Eating Disorder Treatment in St. Louis, MO | Alsana®

Eating Disorder Treatment in St. Louis, Missouri

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

Residential eating disorder treatment
St. Louis - Ballwin Area

Alsana St. Louis rests on a serene 55-acre campus, where our clients can enjoy peaceful walks and group activities during their stay.

Alsana’s Ballwin-Area RTC is led by...

a team of dedicated and compassionate, eating disorder professionals who are committed to each unique client’s road to recovery. For greater ease and convenience for clients transitioning out of residential treatment, our PHP/IOP offerings are located in Fenton, Missouri, providing holistic programming seven days a week.

Alsana St. Louis, Missouri also offers treatment for ED-DMT1 (“Diabulimia”) clients.

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Eating Disorder Treatment Programs

A continuum of care options to meet you where you are on your eating recovery journey.

Alsana in Pacific, MO:
NOW OPEN

Juneberry common area

Missouri is now home to a second Alsana residential treatment center, expanding much-needed care access throughout the greater St. Louis community. A caring team of eating disorder treatment professionals welcomes adult clients of all genders, offering holistic residential treatment and industry-leading eating recovery programs in Pacific, MO.

Alsana in Pacific, MO, is now open and serving higher-acuity clients out of our beautiful new facility.

Our St. Louis, MO Staff

Our most valuable asset as a company is our people. Compassionate and collaborative ...

professionals, our Alsana staff work together to serve and help you on your path to recovery.

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Rebekah Freese, LCSW, Ph.D

Senior Regional Executive Director | she/her/hers

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Rebekah Freese, LCSW, Ph.D

Rebekah Freese, LCSW, Ph.D.  holds a Masters of Social Work (MSW) as well as a Doctorate degree in Philosophy from the University of Missouri. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker of the State of Missouri. She specializes in eating disorders, borderline personality disorder, gender, sexuality, and trauma.  She has treated individuals with an array of eating disorders, trauma, and BPD since 1997. She has extensive experience with commonly co-occurring conditions such as depression, anxiety, and substance use.  She has proficiency in clinical program development, management, and growth as well as quality assurance and program evaluation.

Rebekah has a strong commitment to work with those who experience high severity of life-threatening behaviors especially youth and young adults.  She has extensive training in evidence-based practice Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Family-Based Treatment (FBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapies (TF-CBT and CBT), Prolonged Exposure (PE) as well as the combination of DBT-PE.  She is passionate about her work and strives to assist her clients in developing balance and compassion in their lives.

When you have the chance to meet Rebekah, you will instantly realize she has a strong interest in developing organizations where everyone is welcomed and included. She is actively involved in her community to advocate for education, social justice, and awareness for mental health especially eating disorder treatment care and accessibility.  She serves as one of the expert practitioners for the Show-Me Disordered Eating and Eating Disorder ECHO. The ECHO connects interdisciplinary teams of experts with primary care providers to develop advanced skills and best practices.   She is a board member and President-elect for 2022 for the Missouri Eating Disorders Association (MOEDA) and sits on the Missouri Eating Disorder Council for the State of Missouri.

In her personal life, she enjoys hiking, reading, gardening, and spending time with family.

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Carla Roeper, MSN, BSN, BOL, RN

Regional Director of Nursing | she/her/hers

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Carla Roeper, MSN, BSN, BOL, RN

Carla is a registered nurse with an MS in Nursing Leadership and Management and a BS in Organizational Leadership and also in nursing. Before joining the Alsana team, Carla worked in the ICU, urgent care, business, and clinical review nursing settings.

Carla’s values include treating everyone with kindness, fairness, and respect. Carla feels that she is currently living her life goal in nursing leadership and management, and hopes to continue to grow in her career. In her spare time, Carla likes to spend time with her family both boating and traveling, and is a new grandparent!

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Meredith Throop, MD

Psychiatrist | she/her/hers

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Meredith Throop, MD

Dr. Meredith Throop is a practicing psychiatrist treating the 15 and older population. She attended Amherst College in Amherst, Massachusetts with a Bachelor of Science in Health Psychology. She continued on to Columbia University in New York to complete the Post-baccalaureate Premedical Program. She completed medical school at Saint Louis University and her residency in the Department of Neurology and Psychiatry at Saint Louis University Hospital. She is board certified through the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.

Dr. Throop has extensive experience as the Vice President of Medical Services at Places for People, a community behavioral health organization, as well as in private practice. She has worked with the Department of Corrections and continues to work with the Probate Courts.

Dr. Throop’s approach is patient-centered/patient-focused. Patient-centered care is a concept that gives primacy to the voice and concerns of the person using the health care service. The goal is to enable and empower patients to better appreciate, and play an active role in their overall health. Dr. Throop aims to take a holistic approach to mental health. She has studied traditional healing systems and medical anthropology in India as well as several countries in Africa.

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Cheyenne Bauman, MA, PLPC

Lead Therapist

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Cheyenne Bauman, MA, PLPC

Cheyenne joined Alsana as a Primary Therapist in 2020 and has now moved into the Lead Therapist’s role at our St. Louis Honeybee RTC program. After completing her undergraduate studies in psychology at the University of Missouri-Columbia, she went on to earn her master’s degree in Professional Counseling from Lindenwood University in 2017.

