Meet The Team
Amy Lister, RD, LDN
I am passionate about teaching nutrition and healthy eating. I enjoy helping patients begin to enjoy food again during their recovery process.
Amy has been with the Eating Disorders Program since 2008. She is a registered and licensed dietitian and graduated from Indiana University with a degree in Dietetics.
She completed her dietetic internship at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. Amy has several years experience working with a variety of patients in a clinical setting in addition to serving as the clinical manager for the CHIP (Coronary Health Improvement Project) Program and as the education director for a wellness company.
She is a member of the American Dietetic Association, Central Illinois Dietetic Association and has attended various conferences and classes specializing in nutrition and eating disorders. Amy serves on the advisory board for the Bradley University Dietetic Internship and presents annually on working with the eating disorder population. Additionally she serves as a preceptor for the OSF Dietetic Internship.
Gina Johnson, LCPC
I believe that with constant encouragement patients will find the hope needed to attempt what was once believed impossible. I desire to instill confidence, pride, and gratification in each patient as they embark on this journey of recovery.
Gina is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor. She completed her Masters of Arts Degree in Human Development Counseling at Bradley University.
Gina has provided therapy to children and adolescents dealing with a variety of mental health concerns such as depression, anxiety, anger management, relational problems through individual and family therapy at a local social service agency. She also has experience providing therapeutic interventions to adolescents who have been diagnosed with severe mental health disorders in order to manage significant symptoms related to depression and trauma. Gina has provided clinical supervision and case consultation to community therapists and has experience with both program development and on-going enhancement of treatment programs.
Since joining the Eating Disorders Program, Gina has provided group therapy to patients in the Partial Hospitalization Program,facilitated the Patient Support Group, and is now an individual therapist for patients.
Tim Bromley, LCPC
Dealing with change can be scary and stressful. Every person has amazing potential and with proper skills and support can cope with any challenge. The focus is on the whole person, not just the disorder.
Tim is a Licensed, Clinical Professional Counselor and serves as the Assistant Manager for the Eating Disorders Program at OSF. He completed his Masters degree in Psychology at Bradley University and has been a therapist with the Eating Disorders Program since 1990.
Tim has worked as an individual, family, and group therapist for the Eating Disorders Program and facilitated the Family Awareness Group. He has worked with many different patients and families in the treatment of eating disorders and has experience in cognitive-behavioral, interpersonal, and family systems approaches. Tim has attended numerous national workshops on Eating Disorders and related issues including Feminist Perspectives on Eating Disorders, Internal Family Systems, Family-based Treatment, Attachment Disorders, Anxiety Disorders, Trauma issues, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and many others.
Tim has presented workshops and educational sessions on Understanding the Psychological Aspects of Eating Disorders, Mindful Eating, Intervention Strategies and others to schools and universities, community agencies, Bariatric groups, physician groups, social work associations, as well as television and radio programs.
Mary Beth Antar, RN
I believe through self discovery, each patient will define their own problems, strengths and uniqueness, enabling them to problem solve, accept or celebrate their lives in health and prosperity.
Mary Beth is a Licensed Registered Nurse certified in Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing. She has worked at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center since 1980 and for the Eating Disorders program since 1986.
Mary Beth has extensive experience working with eating disorder patients as a psychiatric nurse. She provided care on the former inpatient eating disorders and has continued her work in the Partial Hospitalization and Intensive Outpatient Programs. She has experience in all phases of the partial hospitalization program including family sessions, support groups, numerous psycho-educational groups and psychosocial assessments of patients. She received additional training through intensive workshops on cognitive therapy and rational emotive behavioral therapy along with training in anxiety and stress management, communication, skill building, trauma and grief. Mary Beth has a strong awareness of women’s issues, culture and socialization.
She currently provides a daily foundation of coping and caring for patients in our intensive day programs (PHP and IOP) through her daily assessments, education about eating disorders and related issues, attention to physical needs, individualized monitoring of progress in treatment, and coordination of care with physicians and psychiatrists. She establishes a recovery-focused environment in the programs and strives to help patients reach their fullest potential in treatment and in life.
