Center for Discovery Fairfield treats female and non-binary (regardless of sex assigned at birth) patients ages 18 and over. Since opening in 2015, Center for Discovery Fairfield has catered to women across the states of Connecticut, New York and New Jersey. The program is conveniently located 10 minutes from the Merritt Parkway with easy access to the surrounding Tri-state area. We are located approximately one hour from Manhattan. Treatment modalities we offer include cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), exposure & response prevention (ERP) and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT). In addition to receiving evidence-based therapies, patients all have the opportunity to put “joyful” back into movement through yoga and other activities.
Insurances we accept include but are not limited to Anthem BC/BS, Aetna/Shaller Anderson/GHC, Optum BH – UHC/UBH Including PBH/Oxford, TriCare East – Humana and Cigna / Great West. Please remember that the insurances we accept change frequently. Our insurance team will verify your coverage.
The neighborhood is quiet, serene and an ideal place for healing. Center for Discovery Fairfield is an acute care eating disorder treatment center, meaning it offers the highest levels of care including residential treatment. The program director has been a part of the treatment center since its inception and is an integral part of each client’s treatment and is a fierce advocate for a well-rounded and high standard of care.
MEET THE TEAM
Samantha Bathija, MA, LPC
Samantha Bathija obtained her Master’s in Psychology with Mental Health Counseling focus from Westfield State College. She has passionately treated eating disorders and addictions for over a decade, and is thrilled to be part of a research-supported treatment model that is individualized and warm. She is proactive in the inclusion of current evidence-based interventions, and equally dedicated to ensuring there are fun and spirited activities to renew a sense of passion for life. Samantha believes eating disorders should be treated holistically because, at their core, they are a disorder that targets every aspect of a persons’ well-being. She has unwavering optimism after seeing the miraculous results Center for Discovery’s model brings clients and their families. Samantha is quite certain she experiences true magic daily.
Simone Tartaglia, RD, CDN
Simone Tartaglia is a Registered Dietitian, licensed in the state of Connecticut. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in dietetics from the State University of New York, College at Oneonta and attended her dietetic internship through the University of Saint Joseph in West Hartford, Connecticut.
It was through this internship that Ms. Tartaglia first became acquainted with Center for Discovery during a Community Nutrition rotation at Center for Discovery Eating Disorder Program’s adolescent program in Connecticut. Since then, Ms. Tartaglia has worked as a diet tech and counselor at Center for Discovery Eating Disorder Program. She is now the Dietitian at Center for Discovery Eating Disorder Program’s adult program in Fairfield, Connecticut.
Sondra Bogursky, MD
Dr. Sondra Bogursky graduated from Cornell University with a Bachelor of Arts in Biology and attended medical school at the Temple University School of Medicine. She completed a dual residency in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at Yale-New Haven Hospital in New Haven, CT. She has continued on as faculty in the Yale Internal Medicine/Pediatrics Residency Program and has additional teaching roles at both the Yale Physician’s Associates Program and the St. Mary’s Internal Medicine Residency Program.
Dr. Bogursky is board-certified in both Pediatrics and Internal Medicine. She joined the Center for Discovery team in April 2015 and functions as the Medical Director at the Fairfield adult location where she provides medical care in the treatment of eating disorders.
Dorcas Asamoah is a CT and NY Licensed Registered Professional Nurse with master’s concentration in Public and Health Care Administration from Long Island University. She also earned numerous certifications which includes Gerontology and Long-Term Care Administration. Her career began more than nine years ago as a surgical nurse; her passion to help others allowed her to advance her career in diverse nursing fields. In addition to working in a hospital setting as a medical surgical nurse, she has experience in community nursing, visiting nursing, and long-term care. She started working for Center for Discovery in 2019 and is very committed to quality patient care. She loves working with women and enjoys being part of a team that is working together for the good of the patients.
Ronald A. Grant, M. Div., S.T.M., M.D., D. Min., LP
Ronald Grant Is the Medical Director and Psychiatric Consultant at Center For Discovery Eating Disorder Program’s Southport outpatient program and Fairfield residential program that specializes in treating adults, adolescents and their families impacted by eating disorders, substance abuse and other mental health issues. He earned his MD degree from Boston University School of Medicine and trained as a physician and psychiatrist at Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital, Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center, and New York State Psychiatric Institute. Ronald is also a Psychoanalyst having graduated from the C. G. Jung Institute of New York where he is a member of the faculty, supervising and training analyst, and a past president of the Institute’s Board of Directors. Having done his undergraduate work at Tufts University, he is also a three time graduate of Andover Newton Theological School with an M. Div., an S.T.M., and a D. Min. in Pastoral Counseling.
