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Causes: Health, Voluntary Health Associations & Medical Disciplines

Mission: Raise awareness of eating disorders through presentations to physician,educator and community groups. Promote recovery by providing resources for education, treatment and monthly support groups. Participate in local,state and national advocacy efforts to support mental health parity, eating disorder legislation, and effective insurance coverage.

Programs: Train physicians and health care professionals on how to recognize eating disorders; promote recovery among individuals who attended our monthly support group meetings; responses to requests for help via email, phone and website.

Community Stories

90 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I reached out to EDRC for advice on starting a caregiver support group in my state. I received emails from several individuals willing to help me and give advice. I was very appreciative of their support!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Excellent organization for providing individuals and families with up-to-date trainings, support, and local treatment resources!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I am so thankful for the support and guidance I got from the EDRC.

Having recently realized that my eating disorder was getting so bad that it was endangering my health, i became frightened and felt alone with no one to talk to who understood.

I began seeking help from multiple sources but ended up lost in a maze, being bounced around between insurance departments, government agencies and affiliates, various treatment centers, and clinicians. I was exhausted and discouraged.

Then I found the EDRC online. I called and Janice answered. Right away i could tell she REALLY cared, and she ended up giving me some amazing resources and explaining some pretty complex things to me so i understood how to navigate the system and better advocate for myself.

Armed with new support and knowledge, I got my second wind and redoubled my efforts to find help! I gained tremendous strength from knowing i was no longer alone in my situation.

Thanks to extensive personal correspondence with the EDRC , It looks like I will finally be able to get insurance to cover most (if not all ) of the cost of a local Residential or Intensive Outpatient ED Program! No small feat, as i'm sure some reading this already know firsthand.

It scares me to think of where i might be had i not found the EDRC when I did.


I will be forever grateful to the kind and capable people who make up the EDRC!

Karyn C.





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Client Served

Rating: 5

Thank goodness for EDRC! We found out our daughter was bulimic about a month ago. After the shock, sadness and despair, I started calling around and googling eating disorder help. I called one facility that was booked for six months out. The receptionist recommended calling EDRC which was the "center of all things" for eating disorders. She said they had many resources and could point us in the right direction to get started. I immediately called them and Janice answered the phone. She was kind and helpful, and went above and beyond to offer suggestions of where to start. She helped us find family support, individual support for our daughter, and even offered to have us call back to chat if feeling frustrated or needed someone to talk to. She opened up to us on why she works at EDRC and you could feel how motivated she was to really help people and girls with eating disorders. After hanging up with Janice, she sent follow up emails with additional resources. Our family is so grateful that we were able to get help at EDRC. Thank you Janice and everyone at EDRC!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a mother of a 13 year old who became very, very ill with an eating disorder earlier this year. I felt so isolated, hopeless, alone, lost, scared…. A friend connected me with Janise Bremis and her wonderful organization that truly saved my life! Nancy, the supper group leader, reached out and connected me with their weekly support group, where I could cry, talk about my fear, ask questions, get advice, and get many shoulders to lean on from real people who knew my pain, knew my fear, and had walked the path I was facing! Also, I was connected with a veteran parent, who gave me individual time, as much as I needed, to talk, cry, and get help, understanding, love, and support!
And Janis….. She always picked up the phone when I called for advice, for help, with a million questions! She always seem to manage to find time for me no matter how much time I needed, and how many calls I made to her! Since I live in Texas now, and not in California anymore, I have never met Janis in person, yet I feel that Janis, Nancy, and my support group parents are family! They truly saved my life and are continuing to do so, through the most important battle of my life, saving the life of my precious child! Thank you Janis, thank you Nancy, thank you EDRC!!! Joanna Temkova

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1 Sarah Chisun K.

