Prosperity’s highly trained eating disorder specialists will give you expert and compassionate help on your journey to a full recovery.

Heather Baker, LCSW, CEDS

CEO, Director

Heather Baker is a Certified Eating Disorder Specialist that has been passionate and driven to help heal clients from their eating disorders for over 12 years. As the Founder of Prosperity in 2012, she ensures that everyone that comes to Prosperity receives the best possible care and believes that they can reach a full recovery.    She opened a second location in Charlottesville, VA to bring a higher level of care to students at UVA and the surrounding area in 2016. In 2012 and 2014, Heather has spent 80 training hours under Pia Melody in the PIT Model for trauma and has since brought healing to many individuals with a traumatic past.

Dr. Ali Altahir

Medical Director and Psychiatrist

Dr. Altahir is a highly qualified, compassionate child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist, with vast experience in the assessment and treatment of a wide variety of clinical concerns.  During his practice tenure he has treated patients with eating disorders, anxiety, depression, ADHD/ADD, mood disorders, intellectual disabilities, Autism spectrum disorders and psychosis.  He is well respected and inspires confidence in his patients.  His attention to detail and caring warmth will compliment Prosperity’s delivery of services. Dr. Altahir is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, in both general psychiatry, child and adolescent psychiatry.

  • Medical School – University of Baghdad
  • Virginia Commonwealth University, Internship in Psychiatry
  • Virginia Commonwealth University, Residency in Psychiatry
  • Penn State University, Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, Fellowship in Child Psychiatry

Ashley Steelman, MSW

Program Manager and Psychotherapist

Ashley is enthusiastic about helping people become the best versions of themselves. Her sincere and direct approach promotes personal insight as she encourages the development of skills that help individuals and families function at their best. With a diverse background in consulting and counseling, Ashley is comfortable identifying trends, synthesizing information, and helping clients connect with what is important to them. She is comfortable in a variety of treatment modalities including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy,Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Emotion Focused Therapy, and Cognitive Processing Therapy. With spirituality as a tenant of her work, Ashley is passionate in her efforts to help clients overcome eating disorders, trauma, and other inflicting problems while helping her clients find peace with themselves, and establish healthy boundaries with their environment. She has experience working with military and civilian clients in the areas of PTSD, depression, anxiety, anger management/stress tolerance, eating disorders, and reintegration challenges post deployment. Additionally, she is interested in helping individuals achieve work life balance by helping them go through a personal strategic planning process. Ashley is comfortable working with individuals, families, and groups across the lifecycle of care. She holds two master degrees in I/O Psychology from East Carolina University and in Social

Work from University of Southern California, she also holds a B. A. in Psychology, and has received certification in Military Culture.

Adrianna Rodriguez, MS, MFT, CFBT

Family and Individual Therapist, Certified in Family Based Therapy (Maudsley)

Adrianna is a Marriage and Family Therapist with nearly a decade of experience. Adrianna works with the entire family system to increase healthy lines of communication, problem solving, and helping each family reach their goals. Adrianna Rodriguez is certified as a Family Based Treatment (FBT) provider. FBT is also known as the Maudsley Approach. FBT is an evidence-based treatment and the treatment of choice for adolescents with anorexia nervosa. We are lucky to have one a few certified FBT providers in the state of Virginia right here at Prosperity Eating Disorders & Wellness Center!

The certification process, through the Training Institute for Child and Adolescent Eating Disorders, was designed by Daniel LeGrange, PhD, and James Locke, MD, the developers of FBT. In addition to a 2-day workshop at Stanford University, Adrianna read numerous research and clinical articles on FBT, and received 25 hours of supervision over an 12 month period from a certified FBT supervisor. These supervision hours were crucial in becoming a skilled FBT provider, affording her the opportunity to learn how to apply FBT principles in a variety of challenging circumstances. These include cases with high-conflict parents, recently divorced couples, significant adolescent or parent pathology, and heightened suicide risk. Adrianna has also successfully used modified versions of FBT to treat young adults and spouses with eating disorders.

Adrianna is passionate about helping others increase self-awareness, attain fulfillment and find a balanced and meaningful life. Services in English and Spanish.

