The Renfrew Center of Chicago
The Renfrew Center of Chicago, located in the suburb of Northbrook, specializes in the treatment of anorexia, bulimia, binge eating disorder, and related mental illnesses. Programming consists of a comprehensive range of services including day treatment, intensive outpatient and group therapy.
The Renfrew Center of Chicago is located at 5 Revere Drive, Suite 100 in Northbrook. It is west of the Edens Expressway/Route 41 and east of Interstate 294 on the corner of Lake Cook Road and Revere Drive. Parking is located on the premises.
Meet our Clinical Team:
Heather Russo, MA, MFT, CEDS, is the Regional Assistant Vice President. She is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and a board member of the International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals (iaedp). She received her Master’s degree in Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from Pepperdine University and is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Organizational Leadership in Behavioral Health. She has extensive experience in treating eating disorders in Inpatient Hospitalization, Day Treatment, Intensive Outpatient and Private Practice settings. Ms. Russo is an active, integrative therapist who works with her clients to promote empowerment and fulfillment. Her therapeutic approach is to provide support and practical feedback to help clients effectively make strides in recovery. She has been the featured presenter of seminars addressing eating disorder treatment and recovery, educating both recovery groups and professionals treating mental illness.
Mira Franco, LCSW, is the Site Director at The Renfrew Center of Chicago. She received her Bachelor's degree in Psychology and her Master’s degree in Social Work from The University of Illinois – Champaign Urbana. Ms. Franco received clinical training in Family-Based Treatment (FBT) for Eating Disorders from The University of Chicago Medical Center’s Training Institute for Child and Adolescent Eating Disorders. She is dedicated to the provision of quality, family-centered therapy services to strengthen individuals and support families.
Jancey Wickstrom, AM, LCSW, is the Clinical Training Specialist for The Renfrew Centers. She graduated from Grinnell College in Iowa and The University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration. Ms. Wickstrom is passionate about ensuring evidence-based practice is made available to those who need it. She is intensively trained in contextual therapeutic approaches including Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and The Renfrew Center Unified Treatment Model for Eating Disorders®. She contributed the chapter titled ‘Healing Self-Inflicted Violence in Adolescents with Eating Disorders’ in the textbook Treatment of Eating Disorders: Bridging the Research-Practice Gap. Ms. Wickstrom is an adjunct lecturer at The University of Chicago's School of Social Service Administration and has worked in residential, outpatient and inpatient treatment settings.
The Renfrew Center of Chicago offers an Aftercare Group.
The Aftercare Group is for alumni of Renfrew’s higher levels of care who are working toward recovery from anorexia, bulimia or disordered eating patterns involving binge eating or restricting. Led by a licensed clinician, this group provides a safe atmosphere where members explore eating disorder triggers as well as issues concerning body image, relationships, work, and school.
*Group members are required to be followed by an outpatient therapist in order to participate.
Date: Meets on Tuesday evenings
Time: 7:15 pm - 8:15 pm
Location: The Renfrew Center of Chicago
*Beginning on December 28th, the Aftercare Group will move to Thursday evenings.