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Meet the Speakers 


Erica Abrahao, PhD Candidate

Desiree Adaway

Adeola Adelayo, MD 

Caryn Attianese, MA, NCC, LPC, CEDS

Chase Bannister, Mdiv, MSW, LCSW, CEDS 

Barbara Birsinger, ThD, MPH, CEDRD

John Blackshear, PhD

Theresa Chesnut, LMSW, LCSW

Emily Ciepcielinski, PhD, LPC-S

Carmen Cool, LPC

Suzanne Dooley-Hash, MD

Cynthia Eddington

Cindy Elms, BS, RDN

Jaden Fields

Aaron Flores, RDN

Daniel Goldberg, JD, PhD

Pia Guerrero

Andrew Hardaway, PhD     

Ellyn Herb, PhD

Ericka Hines, JD 

Kathy Kater, LICSW

Siri Khalsa-Zemel, MS, RD, LDN, PhD Candidate

Hilary Kinavey, MS, LPC

Rose LeDay, PhD

Michael Levine, PhD

Gloria Lucas

Judith Matz, LCSW

Theresa McClurg-Genevese, MSEd, LPCC

Danny O'Connor

Wendy Oliver-Pyatt, MD, FAED, CEDS

Amy Pershing, LMSW, ACSW

Marcella Raimondo, PhD, MPH

Sheena Louise Roetman, BA

Dana Schuster

Jessica Setnick, MS, RD, CEDRD

Ashley Solomon, PsyD, CEDS

Dana Sturtevant, PS, RD

Lisa Tealer

Katie Thompson, LPC, NCC, CEDS

Laura Thornton, PhD

Amy Tuttle, RD, LCSW

Hannah Weisman, MA

Lesley Williams, MD, CEDS

Christine Wood, MD

Angela Woods

Zeynep Yilmaz, PhD


Erica Abrahao

Training nutritionist, especialisata in clinical and sports nutrition and a Masters in behavioral nutrition. PhD in nutrigenomics at the Faculty of Medicine of Sao Paulo (USP).



desiree adaway

The Adaway Group is a minority and woman owned consulting firm that brings together multi-racial teams to work on projects related to racial equity and social justice.


We bring a distinctly structural framework to our work. We understand that inequity, racial and otherwise, is the result of cumulative disadvantage built into social institutions,  via law, policy, and everyday practice. We work from an intersectional perspective, which believes that organizations thrive when they build cultures that are inclusive of wide ranging ethnic, racial, gender, sexual, religious, and national identities and abilities.


Desiree Adaway is a Principal of The Adaway Group. With over 25 years experience creating, leading and managing international, multicultural teams through major organizational changes in over 40 countries, she is uniquely qualified to partner with talented leaders to successfully navigate through integrations, reorganizations, and all stages of organizational evolution.


She works with conscious and caring leaders to give them the skills to cultivate rich, rewarding, and meaningful relationships and conversations across race so that organizational culture CAN change.


aDEola adelayo, md

Dr. Adeola Adelayo is double board certified by the American Board of Psychiatryand Neurology. She graduated summa cum laude from the University of Illinois at Chicago, where she received her Bachelor of Science degree. She earned her Doctor of Medicine from the University of Illinois at Chicago where she also graduated with Honors. Dr. Adelayo completed her General Psychiatry residency and her Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship also at the University of Illinois at Chicago and the Institute for Juvenile Research respectively.Dr. Adelayo is well-versed in the management of emotional and behavioral problems across the developmental continuum.  She believes in comprehensive psychiatric care and works collaboratively with patients and families to develop a holistic treatment plan. She incorporates techniques from a wide variety of psychological styles in conjunction to evidence-based psychopharmacologic management of psychiatric illnesses.


Caryn Attianese, MA, NCC, LPC, CEDS

Caryn Attianese is a co-owner of Empowerment Treatment & Counseling Center for Wellness (ETC). She specializes in the treatment of eating disorders, trauma, addiction, and relationship issues. Caryn uses her professional and personal experience with eating disorders to connect with others. Using the Developmental Model of Immaturity by Pia Mellody, she enjoys assisting clients in uncovering their core issues and supports them in feeling uncomfortable emotions.


Caryn is a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC), Certified Eating Disorder Specialist (CEDS), and Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the state of AZ. She has worked as a clinician, trainer, and supervisor at industry leading treatment centers including the Meadows, Sierra Tucson, and Rosewood Centers for Eating Disorders where she was the Director of Clinical Services. She contracted with Remuda Ranch for curriculum writing and program development. She is a certified supervisor for associate level counselors and those seeking their CEDS credentials.  She is a member of the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals (IAEDP) where she currently serves as the Chapter President of the Phoenix Chapter. Caryn teaches as adjunct faculty at Grand Canyon University in the Masters in Counseling Program.


