Here at Wilkins Center, our team of experienced specialists is committed to helping patients overcome all types of eating disorders – from anorexia and bulimia to binge eating and much more. For over 35 years, Wilkins Center has shown that the majority of eating disorder patients can be cured, and most others will improve significantly.
A results-focused approach
At Wilkins Center we proactively address disordered thoughts and behaviors. During this process, both patient and family receive psychological support and practical guidance. Most patients make progress quickly, and many are cured in under 1-2 years.
The power of personalized care
We take a holistic and highly personalized approach to treatment that is designed to meet the unique needs of every patient and family, regardless of age or background.
An experienced senior physician will consult with the patient and/or family to develop a customized treatment plan that will be implemented by the most compatible staff members. You'll find a wide range of outpatient services, including psychiatric, medical, and nutritional care. It is this comprehensive approach, combined with essential compassion and support that has helped Wilkins Center achieve excellent results for over 35 years.
We understand that your time is precious and your needs are urgent. In addition to daytime hours, our director and senior staff are available online, by phone, and in-person for questions and coaching throughout the treatment process, including during evening, weekends, and for services in your home.
Diane Mickley, MD, FACP, FAED
Founder and Director
Dr. Mickley is an internationally-recognized expert in treating people with eating disorders and weight control issues. She founded Wilkins Center in 1982, and has provided highly effective, highly personalized care to over 8,000 individuals – helping them overcome the devastating effects of eating disorders and lead healthier lives.
Over the years, Dr. Mickley has received a number of awards for her outstanding leadership and contributions to her profession and community. She is the recipient of the 2011 Distinguished Clinician of the Year award from the Academy for Eating Disorders.
She received the "Woman of Inspiration Award" from the American Anorexia and Bulimia Association for advancing the treatment of eating disorders through clinical research, hands-on treatment, and organizational leadership. She was the recipient of the National Eating Disorders Association's Lifetime Achievement Award. Dr. Mickley was also honored with the Greenwich YWCA's BRAVA Award.
Awards: 2010-2011 Clinician of the Year, Academy for Eating Disorders; Listed among “America’s Top Physicians,” “Best Doctors in America,” and “Top Doctors for Women” every year since 2002
Past President: American Anorexia and Bulimia Association, National Eating Disorders Association
Fellow: American College of Physicians
Founding Fellow: Academy for Eating Disorders
Assistant Clinical Professor: Yale University School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry
Collaborator: On research projects with Columbia, Yale, and Harvard Medical Schools
Emeritus Physician: Greenwich Hospital
Member: North American Association of Obesity, Society for Adolescent Medicine
Editorial Board Member: The Journal of Treatment and Prevention of Eating Disorders
MD: Tufts University School of Medicine
Nathalie Szilagyi, MD, is Director of Greenwich Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (GCAP). Dr. Szilagyi (sill-ah-jee) is a Yale-trained child and adolescent psychiatrist who treats difficulties including attention and learning disorders, anxiety and trauma, depression and adjustment problems, eating disorders, and issues of gender and sexuality. She is experienced in both psychotherapy and psychopharmacology.
Dr. Szilagyi received her BA from Georgetown University, where she was elected to Alpha Sigma Nu (the Jesuit Honor Society). She received her medical degree from Case Western Reserve. As a member of the National Health Service Corps, she practiced family and emergency medicine in rural Main and North Carolina. Internationally, she has served in Ireland, Nicaragua, and New Zealand.
Dr. Szilagyi did her residency in psychiatry at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. During her Child and Adolescent Psychiatry fellowship at Yale, she trained at the Yale Gender Program, led a weekly PRIDE group, and developed staff training for those working with gender nonconforming youth. She remains affiliated with the Yale Child Study Center and the Yale Gender Program, also training Yale medical students in psychiatry. Dr. Szilagyi lectures nationally on the care of children, adolescents, and adults with issues of sexual orientation and gender identity.
Dr. Szilagyi lives in Connecticut with her husband and children. She may be reached by calling Greenwich Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at 203-531-1030. Her office is located at 200 Pemberwick Road in Greenwich.
David Greenfeld, MD is the Director of Psychiatry, and joined the Wilkins Center team over 10 years ago as a noted physician, teacher, author, and speaker. Dr. Greenfeld has dedicated more than 30 years to advancing the treatment of people with psychiatric problems, including eating disorders.
