Beverly Price, RDN, MA, CEDRD-S, E-RYT, C-IAYT
- What is your current position?
I am a certified eating disorder registered dietitian (iaedp and supervisor: CEDRD-S) at Joel Young, MD’s Rochester Center for Behavioral Medicine (RCBM) in Rochester Hills, Michigan (metro Detroit area). I work with individuals that have eating disorders. I am also the HIPAA privacy officer and am involved with some of the marketing aspects.
RCBM employees 12 prescribers, 30 therapists, and has a clinical trials group, along with a psychological testing department.
In addition, I am a certified yoga therapist (C-IAYT) credentialed by the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT) and have been running the Mindfulness-Based Yoga Therapy Training Retreats and workshops in Eating Disorders for Professionals since 2010. My program is also an affiliate of Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy (PRYT).
I am the former owner and operator of the Inner Door Center, comprehensive eating disorders treatment center (partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient and outpatient programs) in Royal Oak, Michigan. I sold this business to a private group and left the Inner Door Center shortly after the acquisition. Unfortunately, the center closed one year later under new staff and management.
I owned and operated a private practice prior to this, which I sold to an RD and then traveled around the country conducting CEU workshops for RDs interested in starting or expanding a private practice. I sold companion CEU manuals as well. I still sell my private practice manual to RDs but it is mainly used in university dietetic curriculums.
- How did you get started in your career?
I swam competitively in high school and became interested in nutrition for sport performance. My father helped me research the field, introducing me to practicing RDs found through his connections, and supported my path through Michigan State University, my dietetic internship at Detroit Medical Center (DMC) Harper Hospital, and my Master of Arts degree in Education program at Wayne State University, Detroit. My father was my biggest cheerleader. It was always my goal to eventually start my own private practice.
Although I did not exactly wind up solely in sports nutrition, my first solid job (after one year of entry jobs at hospitals) was in a cardiovascular rehabilitation, wellness and research program at Sinai Hospital Detroit hospital (now part of DMC). At the time, this was my dream job and it was very autonomous as if in my own business.
My boss encouraged all staff to continually better themselves and supported my path to a private practice- at first, run out of various Sinai physician offices and my current department, and then to my own office.
As I began to acquire more patients with eating disorders, I realized I needed more training in this area and took several workshops, trainings, intensives, etc.
When I sold my private practice, I immersed myself in yoga and completed a 200 hour (RYT). During this training, a special project was required. My project was yoga and eating disorders, where I realized that yoga was the missing link to my work in eating disorders treatment.
A few years later, I returned to private practice -strictly in eating disorders—and incorporated yoga and support groups for those struggling. Eventually, this morphed into intensives followed by a full blown eating disorders treatment center: yoga-based I must add, paving the way for other eating disorders treatment centers around the country to start incorporating yoga. I eventually became a yoga therapist and started my trainings in yoga therapy in eating disorders for professionals.
- What advice would you give to someone new to the field?
I am so impressed with today’s new dietitians. They are tech oriented and have started respective, creative businesses incorporating technology. They are also focused on sustainable food and exude this philosophy in their teachings. They are also very insurance savvy.
My advice would be, keep doing what you are doing- you are elevating our profession!
Many RDs are, or are becoming, yoga teachers, with the interest in incorporating yoga into their work in order to take yoga to a therapeutic level. Yoga therapy is much different than yoga teacher. The majority of my yoga therapy workshop attendees are RDs. My co-presenters are a licensed mental health counselor, CEDS-S (iaedp) and yoga teacher/eating disorder recovery coach. Future trainings are online based with introductory and advanced trainings. My co-presenters are a licensed mental health counselor, CEDS-S (iaedp) and yoga teacher/eating disorder recovery coach. Future trainings are online based with introductory and advanced trainings.
Although I loved running my own counseling business, I do like my current job at RCBM where I can do my job, focus solely on my patients, and then leave it at the end of the day. My advice here is allow yourself to create space for yourself.
My career has been extremely rewarding and am looking forward to traveling parts of the world, that I have never seen, and of course experiencing the cultural cuisines!