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Eating Disorder Treatment Center in Florida

Reclaim Your Life with Personalized Eating Disorder Treatment at Milestones

At Milestones, our facility and programs are nationally accredited by the Joint Commission and licensed by the Agency for Healthcare Administration.  

Need Help with an eating disorder call us (800) 347-2364

Our Treatment Philosophy

We provide comprehensive eating disorder programs in Florida. Our treatment programs are designed to address the unique needs of each individual, recognizing that there is no one-size-fits-all approach to recovery. We provide a range of evidence-based treatment modalities, including individual therapy, group therapy, family therapy, nutritional counseling, medical monitoring, and experiential therapies. By integrating these modalities, we address eating disorders’ physical, emotional, and psychological aspects, fostering holistic healing and long-term recovery. Whether you are in Florida or anywhere else in the country, we are happy to help.

Our team of dedicated professionals is comprised of a multidisciplinary group of credentialed and board-certified therapists, physicians, registered nurses, dietitians, and experienced support staff. Our facility and programs are nationally accredited by the Joint Commission and licensed by the Agency for Healthcare Administration and provide top quality eating disorder treatment in Florida.Our team of dedicated professionals is comprised of a multidisciplinary group of credentialed and board-certified therapists, physicians, registered nurses, dietitians, and experienced support staff. Our facility and programs are nationally accredited by the Joint Commission and licensed by the Agency for Healthcare Administration and provide top quality eating disorder treatment in Florida.

The overall mission at Milestones is best summed up by this metaphor: “Feed a person a fish and they’ll eat for one day, teach a person how to fish and they’ll eat for a lifetime.” To accomplish this the program incorporates supervision and guidance with meal planning and meal preparation, grocery shopping, apartment-style living, and an array of daily living activities: all with the notion the last day in treatment and the next day back home should be as seamless as possible. The “culture” at Milestones is one of collaboration between the professional staff and the people who are seeking help. Because of this, we only accept people into our programs who are willing, able, and ready to make a commitment to their recovery. Doing so makes for a community of like-minded people with a singleness of purpose – recovery.

Although each component of the treatment process is integral to achieving a sustained recovery for the individual, we also recognize eating disorders affect family, friends, and employers. To this end, we offer counseling opportunities to individuals requesting family, significant other, or employer communication. This is, of course, only with the written consent of the person who is admitted to the program.

Apart from the residential program, Milestones offers two other levels of care for those who would benefit from “stepping down” or transitioning to a lesser level of care. In some instances, these programs are offered as an alternative to a higher level of care such as residential. These determinations are a collaborative decision between individuals and the clinical team upon review of a pre-admission assessment, discharge planning, and/or a pre-admission interview.

To provide comprehensive eating disorder treatment in Florida, our PHP or Partial Hospital Program, aka day treatment, follows the same schedule, and several of the components our residential participants experience. The program averages approximately six hours daily and is usually attended no less than five or more than seven days weekly. PHP participants are not monitored or offered the supervision and amenities common the those in the residential program after hours. Hence, they are “commuters” with “room and board” not being a part of this level of care and the responsibility of the individual. More recently, tele-health and virtual PHP and IOP attendance is offered as an option for those individuals unable to attend in person as state and national regulatory guidelines permit.

The IOP or Intensive Outpatient Program is identical to the PHP program apart from being half-day or averaging three hours daily. Determining the exact schedule, morning or afternoon is flexible and determined by participants and staff. Like the PHP program, participants do not reside at the residences or participate in the evening and after-hours schedules.

