Jennie Kramer, MSW, LCSW, is co-author of Overcoming Binge Eating for DUMMIES (Wiley/2013), and founder and executive director of Metro Behavioral Health Associates (MBHA)Eating Disorder Treatment Centers located in New York City and Scarsdale, New York. MBHA offers comprehensive outpatient treatment for all forms of eating disorders along the spectrum including including an IOP for adults and for adolescents for all forms of disordered eating.
Jennie served as the director of the Renfrew Centers for Eating Disorders in both New York and New Jersey for five years and has been treating all forms of eating disorders for many years. Prior to entering this field, she also served as chief operating officer for Dr. Robert Atkins and was a management consultant to the healthcare industry with a special emphasis on integrative medicine.
Caroline Rothstein, Writer, Poet & Performer
Caroline Rothstein is a New York City-based writer, poet, performer, and educator. She has been touring internationally performing spoken word poetry and facilitating workshops at colleges, schools, and performance venues for over a decade. Her work has appeared in Cosmopolitan, Marie Claire, BuzzFeed, NYLON, Narratively, The Forward, Kveller, and elsewhere. Caroline and her work have been featured widely including in The New Yorker, MTV News, Chicago Tribune, CBS Evening News, BuzzFeed News, The Huffington Post, Mic, and Newsweek, and was called a “very inspiring woman” by Lady Gaga.
She previously hosted and produced the YouTube series “Body Empowerment,” and was President of the Board of Directors for Mental Fitness, Inc. Her award-winning one-woman play “faith” about her experience with and recovery from an eating disorder debuted as part of the Culture Project’s Women Center Stage 2012 Festival.
Anita Johnston, Ph.D., Director of the Anorexia & Bulimia Center of Hawaii
Dr. Johnston developed Hawaii’s first inpatient eating disorders treatment program at Kahi Mohala Hospital in 1986 and is an expert in treating a wide range of eating disorders. She is also the author of Eating in the Light of the Moon: How Women Can Transform Their Relationships with Food Through Myth, Metaphor, and Storytelling which has been published in six languages.
Dr. Colleen Reichmann, Founder Wildflower Therapy
Colleen is a licensed clinical psychologist, practicing in Virginia Beach. She works in a group practice, and is a staff psychologist at the College of William and Mary. She is recovered from an eating disorder, and this experience sparked her passion for spreading knowledge and awareness that full recovery is possible. She is now an eating disorders specialist, and has worked at various treatment facilities including University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro Center for Eating Disorder Care, and The Center for Eating Disorders at Sheppard Pratt. She is an advocate for feminism, body positivity, health at every size, and FULL recovery. She writes about body image and eating disorders for morelove.org, Project Heal, and The Mighty.
Rebecca Scritchfield, MA, RDN, EP-C
Rebecca Scritchfield is a well-being coach, registered dietitian nutritionist, certified health and fitness specialist and author of the book, Body Kindness: Transform your health from the inside out and never say diet again (Workman Publishing), which Publisher’s Weekly calls “a rousing guide to better health.” Through her weight-neutral mindfulness-based counseling practice, she helps people create a better life with workable goals that fit individual interests.
She is the co-founder of Dietitians for Body Confidence, www.RD4BC.com, a website and free bi-monthly e-mail dedicated to shared learning among dietitians and future RDNs to improve body image in people they serve.
Rebecca has influenced millions through her writing, Body Kindness podcast, and appearances in over 100 media outlets including NBC Nightly News, CNN, the Today show, the Washington Post, O Magazine, Health, Shape, and many others. She lives in Washington, D.C., where she was recently recognized as one of ten “Supermom” entrepreneurs in the Nation’s Capital.
Chevese Turner, Founder of the Binge Eating Disorder Association (BEDA)
Chevese Turner founded the Binge Eating Disorder Association (BEDA) in June 2008 recognizing the need for an organization to advocate on behalf of individuals affected by binge eating disorder (BED) and the providers who treat them. Turner’s well-rounded career in the health care, pharmaceutical, political and non-profit arenas, as well as her many leadership roles within these fields, prepared her to launch BEDA, the only organization specifically suited to support individuals and treatment professionals managing BED.
Sumner Brooks, MPH, RDN, LD, Founder of EDRDPro
Sumner is a registered dietitian and eating disorder specialist who has been working as an outpatient counselor with clients on all levels of the disordered eating spectrum for nearly 10 years.
EDRDpro was created in 2017 by Sumner and is a web-based community of Registered Dietitians (RD’s) and other like-minded professionals who work from a non-diet, Health at Every Size® approach.
She enjoys public speaking and training health professionals on how to help their clients cultivate a healthy relationship with food, mind, and body through the process of Intuitive Eating, a concept she co-pioneered in 1995. To date there are over 600 Certified Intuitive Eating Counselors in 17 countries and over 80 studies showing benefits of Intuitive Eating.