Client Served

Rating: 5

EDRC has done a presentation for my center and the information shared to our therapists gave us a greater understanding of how to best serve our community and our clients who are going through eating disorders. EDRC will always be a great resource for us.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Youth Community Service, invited EDRC to make a presentation about Eating Disorders, body image and youth culture. Janice (the founder) and several student volunteers prepared and delivered a wonderfully thoughtful and engaging learning opportunity, filled to the brim with knowledge, insights and lived experiences. The student volunteers were well prepared and excellent peer leaders, they facilitated the presentation and group activity, and managed to create a engaging environment, despite being on Zoom. The whole process of working with EDRC was wonderful, EDRC is a great resource in our community.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

A huge thank you to the EDRC!! The EDRC is a wonderful organization--they have been so supportive of our research here at Stanford/Lucile Packard Children's Hospital, and have gone out of their way countless times to help us spread the word about our studies and promote our research. We are very grateful to be able to partner with them, and for all of their support and advocacy of our work. They have been so kind to take such time and care to help us. We are so thankful to be able to work with the EDRC!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I stumbled upon this non-profit during a web search in a frantic attempt to find help with my child's recent diagnosis. The founder, Janice, responded immediately. After a quick exchange of information Janice set out in many directions with her extensive network of experts. Over the course of a few hours to a couple of days, email suggestions rolled in. Due to Janice's help we were able to secure a meeting with experts that has led us down a promising path.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I attended a lecture and Q&A hosted by Janice Bremis, the director of EDRC, about eating disorders and how it could impact you throughout your lifetime. Throughout her lecture, she shared her own personal struggles with it, and while she was frank, she was also encouraging and even uplifting in some ways. She was very willing to go in depth with each of our questions and I thought her readiness to give us her contact information if we ever wanted to reach out felt very meaningful. As a teenager especially, I thought the way she spoke to us, candidly and respectfully, reflected her sort of willingness to understand us and empathize. It meant a lot and I left feeling reassured and knowing a lot more about eating disorders.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I had been a participant during one of Janice's Q&As and I was very inspired by the passion and commitment towards reducing the stigma of eating disorders. I definitely feel that the EDRC is a great step forwards for many troubled youth of the generation and will prove to be a fantastic resource for people to fall back to.

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1 Hailey L.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Janice from EDRC shared her experience with us about her past eating disorder. She shared her mental health journey with us. She is very kind and inviting. She really left us feeling like we can approach her if we needed help with anything. She did a great job with spreading awareness. She is an awesome example of how to help others with these issues.

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1 Ethan L.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Janice from EDRC is very informative. She shared her experience with eating disorders with us. She is very inspiring. She is very knowledgeable about mental health. She informed us about how to identify and help others who might be battling it. We are very grateful for her story. I am glad to have met her.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Janice from EDRC was an incredible an outstanding speaker. Her energy was very comforting and kind, I’m glad she came and discussed with us. She visited our High school, Evergreen Valley High School and was kind enough to participate in a joint club session about cooking and what eating disorders are. I really appreciated her personal stories and her thoughts, it was very compassionate and showed how everyone can deal with these issues.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Janice from the EDRC is an incredibly sweet and understanding person! She spoke at a meeting for my school's mental health awareness club where she explained the various types of eating disorders, their symptoms, and the impact they can have on a person. I truly know a lot more now than I did before the meeting and I was able to learn the different causes of an eating disorder and how they correlate with mental health issues as well.

We were also able to listen to Janice's story of how she began the EDRC and her passion for the organization shined! She truly emphasized the importance of being a positive individual and supporting those who need it.

I really appreciated Janice being able to join the meeting! She helped us understand everything there is to eating disorders and how to support those who are struggling with one. Janice did an amazing job at showing what the EDRC stands for and how they are genuinely passionate in helping anyone who needs it!

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2 Evelyn T.2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Janice visited our Evergreen Valley High school club meeting through Zoom. We were already aching to have someone speak to our peers as the numbers of mental health issues have gone up from quarantine. Support was NEEDED within our community as the usual on-campus resources were less accessible.

She informed us of how we can help someone going through an eating disorder along with her own wisdom, meaningful experiences she had gone through. She is a beautiful, inspirational, intelligent person surrounded with warmth. Her passion can be even felt through the screen, making every chance to talk to her very fulfilling. Additionally, she was readily answering questions about how to support someone going through an eating disorder during our Q&A. I've learned so much from her despite being the time we spent together being a small time frame!

