Prosperity’s highly trained eating disorder specialists will give you expert and compassionate help on your journey to a full recovery
Clinical and Executive Director
Heather Baker is a Certified Eating Disorder Specialist that has been passionate and driven to help clients heal from their eating disorders for over 14 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. Heather 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 with a specialty in inner-child work and has also completed advanced training under Daniel Merlis, LCSW in EMDR. Heather has been incorporating using EMDR with client’s with eating disorders to not only help with relief from traumatic memories but also to incorporate change in one’s negative beliefs about themselves that effects their body image, confidence and a sense of low self-worth.
Medical Director And Psychiatrist
Dr. Adnan Durrani is Prosperity’s Medical Director of the Adolescent Partial Hospitalization Program and a highly regarded psychiatrist and has the expertise, demeanor and energy that mirrors the atmosphere at Prosperity. He works exceptionally with children, adolescents and adults that suffer with eating disorders, anxiety disorders, depression, bipolar disorder, OCD, PTSD, and sleep disorders. Dr. Durrani provides psychotherapy, CBT and medication, if necessary. His patients are drawn to his friendly demeanor and appreciate the caring attention he gives to each person.
The goal of his work with patients is to foster positive mental health and personal growth through collaboration with the team at Prosperity and outside providers, evaluation and understanding of his patients, medication if needed, and other exercises that aid in a patient’s diagnosis, self-awareness, and improvement. He strives to treat all his patients with kindness, empathy and patience that they deserve.
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.
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.
Heidi leads many of Prosperity’s DBT and CBT groups and brings creativity and fun to her groups.
Amy Taddeo, MA, LPCIndividual and Group Therapist firstname.lastname@example.org
Amy has had a lifelong passion for eating disorder advocacy, education, and awareness; as such, she has dedicated her career to helping individuals find recovery from their eating disorders and peace within themselves. Her compassion, expertise, and empowering approach combined with her passion for working with this population creates a therapeutic environment in which her clients are able to gain insight and produce change while feeling challenged, empowered and supported.
Amy is a recent graduate from Marymount University where she received her masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Additionally, Amy holds her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from George Mason University. While Amy has experience working with individuals of all ages, she specializes in her work with adolescents. Additionally, having lived internationally for many years, she has the ability to work well with individuals of all backgrounds and orientations. Amy is currently completing her residency to obtain her Virginia LPC licensure. She has a love of animals that she incorporates into both her personal and professional lives, and when not in the office you’ll most likely find her on adventures with her therapy-dog-in-training, Mason.
Alexis Buckheit Hurdle, M.S.Ed, LPC
Individual and Group Counselor/Intake Coordinator
Alexis is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Virginia and is passionate about working together with clients during challenging times in their lives and believes in healing for all. Alexis sees the therapeutic relationship as the most important factor in supporting clients to explore and understand themselves and move towards self-discovery, self-acceptance, and healing. She is a warm, empathetic person and strives to provide a safe and supportive space to foster a productive therapeutic relationship, allowing individuals to create enduring and lasting change within their lives.
Alexis’ approach to counseling is holistic and interpersonal, while pulling from aspects of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to meet each client’s unique needs. She has experience and enjoys working with clients who suffer from eating disorders, anxiety, depression, self-esteem issues, relationship concerns, and managing life’s transitions.
Alexis currently works with teens and adults with eating disorders at the PHP, IOP, and OP levels of care. She most recently worked treating adult women with eating disorders at the residential level of care and has also worked in a university setting treating students with various mental health concerns. Alexis is also committed to professional excellence and furthering her training as a clinician. She regularly participates in trainings, workshops, and other learning opportunities to advance her clinical skills.
Chelsea Hall, MSWIndividual and Group Counselor
Chelsea has worked in outpatient and residential settings with a variety of populations, including child and adult survivors of trauma and neglect, as well as both adolescent and adult clients experiencing eating disorders. While her approach with clients is founded on cognitive-behavioral theory, Chelsea incorporates elements of person-centered and family systems theories, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, mindfulness, and other modalities, as well as encouraging each client’s unique faith or world-view to shape their treatment. Chelsea’s passion is seeing people begin to recognize their inherent worth, and she is honored to work with clients and families in this process. . Chelsea received her Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing and Near Eastern Studies from the University of Arizona, and a Master of Social Work from Arizona State University. Chelsea has a background in community organizing and advocacy, and was a founding officer in the anti-trafficking non-profit Southern Arizona Against Slavery.
Sherry Brown, MA, ATR
Art and Individual Therapist
Resident in Counseling
Sherry is a graduate from Saint-Mary-of-the-Woods College where she received her Masters of Arts in Art Therapy. Sherry’s love for art therapy began in 2004 as an Undergraduate at Old Dominion University. While volunteering at a women and children’s shelter she witnessed how art therapy enhanced and improved the well being of the individuals who participated in the art therapy sessions. This experience was so impactful on Sherry that she later decided to follow her heart and pursue a career in art therapy.
As a Registered Art Therapist, Sherry has worked with a vast variety of populations. These populations range from adults and adolescents with chronic mental illness in short-term psychiatric hospitals, at risk-youth, individuals with cancer, and adults suffering from addictions in partial hospitalization settings.
After practicing art therapy for numerous years, Sherry believes that her compassion for others, calming demeanor, and patience are a few of her personality traits that allow her to connect with her clients. During her art therapy sessions, individuals are able to unite their past, present, and future allowing opportunity for self-discovery and healing. Sherry enjoys incorporating guided meditation and music into her art therapy sessions. During her career in art therapy, Sherry has realized that the most rewarding part of her workday is seeing individuals improve their level of recovery and proceed to live their lives to its fullest potential.