Prior to entering the mental health arena in 2001, Caryn worked as an elementary school teacher, as teaching has always been one of her passions. She has used this talent to speak at various conferences and events. Caryn brings her sense of humor, excitement, and motivation to communicate her compassion, skills, and encouragement with clients and professionals.


Visit Caryn's website at or follow her on Twitter at 



chase bannister, mdiv, msw, lcsw, ceds

Chase Bannister is the Founder, Senior Vice President, and Chief Strategy & Clinical Integrity Officer for Veritas Collaborative and is credentialed as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker Certified Eating Disorder Specialist by the International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals.   Chase earned concurrent graduate degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Duke University, completing residencies in clinical social work at Duke University Medical Center and Duke University Counseling and Psychological Services.  As Co-founder of Veritas Collaborative, Chase combines clinical and executive expertise to nurture a spirit of meaningful collaboration. Chase is highly regarded for his emphasis on integrity and ethics in clinical care, carrying an unmistakable zeal for advancing public awareness on eating disorder pathology, primary prevention, best-practice treatment, and sustainable recovery. 


barbara birsinger, thd, mph, cedrd

Barbara Birsinger, ThD, MPH, CEDRD, (Founder, the Behavior Decoding Method) has helped individuals for over 30 years transform their behaviors, beliefs and identities stuck in disordered eating and weight-related symptoms across the spectrum, with a Health At Every Size® approach and her unique Intuitive Eating Program.  She has a private practice in the SF Bay Area at The Body Positive Institute, and virtual counseling with clients world-wide. She conducts research, workshops and professional CEU trainings, and develops innovative products for client success. Training at UC Berkeley, she continues to bring a depth of modalities to her practice as a CEDRD and Clinical Supervisor, Certified Master NLP Practitioner, Licensed in HeartMath®, and  a Theology Doctorate in Spiritual Healing and Energy Medicine.  Dr. Birsinger is Past President on the Board of EDRS, Inc, Andrea's Voice Foundation, and Healthy Teen Project Advisory Board.   


john blackshear, phd

Dr. Blackshear has worked at Duke University since 2001 in various capacities. He has served as a psychologist at Duke’s Counseling and Psychological Services, a support liaison for the Trinity College’s Early Alert System, and Clinical Director of the Academic Resource Center. Additionally, he has served Duke’s Student Ombudsman. Currently, Dr. Blackshear is an academic dean in Trinity College of Arts & Sciences as well as the instructor for Forensic Psychology in Psychology and Neuroscience.


Dr. Blackshear is an academic advisor for undeclared students as well as an academic advisor for majors in psychology. He also serves on the Trinity Diversity Advisory Committee, Student Affairs Bias Response Advisory Committee, and the Advisory Board for the School of Science and Math’s Diversity Committee.


Dr. Blackshear received his bachelor’s of science and master’s of science degrees in psychology from Florida A&M University, where he was a scholarship member of the world famous Marching 100 band. He completed his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Georgia State University.


Dr. Blackshear has a private practice where he specializes in forensic psychology, post traumatic stress disorder, sexual identity and development, acculturative stress, psychological assessment, eating disorders and body image issues, family and couples psychology, and general psychology for individuals ages 13 and up.


Dr. Blackshear is the proud father of five! His eldest two sons attend UNC Greensboro and UC San Diego, respectively. His wife, Kimberly, is the brains of  all of his operations.  You can attribute all accolades to her. He loves music, music, and more music; seeking the perfect set of headphones; and anything ever produced by the artist, Prince. He has lived many places, but his hometown of Savannah, GA is the land that holds his heart.  


theresa chesnut, lmsw, lcsw

Theresa Chesnut has worked with adolescents and adults with eating disorders for over 20 years.  She worked for 13 years in a residential treatment center where she held various positions including Lead Primary Therapist, Program Director, Director of Regional Marketing.  Theresa lectures nationally on therapeutic interventions targeting the entire eating disorder recovery process. Over the last 2 decades, Theresa has lectured on college campuses to students as well as to allied professionals.  Her professional outreach has also addressed training for elite athletes, coaches and trainers. Theresa's education includes a Masters Degree in Social Work from the University of Kansas as well as serving on the staff of the Menninger Clinic. She is trained and certified in Internal Family Systems Theory and is a Level One trainer. In addition to maintaining a small private practice, she serves of the Board of Directors for BEDA and is the current Chair.


emily ciepcielinski, phd, lpc-s

Emily Ciepcielinski has worked in the field of eating disorders for the years, specializing in binge eating disorder for the past five.  She is a licensed professional counselor and supervisor. Emily will be graduating with a doctorate in counselor education and supervision from the University of Texas at San Antonio in May 2016. Emily's research focuses on weight stigma among eating disorder professionals.


