Caitlin Scafati is a licensed social worker with training in creative arts therapy. Caitlin completed her undergraduate education at Smith College, majoring in psychology, before attending NYU for her Master's in Art Therapy and MSW in Social Work. During her education in Art Therapy and Social Work, Caitlin focused her training on working with clients with eating disorders, including training in CBT and DBT. Caitlin has more than 10 years of experience working with clients both as a counselor and as an intake coordinator. She has worked for the National Eating Disorders Association and independently developed a photography project highlighting individuals in recovery from eating disorders. Caitlin believes in the power of creativity to spark healing and is committed to utilizing evidence-based practices. She lives in New Jersey with her partner and two sons. Website | Instagram | Twitter | Facebook
A Senior Fellow with The Meadows and advocate for its specialty eating disorders program, The Meadows Ranch, Jenni Schaefer is the bestselling author of Life Without Ed; Goodbye Ed, Hello Me; and Almost Anorexic. Currently, she is at work on a book about her recovery from posttraumatic stress disorder, PTSD. An Ambassador with the National Eating Disorders Association, Jenni is also a sought-after speaker and singer/songwriter. Website | Instagram | Twitter | Facebook
Gwen Schubert Grabb
Gwen Schubert Grabb is a highly skilled psychotherapist specializing in all facets of eating disorder treatment. Her private practice is in the Los Angeles area where she treats individuals, families, runs groups, and provides consultation. Gwen is known for her rare ability to deal with the most difficult situations with authenticy, compassion, and humor. Website
Rebecca Scritchfield, RDN, EP-C
Rebecca Scritchfield is an award winning “health at every size” dietitian and exercise physiologist. She’s author of the book Body Kindness – never say diet again! And host of the Body Kindness podcast. Through her weight-inclusive counseling practice, she helps people make peace with food, find the joy in exercise, and create a better life with workable goals that fit individual interests. Central to all her work, Rebecca aims to develop self-compassion in place of shame by rejecting the rules of diet culture and the pervasive myth that to achieve better health one must lose weight.
Jessica has a Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology from The University of Pennsylvania. She is a Registered Dietitian with a Master’s Degree and writes books and articles about eating disorders. Jessica Setnick envisions a world where no one is ashamed to talk about their eating and everyone has access to care. Over 20 years in the field she has educated thousands of professionals, individuals, educators and family members through books, workshops, presentations and media. Website | Instagram | Twitter
Caroline Shannon-Karasik is a writer based in Pittsburgh, PA. She is a regular contributor to Women's Health and Tonic, and her work has also been featured in The Cut, Narratively, Good Housekeeping, Redbook and Yahoo. She is a mental health advocate and currently writing a collection of essays. Find her on Twitter and Instagram. Website | Instagram | Twitter | Facebook
Blair Silverman, MS, RDN, CDN, RYT-500
Blair Silverman received her masters in nutrition from Teachers College, Columbia University, which is also where she completed her dietetic internship. As a dietitian, she works with her clients using a non-diet, all foods fit, health at every size, intuitive eating approach. She meets clients where they are at in their recovery with the goal of helping him/her/them to heal their relationship to food, their bodies and themselves.
Blair is also a registered yoga teacher and meditation teacher. She uses her 10+ years of training and experience in yoga and meditation to work with clients in a holistic manner, fostering a deeper connection between the mind body and soul.
Blair is an active member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, IAAEDP New York (International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals), IFEDD (International Federation of Eating Disorder Dietitians), GNYDA (Greater NY Dietetic Association) and NYCNEN (New York City Nutrition Education Network). Website | Instagram
Leon Silvers, LMHC
Leon Silvers is the founder and director of Silvers Psychotherapy. His wide clinical experience includes working with clients from many racial and ethnic backgrounds, ages, religions, disabilities, gender, and sexual orientations. Some of his clinical experiences have been as a full-time psychotherapist at various mental health clinics providing individual, family. and group psychotherapy for adults and adolescents; working in outpatient substance abuse; in crisis intervention for survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence, hate crimes, and HIV-related violence; and in Non-Profit HIV/AIDS service organizations.
