Welcome to The Kahm Center!
Our treatment center is ready to help you. Take the first step towards recovery by reaching out to our team. We will make sure that you or loved one receive the medical care they need.
Nick Kahm was a member of the philosophy faculty at St. Michael’s College, in Colchester, VT. He has published a book and several articles on the philosophy of Thomas Aquinas. Although still passionate about teaching, philosophy, and scholarship, many facets of their academic life did not quite suit him and his wife and three kids.
Growing up hearing story after story of how Annika saved people’s lives using Metabolic Testing and Body Composition Analysis, Nick convinced his mother that the two of them should start the Kahm Clinic to train other dietitians to use these machines so that they could help more people with eating disorders.
The two of them started the Kahm Clinic while he was still a professor of philosophy, but he has since moved from academia to running the practice. He is very excited to finally be able to expand the range of eating disorder treatment for Vermonters with the Kahm Center for Eating Disorders.
Annika Kahm has been treating eating disorders and disordered eating for over 35 years. She has co-authored four books and is a member of The Academy of Eating Disorders, the National Eating Disorder Association, and the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals. She learned how to use metabolic testing in combination with body composition analysis from Carolyn Hodges Chafee.
The two wrote Measuring Health from the Inside to show eating disorder professionals and patients how incredibly helpful these machines are in eating disorder treatment. In her teens and early twenties, Annika herself suffered from eating disorders, Anorexia, and Bulimia, and has devoted her life to helping those who suffered as she once did.
Dr. Weathers is a psychiatrist who received his medical degree from Yale School of Medicine and his D.Phil from Oxford. He has several years of experience treating eating disorders as the medical director for IOP and PHP eating disorder programs. A more complete bio will come soon.
Rebekah “Bekah” Bardwell Doweyko
LPC, LMHC, LCMHC, TPMC, CEDS-S
Bekah’s role as clinical supervisor at the Kahm Center for Eating Disorders is to provide oversight and ensure the clinical excellence of our therapeutic program as a whole. She does this, in part, by supervising our therapists, developing the program curriculum, and visiting the site and sitting in on individual and group sessions to ensure the program is running well. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Vermont and is a Certified Eating Disorder Specialist and approved supervisor.
Rebekah is also currently the Assistant Vice President of Clinical Operations for Walden Behavioral Care’s Connecticut region. In this role, she is responsible for program development and clinical, administrative and fiscal oversight of ambulatory clinics in Amherst, Mass., South Windsor, Conn. and Guilford, Conn., Dunwoody, GA, as well as Walden’s residential facility in Dunwoody, GA. At Walden she works in multiple levels of care to treat patients, train clinicians and develop innovative and effective programming. She also works to educate providers of all disciplines around the nuances of eating disorders, with a focus on the importance of early detection and prevention. Under her direction, their clinics were the first in the country to offer full PHP and IOP programming at the outset of the COVID-19 pandemic. She has developed and implemented various specialized treatment tracks including a virtual electives program, and the country’s first specialized programming for LGBTQ+ populations and Jewish populations with eating disorders. Additionally, she founded and developed their first Weight Inclusivity Task Force – a truly multi-disciplinary initiative focused on challenging weight stigma and individualizing weight restoration and/or weight neutral goals.
Prior to joining Walden, she was an Intensive Care Manager at the Connecticut Behavioral Health Partnership (Value Options, Inc.) in Rocky Hill, Conn., where she conducted clinical trainings and managed CT Medicaid cases with complex eating disorder issues. Rebekah also founded and directed the Intuitive Eating Program (IOP) at Hollywood Pavilion Hospital in Hollywood, Fla., where she developed the “Real-Life Excursion” program allowing patients to begin their transition from Residential treatment, and held various clinical positions at The Renfrew Center in Coconut Creek, Fla. She composed the foreword to the highly acclaimed “Maintaining Recovery from Eating Disorders” self-help book by Naomi Feigenbaum and was featured in the Emmy Nominated HBO Documentary “THIN.” Rebekah earned her Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling from Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, FL,
Jeff R. Brooks
DMIN, MHA, LAC ACRPS, CHE
Director of Operations
Jeff Brooks has over 26 years of experience as an effective behavioral healthcare leader, entrepreneur, addictions treatment clinician, trainer, and consultant. He has designed and developed a variety of programming service models across multiple modalities, populations, funding sources, and business structures. This includes both public and private sector, for-profit and 501©3 non-profit entities. Jeff is highly dedicated to creating high quality, sustainable, compassionate, and effective services and programs to meet the needs of people who are suffering from the despair, indignity, and hopelessness that untreated addiction and behavioral health challenges impose upon the community, families, neighbors and friends.
Jeff holds an undergraduate degree in psychology from Limestone College, a graduate degree in Healthcare Administration from the University of South Carolina, and a Doctorate in Preaching, Theology and Leadership from Asbury Theological Seminary. He has an extensive background in the treatment of mental health and substance abuse disorders, serving children, adolescents and adults and their families over a 26 year career. He holds multi-state licensure as a Clinical Addiction Specialist & Clinical Supervisor (North Carolina, Colorado, South Carolina), an Advanced Certification in Relapse Prevention from the renowned CENAPS Corporation (Gorski), a national certification as a Master Addiction Counselor (NAADAC) and is Board Certified in Healthcare Management through the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE).