carmen cool, lpc

Carmen Cool, MA, LPC is a licensed professional counselor and certified Hakomi therapist in Boulder, CO. She specializes in binge eating disorder, chronic dieting and guides people towards the freedom that comes from trusting their bodies as an exquisite resource.  She has also run youth programs since 2004, championing them to raise their voice and create new cultural norms around body image. She is frequent speaker on Health At Every Size®, weight stigma, and eating disorder prevention.   She was named "Most Inspiring Individual" in Boulder County, was the recipient of the Excellence in Eating Disorder Advocacy Award in Washington, DC, and is the Board President for the Association for Size Diversity and Health. 


suzanne dooley-hash, MD

Suzanne received her medical degree from Northwestern University Medical School in Chicago and completed residency training in Emergency Medicine at the University of Michigan. Throughout her career Suzanne has been interested in the impact of mental health, particularly eating and mood disorders and substance abuse, on her patients' overall well-being. Her current research interests include early identification of eating disorders through improved screening, the comorbidity of eating disorders with both psychiatric and medical conditions, and methods for improving education about eating disorders for healthcare providers. 


cynthia eddington

Cynthia Eddington has more than 25 years experience in the healthcare industry, with specialized focus on the delivery of mental health care. She serves as an advocate for patients and families as Eating Recovery Center's Chief Business Officer. Her extensive knowledge of insurance policy is used daily to educate families and explain how best to access this resource to benefit a patient and their loved ones. Ms. Eddington's commitment to communication, integrity and customer service is unsurpassed.


Cindy Elms, BS, RDN

Cindy Elms is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist who is a co-owner of Empowerment Treatment and Counseling Center for Wellness.  She specializes in eating disorders, emotional eating, and nutrition education for all ages. Finding the right nutritional path in recovery can be challenging and Cindy is committed to taking the mystery out of nutrition, by supporting her clients in finding their natural eating style for all stages of recovery.


Cindy’s 25 year nutrition experience includes clinical and leadership roles at Remuda Ranch Centers for Anorexia and Bulimia, Rosewood Centers for Eating Disorders and The Meadows. She is a clinical preceptor for dietetic interns and has a special passion to teach and support dietitians and other professionals entering the eating disorder field. She uses this talent on a national level, teaching experiential presentations and workshops. She is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) and International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals (IAEDP).


Cindy has a wealth of professional knowledge and her passion comes from her own recovery experience. She brings compassion and gentleness to her work, combined with her drive and dedication to helping professionals expand their knowledge of eating disorders and effective techniques. Her philosophy is “the way you eat is the way you live”, which she uses to help clients and colleagues bridge the gap of emotional issues and nutrition.


You can find Cindy online at

jaden fields

Jaden is a femme transboi, an activist, and a poet. When seeking eating disorder treatment, Jaden realized that there weren’t many adequate resources that understand the intersections of his identity and how these oppressions directly influenced his relationship with food.  He decided to pursue an education in Psychology to better understand himself. Jaden received his M.S. in Applied Psychology from USC, where he focused on PTSD in adults who experienced childhood sexual trauma and the development of eating disorders.  Jaden joined T-Ffed because it is the first organization that is intentional about centering the narratives of transgender and gender-nonconforming folks, while offering support to treatment and recovery facilities to make themselves more accessible to his community. When he’s not doing social justice organizing work, Jaden works as an HIV/AIDS Health Educator for the transgender community and lives in Boyle Heights with his partner and his dog.


Aaron Flores, RDN

Aaron Flores is a registered dietitian nutritionist is the owner of Balance Variety and Moderation RDN in Calabasas, California.  With nearly 10 years of experience, Aaron has worked with eating disorders in a variety of settings.  A large part of his career was spent working at the Veterans Administration where started one of the first Binge Eating Disorder groups for Veterans.  His main areas of focus are Intuitive Eating and Health at Every Size® and in his work, Aaron helps individuals learn how to make peace with food and develop body-positive behaviors.  Along with the work in his private practice, he also blogs and hosts a podcast, Dietitians Unplugged


Daniel Goldberg, JD, PhD

Daniel S. Goldberg is faculty in the Center for Bioethics and Humanities at the University of Colorado-Denver Anschutz Medical Campus.  He is trained as an attorney, an historian of medicine, and a bioethicist.  He works primarily on health inequalities, social justice, and the social determinants of health, and maintains a special focus on health stigma and chronic illness.