Leon uses an eclectic approach combining psychodynamic/insight-oriented therapy, Internal Family Systems, somatic therapy, trauma therapy, and mindfulness-based approaches. He is trained in EMDR and is a New York State Certified Rape Crisis Counselor. He serves as the Clinical Director of Identity House, a non-profit LGBT service organization. He has also presented and published on a wide variety of topics including eating disorders, domestic/intimate partner violence, immigration and acculturation, LGBTQ issues, and gender. Leon graduated from New York University with a Master's degree in Counseling for Mental Health and Wellness. He earned his Bachelor's of Arts in Psychology, Summa Cum Laude, from Georgia State University. Website | Instagram | Twitter
Laura Dennison and Eve Simmons of Not Plant Based
Journalists Laura Dennison and Eve Simmons aim to banish food and fitness fears through their lifestyle blog, Not Plant Based, in which they have consulted doctors to find out the truth about intermittent fasting, and investigated how negative relationships can worsen an eating disorder.
Both have suffered with eating disorders themselves. So far, they've brought confessional stories, recipes, and expert advice to the table by opening up frank, funny conversations around disordered eating, and by banishing common myths perpetuated by pseudoscience, social media and "diet culture.”
Celeste has a background and passion for working with couples and families. She loves treating people who have complicated relationships with food and their bodies. Celeste is an advocate for self-care, body positivity, wholehearted living, and healthy marriages and families. She has experience in crisis counseling and a fifteen-year background in working with adolescents and their families. Website | Instagram | Twitter | Facebook
Olivia is a Certified Eating Disorder Coach, and founder of Uncovery. Through her own lived experience with an eating disorder several years ago, she experienced first-hand the lack of compassionate support, guidance and care available for those with an eating disorder in Australia. After successfully navigating her own recovery, she spent several months in the USA researching various modalities of eating disorder treatment. Olivia worked at BALANCE eating disorder treatment center™ in NYC, as both a recovery coach and a residential treatment liaison. She found common thread in her research: Having access to someone recovered plays a pivotal role in recovery by providing hope and motivation, and the belief that overcoming the eating disorder is possible. This inspired her to train with The Carolyn Costin Institute™, and bring the innovative and necessary Eating Disorder Coaching service to Australia. Website | Instagram | Facebook
Maria Sorbara Mora, MS, CEDRD, C-IAYT
Maria is the Founder and Executive Director of Integrated Eating Dietetics-Nutrition PLLC. Maria’s practice includes nutrition, meal support and yoga therapy, yoga therapy groups, clinical supervision, and professional trainings. She has locations in Manhattan and Long Island. Maria strongly believes in the holistic model for recovery which allows for change and transformation. She is currently working on a book on topic.
Josée Sovinsky is a Registered Dietitian and Nutrition Therapist based in Toronto, Canada who specializes in eating disorders, intuitive eating and community nutrition. She holds an Honours Bachelor in Nutrition Sciences from the University of Ottawa. She has experience working in community health, health promotion and clinical nutrition with a variety of populations including seniors, people with disabilities, newcomers, children and youth. She is passionate about social justice and includes a feminist lens in all of the work she does. Website | Instagram | Twitter | Facebook
Claire St. John, MPH, RD
Claire St. John brings compassion and understanding to her nutritional counseling practice. Claire has worked with men, women and children suffering from eating disorders at all levels of care, leading guided meals, restaurant and snack outings, nutrition groups and multi-family nutrition groups. With a dynamic understanding of eating disorders and how they impact individuals and families, Claire is passionate about repairing broken relationships with food.
Claire holds a Master’s of Public Health Nutrition from Loma Linda University, and after completing her rotations at Eisenhower Medical Center, passed the exam to become a Registered Dietitian. Working with eating disordered clients from the outset, she has developed a method of practice that includes exposure and response therapy, motivational interviewing and compassionate understanding paired with firm encouragement.
Helping people reconnect with food and normalize their eating patterns is the most rewarding part of working with eating disordered patients for Claire. Encouraging people to be able to make peace with food, enjoy meals with loved ones and move through the world without fear is why Claire chose the field of eating disorders. Website | Twitter | Facebook
Danni Starr is an empath, national media personality, mental health advocate, activist, and author. Starr can be seen weekly on the TLC network as host of TLCme Now. She is also the Assistant Program Manager of This is My Brave- a nonprofit mental health organization. In her decade-long professional career, she has amassed an impressive amount of experience and used her media platform to help people and advocate for important causes. Her postpartum advocacy caught the attention of The Office of Women’s Health which named her an ambassador. In 2017 she was recognized as ambassador of the year. She lists her greatest accomplishments as being the best mom possible to her two daughters, surviving postpartum depression, and writing her first book, Empathy and Eyebrows.
