Alice Baland

Alice Baland, MA, LPC, RD, LD
Private Practice Dietitian, Counselor, Certified Life Coach and Medical & Analytical Hypnotherapist
President of the American Psychological Medical Hypnosis Association (APMHA)
Master Trainer, Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT)

How did you get started in your career? 
First, I got my Bachelor of Science in Foods & Nutrition with a minor in Business from Texas Tech University. After graduation I worked as a Catering Manager for a restaurant in Denver and later as a Nutritionist for WIC , plus cardiovascular and weight control in community nutrition. After I returned to Texas and completed my B.S. in Clinical Dietetics at UT Southwestern in Dallas, I became a Registered Dietitian. I worked as a clinical dietitian in hospitals for a while, then started the first private practice in Dallas to focus more on wellness and prevention. That was very exciting! I felt I could go anywhere, do anything, and help people in numerous areas of life! That included being a consultant for national and international food companies, public speaking, diabetes, sports nutrition, obesity, children’s nutrition, and big corporations, such as TI, EDS, Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Texas to name a few.

Several years ago I returned to graduate school andearned my Master of Arts in Counseling from Amber University in Dallas. I did an extensive and excellent internship with a private practice psychologist where I became a specialist in treating trauma, post-traumatic stress disorder, bipolar disorder, sexual abuse, major depressive disorder, anxiety, anger management, family dysfunction, dissociative identity disorder, and other co-morbid conditions with eating disorders. I learned so much personally and professionally and just loved it! Part of my internship included training as a Play Therapist with the Collin County Children’s Advocacy Center in Plano. I worked with an interdisciplinary team for the benefit of children in harm’s way and their parents and grandparents, including leading groups. I love groups! As a Certified Life Coach I also help people nationwide with a variety of concerns from nutrition to weight management to emotional eating and menu planning. I specialize in treating bulimia/emotional/binge/stress eating disorders, plus mother/daughter and father/daughter prevention of weight problems and eating disorders.

This combination of psychotherapist, dietitian, life coach, speaker and workshop leader is exciting for me! I enjoy leading TeleSeminars and workshops. Now I’m working on finishing Cooking with Wild Abandon! and a few other books. Life is great and there are always vital ways to help others now and inthe future.

What advice would you give to someone new to the field? 
Get a great education and a variety of experience. Practice your skills. Be a self-reliant individual and do what you really like, not just what everyone else is doing. Get a lot of training and experience in business and marketing, not just your practice area. I enjoyed serving on the district, state, and national levels of professional organizations, and would recommend this to you too. You’ll meet some great people, learn new skills, and gain more confidence. Be persevering and never give up. Believe in yourself!

Amy Culp

Amy Culp, RD, CSSD, LD
Partner, sCULPture Nutrition & Fitness, LLC
Consultant Sports Dietitian at The University of Texas

How did you get started in your career? 
I always knew I wanted to have a private practice, but never intended on specializing in eating disorders. To build my practice, I put an ad in a local fitness magazine. The first call I received was from a girl struggling with an eating disorder. I gave it a shot, knowing that I could refer to another RD in town if it didn’t go well. I got supervision from another RD to help me with the case, and after our first few sessions I was hooked. I realized it was a challenging, yet fulfilling work. I then went to Eating Disorders Boot Camp to hone my skills and continued to build my practice specializing in eating disorders, sports nutrition and weight management.

What advice would you give to someone new to the field? 
Go for it…while getting training and support. I highly recommend Eating Disorders Boot Camp & Molly Kellogg’s Counseling Intensive, as well as Molly Kellogg’s phone supervision.

Charlotte Caperton-Kilburn

Charlotte Caperton-Kilburn, MS, RD, CSSD, LDN
Dietitian in Private Practice, NFL Performance – Nutrition For Life

How did you get started in your career? 
During my specialty rotation, I interned with a sports dietitian, who had a private practice in Eating Disorders. She required me to learn about eating disorders aspart of the rotation. I was hooked on working with clients with eating disorders and they became the majority of my practice.