Pia Guerrero

Pia is a media literacy and leadership development expert with a focus on the impact cultural conversations and media representations have on identity, health, and self-efficacy. She is the founder and editor of Adios Barbie is the first feminist ­website to expand the body image conversation beyond size to include race, dis/ability, LGBTQ issues and more. Her work with Adios Barbie has appeared on MSNBC, BBC 4, The New York Times, Forbes, Al-Jazeera, Seventeen, Fitness, Glamour, among others. As a leadership development consultant and coach, Pia works with individuals and groups to design and implement powerful actions that result in increased effectiveness their lives and communities. She has also been a student of yoga her whole life and teaches yoga therapy to individuals in privately. As a Mexican and American, Pia loves having family on both sides of the border.


Andrew Hardaway, PhD

Andrew Hardaway is a neuroscientist who is consumed with understanding how the brain controls feeding. He uses laboratory mice to deconstruct discrete neural circuits that impact binge eating, and uses molecular tools to understand how persistent chronic binge eating affects these circuits. His ultimate goal is to map the entire brain in action during binge eating, and use these data to design better therapies for patients with BED.



Ellyn Herb, PhD

Dr. Herb is a licensed psychologist and Certified Eating Disorders Specialist in private practice in San Jose, CA.  She has been providing individual and group psychotherapy since 1983 to people across the weight spectrum.  Utilizing a Health At Every Size® approach, Dr. Herb is an integrative psychotherapist, combining psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral, humanistic, feminist and experiential treatment techniques to assist clients in finding their voices. Dr. Herb designed and administered the Eating Disorders Certificate program at John F. Kennedy University in the 1990's and continues to teach courses in that program to local psychotherapists.  She is also an approved supervisor for those therapists seeking certification through the International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals (IAEDP). Dr. Herb is also certified in EMDR and Focusing.


Ericka Hines, JD

Ericka Hines, Principal of Every Level Leadership, is a consultant, advisor, strategist, curriculum designer, and senior trainer who works with organizations to do two things: use diversity to their advantage and leverage leadership across levels.

As a consultant, she embraces opportunities for change and exploration as she works with clients to create productive and inclusive workplaces. She has enjoyed leading projects and collaborating with teams in national foundations, government agencies, nonprofits and small businesses. To date, she has combined her deep knowledge and quick wit to train over 1500 individuals across the country.

Her work always features a mix of solid data, actionable information and useful skills.  She holds a Juris Doctor from the University Of Georgia School Of Law and a B.A. in Political Science from Wright State University.


Kathy Kater, LICSW

Kathy Kater is an internationally respected psychotherapist, author and consultant who has specialized in treatment and prevention of body image, eating, fitness and weight-related concerns for over 35 years. Frustrated that progress in understanding these problems had not been matched by effective prevention, she developed the Healthy Bodies: Teaching Kids What They Need to Know curriculum, published by the National Eating Disorder Association in 1998, and fully updated in 2005 and 2012. This comprehensive, evidence-based, universal lesson plan challenges the harmful assumptions of weight bias and stigma, promotes health instead of size, and aims to inspire kids and adults to stay connected to, care for and take care of their diverse-sized bodies from the inside out.   Kathy is a dynamic speaker whose presentations always earns the highest praise from professional and lay audiences alike.


Visit Kathy's blog for more information at


Siri Khalsa-Zemel, MS, RD, LDN, PhD Candidate

Siri completed both her undergraduate and graduate degrees in nutrition science from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.  Siri has practiced as a Registered Dietitian (RD) and Licensed Nutritionist/Dietitian (LDN) for the past 12 years.  She is currently the Director of Focus Treatment Center's Intensive Outpatient Program in Knoxville, TN.  In addition, Siri is a PhD Candidate in Mind Body Medicine at Saybrook University.  Being a PhD candidate means that Siri has completed all of her doctoral classes and has been approved by the University to conduct research for her dissertation.  Siri is completing a Classic Grounded Theory study on individuals' relationships with hunger.  This research culminates the last 15 years of study and experience in the fields of mindfulness, self-awareness, emotional eating, stress management, obesity, and eating disorders.  


hilary kinavey, ms, lpc

Hilary Kinavey, MS, LPC, CDWF is a licensed professional counselor and cofounder of Be Nourished. Her work encourages movement toward a compassionate model of radical self-care to heal body shame and patterns of chronic dieting and disordered eating. She is the co-creator of Body Trust® Wellness, a Certified Daring Wayâ facilitator (based on the research of Brene Brown), and a skilled and experienced workshop leader. Hilary was an adjunct professor in the Eating Disorder Certificate program at Lewis and Clark College in Portland, OR. She is a popular speaker on topics such as Health at Every Size®, intuitive eating, weight stigma and body respect in health care communities, and a regular contributor to the Huffington Post.  For more information, visit


rose leDay, PhD

Dr. LeDay is the Administrative Director of Transformative Life Center, LLC. She is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist who has over 13 years of experience in the mental health field.  Dr. LeDay attended the California School of Professional Psychology and was trained in the field of Clinical Psychology, with a specific emphasis in Multicultural & Community Psychology.  For the past 7 years she has been recruited to develop treatment programs and manage various behavioral health facilities nationally. She is a trainer and supervisor for other clinicians of varying licensure levels and serves as a consultant to various mental health agencies.  As an aside, Dr. LeDay has presented and lectured extensively on issues of women's health, sexuality, cultural diversity and eating disorders. Most recently she appeared in Fitness Magazine discussing body image issues in culturally diverse populations and on ABC News, addressing eating disorders in college students.


