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Theodore E. Weltzin, MD
Executive Medical Director, CEO
Theodore E. Weltzin, MD.Theodore E. Weltzin, M.D., was born and raised in St. Paul, MN. He is board certified in adult psychiatry and licensed in Texas and Wisconsin. He earned his medical degree from the University of Minnesota School of Medicine in Minneapolis in 1984; completed his residency at St. Luke’s/Roosevelt Hospital Center, where he served as chief resident in psychiatry, and a post-doctoral fellowship at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York City in 1988.

As Executive Medical Director, he provides clinical consultation to Cedar Springs Austin. Weltzin currently serves as Medical Director of Eating Disorder Services at Rogers Memorial Hospital in Oconomowoc, WI, where he is president of the medical staff. He serves on the board of directors for the Eating Disorder Coalition (EDC), is a member of the American Psychiatric Association (APA) and Academy of Eating Disorders (AED) and an Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the Medical College of Wisconsin.

Dr. Weltzin has contributed to the research and treatment of eating disorders with 45 peer-reviewed publications, 12 invited book chapters and international lectures. He has trained more than 100 clinicians in the field and developed innovative inpatient, residential and partial hospital programs for patients with eating disorders, anxiety, excessive exercise and males with eating disorders. He has appeared as an expert on CNN, CBS and Good Morning America.

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Kimberli McCallum, MD
COO
Kimberli McCallum, MD.Dr. McCallum is a board-certified psychiatrist in child, adolescent, and in adult psychiatry. She is a fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and a Certified Eating Disorders Specialist and remains an Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at Washington University. She received her medical degree from Yale University, completed her adult training at UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute, and her Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship at Washington University School of Medicine.

Dr. McCallum is a member of the Academy of Eating Disorders and serves on the board of directors of the National Eating Disorder Association and the International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals.

She has developed several eating disorder treatment programs, including inpatient, partial hospital and intensive outpatient programs. Dr. McCallum has lectured across the country on a variety of topics achieving national recognition for her skills and knowledge in treating eating disorders. In addition to being a co-founder of Cedar Springs Austin, Dr. McCallum is the founder and director of McCallum Place in St. Louis, MO.

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Brad Kennington, LMFT, LPC
Executive Director
Brad Kennington, LMFT, LPCBrad Kennington, LMFT, LPC serves as the executive director of Cedar Springs Austin and manages the overall operations of the facility. Brad earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Texas at Austin and his Master of Arts at Texas State University in San Marcos.

As a therapist Brad specializes in the treatment of eating disorders with a special focus on male eating disorders. Because of his work with male eating disorders, Brad has been interviewed by Reuters, Newsweek, The Wall Street Journal, and GQ, as well as local area television and radio stations. He has also has provided numerous presentations on this topic, both locally and nationally. Prior to joining Cedar Springs Austin, Brad designed, developed and served as the executive director of an eating disorder residential treatment program, one of the few in the country that treated both males and females.

In addition to his work with eating disorders, Brad has experience in working with trauma and anxiety, mood disorders, grief/loss, substance abuse, and relationship issues. He has also provided critical incident consultations to several Austin law firms. Currently, he is a clinical member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT), a member of the Academy for Eating Disorders, and a founding member and vice president of Austin Eating Disorder Specialists. Before entering the behavioral health field, Brad worked as the chief of staff to a state representative.

Brad is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Licensed Professional Counselor and a board approved supervisor for both disciplines.

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Samantha Symons, MD
Staff Psychiatrist
Samantha Symons, MD is the staff psychiatrist at Cedar Springs Austin. She oversees the psychiatric and medical management of the patients, including evaluation for and management of psychotropic medications. She is a Board Certified Psychiatrist who has experience treating eating disorders for ten years.

Dr. Symons is a founding member of Austin Eating Disorders Specialists, serving on the executive board for five years and is currently President-Elect. She is a frequently requested speaker to undergraduate and graduate students and is adjunct clinical faculty at the University of Texas Southwestern–Austin Psychiatry Program. Dr. Symons is a member of the American Psychiatric Association, the Texas Society for Psychiatric Physicians and the Austin Psychiatric Society where she served on the Executive Board for three years, most recently as President.

