The Renfrew Center Eating Disorder Treatment Facility


First in Eating Disorders

Since 1985, The Renfrew Centers have been providing clinical excellence within a nurturing environment  empowering adolescent girls and women to change their lives.

Renfrew Eating Disorder Treatment Center

Our Leaders

Samuel E. Menaged, JD

sam menagedSamuel Menaged is the Founder and President of The Renfrew Centers and The Renfrew Center Foundation. Mr. Menaged founded The Renfrew Center 30 years ago as the country's first residential treatment facility specializing in eating disorders. He is the past President of the Board of the Eating Disorders Coalition for Research, Policy and Action, an advocacy group based in Washington, DC. Mr. Menaged is a former healthcare attorney.

 Judi Goldstein, MSS, LSW

judi goldsteinJudi Goldstein is Vice President of The Renfrew Center Foundation. She has been with The Renfrew Center since it opened in 1985, serving first as Director of Admissions and later as Director of Marketing and Vice President of Professional Relations and Education. Ms. Goldstein participated in the strategic growth and expansion of the organization, including the start-up of The Renfrew Center of Florida and several outpatient sites. Since 1994, Ms. Goldstein has been responsible for the development of The Renfrew Center Foundation Conference serving as Conference Chair. She received her Masters in Social Service from Bryn Mawr School of Social Work in 1982. Ms. Goldstein is a Founder of the National Eating Disorders Association.

Adrienne Ressler, LMSW, CEDS, F.iaedp

Adrienne Ressler, LMSW, CEDS, F.iaedp, is Vice President, Professional Development, The Renfrew Center Foundation, and has served as senior staff for more than 27 years. Ms. Ressler attended the University of Michigan and served as faculty in the School of Education. A body image specialist, her trainings reflect her background in body-focused methods to treat eating disorders and body image. She is Co-Chair of the Somatic and Somatically Oriented Therapies SIG of the Academy of Eating Disorders and an Advisory Board member of Eating Disorders Recovery and Support in Petaluma, CA. A Fellow and past President of the Board of Directors of the International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals, she presently chairs iaedp’s Senior Advisory Board. In 2016, Adrienne was selected as the inaugural recipient of Eating Disorder Hope’s Seal of Excellence award for her "empowering work as a body image specialist." She is published in Social Work Today and Pulse, the journal of the International Spa Association, and author of chapters on the use of experiential therapies for eating disorders in two textbooks, Effective Clinical Practice in the Treatment of Eating Disorders: The Heart of the Matter, and Treatment of Eating of Eating Disorders: Bridging the Research-Practice Gap. Her work has also been included in the first Encyclopedia of Body Image and Human Appearance. A frequent contributor to popular media, she has appeared on the TODAY show and Good Morning America Sunday.

Gayle E. Brooks, PhD

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Gayle Brooks is Vice President and Chief Clinical Officer for The Renfrew Center. Dr. Brooks leads the Renfrew Clinical Excellence Board and the Clinical Training Department. She has clinical and administrative oversight responsibility for Renfrew’s residential facility in Florida and for the non-residential sites in CA, FL, GA, IL, NC, TN, and TX. For the past 30 years, she has treated patients from diverse backgrounds who suffer from eating disorders. Dr. Brooks served as the eating disorders specialist in the HBO film Thin, has appeared on Good Morning America and has been featured in the following publications: The New York Times, People Magazine, Essence Magazine and Perspectives, The Renfrew Center Foundation’s journal for professionals. A frequent presenter at conferences and workshops, Dr. Brooks speaks on topics such as the treatment of the complex patient, eating disorders and cultural diversity, the interplay between eating disorders and trauma, and eating disorders in mid-life women. Dr. Brooks is a member of the iaedp Board of Directors and Co-Chair of the Academy of Eating Disorders Diversity Special Interest Group.

Susan Ice, MD

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Susan Ice is Vice President and Chief Medical Officer of The Renfrew Center. She received her doctorate of medicine from Johns Hopkins University, completed her internal medicine residency at Tufts New England Medical Center in Boston and her psychiatry residency at Beth Israel Hospital in Boston. She is the Founder and former Director of the Belmont Center Eating Disorders Program, is on the Advisory Council for Cigna National Healthcare and is a board member of both AABA and Beacon Health Options Signature. A Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Society and a “Top Doctor” in Philadelphia Magazine for several years, Dr. Ice has appeared on the TODAY Show and 20/20. She has been published in The Renfrew Center Foundation’s professional journal, Perspectives, and The Johns Hopkins Medical Journal. Dr. Ice has presented at numerous local and national conferences on topics related to the treatment of eating disorders and the complex patient.