michael levine, phd

Michael P. Levine, Ph.D., is Emeritus Professor of Psychology at Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio, where he taught 33 years (1979-2012). In the field of eating disorders his commitment to research, writing, and activism focuses on the intersection between sociocultural risk factors, prevention, community psychology, and developmental psychology. He has authored two books and three prevention curriculum guides, and he has co-edited three books on prevention. In addition, he has authored or co-authored approximately 100 articles and book chapters, and he has presented his work throughout the United States, as well as in Canada, England, Spain, Austria, and Australia. He is a member of the advisory councils of The National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA), the Center for Balanced Living (CBL, OH), the Center for Study of Anorexia and Bulimia (CSAB, NY), and Monte Nido & Affiliates—Eating Disorder Treatment Centers.

Dr. Levine is a Fellow of the Academy for Eating Disorders (AED), which has awarded him their Meehan-Hartley Award for Leadership in Public Awareness and Advocacy (2006), and their Research-Practice Partnership Award (2008). Dr. Levine is also a member of the Founders Council of the National Eating Disorders Association, which awarded him the Lori Irving Award for Excellence in Eating Disorders Prevention and Awareness (2004) and the Nielsen Award for Lifetime Achievement (2013). His most recent books, co-edited with long-time collaborator and colleague Dr. Linda Smolak, is the two-volume Handbook of Eating Disorders (2015, Wiley & Sons Publishing). He lives in Goleta, CA, with his wife, Dr. Mary A. Suydam, a retired (as of May 2015) Kenyon religious studies and women and gender studies professor. 


gloria lucas

Gloria is the creator of Nalgona Positivity Pride (NPP) a multifaceted Xican@/Brown*/Indigenous body positive project that focuses on raising EDs awareness in communities of color and decolonizing body love. Influenced by anachist-feminism and punx music Gloria commits to keeping NPP as a DIY project that is based in the community. Through NPP, she brings into light that gender, ethnicity, class, and historical & modern day oppression all have a role in the development of eating disorders in communities of color.


judith matz, lcsw

Judith Matz, LCSW is co-author of Beyond a Shadow of a Diet: The Comprehensive Guide to Treating Binge Eating Disorder, Compulsive Eating, and Emotional Overeating (2nd edition, 2014) and The Diet Survivors Handbook: 60 Lessons in Eating, Acceptance and Self-Care (2006), and author of the new children’s book Amanda’s Big Dream. Judith is a popular speaker at local and national conferences and descriptions of her work have appeared in the media including LA Times, Fitness, Self, Shape, Today’s Dietitian, Diabetes Self-Management, Psychotherapy Networker, and NBC News Chicago, Huffington Post Live, and she appears in the documentary America The Beautiful 2. She has a private practice in Skokie, IL.


theresa mcclurg-genevese, msed, lpcc

Theresa McClurg-Genevese, MSEd, LPCC, is Director of Support Groups at The Center for Balanced Living in Columbus, OH. She trains and oversees volunteer facilitators of the free community Support Groups for clients with eating disorders and support people. Before joining the staff at The Center, Theresa volunteered as co-facilitator of The Center’s Binge Eating Support group for two years.  As an outpatient & intensive outpatient counselor, she has facilitated a DBT for Persons with BED skills group and presented on BED at professional and family education workshops.  She is an advocate for size inclusion within the eating disorder treatment community and has a passion for making pleasurable movement accessible to all bodies through incorporating Dancing Mindfulness and Trager® Approach to movement education into her practice. She is a member of the American Counseling Association, BEDA, and participates in a Health At Every Size practitioner consultation group.


danny o'connor

Danny spent the last fifteen years competing in the sport of boxing at the highest level. He is a Two Time National Amateur Boxing Champion, and a 2008 United States Olympic team member. He's also had a successful career at the Professional level of Boxing including fights on NBC,FS1, ESPN, and Showtime Sports. In 2015, he won the New England Welterweight Championship belt. Danny suffered in secret from a binge eating disorder that he successfully hid from the outside world for almost two decades. He went on a personal transformation from the inside out and now he shares his personal life experience to spread awareness and help others who may be suffering from a similar experience. Danny recently graduated the University of Massachusetts Mindfulness Program. 


