Jorie Janzen

Jorie Janzen

Registered Dietitian

IOC Dipl Sports Nutr

CSSD

and of course I completed Jessica Setnick’s Eating Disorders Boot Camp as well as Molly Kellogg’s MI Intensive course….both so valuable!

Current Position #1:

Director of Sport Dietetics with the Canadian Sport Centre Manitoba (CSCM)

2010-Present

At CSCM I am privileged to work with athletes at the national, Olympic and Paralympic level.  And, I am also blessed to be working with some of the best interdisciplinary support teams in the country.

www.cscm.ca

 

Current Position #2:

Jorie Janzen Nutrition for Health, Wellness and Performance

2003-Present

Within my private consulting practice I have gained amazing experiences with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Winnipeg Jets, Sport for Manitoba, corporate wellness and disordered eating behaviour clients – most of which are athletes or highly active individuals.

www.joriejanzen.ca

How did I get started?

I became a dietitian by accident or perhaps desperation!  I needed to figure out what I wanted to do with my life when entering my second year of university and decided to use the student career services available at the University of Manitoba.  Dietitian came up.  I had no idea what a dietitian really did but thought why not take some nutrition courses and see where it takes me!  As for sport nutrition, that too was pure luck!  I needed to find a dietitian to interview for a communications course.  I was having a hard time figuring out how to find time to meet with a dietitian working in the area of diabetes (I assumed that is where I was suppose to lean towards as every course seemed to be diabetes education heavy.  With not being able to coordinate a time with a dietitian in this area I ventured to the Yellow Pages (phone book…before the internet LOL!) and scanned the phone book and found Sports Nutritionist.  I made one call, did my interview and found my calling!  With a ton of volunteer experiences came some great connections and opportunities.  I began working with provincial and national athletes through the Sport Medicine and Science Council Manitoba and then the Royal Winnipeg Ballet.  I decided I needed to be part of a larger networking group and became a member and shortly after co-chaired the Dietitians of Canada Sport Nutrition Network.  I started to attend conferences such as SCAN, ASCM, Eating Disorders in Sport Conference etc.  With continuing education such as the International Olympic Committee Diploma in Sports Nutrition and networking and openness to mentorship, I landed my current full time position with the Canadian Sport Centre Manitoba (CSCM).  My work in sport opened my eyes and my heart to the world of dysfunctional eating behaviors and that not one “type” of sport or athlete or human is immune.

 

Christina Frangione

Christina Frangione, MS, RD, CDN, RYT

Website: www.ChristinaFrangione.com

Instagram: @christinafrangione_RD

FaceBook: https://www.facebook.com/christinafrangionenutritiontherapy/

 

  1. What is your current position?

I recently left my full time job to run my private practice Christina Frangione Nutrition Therapy full time. In my practice, which is located in Long Island, New York, I specialize in supporting clients’ recovery from eating disorders and years of chronic dieting using a non-diet, Health at Every Size ® approach. I also consult at a neuropsychology practice and work on-call at a residential eating disorder facility.

  1. How did you get started in your career?

After recovering from my own eating disorder, I was fascinated with the connection between nutrition and health. As I went through my undergraduate degree and dietetic internship, I felt like something was missing, but I couldn’t put my finger on what it was. It was only after I finished this traditional dietetics training that I found what I was missing in the Health at Every Size ® approach. It inspired me to change my focus from public health and sustainability to working with clients on their relationship with food and their body in a new way that felt so much more conducive to healing on both an individual and societal level.

  1. What advice would you give to someone new to the field?

It’s okay if you aren’t sure you want to work with eating disorders while you’re still in school. It’s okay if you don’t land a job working with eating disorders right out of your internship. There are so many other ways to gain information and experience including courses, workshops, conferences, webinars, and supervision that happen after your schooling. And even if you start out in a more traditional clinical job, that absolutely helps to prepare you for doing more specialized eating disorder work down the line. Every experience teaches us something!

 

Ruth Roddy

Ruth Roddy LPC

Founder: Ruth Roddy Counseling

Licensed Professional Counselor

https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/therapists/ruth-roddy-plano-tx/734207

Follow me on Instagram: @rroddylpc where I talk about eating disorders, parenting and mental health. This is also where you can find dates for our upcoming Parent Ed Webinars

How did you get your start in your career?