Dr. Greenfeld is a Professor of Psychiatry at Yale University. He served as the Head of the Adolescent and Young Adult Treatment Unit at Yale, New Haven. He was awarded the prestigious Nancy C.A. Roeske Award of Excellence in Medical Student Education by the American Psychiatric Association. Dr. Greenfeld's numerous articles are published in peer-reviewed medical journals. He is a former member of the American College of Psychiatrists.
Fran Antell has over 20 years of professional experience and is a leading specialist in the breakthrough therapy method, DBT (Dialectical Behavioral Therapy). She and her team offer broad expertise in adult and adolescent therapy, DBT, and other methods. With their help, many have learned to successfully cope with and overcome harmful behaviors, including cutting, eating disorders, substance abuse, anger issues, depression, anxiety and more.
Former Member of DBT Consult TeamM: Westchester Jewish Community Services; Sarah Lawrence College
Parent Management Training: Yale Parent Child Conduct Center
Advocate: For children with learning differences
MSW: Fordham University
Member: Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapists; Academy for Eating Disorders
Erica Fross is a licensed clinical social worker who has been helping children, adolescents and adults overcome the effects of trauma and abuse since 1997. Ms. Fross combines a compassionate and highly personalized approach with several highly effective treatment methods, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). A graduate of New York University, Ms. Fross has served as Clinical Supervisor at The Treatment Center for Trauma and Abuse. She has also worked as a therapist in school-based mental health programs, and has trained, taught and supervised other mental health professionals. Erica Fross is seeing patients at our 239 Glenville Road Greenwich , Ct 06831 address.
Iris Weissman, MS, RD, CDN has been a Registered Dietitian with the Wilkins Center for over 20 years. She specializes in the behavioral treatment of anorexia, bulimia, weight control, and binge-eating disorder. She has expertise in the use of nutrition counseling as part of a comprehensive medical treatment plan for menu planning, food service, and nutrition education.
Ms. Weissman earned her Masters of Science in Nutritional Sciences from the University of Wisconsin. She is a Registered Dietitian with the American Dietetic Association and a Certified Dietitian with the state of New York. Additionally, Ms. Weissman is a Certified Shapedown Provider. She was also the Chief Clinical Dietitian at Greenwich Hospital and adjunct lecturer in nutrition at the City University of New York.
Dr. Elisa Mambrino is a psychologist licensed in Connecticut and in New York, respectively. She completed the Marie Kessel Postdoctoral Fellowship (supervised by Neuropsychologist Alice Medalia, Ph.D.) in the Department of Psychiatry at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. Dr. Mambrino also completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Yale University School of Medicine’s Child Study Center.
In 2003, Dr. Mambrino received her Ph.D. from Columbia University’s Teachers College in School Psychology, a program accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA). Dr. Mambrino completed an APA-accredited, pre-doctoral internship in Clinical Neuropsychology and Rehabilitation Psychology at Mount Sinai Hospital and Mount Sinai School of Medicine in Manhattan. For three consecutive years prior to that, she was a clinical trainee in the Neuropsychological Assessment Service at New York-Presbyterian Hospital (NYPH), Weill Cornell Westchester Division. Additional clinical training included a consecutive two-year clinical externship on the Adolescent Unit at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine Rose F. Kennedy Children’s Evaluation and Rehabilitation Center (CERC) in New York City.
In her training as part of multidisciplinary hospital-based treatment teams, Dr. Mambrino performed neuropsychological assessments (often with projectives) in a variety of hospital settings for patients across age groups (i.e., school age children through older adults): Outpatient clinics, day hospital, day treatment, locked inpatient psychiatric units, inpatient spinal cord and brain injury rehabilitation settings as well as an outpatient hospital-based rehabilitation clinic.
As part of her other training, Dr. Mambrino received supervised clinical training in Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine Rose F. Kennedy Children’s Evaluation and Rehabilitation Center (CERC) in New York City. She administered individual psychotherapy as well as group psychotherapy to adolescent outpatients at CERC. Training and experience in individual and group treatment within a CBT modality additionally included features of psychodynamic and family systems theory.