Wendy Oliver-Pyatt, MD, FAED, CEDS

Wendy is founder and executive director of Oliver-Pyatt Centers. She received her specialty training at New York University-Bellevue Hospital in New York City, where she served as Chief Resident. She has held faculty positions at New York University, Albert Einstein School of Medicine and University of Nevada School of Medicine. Prior to founding Oliver-Pyatt Centers, she founded Center for Hope of the Sierras and Eating Recovery and Wellness Center of Nevada. She served as the Medical Director for the State of Nevada Division of Mental Health and Disability Services, Medical Director and Chief of Staff of Northern Nevada Adult Mental Health and has received Senatorial Recognition for her commitment to the mental health community. As an Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Wendy educates medical students, nursing students, and psychiatry residents on the treatment and medical consequences for all forms of eating disorders, including anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder, and exercise addiction.

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. She has given frequent presentations and interviews throughout the country and at national and international eating disorder conferences, and has been featured on WebMD.

Wendy is a Fellow of the Academy for Eating Disorder (served as the Advocacy Co-Chair), 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.


Amy Pershing, LMSW, ACSW

Amy Pershing LMSW, ACSW is the Founding Executive Director of the Bodywise Binge Eating Disorder Program and Clinical Director at the Center for Eating Disorders in Ann Arbor, MI . She is the Past Chair of BEDA, a long time Board member, and serves as the current chair of BEDA's professional education committee. Pershing has treated BED for over 25 years, and lectures internationally on BED treatment, the role of complex trauma in eating disorders, and maintaining long term recovery. She has been featured on numerous radio and television programs and writes extensively about eating disorders. Pershing maintains a clinical practice in Ann Arbor. 


Follow Amy on Twitter at @BodywiseProgram and visit her two websites: and


marcella raimondo, phd, mph

Marcella Raimondo, PhD, MPH is a passionate and spirited clinical trainer speaking from her heart on multicultural issues in eating disorders since 1995. In 1997, Marcella worked with About-Face, a nonprofit organization that addresses media impact on body image serving as the Director of Media Literacy until 2005. Today she is on the About-Face Board of Founders and a consultant. Marcella received her B.A. from UC Berkeley, and Master’s Degree in Public Health from the University of Michigan. Marcella’s desire to address eating disorders drove her to pursue her doctorate in clinical psychology, receiving her PhD in 2012. She completed her post- doc internships at an eating disorder outpatient program and an eating disorder residential program for adolescents. Marcella currently serves as a Licensed Clinical Psychologist (PSY # 27037) in Kaiser Permanente’s eating disorder clinic in Oakland. Marcella also serves as adjunct faculty at the University of California at Berkeley Extension Program. Marcella herself recovered from anorexia nervosa over 15 years ago. She is a martial artist at Hand to Hand Kajukenbo Self Defense Center in Oakland and hold a first degree black belt. Her recovery and her martial arts training inspires her dedication to multicultural body nurturance and community celebration.  Marcella Education Trainings | Clinical trainings that address multicultural issues in eating disorders and body image.


sheena louise roetman, ba

Sheena Roetman is a Lakota journalist and editor based in Atlanta, Ga. She holds a B.A. in Journalism from Georgia State University with a speciality in American Indian and advocacy media. She is Director of Membership and Programs at the Atlanta Press Club and does investigative work, as well as breaking news, at Indian Country Today Media Network. She sits on the board of the alumni association for her alma mater’s student newspaper, The Signal, and regularly advises the editorial board. She regularly contributes to Native Peoples Magazine, Creative Loafing, VICE Sports and other publications. She also edits a Native women’s health blog, Sovereign Bodies, and regularly talks about eating disorders, food sovereignty, cultural care and infertility in Indigenous communities.


dana schuster

Dana is a Health & Fitness Instructor who currently teaches exercise classes at Little House Activity Center in Menlo Park, California. She received a Bachelors degree in Biology from UC San Diego, and a Masters in Rehabilitation Counseling from San Diego State University.  For seventeen years she specialized in Vocational Evaluation where she focused on identifying individual capacities and adaptive needs of those dealing with physical, learning, and/or emotional challenges. In addition, Dana was an exercise instructor with Kaiser Permanente for 13 years, and co-founded Women of Substance Health Spa, a Health At Every Size® fitness club for women.


Since 2005 Dana has been involved in School Wellness Policy development and implementation as an avid HAES® promoter, at both the county and school district levels. She has provided presentations for youth, school staff, and parents on body image, enjoyable physical activity, sizeism, and how to support one's health at any size.  Dana has been involved with the Association for Size Diversity and Health (ASDAH) since it's inception in 2003, serving as President for three terms from 2006-2009, and as Vice-President for the 2013-14 term.  She currently serves as the chair of ASDAH's Internal Policy Committee. 