In addition to her work at Cedar Springs, Dr. Symons has an on-going successful private practice providing medication management and individual intensive psychodynamic psychotherapy. She has expertise in mood and anxiety disorders in addition to disordered eating. Her professional interests include the role of the family of origin on body image distortions and obesity. She has cultivated her interest in psychoanalytic and psychodynamic psychotherapy through her work as a founding member of the Austin Center for Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy.

Dr. Symons earned her Bachelor of Arts degree with honors in psychology from the University of Texas at Austin and her medical degree from Southwestern Medical School in Dallas. She completed her residency in Psychiatry at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, SC. In her final year of residency she was Chief Resident in charge of managing the Residents Clinic and earned numerous awards for teaching and supervising residents.

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Miranda Michener, RN, BSN
Staff Nurse
Miranda Michener, RN, BSNMiranda Michener, RN, BSN, is the staff nurse for Cedar Springs Austin. In that role, she works closely with the treatment team in providing medical support, care and education to patients and families regarding the many medical complications associated with eating disorders. A native of the Austin area, Miranda earned her Bachelor’s of Science degree in nursing from The University of Texas at Austin in 2004. Miranda began her career at Seton Medical Center Austin where she served as charge and staff nurse on a 64-bed neurological/orthopedic unit. In 2007, she transferred to the ICU at Seton where she was active as staff RN, preceptor/educator for new staff, and was a member of the education council and stroke team. To satisfy her love of teaching, Miranda also worked along with a nursing instructor as a clinical assistant for the University of Texas School of Nursing where she supervised senior- level nursing students during clinical rotations. She is certified by the American Heart Association as a BLS and ACLS provider. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking with her boyfriend, reading and watching football.

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Elizabeth Burns, PH.D.
Program Coordinator
Elizabeth Burns, PH.D.Elizabeth Burns Kramer is a licensed psychologist. Elizabeth earned her doctorate from the University of Kansas where she was awarded the Madison and Lila Self Fellowship. Elizabeth has spent the past four years specializing in the treatment of disorder eating, body image concerns, and eating disorders by working with a multidisciplinary team at the University of Texas Counseling and Mental Health Center. Dr. Burns was the interim coordinator of the Mindful Eating Program at the University of Texas during the Fall of 2008 before joining the staff at Cedar Springs Austin early spring of 2009. As a result of her dissertation research on postpartum depression, Elizabeth also specializes in working with new moms around issues related to postpartum depression, anxiety, and promoting a healthy feeding relationship between parent and infant/child. Elizabeth enjoys working with parents to establish appropriate boundaries within the feeding relationship and to reduce their anxiety around the feeding relationship. Dr. Burns is the Program Coordinator at Cedar Springs Austin and oversees all aspects of clinical care and treatment for the patients.

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Jenny Bazán, LPC
Program Therapist
Jenny Bazán, LPCJenny Bazán is a Licensed Professional Counselor and full-time Program Therapist at Cedar Springs Austin. Jenny earned her Bachelor of Arts and Sciences in Psychology in 1999 and her Master’s in Counselor Education in 2002 from the University of North Texas. She has extensive experience in treatment of severe mental illness including mood disorders, anxiety disorders and thought disorders. She has provided individual and group counseling in a variety of settings including 10 years in public mental health, pain management, corrections and crisis debriefing in the workplace. Jenny has concentrated training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Biofeedback and Dialectical Behavior Therapy. Jenny’s professional interests include eating disorders, grief and relaxation training.