Ronald has over forty years of experience working in the above areas and has been a medical director and psychiatric consultant to schools, churches and several different counseling centers. He has also been a supervisor to psychologists, social workers, psychoanalysts, pastoral counselors and psychiatric nurse practitioners. He has several certifications and is a Lifetime Member of the American Psychiatric Association. Ronald has special interests in Eating Disorders, Mood and Anxiety Disorders, Trauma, Spirituality and Healing. He has private offices in Greenwich, Westport & Southbury Connecticut where he works with children, adolescents, adults, couples & families.
Monique Hawkins believes life has been preparing her for this job, and she did not realize it until she stepped foot through these doors. Monique began as a counselor on the floor and her passion rapidly resulted in promotion to facility manager. She is incredibly proud to be a part of this healing experience and show these women that “they are already everything they desire to be.” Monique strives to create a safe treatment experience where clients can immerse themselves in becoming whole.
Kateryna Melillo, LMFTA
Kateryna holds a master’s degree in social psychology and is a licensed marriage and family therapy associate. In 2007, she began her career as a school psychologist and expanded her work to private practice with people of all ages and backgrounds. Kateryna has extensive experience in couples and family therapy, and was trained in gestalt psychotherapy and systemic constellations. Her unique background, education and work experiences make her a compassionate professional that challenges patients while simultaneously creating a safe, warm and non-judgmental environment to explore and process their struggles. Kateryna is passionate about treating eating disorders as they mirror a person’s relationship to life and love and provide a window into unhealed trauma.
Angela Florio, LMSW
Angela earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in trauma and violence studies from New York University, and her master’s degree in social work from Columbia University. Angela has worked primarily with survivors of trauma in a variety of settings, including the criminal justice system, an AIDS clinic and a home for women who have been trafficked. Angela was drawn to work with individuals struggling with eating disorders as she found that most of her patients, regardless of background, were attempting to repair a disconnect between mind and body. She began working with Center for Discovery in 2017 and is excited to continue assisting patients to heal and develop safe relationships with their bodies, hearts and minds. Angela is trained in EMDR and is working towards full certification as an EMDR therapist.
Nicole is a licensed professional counselor associate in Connecticut. She earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Marist College in New York. She attended Santa Clara University in California where she earned her master’s degree in counseling psychology with an emphasis in health psychology. She completed her clinical practicum at Rebekah Children’s Services in Gilroy, California, treating children and adolescents in the Hospital Diversion Program. Nicole has experience working with adult patients with substance use disorders and dual diagnoses. She is on the board of advisors for Shadow’s Edge, a foundation in Silicon Valley that uses app-based technology to support the mental health of children, teenagers and young adults facing physical health challenges.
Dakota Bennett, MS, RDN, CDN
Dakota is a registered dietitian at Center for Discovery Greenwich. In 2017, Dakota earned her bachelor’s degree in exercise science from SUNY Potsdam and then transitioned to a didactic program in dietetics at Russell Sage College. She then completed her dietetic internship at the Bronx VA Medical Center where she gained invaluable clinical experience. After completing her internship, Dakota passed the national registration exam and became licensed to practice in Connecticut. In 2021, she obtained a master’s degree in clinical nutrition from New York University.
Through her master’s coursework and self-growth journey, Dakota became passionate about a non-diet approach to health and wellness. She strongly values an All Foods Fit motto and believes self-acceptance is possible for everyone. Dakota looks forward to supporting others on their path to recovery and is excited to help patients rediscover the joy of eating while building a nurturing relationship with both food and body.
COVID-19 Update: Online telehealth is offered for intensive outpatient treatment as an option to patients living in California, Florida, New Jersey and Texas.
In-person intensive outpatient and partial hospitalization is also offered at this location. Residential treatment continues to be offered at our residential facilities for individuals in need of a higher level of care. Learn about all that we are doing to protect the safety and wellbeing of our patients and staff.