Equally important to gaining a “foothold” in the recovery process is the “now what, so what” question of how I keep from relapsing back into the behaviors and mental anguish of my eating disorder. Stopping and staying stopped are both challenging. A key element to “staying stopped” is to first recognize the work does not end with going home or leaving a treatment program. At Milestones, we provide eating disorder treatment in Florida and we are more apt to consider staying stopped a matter of remission and not a matter of having been “cured.” Achieving long-term, quality recovery begins with acceptance of the need to do things differently than prior to treatment. Starting with discharge planning and continuing with aftercare. Ongoing support is an essential key to longevity. Part of our core mission is a commitment to offer each graduate an opportunity to participate in any of several dedicated aftercare and alumni programs. Whether in-person or via telehealth, our alumni and aftercare director, Bonnie Malcome, is onsite to make available the resources and support to ensure long-term “sober living” becomes a reality.

Our Staff

Dr. Lerner is the founder and CEO of the Milestones in Recovery’s Eating Disorder Program which he started in 1999. Dr. Lerner is a graduate of Nova Southeastern University. Dr. Lerner is a licensed and board-certified clinical psychologist who has specialized in the treatment of eating disorders since 1980. He has appeared on numerous national television and radio programs that include: The NPR Report; 20/20; Discovery Health; and ABC’s Nightline. Dr. Lerner has also authored several publications related to eating disorders in the professional literature, national magazines, and newspapers including USA Today; The Wall Street Journal; New York Times; Miami Herald;

Nikki Glantz, RDN is a Nutritionist and COO at Milestones in Recovery. Nikki studied at the University of Florida, earning a B.S. in health science education, and attended Florida International University in a coordinated program for her B.S in Dietetics and nutrition. Nikki went on to start her private practice before starting with Milestones in Recovery in 1999. Nikki is a registered Dietician with the Commission on Dietetics, a Member of the South Florida Academy of Nutrition Dietetics, a Member of the FDA (Florida Dietitian Association), a Member of the IAEDP (International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals), a Member of SCAN (sports, Cardiovascular, and Wellness Nutrition), and a member of AED (Academy of Eating Disorder Professionals). 

Dr. Nathaniel Keller, MD is a board-certified adult psychiatrist. After completing an internship and residency program at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, Dr. Keller joined Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York as a Clinical Assistant Professor. He subsequently relocated to South Florida and founded Keller Healthcare, a private psychiatric practice. Dr. Keller has spent the past 15 years building the practice – adding a team of psychiatrists and psychologists. Currently, Dr. Keller is a Clinical Assistant Professor at Nova School of Medicine and a Medical Director at Milestones in Recovery. He has extensive experience in treating clients with depression, anxiety, ADHD, PTSD, eating disorders, medical/psychiatric comorbidities, and other related psychiatric disease states.

Our Facility

As your potential home away from home, we are proud to offer you a state of the art facility, best Florida eating disorder treatments and very comfortable residences.

Treatment Options

Our residential treatment programs provide a non-hospital type setting that allows for unconditional support. We offer a holistic approach to our treatment modalities that provide our residents with freedom of expression, autonomy with their meal preparations, and access to a treatment team that offers compassion coupled with a wealth of knowledge. We have been operating as a private eating disorder treatment facility center in Florida for over 25 years and we pride ourselves on having expertise in this area of addiction. Our residential program will open up doors for your recovery and set the foundation for your continued journey.

Intensive Outpatient Treatment [IOP] is an abbreviated version of the PHP program. IOP is intended for individuals making the transition from higher levels of care. These may include inpatient/hospital-based, residential, and partial hospital settings. Considerably more comprehensive than typical weekly or bi-weekly outpatient treatment, IOP typically involves weekday sessions that are a minimum of three hours per session. Attendance may range from a minimum of 3X to a maximum of 7X weekly. The program is comprised of group and individual sessions, ongoing consultations with the program dietitian, medical oversight, and many of the services offered at both the residential and partial hospital levels of care. Part of the mission of IOP is to begin the process of making the final transition from Milestones to home. Like PHP, telehealth services are offered to those out-of-area individuals approved by the clinical team. Once more, the last day of Milestones and the next day home is intended to be as “seamless” as possible.

