Prosperity’s highly trained eating disorder specialists in Virginia will give you expert and compassionate help on your journey to a full recovery
Prosperity in Herndon, VA
1031 Sterling Road, Suite 203, Herndon, VA 20170
office: 703-466-5150 x 803
Staff – Herndon
Heather Baker, LCSW-S, CEDS-S
Executive Director, CEO
Heather Baker is the founder and CEO of Prosperity since 2012. She is a Certified Eating Disorder Specialist and Supervisor and EMDR practitioner that has been passionate and driven to help clients heal from their eating disorders for over 16 years. As the founder and sole owner 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 trained 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 and Amanda Roberts, PhD 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. In March of 2022, Heather has opened her third center in the Tidewater Region to reach all those that have been unserved for years.
Heather is on the Board of Directors for the REDC.
Member of IEADP in Richmond and Fairfax
Member of the National Association of Social Workers
Member of the National Eating Disorders Association
COO, Human Resource Director
Michelle became a central role at Prosperity in 2017 as she began managing operational functions. As the company has grown, so have her responsibilities. Michelle’s enthusiasm for doing a little bit of everything, from administration and HR to billing and IT, led to her eventually taking the lead in Human Resources and Operations where she plays a critical role in keeping things running smoothly for all of our locations. Michelle has a gift for creating the best workplace for all employees as per the mission of Prosperity. She has given a lot of thought and energy to making Prosperity a place that clients and employees feel cared for.
Michelle grew up in the Midwest. Her and her husband Jodi and two children, Ceara and Silas, enjoyed raising goats, chickens, ducks, geese, turkeys and cows, as well as many rescue animals, on their farm in Iowa for many years. In 2015, they visited Virginia on vacation and fell in love with the mountains and beaches. Tired of the cold midwestern winters, they decided they were ready for adventure, and packed up and moved across the country. Michelle is a huge animal lover, and her family currently shares their home with two Siberian Huskies, Vixen and Leo, and two cats Jess and Squeak. She enjoys staying active by exploring Virginia’s many trails and parks with the dogs as well as biking and skating. Her hobbies include gardening, reading, drawing, and decorating.
One of her favorite tasks at work is helping to design, decorate and shop for furniture for Prosperity’s beautiful, home-like offices. Making clients feel welcome and comfortable is a priority. Michelle has helped Prosperity grow to be a thriving place for employees to work and has helped to create a dynamic workplace that strives to serve all individuals with respect and professionalism.
Michelle is completing her Certification in Human Resource Management at Cornell University.
Jamie Slagle, RN, MSN, WHNP-BC, PMHNP-BC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner / Medical Director
Jamie is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) and Medical Director at Prosperity, where she works to provide psychiatric and nursing support for both the PHP and IOP programs. Jamie provides great energy and compassionate care to Prosperity. She is supervised by Dr. Adrian Brown, MD.
I have over 7 years experience directly providing out-patient and in-patient OB/GYN care and over 15 years of total experience providing advanced practice nursing care, collaborating with a diverse group of medical professionals and specialists; independently managing a variety of medications, diagnoses, and testing; supervising care teams, and contributing to the well-being of my community. My psychiatric training has included both in-patient emergent care and out-patient private practice care.
I have enjoyed my experience caring for diverse patient populations including active duty military and their families, Native Americans, Hispanics, Middle Eastern and African Muslims, underserved rural populations, and the homeless.
Amy Taddeo, LPC
Amy is the Clinical Director at Prosperity’s Herndon location where she works with all clinical staff members to ensure that the highest quality of care is being provided. As a professional counselor, she also provides individual, group and family therapy services. Amy has been with Prosperity for six years, beginning as a Master’s level intern in 2016. Prior to joining the Prosperity team, Amy worked in a variety of treatment settings including a day center for acute mental health and George Mason University’s MASONLIFE program.
Amy graduated from Marymount University in 2017 with a Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Prior to that, she received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from George Mason University. She is a member of the International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals (IAEDP) and is currently working toward her Certified Eating Disorder Specialist (CEDS) certification.
Amy has had a lifelong passion for eating disorder advocacy, education, and awareness. She understands that seeking treatment is a difficult decision and is passionate about being an encouraging support to individuals and families embarking on this journey. She uses a person-centered approach to therapy that allows her clients to be their own experts, and to use their understanding of their experiences as a baseline for healing. In this, she also utilizes techniques from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy. Amy’s approach is warm, empowering, and utilizes unconditional positive regard.
