Britt is a mental health, anti-diet, and body acceptance activist. She is currently working toward her Masters in Mental Health Counseling at Teachers College, Columbia University, with a focus on holistic career counseling and organizational consultation. She lives with her fiance and two cats in NYC, where you can find her cuddling lots of dogs, and reading lots of YA fiction, and podcasting about the X-Men. Website | Instagram | Twitter
Maria Paredes, PhD, LPCS, CEDS-S
Dr. Maria Paredes is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Clinical Supervisor, Certified Eating Disorders Specialist; approved IAEDP supervisor, and owner of Three Birds Counseling; Clinical Supervision in Greensboro, NC, a practice that provides services from a trauma-informed, fat-positive, sex-positive, LGBTQIA affirming, faith-affirming, and social justice-affirming lens. She helps individuals of all gender identities make peace with food and with their bodies, and live fuller lives, free from negative thinking, fear of food, and body hate. She believes ALL bodies have worth and that ALL individuals deserve to enjoy food, move in ways that feel joyful, treat their bodies with kindness and gentleness, and experience authentic connection with themselves and others. Maria recognizes that this healing must occur within the individual therapeutic relationship as well as within the larger, cultural environment, and thus embraces the role of advocacy and activism. She also works with individuals experiencing anxiety, trauma, infertility/pregnancy loss, and PCOS. Maria teaches courses in UNC-G’s Counseling department and provides clinical supervision and training to new professionals working toward their licensure as therapists or dietitians. Maria is Mom to 3 young girls and hopes that they will grow up to experience the wonder and power of all their bodies have to offer, without believing they must shrink themselves. Website | Instagram | Facebook
Kalpana Parekh, MSW, LCSW
Kalpana Parekh is a psychotherapist, personal and executive coach, speaker, author, workshop facilitator and singer, whose life purpose is bringing light and inspiration into the world. She is the Founder and Owner of Wellness Around The World, LLC, an international practice whose mission is to inspire people and empower them with the tools they need to live flourishing lives. Author of Hold On To The Paperclip, a chapter in The Empowerment Manual (Visionary Insight Press, 2015), and Light The Way!, a chapter in Spiritual Leaders (Visionary Insight Press, 2017), Kalpana earned her MSW from Columbia University School of Social Work, has a Certificate in Applied Positive Psychology, a Certificate in Music Therapy from India, is a certified yoga teacher, a licensed Heal Your Life® teacher, a Flourishing Skills group facilitator, and has studied reiki and pranic healing. She helps individuals and audiences of many sizes to thrive and live in alignment with their higher purpose. Knowledgeable, warm and inspirational, she is a highly sought-after speaker and trainer in the U.S.A. and India. She creates and conducts workshops on a wide variety of topics such as emotional well-being, therapeutic writing, stress management, leadership, emotional intelligence, and the healing power of music, for people from all walks of life. Kalpana’s approach integrates the principles of yoga, meditation and other wisdom traditions into her clinical work and workshops.
Music, travel, healing, writing and snorkeling are among Kalpana’s many passions. A talented vocalist, she sings Indian spiritual, classical and old Bollywood music as well as American pop music, and has released three of her own CDs. Passionate about documenting and preserving helpful traditions, she has traveled extensively and brings to her practice an appreciation for and tools from wellness traditions around the world. Kalpana founded ‘Letters From the Heart’, a Facebook-based project that encourages people to write letters of hope and inspiration on a regular basis to those who are in need. She can be found journaling on any evening, capturing all that is good and beautiful about the world. Website
Nisha Parker is a dietetics student at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. She has a passion for food and cooking, and hopes to help others adopt positive relationships with food and body image.
Nia is an eating disorder recovery and mental health advocate. She has spent much of the past 2 years documenting her recovery from bulimia, ocd, ptsd, and bipolar disorder on Instagram and her blog. It is her personal goal to become a therapist and work with people with eating disorders and co-occurring disorders. She has collaborated with NEDA multiple times and hopes to continue to do so. She posts on Instagram @thefriendIneverwanted and blogs at thefriendineverwanted.com You can also find Nia’s body positive and self care artwork in her Etsy Shop, The Dapper Dolphin. Website | Instagram | Facebook
Ashley Perrone, MPH, RD, CDN
Ashley is a Registered Dietitian and New York State Certified Dietitian-Nutritionist. In her practice, Ashley utilizes the Intuitive Eating, Health at Every Size (HAES®), and the Division of Responsibility paradigms in her approach to nutrition counseling. Her ultimate goal is to create a weight-neutral space to empower her clients to heal their relationship with food, feel better in their body, and adopt behaviors that support their physical, emotional and psychological well being. Ashley specializes in eating disorders, disordered eating, chronic dieting, and child feeding. Being from North Carolina, Ashley graduated from the University of North Carolina Wilmington with a Bachelors in Exercise Science. It was here that she started to adopt a weight inclusive lens for health and spent three years as a personal trainer. She then went on to earn her Masters in Public Health Nutrition at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill before calling New York City her home. She now resides in New York as a full time Registered Dietitian seeing clients one-on-one in private practice and also offers presentations/workshops on HAES®, Child Feeding, Non-diet approach, and Intuitive Eating.