Jessica Setnick, MS, RD, CEDRD

Jessica Setnick, MS, RD, CEDRD, has spent the past 17 years developing eating disorder treatment programs and working with individuals with eating disorders. She shares the nutrition counseling strategies she developed through presentations and publications. Her work includes The Eating Disorders Clinical Pocket Guide, The American Dietetic Association Pocket Guide to Eating Disorders, and Eating Disorders Boot Camp: Training Workshop for Professionals, each of which are known to professionals around the globe. In 2011, Jessica co-founded IFEDD, the International Federation of Eating Disorder Dietitians, with the mission of improving access to nutrition counseling and achieving insurance coverage for individuals with eating disorders. In 2013, Jessica created the first ever CEDRD Prep Class to prepare dietitians for certification as an Eating Disorder Specialist through the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals. Based in Dallas, Texas, Jessica currently works as a Senior Fellow with Remuda Ranch Eating Disorder Treatment Center.

Jessica is on Twitter at @JessicaSetnick and on the web at


Ashley Solomon, PsyD, CEDS

Dr. Ashley Solomon is a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in the treatment of eating disorders and co-occurring conditions. She has spent her career dedicated to helping patients and families navigate these difficult illnesses, as well as engaging in training, prevention, and advocacy efforts.

As part of the Eating Recovery Center family since 2010, she has extensive experience in the treatment of anorexia, bulimia, binge eating disorder, and compulsive over-exercise, as well as mood, substance, and other psychological concerns. She received her doctoral degree in clinical psychology from the Xavier University, and completed her pre-doctoral residency training at Friends Hospital, an inpatient psychiatric hospital in Philadelphia, PA. She completed a post-doctoral fellowship in eating disorders and weight management at Insight Behavioral Health Centers. Prior to opening the Eating Recovery Center of Ohio, Dr. Solomon served as the  Director of Eating Disorder Services at Insight.

Dr. Solomon's passion is to ensure patients are receiving the highest quality services in a compassionate, comprehensive setting. She is dedicated to advancing evidenced-based practice and extensively utilizes Acceptance and Commitment Therapy in her approach.

Dr. Solomon is a currently an active member of the Academy for Eating Disorders and is a co-chair of AEDʼs Social Media Committee. She is also an active member of the Binge Eating Disorder Association and currently serves as a co-chair of the Conference Committee. She has presented nationally at various conferences on media literacy programs, addiction models of eating disorders, social media, and non-suicidal self-injury.

She has a special interest in the use and impact of technology and social media in treating body image and eating issues and regularly speaks about these topics. You can read her blog, Nourishing the Soulhere (



dana sturtevant, ms, rd

Dana Sturtevant, MS, RD, is a trainer, mentor, Kripalu Yoga teacher, and dietitian specializing in Health at Every Size® and intuitive eating. She is the cofounder of Be Nourished, a revolutionary business helping people heal body dissatisfaction and reclaim body trust. A member of the International Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers, Dana has facilitated more than 300 workshops throughout the United States for health care providers looking to enhance their skills in behavior-change counseling. Dana was an adjunct professor in the Eating Disorder Certificate program at Lewis and Clark College in Portland, OR, and coordinator of the Columbia River Eating Disorder Network. She holds a M.S. in Nutrition Science from the University of Florida and a B.S. in Food and Nutrition from Southern Illinois University. Dana's writing has been featured in the Huffington Post. For more information, visit


lisa tealer



Katie Thompson LPC, NCC, CEDS is a psychotherapist in private practice in St. Louis, Missouri.  Katie specializes in treating eating disorders, anxiety disorders, PTSD and complex trauma and has a special interest in treating binge eating disorder.


Prior to opening her private practice, Katie was a primary therapist and the lead eating disorder therapist at Castlewood Treatment Center in St. Louis, Missouri. In addition to working at Castlewood, Katie was also a therapist in the Eating Disorder Center at Rogers Memorial Hospital in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin. Katie earned a Masters of Science in Counseling Psychology from the University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee. She is skilled in using DBT, CBT, IFS, ERP and group therapy. Katie is trained in Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) and has earned her certification in Internal Family Systems Level 2. In private practice, Katie balances individual, family, couples and group therapy with supervising provisionally licensed therapists. When not in the consultation room, Katie lectures regionally and nationally on Eating Disorders, Binge Eating Disorder and treatment interventions. 

