Discovery utilizes highly skilled healthcare professionals who are carefully screened for appropriate education, training, experience, practical skills, certification, and licensure. Each member of our team demonstrates a deep commitment to the healing and well being of adolescents and their families.
Dr. Craig Brown co-founded Discovery with Gerald Carminio in 1997. Dr. Brown has over 26 years experience in the treatment of eating disorders and has specialized in residential treatment of adolescent behavioral disorders for the past 15 years. He has been the Chief Psychologist and co-founder of multiple inpatient programs for substance abuse and emotional disorders. Dr. Brown received his Ph.D. from Memphis State University in 1986 and has been licensed in Californian since 1988 as a Clinical Psychologist.
Gerald Carmino is a co-founder of Discovery and, in a career change, dedicated himself to the development of treatment centers which offer teens the opportunity to make profound life changes. Mr. Carminio oversees the Company’s finance and accounting functions and assists in Discovery’s sales and marketing efforts. Prior to Discovery, Mr. Carminio founded Direct Marketing in 1977, a trading house specializing in manufacturing and importing housewares and giftwares. Direct Marketing became a resource to national gift and housewares firms interested in prompt product sales analysis and production of custom-made products.
Mr. Corbin joined Discovery in 1997 as Director of Quality Management. His primary responsibilities are to facilitate quality improvement, licensing and accreditation activities across all facilities. Prior to joining Discovery, Mr. Corbin served as director for multiple mental health treatment programs at inpatient, outpatient and residential levels of care.
Treating eating disorders since 1994, Buck Runyan’s experience includes intensive out-patient and residential care for both adolescents and adults. His specialties include eating disorders, self injurious behavior, Bariatric Surgery assessment and counseling programs. Buck is a board member of the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals and founding president of the California chapter division.
He retains his credentials as a California Marriage and Family Therapist, Arizona Licensed Professional Counselor and Certified Eating Disorders Specialist.
Dr. Holt began working with Discovery in 2004. Dr. Holt is a child and adolescent psychiatrist specializing in eating disorders. Dr. Holt earned his Bachelor’s degree at Miami University of Ohio and has a graduate degree in public health from the University of Michigan. He underwent medical school training in St. Louis University and his residency at the University of California at Los Angeles, which included specialized training in child and adolescent psychiatry at Harbor UCLA Medical Center.
Dr. Lucas has been a member of Discovery’s treatment team since 2001. Dr. Lucas serves as a pediatrician specializing in eating disorders and clinical genetics. Following a chief residency at Children’s Hospital of Orange County (“CHOC”), Dr. Lucas completed a fellowship in clinical genetics at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. She completed her undergraduate training at Brigham Young University, her medical school training at the University of Arkansas, and her residency at the University of California at Irvine, Long Beach Memorial and CHOC.
Eduardo Añorga, M.D. assists in the medical assessment of our patients at our Oceanaire adult facility. Eduardo Añorga, MD, graduated from the University of Vermont College of Medicine. He is board certified in family medicine and has received further training and certification in sports medicine. Dr. Añorga is on the faculty of the UCLA Department of Family Practice and has his private practice in Redondo Beach, California.
Mina Fisher, M.D. received her undergraduate degree from Stanford University and received her medical degree from UCLA School of Medicine. She completed her Adult Pscyhaitry training at San Mateo County Mental Health Services and subsequently completed her fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Stanford University. She is currently a Stanford faculty Clinical Instructor in her capacity as Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Comprehensive Care Program, an inpatient medical hospital for children, adolescents and young adults with medical complications relating to eating disorders. She provides psychiatric consultation to Center for Discovery, a residential eating disorder facility in Menlo Park, CA. She also provides child and adolescent psychiatric services to San Mateo County's Pre to Three Team where she primarily serves the psychiatric treatment needs of pregnant and teenage mothers. Professional and research interests include chronic illnesses in pediatric patients, treatment and management of eating disorders, childhood trauma and victimization, early child/parent attachment, and cultural aspects of psychiatric disorders.
Dr. Linda Ford practices psychiatry in Edmonds, Washington. Dr. Ford holds an MD from the University of Washington, and a BSN from University of Illinois. She worked for 20 years as a nurse before going back to medical school. She planned to study cardiology, but instead fell in love with child psychiatry.
