The WMed Health Adolescent Eating Disorders clinic is a consultative service that provides comprehensive medical and nutritional management for children and adolescents with disordered eating and eating disorders. Patients and families may be familiar with the diagnoses of anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder, and avoidant/restrictive food intake disorder. We also work with patients who display disordered eating habits but may not meet one of the above criteria or are not consuming enough energy for the level of physical activities in which they participate.
We function as one part of a multidisciplinary team that includes your primary care provider, a psychological therapist, a dietitian, nursing staff, social worker, psychiatrist if needed to manage other mental health concerns, parents, siblings, teachers, coaches, and other members that are identified by the patient and family as important to their successful recovery. We serve as consultants to the Bronson Pediatric Hospitalist Service for patients requiring medical and nutritional stabilization in the hospital.
Appointments are available by physician referral only. We are familiar with the evidence-based psychological therapies recommended to treat teens and are able to support the work of your therapists, regardless of the model chosen for recovery.
Before your first visit we ask both our future patients and their caregivers to complete an intake questionnaire which will help us more efficiently identify behaviors and thoughts that we will need to target for recovery. We will also need your primary care provider to send us a referral, as well as a copy of your child’s growth record.
We attempt to see patients within two weeks from receiving the physician referral, but current patient volumes might result in longer wait times. If a care provider needs our assistance urgently to ensure the health and safety of an adolescent, they can contact us through the clinic and via the Bronson EPIC platform.
- National Eating Disorders Association
National Eating Disorders Association: Every year in February, the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) leads the largest national outreach effort to raise awareness about eating disorders: National Eating Disorders (#NEDAwareness) Week.NEDAwareness Week (February 22 – February 28, 2021) is an annual campaign to bring public attention to the critical needs of individuals and families dealing with this mental illness.
- Eating Recovery Center
Eating Disorder Resources List: Recommended Websites | Eating Recovery Center
Eating Recovery Center is accredited through the Joint Commission. This organization seeks to enhance the lives of the persons served in healthcare settings through a consultative accreditation process emphasizing quality, value and optimal outcomes of services.
WMed Health Adolescent Medicine is located at 1000 Oakland Drive on the 2nd floor in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Parking is available adjacent to the building. Our practice is a non-smoking environment. We strive to provide a clean environment for our patients.
Fees and Insurance
WMed Health Adolescent Medicine participates with many insurance providers, including Medicaid and Medicaid Health Plans. Before you first visit, check with your insurance company to understand what services will be paid for by your insurance plan. For every appointment, you will need to bring your insurance card(s). Co-pays are due at the time of service and accepted forms of payment are cash, check, MasterCard, Visa, and Discover. If you have questions, our patient financial counselors we are ready to help you. Please call our Billing Department at 269.337.4460.
A referral by a healthcare provider is required. To refer, call 269.337.6289 or fax 269.337.6547. To make a referral in Epic, "Add Order" at the bottom of the right of the progress note or within the Meds and Orders section, search for the word "referral" and the Epic referral name WMed Adolescent Eating Disorders.
Our Care Team
- Maria Demma Cabral, MD
- Kristine Gibson, MD
- Sarah Beatty, RD, Registered dietician
- Andrea Caskey, MSW, Medical social worker
- Emily Phillips, RN, Registered nurse