Dr. Mariam Bekhit

Chief Medical Officer


Dr. Mariam Bekhit is a thoughtful physician with a long history of providing excellent psychiatric care to a diverse population of children, adolescents, and adults. She facilitated eating disorder care within various hospital settings for several years. She is well versed in the unique features and care needs of those who struggle with eating disorders and their correlating dual diagnosis.

As the Chief Medical Officer Dr. Bekhit has an extensive background in mental health care and leadership.

She joins Hidden River from a long-term leadership role as the Chief Medical Officer and Director of Child Services for Summit Oaks Hospital and following her leadership role as the Medical/Clinical Director at Meadowview Psychiatric Hospital.

Dr. Bekhit maintains her credentials as a Diplomat with the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and with the American Board of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Dr. Bekhit upon arrival at Hidden River made multiple important program enhancements that have further elevated the care patients receive. The Hidden River team is grateful to have her as a member.

Our Leadership Team

James “Buck” Runyan, MS, LMFT, LCP, CEDSS

James “Buck” Runyan, MS, LMFT, LCP, CEDSS

James is well known within the professional arena for eating disorder treatment. Since 1994 he has developed many eating disorder treatment programs throughout the country. His many roles have included Executive Director, Chief Operations Officer, Clinical Director, Program Director, and Therapist. James has been an expert consultant for several treatment centers and has provided private…

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…