Marci Evans MS, CEDRD-S, LDN, cPT
Marci is a Food and Body Imager Healer®. She has dedicated her career to counseling, supervising, and teaching in the field of eating disorders. She is a Certified Eating Disorder Registered Dietitian and Supervisor, certified Intuitive Eating Counselor and Certified ACSM personal trainer. In addition to her group private practice and three adjunct teaching positions, Marci launched an online eating disorders training for dietitians in 2015 and co-directs a specialized eating disorder internship at Simmons College. She volunteers for a number of national eating disorder organizations including the iaedp certification committee and is serving as an eating disorder resource professional for The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
Cynthia M. Bulik, Ph.D., FAED
Cynthia M. Bulik, Ph.D., FAED, is Distinguished Professor of Eating Disorders in the Department of Psychiatry in the School of Medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she is also Professor of Nutrition in the Gillings School of Global Public Health, and founding director of the UNC Center of Excellence for Eating Disorders. Dr. Bulik is also professor in the Department of Medical Epidemiology and Biostatistics at Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, Sweden. She is passionate about translating science for the public.
A clinical psychologist by training, Dr. Bulik has been conducting research and treating individuals with eating disorders since 1982. Her research includes treatment, laboratory, epidemiological, twin and molecular genetic studies of eating disorders and body weight regulation. She has active research collaborations throughout the United States and in over twenty countries around the world.
Christina Grasso & Ruthie Friedlander, Founders of The Chain
The Chain is a New York-based, not-for-profit peer support and mentorship program for women in the fashion and entertainment industries who are struggling with or recovering from an eating disorder.
The Chain was founded in December 2017 by Christina Grasso and Ruthie Friedlander, both in recovery from anorexia, after they encountered a need for a support network that addresses the challenges in eating disorder recovery unique to the fashion and entertainment industries.
Angie Viets, LPC
Angie Viets is an an eating disorders specialist who has dedicated her career to helping her clients recover. Her passion for the field was born out of her own recovery. She believes whole-heartedly that full recovery is possible and feels privileged to share in the process of mending the lives of those who suffer from this illness. Through writing, she hopes to expand her reach, offering inspiration and hope to those suffering in silence.
Jennifer L. Gaudiani, MD, CEDS, FAED, Founder and Medical Director of Gaudiani Clinic
Dr. Gaudiani is the Founder and Medical Director of the Gaudiani Clinic. In 2008, she helped start the ACUTE Center for Eating Disorders at Denver Health in its current form, as the nation’s top medical stabilization center for adults with eating disorders too medically compromised to receive care in a mental health setting. After seven great years there, she left as its Medical Director to pursue her vision of outpatient care, founding the Gaudiani Clinic. During her years at ACUTE, Dr. Gaudiani became a nationally recognized internist for her work on the medical complications of eating disorders.
Judith Brisman, Ph.D., C.E.D.S
Judith Brisman is one of the pioneers in the field of eating disorders. She opened the first center in the US dedicated to the treatment of bulimia, the Bulimia Treatment Associates. Over time, BTA was renamed the Eating Disorder Resource Center as the treatment program expanded to include work with anorexia, bulimia, binge eating disorder and other body image disorders. Dr. Brisman was founding director and director of training at EDRC for over 35 years.
Dr. Brisman is well-respected in the eating-disorder community for her ongoing contributions to the field. She is co-author of Surviving an Eating Disorder, which was the first book of its kind to offer effective solutions and support for family and friends of those with eating disorders.
Alexis Conason PSY.D.
Dr. Alexis Conason is a licensed psychologist in private practice in New York City. In addition to her clinical practice, Dr. Conason is also a Research Associate at the New York Obesity Nutrition Research Center at Mt. Sinai-St. Luke’s Hospital in affiliation with Columbia University. Her most recent research investigates substance use and psychopathology following bariatric weight loss surgery. She serves as the Research Chair for the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals- New York Chapter (IAEDP-NY), is on the editorial board of Frontiers in Eating Behavior, and serves as a peer reviewer for a number of medical and scientific journals including Surgery for Obesity and Related Diseases (SOARD) and Obesity Surgery.
Valery Kallen, MS, RD
Valery Kallen, MS, RD is an anti-diet dietitian and Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor on a mission to help people stop obsessing over food, start loving their bodies, and rediscover the joys of eating. She completed her dietetic internship with Northwell Health (formerly North Shore-LIJ). Valery is also a proud board member of the New York Chapter of iaedp (the International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals) and has been serving as the social media co-chair for several years.
Dr. Doris Pastore
Dr. Doris Pastore of Adolescent-Young Adult Medicine in NYC is a graduate of St. John’s University and the New York Medical College. She is the Medical Liaison for iadepny. Since 2007 Dr. Pastore has provided medical care for those with eating disorders and other health concerns at the Adolescent-Young Adult Medicine practice. She completed her residency in pediatrics at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and fellowship in adolescent medicine at North Shore University Hospital-Cornell Medical College. Dr. Pastore served as Director of School-based Health Services and the Nutrition and Wellness Program at the Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center, where she was an attending physician 1990-2007. She is the recipient of awards for excellence in research and program design and the author of numerous academic publications, has trained 20 fellows in adolescent medicine and served as an officer/board member of the Society for Adolescent Medicine for six years.