Debbie Pincus is a licensed psychotherapist and coach with training in family systems and CBT. She has been practicing privately for over 25 years and has offices in Manhattan, Larchmont, NY and Greenwich, Ct. Ms. Pincus works with individuals, couples and families. She facilitates parent and relationship groups and leads workshops and seminars throughout the US and Hong Kong.
Ms. Pincus is the founder and Executive Director of The Relationship Center. She also serves on the Board of the Larchmont- Mamaroneck Counseling Center and the Total Transformation Advisory Board. She writes weekly online articles for Empowering Parents and has a CD series and book entitled CALM PARENT AM&PM, published by Legacy Publishing Company. She has written seven workbooks on interpersonal relations. Ms. Pincus is a parent group facilitator for Parent's Exchange, a program offered through Greenwich Hospital. She has been a guest on Good Morning America speaking on parenting issues.
Ms. Pincus lives in Larchmont with her husband and has three adult children. Website | Twitter
Fatmah Al-Qadfan is a registered drama therapist, trained in the US and currently practicing in her home country, Kuwait. She sees adolescent and adult clients for mood and anxiety disorders, and provides support for individuals with eating disorders. Fatmah also offers educational sessions on size diversity and disordered eating behaviors for university students and the general public. She is passionate about social justice issues and facilities workshops and online discussions on identity, power, and privilege. Instagram
Sonalee Rashatwar is a superfat queer non binary clinical social worker and sex therapist based in Philadelphia, specialized in treating sexual trauma, internalized fatphobia, and complex racial or queer identities. She is popularly known as TheFatSexTherapist on instagram and co-owns the Radical Therapy Center. Website | Instagram
Leanne Ray, MS, RDN
Leanne Ray is the owner of Leanne Ray Nutrition where she offers 1:1 virtual health/wellness coaching, in-person cooking events, and nutrition writing and recipe development services. Check out her food blog for simple, plant-powered recipes that even the busiest of people can manage in addition to relatable, science-based articles.
Alexandra Raymond, RD, LD is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist who is passionate about empowering her clients to rebuild a positive relationship with food. She specializes in anorexia, orthorexia, disordered eating in athletes and enjoys working with the high school, college aged, and young adult population. Alex is truly passionate about working with her clients to support them along their recovery journey. She enjoys speaking at events for education and awareness of topics like the HAES principles and promoting a positive body image. She also works with RD2Be's and other RD's to share her knowledge about these topics. Website | Instagram | Twitter | Facebook
Dr. Colleen Reichmann
Dr. Colleen Reichmann is a licensed clinical psychologist, practicing in Williamsburg, VA. She works in her private practice, Wildflower Therapy, 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 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 intersectional feminism, body liberation, fat acceptance, and health at every size. She writes about body image and eating disorders for morelove.org, Project Heal, The Mighty, Recovery Warriors, and more, and regularly presents at regional and national conferences. Website | Instagram | Facebook
Maggie Ritnour, LMHC, LCAT, ATR-BC
Maggie is a licensed mental health counselor and licensed creative arts therapist. She began studying art in high school, and then received her BFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York. She obtained her masters of psychology from Antioch University Seattle in 2009. She has experience using art as therapy in work with children, adolescents and adults in hospital settings since 2000.
Maggie is a humanistic therapist who approaches her clients using a multi-cultural framework and trauma-informed lens. She is wholeheartedly committed to Health At Every Size. She believes when people get in touch with their own creative voice they often find therapy in the confidence of learning a new language, the ability to speak with their art and listen with their eyes.
