From psychiatrists and psychologists to master’s-level therapists, dietitians, behavioral health technicians, and registered nurses, The Meadows Ranch is made up of knowledgeable, experienced, compassionate professionals committed to providing quality, cutting-edge care.
Kara Fowler, LPC-S, RD, LD
Born in Cleveland, Ohio, and raised in Dallas, Texas, Kara Fowler is a registered and licensed dietitian and a licensed professional counselor who earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nutrition from Texas A&M University and a master’s in health psychology from Texas State University. She joined the Meadows Behavioral Healthcare team in early 2023.
Previous experience, which includes working with people recovering from eating disorders and trauma-related diagnoses in a variety of settings, makes Fowler a perfect fit for the role of executive director at The Meadows Ranch. Varied positions in group practices, intensive outpatient programs, partial hospitalization programs, and private practice all inform the work she does helming our eating disorder programs.
Fowler discovered this line of work after responding to an ad from a psychologist needing an RD. She immediately fell in love with this population, but she saw a clear need to incorporate trauma recovery. That led Fowler to return to school as well as complete training in EMDR and Somatic Experiencing, preparing her to address not just a wide range of eating disorders but co-occurring conditions including complex trauma and dissociative disorders.
Married for more than three decades, this mother of two adult children loves walks with family, watching comedy, listening to music, reading, and spending time with two family dogs.
Anna Contor, LPC-S, CEDS
A Michigan native, Anna Contor earned a BS in psychology from Central Michigan University followed by a master’s in sport and exercise psychology and a master’s in mental health counseling, both from Argosy University.
While working with athletes for sport performance and mental skills training, Contor noticed eating disorders and other related issues that interfered with performance. In 2009, she finished her master’s in sport-exercise psychology, followed by a master’s in in mental health counseling in 2010. She joined the team at The Meadows Ranch in February of 2014, first as a primary therapist for adolescents and adults. She then became program director and assistant clinical director before being named clinical director in December 2020.
In her current role, Contor manages the clinical team and supervises the training of therapists and interns. She also oversees programing and daily activities, the Brain Center, and school for our adolescent program. You can find Contor providing daily support to clinical, nursing, and other staff around patient care. She says being able to see the growth and development of individuals and patients is what really makes her work worthwhile.
During her downtime, Contor enjoys traveling and taking scenic pictures, often of sunsets and sunrises. She also enjoys movies, reading various memoirs, and learning new information from philosophy to trauma.
Kim Murphy, LCSW
Assistant Clinical Director
Arizona native Kim Murphy is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) who holds a master’s degree in psychology in education and a master’s in social work, both from Arizona State University. Always passionate about working with individuals with eating disorders, she previously managed home visiting services and provided counseling to at-risk parents and their children.
Murphy first began working at The Meadows Ranch in 2015 as a primary and float therapist. In her current role as assistant clinical director, she oversees the provision of quality programming and evidence-based practices while being sensitive to the individual needs of patients and their families. She says she enjoys “working with a caring and talented team of staff and leadership and observing patients blossom, heal, and feel inspired to continue the difficult yet rewarding road to recovery.”
Married for more than three decades, Murphy has three children and five grandchildren. She enjoys hiking in the desert park close to her home, family get-togethers, vacationing at the beach, and spending time with friends.
Amelia Davis, MD
Chief of Psychiatry
Born in Indianapolis, Indiana, and raised in Kalamazoo, Michigan, Amelia Davis attended Kalamazoo College for her undergraduate degree, earned her medical degree from Indiana University School of Medicine, and completed her psychiatry residency at University of Florida. A board-certified psychiatrist with the ABPN and a licensed physician in the state of Arizona, Davis is also a certified eating disorder specialist through IAEDP.
Working in the field of eating disorders for more than a decade, she has served as medical director at Univerisity of Florida, where she was also an assistant professor and educated medical students, residents, and other healthcare providers about eating disorders and psychiatry. Davis also served as the medical director at an eating disorder program for more than seven years. Through her experiences in medical school, she learned that she enjoys helping people create long-lasting, positive change through psychotherapy and medication management. During her psychiatry residency, she did rotations in eating disorders and found she really liked working as part of a team and helping patients get significant life-changing treatment.