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Valerie Savage, LPC-Intern
Program Therapist
Valerie Savage, LPC-Intern Valerie Savage is a Licensed Professional Counselor Intern and a part-time program therapist at Cedar Springs Austin. Valerie graduated Magna cum Laude from St. Edwards University with a Master of Arts in Counseling in 2008. Valerie’s 25-year career as a business professional and executive greatly influences her approach to therapy. She draws upon her knowledge of issues and concerns that are common to women, especially working women and women professionals – stress/anxiety, depression, marital strain, work/life balance and disordered eating. Using a solutions-focused, strengths-based orientation, Valerie has provided individual, couples and group therapy in a variety of settings. A long-time advocate for women’s issues, Valerie has served as Mentor Coordinator for Mothers of Preschoolers (M.O.P.S.) and as a public speaker for women’s groups, church retreats, pastoral care teams and professional organizations. She is a member of Austin Eating Disorder Specialists and has completed Levels I and II training in the Gottman Method of Marital Therapy

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Adrienne Goodwin, LMFT-Associate, LPC-Intern, CI-CPT
Program Therapist & Fitness Professional
Adrienne Goodwin, LMFT-Associate, LPC-Intern, CI-CPT Adrienne Goodwin is a Licensed Marriage and Family Associate and a Licensed Professional Counselor Intern. After earning her bachelors degree from Gonzaga University, she returned home to Austin to pursue her life long passion for the medical field. Upon completion of premedical coursework in biology, Adrienne decided to enter graduate school. She earned her Master of Arts in Counseling, graduating with honors from St. Edward’s University.

Adrienne completed her practicum at the Diocese of Austin where she had the opportunity to facilitate therapy with families, couples, individuals, and groups. She intends to focus her work on women’s issues specializing in relationships, self-esteem, healthy eating, and creating life balance through the practice of whole health. Adrienne works from an integrative approach combining primarily Solution-Focused and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy techniques that empower clients with coping tools which they can apply to life beyond the therapeutic session.

As a certified personal trainer, Adrienne also finds it important to incorporate fitness in the therapeutic process, and emphasizes physical health as a component of mental health.

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Dara Ellis, LMSW
Admissions Coordinator & Program Therapist
Dara Ellis, LMSW conducts intake assessments and insurance reviews, facilitates psycho-educational and process groups, and provides support for the clinical staff. Born and raised in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Dara received her Bachelor’s of Science degree in psychology from Louisiana State University and her Master’s degree in social work from the University of Texas at Austin. Always having had a passion for working with this population, she finds her career very rewarding. Dara is currently member of the National Eating Disorders Association and Austin Eating Disorder Specialists. Her interests include performing arts and college football.

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Emily Roberts, M.A., LPC
Program Therapist
With a Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology from St. Edwards University in Austin, Texas, Emily is a specialist for children, young adults, parents, and families. She has extensive training and experience in working with a variety of populations and diagnosis, with a passion for working with woman’s issues, eating disorders, trauma, and adolescent health. She is certified in a variety of therapeutic techniques and utilizes approaches steaming from cognitive behavioral, dialectical behavioral, and solution focused therapy. Emily is also an educational speaker and published author. She speaks at local middle school and high schools, facilitates workshops and groups, and has presented at national conferences.

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Bridget McCauley, LPC
Program Therapist
Bridget McCauley is a Licensed Professional Counselor and part-time program therapist at Cedar Springs Austin. Bridget earned her B.S. in Psychology from the University of Houston and her M.A. in Counseling from St. Edward’s University in Austin. Bridget provides counseling to individuals, couples, families, and groups. She has extensive training and experience working with people from many different backgrounds, experiences, and psychological issues such as eating disorders, body image issues, depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, relationship problems and self-esteem issues. Bridget has worked with individuals dealing with various crises , including: domestic violence, sexual assault, terminal illness, hospitalization, and the loss of loved ones. Additionally, Bridget has over ten years of professional experience developing and managing healthcare and nonprofit programs, most recently with the March of Dimes. Bridget is a member of the Austin Eating Disorder Specialists and the Texas Counseling Association.

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Elissa Shapiro, LCSW
Movement Facilitator
Elissa Shapiro, LCSW received her Bachelor’s in Psychology from Emory University in 1997 and her Masters in Social Work from the University of Texas at Austin in 1999. She has worked in the field of mental health for over 15 years, in settings such as psychiatric hospitals, schools, non-profit organizations, and residential treatment centers. Elissa is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, as well as movement and dance facilitator, workshop and retreat leader whose passion and skill has been in utilizing the creative arts, such as art and movement/dance, to assist others in areas such as self-esteem, body image and disordered eating. Her personal and professional journey has included extensive training in the Nia Technique and Soul Motion™ movement practices, and other expressive arts modalities, in which she has witnessed and experienced their powerful healing effects on physical, mental and emotional health and wellbeing. Elissa is the owner and founder of Body Vida Movement & Expressive Arts and teaches classes, workshops and retreats in Austin, Texas and nationwide.