It was a pleasure to have her at our meeting. EDRC is doing a fantastic job with how devoted, determined their volunteers are. They have a writing contest , support groups, various creative activities available on their website that catches the eye! The message is clear of how they'd like to spread awareness to eating disorders and it's wonderful to have a local eating disorder resource center who are changing the lives of many!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Janice from the EDRC is such a friendly and inspiring person! She offered to speak at our high school to teach us about the truth of eating disorders and how we support those struggling. She is passionate about eating disorder education and well knowledgeable in this field! The members of this nonprofit are all very welcoming and will go out of their way to help someone in need.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Janice collaborated with my school's mental health club and did a Q & A session with the members of our club. She explained the different types of eating disorders, how to help others going through them, and more! She was very kind in sharing her own experiences and it was amazing that she took the time to join us!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Janice, from the EDRC, was incredibly helpful in explaining the basics of eating disorders. Through her experiences, she gave supportive and useful mechanisms to aid someone who is struggling with an eating disorder. Her story was admirable, and the knowledge she shared was very informative!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Janice is the best! So sweet and very helpful. She taught me and others about the importance of awareness of eating disorders.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This nonprofit helped present at our high school club meeting and educated our members on eating disorders and methods in which we can help those struggling with this disease. We had a very informative and interesting speaker who took the time to answer everyone’s questions!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

There are few non-profits that truly save and change lives. EDRC has done that for our family!

With the devastating diagnosis of anorexia nervosa and our child's life on the brink, we were scared, overwhelmed and utterly ignorant of the disorder and our treatment options and what laid ahead.

Janice Bremis and her tireless staff (mostly comprised of dedicated, passionate volunteers) connected us to the appropriate resources to start our daughter's recovery. They were the encouraging and calming voices that keep our heads together in the early days of treatment.

No longer in critical health, my daughter is still reaping the benefits of EDRC through volunteering. Janice makes great efforts in staying connected with her eating disorder families and incorporating her eating disorder clients into her volunteer program if they desire. Janice has an innate understanding of the value of volunteering for her clients as a way to further their healing from this illness.

We cannot say enough about the importance of EDRC; it has made an impact on our daughter's life and recovery, and we are forever grateful.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The groups that EDRC fosters have been critical to my recovery from a severe anorexic mindset. The environment of compassion and understanding have encouraged me to open up and share, confident that I will be received as a fellow on the recovery road. I have not arrived at the destination, but I have come a long way. Every area of life is better--relationships, body and mental attitudes.

Thank you.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The EDRC is a terrific resource for patients, families, and loved ones seeking resources and support. This organization does a fantastic job compiling information, resources, treatment options, and referral sources. Additionally, the EDRC’s focus on community engagement and advocacy is commendable. Janice and her team’s tireless efforts have not gone unnoticed. Thank you EDRC for providing an invaluable resource to our community!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This is an incredibly helpful service that has changed my life for the better. I have previously been through so many treatment options that didn't work for more than a month, but the groups that EDRC provides and the services that they are willing to help with, along with the kindeness of the people there, have truly been life changing for me.

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1 Shelby M.7

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This support system is healing in every sense of the word. It’s a safe place for others to be vulnerable and experience inspiration and change.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

EDRC is a phenomenal organization with amazing, hardworking and passionate team members. I have worked closely with Janice Bremis and the team at EDRC and they are a much needed resource for my hospital case managers and patients, clients and loved ones. I am so grateful to have a resource like them in the area and appreciate all that they do. Thank you EDRC for all that you do, for brining awareness to a much needed area and for understanding the importance of treatment for eating disorders.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have never experienced a more passionate and caring team like the one at EDRC. Janice Bremis and her team at EDRC are extremely knowledgeable and champions in bringing awareness, education on eating disorders to individuals communities and professional. ESRC has a wealth of understanding in providing resources and are true advocates for those who struggle with eating disorders. Thank you EDRC!!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

EDRC has been a valuable eating disorder training hub and resource for partner agencies. We have benefited by being equipped with clinical tools to better screen and treat clients with eating disorders. EDRC is also a special place for upcoming professionals to grow and be leaders in the community. We were fortunate to have a previous EDRC volunteer use their professional and social work skills when they intern at my agency.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

We,Catholic Charities of Santa Clara county, were offered an opportunity to receive training on Eating Disorders 101. We we are able to set this up and we were treated to a fantastic training provided by Brianna. I can recommend strong enough the Eating Disorders Resource center. As providers, parents, spouses, and friends it is imperative that we learn as much about eating disorders as possible.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The EDRC has been an overwhelming source of support and camaraderie as I've learned to face my eating disorder. The staff is incredibly helpful and welcoming, and they provide a safe environment where I can explore my thoughts and behaviors without fear of judgment. Their support has helped me develop self-compassion and has furthered my recovery journey.

