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July 2010

Brad Kennington Named Executive Director

Brad Kennington, LMFT, LPCBrad Kennington, LMFT, LPC has been named the executive director of Cedar Springs Austin. Before joining our team, Brad served as the executive director of an eating disorder residential treatment center. As a clinician, Brad specializes in the treatment of eating disorders, with a special focus on male eating disorders.

Telemedicine Now at Cedar Springs Austin

With the introduction of telehealth at Cedar Springs Austin, patients and their families have the opportunity to consult with psychiatrists Drs. Weltzin and McCallum, both nationally recognized experts in the eating disorders field, via live two-way audio and video. This new technology will enhance patient care by allowing the exchange of information which can be used for diagnosing, continuing care and patient and parental education.

Cedar Springs Austin Partners with the Fit Institute of Texas (FIT)

To help bring the highest quality care to our patients, Cedar Springs Austin partners with the Fit Institute of Texas (FIT). FIT, which is part of the Department of Kinesiology and Health Education at the University of Texas, provides our patients with a fitness assessment, including resting metabolic rate and a DEXA scan, at a greatly reduced cost.

January 25, 2010

Cedar Springs Austin sponsors America the Beautiful screening

Cedar Springs Austin is a Diamond Sponsor for the screening of the film America the Beautiful on April 16, 2010, in Austin, Texas. The film examines America's obsession with "photoshop" perfection. It portrays how increasingly unattainable images contribute to the rise in low self-esteem, body dysmorphia and eating disorders for girls and women who are the beauty industry's largest consumers. Body Positive Dance is partnering with the Feminist Action Project at the University of Texas at Austin to air the screening. For more information, visit www.americathebeautifuldoc.com.

January 1, 2010

New Leadership Team in Place

Theodore E. Weltzin, MD.Cedar Springs Austin recently named Theodore Weltzin, MD., Executive Medical Director for its day treatment eating disorder program. Effective January 1, 2010, Dr. Weltzin will provide clinical consultation to Cedar Springs Austin and oversee its medical director, Dr. Dale Hsieh. Dr. Weltzin is board-certified in adult psychiatry and licensed in the states of Texas and Wisconsin. He also serves as Medical Director of the Eating Disorder Program at Rogers Memorial Hospital in Oconomowoc, WI.

Kimberli McCallum, MD.Kimberli McCallum, M.D., recently was named Chief Executive Officer of Austin Eating Disorder Partners, a group of individuals who founded Cedar Springs Austin. Dr. McCallum is founder and Medical Director of McCallum Place in St. Louis, MO. She is board certified in both child and adolescent psychiatry and in adult psychiatry.

Rozana Zaifer-Sims, Psy.D.Rozana Zaifer-Sims, Psy.D., was recently named Clinical Director of Cedar Springs Austin. She is an experienced Licensed Clinical Psychologist and will oversee the day-to-day activities of the program. She currently is a full member of the American Psychological Association, a member of the National Eating Disorders Association, and a member of the Austin Eating Disorder Specialists.

December 10, 2009

Cedar Springs Austin partners with Blue Cross/Blue Shield

Effective December 10, 2009, Cedar Springs Austin partnered with Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Texas. All in-network members will be offered benefits provided by BC/BS. Please contact Cedar Springs Austin or your insurance provider for more information.

April 16, 2009

Nationally-known author visits Cedar Springs Austin

Anita Johnston, Ph.D., author of Eating in the Light of the Moon, delivered a talk on issues affecting eating disorders. Dr. Johnston teaches people how to free themselves from disordered eating by discovering the metaphors that are hidden in their own life stories. The talk, “Finding Freedom from Food, Fat and Dieting,” was attended by 75 local and regional eating disorder specialists and sponsored by Cedar Springs Austin.

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