Eating Disorder Program Team
Matthew A. Berger, MD
Matthew A. Berger, MD is currently the medical director of the Eating Disorder Program at Banyan Philadelphia. Prior to joining Banyan Treatment Centers, Dr. Berger was the director of the Senior Medical Health Unit at Moses Taylor Hospital, located in Scranton, PA. He has been a practicing psychiatrist since 1989 and working with eating disorder patients since 1992. Dr. Berger focuses on psychopharmacology as well as psychotherapeutic and medical management of eating disorders. He also provides psychiatric services for local correctional facilities and several drug and alcohol treatment programs in the Greater Scranton area. Dr. Berger earned his medical degree at Universidad Central Del Este, located in San Pedro De Macoris in the Dominican Republic. He completed his residency at Delaware State Hospital in New Castle, DE, followed by his fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. Dr. Berger is a diplomat of the American Academy of Pain Management and the American Psychiatric Society. Dr. Berger serves as a preceptor for medical students, physician assistant students, and psychiatric nurse practitioner students. Dr. Berger has served as an expert forensic witness on a federal level as well as in the states of Delaware, Massachusetts, and Pennsylvania. Dr. Berger is a principal investigator or co-investigator in several key clinical trials.
Haley Irvine was born and raised in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. She received her bachelor’s of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics in 2016. Following her undergrad degree, she became a Registered Dietitian in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Before beginning her career at Banyan, Haley began working in the eating disorder field with years of experience with inpatient treatment, PHP, IOP, and private practice. She is a proclaimed “Health at Every Size” (HAES) dietician who strives to create a weight-inclusive and safe environment for all clients. Haley passionately believes that every person deserves to live a life free from diet culture and weight stigmas. She enjoys working alongside the clients, as they rediscover what it feels like to have a peaceful relationship with food and to re-experience the joy and freedom that can come from eating intuitively. Haley’s daily goal is to positively impact as many people as possible and to assist Banyan in forming a prominent reputation of being a lead provider of a compassionate and inclusive eating disorder treatment program.
Stephanie DiCandia, MA, LPC, NCC
Stephanie received both her Bachelor's degree in Psychology and Master's degree in Counseling Psychology, with concentrations in Mental Health and School Counseling from the College of Saint Elizabeth. Stephanie's passion for working with eating disorders began in her undergraduate and graduate studies where Stephanie's research focused on disordered eating in college students, perfectionism, and specific issues impacting adolescent girls.
With over ten years in the mental health field, Stephanie has spent the past 4 years specializing in the treatment of eating disorders. Stephanie has experience working in various levels of care including a residential treatment facility, inpatient psychiatric hospital, inpatient eating disorder unit, PHP/IOP for eating disorders and general mental health, and private practice. Stephanie strives to provide trauma-informed care, utilizing CBT, DBT, and a strengths-based approach to help clients work towards recovery from their eating disorder.
Xiomara Jimenez was born and raised in Philadelphia, PA with a Puerto Rican background. She received a Bachelor’s degree for nursing at Temple University in 2008 and later on received her Master’s from La Salle University in 2018. Although Xiomara has not first handedly been affected by drug abuse, she has witness the affects it has made on the lives of both friends and family. Xiomara began her career has a Nurse Practitioner working in PHP and IOP level of care for substance use disorders, while simultaneously running a Sub Oxone maintenance program. She then went on to helping women and children who suffered from mental health and substance use disorders. Growing up in North Philadelphia, she witnessed the destruction drugs and alcohol had on the community as well as the impact it had on the families involved and believed how one helping hand could provide the necessary courage and make all the difference in an individual’s life.
Director of Operations
Marie Gaffney was born and raised in New Jersey. After struggling with addiction of her own, she made the choice to change her life around and focus on her recovery and seek treatment in south Florida. Originally, Marie began working as a Behavioral Health Technician at Banyan Pompano, along with hard work and dedication she was promoted to Behavioral Technician Supervisor after relocating to the Banyan Philadelphia. Currently, Marie is the Director of Operations for Banyan Philadelphia. She is passionate about making a difference in the lives of the individuals that attend our treatment center and finds success establishing a safe and loving work environment for its employees. Marie’s goal is to continue to grow her knowledge in the industry, to continue to help the never ending battle of addiction in the lives of the patients she serves.
Case Manager/Intake Coordinator/Group Facilitator
Stacey joined the Banyan family fall of 2019 as a Behavioral Health Technician in the SUD program and transitioned into a clinical role spring of 2020, before joining the eating disorder program. Stacey received her Bachelor’s in Psychology from Temple University in 2015 and is on track to graduate with her Master’s in Social Work with a trauma certificate from Widener University in December 2022. Stacey is also a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor in the state of Pennsylvania. Stacey has previous experience working with adults with intellectual disabilities, juveniles in a specialized residential setting, and has additional experience in SUD PHP in direct patient care and clinical roles. While working with clients in SUD programs Stacey recognized the prevalence of eating disorders within this specific population and became motivated to help those who are seeking to fully recover from their eating disorder.
