We walk alongside you.
Amos Taylor, MBA
Amos is happily married to Michelle, and they are the proud parents of Isaac and Isabel. As the Chief Executive Officer, he is responsible for the overall success of Selah House. He has guided and encouraged Selah House to our core principles of being a Christ-Centered organization that delivers clinically excellent care in an intentionally sustainable way. Under his leadership, Selah House continues to fulfill its mission of serving the needs of those who battle eating disorders, their families, and those committed to their care. Accordingly, Amos is always available to those seeking admission to Selah House.
Jessica Ward, MS, RD, CEDRD-S
Jessica graduated from Gannon University with a Bachelor’s degree in Dietetics and Ball State University with a Masters of Science in Wellness Management. At Selah House, she leads our clinical team as Director of Therapeutic Services. She has extensive experience in corporate health promotion providing individual health screenings and consultations as well as group presentations and classes. Additionally, she provides individual and group nutrition services for a group of family practice physicians. Jessica is a member of the Indiana Dietetic Association and the American Dietetic Association. Sheis also a member of the Indiana Society of Public Health Educators and is a Certified Health Education Specialist. Jessica’s passion for her profession and her clients is apparent when interacting with her.
Eating Disorder Network Medical Director
Dr. Joe Fraiz
As the Medical Director for Selah House and consulting physician for Toledo Center for Eating Disorders, Dr. Fraiz provides medical care to our clients and consultants to our medical teams. He is a diplomat of the American Board of Internal Medicine and board-certified in infectious diseases. Dr. Fraiz completed his undergraduate training at Indiana University in Bloomington, IN, followed by medical school at Indiana University School of Medicine. He completed his residency training in internal medicine as well as a fellowship in infectious diseases at Indiana University in Indianapolis, IN. Dr. Fraiz has made numerous presentations, is a member of several committees, and has been principal investigator in a wide range of studies. Dr. Fraiz is a proud grandfather who enjoys gardening and fly fishing.
Network Medical Director
Dr. Tom Scales
Dr. Tom Scales is the Network Medical Director for Odyssey Behavioral Healthcare’s Eating Disorder Network, which includes, Selah House. In his role, Dr. Scale provides psychiatric and medical care to Selah House clients. He is a diplomat in the American Board of Internal Medicine, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, and in Addiction Medicine through the American Board of Preventive Medicine. Dr. Scales completed his undergraduate training at Wheaton College in Wheaton, IL, followed by medical school at the University of Tennessee, Memphis. He completed his residency training in a combined Internal Medicine/Psychiatry program at Rush Presbyterian St. Luke’s Medical Center in Chicago, Illinois. He is passionate about helping those with eating disorders and has made numerous community presentations and local media appearances regarding the topic. Dr. Scales was the radio show host of a live web-based program entitled “Understanding Eating Disorders” which occurred weekly on www.health.voiceamerica.com and featured professionals and laypeople as guests in the eating disorder field. Most importantly, he is a husband and proud father of two children.
Darlene Y. Graham, MA, LMHC
Darlene is the Clinical Director for Selah House and has been with Selah for 8 years. During that time, she worked in the capacity of primary therapist, family therapist and lead therapist.
She graduated form Christian Theological Seminary with a degree in Psychotherapy and Faith. As a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC), Darlene has also worked in the areas of domestic violence, EAP consulting and private practice .
When it comes to the world of eating disorder support, Darlene is passionate about working with families to help them H.U.G. (Heal, Understand, Grow), as they learn to support their loved ones in recovery.
Darlene knows that recovery from an eating disorder is a process and although we at Selah cannot be with the person recovery during their entire process, we are honored to have the privilege of supporting them on a portion of their journey. Darlene sees this as an opportunity to “plant seeds” towards their ultimate recovery.
Married for 30+ years to her supportive husband, Flo, Darlene is an avid learner, listening to audiobooks and podcasts as she commutes to Selah from her home in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Finally the three values that influence Darlene’s philosophy for service and leadership are:
- Connect (by “seeing” others)
- Add value (in every interaction)
- Provide EXCELLENT customer service
Before becoming Clinical Director, Darlene served as primary therapist, family therapist and lead therapist at Selah House.
