Physicians

Below is a list of local physicians who have experience working with individuals with eating disorders. Additional details, such as treatment philosophy and insurance accepted for each provider, can be found by clicking on their name.

EDRC aims to maintain a current list of local Physicians who treat eating disorders.  If you would like to be included in this list or have a recommendation of someone to include, please CLICK HERE to complete an application form or contact us at info@edrcsv.org .

Liza Shiff, MD

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Liza Shiff, MD

2490 Hospital Dr., Suite 300
Mountain View, CA 94040
(650)417-3545
Fax: (650)396-4308
drshiff@drshiff.com
Contact by e-mail

Wheelchair accessible

CREDENTIALS/DISCIPLINE: Boston University School of Medicine BA, MD Georgetown University, internship UC Irvine, residency Stanford University Medical Informatics certificate

Board Certified: AAGP

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE:
Number of years treating patients with eating disorders: 10+ years

Number of patients with eating disorders you treat annually: 15+

EDUCATION, TRAINING, and EXPERTISE: General practice wellness and prevention hypertension, diabetes, nutrition, exercise

TREATMENT PHILOSOPHY:

Personal affordable accessible practice. Accept no insurance but 24/7 access and appt within 48 hours for established patients. No waiting. Total chart access and worldwide availability via email.

Yes, I feel you can recover from an eating disorder. Recovery is a lifetime process one day at a time. Patient must continue regular care and recovery groups often for a lifetime, and “cure” means staying connected and helping others. Recovery from any addiction is a remitting and relapsing daily challenge. Knowing when to ask for help is the key and staying connected is what makes help possible. “Cure” is really just surrendering, forgiving, helping others, and strong safe coping mechanisms.Life is not black and white, it is a happy in-between grey.

LANGUAGES: English, French, Hebrew

POPULATIONS SERVED: Adults, Athletes, Families, Females, Males, Seniors

CONDITIONS TREATED: Addictions, Anorexia Nervosa, Binge Eating, Body Dysmorphic Disorder, Bulimia Nervosa, Compulsive Exercise, Night Eating Syndrome, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Overeater, Overweight

TREATMENT APPROACHES: Medical Evaluations, Support Groups, Referrals to all alternative options, Support group to restart soon on Monday evenings in office

TREATMENT SETTINGS: Outpatient, Phone Counseling, E-Therapy (email) Support, Referrals available to inpatient and residential, Willing and experienced in working as part of a team

FEES: Cash, Credit Cards, Personal Checks, Insurance: PPOs and HSAs may submit their own superbills usually “Provider out of the network” in a PPO: patient needs to apply for reimbursement

Sarah Lowenthal, MD

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Sarah Lowenthal, MD

Prima Medical Group
75 Rowland Way, Suite 100
Novato, CA 94945
(415)897-9664 (phone)
(415)897-2446 (fax)
Contact by phone

Wheelchair accessible

CREDENTIALS/DISCIPLINE: M.D., University of Chicago Family Medicine Residency, UCSF Member, Academy of Eating Disorders

Board Certified: Yes-Family Medicine

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE:
Number of years treating patients with eating disorders: 10+ years

Number of patients with eating disorders you treat annually: 15+

EDUCATION, TRAINING, and EXPERTISE: I have a special interest in adult internal medicine, adolescent medicine and eating disorders. I conducted research in adolescent medicine through the University of Chicago Dept of Pediatrics. I have 12 years of clinical experience working with adults and adolescents struggling with disordered eating and other complex medical and psychiatric issues. More recently, I have worked with an increased number of geriatric patients suffering from eating disorders.

TREATMENT PHILOSOPHY:

I have an outpatient, multidisciplinary practice in which I work closely with a team of nutritionists, psychologists and psychiatrists. My philosophy is that we (the team and/or family) must work together to fight the DISEASE not the patient. I employ the Maudsley/Family Based Therapy Model (developed by University of Chicago and Stanford) whenever possible and appropriate. I have a warm and encouraging approach which I balance with firm guidance and expectations.

Yes I do believe it is possible to recover from an eating disorder and I define recovery as the ability to maintain a “healthy state”, not a specific weight but rather a healthy physical and emotional state of being. This includes normalization of vital signs, bodily functions (including mentruation in girls/women), lab values, energy levels, cognition and mood. Physical recovery must be coupled with the ability to maintain healthy coping skills under stress, healthy relationships, good interpersonal boundaries, and an ability to self-soothe without self-destructive behavior. I know recovery is possible!

LANGUAGES: English

POPULATIONS SERVED: Adolescents, Adults, Athletes, Couples, Ethnic Minorities, Families, Females, GLBT, Males, Seniors

CONDITIONS TREATED: Abuse, Addictions, Affective Disorder, Anorexia Nervosa, Binge Eating, Body Dysmorphic Disorder, Bulimia Nervosa, Co-Morbidity, Compulsive Exercise, Night Eating Syndrome, NOS (Eating Disorders Not Otherwise Specified), Overeater, Overweight

TREATMENT APPROACHES: Cognitive Behavioral, Family Therapy, Group Therapy, Individual Therapy, Medical Evaluations, Nutritional Counseling, Psychopharmacology

TREATMENT SETTINGS: Outpatient, Other- I work closely with several IOP and inpatient programs, Experienced and willing in working as part of a team

FEES: All major insurance plans accepted. Takes Medicare but no Medi-Cal.