In her current role as chief of psychiatry, Davis completes psychiatric evaluations, provides direct patient care, supervises medical and psychiatric providers, ensures quality medical care for all patients, and works with other leadership regarding program development and helping create and continue the standard of excellence found at The Meadows Ranch. One of the most rewarding parts of her job is hearing success stories about patients who are now doing really well. She also loves working with the team at TMR and the really positive environment on campus.
Married since 2010, Davis has two young daughters. She loves reading, hiking, listening to music, and has played violin since the age of four. She also loves traveling. At this stage of life, most of her time is spent going to kids’ birthday parties, to various kids’ activities, and having fun with her family. She also loves spending time by the pool.
Annique Cornejo, MS, RD, CEDS
Director of Nutrition
Born and raised in Southern California, Annique Cornejo relocated to Phoenix in 2019, after earning a master’s in nutrition and dietetics from Loma Linda University. She is also a certified eating disorder specialist (CEDS) through the international association of eating disorders professionals (IAEDP).
Cornejo has worked in the field of eating disorders at the inpatient, residential, partial hospitalizaition, intensive outpatient, and outpatient levels of care. She joined the team at The Meadows Ranch in late 2022 and was named director of nutrition in 2023. In her current role she is responsible for supervising and supporting the dietitians and diet techs around patient care, groups, and experientials. She also works closely with the culinary staff to ensure menus are varied and balanced and oversees the day- to-day operations of the nutrition department, ensuring each patient’s nutrition-related needs are being met.
Practicing from an “all foods fit” philosophy, Cornejo is passionate about supporting individuals in challenging diet culture by removing the guilt and shame around food and reframing how we view health to include all aspects, from physical, mental, and emotional to spiritual and social health. She loves seeing patients grow through recovery and reclaim their relationship with food and their bodies as they begin to feel empowered to make choices that reflect self care and body wisdom.
When not working, her Husky/Lab mix and Pitbull keep Cornejo on her toes. She enjoys walking and spending time with her dogs, attending live concerts, looking for the next local restaurant to try, snowboarding, and traveling.
Gejia Capasso, LPC
Family Week Therapist
It was Gejia Capasso’s passion for being part of creating positive change in families experiencing a difficult time that led to her current role as Family Week therapist at The Meadows Ranch. A graduate of University of South Dakota, she went on to earn her master’s from Ottawa University. Now with more than two decades in the counseling field, she says she loves working with complex issues like eating disorders and educating families on these topics.
Capasso joined the team at The Meadows Ranch in 2016, first as a primary therapist. Today, she facilitates opportunities for family members to improve communication skills around difficult subjects and provides information on skills to continue the recovery process after treatment. A married mother of two, she says one of the most fulfilling aspects of her job is seeing shifts and growth within family units.
Billie Church, MC, LPC, CEDS
Survivor’s Workshop Therapist
Raised in Ashland, Nebraska and Glendale, Arizona, Billie Church stayed close to home for her education. She earned her BA in psychology from University of Arizona followed by a master’s in counseling from University of Phoenix. Church is also a certified eating disorder specialist, certified EMDR therapist, and NARM therapist.
Past experience includes spending a decade as a family therapist at an eating disorder treatment center, working in home-based therapy, and referrals from the Arizona Department of Economic Security and The Juvenile Probation Department. Then a restructuring left Church looking for work. What she sees as “a divine intervention by my Higher Power” helped her stumble upon a job opening in eating disorder treatment. And the rest is history!
She joined the team at The Meadows Ranch in October 2018. Originally hired as a float therapist, she facilitated groups and supported the therapists when the clinical department was experiencing a transition. In her current role, she facilitates Pia Mellody’s Survivor’s Workshop for Meadows Ranch patients. This provides an opportunity to delve into the unresolved childhood traumas that impact their current lives and perpetuate their eating disorders, allowing them to continue on their healing journey.
Married for more than 20 years to a sixth-grade math teacher, Church has two children and loves to travel and read.