What advice would you give to someone new to the field? 
Attend any workshop that you can find related to eating disorders in order to understand the complexity of the work you will do. Understand that eating disorders treatment isn’t just about a meal plan. Ask those who you know and respect in the field questions. Make sure you have someone who can provide supervision to you.

Juliet Zuercher

Juliet Zuercher, RD
Nutrition Educator with the Remuda Ranch Speakers Bureau

How did you get started in your career? 
Directly out of college, I applied to Remuda Ranch’s job posting in the back of the ADA journal. I started as a dietetic technician until I could take my registration exam; after passing, I picked up my own caseload as a staff dietitian and have been in patient care ever since. Over time I became the Nutrition Services Director at Remuda. Now I am the Nutrition Educator, travelling across the country presenting workshops to professionals on the treatment of eating disorders.

What advice would you give to someone new to the field? 
Read all that you can on eating disorders. A good place to start is the Gurze Books Catalog [link to] —this is ‘all things eating disorders’. Some of my favorite resources include: Intuitive Eating; Moving Away From Diets; Am I Hungry?; The Food and Feelings Workbook; Health At Every Size-The Surprising Truth About Your Weight; Eating Disorders: A Medical Guide to Care and Complications and Eating Disorders and The Recovery Process.

Find a seasoned colleague to coach and mentor your professional development. There is no substitute for wise supervision.

Self care is also very important in this emotionally taxing field. Maintain balance in life socially, mentally, physically and spiritually.

Leslie Schilling

Leslie P. Schilling, MA, RD, CSSD, LDN
Nutrition Counselor & Consultant

What is your current position?
I am the owner and operator of Schilling Nutrition Therapy, LLC in Memphis, TN. My areas of expertise include disordered eating, sports nutrition, and weight management.

How did you get started?
As a teenager I was involved in many sports like track & field, gymnastics and cheerleading. As I entered college I realized the connection between fuel and performance which lead me to really love and enjoy my nutrition classes. My goal through college was to work with high-level athletes and help them maintain a competitive edge through nutrition. As I got further into my career, I was doing a lot of sports nutrition work and quickly realized that some of my athletes had greater issues than performance nutrition alone. One particular client set the stage for my career shift towards working more with disordered eating. I quickly obtained all the book knowledge I could, went to workshops and sought the assistance of other professionals working with eating disorders. Currently, I’m very fortunate to be a part of a supervision group with several local therapists which has been invaluable.

Advice to someone who’s interested in entering the field
My advice to someone entering the field is to work with professionals that do what you want to do. I have students now that are volunteering with me which could turn into more later for them. Go to conferences out of the realm of basic nutrition. Many of the most useful workshops I’ve been to were geared towards therapists and physicians. Now I’ll be pointing those who want to enter the field to this great new resource

Reba Sloan

Reba Sloan, MPH, LRD, FAED

How did you get started in your career? 
When I was 13 years old (in the 1960′s) I went from being an overweight child to severely anorexic. There was very little awareness in regards to eating disorders at that time and even less treatment available. When I was hospitalized on a regular pediatric unit, I met with a registered dietitian who recommended that I pursue becoming a dietitian. I had no idea what a dietitian was at that time … but I made up my mind there and then to become one! That was the beginning of both my journey to full recovery from anorexia and arriving where I am currently in my profession.

What advice would you give to someone new to the field? 
Don’t count on university programs or internships to provide you with what you need to be effective in this field. Much of what I have learned has been from attending continuing education events directly aimed at enhancing skill and knowledge levels necessary to treat eating disorders. Some of the most beneficial conferences I have ever attended are those geared more towards therapists. Consider pursing a Master’s Degree in counseling or psychology. I have found my Master’s of Public Health degree with a behavioral counseling emphasis to be invaluable! Finally… resolve any weight/food/eating issues you struggle with and plan to obtain case supervision as you begin your career.