Director of Nursing
Mary Atkins, RN
Mary graduated in 2006 with an ASN in nursing. She was a nurse in the ER for most of her nursing career, and she worked as a resource nurse for three years. This meant that she could float to any floor in the hospital, but loved critical care, both cardiac and regular ICU. Mary worked as a hospice nurse briefly as well prior to finding Selah House. She was at a crossroad, looking for a meaningful way to effect patients and their families longer than the length of a hospital stay. Selah provided that opportunity for Mary. She won’t say that she’s never had a more fulfilling job because they’ve all been amazing for where she was in that time of her life. Mary will say that she’s never had a more fulfilling job where she knows every single day there are women out there that she’s touched. She enjoys being a part of an amazing team that gives each patient their life back after an eating disorder has taken it away. There’s such a joy in watching the transformation from the first day of treatment until they go home. Mary’s goal for this department is to maintain a safe, rewarding, and loving atmosphere where patients and nurses alike feel a sense of being a part of a team that makes a difference. She wants her nurses to have meaningful interactions with clients that are often difficult to have time for in the hustle of other nursing disciplines.
Director of Nutrition Services
Rachel VanWoerden, MA, RDN
Rachel grew up in Indianapolis and attended Ball State University to complete her undergraduate and graduate degrees in nutrition and dietetics. During the summer of 2016, she married her husband and passed her registration exam to become a Registered Dietitian. It was after this time that she was blessed to join the Selah House team. At Selah, she works with clients to develop meal plans that are appropriate for each client’s specific treatment and nutritional needs. These meal plans help empower clients to process and overcome fears and anxiety surrounding food. Utilizing the all-foods-fit model and Intuitive Eating Principles, she helps clients learn about balance, variety, and moderation for a healthy lifestyle. Beyond the meal plans, Rachel helps clients learn food preparation and meal planning skills through individual sessions and groups. For example, she works with clients as they participate in meal and grocery challenges, and in the weekly cooking group. These provide an opportunity for our clients to build trust with their body and confidence in their own ability to receive adequate nutrition. Her favorite aspect of working at Selah House is seeing clients develop a new understanding and trust with their body, nutrition, and food. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family while exploring the Indianapolis area.
Lise grew up in Anderson, Indiana and after graduating high school, she attended business school, quickly realizing she liked to help people more than she liked business. She has been blessed with twins, Jamie and Katie, and her favorite part of the day is getting home and dancing in the kitchen with them. She loves to travel and is a huge music fan. As the Milieu Director at Selah House, Lise is in charge of managing our amazing RCS team, which includes hiring, training, and scheduling. She works closely with the floor supervisor to ensure smooth daily operations, and she has been known to encourage clients to join her for karaoke. “I love being a part of Selah; I love watching as clients get to know themselves outside of their eating disorders. Selah is one of the most loving environments I have ever been in. Also, on occasion, we have pajama day.”
Patrice Adams has joined the phenomenal Selah House clinical team in December 2020 as a Family Therapist. Patrice studied and completed her Bachelor’s Degree at Central State University in Psychology. She then completed her Master’s Degree at Christian Theological Seminary with a Master’s of Art in Family and Marriage Therapy.
At Selah House, her focus will be Family Therapy for both Adolescent and Adult populations. She was drawn to the treatment here at Selah House due to utilizing the use of Art Therapy in connection with the client’s Spirituality.
Growing up, Patrice observed her parents working within the capacity to help and serve others. Her father served as a Pastor while her mother was a social worker. She grew into the lifestyle to help others grow. She strives for her role her at Selah House to help move with the clients during those difficult obstacles and walk into freedom.
When not at Selah House, Patrice enjoys her time being a mom and spending time with her family.
She enjoys completing DIY projects and renovating.
Primary PHP Therapist
After completing her bachelor’s degree at Hanover College and her master’s degree at Ball State University, Dabney decided to join our phenomenal team here at Selah House. Dabney joined our team in May of 2021 after completing her internship with Selah House. Dabney supports the Selah House clinical team as a Primary PHP Therapist for adult clients.
