Julie Lesser, MD (medical director), a child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist, is trained and certified in two main evidence-based treatments for eating disorders: Family Based Treatment (FBT), Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy-Enhanced (CBT-E). She is the only person in Minnesota who is certified in FBT, and certified in CBT-E. In addition, Dr. Lesser is intensively trained in dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), an approach focused on building skills for patients experiencing emotional difficulties. Dr. Lesser is also a Clinical (Adjunct) Assistant Professor at the University of Minnesota.


Beth Brandenburg, MD (associate medical director), specializing in adolescent and adult psychiatry, is certified in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy-Enhanced (CBT-E) for eating disorders and trained in Family Based Treatment (FBT) . She has particular interests in evidence-based treatments, research, eating disorders in athletes, and treating co-morbid psychiatric conditions including posttraumatic stress disorder and treatment resistant depression. Dr. Brandenburg is also a Clinical (Adjunct) Assistant Professor at the University of Minnesota.

Your treatment team, as an outpatient, may include: a psychiatrist, psychologist, medical provider, dietician and/or social worker. Your treatment team, as an inpatient, will include: a psychiatrist, psychologist, hospitalist, dietician, social worker, physical therapist, child life staff, nursing staff, and tutor. They will work collaboratively to form a treatment plan specific to you.

  • Psychiatrist: Consults with the hospitalist regularly to determine your overall plan of care and treatment goals. Also provides individual, family and group therapy and may prescribe medications for depression, anxiety or other psychiatric disorders
  • Psychologist: Provides individual, family and group therapy and collaborates with the team to form your treatment goals
  • Hospitalist: A doctor that works solely in the hospital providing medical care for children and adolescents and will see you daily for medical monitoring and helps determine when you’re able to go home
  • Dietician: Provides education about nutrition to you and your family. If you are in the hospital, they will plans meals and snacks based on your specific needs and assist at meal times.
  • Physical Therapist: Will work with you to help you regain strength and teach you about exercise and physical health
  • Social Worker: Provides support and resources to families in need. Leads therapy groups for patients in the hospital.
  • Child Life staff: Provide fun activities to help distract you from your eating disorder and will also assist with meals
  • Nursing staff: Check your weight and vital signs daily and monitor your progress; they are present in the hospital day and night to support you
  • Tutor: Works with your school to supply you the work you are missing while staying in the hospital and will be there to assist you when you have questions