Maiken Wiese, MS, RD
Maiken specializes in nutrition counseling for eating disorder recovery, as well as subclinical disordered eating. Maiken has worked at various eating disorder treatment facilities, both in the inpatient setting and outpatient setting. She enjoys helping people laugh, honor their achievements and problem solve when the plan isn't working. She completed her Masters of Science in Nutrition at Hunter College and has worked in the day, evening and outpatient programs at The Renfrew Center of New York, BALANCE eating disorder clinic and as the East Coast Director of Nutrition for Eating Disorder Recovery Specialists.
Lindsey Hall, Eating Disorder Activist
Lindsey Hall is a book publicist by day and eating-disorder activist by night. She is passionate about de-stigmatizing stereotypes behind eating disorders for those who need help but are often too scared to inquire. She bravely shares an unfilitered lens into her own recovery on her blog at "I Haven't Shaved In 6 Weeks: All The Truths About Eating Disorder Rehab."
Nicole Groman, MS, RD
Nicole is a RD with experience in both inpatient acute care as well as outpatient counseling, she is well-versed in working with a wide range of patients with a variety of conditions, histories, and goals. In her private practice, Body Over Mind Nutrition, Nicole encourages prioritizing your body over your mind, having faith that your body will tell you what it needs, what it doesn't, when it's had too much, or if it hasn't had enough. Her goal is to make sure clients enjoy food in a way that helps promote optimal physical health and - just as importantly - mental health surrounding food.
Dr. Hilde Bruch
Hilde Bruch (March 11, 1904 – December 15, 1984) was a German-born American psychoanalyst, known foremost for her work on eating disorders and obesity.
In 1973 she published her seminal work Eating Disorders: Obesity, Anorexia Nervosa, and the Person Within. This book was based on observations and treatments of eating disorders, such as anorexia nervosa, over several decades.
Gena Hamshaw of The Full Helping
Gena is the blogger behind The Full Helping. After struggling with anorexia, she decided to make peace with food. In working toward a lasting recovery, she started to explore a vegan diet. Today, she continues to use The Full Helping blog to build a community and share her personal evolution with food that has helped her heal. She is a fierce advocate in opening the discussion around eating disorders and veganism.
Dr. Margo Maine
Dr. Margo Maine, co-founder of the Maine & Weinstein Specialty Group, is a clinical psychologist who has specialized in eating disorders and related issues for over 30 years. She is author of many books on the topic of eating disorders.
Maine is a senior editor of Eating Disorders: The Journal of Treatment and Prevention. A Founding Member and Fellow of the Academy for Eating Disorders and a member of the Founder’s Council and senior board advisor to the National Eating Disorders Association. Dr Maine is the 2007 recipient of The Lori Irving Award for Excellence in Eating Disorders Awareness and Prevention and the 2015 recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award, both given by the National Eating Disorders Association, and is a 2016 Honoree of the Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame.
Diahann Klein, MA, LMFT, CEO La Ventana Programs
Diahann is the CEO & Co-Owner of the La Ventana Treatment Programs. Diahann's personal experience with an eating disorder and subsequent recovery motivated Diahann to pursue a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology.
As CEO, Diahann oversees all divisions of La Ventana, including all sixteen residential eating disorder, substance abuse and detox facilities; partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient services; transitional living homes, and La Ventana’s non-profit division, La Vista. She has extensive knowledge of the comprehensive care necessary for treatment, as well as clinical experience with those struggling with eating disorders, substance abuse, and co-occurring diagnoses.
Ginny Jones, Founder of More-Love
Ginny Jones runs the wonderful website More-Love.org. After having an eating disorder for 30 years, she began the site as a passion project. More-Love website serves as a powerful place where parents can find love and support while they love and support their children who have eating disorders.
Jillian is the Chief Strategy Officer at the Emily Program and brings expansive experience to the programs clinical, research, education and program development areas. She also provides nutrition education and counseling. Jillian is on the board of the Academy for Eating Disorders, an international professional organization of clinicians and researchers, and co-chairs its Nutrition Special Interest Group. She has authored numerous book chapters and articles on nutritional treatment of eating disorders, body image, sports participation, and adolescent health. She completed her doctorate in nutrition and epidemiology, master’s of public health and dietetic internship at the University of Minnesota and a master’s in nutrition at the University of Vermont.
Susie Orbach is a psychotherapist and writer. With Luise Eichenbaum, Orbach created the Women’s Therapy Centre in 1976 and the Women’s Therapy Centre Institute, a training institute in New York, in 1981. She has been a consultant for The World Bank and the NHS. Her ground-breaking first book, Fat is a Feminist Issue (London: Paddington Press, 1978), remains one of the most widely read texts of the British women's liberation movement. She has reshaped psychoanalytic thinking by insisting on a gendered understanding of human development. She is convenor of Endangered Bodies, which challenges contemporary culture that promotes negative body image.