When she’s not at Prosperity you can find Amy outdoors enjoying nature with her rescue dog, Mason. She is also a photographer and enjoys capturing photos of her dog, the adventures they have together, and Virginia’s beautiful scenery.
Susan Kouzel, RDN
Susan has been working at Prosperity as a Registered Dietitian since 2016. She is passionate about helping individuals struggling with eating disorders, of any kind, to redefine their relationship with food. Susan holds true to the “all foods fit” nutrition philosophy, implementing principles of balance, variety, and intuitive eating. She practices from a HAES (Health at Every Size) lens, and works to educate other healthcare providers in hopes that we can change the world through fighting back against diet-culture. Susan’s passion projects include speaking events at middle school and high schools, educating teachers and counselors on how to safely convey nutrition and health information to children and adolescents. Susan graduated with a Bachelors in Nutrition from Radford University in 2015. She completed her dietetic internship through Lenoir Rhyne University in Asheville, North Carolina in 2016. She is currently in the process of becoming a CEDRD (Certified Eating Disorder Registered Dietitian) through IAEDP (International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals). She is a member of IAEDP and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. In her spare time, Susan enjoys aerial yoga and spending time outdoors. She is an avid animal lover. Susan believes in a highly individualized treatment approach, walking alongside clients to help them navigate the process of healing mind, body, and spirit.
Susan is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
Adrianna Rodriguez, MS, MFT, CFBT
Family and Individual Therapist, Certified in Family Based Therapy (Maudsley)
Adrianna is a Marriage and Family Therapist with over 20 years of experience. Adrianna has been with Prosperity since its opening in 2012 and has celebrated her 11 years. She has played an integral role as Prosperity’s family therapist and FBT facilitator and supervisor. Her main forcus is working with the entire family system to increase healthy lines of communication, problem solving, and helps each family reach their unique goals. Adrianna is certified as a Family Based Treatment (FBT) provider. FBT is also known as the Maudsley Approach. FBT is an evidence-based treatment approach 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. Adrianna has worked with cases involving high-conflict parents, recently divorced couples, significant adolescent or parent pathology, and heightened suicide risk. She has also successfully used modified versions of FBT to treat young adults and spouses with eating disorders.
Adrianna is passionate about helping families in their journey towards full recovery and deeper connections. She helps facilitate an increase in self-awareness and family dynamics. In her spare time, Adrianna enjoys spending time with her husband and kids. She is fluent in English and Spanish and offers services in both languages.
Heidi Lapham, MA, LPC-S
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 12 years. She has been working at Prosperity since 2017 and 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/adults with eating disorders. She has provided therapy on an outpatient, residential, IOP/PHP, and intensive in-home level.
Heidi specializes in working with eating disorders, anxiety, depression, relationships, OCD, 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 is DBT (Dialectical Behavioral Therapy) trained and leads many of Prosperity’s DBT groups. She brings creativity, purpose, and fun to her groups.
Chelsea Hall, LCSW-S
Program Manager for Virtual Programs
Individual, Family and Group Counselor
Chelsea Hall is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, providing family therapy services for Prosperity clients at the partial-hospitalization and intensive outpatient levels. Chelsea joined the team in April 2020, just as the program was adapting to a virtual platform in response to the pandemic (she promptly set off the security alarm when finally able to work within the facility for the first time). Prior to joining Prosperity, Chelsea served both adolescent and adult clients in several eating disorder residential treatment settings. In addition to eating disorders, she has experience providing care for trauma, neglect, and general mental health concerns at the outpatient level of care. While her approach with clients is founded on cognitive-behavioral theory, Chelsea incorporates elements of person-centered and family systems theories through the use of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, art and narrative therapies, and other modalities. She highly values letting each client’s spirituality inform and shape their treatment, and enjoys working with people of all faiths and world views. Chelsea’s passion is for all people to recognize their inherent worth, and she is honored to witness this process unfold with clients and families. Chelsea graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Arizona with a Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing and Near Eastern Studies, and earned her Master of Social Work degree from Arizona State University. She has a background in community organizing and advocacy, and was a founding officer in the anti-trafficking non-profit Southern Arizona Against Slavery. When not riding her marvelously rusty old bike to and from the office, Chelsea can likely be found at home with her husband, two sons, one perfectly adequate cat, and a dozen or so art projects in various stages of completion.
