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Our Eating Disorder Treatment specialties, at our Hamptons, NY a residential center specializes in Anorexia, Bulimia, Binge Eating, & Orthorexia Recovery.

Eating Disorder Treatment Team | Hamptons, NY

Deandra Christianson, MA, LCPC, NCC, CCMHC, CDWF

Deandra Christianson, MA, LCPC, NCC, CCMHC, CDWF

National Director of Operations, Residential Eating Disorder Division

Deandra Christianson received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and then continued on to receive her Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. While in her Master’s program she earned a Counseling Specialization and focused on treatment of children and adolescents. She is currently completing her PhD in Organizational Leadership at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology.

Deandra has been with Center for Discovery in many capacities, both clinical and administrative, since 2013. She has been afforded many opportunities to speak at conferences and other engagements throughout the country. Deandra has worked with people with eating disorders, self-injurious behaviors, mood disorders, and other co-occurring issues in both residential and outpatient treatment settings. Additionally, she has worked with schools in program development and implementation that focuses on student leadership and bullying prevention and intervention. Deandra is passionate about her work, as well as, eating disorder awareness, advocacy, and treatment.

Andrea Ciarlelli

Andrea Ciarlelli

Assistant Director of Operation, East Coast, Residential Eating Disorder Division

Andrea Ciarlelli is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist specializing in the treatment of eating disorders for adolescents and their families. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Southern Connecticut State University and later earned her Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from the same institution.

Ms. Ciarlelli has worked with adolescents and adults in various levels of care including Residential Treatment Centers, Therapeutic Group Homes, Intensive Outpatient Programs, Crisis Stabilization Programs and Outpatient Mental Health Clinics. Ms. Ciarlelli has extensive experience treating adolescents with complex psychiatric issues including: eating disorders, psychotic disorders, mood dysregulation, self-injurious behaviors and trauma. She approaches therapy utilizing a structural family therapy framework and believes that the support and inclusion of families in treatment is critical to the healing process. Ms. Ciarlelli is also an adjunct professor at Southern Connecticut State University in the Psychology Department, where she teaches Infant and Child Development, Adolescent Psychology and Abnormal Psychology as needed.

Julia Cassidy, CEDS-S

Julia Cassidy, CEDS-S

Director of Dietary Services- Adult ED RTC

Julia Cassidy is the Director of Dietary Services- Adult ED RTC for Center For Discovery where she has worked for over 13 years. Julia is a Certified Eating Disorder Specialist and a Licensed Body Positive facilitator. Julia is also the Co-Chair for the Nutrition SIG with AED (Academy for Eating Disorders), which allows for her to be the liaison to DEED (Disordered Eating and Eating Disorders) through the SCAN DPG (Sports, Cardiovascular and Wellness Nutrition – A Didactic practice group for The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics). Through her passion of nutrition, food, positive body image and eating disorder recovery, Julia has developed and updated the nutrition program used with all clients in the adolescent residential programs at Discovery. To maintain up-to-date nutritional information, Julia engages the public through many mediums: CSULB guest speaker on eating disorders, educated dietitians at LB Miller’s Children Hospital, maintains corporate level training on Discovery’s nutrition program, and continuously attends marketing and other events to promote the dietary program. Seeing her clients take the path and make changes in their life from the time of admission to the time they discharge is the greatest reward of her career. Julia’s belief is having a healthy relationship with food through balanced nutrition is the baseline to attaining the tools necessary while on the road to recovery. The core ingredient for success for patients with eating disorders can be summed up in the words of Hippocrates: “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.”

Michelle Murdolo, MS, RD

Michelle Murdolo, MS, RD

Registered Dietitian

Michelle Murdolo is the Registered Dietitian at the Center for Discovery Hamptons house. She is experienced in working with both adolescents and adults with a variety of eating disorders. She received her Bachelor of Art degree in Psychology from Adelphi University, her Master of Science degree in Nutrition from Hunter College and completed her Dietetic Internship at Stony Brook Medicine. Michelle explored all different aspects of nutrition therapy throughout her dietetic internship, but always knew her passion lived in the field of mental health and eating disorders.