Seth Ammerman, MD

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Seth Ammerman, MD

Stanford University/Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital
770 Welch Road
Suite #100
Palo Alto, CA 94304
Phone: (650)-736-9557
Fax: (650) 736-7706
seth.ammerman@stanford.edu
www.lpch.org
Contact by phone

Wheelchair accessible

CREDENTIALS/DISCIPLINE: Physician: MD Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine

Board Certified: Yes – Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE:
Number of years treating patients with eating disorders: 25+ years

Number of patients with eating disorders you treat annually: 50+

EDUCATION, TRAINING, and EXPERTISE: Fellowship in adolescent medicine; Clinical Professor; at Stanford University & Lucile Packard children’s Hospital since 1990, with ongoing involvement in the comprehensive eating disorders program.

TREATMENT PHILOSOPHY:

Comprehensive & Multidisciplinary care team approach for families and patients.

Yes, I do believe it is possible to recover from an eating disorder and I define recovery as healthy weight and general medical state, healthy approach to food and physical activity.

LANGUAGES: English, Spanish proficiency

POPULATIONS SERVED: Adolescents, Children, Young Adults

CONDITIONS TREATED: Addictions, Affective Disorders, Anorexia Nervosa, Binge Eating, Body Dysmorphic Disorder, Bulimia Nervosa, Co-morbity, Compulsive Exercise, Night Eating Syndrome, NOS (Eating Disorders Not Otherwise Specified), Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Overeater, Overweight

TREATMENT APPROACHES: Medical Evaluations

TREATMENT SETTINGS: Outpatients, Inpatient, Willing and experienced in working as part of a team

FEES: Insurance – Per Lucille Packard’s Children’s Hospital insurance contracts

Sue Knight, MD

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Sue Knight, MD

200 Porter Drive
San Ramon, CA 94583
(925) 838-6533
Fax: (925) 838-8539

Wheelchair accessible

CREDENTIALS/DISCIPLINE: MD – Internal Medicine

Board Certified: Yes; ABIM.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE:
Number of years treating patients with eating disorders: 8-10 years

Number of patients with eating disorders you treat annually: 15+

EDUCATION, TRAINING, and EXPERTISE: MD – UCSF Internal Medicine Residency – UCSF Private Practice Experience – 20+ years Treating Eating Disorders – 10 years

TREATMENT PHILOSOPHY:

Team approach to eating disorder treatment

Yes, I think it is possible to recover from an eating disorder.

LANGUAGES: English

POPULATIONS SERVED: Adolescents and Adults.

CONDITIONS TREATED: Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, NOS (Eating Disorders Not Otherwise Specified), Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Overeater, and Overweight.

TREATMENT APPROACHES: Medical Evaluations

TREATMENT SETTINGS: Outpatient.

FEES: Cash, Credit Cards, and Various Insurance.

Jennifer Carlson, MD

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Jennifer Carlson, MD

Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford
1195 West Fremont Avenue
Mountain View, CA 94087
(408) 637-5959
Fax: (669) 233-2872
www.lpch.org
Contact by phone

Wheelchair accessible

CREDENTIALS/DISCIPLINE: Physician: MD Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine

Board Certified: Yes – Pediatrics, Adolescent Medicine

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE:
Number of years treating patients with eating disorders: 8-10 years

Number of patients with eating disorders you treat annually: 15+

EDUCATION, TRAINING, and EXPERTISE: Completed School Medical School at GeorgetownUniversity, Residency at Vermont Children’s Hospital, Fellowship at UC San Francisco, Clinical and research work is focused on patients with eating disorders with a particular interest on patients with the Female Athlete Triad

TREATMENT PHILOSOPHY:

I work in a multi-disciplinary format with other professionals (therapists, dieticians, psychiatrists) where we strive to meet the needs of both the patient and the family.

LANGUAGES: English

POPULATIONS SERVED: Adolescents, Athletes, Children, Ethnic Minorities, Families, Females, GLBT, Males

CONDITIONS TREATED: Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, Compulsive Exercise, Night Eating Syndrome, NOS (Eating Disorders Not Otherwise Specified), Overeater, Overweight

TREATMENT APPROACHES: Art Therapy, Biofeedback, Cognitive Behavioral, Dialectical Behavioral therapy, Family Therapy, Group therapy, Hypnosis, Individual Therapy, Medical evaluations, Nutritional Counseling, Psychoanalysis, Psychopharmacology

TREATMENT SETTINGS: Outpatients, Inpatient, Experienced in working as part of a team

FEES: Cash, Credit Cards, Medi-Cal, Most Insurance Plans

Neville H. Golden, MD

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Neville H. Golden, MD

Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford
1195 West Fremont Avenue
Sunnyvale, CA 94087
(408) 637-5959
Fax: (669) 233-2872
Contact by phone

Wheelchair accessible

CREDENTIALS/DISCIPLINE: Over twenty-five years of clinical and research experience with children and adolescents with eating disorders. Pediatrics – Adolescent Medicine.

