Eating Disorder Treatment Center

Canopy Cove of Tallahassee, Florida

History of Canopy Cove Eating Disorder Treatment Center

Dr. Brogdon began her career as a psychologist specializing in the treatment of diabetes in 1986. This long held dream became a reality as she developed a private practice that focused on helping this population and soon became one of the first psychologists who attained the status of a Certified Diabetes Educator. Working with endocrinologists, serving on the staff of Tallahassee Memorial Hospital, and participating in the development of their Diabetes Center contributed to the fulfillment of this strongly held goal. Dr Brogdon

However, shortly after opening her private practice, individuals struggling with eating disorders began to present for treatment. Recognizing the need for specialized treatment for this group of people was easy to assess, yet, there was no local or regional specialists to whom referrals could be made. Therefore, Dr. Brogdon began a pursuit of knowledge that could be useful in helping those with Anorexia, Bulimia, and Binge Eating Disorders. Becoming certified as an Eating Disorder Specialist through the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals, and joining associations committed to helping those struggling with these disorders, became the foundation of her new focus.

The formal founding of Canopy Cove Eating Disorder Treatment Center was established in 1990. After realizing that outpatient treatment was insufficient to meet the needs of all clients that were currently seeking help, Dr. Brogdon moved forward with the creation of a Residential Treatment Center to allow for a broader range of treatment levels. Her personal goal had expanded to transition from a single-therapist practice into a collective team approach that resulted in Canopy Cove. For over twenty years, Canopy Cove has continued to expand its treatment levels to meet the needs of those of whom it serves. Providing a continuity of care for those who struggle with eating disorders that includes Residential, Partial Hospitalization, Intensive Outpatient and Outpatient Treatment continues to be a vision and a reality for Dr. Brogdon and her Staff.

Serving as a spokesperson to increase the awareness and understanding of the nature, causes, and process of recovery from eating disorders for females, males, adults, and adolescents, is an ongoing dedication for Dr. Brogdon. This commitment, as well as her loyalty to continuing to provide treatment for those who are struggling with co-existing diabetes and an eating disorder, directs the mission of Canopy Cove.

The Story Behind Our Name

Canopy: a sheltered passageway or roof-like covering
Cove: a small sheltered bay in the shoreline of a river

The process of choosing a name for anything usually requires careful consideration and frequently can be a difficult task. However, after much thought, the appropriate name will often seem to just come to us unexpectedly, and the sense of peace that follows lets us know hat we have gotten the name “just right!” We experienced such a case as this when we were trying to decide on a name for our treatment center – we wanted the name to have meaning and significance. As we began to identify key characteristics of the place that we planned to create, we identified that we wanted to provide a place that would feel safe, and one that could offer shelter to those who were struggling with so many troubling and potentially life threatening issues. partial hospitalization program

1During this process, we happened to remember the many times that we had found refuge from an unexpected storm under the canopied coves on the Suwannee River. Suddenly, we realized that we had discovered our name: Canopy Cove!

During the warm summer months in North Florida it is common for thunderstorms to appear suddenly and unpredictably. While usually short lived, they can produce intense rain and strong winds for their duration. During the late eighties and nineties, our family had the privilege of owning a wonderful river house on the banks of the Suwannee River. The entire family learned to love our compact yet fun-packed paradise! We would gather for all holiday occasions, as well as on most weekends, and loved to spend time on the river!

Since the weather was neither predictable or consistent, we would have to take our chances when going out on the boat. Not knowing if the weather would stay nice, we would head out on a boat ride and picnic at one of the nearby springs and just take our chances. Yet, it was very typical to leave the dock with beautiful weather, the sun shining and blue sky overhead, only to get caught in a violent thunderstorm only 10 minutes later! The rain would pellet our arms, legs, and faces and was quite painful, while the wind would cause turbulent waves in the river that would toss our boat around.

Fortunately, there are a number of finger inlets, or coves, both up and down the Suwannee that are canopied with leafy trees. These trees lean over the inlet with interlacing branches, offering a safe haven from a passing storm. We would pull our boat into the shallow sheltered cove and wait until the storm passed and continue on our way, grateful for the safety we had been granted.