Eating Disorder Treatment in Birmingham, AL - Alsana®

Eating Disorder Treatment in Birmingham, Alabama

When an individual receives early, adaptive, and developmentally appropriate care, their recovery from disordered eating is not only possible, it’s probable!

Welcome to Alsana Birmingham

Clients benefit from a community of compassionate, expert providers with vast experience and specialized training in eating disorder treatment.

Lolly Wool, Regional Executive Director is dedicated to helping clients of all genders and sexual orientations heal and recover from their eating disorders. ...



Located in the rolling hills of Birmingham, Alabama, this Alsana location offers residential treatment, an intensive day treatment program with off-campus recovery-oriented apartments, and an integrated intensive outpatient program.

Clients receive the highest quality of care and support with the most current evidence-based therapies for eating disorders and co-occurring conditions.

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Eating Disorder Treatment Programs

A continuum of care for your healing journey. We want you to succeed and we know the ...

first step is often the hardest. At Alsana in Birmingham, Alabama we currently offer three levels of care for adults: residential, day treatment, and intensive outpatient. We also offer Virtual Treatment Options for IOP.

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Our Birmingham, AL Staff

Lolly Wool, LPC, NCC, CEDS

Regional Executive Director | she/her/hers

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Lolly Wool, LPC, NCC, CEDS

Lolly started her career as a Special Education teacher working with kids with Autism. After completing her Master’s degree, she began working for Alsana as a primary therapist. Throughout her time at Alsana she has been Lead Therapist, Director of Clinical Services for Residential, and now Regional Executive Director. She also spent a year and a half as a Clinical Director of a substance abuse program. She is trained in EMDR and has Advanced training in Somatic Experiencing. She is also a Certified Eating Disorder Specialist.

Lolly has always had a passion for wanting to help those with eating disorders. She was drawn to Alsana at first for the impressive clinical philosophy and the depth of therapeutic work that Alsana offers. She is a big fan of Alsana’s nutritional philosophy and the way we encourage individuals to form a new relationship with their body, food, and movement. She has stayed at Alsana because of the clients and the team. She believes that the staff at Alsana is brilliant, and the most compassionate and dedicated individuals she has ever worked with.
She loves forming relationships with people and loves being able to hold hope in recovery for all of Alsana’s clients.

If she is not at Alsana, she spends most of her time outside, hanging out with her husband and three kids. She loves Broadway musicals and finding little time to read.

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David Estep, MD

Psychiatrist | he/him/his

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David Estep, MD

Before joining Alsana, Dr. Estep’s experience as a psychiatrist started in the United States Air Force, which took him around the US, most recently to Birmingham. In addition to helping those with eating disorders, his work has included inpatient psychiatry; military, medical, and occupational consultation; correctional psychiatry, and general outpatient mental health. He loves taking care of patients, learning their stories, and working alongside the therapists, dieticians, and other staff at Alsana.

Dr. Estep’s education came from the University of Georgia (Go Dawgs!), Mercer University School of Medicine, University of Texas Health Science Center, and West Virginia University

In his spare time, Dr. Estep is constantly relearning how to play guitar, how to consistently exercise, and has recently started taking flying lessons. In his own words “there’s great benefit in being curious about ourselves and our inner workings, and I look forward to every chance I get to take that adventure with people”

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Johnny Williamson, MD

Psychiatrist | he/him/his

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Johnny Williamson, MD

Prior to joining Alsana, Johnny served as the Medical Director at Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center in the Chicagoland area, caring for individuals diagnosed with various eating disorders.  He has over 6 years of experience in the treatment of eating disorders.

Dr. Williamson completed his undergraduate degree at the University Of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  He earned his medical degree at Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tennessee.  Subsequently, he completed both general psychiatry and child and adolescent residencies at the University of Illinois at Chicago.  Dr. Williamson spent much of his early career in community psychiatry, forensic psychiatry and hospital-based work.  More recently Dr. Williamson provides care in a mix of inpatient work, residential treatment and private practice.

Dr. Williamson is board-certified in General and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and has over 20 years of experience in mental health.

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Ronda Cannon, BS

Regional Director of Development, East Region | she/her/hers

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Ronda Cannon, BS

Ronda believes that one of Alsana’s most important guiding principles is “clients first,” and that the team will be there every step of the way. As the Regional Executive Director at the Alabama location, Ronda loves her job because she feels that everyone shares the same vision and is dedicated to the mission in an environment where everybody is there for each other.

Ronda currently oversees all day to day operations and administration for Alsana’s programs in Alabama and she enjoys being able to witness the journey of our clients from beginning to end, and to watch as the road of recovery unfolds.

Prior to Alsana, Ronda spent several years as the program coordinator for Eating Disorders Awareness and Prevention in the state of Washington, developing eating disorder prevention programs and creating several presentations and publications on the subject. Ronda also has a strong research and analytical background having worked as a program manager for the Department of Medicine and Anesthesiology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Ronda graduated magna cum laude from Washington State University with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology.

Outside of work, Ronda enjoys spending time with her friends and family, sitting in nature and feeling the sunshine on her face, taking long walks on the beach and feeling the sand between her toes, traveling to distant places, listening to music, going to the theater, and losing herself in a good book. Ronda is proud to share that all her pets since 1977 have been named after Star Wars characters, the greatest movie franchise in existence.

