To compliment her education in nutrition, Kacy obtained a certificate in personal training from the American Council on Exercise.
Essentially by accident Kacy found a way to combine all her areas of interest and education when she began working as a Diet Tech in 2009 at A New Journey Eating Disorder Center. Once Kacy completed her dietetic internship through CSUN, she became a Registered Dietitian at ANJ and worked with adults and adolescents at the intensive outpatient (IOP) and partial day treatment (PDT) levels of care. In Early 2014 Kacy began working Center For Discovery where she now finds fulfillment working in adolescent residential and adult Outpatient eating disorder treatment. Kacy also maintains a private practice, The Shameless Eater, in Westwood, Ca and is serving as secretary of Behavioral Health and Nutrition dietetic practice group for the 2014-2016 term.
Kate Behzadi is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist and eating disorder specialist. She earned a Bachelor's in Interpersonal Communication Studies from UCLA, as well as a Master's in Clinical Psychology from the University of Southern California. Kate has a background providing mental health services to underprivileged communities, including the homeless population and low-income families. She began her training in the treatment of eating disorders while working as a Primary Therapist in a day treatment facility for both adolescent and adult men and women. There she gained experience in treatment planning and client advocacy, as well as providing individual and group therapy to clients and their families throughout the recovery process.
Along with her training in cognitive behavioral and narrative modalities, Kate has a passion for psychoeducation and family systems work. She uses an integrative approach to draw on client's strengths and resources to help them align their values and preferences with their actions and behaviors. Kate's warm, yet direct, nature provides a safe space for clients to challenge their eating disorder and strengthen their healthy self. In addition to her role at Center for Discovery, Kate provides individual outpatient treatment in her private practice.
Cecilia Blauvelt graduated from Ramapo College of New Jersey with a Bachelor’s of Art in Psychology and a minor in Spanish Language Studies. She obtained her Masters in Marriage & Family Therapy with from Fairfield University in Fairfield, Connecticut. Cecilia was a member of a team of therapists at Fairfield University's Koslow Center as part of her clinical training. Cecilia specializes in family systems. She works with both structural and strategic therapy models. Cecilia also uses other theories of therapy such as Solution Focused Therapy. Cecilia has experience in working with children, families, couples, and individuals.
Cecilia has worked in numerous areas of therapy settings across both East & West coast which include The Renfrew Center of New Jersey which treated adolescent and adult women with eating disorders; Outreach Concern in Santa Ana, California where she worked with adolescents in a school setting; Masada Homes in Lancaster, California where she provided in-home therapy to children and their families; and most recently The Bella Vita in Woodland Hills, California where she worked with women and men of all ages with eating disorders.
Cecilia approaches each patient with compassion and understanding. She believes that empowering people by leading them to see their full potential creates the change that is needed for recovery.
Aaron Flores is a registered dietitian nutritionist based out of Los Angeles, California. With nearly 10 years of experience, Aaron has worked with eating disorders in a variety of settings. A large part of his career was spent working at the VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System where he helped develop and launch one of the first Binge Eating Disorder programs to help Veterans struggling with this disorder. Since leaving the VA, Aaron has continued to work in the eating disorder community helping run groups and providing individual counseling to adolescents at Destinations to Recovery and with adults at La Ventana Treatment Centers.
His main areas of focus are Intuitive Eating and Health at Every Size® and in his work, Aaron helps individuals learn how to make peace with food and develop body-positive behaviors. Aaron’s work has been featured during Weight Stigma Awareness Week, in blogs for the National Eating Disorder Information Centre and was the closing keynote speaker of the 2016 Binge Eating Disorder Awareness Annual Conference. Along with his work with eating disorders, he also is a co-host of the podcast, Dietitians Unplugged.
Malia Gallegos graduated from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology with a masters in clinical psychology with an emphasis in marriage and family therapy and a concentration in somatic psychology. Malia has worked in eating disorders since 2011. Prior to joining the Center For Discovery team, Malia was a primary therapist at the inpatient, partial and outpatient levels of care treating adult and adolescent men and women with eating disorders. During her graduate studies, Malia completed her practicum at the PUC Schools Clinical Counseling Program, serving middle school students at a charter school in Downtown Los Angeles. Malia has also had a somatic focused private practice in Pasadena, CA under the supervision of Springstead and Associates.
Malia uses a mixture of somatic psychotherapy, family systems therapy, and expressive arts therapy with adolescents and adults. She is committed to providing effective individual and group support in the Outpatient setting and is honored to be a part of the Center For Discovery Beverly Hills, CA team.
Kaylee completed her Bachelor of Science degree in Nutritional Science, with a minor in Holistic Health, through California State University Los Angeles. She worked for Center for Discovery in a residential treatment center as a Diet Technician during her undergraduate career.
After graduation, her fondness with working in mental health had only grown stronger. She moved to Santa Barbara and was the Chef and Diet Technician for an intensive outpatient eating disorder facility. There she was able to build a strong foundation in food service management. She constructed Congregate Living Health Facility (CLHF) dietetic sanitation policies for all residential treatment center (OP) locations for upcoming health inspections, generated proper food service/handling protocols and guidelines for every employee to follow companywide and created a 100+ page menu with full nutritional breakdown.
Now, she is committed to working as the Woodland Hills Facility Coordinator and strives to help clients attain a more peaceful relationship to food, while creating a safe and supportive recovery space for all.
Vladimir Lipovetsky is the medical director at Center For Discovery Woodland Hills treating adolescents, adults and families impacted by psychiatric conditions, including eating disorders, substance abuse and others. Dr. Lipovetsky is a psychiatrist who earned his MD at the David Geffen UCLA School of Medicine. He completed his psychiatry residency training at UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute. There he also completed a fellowship in trauma. He is a board certified psychiatrist with 20 years of experience of treating patients across the range of psychiatric disorders, including eating disorders.