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Stephanie B.6

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

We are so lucky to have EDRC in our community. They have always been there to support folx suffering from ED and families as well as training professionals. I have always had positive experiences with EDRC and love how they fight for people to get treatment and support. A big Thank You to Janice Bremis for all of her work, dedication and care.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Thank you for letting me part of your beautiful and powerful organization. I truly enjoyed what I did every week and this volunteer made me learn a lot of new things. Every week, I couldn't wait for volunteer and being able to be the actual person to organize the writing contest was very exciting and new for me.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

A huge thank you to ERDC and Janice in particular. She has worked and advocated tirelessly to get much needed help for our daughter. Janice's understanding of the illness along with her awareness of available resources have been invaluable to us. I cannot say enough about this support. Assistance for our daughter has been enlightening, encouraging, and consistent. Thank you for your ongoing resourcefulness!



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Briana C.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

The EDRC provides many wonderful local support groups in the Bay Area. Not only do they make the groups possible, but they help individuals seek support at all different levels of care. They have stood by my side and supported me as I have tried to get MediCal (California’s Medicaid) to cover higher levels of care. Without their support I would not have gotten this far along in the process of fighting to get the treatment I need.

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1 Debrahope

Volunteer

Rating: 5

EDRC saved my life After my daughter passed away from ED ..

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I facilitate. the family support groups for the last 7 years . The EDRC provides resources and support . They have helped so many families in crisis .

It is an amazing organization! Thank you Janice Bremis

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I would like to thank Janice Bremis and Jocelyn Lin for assisting the Stanford - O'Connor Family Medicine Residents Program, noon time Behavioral Science lecture series. Cindy's personal story touch everyone in the audience and Dr. Wong's lecture provided practical information for the residents to implement.

Once again, thank you so much for all you do at EDRC!

Frances Respicio, LCSW
Stanford Healthcare - O'Connor Family Medicine Residency Program

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Shanna W.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The EDRC is a terrific organization to get the right help for an eating disorder. Also, what I like about the EDRC is they work with or participate in other organization's events such as NAMIWalks. It takes a village to find recovery and the EDRC understands this very well. NAMI SCC loves the EDRC.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The EDRC is a pillar in the Los Gatos Community for providing resources and care for those afflicted and struggling with Eating Disorders and Mental Health Issues. Janice Bremis the founder, is a compassionate, dedicated human being who is committed to provide the latest up to date treatment resources for individuals and their families.
I have been honored to be involved with the EDRC!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

EDRC goes above and beyond to provide resources to the community about eating disorders. They are a wonderful partner in outreach efforts to build awareness and understanding. We plan to continue working with them as much as possible.
Lynn Slawsky
Executive Director
ANAD (National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders)

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Donor

Rating: 5

Excellent leadership and a cause that needs increasing attention. Eating disorders are serious and people experiencing them should receive appropriate treatment. Stigma often keeps people away from receiving care for these disorders. Education and support are effective ways to combat stigma and encourage people to seek the care they need. This organization is small, strong, and makes a valuable contribution to our community.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

In partnership with Janice Bremis and Natalie Rangel from EDRC, 2017's first NAMI Santa Clara County General Meeting featured a presentation that was particularly relevant to the work of the Eating Disorders Resource Center. Dr. Linsey Utzinger, a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Stanford University School of Medicine spoke to us about her work specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of children, adolescents, and young adults with eating disorders. Dr. Utzinger's talk covered disorders that commonly co-occur with anxiety disorders, including eating disorders.

Dr. Utzinger, with 10 years experience in her field, led us through such possible variables as genetics, environment, and life experiences, how to determine a diagnosis of anxiety disorder, OCD, eating disorders based on the latest DSM 5, and most importantly, the need for both a psychiatric and a medical assessment in order to get appropriate help for one's self or a family member along with what signs to look for. Dr. Utzinger also listed Cognitive Behavior Therapy and other therapies that are an important part of a treatment plan along with possible medication.