Maggie is also a certified Irish dance teacher; she loves to teach and dance as much as possible. She incorporates her knowledge of body movement with her therapeutic understanding of people. Maggie is passionate about using art and mindful body awareness in her work and life. Website | Instagram | Twitter | Facebook
Isa Robinson is on a mission to empower women to practice a “healthy” and balanced relationship with food and their bodies. Having previously suffered from Anorexia Nervosa, she knows first hand the importance of balance and the need to maintain a holistic definition of health that encompasses the physical, social, emotional and psychological aspects of our wellbeing. Isa is currently undertaking a masters in Eating Disorders & Clinical Nutrition at UCL, as well as training as a nutritional therapist. She is an ambassador for the UK’s leading Eating Disorder charity Beat where she enjoys speaking at schools and conferences. She has also collaborated with brands including Morrisons and Birds Eye. Isa will graduate this summer after which she hopes to work privately supporting clients. In her free time she enjoys baking, any form of passion fruit cocktail and a good ol’ boogey with friends.
Tiffany Roe is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor, psychology teacher, public speaker, host of Therapy Thoughts podcast & the owner of Mindful Counseling in Orem Utah. She has focused her career on treatment for women navigating recovery including eating disorders, disordered eating, poor body image, poor relationships with themselves and food, anxiety, LDS faith based transitions, low self-esteem, and low self-worth. She believes you can love yourself, and make peace with your mind, your body, and your relationship with food.
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 received her education in Melbourne, Australia where she was born and raised. She obtained her Bachelor's degree in Biochemistry from Melbourne University and completed a Graduate Diploma in Sports Nutrition from Deakin University, Australia. Upon coming to the United States she earned her Masters Degree in Clinical Nutrition at New York University.
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.
Jennifer Rollin is a therapist and founder of The Eating Disorder Center in Rockville, Maryland, who specializes in working with adolescents and adults with eating disorders including, anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating disorder, body image issues, anxiety, and depression.
Dr. Nikki Rollo completed a Ph.D. in Depth Psychology and a MA in Marriage and Family Therapy. She is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in both California and New York. Additionally, she has a Master’s Degree in Social Sciences where she focused on issues of immigration, gender, and trauma. She works for Reasons Eating Disorder Center as the National Director of Program Development and has a private practice in Brooklyn, NY.
She has worked in various aspects of mental health and eating disorder treatment for over fifteen years. She is a specialist in clinical program development, staff training, admissions, business development and clinical outreach aspects of eating disorder work. Integral to her clinical philosophy is her personal practice of yoga and meditation including completing a yoga teacher training with an emphasis on trauma-sensitive mind-body movement.
Her areas of special interest and passion include body image, the subtle body, compassion, meditation, mindful movement, creating sacred spaces, and working with people depth psychotherapy.
Shira Rosenbluth is a social worker who specializes in working with individuals with eating disorders and runs a NYC body positive style blog. She strives to help people make peace with food and their bodies and live fuller lives. Shira works with adolescents and adults struggling with eating disorders, disordered eating, body image issues, low self esteem, anxiety, and depression.
Andrea Rosenhaft is a blogger and published writer, primarily on the topic of mental illness and recovery. Her work has appeared in “The Intima,” a literary journal of the Columbia University School of Narrative Medicine and the anthology “Beyond Borderline: True Stories of Recovery from Borderline Personality Disorder.” Andrea has been working as a licensed clinical social worker in the New York City area since 2000. She is searching for an adorable rescue dog to adopt for long walks during the day and to snuggle with at night after being owned by her cat, Zoe for sixteen years. Website
Liana Rosenman is the cofounder and Chief Communications Officer of Project HEAL, a non-profit providing treatment access and recovery support to people struggling with eating disorders, with 40 chapters across the US. Liana cofounded HEAL at 15 years old in recovery from her own anorexia, and has been recognized as a Forbes 30 under 30 social entrepreneur for her work. Liana Rosenman currently working as a 5th grade NEST teacher at P.S. 19 in New York City and is earning her master’s degree in Special Education at Hunter College.