The Partial Hospital Program [PHP], sometimes referred to as “Day Treatment”, is intended as a “step-down” or transition level of care. It is intended for people ready to put into practice the experiences gained from their residential stay. PHP involves a minimum of three days and a maximum of seven days of weekly participation. The transition to this program may necessitate arranging for “room and board” off-site or near-site to Milestones. In some instances, arrangements can be made to remain at the residential campus while participating. For out-of-area participants, a telehealth option may be available. This level of care consists of the same elements experienced in the IOP program with an additional schedule of therapies and activities identical to those of the residential program. A typical PHP schedule begins at 9:00 am and ends at 3:00 or 4:00 PM. Not included are a grocery allowance, transportation to and from the clinical campus, and the evening, weekend, and overnight components afforded to the residential participants.* *Unless boarding at the residential campus

Milestones currently offers a Telehealth Program for all levels of care other than residential. As such, out-of-area individuals transitioning home may benefit from the continuity of care offered via this medium. Therapies such as individual consultations with professional staff, nutrition, meal planning, online support groups, etc. are offered to telehealth participants. Although intended for individuals transitioning from the residential program, there are instances where former participants and certain individuals may be accepted to the telehealth program without having been residential members of the community. These exceptions require clinical assessments and the approval of the program director and admissions team.
Alumni and Aftercare Programs Milestones offers weekly telehealth support facilitated by Milestones alumni and Clinical Staff. Please refer to the section on events and aftercare on this website.

Recovery from an eating disorder is usually not a “one-and-done” event. Sometimes, like any chronic illness, people who have gained a hold on recovery may lose their footing or find themselves in need of rebalancing themselves. To that end, we offer an opportunity to return to Milestones and “do a reset.” Whether you have retreated to old behaviors or find yourself “at risk” with repeated thoughts calling you to the food or shaming you for eating, there is the stabilization program. The stabilization track involves a minimum 14-day commitment and is covered by most insurances. Stabilization is an option specifically tailored to get people “back up and/or staying up “on their feet.”

The Milestones Support Program* is facilitated and managed by our dedicated Alumni Coordinator. Apart from the continuing care plan offered upon discharge, a weekly alumni group is hosted by a Milestones staff member. In addition, a weekly “Constructive Living” recovery group is hosted by one of the lead clinicians at Milestones. Furthermore, a schedule of upcoming events, seminars, and resources are listed on our website and social media outlets. Our mission is to provide ongoing support throughout your recovery journey and beyond.

Insurance & Cost

We work with many insurance providers. If you don’t see your provider below, Call us at (800) 347-2364 or complete the form below to find the best option for you.

Disordered Eating

Anorexia Symptoms

  • Extreme weight loss or not making expected developmental weight gains
  • Thin appearance
  • Abnormal blood counts
  • Fatigue
  • Insomnia
  • Dizziness or fainting
  • Bluish discoloration of the fingers
  • Hair that thins, breaks, or falls out
  • Soft, downy hair covering the body
  • Absence of menstruation
  • Constipation and abdominal pain
  • Dry or yellowish skin
How to know if i have an eating disorder

Bulimia Symptoms

  • Being preoccupied with your body shape and weight
  • Living in fear of gaining weight
  • Repeated episodes of eating abnormally large amounts of food in one sitting
  • Feeling a loss of control during bingeing — like you can’t stop eating or can’t control what you eat
  • Forcing yourself to vomit or exercising too much to keep from gaining weight after bingeing
  • Using laxatives, diuretics, or enemas after eating when they’re not needed
  • Fasting, restricting calories, or avoiding certain foods between binges
binge eating disorder

Diabulimia Symptoms

1. Insulin manipulation

2. Uncontrolled blood sugar

3. Extreme food restriction

4. Excessive exercise

5. Weight fluctuations

6. Chronic fatigue

7. Dehydration

8. Electrolyte imbalances

9. Irregular menstrual cycles

10. Depression and anxiety

11. Poor concentration

12. Dental problem

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