About Us

Dr Tony Paulson has treated patients with eating disorders for more than 28 years and has lectured extensively on the topic to community groups and professionals. He is an adjunct professor at Sacramento State and teaches core classes at JFK University's eating disorders certificate program. He co-authored the book, "Why She Feels Fat: Understanding Your Loved One's Eating Disorder and How You Can Help" to assist families in better understanding and responding to their loved one's eating disorder. Dr Paulson's approach to treating anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating disorder utilizes a combination of education, cognitive therapy, and experiential activities. Dr Paulson is the only clinician in Sacramento to be certified in Family Based Treatment by the Training Institute for Child and Adolescent Eating Disorders (see maudsleyparents.org). 

Your path to recovery starts with reaching out for help. I appreciate you visiting our web site and considering treatment. The path you are about to walk on can at times be steep and full of obstacles. You might feel like you can't take another step or the obstacles are too large to overcome. Yet at other times it might feel like the path is never ending. I can assure you that you will not walk this path alone. You will be given direction, guidance, and comfort on your journey to recovery by our dedicated staff.  Recovery is living a life you were meant to live and letting go of the fears that feed your eating disorder. Life away from your eating disorder has trials and struggles but is also full of love and connection to others. Open yourself up to the possibilities! - Tony Paulson, Ph.D.  

Please feel free to email Dr. Paulson at [email protected]

You can also find him at http://www.facebook.com/sierratreatmentcenter 



Leilani Sechler is a marriage and family therapist who has been working in the field of eating disorders for the past 7 years. She has experience treating clients at all levels of care including residential, partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient and outpatient levels of care. She is currently the program Director at Center for Discovery in Sacramento which is a residential program for adult clients with eating disorders. Leilani has training in several treatment approaches including cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy and shame resilience. In addition, Leilani specializes in trauma treatment and uses brainspotting therapy to address symptoms of PTSD especially as they relate to issues with addiction and eating. Leilani has extensive experience working with the families and loves ones of patients with eating disorders and is also passionate about providing support to loved ones who are trying to help their family members through the process of recovery from diagnosis to treatment and beyond.


I believe eating disorders serve a purpose. Though you may be experiencing great shame about your eating behaviors, there is a reason that you cling to it. Perhaps it is a way to deal with the pressures of life. Perhaps it is a way to numb the pain of past traumas, hurts, and abuse. Whatever the cause we can work toward lasting healing. Let me walk beside you in this journey toward recovery! 

Kelly Melanson is a Registered Dietitian and Licensed Body Positive Facilitator who specializes in providing nutrition therapy to adolescents and adults struggling with disordered eating. She is currently the Registered Dietitian at Center for Discovery’s Eating Disorder Residential Facility for adult women and Center for Discovery’s Mood and Anxiety Program for adolescent boys and girls. Kelly received her Bachelor of Science degree in Dietetics with a minor in Biology at California State University Sacramento and later completed her Dietetic Internship at Stony Brook Medicine in New York. During her Internship, Kelly explored various areas of nutrition and was given the opportunity to work with a private practice Dietitian specializing in eating disorders. This experience was a turning point for Kelly and ignited her desire for working in the field of eating disorders and mental health. She is passionate about providing personalized nutrition care and counseling to individuals and their families and enjoys helping people reject the diet mentality while learning to make peace with food. 


Dr. Beauchene completed her undergraduate degree in Biology at the University of the Pacific. She then worked on a Masters program before attending UC Davis for medical school. She did her Psychiatry Residency at UCSF-Fresno Campus. While at UCSF she developed an interest in eating disorders and trained at the Stanford - Lucile Packard Children's Hospital. She has since returned to Sacramento where she has been working as the Staff Psychiatrist for the Center for Discovery - Sacramento house, for the past 5 years. She has also served as the Sacramento Chapter President for the Central California Psychiatry Association and published a chapter about the treatment of eating disorders in the book "Primary Care Psychiatry." 



Sirena Friesen earned both her B.S. in Psychology and Social Action and her M.A. in Counseling from Palo Alto University. She is an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist passionate and dedicated to working in the field of eating disorders. Sirena has experience and training in several treatment approaches including but not limited to cognitive behavioral therapy, family systems, attachment, strength-based, and person-centered. Having recovered from an eating disorder herself, she is understanding, non-judgmental, and compassionate towards her clients and the challenging process of recovery itself. In addition, Sirena has experience working with families of clients and is eager to provide support and resources to loved ones of clients with eating disorders if desired, in order to help the family members through the process of recovery together.


Olga completed her undergraduate degree in Social Work at  California State University, Sacramento. She is currently enrolled in Advanced Standing at the MSW program at The Ohio State University. Her interest in the mental health field began when she was working at an inpatient psychiatric facility. 



To Contact Any of Our Clinicians Please Call 916-431-0860 or 877 225-8790

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