Dr. Utzinger's talk was informative and also straightforward in addressing the close links between anxiety disorders and eating disorders as well as the dangers of untreated eating disorders. As anxiety and eating disorders enter more and more into our conversations about mental illness, I am very glad I had an opportunity to attend this talk. And many thanks to Janice and Natalie at EDRC for partnering with NAMI in this and other activities.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I've struggled with having an eating disorder for most of my life. It wasn't until recently that I began on the journey of recovery. It was difficult to seek help not being under anyone's health insurance once I was 18. Even when I qualified for state insurance navigating the system was discouraging, like I had to have something really wrong with me in order to justify an ounce of help.

At the EDRC I never had to worry about whether or not this support in my recovery would be available to me or not because it's free! It is truly a huge weight lifted off my shoulders, which allows me to focus on my disorder. I have always felt safe and respected at the EDRC meetings and gain so much validity and connection from sharing my struggles and listening to others. Isolation is the number one contributor to the progression of my disorder, which is why I value this group so greatly.

Attending the meetings frequently gives me a sense of support that I can feel throughout the week in between sessions. And it was so empowering for me to have a few good weeks in a row like I could see and feel my progress more than I ever had trying to heal on my own.

The staff of the program are kind and empathetic, providing a safe place to speak openly about what I deal with. In addition, they shared a variety of resources to support recovery, things like mindfulness exercises, worksheets, and reading materials.

To sum it up I experienced a surge in my recovery because of the EDRC's support services.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I went to EDRC of Los Gatos a few months ago in desperate need of help with my eating disorder. As a 62-year-old woman, I was finding it extremely difficult to find places that would treat women in my age group.

The staff at EDRC found a contact person at the Santa Clara County Mental Health Department who then referred me to Asian American Recovery Services in San Jose.

Two young members of staff there found a way for me to get treatment services at Cielo House in San Jose, which provides treatment for older women and is run by a marvelous treatment team.

After many months of searching, I am now able to get the treatment I need. The people at EDRC of Los Gatos are serious about helping older women to find the exact type of help they need for an eating disorder. I give them my absolutely highest recommendation.

Sonika Ozdoba

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Miranda E.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started out volunteering for EDRC and spent a lot of time there. It was easy to see how dedicated and passionate the founder, Janice, and all of the other volunteers are. Janice really puts her heart and soul into helping everyone that comes into the EDRC. She is so helpful in giving resources and helping people find what they are looking for. She cares so much about everyone that walks through the door. I feel so blessed to have had the opportunity to work with Janice and everyone involved with EDRC.

-Miranda

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been collaborating with EDRC in Los Gatos for the past several months as a student who wants to gain insight into mental illnesses such as eating disorders. I cannot thank EDRC enough for providing me with valuable information about and perspectives of eating disorders, such as effects, treatments, and parity. Janice and the staff members were wonderful; their hospitality, their passion for helping others, and their extensive knowledge were some of many qualities that inspired me. It was a privilege becoming acquainted with EDRC, and I hope to continue volunteering here for the months to come.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

It is the first time I referred a patient to EDRC though I got the flyers few years ago. Though they have limited manpower, they are very responsive. Janice and Sabrina responded very quick and contacted our patient for the services the patient needed. I have talked to my patient and I got the comments from this patient that they are knowledgeable and understood the patient's struggles that the patient said they are very helpful. I have sent the information to my co-workers and hopefully we have more patients who could get help from EDRC. Thanks. FF

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered at EDRC for a school project and Janice Bremis is such an amazing consultant; she took the time, as well as the patience, to teach me what she does at the Eating Disorder Resource Center (EDRC), to give me tasks to help me develop a deeper understanding of what eating disorders are, and to share stories from others and their battle with this mental illness. Working with Janice and the EDRC staff members gave me a clearer picture of what eating disorders are. I always looked forward to coming into EDRC and helping out with office work. I am grateful to have such a great consultant who is willing to help answer any of my questions and who is working hard to spread awareness of eating disorders.

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Stephen W.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was fortunate enough to volunteer at EDRC for a year. Janice and the staff are truly wonderful. Their expertise and passion shines through in everything they do, making them exceptional leaders and mentors in the ED field. I found EDRC during my own struggle with anorexia and bulimia in college, and they provided the guidance and hope I needed to continue my recovery. I'm so thankful for the work they do, and it was a privilege to get to know and work alongside them this past year. Thank you everyone at EDRC!