At New York-Presbyterian Hospital (NYPH) Westchester Division, Dr. Mambrino co-led an outpatient weekly psychotherapy group for fourth- and fifth-grade boys. The children were referred to the group, secondary to an ADHD diagnosis. Note that this weekly outpatient psychotherapy group was pet-assisted by certified therapy dogs, who were all graduates of a formal training program provided by a private foundation. One certified therapy dog (accompanied by a corresponding owner-handler) attended each of these outpatient group sessions. The certified therapy dogs represented a variety of purebreds, ranging widely from a Miniature Poodle to an Irish Wolfhound.
On the inpatient units at Mount Sinai, Dr. Mambrino provided bedside supportive psychotherapy to patients and conducted family sessions. She also was a co-therapist for an inpatient brain injury group devoted to cognitive remediation. With regard to outpatients at Mount Sinai, Dr. Mambrino was a co-therapist for an outpatient psychotherapy group plus cognitive remediation with adults who were six-to-12 months post injury.
Dr. Mambrino also has experience in aspects of research. During her Postdoctoral Fellowship at Yale, Dr. Mambrino completed the NIMH Research Seminar in Childhood Neuropsychiatric Disorders. Plus, she received clinical training and was the Project Director for a randomized clinical trial of a cognitive-behavioral intervention conducted in the State of Connecticut’s Judicial Branch Court Support Services Division. At NYPH, Dr. Mambrino was appointed as the Research Coordinator for a randomized, double blind comparison of the time course in two extended-release oral delivery systems of methylphenidate given to school-age children diagnosed with ADHD. Finally, over nearly the past 20 years, Dr. Mambrino has also maintained a particular professional interest in the neurocognitive and social-cognitive aspects of expository essay writing skill acquisition in children, adolescents and young adults.
Please note that Dr. Mambrino’s professional qualifications, experience and or interests include but are not necessarily limited to those described in this bio.
Mambrino, E. (2010). Introduction. In Eric Arzubi and Elisa Mambrino (Eds.),
A guide to neuropsychological testing for health care professionals (pp. xix-xxix). NY: Springer Publishing Company.
Mambrino, E. (2012). Written expression as a neuropsychological nexus. In
Elena Grigorenko, Elisa Mambrino, & David Preiss (Eds.), Writing: A mosaic of new perspectives (pp. 325-344). NY: Psychology Press.
Medalia, A., & Mambrino, E. (2010). An overview of the neuropsychological educational approach to remediation. In Volker Roder and Alice Medalia (Eds.), Neurocognition and social cognition in schizophrenia patients: Basic concepts and treatment (pp. 104-117). Basel, Switzerland: S. Karger AG.
Mambrino, Elisa. Freelance Published Illustrator, 1996-2001. Some of my pen-and-ink drawings were published in the Best of Gourmet 1996 Edition, 1997 Edition, 1998 Edition, 1999 Edition, 2000 Edition and the 2001 Edition. Based upon Condé Nast’s Gourmet Magazine (now no longer in monthly publication), the Best of Gourmet was a full-color, hardcover series published annually by the Condé Nast Book Division of Random House.
Andrea Wegner, PhD, has been a Licensed Clinical Psychologist at the Wilkins Center for over 23 years. She treats both adolescents and adults with anorexia, bulimia, and compulsive overeating. Her therapeutic approach utilizes cognitive behavioral, humanistic, and psychodynamic styles.
Dr. Wegner earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree from Oberlin College and her Doctorate Degree from New York University.
James Wegner, PhD has been a Licensed Clinical Psychologist at the Wilkins Center for over 20 years. He treats adolescents and adults with eating disorders and has a special interest in males with anorexia and bulimia. Dr. Wegner has expertise in neuropsychological testing. His therapeutic approach uses interpersonal and cognitive behavioral approaches for the treatment of eating disorders.
Dr. Wegner earned his undergraduate degree from the City University of New York at Queens College and his Masters and Doctorate Degrees in Clinical Psychology from St. John's University. He has published over 30 articles in peer-reviewed psychiatry and psychology journals.
Pearl Berger, LCSW, MSW is a licensed clinical social worker specializing in psychotherapy for people of all ages with eating disorders and a wide range of emotional difficulties. Ms. Berger has an extensive background in working with adolescents on building self-esteem and utilizes a variety of techniques designed to address each child's unique needs. With adolescents and young adults, she works collaboratively in setting goals and empowers them to achieve success and happiness. Ms Berger has a gentle and compassionate manner that invites participation and growth.
