Intensive Outpatient for Eating Disorders
Adel Eldahmy, MD, Medical Director.
Treating Eating Disorders Since 1985

28281 Crown Valley Parkway
Suite 140
Laguna Niguel, CA 92677

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949. 367.1200
 








Eating Disorders Treatment in Orange County, CA

Help for Eating Disorders in Laguna Niguel, CA

Treatment for Bulimia
Treatment for Anorexia
Treatment for compulsive Overeating
Treatment for Binge-eating 

Team of Psychiatrists, Therapists & Dietitians
specializing in Eating Disorders

About Us


MD Laguna is located just 10 minutes from the beach in beautiful Laguna Niguel, CA. Our intensive outpatient program for eating disorders focuses on the patients specific need for treatment. We treat adults 18 and over who suffer from bulimia, anorexia, binge eating, compulsive overeating, and food addiction on an intensive outpatient basis.

Our specific program is geared towards those individuals who have either recently exited an inpatient program and are still looking for additional support or those who have found that they need a little more in-depth support that doesn't come with classic outpatient treatment. The program consists of 5 hours per day, 3-5 days per week. We understand that each person has a unique need so we create individualized programs specific to each persons disorder.

A typical program includes daily nutritional education with our registered dietitian, individual therapy 1-2 times per week with a therapist who specializes in eating disorders, group therapy 4-5 times per week, and medication management as needed.

MD Laguna also provides telemedicine services when needed. This will help us stay connected with our patients any time they need us. For instance, if an individual cannot physically attend the program, we can still provide support by using telecommunication.  We can meet with patients through a secure HD video conference, all that is required on their part is a computer, iPad, or mobile phone and internet access.

Our Staff

  • Adel Eldahmy, MD, MBA
  • Joseph Simpson, MD, PhD
  • Elizabeth Roberts, MD
  • Enas Elshiwick,MFT, PsyD - Psychologist
  • April Murray, RD . Dietitian
  • Michael Ferguson, PsyD, LCSW - Social Worker
  • Catherine Speckmann, LCSW
  • Mary-Louise Henson, LMFT
  • Jessica Denbo, PsyD . Psychologist
  • Leanna Holly, LMFT






Adel Eldahmy, MD, MBA  completed his residency in Psychiatry at the University of California, Irvine 1984. His fellowship in Psychiatry included the Eating Disorders Program at the University of California, Irvine, after which he went to private practice in Southern California.


In 1997, Dr Eldahmy received his HealthCare MBA from the University of California, Irvine.


Medical Director of MDLaguna intensive outpatient Eating Disorders program, Laguna Niguel, CA.


Medical Director of Laguna Behavioral and Long Beach Behavioral.

 

Dr. Eldahmy served as chief of staff at Los Altos Hospital, Long Beach, CA,

Medical Director of Long Beach Eating Disorders Clinic, Long Beach Psychiatric Center, Charter Hospital Eating Disorders Program, Long Beach, CA, Medical Director of Charter Hospital outpatient Clinics in Los Alamitos, CA.


Dr Eldahmy founded Telemed Foundation , a Telemedicine non-profit Organization in 2012.


Member of the American Medical Association.

Member of American Telmedicine Association.

Member of the International Society of Telemedicine and eHealth.


 

 

Joseph R. Simpson, MD, Ph.D., Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, Missouri, 2001 B.A. magna cum laude in biology, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1992

Fellowship in Forensic Psychiatry, Keck School of Medicine, USC Institute of Psychiatry, Law and Behavioral Science, Los Angeles, California, July 2005-June 2006

Chief Resident, Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit (acute inpatient ward), West Los Angeles VA Medical Center, Los Angeles, California, July 2004-June 2005.

Internship and Residency, UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute/West Los Angeles VA Medical Center, June 2001-June 2005

American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.

American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Forensic Psychiatry Certificate No. 1797, 2009

Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, University of California, Irvine School of Medicine, July 2009-present

Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, USC Keck School of Medicine, July 2006-present

Clinical Instructor, Dept. of Psychiatry, USC Keck School of Medicine, July 2005-June 2006

Clinical Assistant Professor, University of California, Irvine School of Medicine, July 2009- Present

Provide clinical supervision of second-year psychiatry residents in emergency and urgent- care psychiatry. Lecture to second-year psychiatry residents on forensic psychiatry and medico-legal issues and to first- and second-year psychiatry residents on substance abuse.

Clinical Assistant Professor, University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine, July 2006-Present

Provide lectures to forensic psychiatry fellows on firearms laws, on neuroimaging and genetics in forensic psychiatry. Provide mentoring of forensic psychiatry fellows.

 

Elizabeth Roberts, MD is a board-certified Psychiatrist who treats children, teens and adults in private practice and provides expert advice on cutting-edge topics in psychiatry through TV, radio and print media. Dr. Roberts is dedicated to educating the public regarding psychiatric conditions and the appropriate use of psychiatric medications. She is a tireless advocate for her patients who rarely have a voice in the public forum.

Dr. Roberts derives her expertise not only from academic study but from a wealth of personal and professional experiences that make her particularly well positioned to understand and educate on the topic of mental health. Her past experience in psychiatry has spanned service in the most impoverished areas to the most elite clinics, including her position as Medical Director of Hazelden, in Chicago to providing psychiatric services through the county mental health clinics to the homeless in Riverside county.

Dr. Elizabeth Roberts has been guiding, caring and advocating for children and adults for over thirty years, half of those years as a physician. Her work in human services started with running the soup kitchen and housing the homeless. Not only has she worked as a child and adolescent psychiatrist, but her career as a child advocate started at 17 years old, as a volunteer counselor of runaways. Her service to children went on to include coaching sports in poor neighborhoods, providing direct care for profoundly physically and mentally handicapped teenagers, and culminated with a career in teaching. She was a classroom teacher in schools that ran the gamut from the most prestigious private schools to the most disadvantaged public schools in the Chicago area.