Through completing her internship at Selah, she quickly found a passion for supporting this clientele. She has always been drawn to helping others and found this field to be so special. Along the way she has realized how unspoken eating disorders are in the mental health field and it values being an advocate to spread awareness.
Within her role, Dabney supports the clients as they prepare for life in recovery. She works through relapse prevention planning, securing support systems, reclaiming the “healthy self”, needs and value exploration, body image work, and more. Her approach is largely through the lens of acceptance versus resistance, which is applied through cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), motivational interviewing, and solution-focused techniques. Dabney’s goal is for her clients to reclaim their freedom from their eating disorder and regain kindness, understanding, and compassion for themselves.
Sr. Regional Director of Clinical Partnerships
Kayla Carson comes to Selah House with extensive expertise in the eating disorder and substance use disorder field. As a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN), she has worked directly with clients in treatment centers struggling with eating disorders and co-occurring disorders for nearly a decade. She is also a certified body movement specialist, Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics (CSSD), and a public speaker. Kayla received her bachelor’s degree in Nutrition & Dietetics with a minor in Movement Instruction from Indiana University and completed her Dietetic Internship at Loyola University Chicago. She has a passion for helping individuals find food freedom and mindful movement by breaking the chains of physique training and diet culture. Kayla enjoys connecting with other clinicians in the field and strives to be the first call to connect clients to quality higher levels of care when in need.
Regional Director of Clinical Partnerships
Claire has more than nine years of experience in direct client care, non-profit operations, and youth programming. Claire discovered her passion of working in the eating disorder field while completing her Master of Divinity from Wesley Theology Seminary in Washington, DC. Claire brings her expertise in public theology, specializing in how theological beliefs inform embodiment. Most recently, she supported the launch of a new residential program for those recovering from eating disorders through curriculum development, direct client care, and operations. Claire is excited to support Odyssey’s Eating Disorder Network through community building and feels deeply aligned with Odyssey’s values of integrity and accountability. Through partnering with clinicians, Claire hopes to make finding quality care easier for those seeking healing.
Regional Director of Clinical Partnerships
Michelle was born and raised in the Chicagoland area and has worked with adolescents and adults within the mental health field in her home state of Illinois for many years. After graduate school, she started her career as a Behavioral Health Specialist at a residential treatment center for women seeking care for a wide variety of mental health needs. She then transitioned to the role of Aftercare Specialist where she developed a love for working hands-on with clients, their families, and treatment teams to secure comprehensive care after residential treatment. Following her aftercare role, Michelle went on to work as a school administrator where she developed trusting relationships with local professionals to help students work toward their goals and find success. Connecting individuals to much needed and individualized support has become a core feature to Michelle’s professional work. Throughout her endeavors Michelle has realized that the key to being successful in serving others is to truly listen to their issues, wants, needs, and goals, sometimes instilling hope and motivation when it may feel lost. Michelle is excited to support the Selah Eating Disorder Network’s mission by helping individuals achieve long-term recovery from eating disorders.
National Director of Eating Disorder Admissions
Alycia Aldieri, LPC
As the National Director of Eating Disorder Admissions, Alycia works with the Eating Disorder Clinical Partnership Team to provide a responsive, compassionate, and streamlined process for admission into treatment. Her professional experiences include working with both adults and adolescents with co-occurring disorders, primarily in a residential setting. She graduated from Benedictine University’s Master of Science of Clinical Psychology program. She also received her bachelor’s degree in Music Therapy from East Carolina University, where she received classical vocal training. Alycia’s therapeutic and professional approach derives from her therapeutic work, spiritual beliefs, and12-step principles. She strongly values providing the highest level of integrity, compassion, and ethics when helping families and individuals affected by eating disorders and addiction. She believes living a life of recovery is worth the fight and holds hope that recovery is achievable to anyone willing. Alycia finds peace in being of service to others, and her goal is to ensure a smooth admission process for each client and their loved ones.
