Shoreline’s Dedicated and Caring Eating Disorder Experts
RachelLevi,LMFT, CEDS, F- IAEDP
Founder/Clinical DirectorShoreline Center for Eating Disorder Treatment
As the founder and Clinical Director of Shoreline Center for Eating Disorder Treatment, I have had the honor to work with so many men, women, children, families and other professionals in an effort to conquer this devastating illness. I have seen the treatment of eating disorders evolve, and been witness to lives transformed by recovery. This is my life’s passion, and my dedication to the recovery process has been unrelenting for over 20 years.
I am a Certified Eating Disorder Specialist as well as one of the first professionals to hold the designation of Certified Eating Disorder Supervisor. This has allowed me to train and supervise clinicians the most up to date, evidence based practices.
In 1995, Shoreline Center for Eating Disorder Treatment, started off as my private practice, focusing on helping individuals heal from Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa and Binge Eating disorders. Over the years, it became clear to me that their was a great need for more intensive services in the Long Beach area. I found myself having meals with clients, going on experiential outings, doing art therapy – basically trying to do it all, or whatever I thought might help my client’s recover. One by one, I began adding programs as the needs arose. I am happy to now have the ability to offer multiple levels of care, giving more access to care.
In addition to my goal of providing the highest quality of treatment, it is very important for me to create a serene, homelike environment, which is conducive to healing. Unlike a hospital or corporate clinical setting, Shoreline Center for Eating Disorder Treatment is warm, friendly and comfortable. We are located 2 blocks from the ocean and are able to incorporate this natural setting with our center.
I am an active member in the following organizations and remain in constant pursuit of new concepts, treatment modalities and interventions to bring our clients.
Academy of Eating Disorders
International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals
National Eating Disorder Association
Anorexia Nervosa and Related Disorder Organization
Eating Disorder Coalition
California Association of Marriage and Family Therapist
Binge Eating Disorder Association
“The marks of wildness are a love of nature, a delight in silence, a voice free to say spontaneous things, and an exuberant curiosity in the face of the unknown.” – Robert Blyi
Medical DirectorShoreline Center for Eating Disorder Treatment
Hi I am Pamela Carlton, Medical Director of Shoreline Center for Eating Disorder Treatment – Satori House. I have known Rachel Levi, CEDS and the Shoreline Treatment Center for many years, and have always had great respect for the dedication Rachel has shown to the treatment of eating disorders and in the quality treatment the Shoreline team provides. When asked if I wanted to join their leadership team to oversee medical care I did not hesitate to say yes, in fact I was thrilled.
I bring to Shoreline decades of eating disorder treatment experience, including providing medical care, education and family support. I founded and directed The Carlton Clinic for Eating Related Disorders, until 2016. I have been a Research Associate at Stanford School of Medicine as well as Clinical Professor in the Division of Adolescent Medicine. Additionally, I have presented at numerous professional conferences and co-authored Take Charge of Your Child’s Eating Disorder: a physician’s step-by-step guide to defeating anorexia and bulimia. New York, Marlowe & Co; 2007
Again, I am excited to be part of this new venture, bringing Shoreline’s trusted program to the residential level of care.
An M.D. from Poland specializing in Psychiatry, Dr. Wirga has trained at New York State University and Howard University. Her focus is in cognitive behavioral and rational behavioral therapy. Dr. Wirga has spent the past 25 years of her career studying the mind-body connection, and is convinced healing and treatment for patients must include the complete being, encompassing the physical, emotional, and spiritual components. She joined the Shoreline team in 2008 because of their reputation for providing professional, comprehensive care in a compassionate setting. Dr. Wirga stays actively involved and engaged throughout the course of Shoreline’s patients’ care. Although healing from an eating disorder may be difficult, she maintains it is one of the most rewarding journeys a person may ever take. She also maintains a private practice in Long Beach, CA.
“The greatest pleasure for me is to see out clients leave the Shoreline program equipped with the skills for healthy living.”
JillGaskill,MSN, CRNP, PMHNP
Psychiatric Nurse ManagerShoreline Center for Eating Disorder Treatment
I’m Jill Gaskill and I am thrilled to be part of Shoreline Center for Eating Disorder Treatment. I have spent nearly 30 years working in all levels of eating disorder care including Program Director for the Center for Overcoming Problem Eating (COPE) where I provided psychiatric nursing oversite. Additionally, I have provided over a decade of eating disorder clinical leadership at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center-Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic.
While my passion is in direct care, including medication management, I also enjoy developing systems that ensure regulatory compliance and ensure the highest quality of client care. I am excited to be part of the Shoreline team where staff dedication to compassionate care is valued.
Assistant Clinical Director and Primary TherapistShoreline
Hello, I am Erla Leon, the Program Director and Primary Therapist at Shoreline Center for Eating Disorder Treatment. I obtained my Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania, and my doctorate (Ph.D.) in Clinical Psychology from the University of Rochester. I also completed a one year post-doctoral fellowship in Behavioral Medicine at Harbor UCLA, and am licensed as a Psychologist in California. I have been providing individual and group psychotherapy for about 14 years in a variety of settings, but the majority of my prior experience has been treating clients with eating disorders in a residential setting, as well as working with college students in a college counseling setting. I also have management and supervisory experience, including supervising therapists treating clients with eating disorders. Additionally, I have several years of experience providing family therapy. My approach to therapy draws from a number of traditions – Brief Psychodynamic Therapy, Object Relationships, Attachment Theory, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Trauma Model Therapy and Body-Mind Psychotherapy. My long standing personal practices in mindfulness, meditative movement, somatic awareness, and creative pursuits (personal non-fiction writing, art journaling and photography) also inform my work, especially in my encouragement of my clients to improve awareness of their bodies and to find ways to express their creativity.