Danni Starr has been a guest blogger for Rock Recovery. Rock Recovery is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that supports the journey to freedom from disordered eating through holistic and accessible recovery programming and community empowerment. We do this by removing barriers of cost, location and timing, and by helping people break isolation. We uniquely combine clinical expertise rooted in research plus spirituality for deeper healing and restoration.
Jennifer Sterling is a Holistic Nutritionist and Registered Dance/Movement Psychotherapist. She uses food and movement to help women reconnect with their bodies and learn to nourish themselves after years of dieting and disordered eating. Website | Instagram | Twitter
Since overcoming Bulimia, Binge Eating Disorder and exercise compulsion, Dana Suchow has become an expert in the field of body image and eating disorder prevention. Offering a nonclinical and holistic approach, Dana gives parents, teachers and caregivers the tools to prevent eating disorders and raise body confident kids! Dana is an international speaker, and for years she has worked with audiences of 10 to auditoriums of over 1,000. Dana is a frequent Summit Panelist and Keynote Speaker, and has given 15 minute talks to 3 hour workshops. Dana also works with children of all school levels, from Elementary School to College, appearing in person or by video.
In 2012 Dana founded DoTheHotpants.com as a fashion blog, but once she realized fashion’s unattainable beauty standards were fueling her eating disorder, Dana made the powerful decision to leave the industry and focus on eating disorder prevention and activism. In 2014 Dana founded #MyBodyStory, an ongoing storytelling series created to uplift girl's and women's voices that so often go unheard. In 2016 Dana co-founded The Ripple, a nonprofit nationwide activist collective focused on helping women make waves in their communities. In 2018, Dana was awarded the Girl Up #GirlHero Award by This Is Us star and activist Chrissy Metz.
Dana lives in New York City and holds a Masters Degree in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University. You can find her on Good Morning America, The Oprah Winfrey Network, Vogue, Huffington Post, Yahoo, ELLE, Seventeen Magazine and more! Website | Instagram | Twitter | Facebook
Fiona is an Accredited Practising Dietitian and Director of both The Mindful Dietitian, & Body Positive Australia. She has been practising for over 15 years primarily in the areas of eating behaviour, eating disorders, body image, sports nutrition & education/training. Fiona is a committed Non Diet Dietitian, and is passionate about supporting & educating Health Professionals to develop skills and insight into working with clients from a weight-inclusive, heart centered lens.
She is also host of the Podcast “The Mindful Dietitian” and a Sports Dietitian, working with emerging professional dancers at The Australian Ballet School.
Fiona is a dedicated mindfulness practitioner and Yoga Teacher, bringing a particular emphasis on mindful eating and the intersection of food environment, eating psychology and body image into her work and training. She has trained in MBSR (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction), MSC (Mindful Self Compassion) and MB-EAT (Mindfulness Based Eating Awareness Training). Fiona is guest lecturer within the Melbourne-based Dietetics courses across four Universities within the areas of eating behaviour, Body Image, counselling skills and the Non Diet Approach. Website | Instagram | Twitter | Facebook
Anna Sweeney, MS, RD, LDN, CEDRD-S
Anna Sweeney is a Certified Eating Disorder Registered Dietitian and Supervisor, Certified Sports Nutritionist, certified Intuitive Eating counselor and owner of Whole Life Nutrition. Anna is an expert in providing care for individuals struggling with eating disorders, disordered eating, and emotional eating. She works by combining her knowledge of nutritional science, experience in the treatment of eating disorders, and heartfelt, thoughtful care. Anna is passionate about nutrition, wellness, and whole health - and works with her clients to establish healthy and happy relationships with food, weight, and their bodies.
Marlena is a Certified Eating Disorder Registered Dietitian and creative journal expressive arts coach (CJEA) located in San Luis Obispo, CA. She has more than thirteen years of experience working in the treatment of eating disorders and was trained by Francie White, one of the pioneers in the field of eating disorder treatment. She has worked in many levels of care previously running an Intensive Outpatient Program, developing a partial hospital program and opening her own private practice while being a program director. Being recovered from her own eating disorder, Marlena is passionate in teaching women and girls that recovery is possible. It is her hope that through her own recovery and nutrition expertise that she can educate clients sufficiently to have them regain that permission and begin to trust their bodies again.
