Clinical and Medical Eating Disorder Leadership
Eating Recovery Center of California’s clinical and medical leadership team is comprised of multidisciplinary experts with decades of specific experience in the treatment of eating disorders. These experts also work closely with medical and clinical leadership at Eating Recovery Center in Denver, Colorado. Learn more about Eating Recovery Center’s experts.
Lisa Petersen, PhD, CEDS, has been working in the field of eating disorders for more than 15 years. She joined the Eating Recovery Center of California team in 2005, and currently serves as Clinical Director. Dr. Petersen focuses on providing high quality care for patients and families in an effort to give them hope and skills necessary for full recovery. Dr. Petersen earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Boise State University, and earned both her Master’s Degree in Community Counseling and her Doctorate degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of Oklahoma. Dr. Petersen worked at UC-Davis for 5 years and coordinated the Eating Disorder Program. Dr. Petersen feels passionate about helping patients make peace with their bodies and food, connecting them to their valued lives, and developing a level of acceptance. Dr. Petersen has spoken extensively on the topic of eating disorders both on campus and in the community, and continues to speak and educate the larger community of professionals, patients and families on topics related to eating disorders awareness and treatment.
Medical Director and Psychiatrist
Dr. Anna Vinter is the Medical Director and adult psychiatrist for Eating Recovery Center of California’s Partial Hospitalization and Intensive Outpatient Programs. She earned her MD at the University of California, Davis, School of Medicine. After medical school, she completed a Postgraduate Research Fellowship in Neurology. Her research focused on Psychogenic Nonepileptic Seizures sparked a longstanding interest in psychological conditions with physical manifestations, including eating disorders. Dr. Vinter completed her Psychiatric Residency at UC Davis Medical Center. In addition to her specialization in eating disorders, she has a strong interest in psychodynamic psychotherapy and was chosen as a 2007 American Psychoanalytic Association Fellow. She has a wide variety of practice experience including university student health, women’s substance abuse treatment, community mental health, private practice and inpatient psychiatric hospital settings. She holds a current appointment as Assistant Clinical Professor in the UC Davis Department of Psychiatry and is actively involved in psychiatric resident education and supervision. She is a Board Certified Adult Psychiatrist and a Certified Eating Disorder Specialist.
Clinical Manager, Intensive Outpatient Program
Kristine Suchan, MFT, is Clinical Manager of Eating Recovery Center’s Intensive Outpatient Program. She is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with over 23 years of experience in eating disorders, mood and anxiety disorders, family work and individual treatment. Kristine’s comprehensive approach integrates working towards a balanced healthy lifestyle by helping her patients identify their valued life goals. She is passionate about supporting her patients through their life struggles and believes strongly in the connection of humans to their natural world.
Elise Kuiken, RN, has been working in the field of eating disorders since 2009 and joined Eating Recovery Center of California as Nurse Manager as a result of her dedication to helping patients who struggle with eating disorders. As Nurse Manager, she works with patients across the treatment spectrum, including the Partial Hospitalization Program and Intensive Outpatient Program. Elise assisted in developing policies and procedures to ensure continued patient safety and was an integral figure in the process of obtaining accreditation from the Joint Commission. Elise also lectures at nursing conferences and to nursing students at several local Universities on the complications associated with eating disorders and importance of early recognition.
Utilization Review Manager
Jesse Pitrone, MFT, is the Utilization Review Manager at Eating Recovery Center of California, and since 2000, has been working with client’s suffering from eating disorders, low self-esteem, body image disturbance issues, and trauma issues. She has worked in both inpatient and outpatient treatment programs for people struggling with eating disorders and body image issues. Jesse has taught college courses in the Human Services field.
Clinical Manager, Fresno Outpatient Program
Susan Gravette is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who serves as the Clinical Manager for the Fresno Outpatient Program. Susan has over nine years of experience working in the field of eating disorder treatment in the outpatient, intensive outpatient, and partial hospitalization levels of care. In addition to working with eating disorders, she has extensive training and experience working in the area of trauma, family therapy, anxiety and mood disorders, and women’s issues. Susan’s primary passion in the area of eating disorders is working with the families of those impacted by this diagnosis. She is fascinated by the complexity of eating disorders and enjoys working with a multidisciplinary team to provide the best possible outcomes for her patients. Susan earned her undergraduate degree in Psychology from Whitworth University in Spokane, WA and her Master’s in Marital and Family Therapy from Fuller Theological Seminary School of Psychology in Pasadena, CA. She is also a Clinical Supervisor and enjoys training and mentoring unlicensed therapists.