Assistant Director of Eating Disorder Admissions
Kayla brings 10 years of social work experience to her role as the Assistant Director of Eating Disorder Admissions. She began her career in the mental health field and has worked with adolescents and adults diagnosed with various co-occurring disorders throughout her career. She also directed a foster care agency in Anderson, IN. Kayla grew up as a Pastor’s daughter in Muncie, Indiana and graduated from Ball State University with her bachelor’s degree in Social Work, and then obtained her Master of Arts in Human Services from Southeastern University and a Master of Arts in Healthcare Administration from Walden University. In her down time, Kayla enjoys spending time with her husband, family, and two dogs. Her passion for helping others has been evident since she was very young and continues to show through in her work and communication in helping young ladies and teens begin their freedom journey.
Staff Nurse Practitioner
Marianne Atkinson, MSN, APRN, FNP-C
Marianne is a board certified nurse practitioner with over 10 years of experience in complex disease management, geriatrics, and hospice & palliative care. As the Medical Team Director, she provides a holistic approach to patients with eating disorders to address medical and psychiatric issues. She completed her graduate studies at Indiana Wesleyan University and received a master’s degree in advanced practice nursing. She is a member of American Association of Nurse Practitioners and Gerontological Advanced Practice Nurses Association. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, daughter, and two dogs. Some of her hobbies include refurbishing furniture, decorating, and traveling.
While completing her Bachelor of Science degree at Ball State University in Nutrition and Dietetics, Monica worked at Selah House as a Dietary Care Specialist. Monica returned to Ball State to complete her dietetic internship and Master of Arts degree in Dietetics. After working in the acute care and community nutrition setting, Monica was blessed to return to Selah House as a Registered Dietitian. Monica has a passion for supporting and empowering her clients who are battling an eating disorder to find freedom.
Dallas became a dietitian because wanted to intertwine her passion for learning with her passion about the body’s nourishment needs while aiding those in eating disorder recovery. In 2016, she obtained her undergraduate degree in Food and Nutrition at the University of Southern Indiana. Directly after completing her undergraduate degree, she pursued a combined dietetics masters and internship program at Ball State University and passed the dietitian registration exam in 2018. Prior to working at Selah House, Dallas worked at a Community Hospital in Anderson splitting her time between inpatient and adolescent/eating disorder recovery outpatient care. She’s passionate about helping others reclaim food freedom, utilizing the “all food foods fit” method as well as intuitive eating principles, and embracing health at every size. When not at Selah House, she enjoys spending time with friends, hiking, and trying new food experiences.
Jordan was born and raised in Ohio then moved to Indiana to join the Selah House team as a Registered Dietitian. She completed her Bachelor of Science in dietetics at Ashland University then went on to Ohio University where she completed their combined Master of Science and Dietetic Internship program. Throughout her academics, Jordan became passionate about learning about eating disorders and working with individuals who are struggling with them. Selah House has been a great environment for Jordan to work with an amazing clinical staff and work with clients to reclaim freedom with food.
Heather Hunsicker, LCSW
Heather joined the Selah House clinical team in 2021 as a Family Therapist. Heather studied and completed her bachelor’s degree from Indiana University, majoring in Human Development and Family Studies. Heather went on to obtain her Master of Social Work (MSW) with her focus being mental health and additions.
Her role here at Selah House is Family Therapist working with the adult population. Heather was drawn to Selah house due to her passion for helping those suffering from eating disorders, along with supporting family members and friends who are impacted by the disorder. Her goal is to help the family understand the complexity of eating disorders, repair relationships between the client and family, and assist the family in learning ways to better understand and support one another. Heather is outstanding by her years of experience conducting family sessions, the lengths she will go to advocate for her clients’ needs, and the knowledge she has of the complexity of Eating Disorders, including often treating dual diagnosis. She values Selah House due to the focus being on the individual as a whole and the ability to meet the complex needs of each client. When not at Selah, Heather enjoys spending time with her husband, son, family, and friends.