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Lea Gebhardt, MS, RD, LD
Nutrition Coordinator
Lea Gebhardt is a registered and licensed dietitian that has dedicated her 16 year career to helping individuals achieve a healthy relationship with food. She holds undergraduate degrees in nutrition and human biology from James Madison University. She completed her clinical training at the Medical College of Virginia after finishing a Masters in Health Science with a focus in dietetics. This is where she initially began her research with eating disorders and completed and published her thesis: “Obligatory exercise, eating restraint, and body image disturbance in college males.” She completed her doctorate course work in Nutritional Biochemistry with concentrations in Comparative and Experimental Medicine and Maternal and Child health; currently she is completing research pertaining to sensory food aversions. She has extensive experience providing medical nutrition therapy for adolescents and adults suffering from disordered eating. Previously Lea was the Clinical Nutrition Manager at the Children’s Hospital of Richmond, Virginia and later at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC. Most recently, Lea was the Nutrition Education Coordinator at the University of Texas and a member of the Eating Disorders Assessment and Support Team. She is active in her professional community and is the upcoming Strategic Planner/President for the Austin Dietetics Association. Lea provides many lecturers in the community and is an active peer reviewer for several clinical nutrition journals.

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Katie Provost, RD, LD
Staff Dietitian
Katie graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Nutrition. She completed her internship requirements concurrently with her undergraduate coursework in the Coordinated Program in Dietetics at UT. Her internship included clinical, community, and counseling rotations in the Austin area with focuses on eating disorders, nutrition counseling, and sports nutrition. While completing her Master’s of Science in Nutrition from Texas Woman’s University, Katie worked in Houston as a clinical dietitian in both inpatient and outpatient settings including critical care units (ICU, PCU). She is an active member of the Austin and American Dietetic Associations and has attended eating disorder and counseling workshops. In her spare time, Katie enjoys cooking, going to concerts, and watching the Longhorns win!

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Adrien Paczosa, RD, LD
Staff Dietitian & Fitness Professional
Adrien Paczosa is a Registered and Licensed Dietitian practicing in Austin and the surrounding counties.

Adrien’s approach to healthy nutritional habits is one of whole-body wellness. She believes that living well requires a structured approach and a commitment to three specific areas: nutrition, fitness, and rest. Helping clients find the correct balance in these three areas is what Adrien does best. She strongly believes that with positive guidance and a realistic plan, everyone can improve their overall wellness.

Adrien worked her way through college as a certified fitness trainer. She understands how important a reasonable exercise plan is to a person’s overall wellness. After receiving her undergraduate degree in Human Nutrition from the University of Illinois in Chicago, Adrien began her career as a Registered and Licensed Dietitian at a primary Chicago hospital. She worked closely with physicians and hospital staff members to insure that all patients received appropriate nutritional care. Along with the medical nutrition therapy, Adrien focused on sports nutrition with her personal training clients. She was promoted to Director of Food Service and Nutrition and was responsible for all food preparation and patient nutritional care.

Currently, Adrien is working towards becoming a Board Certified Sports Specialized Dietitian.

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Robin Pollock
Executive Assistant
Robin is a native of the Hill Country area and earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from Saint Edwards University in 2003. She began her career in psychology at a psychiatric residential treatment center in 2004 as the Admissions Coordinator and also served as the Administrative Assistant for the center’s chief operating officer for a brief period. Before joining the Cedar Springs Austin team, Robin worked several years in the medical field as a medical assistant in a private practice in the Westlake area. Robin’s professional interests include the study of eating disorders, mood disorders and substance abuse. In her spare time she enjoys reading and being outdoors.

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