Dr. Zeh is a medical school graduate from the University of Illinois at Chicago and completed her family practice residency at the University of Washington. Dr. Zeh completed undergraduate studies in Anthropology at Princeton University and received a Masters in Performance and Literature from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York. As a family practitioner, Dr. Zeh enjoys providing a full range of family care and obstetrics.
Danielle Anderson graduated from Cal State Long Beach with a degree in nursing and has been a Registered Nurse for over 15 years and the Director of Nursing with Discovery for 7 years. Her expertise is in assessment, planning, the implementation of patient care and the analysis and documented outcome of the care given.
Juli Crownover is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT). Juli brings extensive knowledge and experience in working with adolescents. She obtained her Master’s Degree from Chapman University in Psychology. As a Marriage and Family Therapist Intern (MFTI), Juli was the Lead Therapist at Providence Community Services, an intensive day treatment program for adolescents with serious behavioral disorders and then eventually moved into a supervisory leadership role.
Juli Crownover is now Program Director for Center for Discovery, Downey; she applies her experience as a supervisor and key Therapist. As the director of the Downey facility she provides individual, family and group therapy, and utilization review. She uses a mix of cognitive behavioral, psychodynamic, and family systems therapy in her work with our clients and their families. She is also responsible for the growth and continued education of the facility staff ensuring excellent care and structure for our clients. Her greatest joy is building relationships with the clients, which for her is a rewarding experience.
In 2008 Cay completed her Master’s degree / Doctorate degree in Counseling Psychology. Cay is currently a Psychological Assistant with the California Board of Psychology, and is a member of CAMFT (California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists) and CPA (California Psychological Association). Cay has been with Center for Discovery since 2006, and is currently the Program Director at CFD’s Lakewood facility. Overall, Cay has 8 years of counseling experience, and has worked with children, adolescents, and adults. Cay has provided services in a variety of settings including In Home services, Individual Counseling, Group Counseling, Day Treatment, and Residential Treatment. Cay has provided clinical care to clients struggling with eating disorders, depression, anxiety, attachment issues, ADHD, sexual abuse, family conflict, divorce, substance abuse, trauma and loss. Cay has also been involved in outreach programs internationally, specifically providing support for Genocide victims in Rwanda. Cay’s enjoys working with a variety of approaches including psychodynamic, cognitive behavioral and developmental theories with a focus on increased communication, enhanced relationships, and enriched living.
Dr. Lindemann earned her doctoral degree in Forensic Psychology from Alliant International University – Los Angeles. Her dissertation focused on the validity of a police officer employment selection evaluation and she presented her research findings at the International Association of Forensic Mental Health Services Conference in Vienna, Austria. She has gained clinical experience in a variety of settings most notably with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation at both a youth correctional facility and parole outpatient clinic. Dr. Lindemann has worked with dual diagnosis and substance abusing adults and adolescents in a wide range of treatment settings.
Dr. Candice Till earned her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Phillips Graduate Institute with a concentration in Forensics. Her doctoral project focused on Teen use of the Internet as a functional or addictive behavior. She spent one year with the juvenile courts for the Orange County Health Care Agency and has a strong interest in encouraging healthy families of all kinds. Candice spent three years working in a College Counseling Center and has extensive experience in psychological testing for Learning Disabilities. Candice has spent the past three years working with adolescents who suffer with addiction and the life stressors associated with it.
Helena Rouhe is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and a level 1 certified EAGALA therapist. She has her Bachelor's degree in Psychobiology from Pitzer College, and two Master of Arts degrees. One specializing in visual processing/Cognitive Psychology from University of California, Riverside, and the other specializing in Marriage and Family Therapy from Chapman University. The Mind/Body/Spirit connection is the link to all of her professional and education experiences. Helena has experience with starting and facilitating experiential therapy programs; such as rock climbing and equine-assisted psychotherapy. These therapeutic modalities challenge personal limits and increase awareness of how a person communicates. She has developed clinical programs for acute care hospital, residential and outpatient chemical dependency, dual diagnosis and mental health treatment services.
Helena has found that growing as a professional in the field of recovery has afforded her a tremendous amount of respect for a person’s willingness to change and grow. Critical to the growth process is the willingness of the support system to change and grow with their loved one.