At Shoreline, I feel very fortunate to work in a setting that is dedicated to clinical excellence, as well as kindness and support at all levels of our small organization. A loving and supportive environment, that is also appropriately challenging, is essential to the recovery journey for our clients and to the thriving of the staff that serve them. We are fortunate to have such an environment. I feel privileged to often be the first point of contact with the clients who seek treatment at our Long Beach location, and to guide them through the process of starting (or continuing) their recovery journey with Shoreline. In addition to facilitating client admissions, I facilitate several groups, including our monthly Multi-Family support group, and provide individual and family psychotherapy. My goal at Shoreline is to provide a safe nurturing space where our clients can learn to feel comfortable with themselves and to reclaim their lives. I believe eating disorder recovery offers the possibility of living a life that is meaningful, rewarding and fun, a life where preoccupation with food and body is replaced with passion for life, contribution, manifestation of one’s gifts, and seeing one’s true beauty.
“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” – Mary Oliver
Program Director and Primary TherapistShoreline Center for Eating Disorder Treatment
Hello, my name is Jenn Teutscher, Program Director as well as a Primary Therapist at Shoreline’s Laguna Hills location. I received my B.A. in Psychology from California State University, San Marcos and obtained a Masters in Clinical Psychology from California State University, Fullerton. I have always had a strong desire to work with a diverse culture of women, which is what led me to explore a career in the treatment of eating disorders and, in particular, an enthusiasm in working with Shoreline Center for Eating Disorder Treatment.
I began working for Shoreline as a recovery coach at Satori House, Shoreline’s transitional living facility. I quickly developed incredible respect for those who choose to travel the journey towards recovery; a road that can be a difficult one. Several years later, I continue to find beauty, inspiration, and reward in the healing process associated with eating disorder recovery. Over the years, I have played many roles at Shoreline, which has allowed me the opportunity to gain knowledge about most aspects of eating disorder treatment. I lead multiple groups at Shoreline, including a free ANAD support group, which is held on Monday evenings from 6:15pm-7:15pm. I practice an eclectic approach to therapy, which incorporates a variety of therapeutic principles (i.e. cognitive behavioral therapy, solution-focused therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, experiential therapy, psychodynamic therapy, etc.) in order to meet the specific needs of my clients. As the Program Director as well as a Primary Therapist at Shoreline, I have found that my outgoing and adventurous, yet gentle nature is a great asset.
“Life is not measured by the number of breaths you take, but by the moments that take your breath away.” —Maya Angelou
Registered DietitianSatori Residential House
Hello! I am Elizabeth Capps, Registered Dietitian for Satori Residential House and the PHP/IOP programs in Long Beach.
I am honored to be a part of the Shoreline Center for Eating Disorder Treatment team.
My professional career started in the fitness industry as a personal trainer and fitness manager. During these years I focused on prioritizing health at every size and provided individualized nutrition and training programs. I worked with many clients who had physical and/or health complications which fueled my desire to become a dietitian and help people with chronic conditions in acute and out-patient settings.
I earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Foods and Nutrition with an emphasis in Dietetics and a minor in Physiology from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. I also hold two Associate of Arts degrees; one in Math and Sciences and another in Arts, Humanities, and Communication.
I am excited to deliver the unique continuity of care that will be provided from Shoreline’s Satori House through PHP, IOP, and out-patient. It is a great privilege to join a multidisciplinary team that not only helps clients to recover, but also cultivates growth emotionally, spiritually, and mentally.
I have a passion for helping clients from all walks of life find a way to incorporate an all foods fit model, eat intuitively, and live a fully satisfied life.
“Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do.” – Johann wolfgang von Goethe
Program DirectorShoreline Center for Eating Disorder Treatment
My name is Kim Diggles, and I am honored to serve as Program Director at Satori Residential House. My educational background includes a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology and a Master of Education degree in counseling, both from Texas Christian University. I also earned a doctorate (PhD) in Family Social Science from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. For nearly a decade, my research and clinical work centered on advocacy, social justice, and identifying ways in which culture and gender play a role in compounding people’s struggles, as well as sparking their resilience. These topics naturally integrated with issues of eating disorders and body image, thus igniting my passion for this population.
During my time as an IOP adolescent and family therapist I came to realize that, in the midst of an eating disorder, self-defeating thoughts–like quicksand–can pull one even deeper into desperate behavior patterns and feelings of despair. However, I also believe that each client I work with possesses the potential for strength beyond that for which they give themselves credit. Working primarily from a Feminist and Narrative perspective, I help our clients work towards accepting their genuine selves rather than live according to arbitrary socio-cultural expectations that can bring about guilt and shame. As Program Director at Satori House my intention is to establish a healing environment that activates clients’ potential for full recovery. My vision is that clients who come to Satori House will be nurtured, challenged, and empowered to steadily confront their fears and turn their focus towards achieving their hopes.
“May your choices reflect your hopes, not your fears.” – Nelson Mandela
Office Manager/Director of Financial ServicesShoreline Center for Eating Disorder Treatment
Hi, I’m Laurén, the Office/Billing manager for Shoreline Center for Eating Disorder Treatment. I am so happy to be a part of this great team! Prior to working here I spent about 4 years working in the medical field as an Office manager for a chiropractic office. I’m delighted to bring my professional experience here to Shoreline so that I can take care of all questions related to insurance and billing.
“Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.” —Dr. Seuss
Fully Accredited Programs
We are proud to announce that our Eating Disorder Programs have earned a third consecutive three-year accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities. This award reflects our ongoing commitment to upholding the highest quality standards in eating disorder treatment.