Ms Berger earned her Masters of Social Work degree from Fordham University. She is an advocate for her profession and a spokeswoman in local news media. Ms. Berger is a member of the National Eating Disorders Association and the National Association of Social Workers.
Nancy King has been a Social Worker with Wilkins Center since its inception in 1982. She is an Individual and Group Therapist, as well as a Staff Supervisor. Ms. King specializes in treating adolescents and adults with anorexia, bulimia, and binge-eating disorder.
Ms. King is on the National Conference Committee of the National Eating Disorders Association. She has served on the Board of Directors for the Academy of Eating Disorders and the American Anorexic Bulimia Association.
Ms. King uses an eclectic treatment approach that includes a psychodynamic base with a cognitive-behavioral component. She fosters a safe, non-threatening, and empathetic environment in both individual and group therapies to facilitate a comfortable atmosphere for self-exploration.
Dr. Naig is an experienced outpatient psychiatrist who treats adults and adolescents from age 16 up. In describing his approach, Dr. Naig says, "I believe in patient-centered care and strive to provide safe evidence-based treatment choices, helping patients to make an informed decision."
Dr. Naig has worked with diverse patients and with a wide range of psychiatric difficulties. He is known for his attentiveness and compassion. Dr. Naig manages challenges including mood and anxiety disorders, attention deficit disorder, eating disorders, and other issues. He has experience and interest in treating mental health problems in the setting of complex medical conditions, including diabetes, autoimmune diseases and cancer.
In describing his approach, Dr. Naig says, "I believe in collaborating with my patients to achieve the best outcome specific to them." He explains that he works to understand a patient’s mental health needs using a four-part model:
- the life story: where the patient is in his/her life
- the personality: who she/he is as a person
- the behavior: how the patient deals with her/his issues
- the illness: what the person is struggling with
The approach may involve the patient’s family (with permission), primary care physicians, pediatricians, other medical specialties, psychotherapists and other treatment providers
Dr. Naig is an MD, PhD, with both a medical degree and a doctorate in science. He completed his psychiatric training at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore after receiving his MD at Tufts University School of Medicine. Prior to this he received his BS in Biochemistry and Microbiology from the University of Mumbai, then completing a PhD in Biological Science from the University of Nebraska - Lincoln. He is board certified in adult psychiatry through the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.
In his free time, Dr. Naig pursues his interests in fitness, hiking and outdoors, acting, reading and spending time with family and friends. "I strive to practice what I tell others about maintaining work life balance, especially in these challenging times."
Dr. Naig may be reached through the Wilkins Center office at email@example.com or by phone at 203-531-1030
Pamela is passionate about improving mental health in the lives of the children, adolescents, and adults that she treats. She specializes in caring for those with anxiety, depression, eating disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), and behavioral issues. She uses the latest proven techniques to address anger management, substance abuse, emotion dysregulation, overcontrol, relationship issues, trauma, and self-harm. Pamela also provides parent guidance by using behavioral parent training to help families address children’s internalizing and externalizing behaviors.
Pamela’s therapeutic style is empathic and collaborative, using a strengths-based, client-centered approach. She is trained in the most sophisticated and up-to-date treatments proven to be effective. She has advanced training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Trauma-focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Exposure-response Prevention (ERP), and Compassion-focused Therapy (CFT).
Pamela earned her master’s in Psychology at Harvard, where she focused her studies on the pathogenesis of anxiety and the neuroscience underlying obsessive-compulsive disorder. She is proud to have studied evidence-based treatments for anxiety under Harvard Medical School’s Dr. Sperling, Program Director of the McLean Anxiety Mastery Program at McLean Hospital. Pamela earned a master’s in Social Work at Columbia, where her studies centered around evidence-based treatments for trauma and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT). Pamela completed a DBT internship with Suffolk DBT, where she provided individual psychotherapy and co-facilitated DBT skills training groups.
Pamela lives in Greenwich, CT., and has four boys and two dogs. She is a member of the American Psychological Association, National Association of Social Workers, and American College of Lifestyle Medicine. Pamela is a Licensed Master Social Worker in Connecticut and New York State and offers in-person psychotherapy at the Greenwich office and remotely.