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Caroline Nichols, LICSW, CEDS

Regional Director of Compliance and Director of Family Programs | she/her/hers

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Caroline Nichols, LICSW, CEDS

As the Regional Director of Compliance and Director of Family Programs, Caroline was inspired to join Alsana because of our adaptive and personalized approach to the treatment of each individual client. She also loves working with amazing, dedicated professionals and bearing witness to the small “aha” moments that clients experience during the course of their recovery.

Caroline has previous experience working with individuals with eating disorders at the residential and partial hospitalization levels of care. She also has extensive experience working with issues related to PTSD, addiction, co-dependency, chronic pain management, self-harm, suicide, family dynamics and personality disorders. She has specialized training in dialectal behavior therapy, cognitive processing therapy, prolonged exposure therapy and is a level II trained EMDR therapist.

Caroline currently serves as the hospitality co-chair for the Alabama Chapter of International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals (IAEDP). She employs a wide variety of therapeutic modalities to treat the whole person and is committed to empowering clients to develop a “life worth living.”

Caroline received her Master of Social Work degree with a concentration in mental health from the University of Alabama and is a licensed independent clinical social worker in the State of Alabama.

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Katherine C. Jordan, MS, RDN, LDN

Director of Clinical Services | she/her/hers

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Katherine C. Jordan, MS, RDN, LDN

Katherine interned at Alsana and would leave each day fulfilled from spending time with the amazing clients. Now a dietitian with Alsana, she is inspired daily by clients’ bravery and courage. She also appreciates the cohesive team that pushes her to not only become a more effective dietitian, but also a better person.

Katherine loves supporting clients as they gain a healthy relationship with food. This includes experiencing the enjoyment and nourishment of food in harmony, creating an environment for individuals to trust their bodies as well as the food they use to fuel it. She believes it is an honor that our clients share their story and their recovery journey with us day in and day out. She values seeing clients’ relationships with food transformed and true freedom entering their lives—mind, body, and soul.

Katherine graduated summa cum laude from the University of Alabama with a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Food and Nutrition. As a registered and licensed dietitian nutritionist, she is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and Birmingham District Dietetic Association. Katherine also finished the coordinated program of dietetics which includes more than 1,000 hours of nutrition experience in the areas of clinical nutrition, food service management, and community nutrition.

Katherine loves cooking, boxing, traveling, and anything that involves being outdoors. She’s traveled to 11 countries including China, Tanzania, and Cuba.

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Mary Elizabeth Akinaka, LPC, NCC

Director of Clinical Services

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Mary Elizabeth Akinaka, LPC, NCC

Mary joined Alsana as a primary therapist because she was inspired by the team’s drive for serving clients with intentional, effective and individualized care. She enjoys walking through the treatment process with her clients and sees it as an honor to be part of their recovery journey and story.

Mary believes that therapy is an art created by two people: the therapist and the client. As a therapist, her role is to walk alongside her clients, allowing them to explore themselves in a safe and non-judgmental environment.

Prior to serving as a primary therapist, Mary was on staff as direct care and the family program coordinator. Previously, she was a special education teacher for 6 – 12 grade students and the director of children’s ministry for a non-denominational church.

Mary received her Bachelor’s degree in collaborative special education from Auburn University, her Master’s degree in clinical mental health from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and a Certificate of Marriage and Family Counseling, also from UAB.

Mary loves interacting with individuals from all walks of life and is a believer that a significant aspect of our growth as human beings is through interaction, specifically those whose stories look different from our own. She grew up living overseas and her favorite food is escargot.

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In their own words

Let Alsana help you write your own story of hope and healing. We would like to be your eating recovery community.

  • The staff at Alsana proved to be extremely talented in the art and the skill of not colluding with my eating disorder while...

    also not treating me as if  I was an eating disorder. They treated me like the real, whole person that I had lost sight of. They have an ability to hold nuance gently and they aren’t afraid to wade into the hardest waters, which is so much more helpful than receiving treatment that is guided by a rigid manual. There is an unbelievable amount of safety at Alsana because of this and my gratitude is crazy high!
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    Sydney
    Sydney
  • As I began to apply the knowledge I gained from Alsana into my daily life, I found that my anxiety, guilt, shame ...

    and self-criticism steadily faded like a candle flickering on its last legs. I found authentic joy in things I used to reprimand myself for doing. I took, and continue to take pride in the progress I made and continue to make. Most importantly, I am now capable of self-acceptance and self-love whether I succeed, fail or anything in between.
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    Paul
    Paul
  • Before coming to Alsana, I had never had a treatment experience in which the "how" and "why" of the eating ...

    disorder were addressed. This has proven to be essential in my treatment at Alsana and also in my daily life as a member of society. Alsana providers led me through so much illuminating self-reflection about topics that I had never before considered relevant to my treatment, recovery, or self in general. Alsana staff appreciate and treat the individual, and I felt this in and outside of therapy sessions. They always humored my random geography facts and propensity to trail glitter wherever I went. 🙂 Ultimately, my treatment experience at Alsana taught me how to be a shamelessly authentic individual, and it gave me a sense of safety to explore what it means to be myself. With so much love,
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    Kate
    Kate

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