Stephen Wassather

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BayBabyAk

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have to say, after 23 years of looking for support, Janice was the first of many from EDRC to reach out to
Me. They didn't just give advice and referrals, but they listened, shared, and just had a genuine understanding and love for helping. I have been through many dr' s and health care advocates during the decades of my illness, yet this was the first time I was genuinely heard and helped. My recovery is just starting, but EDRC can take credit as the push off point, they truly are the starting line to the race of my life! Thank you for giving me hope! #BeHereNow

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Janice from the Eating Disorders Resource Center did an amazing job of connecting the agency where I work with a spectacular speaker from Center for Discovery. Janice was very responsive, and Brianna and Deandra from Center for Discovery were incredibly knowledgable, welcoming, and generous. I would definitely recommend these resources for those in our community affected by eating disorders!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered at the EDRC for a school project, and Janice’s expertise in the field and guidance throughout this project has been a tremendous help; without her, I would not have gotten this far with my research. Despite her busy schedule, she makes time to answer my questions and provide me with wonderful experience and service opportunities that I would not have gotten anywhere else. She always has ideas on how we can all contribute and raise awareness about Eating Disorders. I am very grateful for Janice and all she has done for this organization.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

We have been fortunate to have the EDRC of Silicon Valley providing resources and advocacy for individuals living with eating disorders, and their families and loved ones, to improve their lives and return to their previous level of functioning. EDRCSV has been key in helping develop a training series for Santa Clara County, to improve knowledge of and evaluation for the wide range of eating disorders. This knowledge is crucial for mental health staff to be able to effectively deal with this serious set of conditions, which has the highest lethality rate of all major mental health disorders. We are fortunate to have EDRCSV as a valuable part of our community.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

When my daughter was 17 ½, she was diagnosed with anorexia nervosa and admitted to Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Comprehensive Eating Disorders Program in Mountain View ,CA for 10 days. My husband and I had heard of anorexia but we had no idea of the severity of this illness. We were overwhelmed with the challenges and felt so lost. One of my husband’s friends at work recommended that we reach out to the Eating Disorders Resource Center (EDRC). I called and spoke to Janice Bremis, the founder of EDRC. I cannot express how helpful and supportive Janice was. She suggested we attend EDRC’s parent support group held at the El Camino hospital every other Saturday. Both my husband and I attended these meetings. It was extremely useful to meet other parents going through similar challenges. Janice also helped me find a great therapist and a nutritionist for my daughter. Janice emphasized how vital a treatment team of experts is for a full recovery. My daughter is making progress in her recovery. I cannot thank EDRC and Janice enough for the invaluable support and help.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My daughter has been struggling with Anorexia for several years. I first reached out to EDRC when we lost our therapist and after having spent days going through the Internet looking for providers in my area. Janice and Natalie from EDRC were the only ones who stepped in and followed through to help until we found someone.

They are extremely knowledgeable. Prior to speaking with them, I had never heard or known anything other than Family Based Outpatient Therapy treatment. There was a whole other world out there which I had no exposure to. Folks dealing with this illness well into their adult life -- Partial Hospitalization, Residential programs, programs my daughter would eventually resort to after our FBT young adolescent runway ran out.

Natalie has been very supportive every step of the way. Reaching out, sharing her knowledge and experience and giving me the confidence and encouragement to stay on this path.

Thanks to Nancy, we were able to identify health criteria that helped overturn the insurance company's earlier denial to extend coverage at the Residential Center (this was done through peer reviews between doctors at the provider and insurance). Nancy has also reached out and connected me with resources to help with writing appeals if required.

We're not out of the woods yet but this little extension is making a huge difference in my daughter's recovery. Thank you.


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Board Member

Rating: 5

I thoroughly enjoyed the EDRC event featuring Dr. Linsey Utzinger from Stanford University, Department of Psychiatry. The presentation was excellent and of value to me in regards to my work in the field of mental health and eating disorders. The EDRC is a valuable resource in the community providing up to date, comprehensive information on a wide variety of subjects pertinent to the treatment of eating disorders and mental health.
I would highly recommend attending future presentations.
Jeannie Anderson, LAADC

