Founder, Owner, CEO
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Dr. Quakenbush founded Avalon Hills Eating Disorder Treatment Center in 2003. Benita is a Licensed Psychologist, with over twenty years of clinical experience, having served children, adolescents, and adults, with a wide range of mental health disorders in inpatient, residential and outpatient settings.
The core philosophy underlying the Avalon Hills treatment approach originated from her thesis and doctoral research (Quakenbush, Stein & Doty, 1996; 1998), which explored change in females who overcame eating disorders, and the reported factors that facilitated their recovery. She completed her PhD in the combined Clinical, Counseling, and School Psychology Program at Utah State University in 1998.
Initially, Benita was responsible for program development, implementation and supervision of therapeutic interventions, staff training, licensing requirements, business development, and coordination of business and clinical operations at Avalon Hills. With company growth, however, her duties have expanded and include leading an industry initiative as an advocate for patients, and seeking consistent parity for mental health treatment with insurance companies and the federal government. Since first opening the doors of Avalon Hills in March 2003, Benita has been committed to continually improving the treatment programs of Avalon Hills, while simultaneously growing the organization into a thriving, dynamic and internationally-known organization.
Benita is a member of the American Psychological Association, Utah Psychological Association, Academy of Eating Disorders, International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals, and the Eating Disorder Coalition. Benita is a co-founder of the Residential Eating Disorders Coalition (formed in December 2011) which is the only trade organization committed to serving the unique needs, challenges and goals of residential care for the eating disorder community.