As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Alicia has worked in a variety of clinical settings, including community mental health, hospital settings, and worked as a civilian contractor in Behavioral Health for the Indiana National Guard. She works with several therapeutic modalities, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive Processing Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Dialectic Behavior Therapy. Alicia was born and raised in a small town near Anderson, IN. She attended the University of Southern Indiana where she obtained her bachelor’s and master’s degree in Social Work. She served in the Army Reserves for 10 years, during which time she served as a Social Work officer. Alicia has three boys and has been married to her husband for 15 years. She moved back to this area 2 years ago and is enjoying living in the country and spending time watching her three boys grow.
As a family and group therapist at Selah House, Kara works with clients and families to help them increase their communication skills and deepen relationships. One of her goals is to, “aid families in growing and learning together, to deepen their relationships with one another, and to help provide support to their loved one in their recovery journey”. In her group therapy role, she enjoys embracing creative ideas to help clients process difficult emotions and topics related to recovery. After receiving an undergraduate degree from Grace College, where she double-majored in Psychology and Sociology, Kara attended Ball State University to complete her master’s degree in Counseling, with a focus in Clinical Mental Health. Following graduation, Kara began working at a local community mental health center serving individuals with substance use disorders, depression, and anxiety. She also worked closely with a team of various community entities, as well as other providers on a team. This is one aspect that drew her to Selah House, and an aspect she deeply values to this day: “One thing I love about Selah House is the opportunity to work closely with professionals of other disciplines, with a team approach. This allows us to keep close communication and provide the best care for our clients, as well as allowing me to keep learning each day from my co-workers.” In her free time, Kara enjoys spending time and laughing with her husband and family. Along with her husband, Kara loves being involved in her church and is a youth group sponsor. She also appreciates going to state parks with her husband and her dog, a Great Dane, named Ollie.
Family Therapist, Primary Therapist
Kadee Kirkpatrick, MSW, LCSW
Breanne Porter, PhD
Born and raised in Indiana, Dr. Porter attended college in California and Florida. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and her Master of Arts in Development Psychopathology from Humboldt State University. While studying to earn her Ph.D. in Marriage and Family Therapy from Florida State University, she counseled clients of all ages in the contexts of individual, couples, group, and family sessions in both inpatient and outpatient settings. Before joining Selah House, she worked at a Christian-based eating disorder treatment center in Florida where she developed her passion for empowering women and girls in recovery. Dr. Porter and her husband returned to Indiana to raise their children and be closer to their extended families. In her spare time, she and her family enjoy exploring state and national parks, canoeing, theme parks, planning family parties, and watching science fiction. At Selah House, she works with families to help them understand what their loved one is going through and what they can do to support her while she is here in treatment and after she goes home. She realizes that eating disorders can affect not just the individual seeking treatment but all those who care about her and that they have a valuable role in the healing process as well. “I love the warm, relaxed, authentic community we’ve created here at Selah House. I know that everyone I work with is genuinely passionate about what they do and cares about our clients. I’m so proud of the compassion and grace showed to these ladies who come to us in the midst of such a dark and vulnerable time in their lives. We want them to feel like they can be themselves, even on their messiest of days. Going to treatment (and taking a loved one to treatment) shows so much courage, and we don’t take that for granted.”
Todd R. Davis, MA, LMHC
Todd completed his undergraduate degree at Anderson University and went on to earn his graduate degree at Grace College with additional graduate work at Ball State University. His passion for helping others originated from growing up on the campus of a juvenile treatment facility near Wabash, IN where his father was the superintendent. It was this facility where he began his career. He has vast experience in the mental health field. Since 1994, he has worked with individuals, groups, and families at inpatient and residential treatment centers, and in a university setting as a counselor and a professor. Todd started at Selah House in 2007 and served as the family therapist for nine years. He then transitioned into a position as a PHP primary therapist, focusing solely on group work. Todd’s passion for truth, which embraces both the glory and joy of life as well as the depravity and messiness of life, has provided him with a compassion and a calling to walk with clients as they seek connection and community in the midst of their own stories. “I love to travel, hike, snowboard, and laugh with friends!”
