Melainie Rogers MS, RDN, CDN, CEDRD, Founder & Executive Director of BALANCE
We have to shout out our own Founder & Executive Director, Melainie Rogers MS, RDN, CDN, CEDRD!
Melainie Rogers is a Certified Eating Disorder Registered Dietitian (CEDRD) and Supervisor and is dedicated to supporting others in their quest to achieve long-term recovery. She is the Founder and Executive Director of BALANCE eating disorder treatment center™ and melainie rogers nutrition, llc.
Melainie developed her passion for treating clients with eating disorders while working at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Obesity Research Center in New York City. Her understanding of the research behind obesity gave her a unique perspective on eating behaviors and binge eating disorder specifically. In 2002, Melainie developed the largest private group nutrition practice specializing in eating disorders in New York City. As she saw a need for more services for eating disorders, she established BALANCE eating disorder treatment center™ in 2009.
Stacey Lorin Merkl, Founder & Executive Director of Realize Your Beauty
Stacey is a native of Denver, Colorado. She holds a BA in Theatre Arts and a BA in French from the University of Northern Colorado. She has taught theatre and music to children and teens at various arts centers in Colorado, Seattle, Paris (France) and New York City. Stacey founded Realize Your Beauty, Inc. in 2010, combining her love of theatre arts with her passion for social change and education. She is a longtime volunteer for the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) and is a trained facilitator for NEDA’s Body Project. She is a member of Endangered Bodies NYC, IAEDP Denver Chapter (International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals), AED (Academy for Eating Disorders), Colorado Nonprofit Association and the American Camp Association.
Christy Harrison, MPH, RD, CDN, Host of the Food Psych Podcast
Christy Harrison, MPH, RD, CDN is a registered dietitian nutritionist and certified intuitive eating counselor based in Brooklyn, NY. She offers online courses and private intuitive eating coaching to help people all over the world make peace with food and their bodies. Since 2013 Christy has hosted Food Psych, a podcast exploring people's relationships with food and paths to body acceptance. It is now one of iTunes’ top 100 health podcasts, reaching tens of thousands of listeners worldwide each week.
Christy is strongly committed to the Health at Every Size® movement and serves as a Member-at-Large on the board of the Association for Size Diversity and Health. She has spoken about Health at Every Size, intuitive eating, and the non-diet approach at numerous conferences and events, including the 2017 Multi-Service Eating Disorders Association (MEDA) conference, the EDRDPro Symposium, the RD Entrepreneur Symposium, and many others.
Dr. Karen Rosewater
Dr. Karen Rosewater is the Secretary of iaedp. She is a graduate of Yale University and the Yale University School of Medicine. She completed her residency in pediatrics at Boston Children’s Hospital- Harvard Medical School, and a fellowship in adolescent medicine at Boston Children’s and Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C., and received a Master’s in Public Health from George Washington University. Since finishing her fellowship, Dr. Rosewaster has been working as a physician in a private practice, AYAM (Adolescent-Young Adult Medicine) in New York City where she cares for pre-teens, teenagers and young adults providing primary care and specialized care, including the treatment of eating disorders.
Jennifer Rollin, MSW, LCSW-C
Jennifer Rollin is a therapist in private practice in Rockville, Maryland, who specializes in working with adolescents and adults with eating disorders, body image issues, anxiety, and depression. She is on The Junior Board of Directors for The National Eating Disorders Association. She was invited to serve on the conference committee for The National Eating Disorders Association's 2018 Conference.
Jennifer is an expert writer for The Huffington Post and Psychology Today. Her professional blog was named one of the top eating disorder blogs in the world. Her articles have reached thousands of people through websites, magazines, and books, including, Eating Disorders in America: A Reference Handbook, EatingDisorderHope.com, Anxiety.org, and NationalEatingDisorders.org, and Social Work Today Magazine.
Kelsey Miller, Creator of the Anti-Diet Project & Author of Big Girl
Kelsey Miller graduated from Boston University with a BS in Film & Television. She began her career in the film production industry before transitioning to full-time writing. Soon after joining the staff ofRefinery29, she created The Anti-Diet Project, one of the website's most popular franchises. Her memoir BIG GIRL chronicles Kelsey's journey into self-loathing and disordered eating-and out of it.
Liana Rosenman & Kristina Saffran, Co-Founders of Project HEAL
The founders of the non-profit Project HEAL, Liana Rosenman and Kristina Saffran, met while undergoing treatment for anorexia nervosa at just 13-years-old. The two girls helped each other to reach full recovery, and decided to help others achieve it as well.
In the spring of 2008, both at the age of 15, they founded Project HEAL to raise money for others suffering with eating disorders who want to recover but are unable to afford treatment. Unfortunately, insurance coverage for eating disorders is severely lacking, leaving many unable to get the help they need.
