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SunCloud Health offers Integrated Outpatient and Residential Programs Northbrook, Naperville and Chicago (Lincoln Park)
Now offering afternoon Adolescent IOP and Adult Residential, Northbrook.

Welcome to SunCloud Health

One of the nation’s most trusted names in treating substance use disorders, eating disorders, mood disorders and related trauma.

“Supporting your desire to live free as you embark on a life long journey of greater health”.
― SunCloud Health

We are unique. Unlike many providers that say they can treat co-occurring substance use, eating disorders, mood disorders and related traumas, at SunCloud Health, we actually do. We don’t toss around buzz words. We are recognized locally and nationally for treating you, the whole person, that’s what we do best. Our staff is cross trained in treating eating disorders, substance use disorders and mood disorders in a center that addresses the impact of traumatic life experiences on all of it.  

”At SunCloud Health, we understand that co-occurring disorder means multiple primary illnesses at the same time in any one person. A person with multiple primary illnesses deserves to have each of them fully addressed using a coherent treatment model, and ideally one that constantly has an eye on the role of unresolved trauma in perpetuating addiction, eating disorders and mood disorders. This is the work we do at SunCloud Health. While it would be much easier to focus on one “primary” illness, the single disease focus approach has not worked well for our patient population. We are here to serve individuals with complex co-occurring disorders. And we do so in a way that sets them up to achieve sustainable recovery and fuller living experience.”

~ Kim Dennis, MD, CEDS

Substance Use and Eating Disorders

Dr. Kim, a message for people with addiction or an eating disorder, their behavior is their solution, not their problem.

Dr. Kim’s Unique Leadership Skills

Eleanor Annan, MD describes Dr Kim’s unique leadership skills and the effect she has on SunCloud Health.

Our Integrated Model is Cutting Edge

Dr. Marcia Nickow, Clinical Director on how our integrated model puts us at the forefront of patient care.

Lasting change that begins with Effective Outpatient Care

SunCloud Health is a private outpatient center with three locations, Northbrook, Naperville, and Chicago (Lincoln Park), IL. Guided by Kim Dennis, MD, our team provides highly individualized and effective care for adults and adolescents struggling with one or more of these life issues. We bring special expertise to the challenge of helping those with a dual diagnosis or co-occurring disorders.

Eating Disorders

Anorexia Nervosa
Binge Eating
Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID)
Body Dysmorphia
Compulsive Overeating

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SunCloud Health’s Leadership Team

We are committed to providing the best in-depth patient care, with over 75 years of combined therapy experience and over 100 years of combined personal recovery expertise.

READ ABOUT: Our Commitments to you and your loved ones while in treatment

VIDEO: Watch co-founder, CEO and Medical Director, Kim Dennis, MD, CEDS as she describes why and for whom we created SunCloud Health?

Watch Now! Meet Our Team

We have to work on the trauma

Photo L/R: Kimberly Dennis, MD, CEDS (Chief Medical Officer, CEO and Co-founder), Dr. Marcia Nickow, PSY.D., CADC, CGP (Organizational and Senior Clinical Adviser), Melissa Rocchi, ATR, LCPC (Executive Director, Northbrook, Naperville and Lincoln Park Chicago), Sonja K Negrean, RN, BS, SCRN (Director of Compliance and Nursing), David Newton, MBA (Director of Operations and Co-founder), Dr. Nicole Bishop Psychologist (Clinical Director).

We can help you get started, right now.

Confused, unsure where to begin… wondering if life will ever be different for you? Things are about to change. At SunCloud Health, you will find a caring, experienced team to help you take the first steps toward a life of wellness. You can break free of the problems you are experiencing today. We’ll help you get there.

Why SunCloud Health? What makes us unique? 

Read About Our Commitment to Building Community Through Accountability Model

Why Must Treatment Come First?

“but I work, I am in school, how will I ever make treatment work?”
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“Shale Marks, LCSW, CADC Therapist at SunCloud Heath discusses willingness, honesty, open mindedness and meeting people where they are at as the essentials of recovery.”


What Our Patients Say Read Our Testimonials

  • Dr. Kim’s honesty and her personal knowledge of what I’m going through have helped me so much. I am learning to take the good with the not-so-good … realizing that it’s okay to have dips. Recovery is not always linear and that’s OK! It’s a lifelong commitment and it’s worth it.
  • I am in ‘this place’ again, I am institutionalized again, I am hopeless again, I am wondering what the point is…again. I am sober. By some miracle of God (truly) I meet Kim – the Lodge, Group 2, Process Group. I am instantly hooked. I am baffled. She knows what she’s talking about. Not because she read it in a book…no, this woman has LIVED what I have lived.
  • Because I have never really addressed the underlying trauma at the root of my eating disorders and substance use problems, I tend to bounce from food restriction to using drugs to self-injury to withdrawal from my friends and family. Now I know these are all connected. Dr. Kim understands this, because she lives it herself every day.