Kelly Wakeland, LCSW
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Kelly Wakeland (she/her) is a clinical social worker specializing in serving adolescent, young adult, and adult clients experiencing disordered eating/eating disorders, anxiety, depression, concerns related to life transitions, and stress. In treatment, Kelly aims to provide a safe space for clients to explore and process the intricacies of their experiences, while acknowledging the many intersections of background and identity that each person possesses. Kelly practices from a systems model that acknowledges how one’s environment influences and impacts both the development of and recovery from their mental health struggles. Kelly believes that full recovery from an eating disorder IS POSSIBLE, and when working towards recovery with a client, Kelly focuses on developing body acceptance and body neutrality by working from Health and Every Size (HAES) and “all foods fit” perspectives. Collaboratively with the nutrition team, Kelly works with clients to divest from unattainable beauty ideals and refocus internally on each client’s inherent worth. Additionally, Kelly utilizes a client-centered approach in therapy that utilizes each person’s inherent wisdom as the mechanism that will lead to lasting change. Kelly’s favorite part of the therapeutic journey is building a relationship with her clients and walking alongside them as they work towards recovery together.
Kelly comes to Prosperity with a wealth of experience from having worked in private practice, intensive outpatient and partial hospitalization programs, hospitals, and a wide variety of social service organizations including non-profit, private, and government institutions. Kelly received her Masters of Social Work from Columbia University and her Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies from California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly), San Luis Obispo. She is also completing coursework to become a Certified Intuitive Eating Specialist. Kelly is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and when not fighting against diet culture and societal fatphobia, you can find her managing her fantasy football league, trying a new dessert recipe, or visiting every dog park in the DMV with her rescue German Shepherd Rosie.
Emily Pontervint, MA
Resident in Counseling
Under the supervision of Heidi Murphy, LPC-S, CDBT
Emily Portervint is a Resident in Counseling under the supervision of Heidi Murphy, LPC-S, CDBT, providing individual and group therapy services for Prosperity clients at the partial-hospitalization and intensive outpatient levels. Emily joined the Prosperity team in 2020.
Emily earned her Bachelors in Psychology with a double minor in Sociology and Philosophy from Virginia Tech and went onto Marymount University where she earned two Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Forensic and Legal Psychology. Prior to joining Prosperity, Emily served adolescent clients in an eating disorder residential treatment setting. In addition to eating disorders, Emily has worked with adults with substance use disorders in an intensive outpatient level. Emily’s approach to therapy comes from a Narrative theory meaning your story is your own and you get to decide the outcome, Emily uses elements of art, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and other modalities. In Emily’s spare time she is doting on her puppy Maizie, new husband, and baby. Her favorite idea to give to clients is adding small successes creates the big success in the end. Emily will be back from Maternity leave mid-September.
Allison Gasko- Backman, LCSW
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Allison Gasca-Backman (LCSW/MPH, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker providing individual, group, and family therapy to clients in the PHP and IOP levels of care at Prosperity. Allison has been with Prosperity since August of 2021, following working in a community mental health setting, working first with immigrants, refugees, asylum seekers, and survivors of human rights violations, and then with individuals in a PHP level of care at a local psychiatric hospital. Allison graduated with a dual Master’s in Social Work and Master’s in Public Health from Boston University in 2017, and she focused on learning methods to help individuals and communities work through and heal from trauma. Since then, Allison has worked with individuals of all ages who are struggling with depression, anxiety, past trauma, disordered eating and exercise, grief, and issues with identity formation.
As a practitioner, Allison pulls from a variety of techniques and theories, as she believes that a “one size fits all” approach can harm clients and does not allow them to express their needs fully. Allison pulls from models such as Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Liberation Health, Motivational Interviewing, and Narrative Therapy, and she uses a strengths-based, empowerment-focused approach. Allison considers her clients to be the experts of their own experience, and she simply serves as a consultant to help them identify where and how they want to grow into their best selves.
Allison is aware of the often negative impacts that the dominant worldview places on all of us, and she is attuned to the fact that society treats everyone differently based on their various intersecting identities. Allison also believes that Eating Disorders are a social justice issue and are rooted in harmful, oppressive ideologies. She is comfortable discussing privilege and oppression and how these concepts differentially impact clients, especially with regard to race, culture, health/ability status, body size, religion, sexuality, and gender identity. She is also eager to be your co-conspirator in challenging and breaking down some of these structural barriers in order to help you find your own voice and to live more freely and wholly in your identity. Many of us have received and internalized messaging that we are not good enough and that we need to change our bodies in order to be better and to feel better; Allison wants to help you believe that you are enough exactly as you are.