She has worked to educate parents and professionals in various settings. She has lectured at Berkeley University on the use of psychiatric medications in children and conducted public seminars on mental illness and parenting techniques through hospitals, high schools, and ChADD (Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Disorder) meetings.

When Dr. Roberts entered Medical School, she was a single mother, her children were eight, seven, and four years old at the time. She attended Rush Medical College and completed her medical education with a Fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry from the Medical School at Northwestern University in Chicago.




April Murray, RD is a registered dietitian specializing in nutrition counseling for eating disorders as well as weight loss, diabetes, disease prevention and cardiac health. 

Ms Murray graduated from the University of California Davis with a Bachelor of Science in clinical nutrition. She then attended Stony Brook University in New York where she completed an ADA accredited Dietetic Internship.

Ms Murray is a member of the American Dietetic Association and the Orange County district of the California Dietetic Association where she stays connected with the latest research.

Ms Murray has worked successfully with a wide variety of clients. In her experience she has found that a non-dieting, intuitive eating approach has been most successful in helping her clients reach their goals.




Catherine L Speckmann, LCSW Change-even good change can be difficult. My personal philosophy toward change is based on empowerment. I like to help people recognize and utilize the tools that are available to them. My background is diverse. I began my career in 1989 as an addictions counselor. The connection between addictions and mental health disorders is strong. Dual diagnosis has always been an area of interest for me. I attended the University of Wisconsin where I received my Masters Degree. I graduated with honors on the Children and Family track. Licensed to practice as a psychotherapist in both California and Wisconsin, I have experience in both an outpatient and an acute hospital setting. For many years, I was the Director of the Child and Adolescent program at a Milwaukee clinic. I do, however, work with all age groups. I have experience in the following areas: Addictions, ADHD, Adjustment Disorders, Anxiety Disorders, Behavior Disorders, Dual Diagnosis, Grief and Loss, Mood Disorders (Depression/Bipolar), Self-mutilation, Trauma and PTSD.

I have successfully planned and implemented community support groups that address the needs of: children in foster care, parents of children with a mental illness, social skills for children with ADHD, teens and substance abuse, and women in recovery with a dual diagnosis. My practice includes integrating proven, effective clinical treatment methods

along with extensive life experience. I will meet you where you are at and assist you in getting to where you want to be.



 

Enas Elshiwick, MFT, PsyD is a licensed psychologist and a licensed marriage family therapist. She has experience working with a variety of clients, including, issues of relationships, marriage and family, personality, obsessions, compulsions, drug and alcohol addictions, schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders, depressive disorders, anxiety, paranoia, and other issues that effect daily lives.

 

Dr. Elshiwick has had experience working with children, adolescents, adults, couples and families, in a variety of settings, including private practice, agencies and clinics, and with inpatients (where she was the head of the psychology department of the hospital). She is bilingual (Arabic and English), and understands and has experience dealing with issues of adjustments in terms of culture and religion. She is eclectic in her approach, taking into consideration the client's best interest and welfare.



Dr. Jessica Denbo is a Licensed Psychologist who received her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the American School of Professional Psychology.  She works with adults as well as children and adolescents and specializes in individual, couples, and family therapy.  Dr. Denbo has a significant amount of experience in treating ethnically, culturally, and spiritually diverse client populations with a wide range of psychological difficulties.  These include anxiety, depression, trauma, stress and adjustment issues, self-esteem, relational problems, parenting issues, and childhood disorders such as attention deficits and attachment-based disturbances.  She is skilled in long-term therapy as well as brief solution-focused therapy.  Dr. Denbo has had specialized training in psychodynamic oriented psychotherapy as well as in the treatment of eating disorders and body image disturbances.  Her professional experience includes private practice, community counseling centers, intensive outpatient treatment programs, and mental health agencies.  In addition to her work with patients, Dr. Denbo provides clinical supervision to doctoral students.



Michael B. Ferguson, Psy.D., LCSW has been working in the mental health profession for more than 30 years, and has specialized with Chemical Dependent patients with co-existing disorders, i.e., anxiety and depression. He received his Bachelors' Degree in Psychology from Long Beach State University where he graduated with honors, he completed his Masters' Degree in Social Work at the University of Southern California and received his Doctorate of Psychology from Ryokan College of Los Angeles. 

He served his internships at UCLA Harbor General Hospital in Torrance, California, where he worked with adolescent children and their families. He also trained at L.A. County USC Psychiatric Hospital where he worked with bipolar and schizophrenic populations, and other related psychiatric illnesses.

During his current practice at Long Beach Behavioral and Laguna Behavioral he serves a broad and diverse population who frequently present with depression, anxiety and chemical dependency. During treatment they learn how to deal with uncomfortable emotional conditions, i.e., social phobia, communication problems and other fears without the use of their drug of choice.

Dr. Ferguson has served as Clinical Director for several drug and alcohol recovery facilities. He is certified by the Department of Probation to teach Domestic Violence Classes and currently serves as Clinical Director of a Domestic Violence Agency in South Orange County. He also provides treatment for this population in his private practice. 

Dr. Ferguson remains current with research literature associated with professional advancement in treatment and maintains a keen awareness of innovative techniques as he chooses to utilize the most effective methodology in the treatment of clients. 

As a practicing psychotherapist with Christian based values, he provides counseling that will help develop and cultivate coping mechanisms which are consistent with Scriptural principals found in the Bible.

Equally important, Dr. Ferguson's ethical standards remain uncompromised while adhering to the highest level of honesty and integrity.