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Cindy Pikus, Ph.D., CEDS

Executive Clinical Director


Dr. Cindy Pikus has worked with children, adolescents, and adults with eating disorders, as well as their families, for over 25 years.  She brings to her role as Executive Clinical Director her extensive experience and expertise in treating people with eating disorders at all levels of care, with an emphasis on compassionate patient care, support for families, insightful clinical supervision, and collaborative leadership.  Dr. Pikus received her B.A. degree and her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from UCLA and completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the UCLA Neuropsychiatric Hospital.  She then joined the UCLA hospital staff, initially as a therapist in the UCLA Eating Disorders Program and later serving as Associate Director of that program, where she coordinated multidisciplinary teams at the inpatient, partial hospitalization, and outpatient levels of care.  From 2013 to 2018, Dr. Pikus was the Senior Clinical Director of an adult inpatient and residential eating disorders unit in Colorado. In 2018, Dr. Pikus moved to New Jersey to join the leadership team at Hidden River.  Dr. Pikus is a member of the American Psychological Association, the International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals, and the Academy for Eating Disorders.

Our Leadership Team


Burty Macwan “Mac”, RN

Burty Macwan ‘Mac’ brings to Hidden River a combination of emergency Nursing, behavioral care, and executive experience.  Mac received his Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Nebraska Medical Center – College of Nursing. Mac has worked in the Emergency Department for more than 10 years and is Certified in Emergency Nursing (CEN). …

Jennifer Vargas Guerra, MA

Jennifer Vargas Guerra brings a decade of experience working in various eating disorder treatment settings to her role as the Director of Outreach & Admissions at Hidden River. Jennifer received her Master’s in Clinical Counseling Psychology from LaSalle University and began her career at an inpatient eating disorder program in Pennsylvania where she was a…