Before joining Alsana, Cheyenne worked with acute-level clients in the inpatient setting. Cheyenne is currently working on completing EMDR level 1 training and is looking forward to pursuing more training opportunities in the near future.
Cheyenne was drawn to Alsana for its culture and growth opportunities. She loves getting to be a part of such a solid and collaborative team. She is passionate about working with individuals with eating disorders and helping them achieve a sense of healing. She loves watching her clients make life-changing shifts in their recovery journeys.

Cheyenne loves spending time with her family, exploring the outdoors with her pups, and traveling to new places. She is a two with a three wing on the Enneagram. Cheyenne prides herself on being calm, positive, and not easily rattled by chaos.

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Dr. Francine Jacob, CDCES

Diabulimia Care Team

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Dr. Francine Jacob, CDCES

Dr. Jacob has a Masters in Science and has been a Registered Dietitian for more than 20 years, (licensed in MO and IL) and a Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist (CDCES) for 16 years. Dr. Jabob also cares for Alsana diabulimia clients.

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Dr. Michael Schachter

Internal Medicine | ED-DMT1 Care Team | he/him

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Dr. Michael Schachter

I am board certified in Family Medicine with a special interest in preventative medicine and eating disorders.   I graduated from medical school at Tel Aviv University and trained at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. 

I’ve been working with diabetes for four years. Helping manage diabetes is a team effort.  I feel privileged every time a patient and their family allow me to participate in the treatment.  Because diabetes can affect so many different aspects of our life and at every stage of our life, in the process of treatment, I gradually form relationships with both the patient and their family that grow to be deep and meaningful.  With any chronic disease, there are ups and downs.  I am available when they may be struggling, but I can also share in their successes. 

Our knowledge and understanding of this disease have grown enormously, even compared to how we managed it just a few decades ago.  Persons with diabetes now can do remarkably well.  Helping contribute to that success is one of the most rewarding parts of being a doctor.

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Amy Hanneke, RD

Lead RD | she/her/hers

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Amy Hanneke, RD

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Stephanie Neitz

Honeybee Program Director | she/her/hers

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Stephanie Neitz

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Samantha Wideman, BA

Director of Clinical Services - HW RTC

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Samantha Wideman, BA

Sam has been working with eating disorders since 2014 and joined Alsana upon completion of her undergraduate studies. She has held multiple roles at Alsana, including direct care staff, Lead Direct Care, Program Director, and Senior Program Director. She is inspired by the program’s adaptive care model and how Alsana really focuses on the client’s individual needs.

Sam wants to continue ensuring that Alsana is a safe and welcoming space for all clients, to create a place of healing for all. In Sam’s current position, she focuses on day-to-day operations and provides support across all dimensions. Sam graduated with her Bachelors in Psychology and is trained in motivational interviewing. She is working on becoming IAEDP certified.

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Anastasia Theisen, MS, LMFT

Lead Therapist

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Anastasia Theisen, MS, LMFT

Anastasia Theisen, MS, LMFT, is an lead therapist at our St. Louis RTC program. After completing her undergraduate studies in psychology, she when on to earn her master’s degree in applied family and child studies with a specialization in marriage and family therapy from Northern Illinois University in 2016.

As a graduate intern, Anastasia worked with children, adolescents, and adults who had experienced abuse in a domestic violence/sexual assault shelter. Prior to joining Alsana, she worked at Ben Gordon Center, a community mental health agency, where she worked with children, adolescents, adults, and families with a variety of mental health diagnoses and relational dynamics.

Anastasia has completed EMDR Level 1 training and is Gottman Level 2 certified. She is a certified clinical trauma professional and certified family trauma professional.

Anastasia is passionate about working with individuals who have been diagnosed with eating disorders as well as their families/partners to assist with the healing process and promote lasting change. She is especially excited about Alsana’s servant leadership philosophy and adaptive care model approach in working with individuals and their families.

She loves helping people grow and seeing all the beautiful ways in which people make changes. She enjoys witnessing clients learn to love all aspects and versions of themselves as they make their respective journeys through life.

Anastasia has always loved the performing arts. She used to be in theater, dance, choir, and show choir. She also has many hobbies, including photography, rock climbing, running, reading, animals, and spending time with her cat, Juno.

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Ali Beckman, MS, RD, LD, CEDRD

Lead Dietitian

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Ali Beckman, MS, RD, LD, CEDRD

Ali is the Lead Dietitian for Alsana St. Louis Residential Programming, overseeing the nutrition and movement dimensions of Alsana’s Adaptive Care Model. She is a certified eating disorder dietitian and sits on the board for the Missouri Eating Disorders Association. Ali is trained in embodied recovery, trauma-informed care for dietitians, and avoidant and restrictive food intake disorders (ARFID). Ali initiated the Body Liberation committee in Alsana’s St. Louis region, focused on adapting the physical space to meet the needs of clients in bodies of all shapes and sizes.

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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

Our locations

Alsana is proud to serve clients across the the United States at Residential, PHP, and IOP levels of care. We also offer Virtual Treatment options.

We will support you in finding your balance, purpose and possibilities. Welcome to Alsana. We are so glad you found us.

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