Supervised by Caitlin Kelly, LPC
Nutrition Counseling – NOVA
Nutrition is an integral aspect to one’s overall health and being well nourished is critical in the full recovery of an eating disorder. What you are eating, when, and how much are critical components of your medical and psychological care. Our Registered Dietitians promote client’s self-education, fostering understanding about importance of food for our bodies and brains.
Emily McDonough, RD
Registered Dietitian Nutritionist
Emily received her bachelor’s degree in nutrition and food science from the University of the District of Columbia and completed her dietetic internship through Iowa State University. Before coming to Prosperity, Emily worked for the Fairfax County Health Department Special Supplemental Nutrition for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program and served as the on-call dietitian with Center for Discovery. Emily focuses on helping clients identify what their underlying assumptions are about food and the effect it will have on their body while providing research-based evidence to either support or disprove it. Emily enjoys translating scientific research into a language everyone can understand and helping clients incorporate these findings into their nutrition plans to achieve good health and well-being. She is passionate about helping clients recover from eating disorders and helping them heal from their unhealthy relationships with food. Clients receive guidance about portions and meal plans, as well as how to identify hunger and fullness cues inherent in their bodies. Emily supports clients with their work to reduce anxiety around food.
Emily is a member of:
- The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
- Northern Virginia Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
- SCAN (Sports, Cardiovascular, and Wellness Nutrition) Dietetics Practice Group
- Weight Management Dietetics Practice Group
- National Eating Disorder Association
Susan Kouzel, RD
Registered Dietitian Nutritionist
Susan Kouzel is a Registered Dietitian who has much training and education in the care for people with disordered eating, weight management, and other nutritional struggles. She received her Bachelors in Nutrition and Dietetics from Radford University. She completed her Dietetic Internship in Asheville, North Carolina, where she received a Certificate of Training in Childhood and Adolescent Weight Management. She is passionate about helping people struggling with eating disorders to rediscover a healthy relationship with food and help guide them through the process of healing. Her compassion, expertise, and knowledge allow her to provide a nurturing environment where clients feel safe and supported. She helps clients learn the role of food components in the body and begin to build a healthier body and mind through individualized nutrition counseling and education.
Susan is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
Paula Payne, MS, RDN, CEDRD
Registered Dietitian Nutritionist
Ms. Payne has her bachelor’s degrees in Dietetics from James Madison University, and a Bachelor’s in Agriculture from Ohio State University. She also earned a Master of Science degree in nutrition from University of New Hampshire and completed her American Dietetic Association Internship at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and University. Prior to her career as a dietitian, Ms. Payne taught chemistry and physics at several independent schools. Paula has a passion for horses and country living. When she is not working, she can be found caring for her donkey, Elvis or training her horse, Sarah for dressage. In 2015, Ms. Payne became a certified eating disorder registered dietitian, and is a member of the following organizations:
- International Association of Eating Disorder Professions
- American Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
- National Eating Disorder Association
- International Federation of Eating Disorder Dietitians.
Alison Seramur, MS, RDN
Registered Dietitian Nutritionist
Alison received her Bachelor’s and Master of Science degree in Nutrition and Foods with a concentration in Dietetics from Appalachian State University. She completed her dietetic internship in Northern Virginia through Appalachian State University. She has always had a passion for helping others and in particular children. She grew up attending and then worked as a camp counselor at an all girls sleep away camp in Western North Carolina, which really helped shape her into the person she is today. She is driven to help people with eating disorders after her experiences as a competitive gymnast and a collegiate athlete. Through her life experiences, she is compassionate and relates to clients to provide a safe and nurturing environment while helping clients rebuild a positive relationship with themselves and food.
Alison is a member of:
- The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
- Virginia Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
- Pediatric Nutrition Dietetics Practice Group
Adult IOP Group Calendar – NOVA
Art is an expressive modality that allows clients to explore boundaries in relation to rules and freedom associated with body love as well as inter and intra-personal dynamics.
BED Binge Eating Support
This group allows individuals struggling with binge eating to address thoughts, feelings, and behaviors associated with binge eating, to include loss of control eating that may occur post gastric bypass.
This group allows clients to explore food myths and rules as well as discuss the role and expectation food plays in our lives. In this, education on food and the body are addressed.
Addresses the challenges, successes, and influences of body image on self-esteem throughout the recovery process.
This is a skills group that focuses on the ability to manage distress tolerance and develop interpersonal effectiveness. Clients are encouraged to think about the connection between their thoughts, feelings and behaviors in an effort to develop new cognitive processes.
Our relationship with ourselves and others is explored as it relates to love, trust, patterns, and fears. Relationships can be the greatest source of joy and pain, in this group we discuss the ideal state of our relationships and explore aspects that facilitate or detract from healthy relationships.
Life Skills and Process
Clients are able to process life events, patterns, and recent stressors or successes in a supportive environment. This is done to facilitate effective functioning throughout the recovery process
This involves eating with others in a safe environment where goals, challenges, and successes can be processed and shared. Meals are required to meet standard criteria so that clients are able to explore well rounded meals that meet their nutritional needs.
As part of the holistic approach to wellness, clients are able to explore the benefits of acupuncture, stress reduction and mindfulness yoga, and essential oils.
Designed to address the unique needs of individuals whose siblings struggle with an eating disorder. It will address the specific challenges, strengths, questions, and supports available to help siblings process and effectively cope with the unique stressors eating disorders place on family dynamics. Please note this is not included as part of the IOP program and will not be billed through insurance unless otherwise approved. Ages 13-25 welcome.