Prosperity’s highly trained eating disorder specialists will give you expert and compassionate help on your journey to a full recovery
Staff – Herndon
Heather Baker, LCSW-S, CEDS-S
Executive Director, CEO
Heather Baker is a Certified Eating Disorder Specialist that has been passionate and driven to help clients heal from their eating disorders for over 16 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.
Chelsea Hall, LCSW-S
Program Manager for Virtual Programs
Individual, Family and Group Counselor
Chelsea Hall is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, providing individual, group, and 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.
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 five 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.
Paula Payne, MS, RDN, CEDRD
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.
Adrianna Rodriguez, MS, MFT, CFBT
Family and Individual Therapist, Certified in Family Based Therapy (Maudsley)
Adrianna is a Marriage and Family Therapist with over 15 years of experience. Adrianna works 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 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/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) certified and leads many of Prosperity’s DBT groups. She brings creativity, purpose, and fun to her groups.
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 team in July 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.
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.
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 December 2020, 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 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, RD
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
Kate D’Amica, MA
Clinical Intake Specialist, Resident in Counseling
Kate is passionate about helping both women and men to find freedom from their eating disorder and disordered eating patterns and believes everyone can find this freedom no matter where they are in life. Kate is a Resident in Counseling and is supervised by Meredith Luttrell, LPC. She believes in looking at the whole person during both assessment and treatment, and not just at what is “going wrong”. While helping prospective clients navigate the admissions process, Kate also carries a small caseload and runs several groups for the BED IOP program. Kate joined Prosperity in Fall of 2020 having worked in many different levels of care for eating disorder treatment including inpatient and IOP programs. She graduated from George Washington University in 2019 with her MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. She specializes in the assessment and treatment of eating disorders and does separate outpatient therapy as well for those struggling with eating disorders, mood disorders, trauma and life transitions. She draws from many different approaches including cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness and acceptance and commitment therapy.
Client Support Specialist
Brenda Landaverde, Client Support Specialist, answers all phone calls and email inquiries to schedule the initial assessment. Brenda also handles many billing tasks. Brenda has been with Prosperity for over one year. Prior to that, she worked as a receptionist at the Loudoun County MHSADS and several restaurants. 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 July 2021. 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.