Laura Thomas is an AfN Registered Nutritionist and Certified Intuitive Eating Counsellor specialising in Intuitive Eating, Mindful Eating, weight inclusive and non-diet nutrition. She has a BSc in Health Sciences from the University of Aberdeen, a PhD in Nutritional Sciences from Texas A&M University, and completed her Post-Doctoral research at Cornell University in behaviour change. She is the host of Don’t Salt My Game podcast and was the Nutritionist for the 2017 BBC1 documentary Mind Over Marathon. She established the London Centre for Intuitive Eating in 2017 to help clients and train clinicians in Intuitive Eating. Her first book, Just Eat It: How to get your shit together around food was published by Bluebird Books in January 2019. She is currently studying an MSc in Eating Disorders + Clinical Nutrition at UCL. Website | Instagram | Twitter
SJ Thompson is a radical and innovative speaker, writer, Certified Body Trust® provider, eating disorder recovery coach, and consultant. SJ is a thought leader in the Health at Every Size®, Body Trust®, eating disorder treatment and recovery, body image, and LGBTQIA+ communities. They have been featured on popular podcasts, such as, Food Psych, Do No Harm, Love Food, Reclaim, and Fearless Rebelle Radio. SJ is a white, fat, queer, non-binary person who seeks to understand the connection between trauma, identity, and systemic oppression. Author of the popular blog, Resilient Fat Goddex, they have been quoted in the New York Times, Blood + Milk, and SELF. SJ is a Midwestern transplant currently living in Portland, Oregon who loves Grey’s Anatomy, bubble tea, and their friends’ animals. Website | Instagram | Twitter | Facebook
Evelyn Tribole, MS, RD
Evelyn Tribole is an award-winning registered dietitian, with a nutrition counseling practice in Newport Beach, California. She has written nine books including the bestsellers Healthy Homestyle Cooking and Intuitive Eating (co-author). Her newest book is the Intuitive Eating Workbook: Ten Principles for Nourishing a Healthy Relationship with Food. Website | Instagram | Twitter | Facebook
Vincci Tsui, RD
Vincci Tsui is a former bariatric dietitian turned Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor and Health At Every Size® advocate. She is passionate about helping people find freedom in their relationship with food and with their body, so that they can worry less and get the most out of life. Ultimately, she is on a mission to prove that it is possible to improve health without focusing on weight.
Vincci takes a collaborative and compassionate approach to nutrition counselling and coaching that is rooted in Health at Every Size and Intuitive Eating philosophy. She believes in helping clients learn to listen to their body and their inner wisdom when it comes to making decisions around food, eating and health.
Aside from her private practice, Vincci is the Community & Content Manager for Food Psych® Programs Inc., and is the author of The Mindful Eating Workbook (2018, Althea Press). Website | Instagram | Twitter | Facebook
Noni Vaugh-Pollard, NDTR
Noni received her bachelor’s of science at New York University for nutrition and food studies. She became a registered dietetic technician after graduation and realized that she was more interested in becoming a therapist. Now, she is working on attaining a master’s in mental health counseling at Hunter College.
Unlike most traditional nutritionists, Noni’s approach is based on intuitive eating and Health At Every Size. She does not discuss weight loss techniques or encourage body shaming. Noni believes in body peace and an ‘all foods fit’ model. Website | Instagram
Margot Weinshel, LCSW, RN
Margot Weinshel is a psychotherapist in private practice in Manhattan. She is a clinical instructor in psychiatry at New York University Medical Center and was on the faculty of the Ackerman Institute for the Family. Ms. Weinshel has been trained in EMDR, AEDP and Emotionally Focused Couples’ Therapy. She is the co-author of “Couple Therapy for Infertility” by Guilford Press and the co-author on numerous chapters and papers on couples and infertility. She presents nationally and internationally. She is a member of the Mental Health Professional Group, New York City Regional Education Dinner Committee. Ms. Weinshel is the Past Chair of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine Membership Committee.
Dr. Lesley Williams is a Certified Eating Disorder Specialist and board certified Family Medicine physician. 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. She has worked exclusively with eating disorders for over 15 years in the full spectrum of treatment settings. Dr. Williams recently established Williams Wellness Medical Group, an outpatient eating disorder focused medical practice in Phoenix, AZ. She is also currently the Medical Team Lead for Banner Behavioral Health Hospital in Scottsdale, AZ. Her areas of special interest and expertise include: Health Equity and Health at Every Size Advocacy. Dr. Williams is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians. She was recently appointed to the Academy of Eating Disorders Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee. Due to her hard work and dedication to the field, in 2018 Dr. Williams was named as one of the Top 80 Female Eating Disorder Leaders in the United States. Website | Instagram | Facebook