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  • Rozana Zaifer-Sims, Psy. D., Clinical Director
  • Brad Kennington, MA, LMFT, LPC, Director, Intensive Outpatient Program and Outpatient Services
  • Elizabeth Burns, PH.D.
  • Jenny Bazán, LPC
  • Anne Ducharme-Jones, LCSW
  • Michele Merlob, LPC, MS, LMHC
  • Elissa Shapiro, LCSW
  • Da’Mon Stith
  • Uri Talmor, MA., LPC
  • Jennifer Wu, LCSW

Direct Care

  • Danelle Brown
  • Theresa Carrino
  • Angela Regan
  • Carah G. Vittetoe


Kitchen Staff


  • Sondra Cutrer
  • Ove Rasmussen

Theodore E. Weltzin, MD.
Executive Medical Director
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 and oversees the role of its medical director, Dr. Dale Hsieh. 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.

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Dale P. Hsieh, MD.
Medical Director
Dale P. Hsieh, MD.Dale Hsieh, MD., serves as medical director of Cedar Springs Austin. Dr. Hsieh earned his bachelor of arts degree in biology from the University of Texas and his medical degree from Texas Tech Health Science Center. He went on to complete his four-year adult psychiatry residency at Seton Shoal Creek Hospital in Austin, Texas. Dr. Hsieh’s area of clinical and research interest include eating disorders, forensic psychiatry and transcranial magnetic stimulation. In his role as medical director and staff psychiatrist , Dr. Hsieh provides psychiatric assessment and ongoing medication management for patients who require psychiatric treatment beyond that which is provided in individual and group therapy sessions.

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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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Rozana Zaifer-Sims, Psy. D.
Clinical Director
Rozana Zaifer-Sims, Psy. D.Rozana Zaifer-Sims, Psy.D., a Licensed Clinical Psychologist, is Clinical Director of Cedar Springs Austin (CSA). In that role, she oversees all aspects of clinical care and treatment for patients at CSA.

Dr. Zaifer-Sims brings with her a wealth of experience and expertise. Born and raised in South Florida, she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from Boston University in 1991. She received both a Master of Science degree in clinical psychology and, in 1999, a Doctor of Psychology degree from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Dr. Zaifer-Sims has vast clinical and supervisory experience in the field of eating disorders. Before coming to CSA, she maintained a successful private practice in Boca Raton, FL, for eight years. In that capacity, she provided therapy to children, adolescents and adults, which included addressing issues related to eating disorders, body image, separation and individuation, infertility, post-partum depression, and parenting skills training. Dr. Zaifer-Sims completed her pre-doctoral internship in 1999 at Miami Children’s Hospital. In September 2000, she completed her postdoctoral residency at the Renfrew Center in Coconut Creek, FL., providing individual and family therapy to adult and adolescent clients presenting with eating disorders, substance abuse and mood disorders. She continued working at Renfrew, providing outpatient therapy, until 2004.

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. In 2009, she became a Health Service Provider with the National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology. Dr. Zaifer-Sims professional interests include family treatment of eating disorders, adolescent body image issues, and the use of metaphors in therapy with children and adolescents.

Brad Kennington, LMFT, LPC
Director, Intensive Outpatient Program and Outpatient Services
Brad Kennington, LMFT, LPCBrad Kennington, LMFT, LPC is a therapist in Austin who specializes in the treatment of eating disorders with a special focus on male eating disorders. He has treated eating disorders in outpatient, partial hospitalization, and residential levels of care.

Because of his work with male eating disorders, Brad has been interviewed by 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 opening his current private practice, 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. He is currently working with local professionals and members of the community in establishing the Austin Foundation for Eating Disorders. In addition to his work with eating disorders, Brad has experience in working with trauma, 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 of Austin Eating Disorder Specialists. Before entering the behavioral health field, Brad worked as a chief of staff to a state representative. He is currently the chair of Governmental Affairs for the Texas Division of AAMFT and advocates for mental health issues before the Texas Legislature.

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Elizabeth Burns, PH.D.
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.

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Jenny Bazán, LPC
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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Janessa Slatky, RD, LD
Nutritious Lifestyle Specialist
Janessa Slatky, RD, LD Janessa earned her Bachelor’s of Science degree in Nutrition and Food Science from Utah State University in Logan, Utah. She went on to complete her Dietetic Internship rotations at the Center for Change Eating Disorder Center in Orem, Utah, and in the Salt Lake City area medical and community centers. Janessa has since worked extensively with the Austin community; organizing food drives for local food banks, teaching nutrition classes, appearing on local news programs as an expert in her field, and publishing monthly articles to an online nutrition publication. Janessa has also taught numerous cooking classes to the public focusing on meals that are nutritious and well balanced without sacrificing great taste. In her spare time Janessa volunteers, and is a leader in the Austin Dietetic Association. She also enjoys camping and ethnic cooking.

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Stephanie D. Stoecklein
Food Service Director
Stephanie D. Stoecklein Stephanie earned her associate of applied science in culinary arts and a certified chef designation from the Art Institute School of Culinary Arts in Dallas, TX. She completed her externship at The French Pear in Rockwall, TX and went on to utilize her managerial and culinary skills at the Navarro Regional Hospital in Corsicana, TX, Autumn Leaves in Garland, TX and SPJST Rest Home in Taylor, TX before joining Cedar Springs Austin (CSA). As a certified chef, Stephanie is knowledgeable in culinary nutrition, food safety and sanitation and oversees CSA’s purchasing, receiving and issuing practices, in addition to assuring our strict adherence to all codes, law, regulations and procedures governing our kitchen operations that are applicable in the State of Texas. In her free time, Stephanie enjoys volunteering for senior activities at her church, preparing specialty bakery items and catering weddings and special events.

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