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Highly Trained and Passionate Staff

The staff of the Toledo Center takes pride in being highly trained, dedicated and respectful in providing the highest quality treatment available based on the latest scientific and clinical principles.

Amos Taylor, MBA

Interim Executive Director

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Amos Taylor, MBA

Interim Executive Director

As the Interim Executive Director at Toledo Center for Eating Disorders, Amos is responsible for overall success including administrative, operational and clinical services. In addition, he is responsible for spearheading the development, communication, and implementation of effective and efficient treatment outcomes and strategies. He guides and encourages the team at Toledo Center to follow the core principles as an organization that delivers quality, compassionate care in an intentionally sustainable way. Toledo Center continues to fulfill its mission of serving the needs of those who are struggling with eating disorders, their families, and those committed to their care. Accordingly, Amos is always available to those seeking admission to Toledo Center as we focus on ensuring treatment that restores hope, health, and happiness. Amos is happily married to Michelle, and they are the proud parents of Isaac and Isabel.

Karen Striph, MD

Medical Director

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Karen Striph, M.D.

Medical Director

Dr. Striph is the Medical Director at the Toledo Center and is Board Certified in Family Medicine. Dr. Striph worked previously as a family physician at Flower Hospital in Sylvania and was the Assistant Director in the residency training program with the Promedica Health System.

Meggan Desmond, MSW, LISW-S

Clinical Director

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Meggan Desmond, MSW, LISW

Clinical Director and Director, Adolescent Program

Meggan was one of the original staff members who established the Adolescent Residential Treatment Program. She earned her undergraduate degree in Psychology and her Masters of Social Work degree at the University of Toledo. As part of her education and training, Ms. Desmond completed internships in settings providing experience in substance abuse and domestic violence. She currently provides direct care services to both the adolescent and adult patients. She has a wealth of experience in running groups on a wide range of topics and specializes in teaching psycho educational components of our program.

Amy Good, RD, LD

Milieu Director

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Amy Good, RD., LD

Milieu Director

As a Registered Dietitian at Toledo Center, Amy is specialized in the dietary management of eating disorders and provides leadership in our nutrition psycho education groups. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Dietetics from Bowling Green State University. Prior to joining our staff, Amy worked in a variety of clinical and hospital settings. She previously worked for an online platform that aligns Registered Dietitians with clients, utilizing modern technology like smartphones, in an effort to track their diet and provide professional education about the nutritional aspects of their diet.

Anna Lippisch, MSW, LSW

Director, Childhood Eating Problems Program

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Anna Lippisch, MSW, LSW

Director, Childhood Eating Problems Program

Anna currently provides individual and family therapy to persons suffering from childhood eating problems, as well as a range of other problems encountered during childhood, including but not limited to: ADHD, anger management, anxiety, Autism Spectrum Disorders, behavioral problems, Conduct Disorders, depression and phobias. She is a licensed social worker, and earned her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Bowling Green State University, and obtained a master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Toledo. As part of her education and training, Anna completed internships in settings providing experience in working with children, adolescents and families.

Joe Fraiz, MD

Consulting MD

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Dr. Joe Frazier

Consulting MD

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Michelle Kalz

National Director of Clinical Partnerships

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Michelle Kalz

National Director of Clinical Partnerships

Michelle joined Odyssey Behavioral Health as the National Director of Clinical Partnerships – Eating Disorder Services in 2017, bringing over 20 years of dynamic business development, marketing, and leadership experience in the healthcare and eating disorder arena. Passionate about helping others, she is dedicated to serving the communities Selah House, Magnolia Creek and Toledo Center by connecting clients treatment. Michelle graduated from Lindenwood University with a bachelor’s degree in Corporate Communications and received her master’s degree in Healthcare Administration from Webster University.

Kara Pate

Regional Director of Clinical Partnerships

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Kate Pate

Regional Director of Clinical Partnerships

Kara specializes in relationship building, mentoring, brand identity, mental health awareness, and treatment placement providing the best care possible for every individual. Along with her extensive experience in the field, Kara’s personal journey has gifted her with a unique compassion and ability to help others find their meaning and purpose.

She graduated from CSULB with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications and received her Master of Arts in Social Entrepreneurship and Change from Pepperdine University. She is also a graduate of the Bethel School of Supernatural Ministry. She has been active with local chapters of the Women’s Association of Addiction Treatment, The International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals and has served on the board for The Body Revolution Redding and the Eating Disorder Recovery Services.

Kara’s goal is to help women find a new path and journey toward full recovery. She enjoys collaborating with clinical teams allowing each client the best opportunity for full recovery, and is looking forward to forming new partnerships with Toledo Center.

Arline Soncrant, BA

Director, Financial Operations

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Arline Soncrant, BA

Director, Financial Operations

Arline is one of the founding staff members of Toledo Center, and plays a key role in general operations and fiscal management, and financial policy development. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from the University of Toledo.

Samantha Sattler, MA, LPC

Therapist

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Samantha Sattler, MA, PC

Therapist

Samantha is currently a Professional Counselor, working with clients in the Adolescent, Adult and Outpatient Programs. She is experienced in providing individual, group and family therapy specifically tailored to the needs of those with eating disorders. She began her career at Toledo Center as a member of the direct care staff and was promoted to Manager of the Adolescent Residential Program. She then went on to earn her undergraduate degree in Psychology at the University of Toledo and then obtained her Masters of Counselor Education at the University of Toledo.

Tracey Darrington, BS

Director, Operations & Compliance

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Tracey R. Darrington, BS

Director, Financial Operations

Tracey supervises all aspects of quality assurance, develops policies and procedures required to maintain certification and licensure through the Ohio Department of Mental Health and CARF, performs insurance contract negotiations, and performs Human Resource functions at Toledo Center. She has a strong background in regulatory compliance and benefit administration. Tracey obtained undergraduate degrees in Healthcare Administration and Human Resources Management.

Michele Graham, BSN, RN

Assistant Director of Nursing

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Michele Graham, BSN, RN

Michele is a Registered Nurse who joined the Toledo Center for Eating Disorders as the Assistant Director of Nursing. Michele has a strong background in providing quality care to a wide variety of patients in Emergency, Trauma, Addiction and Mental Health. She obtained a Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Lourdes University and is currently focused on earning a master’s degree and becoming a Nurse Practitioner. Michele is aimed towards developing and achieving quality medical care and treatment for the patients and their families.

Brenna DeSandro

Breanna DeSandro MA, LPC, CTRS

Clinical Program Therapist

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Breanna DeSandro MA, LPC, CTRS

Breanna is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a recent graduate from Spring Arbor University where she received her master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. During her internship at the University of Toledo’s Counseling Center (UCC) she served as the liaison between UCC and the Office of Multicultural Student Services (OMSS) for LGBTQA+ programming and services, while also serving on the LGBTQ Issues Conference Committee. Breanna also received a Bachelor Science degree in Therapeutic Recreation at Eastern Michigan University and is a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS). Breanna’s past clinical experience includes working in an acute behavioral health institute as a psycho-educational specialist.

Tayler Bowen

Tayler Bowen, BS

Admissions Coordinator

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Tayler Bowen, BS

In her role as Admissions Coordinator, Tayler focuses her time to support and empower individuals and their families during the first steps of recovery to a healthy and full life. Her work at Toledo Center allows her the opportunity to work directly with individuals struggling with eating disorders and watch the transformation they make through their own strength while providing these individuals with support and encouragement every step of the way. Tayler received her Bachelor’s Degree in Healthcare Administration from the University of Toledo.

Note: Staff requiring supervision are supervised according to Ohio Revised Code.

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