Remuda Ranch at The Meadows for Women Philosophy
Remuda Ranch is the best choice for women and girls with eating disorders. We work with patients to confront their issues in a positive manner in order for them to develop a sense of their true potential, allowing them to take responsibility for their lives. We excel in stabilizing women and adolescents with acute eating disorders, and help them progress in our program to residential and partial levels of care. Our treatment program is led by dedicated doctors, psychologists, dietitians, and nurses who help patients achieve medical stabilization and support them through the stages of recovery. Mindfulness activities and life skills are incorporated into the recovery process. Christian focused and 12-step focused tracks are available. Our facilities are located on a ranch in the beautiful Sonoran desert, and are designed with patient’s comfort and healing in mind.
Areas of Specialization
Some facilities have an addiction treatment protocol that all patients or clients are expected to follow, while others customize or individualize treatment based on a person’s unique needs and circumstances. Factors that may affect treatment decisions include age, lifestyle, medical conditions, type of drug, religious beliefs, etc.
Research shows that the odds of successful, sustained recovery from addiction are far higher when family members and loved ones are involved in treatment. Drug and alcohol addiction often have genetic roots, whether related to substance abuse, mental illness or both. Family dynamics also play a role and, often, family members are the first to realize a loved one has developed an addiction. Also, it’s important for family members to understand and embrace the lifestyle changes that are required to sustain recovery.
Meet the Staff
Jessica Setnick, MS, RD, CEDRD
Jessica Setnick, MS, RD, CEDRD has spent the past 17 years developing eating disorder treatment programs and working with individuals with eating disorders. She shares the nutrition counseling strategies she developed through presentations and publications. Her work includes The Eating Disorders Clinical Pocket Guide, The American Dietetic Association Pocket Guide to Eating Disorders, and Eating Disorders Boot Camp: Training Workshop for Professionals, each of which are known to professionals around the globe. In 2011, Jessica co-founded IFEDD, the International Federation of Eating Disorder Dietitians, with the mission of improving access to nutrition counseling and achieving insurance coverage for individuals with eating disorders. In 2013, Jessica created the first ever CEDRD Prep Class to prepare dietitians for certification as an Eating Disorder Specialist through the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals.
Buck Runyan, MS, MFT, LPC, CEDS
Buck Runyan, Clinical Director for Remuda Ranch at The Meadows, has over 20 years of experience in the treatment of eating disorders in residential and inpatient settings as well as private practice. His prior roles have included supporting eating disorder treatment programs as a Program Director, Chief Operations Officer and Clinical Director. For a number of years, Buck had a private practice in Redlands, CA providing family and individual therapy for a broad range of mental health issues including marital and family relationships, mood disorders, self-harm, eating disorders, and bariatric surgery. His credentials include those as a California Marriage and Family Therapist, an Arizona Licensed Professional Counselor, and an iaedp Certified Eating Disorder Specialist and Supervisor. Buck completed a Master of Science degree in Counseling Psychology from California Baptist University. Buck has served on the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals (iaedp™) Board of Directors since 2010. He is the current past-President of the Board of Directors and is a Fellow of iaedp. Buck remains an active member of the iaedp Certification Committee. He was the founding chapter president for the first of iaedp's regional chapters in 2004 and has been involved with the development of multiple regional US chapters.
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ABOUT REMUDA RANCH AT THE MEADOWS FOR WOMEN
For over 25 years, Remuda Ranch has provided services for women and adolescents dealing with eating disorders. Remuda Ranch at the Meadows, located on an 150-acre campus in Wickenburg, Ariz., offers residential and transitional care. The Critical Care Inpatient Unit allows clients to achieve weight stabilization.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
Separate residential programming is offered for adult women and adolescents. Evidence based practices including cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) are used to address psychological factors that contribute to eating disorders. Clients will also participate in meal exposure therapy and issue resolution classes.
Clients will participate in individual and group therapy as well as educational presentations. Holistic and recreational activities include equine therapy, a ropes course and expressive therapies like art, writing, and music.
A hands-on culinary training program teaches clients healthy eating habits and nutritional meal preparation skills. Under the supervision of a nutritionist, clients will take cooking and meal planning classes and participate in other educational opportunities.
An academic program for those who are in school takes place in a classroom with a licensed teacher.
Families are encouraged to come to Remuda Ranch for a week-long family program to educate loved ones about eating disorders. Family therapy sessions are also offered.
The center employs a multidisciplinary team of primary care physicians, registered nurses, psychiatrists, psychologists, master’s and doctoral level counselors, licensed nutritionist and dieticians, family therapists, and recreational coordinators.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
The 48-bed facility provides a comfortable environment on the 150-acre desert ranch. Official photographs show spacious bedrooms with three twin beds. Residents will also share living and dining rooms. Clients will have access to horse stables, an on-site pool, and outdoor sitting areas.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
Four alumni surveyed by Rehabs.com gave mixed feedback regarding Remuda Ranch at The Meadows, with three giving staff compliments. “Remuda Ranch saved my life. It's use of equine and recreational therapy was very helpful to my overall treatment. The body image therapy and nutritional counseling I received was wonderful,” an anonymous alum wrote.
Another commented: "They treat two completely different disorders in the same facility, which I do not recommend!"
While one anonymous alum called family involvement "weak" they wrote that it was "worth the struggles."
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
Loved ones responding to a Rehabs survey reported positive experiences with counselors, activity options, and effective treatment.
"They really care about everyone," wrote one loved one. "They love it when family is involved it is really motivating." Another loved one called the facility "innovative." One referred to treatment as "long lasting effective recovery" with "many people there to help."
Remuda Ranch at the Meadows works with several private insurance companies including BlueCross BlueShield, Humana, Three Rivers, and Value Options. Financial coordinators will help with individual financial planning and payment options.
Updated February 2017
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