Food Service Manager
After receiving her Associate’s Degree at Harrison College, Tammy was not sure where her career was planning on taking her. Tammy joined the Selah House Team nine years ago as a Dietary Care Specialist. During this time, finally felt she was working at a facility where her co-workers were like family. Within nine years, Tammy continued to grow with Selah House and moved up into our Food Service Manager position in 2022. She feels that this role will help her serve the wonderful souls that come through the Selah House doors. Utilizing her hospitable nature and working in the kitchen allowed her to be kind, helpful and spread love with delicious food.
Christina Zile, IFOC
Chris has served as the director of a women’s shelter under the auspices of the Church of God, is a Bible study leader, and has been a featured speaker for women at Christian retreats. Her passion is seeing people restored and redeemed through a vibrant and personal relationship with Christ. It is her great joy to “walk along beside” those who come for freedom and to proclaim the good news of the gospel. She states, “In my own experience, I realized I could not free myself from the addictions that bound me. I was imprisoned by my alcoholism and other unhealthy ways of coping, which did not bring relief from the ghosts of a childhood that crippled me emotionally. Then, Christ found me and that has made all the difference. Any of us who have stories of redemption are eyewitnesses to the power of God to heal. Life with Christ is not about rules and regulations – it’s about the relationship with the lover of our souls, who just happens to be the Creator of the universe. How lovely?” Chris earned her Associates in Applied Science in 1983 from Ivy Tech Community college and has worked in the Mental Health/Social Service fields for 25 years. Most recently, she has been ordained as a Senior Chaplain in the International Fellowship of Chaplains.
Renessa graduated with an Associate Degree in Applied Science in 1997 from the Indiana Business College. When joining Selah House in 2011, she brought over 11 years of experience in health care administrative work. Renessa’s own recovery from an eating disorder has been a source of motivation to help others who are still struggling with the disease. As she encounters individuals and families across the country seeking help, she demonstrates compassion and warmth as they walk through the life changing decisions of entering treatment. “After experiencing a life of freedom, I want to help people that are still suffering to realize that life can be more than their eating disorder and that there is hope.”
CFO of the Eating Disorder Group
Ellen is a graduate of the University of Kentucky. She handles the day to day finances of Selah House, but more importantly she helps clients and their families navigate the always challenging financial aspect of treatment. She works diligently to help you understand any and all financial obligations as they pertain to the cost of treatment. For those clients with insurance benefits for part of their treatment, she bills and carefully monitors insurance to make sure benefits are accessed and paid at the highest possible level. When an insurance appeal is necessary, she leads that effort either for Selah by initiating the appeal when permitted or by helping you understand what you need to do. Ellen has a tender heart for people with eating disorders and the families who love them as she has had a family member go through ED treatment.
Alumni Relations Manager
Stefan leads Odyssey’s efforts in developing the alumni communities at each of their facilities. Stefan’s approach sustains treatment effectiveness by providing timely, systematic, and supportive engagement for all clients who have completed treatment. With extensive experience developing and directing robust alumni communities in the addiction and mental health fields, he focuses on engaging people within their specific recovery journeys and developing community partnerships with a belief that long-term recovery is an attainable life goal.
Alumni Relations Coordinator
Tara earned her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Indiana Wesleyan University and is currently working towards her Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. With both professional and personal experience dealing with eating disorders, she is a passionate helper ready to serve. Her holistic approach to recovery nurtures wholeness and healing, respecting each client’s unique physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, and environmental strengths and challenges. She emphasizes the mutual development of goals, supporting each client’s care preferences, consistent with their lifestyle. Advocating authenticity and positive change, Tara is working towards dismantling the stigma of mental illness and spreading the hope of recovery to all Selah House alumni and their families.
Logan grew up in a small town in Indiana not far from Anderson. After graduating high school she attended nursing school and realized that was not the path for her. Logan enjoys spending time with family and her 3 cats. She loves to travel and is a fan of nature. As the Milieu Director at Selah House, Logan is in charge of managing our amazing RCS team, which includes hiring, training, and scheduling. Logan shared that her favorite part about Selah is all the connections she gets to make and knowing that she gets to be a part of client’s journey to recovery.