Linda Batek, MD
I enjoy the multidisciplinary team approach to the care of eating disorder patients. My goal is to provide medical care and education to each patient to improve his or her physical well-being both in the short and long term.
Dr. Batek has been with the eating disorders program since 2005. She attended medical school at The University of Illinois College of Medicine and completed her residency in Family Medicine at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center.
Following graduation, she established a private practice in Chillicothe, Il before joining the University of Illinois College of Medicine as an academic physician. As a female family physician, her practice has naturally evolved primarily to the care of the female patient, especially within the context of family. Having four children of her own, working with the adolescent and young adult population seems a natural fit. Dr. Batek serves as the admitting/attending medical physician for the Eating Disorders Partial Hospitalization Program and Intensive Outpatient Program.
Jennifer Peters, RD, LDN
I believe in the power of proper nutrition and the impact it can have on our lives. It is my hope that through compassion and empathy, I can share my knowledge of nutrition and guide my patients along the path to recovery.
Jennifer joined the Eating Disorders Program in January 2011. She is a registered and licensed dietitian and graduated from Illinois State University with a degree in Nutrition and Dietetics. She then went on to complete her dietetic internship at OSF in 2003.
Prior to joining the eating disorder s team, Jen worked with families in an outpatient setting to promote optimal nutrition and enjoyment of food. This included facilitating nutrition classes and presenting multiple nutrition based presentations to healthcare facilities throughout the community.
Jen is a member of the American Dietetic Association and has a passion for sharing her knowledge of nutrition. She also serves as a preceptor for the OSF dietetic internship program.
Kim Scardina, LCPC
I believe in meeting each individual at their developmental level and their stage of change. Treatment can be adapted in creative ways to meet a person where they are in life, in order to help decrease suffering and learn coping skills for a healthier life.
Kim is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor. She completed her Masters of Arts Degree in Human Development Counseling at Bradley University.
Kim has provided group and individual therapy to individuals with severe personality disorders, psychotic disorders, and other developmental disabilities that impair functioning through a state civil commitment program. Kim utilizes a dialectical behavior approach to treatment, along with incorporating therapeutic games to enhance understanding and application of treatment concepts. She has an interest in the cultural and gender issues that play a role in eating disorders and interpersonal conflicts.
Since joining the Eating Disorders Program, Kim provides group therapy to patients in the Partial Hospitalization Program and facilitates the Patient Support Group.
Kathy Franczak, LCPC
I believe in creating a safe, non-judgmental space to help individuals express feelings and needs openly and authentically. Through verbal and non-verbal expressive techniques, I hope to facilitate self-awareness, build connections, help develop new ways to cope, assist in finding meaning and problem solving, and strive to support everyone in reaching their full-potential.
Kathy is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor. She completed her Masters of Arts Degree at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville in Art Therapy Counseling.
Kathy has worked in school, residential, and outpatient and inpatient settings, including an eating disorders treatment center, offering individual, group, and family therapy. Most recently, she worked with children in a residential setting suffering from trauma, loss, attachment difficulties, mood disorders, anger, and problems with impulse control. Kathy utilizes a person-centered approach to treatment, using both traditional and art therapy interventions to help patients find their voice and better communicate to meet their individualized goals.
Since joining the Eating Disorders Program, Kathy provides individual and family therapy, as well as facilitates the Family Awareness Support Group. She also provides groups on art and expressive therapy to patients in the Partial Hospitalization Program.
Abraham Frenkel, MD
I believe in treating patients as a whole person, actively listening and addressing each person's clinical needs as part of their unique personality and culture.
Dr. Frenkel has been with the eating disorders program since 2006. He attended Hadassah Medical School in Jerusalem, Israel in 1977 and was the chief resident at Mt. Sinai Medical Center in New York where he completed a fellowship in clinical research and psychopharmacology of depression, anxiety and eating disorders.
Dr. Frenkel currently serves as the Medical Director of the Eating Disorders Partial Hospitalization Program and Intensive Outpatient program and provides clinical training to the Eating Disorders Program staff. Dr. Frenkel has a psychiatry practice in Peoria with the OSF Medical Group.