Lynn Rossy, Ph.D. is a health psychologist specializing in yoga and mindfulness-based interventions. She developed a ten-week, empirically validated Eat for Life class that teaches people to eat mindfully and intuitively, love their bodies, and find deeper meaning in their lives. Her book, The Mindfulness-Based Eating Solution, is based on the concepts in her program. Lynn is a long-time practitioner of mindfulness meditation and Kripalu yoga. She is the President of the Center for Mindful Eating. Website | Twitter | Facebook
Holli is a prominent body-image specialist who’s contribution to the conversation on the impact of body image is wide-ranging. Her participation in governmental organisations, activist groups, public forums, print, radio, and television media outlets, as well as through her private therapy practice in London is raising awareness of body image and provides a platform for girls to begin to understand their relationship with their own bodies and to ultimately live comfortably in them. Her insight and experience is helping drive change at a national level so that body image education becomes part of a bigger conversation. Website | Instagram | Twitter | Facebook
Alissa Rumsey, MS, RD, CDN, CSCS
Alissa Rumsey is a nationally recognized and award-winning registered dietitian nutritionist and the founder of Alissa Rumsey Nutrition and Wellness. Alissa specializes in Intuitive Eating, body image support and disordered eating recovery from a Health at Every Size Perspective. She helps people who are frustrated with dieting rediscover the joy of eating and cultivate a healthy relationship with food and their bodies. Alissa’s expertise is regularly featured on television, online, and in print. She is a monthly contributor to US News and World Report and has appeared in over 100 media outlets including NBC Nightly News, CNN, ABC News, SELF and Women’s Health. In 2017 she received the Media Excellence award from the New York State Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Alissa earned dual Bachelor of Science degrees in Dietetics and Exercise Science from the University of Delaware and a Master’s of Science degree in Health Communications from Boston University. Website | Instagram | Twitter | Facebook
Judith Ruskay Rabinor, Ph.D.
Judith Ruskay Rabinor is a clinical psychologist, author, consultant and psychotherapist in New York City. She has four decades of experience working with individuals, couples, groups and families. Judy is a frequently invited keynote and workshop presenter at national and international conferences, professional associations, retreat centers, universities and schools, including Harvard Medical School of Continuing Education, The Esalen Institute, Big Sur, California, National Association of Social Work meetings, The Renfrew Center Foundation Conference, The International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals, The New York City Board of Education and numerous university campuses including Princeton University and Barnard College. In addition to clinical work with patients, she coaches writers and offers consultation groups for therapists and other mental health practitioners. She is the author of a book on eating disorders: A Starving Madness: Tales of Hunger, Hope and Healing in Psychotherapy, a book on co-parenting after divorce: Befriending Your Ex After Divorce: Making Life Better for You, Your Kids, and Yes, Your Ex and is completing Mending and Mining the Mother-Daughter Connection: Never Too Late, due out in late 2020. Website | Twitter | Facebook
Lisa Rutledge is a non-diet dietitian, mindful eating expert 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. Lisa believes strongly that it is possible to improve health without focusing on weight and she is dedicated to guiding and empowering people to create a positive, healthy relationship with food. She helps her clients learn how to listen to their body and inner wisdom when it comes to making decisions around food, eating and health. Lisa writes for her own blog and is a contributor to Huffington Post Canada’s blog. She is a regular guest on the Montreal, Canada radio stations CJAD 800 & CBC Radio One, hosts workshops for professionals as well as online courses for anyone looking to eat more intuitively. Website | Instagram | Facebook
Kristina Saffran is the cofounder and CEO of Project HEAL, a non-profit providing treatment access and recovery support to people struggling with eating disorders, with 40 chapters across the US. Kristina cofounded HEAL at 15 years old in recovery from her own anorexia, and has been recognized as an Ashoka Fellow, a Forbes 30 under 30 social entrepreneur and Facebook Community Leadership Fellow for her work. She’s spoken across the country on eating disorders, new recovery paradigms, and social entrepreneurship. Kristina graduated from Harvard College with a bachelors degree in psychology in May 2014. Website | Instagram | Twitter | Facebook
Shibani Sahni, is a trained and certified Yoga Therapist, Yoga Instructor and Psychotherapist, with a specialization in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. She has a strong teaching background with several years of experience in this domain, under her belt. Shibani is currently in the process of building collaborations and business partnerships across the country and overseas, to touch the lives of many, through her unique style, practice and approach. Her methodology is predominantly the integration of yoga, yoga therapy and counseling methods to assist individuals in healing deep-seated emotional, physical and intellectual inabilities. A large part of her approach focuses on assisting individuals and communities in successfully managing behavioral and emotional inconsistencies around anger, stress, anxiety, depression, insecurities, addictions grievances and compulsions, to name a few. She does individual sessions as well group therapy sessions for her clients. Moreover, her approach also incorporates elements of mindfulness, deep relaxation and energy healing, with techniques from Vedanta and Buddhism – meditation, chanting, reiki, yoga nidra and pranayama (breath control). In addition she also teaches yoga – conducts classes, workshops and retreats in beautiful corners of the world. Shibani has been certified and trained as a Yoga Therapist and Instructor by The Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center in Kerala, India, and has her Psychology degree from Delhi University, India. Website | Instagram | Twitter