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Remuda Ranch at The Meadows provides world-class individualized treatment for women and young girls whose lives and families have been impacted by their eating disorder. In our safe and tranquil environment, we reach the underlying cause of the eating disorder, with a specialized approach that combines proven medical and clinically intensive treatment—while teaching skills through our experiential programs—which allows the individuals to make self-directed choices toward recovery, and to restore balance to their lives.


 Acute CareRemuda Ranch

Our Critical Care Unit offers an acute level of care on a scenic ranch property in a safe and non-institutional environment. Patients receive excellent medical care and counseling services with a focus on nutritional     rehabilitation and medical stabilization.


Residential TreatmentRemuda Ranch

Remuda Ranch offers a separate campus with a spacious residential environment allowing residents the freedom to enjoy healthy outdoor living. The goal of our program is to disempower the eating disorder by uncovering the complex psychological factors contributing to the patient’s unhealthy relationship with food. Our staff have meals with the patients to monitor eating patterns, food intake, and their thinking patterns. Through the conversations at meals, patients learn to develop eating patterns that are normal in time, manner, and content.

Our culinary training program helps patients develop the daily living skills to prepare nutritional meals upon their return home. This training includes hands-on use of common kitchen equipment and the necessary cooking skills needed for success.


Transitional CareRemuda Ranch

Depending on the acuity of the eating disorder, some patients may begin recovery at the Residential Program; others will use it as a gentle transition from the Critical Care Unit to everyday life. Here the staff helps patients develop and practice recovery skills in a supportive environment combined with real life experiences.

Both programs are led by a caring team of eating disorder professionals, including Master’s level therapists, registered dietitians, and medical care providers. This specialized team creates a comprehensive plan of care specific to the patient’s goals, preferences, and clinical status. Our goal is to provide each resident with the skills needed to live a healthy, productive life.


Treatment ApproachRemuda Ranch

Our patients learn the skills and methods necessary to sustain recovery by focusing on education, resiliency, and self-regulation. Treatment is led by a well-qualified multidisciplinary team that is dedicated to providing assistance and support 24 hours a day. Individualized patient treatment plans may include:

  • Individual therapy
  • Group therapy
  • Meal exposure therapy
  • Somatic Experiencing® (SE)
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Trauma resolution
  • CBT
  • DBT
  • ERP

Patients also participate in experiential therapies to create a truly diversified therapeutic approach. These may include:

  • Equine assisted therapy
  • Expressive activities, i.e. art, music, movement, creative writing
  • Challenge course

Treatment Team:

Our eating disorder professionals dedicate themselves to patient recovery:

  • Primary Care Physicians
  • Psychiatric Physicians
  • Psychologists
  • Masters or Doctoral level Therapists
  • Registered Dieticians
  • Registered Nurses


Family InvolvementRemuda Ranch

It is evident that the key to long-term success is found in knowledgeable and skillfully supportive family relationships. We consider the patient’s family a part of the community at Remuda Ranch at The Meadows and include them throughout the treatment process. Families participate in weekly family sessions on-site or via Skype, preparing them and the patient for the challenges of returning home and preventing unwanted relapse.

All residents participate in a Family Week program, which includes educational groups as well as experiential work including art, equine, ropes course, and meals. Additional family therapy is provided based on individual clinical need. Our goal is teaching families without blame.


Campus LifeRemuda Ranch

Our non-institutional, serene campuses, with majestic vistas, beautiful horses, and breath-taking sunsets, nurture patients as they begin their journey towards recovery. We offer:

  • Large patient rooms
  • Outdoor horse arenas
  • Swimming pool
  • Tranquil sitting areas
  • Teacher-facilitated classroom and challenging curriculum for school-age patients
  • Art studio
  • Exercise work out area and facilities for Tai Chi and yoga
  • Nondenominational chapel service, weekday bible study, and meditation
  • Spacious conference space for large groups, including community style meals on weekend nights, and special events for family weekend
  • Large grass courtyard for outside recreation, such as volleyball and tetherball



Chris Diamond, Executive DirectorRemuda Ranch- Chris Diamond

For more than 20 years, Chris Diamond has dedicated his career to the behavioral health industry. He was named the Executive Director of Remuda Ranch in March 2013. Mr. Diamond’s educational background includes a B.A. in Psychology and Master’s coursework in Educational Psychology from Temple University in Philadelphia. He has served as CEO and COO since 2007 for four treatment programs located in Arizona, California, Texas, and Kentucky. Mr. Diamond most recently served as CEO for Sonora Behavioral Health Hospital, a comprehensive behavioral health facility located in Tucson, AZ serving adolescents and adults, and CEO of Heritage Oaks Hospital, the largest behavioral health provider in the greater Sacramento region. From 1991 through 2006, he held numerous clinical service and leadership positions.

Kevin Wandler, MD, Medical DirectorRemuda Ranch- Kevin Wander

Dr. Kevin Wandler, Remuda Ranch at The Meadows Medical Director, received his medical degree from the University of Iowa. Dr. Wandler is Board Certified in General Psychiatry with added Qualifications in Addiction Psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and a Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. He is certified by the American Association of Addiction Medicine. He is a Certified Eating Disordered Specialist, certified by the International Academy of Eating Disorder Professionals (iaedp) and is the current President of the Board of Directors for 2015-2016. His professional affiliations include the American Eating Disorder Association (AED), iaedp, American Psychiatric Association (APA) and American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM). Dr. Wandler was Medical Director and VP of Medical Services at Remuda Ranch at The Meadows from 1995 to 2011. He left to take a faculty position at the University of Florida in Gainesville where he was the Founder of the UF & Shands Eating Disorder Recovery Center (EDRC) at the University of Florida in Gainesville. Dr. Wandler most recently was the Founding Medical Director at the Recovery Village, a dual diagnosis program for Substance Abuse and Eating Disorders in the greater Orlando area.

James “Buck” Runyan, MS, MFT, LPC, CEDS, F.iaedp, Clinical DirectorRemuda Ranch-    James Buck Runyan

Buck Runyan, Clinical Director for Remuda Ranch at The Meadows, has over 20 years of experience in the treatment of eating disorders in residential and inpatient settings as well as private practice. His prior roles have included supporting eating disorder treatment programs as a Program Director, Chief Operations Officer and Clinical Director. For a number of years, Buck had a private practice in Redlands, CA providing family and individual therapy for a broad range of mental health issues including marital and family relationships, mood disorders, self-harm, eating disorders, and bariatric surgery. His credentials include those as a California Marriage and Family Therapist, an Arizona Licensed Professional Counselor, and an iaedp Certified Eating Disorder Specialist and Supervisor.  Buck completed a Master of Science degree in Counseling Psychology from California Baptist University.

Buck has served on the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals (iaedp™) Board of Directors since 2010. He is the current past-President of the Board of Directors and is a Fellow of iaedp. Buck remains an active member of the iaedp Certification Committee. He was the founding chapter president for the first of iaedp’s regional chapters in 2004 and has been involved with the development of multiple regional US chapters.


Location/Contact Information

One East Apache Street, Wickenburg, AZ 85390

Toll free: (800) 445-1900

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Call (866)390-5100 to discover why Remuda Ranch at The Meadows is the best choice for eating disorder treatment and recovery.

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Page Last Updated & Reviewed By: Jacquelyn Ekern, MS, LPC on
January 28, 2015
Published on, Online Eating Disorders Information

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