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My daughter was diagnosed with anorexia in July 2015. After initially trying an out-patient program it became very clear quickly that she needed a residential program to help her get on the right track to recovery. We collaborated with her care team which included medical doctors, psychiatrists and therapists in making this decision. When she went to the residential treatment facility our insurance company, Blue Shield of CA, denied her stay as "not medically necessary" despite all the treating physicians and therapists being on the same page about her need for the treatment she was receiving at the RTC.
I turned to EDRC for help in fighting Blue Shield and not letting them get away with their denials of treatment. Janet Bremis at EDRC provided me with some very good information and support during my time of need. We were new to understanding about eating disorders and did not yet understand the fact that mental health parity is not followed by insurance companies in our state and country (although it's the law). EDRC and Janet gave me some names of people to contact for assistance with our case and also some resources for future treatment centers for my daughter. There are so few resources for families who are dealing with a family member who has an eating disorder...EDRC is the only one of its kind in the entire SF Bay Area that I know of. I am so grateful that EDRC was there to call for assistance!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The Eating Disorder Resource Center staff has always been there for me, providing essential information. I am the mother of an adult child diagnosed with an eating disorder and a second mental health concern. Navigating the ups and downs of the various HMOs we have had, as well as the mental health system, proved to be a daunting challenge. EDRC was there with empathy, hope, and suggestions of practical steps I could take to ensure that our health insurance approved and paid for the needed level of treatment. In addition, EDRC has provided suggestions as to how to research therapists, psychiatrists, and residential/partial treatment centers that are a good “fit" for someone with an eating disorder. My inquires are always met with compassion and sound advice. Keep up the great work EDRC !

— a grateful mother

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Jennifer616

Client Served

Rating: 5

I dropped by the EDRC because I have a daughter with anorexia and I was looking for information and support. I met Janice Bremis and Natalie. Even though, it was late afternoon on a Friday, and they were busy working on a news release, they sat down with me for an hour and and heard my story. I needed to know more about treatment options and they were very knowledgeable about facilities in the Bay Area. Also, Janice reached out to the Healthy Teen Project on my behave. Thanks to Janice's assistance, my daughter will be able to attend the Healthy Teen Project (which is a partial hospitalization program and the next logical and appropriate step for my daughters treatment), instead of going to Kiaser's eating disorder outpatient clinic which was the original plan. The EDIOP would not have given all the support my daughter needs at this time. If you have an eating disorder, or know someone who does, I would encourage you to visit the EDRC. Janice and Natalie are very knowledgeable and are wonderful, caring folks.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

EDRC has been an absolute God send to our family. While each person I spoke with at the Center was knowledgeable and supportive, my main contact has been with Janice. Janice is knowledgeable, patient, professional yet compassionate. She has been a wealth of knowledge for us and has helped guide us through a very difficult journey for our family. I truly do not have the words to express my gratitude for all the support we have received from EDRC and specifically Janice.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a physician specializing in Eating Disorders, EDRC has been an invaluable resource for both my patients and myself. The organization does a phenomenal job of connecting clients/patients to professionals, educating the local community and improving access to care. I am also particularly impressed with their commitment to physician/clinician education.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Janice Bremis has been instrumental in helping me to understand the laws, State Medi-Cal mandates, Counties to cover Higher levels of care for Eating Disorders. She also let me know about a scholarship offered for Adolescent Residential ED Treatment which I applied to & was able to send my granddaughter, listened & offered emotional support to me as a caregiver to my granddaughter suffering from Anorexia. She tirelessly sends me information connecting me with knowledgeable people & other Residential Programs that may help, when my granddaughter was discharged to early due to insurance.
Janis has been my totem pole in this dense forest of eating disorder, without which I would have been lost.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a truly wonderful organization - run by a charismatic team.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I came here to observe how their group incorporated with helping new comers and previous guests... I love how open and professional their facilitator(s) are. Not to mention the woman in charge, Janice is helpful beyond words. Their true welcoming and caring nature shined through after just meeting once and when I couldn't come, the fact that their staff would follow up with me via phone and email so quickly gave me a satisfaction on how passionate they are about their guests. They showed lots of compassion as a new comer to me and some of my peers that attended. Very personable and easy going center. Thank you again for all your help!

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Advisor

Rating: 5

Attended a very informative training. I came out with a lot more information that I went in with. I hope there is a follow up as I think there is more information that the presenter had, but we didn't have more time. The resources available here are incredible. I was in awe to see how much there was.

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