McCall Dempsey - Founder of Souther Smash
After her own struggle with an eating disorder, McCall Dempsey started Southern Smash. The non-profit exists to challenges men and women to redefine their worth and beauty by letting go of those perfect numbers that weigh them down.
Taryn Brumfitt Founder of the Body Image Movement & Director of Embrace
When Body Image Activist Taryn Brumfitt posted an unconventional before-and-after photo in 2013 it was seen by more than 100 million people worldwide and sparked an international media frenzy. EMBRACE follows Taryn’s crusade as she explores the global issue of body loathing, inspiring us to change the way we feel about ourselves and think about our bodies.
Greta Gleissner, founder of Eating Disorder Recovery Specialists (EDRS)
Greta Gleissner is a New York based psychotherapist and author specializing in eating disorders. Greta’s other specialties include substance abuse and addictions, mood disorders, and parent-child relationship issues. In her practice, Greta uses an eclectic approach, utilizing a combination of CBT, DBT, Family Systems, and Psychodynamic interventions. In recovery herself, her first book, Something Spectacular: The True Story of a Rockette’s Battle with Bulimia is a raw, personal chronicle of the devastating effects bulimia exacts upon her personal and professional life during her time as a Radio City Rockette. Greta dedicates her life to the eating disorder field and uses her experience as a platform to help others, both personally and professionally.
In 2013, Greta Gleissner founded Eating Disorder Recovery Specialists (EDRS), the first nationwide, in home eating disorder recovery support program. With Greta’s vision and leadership, EDRS continues to expand with over 85 clinicians in more than 27 states.
Gloria Lucas, Founder of Nalgona Positivity Pride
After surviving an eating disorder, Gloria Lucas is helping women of color love their bodies.Gloria is the founder and director of Nalgona Positivity Pride, a xicana-indigenous body-positive project that focuses on eating disorders awareness and cultural affirmation. She is a frequent lecturer across the country covering topics such as the connection of historical trauma and disordered eating. Gloria’s work has been featured at the Huffington Post, Univision, Bitch Magazine, and The Body is not an Apology. She lives in Los Angeles, CA where she is an active entrepreneur and eating disorders support group organizer.
Dana Suchow of Do The Hotpants
Dana Suchow is a speaker, activist, and event producer in NYC.
Since overcoming Bulimia/Binge Eating Disorder and Compulsive Exercising that resulted in permanent injuries, Dana “Hotpants” Suchow has become a champion for women’s issues, body neutrality, and eating disorder awareness. Dana started Do The Hotpants as a fashion blog, but once she realized fashion’s unattainable beauty standards were fueling her eating disorder and self hatred, Dana switched gears. In 2014 she made it her mission empower and uplift women and girls struggling with bad body image through storytelling and workshops. Dana now curates and hosts women’s networking and empowerment events that support all self-identifying women.
Fiona Sutherland, APD, RYT
Fiona Sutherland is an Accredited Practising Dietitian & Nutritionist with a diverse working background including international clinical work, private practice, sports nutrition, corporate consultancy, research & working extensively in Dietetic training. She is also the Co-Director of Body Positive Australia.
Fiona is one of Australia’s leading specialists in Mindful Eating and the NonDiet Approach & supports eating in an individually tailored way that supports every person’s unique needs, in alignment with the HAES. Fiona co-facilitates workshops all over Australia training other Dietitians in the NonDiet Approach with Fiona Willer from Health Not Diets. Together, they aim to support Dietitians in the mindfulness and client-centred therapies. Fiona is a professional member of The Center for Mindful Eating, the internationally recognised expert group on Mindful Eating.
Crystal Karges, MS, RDN, IBCLC
Crystal is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist based in San Diego, CA. After struggling with an eating disorder herself and yearning for peace, healing, and to find the nurturing power of food, she found her interest in health and nutrition. Halfway through her college studies, she began the pursuit of become a dietitian, while simultaneously working toward healing herself physically and emotionally from her eating disorder.
With a specific focus on eating disorders and maternal/child health, Crystal has had several years of experience working with a diverse patient population. As a Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor, Crystal practices a holistic approach to healing from eating disorders through gentle nutrition. Crystal works with clients to help them reestablish a peaceful relationship with food and their bodies through the process of eating disorder recovery.
Beth Mayer, LICSW, Executive Director of MEDA
Beth has been working in the eating disorders field for 34 years. She has been the Executive Director of MEDA for 15 years. MEDA is dedicated to heal, educate and empower our community to support the people, famalies and other community members impacted by eating disorders. She is nationally recognized for her clinical work with eating disorders and has spoken at conferences around the country.