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Co-Occurring Disorders

Watch the video below and learn more from Lauren Pace, DO and psychiatrist, as she explains why we focus on co-occurring disorders.

Co-Occurring Disorders

Higher Acuity Levels With Co-Occurring Disorders

Kim Dennis, MD, CEDS discusses how the acuity level of patients tends to be higher when treating complex co-occurring diseases like we do.

Higher Acuity Levels

Individual Recovery

Hannah Carra, LCSW Group Therapist shares insights on what makes SunCloud a unique & special place for patients to find support on their individual journey to recovery.

Individual Recovery

Treatment Approach

Clinical Intern Emily Long shares her personal journey and reflects on the successes of others through the integrated treatment approach at SunCloud Health.

Treatment Approach

Patient Care

Kim Cimino, LMFT and former Clinical Director talks about the SunCloud Health advantage in patient care.

Patient Care

Family Therapy

Chris Stewart, MD. Board Certified Psychiatrist, answers the question, can family therapy improve my child’s outcome?

Family Therapy

Treatment Success

Dr. Marcia Nickow, Psy.D., CADC, CGP, talks about finding treatment success after previous failed attempts.

Treatment Success

Building Community

Kim Dennis, MD, CEDS on building authentic, healthy communities, forming genuine support between patients and staff.

Building Community

Integrated Care

SunCloud Health’s Integrated Approach: Emily Long, Clinical Intern, describes the unique culture and “integrated approach” practiced at SunCloud Health.

Integrated Care

Treating the Whole Person

Kim Dennis, MD, CEDS talks about how we will help you reclaim your passion for life, inner strength and belief in yourself while living a healthy life!

Treating the Whole Person

Trauma Connected to Addiction & ED

How is trauma related to addictions and eating disorders?

Trauma: Addiction & ED

Why SunCloudHealth?

Eleanor Annan, MD at SunCloud Health says, “it’s the people.”

Why SunCloud Health?

Why SCH?Part 2

Peoples stories matter, and we want to know them

Why SCH? Part 2

It’s a Commitment

An example of a commitment we ask patients to make at admission, here’s why.

It’s a Commitment


LISTEN: Dr. Kim on Molly Carmel’s podcast!

Why There’s No One Single Solution with Dr. Kim Dennis

Dr. Kim and Molly explore why there’s no one solution for everyone and why self-judgment simply isn’t helpful. It’s a rare interview with Dr. Kim discussing the SunCloud Health treatment model, her lived experiences and more.

READ MORE: There is longstanding debate in the eating disorder field about whether the use of an addiction model and encouraging patients to engage in eating disorder specific 12-step mutual support groups is clinically useful for ANY treatment seeking patients with ED.

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Click Here to listen to the podcast: “Addressing the Lack of Continuity of Care in Mental Health Services”, presented by NEJM Catalyst, a sister publication of the New England Journal of Medicine, featuring an Interview with Kim Dennis, MD, David Newton, MBA and Namita Seth Mohta, MD

About NEJM Catalyst: NEJM Catalyst brings health carexecutives, clinical leaders, and clinicians together to share innovative ideas and practical applications for enhancing the value of health care delivery. From a network of top thought leaders, experts, and advisers, their digital publication, quarterly events, and qualified Insights Council provide real-life examples and actionable solutions to help organizations address urgent challenges affecting health care.

SunCloud is specialWhat Makes Us Unique

The people who seek our guidance, are special. These human beings; our patients, have an endurance and stamina stronger than most of us can imagine. Every day they show up for treatment willing to face their own darkness, and to shine light on the wounds and pain which has remained hidden behind the shadow of addiction. Most of our patients come from broken family systems that are at minimum dysfunctional, which may include severe physical emotional and psychological abuse, neglect, bullying, abusive romantic partnerships, being marginalized for sexual and/or gender identity, and race.

A few things you should know about our Patients - Continue Reading...

