Virtual PHP | Alsana®

Virtual PHP

Alsana would like to be your virtual eating recovery community.

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Virtual eating disorder treatment

We offer stand-alone, national, centralized Virtual PHP...

(vPHP) in addition to our in-person treatment programs.

The risks of struggling with an eating disorder are not to be ignored, and treatment should not be delayed. Expanding access to virtual eating disorder treatment

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provides the flexibility needed to accommodate more diverse client needs and schedules. Recovery is not concealed.

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All of our virtual programs now offer morning, mid-day and evening session options.

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Flexible care

Social distancing and quarantines create more circumstances in which virtual services may make the most sense for many of our clients. Alsana’s virtual options do not replace in-person PHP and IOP treatment offerings but provide much-needed additional flexibility to help us meet our clients’ unique needs and schedules.

Meet your virtual
PHP team

Julia Szpakiewicz, LMFT

Director of Clinical Services

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Julia Szpakiewicz, LMFT

Julia was inspired to join Alsana as the director of clinical services for the opportunity to grow with a team of people who are genuinely excited to teach, empower, and focus on delivering the best client care possible.

She most enjoys the relational aspect of her work, collaborating with the treatment team, teaching and inspiring clinicians through their journey, and group work with the clients. Previously, Julia has worked in private practice and held roles within treatment centers that include director of admissions, assistant clinical director, lead therapist and primary therapist.

Julia earned her Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy at Pepperdine University. She is a member of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, IAEDP, Valley Federation of Eating Disorder Professionals, and is working toward becoming a certified eating disorder specialist and Cognitive Processing Therapist.

In her spare time, Julia loves nature, traveling and doing things out of her comfort zone. She likes to live by the philosophy of “do the harder thing” whether facing fears or inner personal growth. She is also currently teaching herself how to play the guitar.

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Anthony Hackworth Jr, RD

Lead Registered Dietitian

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Anthony Hackworth Jr, RD

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Michael Salinas

Program Coordinator

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Michael Salinas

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Brad Zehring, DO

National Psychiatry Director | he/him/his

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Brad Zehring, DO

Brad Zehring, DO is a Board Certified Psychiatrist and Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology who specializes in the treatment of eating disorders and co-occurring psychiatric disorders. He completed his psychiatry residency from the University of Arizona – Phoenix Campus. He is the National Psychiatry Director at Alsana and serves as the psychiatrist for the Santa Barbara and virtual programs. His desire to treat eating disorders was born out of a personal connection which fueled his passion to learn all he could to help deliver the best psychiatric care. This passion led to him starting his private practice in Arizona where he delivers expert outpatient psychiatric care in the treatment of eating disorders throughout the United States.

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Program details

Alsana would like to be your virtual eating recovery community.

Virtual services are offered through a secure, HIPAA compliant and confidential platform.

Treatment is offered 7 days a week with flexible programming throughout the day.

Programming includes individual therapy, group therapy and meal support.

Our program is designed within Alsana’s Adaptive Care Model®, an approach that meets client’s individual needs and addresses the healing of the entire person.

Virtual programming can be tailored to fit your schedule with flexible hours from 3-7 days per week for virtual IOP and 5-7 days per week for virtual PHP.

Virtual treatment builds a sense of community by allowing you to share your home environment.

You will work on your recovery by preparing meals you have chosen in advance, using your own food, in your own home, with the support of an Alsana dietitian virtually.

Alsana is an advocate for clients in receiving insurance coverage for ...

virtual programming. We are in-network for virtual programming with nearly all major payors. In addition, there are many plans that have agreed to waive co-pays.

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Program quality considerations

At Alsana, we know you have many options for eating disorder treatment. We would like to be your Eating Recovery Community, but ultimately we would like you to feel confident and supported in taking the next steps.

Here are some things to consider:

  • Alsana’s virtual IOP and PHP programs offer clients treatment by a Master’s-level clinician in the state where the client is located. This is an important requirement that all potential clients should consider in choosing a program for treatment.
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  • Alsana’s virtual IOP and PHP program has been in development for several years. During this time Alsana has worked rigorously to obtain licensure in the majority of states across the United States. In rare instances where Alsana does not hold a state license, we will advocate for licensure reciprocity for each client individually during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Alsana is an advocate for clients in receiving insurance coverage for virtual programming. We are in-network for virtual programming with nearly all major payers. In addition, there are many plans that have agreed to waive co-pays.
  • Alsana’s virtual IOP and PHP digital platform ensures that all virtual services are confidential, HIPAA compliant and secure.
  • Alsana is a staunch supporter of broadening access to care for anyone struggling from an eating disorder. We have worked collaboratively with many other eating disorder providers to share our best practices and learn from theirs. We support all programs honoring each of these quality considerations.

Any client who admits to an Alsana virtual program can be assured that:
  • A licensed clinician eligible to provide treatment in the state in which your patient physically resides will be the one providing care.
  • All services are provided on a secure, confidential and HIPAA compliant platform.
  • They will receive evidenced-based clinical care with comprehensive medical oversight.
  • Their care will be covered by their insurance company.
  • A warm and relational team of caregivers is guiding them on their treatment journey.

All Alsana PHP and IOP programs, including our virtual programs, are Joint Commission accredited and have met or exceeded The Joint Commission’s rigorous performance standards.
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All Alsana PHP and IOP programs, including our virtual programs, are Joint Commission accredited & have met or exceeded The Joint Commission’s rigorous performance standards.