Katie's practice details can be found on her website



laura thornton, phd

Dr. Laura Thornton is Research Associate Professor with the Center of Excellence for Eating Disorders at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Thornton completed her PhD in Genetics at The Pennsylvania State University. She has over 20 years of experience in survey design, data collection, management, biostatistics, and dissemination of large-scale epidemiologic and community-based studies on eating disorders and has extensive experience coordinating world-wide research efforts. The primary focal areas of her research include evaluating the genetic factors influencing liability to eating disorders; in-depth, phenotypic characterization of eating disorders; and psychiatric and somatic comorbidity. Her publications demonstrate her commitment to advancing our understanding of all aspects of disordered eating from both etiological and developmental perspectives.


amy tuttle, rd, lcsw

Amy Tuttle, RD, LCSW has spent the last 25 years making amends for being one of those preachy good food/bad food dietitians who tells people how to lose weight. She developed Nourishing Aliveness® mindfulness-based no-diet programs to enhance health, create community, and generate joy-fullness. As a mindfulness meditation teacher, eating disorder specialist, Health at Every Size® proponent, and Self-Care Collaborator she helps people recover from dieting and emotional eating, repair of body despair, restore of self-body trust, and rediscover of what matters most. Amy Tuttle has spent the last 25 years making amends for being one of those preachy good/bad food dietitians who tells people how to lose weight. She developed Nourishing Aliveness mindfulness-based no-diet programs to enhance health, create community, and generate joy-fullness. As a meditation teacher, eating disorder specialist, and HAES proponent, she helps people recover from dieting and emotional eating.


hannah weisman, ma

Hannah Weisman is a doctoral candidate in Counseling, Clinical, and School Psychology at the University of California, Santa Barbara where she works with Dr. Maryam Kia-Keating. Prior to attending UCSB, she worked as a research assistant with Dr. Barr Taylor at Stanford for two years, which is where she developed an interest in eating disorders prevention. Her research is focused on technology-assisted prevention efforts, sociocultural risk factors for eating disorders, and examining weight stigma as a shared risk factor for eating disorders and poor exercise and nutrition. Hannah has a particular interest in examining these areas with males and racial/ethnic minorities.


Lesley williams, md, ceds

Dr. Williams is a board certified Family Medicine physician and a Certified Eating Disorder Specialist.  She  received her Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Kentucky College of Medicine and  completed her Family Medicine residency training at Mayo Clinic Arizona.


Dr. Williams specializes in providing compassionate integrated physical and mental health care.

She works with women and men of all ages to help them achieve their most healthy, happy life. In addition to her clinical practice, Dr. Williams is also a nationally sought after speaker who advocates for body size acceptance and inclusivity in health care.


christine wood, md

Dr. Christine Wood is a pediatrician with a special interest in nutrition for children and teens.  She is the author of the book, How to Get Kids to Eat Great & Love It and her articles and interviews have been published in Newsweek, Parenting, Baby Talk, and Redbook, among others.  Her website, offers tips from her book.  As a speaker at medical conferences, schools, preschools and community events, her topics have included: eating disorders, obesity, school wellness policies, motivational interviewing and the impact of environmental toxins on health.


She has been practicing pediatrics in the North County of San Diego since 1990 and is currently practicing at Coast Pediatrics Carmel Valley.  She served as the Co-Chair for the San Diego County Childhood Obesity Initiative from 2009 until May 2015.  She is the Medical Consultant for a residential eating disorder treatment center in La Jolla and has served as Medical Liaison for the San Diego Chapter International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals.  As part of the Institute for Healthy Childhood Weight Steering Committee, she has worked on a national level with the American Academy of Pediatrics to shape how pediatricians confront achieving healthy weight in children.


She graduated from the University of Michigan Medical School and went on to Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles for her pediatric residency.


angela woods

Angela Woods is thrilled to share her findings from extensively tracking insurance coverage of the Binge Eating Disorder. Throughout her stay at Insight Behavioral Health Centers, she has worked in the Billing Department, as Manager of Admissions, Manager of Payroll, Manager of Authorizations and currently as Project Manager and Compliance Specialist for Insight as well as Eating Recovery Centers of Ohio. A proper "jack-of-all-trades" at Insight, Angela has navigated patients and clinicians through expansive appeals, insurance contracts, and claims payments. She has helped patients with seeking legal advice, switching insurance coverage, and advocating for treatment. For many years, Angela has researched length of stay, trends in insurance coverage, and denials in the mental health field.


zeynep yilmaz, phd

Dr. Zeynep Yilmaz is Research Assistant Professor with the Center for Excellence for Eating Disorders at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Yilmaz completed her PhD in Medical Science, specializing in Neurogenetics at the University of Toronto, Canada. Her research focuses on the genetics of eating disorders, body weight regulation, and psychiatric conditions comorbid with eating disorders. She is also interested in gene-environment interaction and statistical genetics. Dr. Yilmaz has published numerous peer-reviewed journal articles on eating disorders, co-authored an eating disorders chapter in a book sponsored by the World Health Organization, presented her research at prestigious conferences internationally, and received funding support from federal agencies in Canada and the United States, including the National Institute of Mental Health. Alongside Dr. Cynthia Bulik, she is the the co-principal investigator of the Binge Eating Genetics INitiative (BEGIN). 

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