After completing her education, Michelle enthusiastically joined the Center for Discovery team. As the Hamptons dietitian, she uses a client-centered approach to nutrition therapy to provide clients with individualized meal plans, nutrition counseling and exposure response therapy. Michelle implements a non-diet, mindful eating approach to challenge disordered eating behaviors and teach clients that all foods can fit into a healthy lifestyle. She believes that creating a healthy relationship with food and normalizing eating behavior is key to recovery. Michelle is thrilled to educate, encourage and support clients throughout their journey towards recovery at Center for Discovery.

Brittany Phillips, LMHC

Brittany Phillips, LMHC

Primary Therapist

Brittany is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor who graduated with distinction from Long Island University. During her Master’s Degree program, she held a graduate research assistantship in the School of Education, as well as a teaching assistantship co-facilitating training groups for graduate-level counseling students. Brittany started working as a milieu counselor and per diem therapist at Center for Discovery Hamptons when the facility first opened it’s doors in 2016. Since then she has moved into the role of Primary Therapist and is dedicated to facilitating behavioral, emotional, and spiritual growth for adolescents struggling with eating disorders and their families. Brittany has had a desire to work with youth since she first embarked on her career path. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Adolescent Education before moving on to get her Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling. Brittany completed her graduate-level practicum at the Suffolk County Corrections Facility working with incarcerated youth and their families. She completed her graduate internship at Saint Joseph’s College of Long Island where she provided individual counseling for undergraduate students and co-facilitated counseling groups in the Wellness Center. Brittany has a special interest in adolescent identity development and her treatment approach is person-centered and integrative. She has been clinically trained in both psychodynamic and humanistic orientations but blends elements from various evidence-based modalities to create a transformative therapeutic experience tailored to each client’s needs. Through her holistic approach to counseling and psychotherapy, individuals are guided and empowered to self-actualize.

Dr. Amy Younai, MD

Dr. Amy Younai, MD

Psychiatrist

Dr. Amy Younai is a native of West Windsor, New Jersey. She completed her medical degree at New York University, her psychiatric residency at Mount Sinai Hospital and her fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry at North Shore- Long Island Jewish Hospital. She has a private practice in Long Island where she specializes in child and adolescent psychiatry. Although Dr. Younai is a city girl at heart, she now lives in Huntington NY with her husband and son. When she’s not working she enjoys cruises and spending time with her family. She is thrilled to be a part of the CFD family!

Theresa Domenichello

Theresa Domenichello

Facility Manager

In 2014, Theresa graduated from Dowling Colleges with a Bachelors in the Social Sciences and a minor in Education. Prior, Theresa had originally wanted to pursue a career in teaching. During her senior year of college, she realized that her passion was in giving others a voice, and helping them out of dark places. It was then she decided she needed to fulfill her passion and pursue a career in Social Work.

Theresa recently graduated from Fordham University with her Master’s Degree in Clinical Social Work. While pursuing her master’s degree, Theresa became very familiar with many different client populations but found her niche while working with adolescents. She feels that establishing rapport with youth is essential in being able to aide them in the road to recovery.

Theresa provided at home counseling and case management to at-risk youth with a variety of mental health diagnoses, and co-occurring disorders. Simultaneously, while interning, she also provided individual psychotherapy to youth and adults. Her internship experience allowed her to develop a wide range of knowledge in regards to therapeutic interventions and knowledge of community resources. Theresa is currently in the process of obtaining her Licensing requirement for Social Work in the state of NY.

Theresa is excited to be apart of the Center For Discovery team and believes her new role will allow her to assist youth in ways she was not able to in the past.

Dr. Ronald Feinstein, M.D., F.A.A.P.

Dr. Ronald Feinstein, M.D., F.A.A.P.

Physician

Ronald A. Feinstein, M.D., F.A.A.P.:  Dr. Feinstein graduated from New York Medical College.  He completed a pediatric residency at Long Island Jewish Hospital and a Fellowship in Adolescent Medicine at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine. He is board-certified in both pediatrics and adolescent medicine and is one of only a few pediatricians who have held a Certificate of Added Qualification in Sports Medicine. He is presently a Professor of Pediatrics at Hofstra Northwell Health School of Medicine.  On numerous occasions he has been selected as one of the “Best Doctors” both nationally and regionally.  His major areas of clinical service and research include adolescent nutrition, eating disorders, obesity, juvenile justice, the preparticipation physical examination, exercise induced asthma, and treatment of sports related injuries in children and adolescents.