The chief medical officer who has been instrumental in helping to build the clinical program at the new Recovery Village comprehensive treatment facility in central Florida will be leaving the organization later this year. Kevin Wandler, MD, will return to Remuda Ranch in Wickenburg, Ariz., as medical director; he served there in that capacity from 1995-2011.
Wandler, a certified eating disorder specialist, worked at Remuda Ranch as it built a national reputation in the treatment of eating disorders. His involvement on the ground floor of the planning for the Recovery Village’s clinical services signaled that its founder, Mitchell Baumann, sought a comprehensive care approach that pays due attention to substance abuse, psychiatric illness, and eating disorders, rather than gravitating toward one area.
Allison Walsh, the Recovery Village’s director of business development, said in comments to Addiction Professional that Wandler is returning to Arizona to be closer to family members there. She says that with the Recovery Village having been open only since June, it is critical to get a new chief psychiatrist on board as soon as possible.
Wandler has agreed to assist in that search, and has committed to staying on in Florida until October, says Walsh.
The Recovery Village is offering a broad-based continuum of care in a fashion that seeks to depart from what Baumann has called “treatment in a box,” looking at a base 90-day treatment at a price point of around $32,500.
Remuda Ranch formally announced Wandler’s hire on Aug. 8. Wandler said in the statement announcing his return, “Remuda is where I started my career in eating disorders and they have always been a leader in eating disorder treatment.”
Wandler moved to Florida in 2011 and founded the University of Florida & Shands Eating Disorder Recovery Center, serving as a member of the university’s faculty.