Jessica Webb, DNP, APRN, NP-C

Director of Nursing Services, Advanced Nurse Practitioner

Jessica is an intelligent, dynamic and highly trained Advanced Nurse Practitioner who is eager to help patients at Prosperity achieve and maintain their highest level of physical and mental health. She monitors vitals, weight, laboratory values and cardiac function (EKGs) along with performing psychiatric assessments and medication monitoring. She ensures that Prosperity’s patients are medically stable, well informed and involved in care they receive.  She strives to provide holistic and comprehensive care that assists patients with understanding the effects an eating disorder, anxiety and depression, have on their bodies and the best ways to fully care for themselves.

Her clinical focus and expertise has been adolescent, women’s and family healthcare for over 20 years.   She earned her bachelor’s degree in Nursing from Marymount University.  She then completed her graduate studies, MSN, post-grad NP and DNP, with Old Dominion University.   She is a member of the Sigma Theta Tau international nursing honor society and is involved with nursing and patient education in the community.

Heidi Lapham, MA, LPC

Individual and Family Therapist

Heidi is a graduate from Marymount University’s Community Counseling program in 2010, where she has been practicing therapy for almost 8 years.  She is passionate about the power of therapy and changes that can occur when both the client and therapist can be open, honest, and vulnerable with their struggles, observations, and successes.  Heidi seeks to provide a supportive environment within the therapy session that can nurture vulnerability and progress.  She has worked with a variety of populations, including young adults transitioning in life during the college experience, adults with chronic mental health issues, at-risk youth and families providing intensive in-home care, and adolescents and teens with eating disorders.  Her eating disorder treatment and other therapy experience ranges from providing therapy on an outpatient, residential, day program, and intensive in-home level.  Heidi specializes in working with eating disorders, anxiety, depression, trauma, grief, relationships, exercise compulsion and family dynamics.  Heidi focuses on what has “gone right” in a person’s life, versus what has “gone wrong” as a motivation for change.  She encourages mindfulness, grounding techniques, and self-awareness for her clients in order to help them thrive.

Kate Walker, MA,

Kate is a graduate from The George Washington University Art Therapy masters program and is passionate about helping clients process and evolve through the power of creative expression. She has experience working with children, adolescents and adults in a variety of settings including schools, private practice, and a psychiatric hospital, employing both art therapy and counseling approaches. Kate is currently pursuing her ATR-BC (registered Art Therapist-Board Certified) and Virginia LPC. Her demeanor is warm and empathic and is able to really help clients gain insight and produce change in their thoughts and mood and behaviors.

Music Therapist

Abigail graduated in 2010 from Shenandoah University, receiving a Bachelor’s in Music Therapy with a minor in psychology and piano. She became board certified in March of 2011. Abigail performed her internship at a Springfield Hospital Center and Clifton T. Perkins, both psychiatric hospital locations. Abigail has worked in hospice care with three different organizations. Through her time contracting with retirement communities, she has produced a choir-based protocol with patients with Alzheimer’s and dementia. Abigail has as well worked with individuals ages 18 and younger on the autism spectrum and special needs. She has worked with two organizations treating patients with traumatic brain injury. Abigail most recently has worked at a military hospital with active duty service members suffering from PTSD, granted-funded through the National Endowment of the Arts.

Ioana Boie, Ph.D., LPC, NCC

Psychotherapy & Equine Assisted Therapist

Ioana is very passionate about supporting individuals and families in the recovery process from eating disorders by taking a relational cultural approach. Ioana believes in the importance of clients finding their voice, acceptance of themselves, and awareness in the relational and cultural patterns influencing the eating disorder. Ioana has been trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Relational Cultural Therapy, and Trauma-Focused Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy (Natural Lifemanship Model). Touched by the presence of animals, Ioana strongly believes in the relational, mind-body and spiritual transformation that occurs in the presence of animals, particularly, horses. She believes that Spirit’s herd of horses provide a impactful approach to eating disorder outpatient care. Ioana is also an assistant professor teaching graduate courses in counseling, and a researcher on body image and eating disorders in diverse individuals. Ioana is an active member of professional organizations, having presented at the American Counseling Association, Association for Counselor Education and Supervision, and National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA).