Magnolia Creek celebrates one year

Published 12:00 am Friday, April 25, 2008


On April 22, Magnolia Creek Residential Treatment Center for Eating Disorders marked its one-year anniversary.

In the year since its opening, the center has treated dozens of patients, earned a highly sought-after accreditation from The Joint Commission (formerly known as JCAHO), and even made an appearance on the Dr. Phil Show.

“I feel so proud of everything Magnolia Creek has achieved in its first year and extremely grateful for all the hard work the staff has put in to make it all happen,” said Nicole Siegfried, Ph.D, clinical psychologist and director of the center. “We’ve made a strong beginning, but we plan to do a lot more work to extend our reach and provide additional services to women suffering from eating disorders.”

Magnolia Creek recently took a step in that direction and expanded its weekly alumni support group into a weekly after-care therapy group.

The group is now led by clinical psychologist Chebon Porter, Ph.D, and is offered at no charge to local alumni who have recently graduated from Magnolia Creek’s residential program.

“We’ve realized that our residents want continued support in maintaining their recovery. By providing them a more intensive after care therapy group, we have seen our graduates build on their progress at MC,” Porter said.

One former resident said the center had helped out tremendously.

“Magnolia Creek was the foundation but I’m finding after care to be as important as my residential stay itself,” the former resident said. “In aftercare, we are having to deal with everyday life issues and Wednesday night gives us the support we need.”

Situated beside a private lake and nestled among more than 30 wooded acres just outside Chelsea, Magnolia Creek Residential Treatment for Eating Disorders provides treatment for women ages 18 and older struggling with anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and eating disorders not otherwise specified.

To learn more about Magnolia Creek, contact Christine Lerios or Suzanne Zimmerman by phone at 678-4373 ext. 103, or by e-mail at