Messages of Hope

Wendy Oliver-Pyatt, MD, FAED, CEDS | Founder

You deserve the opportunity to recover. Whether you are mentally or physically exhausted from your eating disorder, or not yet ready to let go, there is the possibility for change and personal growth in your life. There is hope and an opportunity for a life free from food and body preoccupation.

Our programs are focused on providing meaningful and comprehensive care while supporting you in our naturalistic treatment setting. From meals, to buying clothes, to just being in the world, we understand that the life you led before you got here is the one you will need to build on during and after treatment. Providing your care in a community setting, amidst all the triggers and stresses that can interfere with finding and celebrating your true self, is an important way to ensure that we are addressing your individual circumstances and challenges and offering real solutions.

Your life won’t be perfect when you step back into it. But you won’t need to run away from it either, because we will work together to allow you to experience your life in a way that is meaningful and manageable. We will help you learn to notice your true self; to see yourself as a connected and worthwhile human being, engaged with thoughts and feelings, and able to respect and nurture your many parts. This is my wish for you.

Wendy Oliver-Pyatt, M.D., FAED, CEDS

Joel Jahraus, MD, FAED, CEDS | Chief Medical Director

Eating disorders are family illnesses by and large. They impact much more than you who is struggling; I know the challenges that develop surrounding the eating disorder can be devastating to your loved ones. I know firsthand how difficult this is for you. We always try to let clients know we are acutely aware of the pain and challenge of an eating disorder and that the decision to enter treatment is a difficult one, and one that requires great courage. Also that we take great initiative to approach you as a human being first, unique in your gifts and in your journey to recovery.  My message of hope for you is that there is positive evidence the majority of medical complications are reversible with normalization of nutrition and weight, and the potential of empathy, authenticity, connection and full recovery will meet you at the door of Oliver-Pyatt Centers.  

Mary Dye, MPH, RD, CEDRD, LD/N | Director of Nutrition Services

Our team of registered dietitians understand food can feel anxiety provoking, overwhelming, and at times, scary or comforting for many of you. We keep this in mind as we guide you in understanding your body’s wisdom and unique language so you can develop the tools to approach mealtimes with increased awareness, confidence and trust of self. We also know working with a dietitian can, at times, feel uncomfortable. I hope once you get to know us, you’ll come to see that although we can represent the food, we can also become some of your strongest allies in the journey to recovery. I hope you’ll give me and my team the chance to genuinely connect and support you in this effort as we help you move away from a focus on food rules and fears toward a more mindful, intuitive and compassionate way of eating and approaching food choices. My hope is each one of you will gain the tools and insight to nourish yourself in a way that feels manageable as you approach your life of recovery, leaving you free to focus your energies on all of the joy life has to offer.

Tali Berliner, PsyD | Clinical Director

You are loved and accepted just as you are from the moment that you walk in our door. I am honored to be the clinical director of Casa Azul and have the opportunity, along with the dedicated and compassionate staff, to support you as you take the next brave steps towards recovery. Deciding to come to treatment takes courage and strength and can also come with a lot of fear – fear of the unknown, fear of coping without your eating disorder, fear of your true self, etc. I often say that you can hold your fear and still take a step forward and that is exactly what you are doing by considering to come in to treatment. Please know that we will meet you just where you are in your process when you arrive and we will start to take the first steps together. I can assure you there will be tears and also promise you that there will be laughter. I look forward to supporting you and your loved ones on your journey.

Casey Fields, PsyD | Clinical Director

There are a couple aspects of coming to Oliver-Pyatt Centers that I know to be true. First, the decision to come to treatment is hard, your experience while here may be challenging, maybe even one of the most challenging and important journeys you will take in your life. Second, if you come to Oliver-Pyatt Centers, you will not go through this process alone or without support and love of the staff and peers in treatment with you. Third, you have the potential to really get to know yourself, your values and who your truly are as a person.

When I first began working at Oliver-Pyatt Centers, what immediately struck me was the warmth, comfort and safety that exudes from Casa Rosada. I remember thinking, “How did I get so lucky to be a part of all this?” Since that time, my love for Oliver-Pyatt Centers has only grown as I have watched our team connect with and help heal many women who were once in your shoes as they go through this transformation from having an eating disorder to being recovered.

Every day I, along with the team in Casa Rosada, strive to help each and every client leave no stone unturned and get to the root of each client’s disorder. Our team encourages authenticity, mindfulness, vulnerability, and a little (or a lot) of laughter. We try our best to create the space for you to be you with no judgment. To be the person you want to be without your eating disorder getting in the way, masking your brightness.

As the Clinical Director, I feel lucky and honored to be part of so many women’s recovery journeys. I can’t wait to get to know who you become without your eating disorder.  

Benaaz Russell, PsyD, CEDS | Clinical Director

Recently, I read there is a big difference between a human being and being human. Eating disorders impact one’s ability to connect with self and others, and being human. Only through our connections with others do we truly connect with ourselves. When you’re in Casa Verde with me, the team and the other clients, healing begins with authentic, genuine, and intimate connections. The beauty, pain, love, sorrow, pride, and joy in all relationships are realized through these connections.
As a Clinical Director, I’m fortunate to experience the awe-inspiring resilience of humanity on a daily basis. It is a privilege to work you on you journey through recovery and their re-discovery of human connections.  When you walk through our doors you are held each step of the way with respect, compassion, and dignity, and steps towards your recovery is a collaborative effort. I will work with you and your family to discover her individual path of recovery. A desire to make real connections and have meaningful relationships is a key ingredient for successful recovery, and the best part of being human and I look forward to being a part of that when you are here with us.