Brittany Wehner, MSW, LSW
Brittany was born and raised in Cape May County, New Jersey. She received her Master’s degree in Clinical Social Work with a specialization in trauma from Widener University. Brittany is a Licensed Social Worker in the state of Pennsylvania. Brittany obtained her Trauma Certificate from Widener University and has been working in the mental health field since 2016. During her graduate studies, Brittany focused her research on trauma and eating disorders. During her time in the field, Brittany has worked in various levels of care for eating disorder and mental health, including PHP & IOP. Additionally, Brittany has been a keynote speaker at Rowan University "Take Back the Night" which advocates for action against sexual violence. Brittany was involved with an eating disorder panel at Jefferson University where she spoke about best practices for medical professionals when working with eating disorder clients. In her free time, Brittany has volunteered with the National Eating Disorder Association (NEDA). Brittany believes in the importance of client-centered and trauma-informed care. In her practice, Brittany encompasses a DBT, CBT and strengths-based approach encouraging and empowering clients.
Caroline Stang, MSW, LSW
Caroline Stang was raised in Allentown, Pennsylvania. She received both her Bachelor's degree and Master's degree in Social Work, with concentrations in psychology and clinical care from Widener University. Following her graduate degree, she became a Licensed Social Worker in Pennsylvania. Before beginning her career at Banyan, Caroline holds experience working in psychiatric outpatient treatment programs as well as outpatient and inpatient hospital programs. Since beginning her studies in social work, Caroline has been interested in the eating disorders population as well as the brain-body connection. She is invested and motivated in working with clients through both a trauma-informed lens and a valued strengths-based approach.
At Banyan Treatment Centers, we value both the physical and mental well-being of our patients. Although we have been primarily focused on substance use recovery our clinicians have identified a growing number of clients requiring eating disorder treatment.
In staying true to Banyan’s mission of helping people live a fulfilling life we have identified the problem and will now be part of the solution. Being part of the solution means we’re now offering eating disorder programs to individuals with conditions like anorexia, bulimia, binge eating disorder, and other disordered eating behaviors.
What We TreatWhile there are many eating disorders, the main three are bulimia nervosa, anorexia nervosa, and binge eating disorder. At our treatment facility in Philadelphia, we offer different eating disorder treatments which can help you or a loved one develop a new relationship with food, body, and mind.
Our professional treatment for an eating disorder includes:
- Anorexia Nervosa Treatment
- Bulimia Nervosa Treatment
- Binge Eating Disorder Treatment
- Other Specified Feeding or Eating Disorder (OSFED) Treatment
- Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID) Treatment
- Orthorexia Treatment
- Body Dysmorphia Treatment
- Co-Occurring Conditions Treatment
Based on these factors, our multi-disciplinary team includes a registered dietician that will create an individualized eating disorder treatment plan tailored to the client’s needs. Moreover, because eating disorders and mental illness often co-occur, our eating disorder programs include holistic treatment options, medication-assisted treatment options, recovery support groups, and more.
Since we started as a substance use recovery program, we do have the systems in place to treat those individuals with co-occurring substance use and eating disorders. Treating both conditions concurrently has been shown to contribute greatly to long-term recovery.
Outpatient Eating Disorder TreatmentOur outpatient eating disorder support includes several levels of outpatient care, such as partial hospitalization and Partial hospitalization programs and intensive outpatient programs require patients to come to the facility six days a week to receive seven hours of treatment per day. During treatment, clients will work with our therapists, physicians, registered dietician, and mental health specialists to develop realistic and effective relapse prevention strategies.
Individuals with eating disorders or mental disorders can relapse, which is why it’s important to teach our patients realistic ways to manage their conditions. During treatment sessions, patients and their therapists will discuss topics including body image, emotional distress, beliefs, and other factors that can contribute to their condition.
There are numerous exposure opportunities clients will learn to work through as well. Exposures give the client a chance to experience those situations which create the most difficulty in their life and have the support of their team to learn new ways of working through it.
Outpatient eating disorder programs are great for patients who want to slowly build a new relationship with food, body, and mind. In this way, we help our patients slowly transition to a lifestyle where they can lead a fulfilling and enjoyable life.
Finding the right level of eating disorder treatment for yourself or a loved one can be stressful. With so many options, how do you know which treatment facility will be the right fit?
Contact us today if you’re interested in our eating disorder programs at Banyan Treatment Centers or need help finding the right option.
Most Insurance Plans Accepted
At Banyan Treatment Centers, our goal is to make sure that anyone who needs treatment from drug and alcohol addiction are able to get the help needed to assist them on the road to recovery. If you don't have insurance contact us to inquire about alternate methods regarding treatment for yourself or a loved one.