One thing each of our patients share in common is this: at some point, and at no fault of their own, our patients lost their footing on life’s pathway. Whether they were misguided, mislead passively or forcefully, at some point, our patients lost sight of their connection to a Higher Power and Higher Purpose in life; a Spiritual connection which provides depth, meaning, and eternal peace. SunCloud is not allied with any religious sect or denomination, nor do we impose political beliefs on our patients, however we do enthusiastically support and encourage each of our patients to find their own truth and re-discover their passion for life by developing and exploring a relationship with a Higher Power of their own understanding. Addiction thrives in isolation. Recovery blossoms in togetherness and unity.

We often remind our Patient’s (and ourselves) that giving back to others what you’ve been given, is a beautiful and powerful way to strengthen one’s own recovery. Our treatment philosophy is rooted in spiritual principals and carrying the message of recovery is one that we practice as staff and encourage our patients to as well. Our lives become richer when we share the light within ourselves. Authenticity, passion and creative energy, and commitment to living authentically, is something that all of our patients are working hard to achieve every day. They all seek hope and inspiration every day.

Suffering from addiction, Mental illness and PTSD sucks the hope from your heart and replaces it with shame, guilt, regret and hopelessness. As our patients work on becoming whole, they are re-claiming their natural and God given gifts. Whether that be resuming an acting career, creating an algorithm for a web-designing site, or picking up the paint brush again, each of our patients craves hope. Supporting our special patients at SunCloud in this endeavor is a meaningful and wonderful experience for all of us.

-Hannah Carra, LCSW Group Therapist, SunCloud Health


Kim Dennis, MD, CEDS, Medical Director, CEO and Co-founder at SunCloud Health, discusses the definition of abstinence by a SunCloud Health patient. Deprivation is not a part of this.

Learn why abstinence is an important aspect of treatment at SunCloud Health.

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Or Ask About Our Intensive Outpatient Program for Adolescents.

From Kim Dennis, MD, CEDS A message on addiction for families and loved ones

Addiction is a family disease. The whole family is affected by the disease, different members exhibit different symptoms. Families can be a very important influence when it comes to helping a member(s) struggling with active addiction to recover. Any family member can engage in his or her own recovery process and thereby impact the whole family system. The disease of addiction impacts relationships. Codependency and addiction is common in families affected by trauma; often times these patterns are intergenerational and therefore hard for the people affected to identify. It’s all they know. When families unknowingly have a system of dysfunction, it is easy to point at the member with addiction involving alcohol, drugs, food or suicidal behaviors as the source of dysfunction. When the negative dynamics of families impacted by disease are changed, recovery from addiction is more likely to occur, and the chances of other family members healing physically, emotionally, and spiritually increases significantly.

Begin Healing You can live free of the vicious cycle of your disease

At SunCloud Health, advanced science comes together with caring, individual attention. We can help you return to yourself with targeted treatment that sees you as a whole person.

You are an individual, not a diagnosis. Understanding your life story is the crucial first step in choosing the therapeutic approaches that will create real progress for you.

Your struggles are not only in your mind. Your physical health, your relationships and your life experiences play a part, too. Healing begins with a program that works with your body, mind and spirit.

You can recover and thrive. At SunCloud you will feel empowered, supported and connected. Recovery happens in community. We are with you every step of the way as you move toward a life of wellness.

A personal message From Dr Kim.

We are delighted that you have chosen to consider receiving care at SunCloud Health. We are a recovery-focused therapeutic community. The SC team is comprised of a multidisciplinary team of health care providers who help you develop an individualized treatment plan to reach your goals. Our team consists of psychiatrists, registered dieticians, registered nurses, psychologists, therapists and counselors whose specialties include addiction, eating disorders, mood disorders and trauma recovery. The community at SunCloud includes you, fellow patients seeking greater health themselves and the SC staff. At SCH we focus both on the primary behavioral symptoms interfering with your life, as well as the underlying biological, psychological, social and spiritual factors, including adverse childhood experiences, that interfere with your ability to live a meaningful, joyful and free life. We use evidence-based treatment modalities to execute our mission to provide integrated care to persons with complex, co-occurring conditions who have not been adequately helped by treatment models that focus on one “primary” condition. We use a sophisticated treatment approach addressing multiple co-occurring disorders at the same time, under one roof in an integrated fashion.

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Accreditations, Certifications & Licensing

DASA License. Department of Alcohol and Substance Abuse.
Joint Commission Behavioral Health Care Accreditation.
REDC Member
IAEDP Member
The Joint Commission signifies that all people always experience the safest, highest quality, best-value health care across all settings with a devotion to patient safety. The Gold Seal, is a symbol to the community and patients we serve that SunCloud Health has placed an emphasis on quality of care.

We are here for you.

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