Carolyn Costin, MA, MEd, LMFT, CEDS, FAED, Founder of Monte Nido
Carolyn literally had a dream in the 1980's about an eating disorder program she had created in a beautiful mountain setting. In 1996, ten years later, Carolyn's dream became a reality when she walked onto property near Malibu, California known as Monte Nido. Carolyn recognized the property and the house from her dream and knew she was destined to turn it into the first licensed, eating disorder residential program in a home setting.
Carolyn was also the first to openly hire recovered therapists, have staff and clients eat meals together like a family, and provide a unique level system where clients shopped and cooked for themselves prior to discharge. In early 2017, Carolyn opened The Carolyn Costin Institute, which offers Eating Disorder Coach Training, a Mentor program, Continuing Education for clinicians as well as other specialized training.
Dr. Janean Anderson, Ph.D., CEDS - Director, Colorado Therapy & Assessment Center
Dr. Janean Anderson is a licensed psychologist, podcast host, and author who writes about eating disorder recovery. She is also certified by the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals (IAEDP) as a Certified Eating Disorder Specialist (CEDS). She is recovered from anorexia herself and believes full recovery is possible for all people. Her podcast, The Eating Disorder Recovery Podcast, discusses the latest information about eating disorder recovery including how to recover from disordered eating, make peace with food, improve body image, and heal your relationship with yourself. The podcast showcases top leaders in the field and reaches people in over 50 countries worldwide, averaging tens of thousands of downloads. Her podcast is available here.
Jennifer Kreatsoulas, PhD, E-RYT-200, RYT-500, founder of Chime Yoga Therapy
After her own experience recovering from an eating disorder, Jennifer gives back to others by aiding them on their recovery journey through the power of yoga. She is a registered yoga teacher and works with individuals 1 x 1 in person and virtually and is the yoga therapist at the Monte Nido Eating Disorder Center of Philadelphia. She is also the Co-Founder of The Body Kindness Project, which is dedicated to creating compassionate and safe spaces in the form of workshops and retreats for individuals to come together and explore how to create a kind relationship with their bodies.
Check out her video series with BALANCE founder Melainie Rogers on Pregnancy, Motherhood & Eating Disorders.
Claire Mysko, CEO of the National Eating Disorders Association
Claire Mysko is an internationally recognized leader in eating disorders advocacy and education and the incredible CEO of The National Eating Disorders Association.
She is the author of Does This Pregnancy Make Me Look Fat? The Essential Guide to Loving Your Body Before and After Baby and You're Amazing! A No-Pressure Guide to Being Your Best Self, which received an Amelia Bloomer Award for outstanding feminist books for young readers.
Claire has appeared as an expert on 20/20, Good Morning America, CNN, and in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Glamour, and Teen Vogue among others.
Dr. Evelyn Attia, Director of Eating Disorders at Columbia University Medical Center and Weill Cornell Medical College
Dr. Attia was formerly the director of the inpatient eating disorders program at The New York State Psychiatric Institute, Dr. Attia has more recently focused on research involving the psychobiology and treatment of anorexia nervosa. Since 1999, she has received uninterrupted funding for her research from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH).
Dr. Attia has received a Young Investigator Award from The National Alliance for Research in Schizophrenia and Depression (NARSAD), a Pfizer/Society for Women’s Health Research Faculty Development Award in Women’s Health, and a Career Development Award from NIMH. Dr. Attia is a member of the eating disorders work-group for DSM-5. She is also a member of The Eating Disorders Research Society and has been elected Fellow of the Academy for Eating Disorders.
Laura Dennison & Eve Simmons of Not Plant Based
NOT PLANT BASED was founded by Laura Dennison and is co-authored by Eve Simmons, both of whom have suffered with eating disorders. They share their stories to help others who have also suffered, or are continuing to, with troubled eating. They hope their website inspires those like themselves who have wasted too much time harbouring an unhealthy relationship with their bodies, their fitness and their food and to try to help them to love all those things again; or possibly for the first time in their lives.
Megan Bruneau, Psychotherapist & Executive Coach
Megan Bruneau is a psychotherapist and executive coach who specializes in helping people change their relationships to themselves. Her work has been featured in Forbes, The Huffington Post, MindBodyGreen, Thought Catalog, Bustle, Psych Central, Psychology Today, BravoTV, The New York Post, The List, Verily Magazine, Brit + Co, Gaia, Entrepreneur, Elephant Journal, The Aloha Way, and more. Her articles have amassed more that 15 million views.
Megan is also the host of The Failure Factor, a podcast that gathers “failure” stories from successful entrepreneurs. Each episode explores what the entrepreneur learned, how they maintained resilience, and why “failure” was formative to their career development. She recently launched a video series with BALANCE founder Melainie Rogers on The Truth About Dieting!