Jeff’s most recent project involved designing an elite, behavioral health, wellness and recovery, 77 bed residential program in Vail, Colorado. He and his business partner and spouse, Robin Brooks, also designed, implemented and operated, a highly successful, behavioral healthcare business (October Road Inc.) that served mental health and substance abuse clients over a 23-county catchment area in Western North Carolina. The organization achieved wide recognition and commendation from accrediting (CARF), licensing and community stakeholders for its high degree of effectiveness, efficiency and customer satisfaction. Utilizing an Integrated care model and strategies that targeted the holistic needs of their clients, the company enjoyed exponential growth and success over a 6-year period before it was sold. The company continues to operate as a reputable partner and provider within the Western North Carolina community.
Jeff is also a licensed pastor and writer (published Holding on for Life-Credo Publishing-2014) and a life-long student, living in Charleston, South Carolina with his wife and best friend of 28 years. They maintain an active lifestyle with outdoor adventures, live for college football season and enjoy visiting with their adult children and their families.
RDN, CD, CEDRD-S, CSSD
Elaina is a registered dietitian nutritionist and certified eating disorder dietitian and supervisor with a degree from Virginia Tech. She moved to Burlington from North Carolina where she worked at the Center of Excellence for Eating Disorders at UNC Chapel Hill primarily in the inpatient and outpatient levels of care. Elaina worked closely with patients and their families to provide a family-based nutrition therapy approach during the recovery process. Elaina also worked at both North Carolina State University and Virginia Tech with athletes at the division 1 level helping to create nutrition plans that enhanced athletic performance.
Passionate about food, nutrition education, and client-centered care, the move to Burlington was a natural fit. With training in multiple areas of dietetics including sports nutrition, eating disorders, weight management, and gastrointestinal complications, Elaina works with all ages, genders, and body types. In her free time, Elaina loves to explore the outdoors with her husband and dog and cheer on Virginia Tech Football. She loves to travel both nationally and internationally, any chance she gets, and to experience the food, outdoors, and people in new places.
Elaina is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the Vermont Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Collegiate and Professional Sports Dietitians Association, and the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals.
Jonathan began practicing as a psychotherapist in 2012 and has several years of experience helping individuals with eating disorders with their journey to recovery. During his career, Jonathan has worked in a variety of eating disorder treatment settings, including Outpatient Care, Intensive Outpatient Programs, Partial Hospitalization Programs, and Residential Care. He has over three years of experience in IOP and PHP eating disorder treatment.
Jonathan is trained in a wide variety of treatment modalities including: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive Processing Therapy, Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Family Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing.
In addition to his professional experience, Jonathan’s own battle and recovery from Anorexia, not only informs his practice, but most importantly, allows him to take a compassionate and empathetic approach to working with patients.
Chantelle is a Masters Level Clinical Social Worker and Psychotherapist, who earned her bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Education from Wheelock College (now a part of Boston University) and a Master of Social Work from the University of New Hampshire. Chantelle is passionate and dedicated to improving the quality of and access to mental health care.
Chantelle has several years of experience working within the eating disorders population and has over three years of experience in the IOP and PHP eating disorder level of care. Her passion for working with clients struggling with eating disorders is rooted in her upbringing and the effects on her family as a result of her aunt’s struggle with an eating disorder.
Chantelle has experience working with youth, adults, families, and groups. Her practice integrates aspects of multiple core therapeutic modalities; Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Family Systems Therapy. Her focus is to provide therapy to patients suffering from eating disorders, difficult life transitions, anxiety, depression, and low self-esteem. Chantelle believes that building an authentic therapeutic relationship is essential for personal exploration and lasting change. When not at work Chantelle enjoys hiking with her dog Nevaeh, spending time with family, snowboarding, and playing board games.
FNP-C , PMHNP-BC
Hello there! My name is Violet Moses and I am a Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse practitioner with a passion for working with people that need help managing their eating disorders and other associated mental health conditions. I have several years of experience working in an IOP and PHP for eating disorders.
Eating disorders are unique mental health conditions associated with significant emotional and physical distress. There is a belief that an eating disorder is a choice, that it's all about intake, and it's not a big deal. This could not be further from the truth. An eating disorder, its cause, and symptoms are very complex and can include other mental health and physical conditions such as obsessive-compulsive disorder, major depression, trauma, and food aversions including allergies and the fear of choking just to name a few!
I have been a nurse for over 25 years and a Nurse Practitioner for over 7 years consistently building my knowledge and approach to help those in need of medical and mental health care. I have specialized in eating disorders and addiction because I have witnessed the life-changing results for people and their families once they have received the care that they need and deserve. An eating disorder does not show up the same way for everyone and can include a myriad of symptoms including fatigue, headaches, GI symptoms, hair loss, poor self-esteem, disrupted body image, and unfortunately more!
My approach seeks to identify the areas that are impeding recovery. I work with you and your support to help you to manage the eating disorder from a holistic lens. You are a whole person and will therefore be treated as such. I look forward to meeting you.