Board Certified: American Board of Pediatrics, American Board of Pediatrics Sub Board of Adolescent Medicine.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE:
Number of years treating patients with eating disorders: 10+ years

Number of patients with eating disorders you treat annually: 15+

EDUCATION, TRAINING, and EXPERTISE: Trained in Pediatrics, Fellowship in Adolescent Medicine. Ran a multidisciplinary eating disorders unit (IP day hospital, IOP in New York) for 15 years. Now, Chief of Adolescent Medicine at Stanford.

TREATMENT PHILOSOPHY:

Multidisciplinary treatment team approach. (Medical, Nutritionist and Mental Health). I feel you can recover from an eating disorder and I define recovery as: Weight restored, menses resumed and regular, obsessing less about food and weight, functioning well psychologically both at home and at school.

LANGUAGES: English, Spanish.

POPULATIONS SERVED: Adolescents, Adults, Athletes, Children, Families, Males

CONDITIONS TREATED: Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, Compulsive Exercise, NOS (Eating Disorders Not Otherwise Specified), Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Female Athletes T.R.A.D.

TREATMENT APPROACHES: Medical Evaluations, Nutritional Counseling, and Inpatient Unit for medical stabilization. Outpatient, Rx

TREATMENT SETTINGS: Outpatient, Inpatient. Willing and experienced in working as part of a team.

FEES: Cash, Credit Cards, Personal Checks, Sliding Scale, Medi-Cal. Provider out of the network, patient needs to apply for reimbursement.

Cynthia Kapphahn, MD, MPH

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Cynthia Kapphahn, MD, MPH

Lucille Packard Children’s Hospital
Division of Adolescent Medicine
1195 West Fremont Avenue
Sunnyvale, CA 94087
(408) 637-5959
www.lpch.org
Fax: (669) 233-2872

Not wheelchair accessible

CREDENTIALS/DISCIPLINE: MD, MPH. I am a specialist in pediatrics and adolescent medicine

Board Certified: Yes, Pediatrics.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE:
Number of years treating patients with eating disorders: 20+ years

Number of patients with eating disorders you treat annually: 15+

EDUCATION, TRAINING, and EXPERTISE: I received my medical degree from Yale Medical School, completed my pediatrics residency at Johns Hopkins Hospital, and an adolescent medicine fellowship at University of California, San Francisco. I also received a Masters in Public Health from Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. I have had over 16 years experience treating adolescents and young adults with eating disorders. I am currently medical director of the Eating Disorders Program at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, where I am responsible for overseeing services in our outpatient Eating Disorders Clinic and the inpatient Comprehensive Care Unit, for adolescents and young adults with acute medical complications related to eating disorders and malnutrition.

TREATMENT PHILOSOPHY:

Our clinic and in-patient program are team-based, with close collaboration between adolescent medicine physicians, child psychiatrists, dieticians, social workers, nurses, and other members of the treatment team. Our program is primarily family centered, incorporating principles from the Maudsley Approach. Other evidence-based treatment modalities are also used in our program, depending on the needs of each individual and family.

Yes, I think it is possible to recover from an eating disorder and define recovery as: Recovery involves restoration of both physical and emotional health. We strive to support patients in returning to a normal weight range, with regular hormonal function, including regular menstrual cycles for women, healthy organs including the heart and bones, and normal vital signs. Emotional health includes being less focused on food and weight issues, and being able to feel comfortable in social situations involving food and eating.

LANGUAGES: Translator (in person or by phone) is available for all major languages.

POPULATIONS SERVED: Adolescents, Adults, Athletes, Children, Ethnic Minorities, Families, Females, GLBT, Males, and Other (please specify) – We welcome adolescents and young adults of both sexes, and all ethnic backgrounds and gender orientations

CONDITIONS TREATED: Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, and NOS (Eating Disorders Not Otherwise Specified).

TREATMENT APPROACHES: Medical Evaluations, Nutritional Counseling, and Other (please specify) – I am a medical provider who evaluates and treats the medical aspects of eating disorders. However a range of other therapeutic treatment approaches are offered by other providers within our comprehensive program, including many of the treatment approaches listed above.

TREATMENT SETTINGS: Outpatient and Inpatient.

FEES: Cash, Credit Cards, Payment Plans, Personal Checks, Medi-Cal, Medicare, Insurance-We accept a variety of insurance types; if “Provider out of the network” in a PPO, patient needs to apply for reimbursement.

For additional treatment providers in the Greater Bay Area, CLICK HERE to visit the website for the Association of Professionals Treating Eating Disorders (APTED).

EDRC does not give medical advice and is not a health care provider. Information on our site is not meant as a replacement for proper care and treatment from a physician, therapist, dietitian or specialized practitioner. Always consult with a physician and a qualified mental health professional regarding eating disorder symptoms and treatment.