Tammy has been practicing as a registered, licensed dietitian/nutritionist for over thirty-two years, of which the last 27 have been specialized in the field of eating disorders. Her experience includes inpatient treatment programs and opening and managing several outpatient nutrition programs for clients with eating disorders in both Alabama and Florida; however, most of her experience has been in private practice until joining Castlewood Treatment Centers in 2015. She was recently promoted to Vice President of Clinical Nutrition Services, working closely with the Clinical Leadership Team to ensure that the nutrition programming blends both evidence-based science and cutting edge practice. Tammy was the first registered dietitian to become certified with the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals (iaedp) in 1993, and served on the Certification Committee for nine years, stepping into the role of Director from 2013-2017. During her tenure, the Commission on Dietetic Registration approved the CEDRD Certification for RDs in the field of eating disorders. Due to her work in this field, Tammy received the Excellence in Practice in Eating Disorders award from Behavioral Health Nutrition practice group of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics in 2016. Tammy enjoys translating evidence-based science into practical and insightful messages for clients to begin healing their relationship with food and body and for clinicians to incorporate into their own practices.
Jenna Tregarthen, Founder & CEO of Recovery Record
Jenna Tregarthen is passionate about designing technologies that not only increase access to care but also improve quality of care. As a Clinical Psychology PhD Candidate, Jenna’s expertise is relapse prevention and behavior change. Jenna teaches Design for Health Service Innovation and Entrepreneurship courses at Stanford University Graduate School of Business.
The Recovery Record system has attracted over 10,000 eating disorder treatment professionals and 450,000 people living with eating disorders.
Wendy Oliver-Pyatt, MD, FAED, CEDS, Founder of the Oliver-Pyatt Centers
Dr. Wendy Oliver-Pyatt is the founder of Oliver-Pyatt Centers, which specializes in the treatment of eating disorders. Prior to founding Oliver-Pyatt Centers, she founded Center for Hope of the Sierras and Eating Recovery and Wellness Center of Nevada.
She co-authored the Academy for Eating Disorder’s Guidelines for Obesity Prevention Programs. Her book, Fed Up! The Breakthrough Ten Step No Diet Fitness Plan, written to prevent dieting and disordered eating, has been featured in a variety of national publications, including Family Circle, Psychology Today, Women’s Health and Fitness, and Town and Country, and has been reviewed in the AED Forum, published by the Academy for Eating Disorders. Dr. Oliver-Pyatt is a Fellow of the Academy for Eating Disorder (served as the Advocacy Co-Chair), is an active member of the National Eating Disorders Association, and serves on the Board of Directors of the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals and the Binge Eating Disorder Association.
Jessica Flint, Recovery Warriors Founder
Jessica Flint is the founder and director of Recovery Warriors, a rapidly growing resource hub for all things related to eating disorder recovery. Having successfully recovered from a 7 year battle with bulimia and 17 year battle with binge eating, Jessica is passionate about designing technologies and meaningful resources that increase access to care and support and most importantly help her fellow warriors live with connection, commitment, compassion and courage.
Sondra Kronberg, MS, RD, CDN, CEDRD, Founder/Executive Director of the Eating Disorder Treatment Collaborative/FEED IOP programs
Sondra Kronbergis the Founder/Executive Director of Eating Disorder Treatment Collaborative, F.E.E.D. IOP (Family and Friends Eating Events and Direction) and P.E.A.CE. (Professional Eating & Coaching Events) programs of New York and owner/director of Nutrition Counseling Specialists & Eating Wellness Programs. Sondra is a nutrition therapist with 30 years of experience and a recognized leader in the field of eating disorders and body wellness.
She is a licensed clinical nutritionist, certified eating disorder specialist, consultant and treatment advisor. Nutrition and Eating Consultant to the Carolyn Costin Institute and founding member and media spokesperson of the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA).
Lesley Williams, MD, CEDS
Dr. Lesley Williams is a certified eating disorder specialist, family medicine physician, and positive body image advocate. She co-owns Liberation Center, an eating disorder treatment facility, in Phoenix, Arizona. Dr. Williams is dedicated to ensuring that all women and men who struggle with eating and body image issues receive the help that they need to overcome and live happy, healthy lives.
Dr. Williams regularly educates other healthcare professionals about the diversity and dangers of eating disorders. She has made several media appearances as an eating disorder expert and regularly speaks at national conferences. Her most recent body image advocacy project is writing the children’s book, Free to Be Me. It encourages young girls and boys to love their bodies, no matter what size, and is scheduled to be released later this year.