Barry McNintch, MS
Resident in Counseling
Under the supervision of Heidi Murphy, LPC-S, CDBT
Barry is a Resident in Counseling with a wealth of knowledge in the field behavioral health. He is providing individual and group therapy services for Prosperity clients at the partial-hospitalization and intensive outpatient levels. Barry is an exceptional therapist with a background in neuroscience, addictions and eating disorders. He brings laughter, compassion and creativity to his practice that our client’s greatly appreciate. Barry has a special interest in the LGBTQ community.
Leslie joined Prosperity in July of 2019 as an Executive Chef. Before working with Prosperity, Leslie started her professional journey 30 years ago, working in the high-tech field in various positions in marketing and advertising.
While working for IBM, Leslie attended the Johnson and Wales culinary program on the weekend. After attending Johnson and Wales, Leslie started her own Personal Chef business. The primary focus of her business is providing cooking services for people with various eating challenges. In addition to managing her business, Leslie has held various positions in the food industry, such as serving as a Catering Manager for a large supermarket chain in New Jersey, preparing food for people with intellectual disabilities, and working as Food Service Manager for Fairfax County Public Schools.
When not cooking, Leslie spends time with her husband, Kevin, and two teenagers, Darius and Grace, and her dog, Peyton.
Lauren Rule, RD
Registered Dietitian and Nutrition Intake Specialist
Lauren Rule, nutrition intake coordinator, completes nutrition intakes for potential clients, assists in care coordination, and provides nutrition services as a dietitian. Lauren has been with the company since 2021 and prior to coming to Prosperity, Lauren worked four years at the residential level of care for Eating Disorders. Lauren graduated from Christopher Newport University with a B.A. and received her master’s degree in nutrition from George Mason University. Lauren completed her ACEND-accredited Dietetic Internship with Iowa State University. In her down time, Lauren enjoys baking, reading, trying new activities, and having a quiet night in with her cats. Lauren believes food is medicine for the body and soul. Lauren really strives to rebuild the connection between her clients and food. She is dedicated to working with all eating disorders, and has a particular interest in binge eating disorders. Lauren believes in a safe environment for all bodies and that health cannot and should not be determined by body size.
Emily McDonough, RD
Registered Dietitian Nutritionist
Emily joined the Prosperity team as a RDN in 2016. She 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
Paula Payne, MS, RDN, CEDRD
Registered Dietitian Nutritionist
Paula has been an integral part of the Prosperity Nutrition Team since 2018. Paula was our Nutrition Director for 5 years and is now working part-time at Prosperity in her semi-retirement. Paula earned 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.
Client Support Specialist
Brenda joined the Prosperity team in 2019. She is a “jack of all trades” and keeps Prosperity running in an efficient and organized fashion. She is on the admissions and billing team, as well as supporting new patients and families. Prior to that, she worked as a receptionist at the Loudoun County MHSADS Brenda is currently attending Northern Virginia Community College to work towards a Radiography degree in the Medical field. In her spare time, Brenda enjoys being home to spend time with family and friends. She looks forward to trying new things, such as food, activities, and places to visit/travel. One of her hobbies is reading a book that will leave you sobbing in the end and has recently started weightlifting.
Taylor Hutchinson, BS
Taylor Hutchinson is the Program Coordinator for the Herndon office where she assists with the everyday operations of both the partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient programs as well as the overall facility. Taylor started with Prosperity in 2020. Prior to joining this team she had been in the mental health field for over 5 years.
Taylor has lived in Northern Virginia since she was 9 and definitely considers this area home. Her dreams since childhood have always been to be part of the healthcare/medical field whether as a veterinarian or a doctor. Once she began her college career she realized that her niche was behavioral science and there was no turning back. Taylor graduated from Virginia Tech with a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology. She became registered as a Qualified Mental Health Professional with the Virginia Board of Counseling in December 2018.
When Taylor’s not working, she can be found catching up with friends, spending time with her dog and cat, dreaming about travel destinations, or exploring new restaurants in the area.
Taylor believes that you can always make the best of a situation and any activity can be made wonderful and adventurous if with the right people. Taylor has a strong passion for helping individuals overcome various obstacles and feels a sense of accomplishment when clients make progress towards their goals.