Dr. Hemenway joined the Discovery team in August 2005. While pursuing her doctorate degree, Dr. Hemenway’s project focused on the design and creation of a treatment program to educate and treat parents and their children on the effects of divorce. Since graduation, she has worked in various setting where she provided psychological services to inpatient, outpatient, partial hospitalization and day treatment patients who suffer with chronic mental illness. Additionally she participated in the creation and design of an outpatient drug and alcohol program for dually diagnosed adults where she serves as the program’s psychologist. Dr. Hemenway received her doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Child and Family Therapy from the California School of Professional Psychology in 2000.
Jennifer Penney is a licensed Psychologist and the Program Director for Center for Discovery, Menlo Park. She specializes in providing psychotherapy for children and their families. Jennifer earned her undergraduate degree in Psychology from University of California, Davis and her PsyD in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Child & Family Studies from the California School of Professional Psychology/Alliant.
Throughout her work in the field of psychology, her focus has remained on addressing the difficulties faced by children and teens. She specializes in the struggles they face with eating disorders, anxiety, depression, cutting and trauma. Jennifer addresses their unique challenges, by using a warm and collaborative approach.
Jennifer’s extensive education and experience has been an important part of her work at Center for Discovery, Menlo Park and the assurance our clients receive the best possible care.
Adrianne Altman has been a valued Program Director for Center for Discovery for over 4 years. Her experience with adolescents has been critical in her ability to assess our clients struggling with their eating disorders. Adrianne was previously at our Menlo Park facility and successfully opened our first facility in Washington.
Adrianne received a Doctorate of Philosophy in Clinical Psychology from The University of North Texas.
Lynne Pedersen Butler has over 26 years of experience working for nationally acclaimed recovery programs. Lynne started in the field in 1984 as a Program Technician, and within two years rose to the rank of Aftercare Program Director for the Foundation for Research and Education in Drug Abuse. Lynne spearheaded the first campaign to bring recovery onto school campuses with Y.E.A. - Youth Education Assistance. Lynne’s vivacious energy and commitment to recovery was the driving force behind the success of the Foundation’s over 400 active sober teens and parents from Santa Maria to San Diego. Lynne received her training from the masters in the field: John Bradshaw, Kip Flock, Dr. Dave Lewis, John James and received her Intervention Training from the prestigious Johnson Institute. In 1985, she received certifications in Program Management, Chemical Dependency Studies, and Chemical Counseling from UCLA. Lynne has received numerous accommodations in her career most notably: The National Basketball Association (NBA) for facilitation of intervention trainings; The District Attorney of LA County, John Van De Kamp in association with Frank Mancuso Jr. and Paramount Studios for her work with the D.A.R.E. video program; MTV’s Rock Against Drugs Campaign for her participation in the commercial campaign; and Camp Kilpatrick for her volunteer work with incarcerated youth.
Ms. McBride joined Discovery in 1999 after several years of experience within the managed healthcare sector. As a Business Office Manager for Discovery she is responsible for overlooking patient financial services. She obtained her BSBA and MBA degrees from the University of Phoenix in Woodland Hills, California and currently working on her Psy.D. at the University of the Rockies. She is also a member of HFMA.
Charlotte Wilson joined Discovery in 2009 as the Human Resources Manager. She has approximately 20 years in staffing and human resources. In 2004 she received her Human Resources Certification from University of California, Irvine and her Bachelor’s degree in Business Management from University Phoenix.
Prior to joining the Discovery team in 2007, Alexia worked for several years as an Account Executive and New Business Development specialist at a San Diego advertising agency. Her experience there included brand development, campaign management and execution, and creative strategy. Alexia also has experience teaching Severely Emotionally Disturbed youth which contributed to her passion for providing support to families with children in need of mental health services. Alexia is an active member of IAEDP, the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals and is currently the CFO of the San Diego Chapter. Alexia earned her undergraduate degree from University of California, Santa Barbara in Political Science and English. She completed her Masters degree at San Diego State University in Communications with an emphasis in Advertising and Media.
Jennifer Gorman has been specializing in the treatment of eating disorders and related issues since 1991. She received her education at the University of Arizona and the University of Phoenix, earning a Masters degree in Counseling Psychology in 1993. Prior to joining the Center for Discovery team in 2002 she served as a primary therapist, director of outpatient programs and director of family therapy programs at two well known treatment centers in Arizona. At CFD Jennifer has been program director at both the Lakewood and Whittier facilities. She currently provides guidance to CFD therapists at all facilities regarding clinical issues and insurance authorization.