Growing up the only job I could really picture myself doing was being a therapist. I knew very little about it but I just got a feeling every time I was exposed to it through people in the community or in the media, that therapy would be something I would enjoy.

I went TCU for my degree in psychology and child development. I had a dermatologist who was always telling me that he knew a lot of “cab drivers with psychology degrees.” Rude as that was, I have to say it scared me enough to stay on track to get my masters degree in counseling at Oklahoma State. I ended up having to move suddenly back to Dallas and I ended up at Children’s Health Center for Pediatric Eating Disorder.

I started out as a milieu therapist, which was my first look into the world of eating disorders. I spent the whole day 7am to 7pm with very sick kids having meals with them, monitoring them in the bathroom, keeping them safe, and having lots of conversations about big and small things-building real relationships. I fell in love with the work and was soon moved into an LPC intern position where I was able to lead groups and have individual cases. It was here that I developed my passion for educating and empowering parents of individuals with eating disorders. I was completely transformed by watching how parents could be a change agent for their children who were to sick to help themselves at the point they were at.

I went on to work at Center For Discovery in Dallas 2 1/2 years and ended my time there as Assistant Program Director. While there, I cultivated a passion for leadership, mentoring newer clinicians and helping develop programs for individualized needs.

Today I have my own practice called Ruth Roddy Counseling. We are in-network with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas. I predominantly see teens and adults with eating disorders and other mental health issues including self injurious behavior, suicidality, depression, anxiety and dysfunctional parent/child relationships. I also regularly host parent education webinars and offer parent coaching and support sessions.

What advice do you have to someone new in the field? 

Value your relationships with everyone in your professional life from clients, to parents to fellow clinicians. Treat absolutely everyone whether they are above you or below with thoughtful respect. Authentically seek to support others even if it does not seem to monetarily benefit you in the moment. The more you can look out for other people in this field, the more bridges you will build and the more successful you will be.

 

Katy Alaniz

Katy Alaniz MA, LPC

 

  1. What is your current position?

I spent 5 years working with eating disorders (and all co-occurring disorders) at Center for Discovery, and then 1.5 years at Youth & Family Counseling, working with sexuality issues, first offenders, adolescents, self-harm, depression, school problems, family issues, gender identity, LGBTQ+, and couples. Now, I do telehealth in private practice, while also maintaining a full-time position with Center for Discovery, where I advocate with insurance companies to ensure that clients receiving eating disorder treatment in Texas are getting services authorized by their insurance plans. I see my private practice clients, on evenings and weekends. I also work with Dr. Stephanie Waitt of Texoma Specialty Counseling on a weekly basis, and see eating disorder clients and lead online ED support groups for that practice! I am certified in TF-CBT (trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy), and practice often out of that mode of therapy. I also lean heavily on feminist theory, the enneagram, and reality theory, although I change things up to fit each client that I’m working with.

 

2. How did you get started in your career?

When I was quite young, I saw the flaws in mine and my friends’ families. Don’t get me wrong; I love the hell outta my family. No way I would’ve ended up where I am without them propping me up constantly. However, I remember distinctly thinking after sleepovers with friends (and while living in my own house) thinking “adults seem so unhappy, and they don’t talk to each other the right way. I don’t get why anyone gets married, cause that seems miserable”. From a young age, I could feel tension when I walked into rooms, and I think I was sick to my stomach throughout my whole childhood because of it. It wasn’t until I was in the 6th grade, that a peer told me that my idea of, “telling grownups what to do so that they’re happier” was actually a real job; something she called “a shrink”. Mind. Blown. I had never heard of a therapist or counselor or treatment or psych meds before. I asked my mom to buy me a copy of ‘Psychology for Dummies’ immediately, and I’ve been studying human behavior and psychology ever since. I never once deviated from my plan to become a mental health therapist. 21 years later, here I am 🙂

 

3. What advice would you give to someone new to the field?

My advice to someone entering this field is 3-fold! (1) Niche, niche, niche! Don’t market yourself as being all things to all people, because you’re not. None of us are. Figure out what your ideal client is, and go after that population! (2) Get yourself to trainings/CEUs; especially if you’re interested in working with eating disorders, become a member of iaedp immediately and attend as many chapter meetings as you can. One of my professors once told me that, “If you ever wake up feeling like you know everything there is to know about your counseling niche, it’s time for you to quit the business”. There is always a different viewpoint in the eating disorder world, and you need to absorb all of them, in my opinion. (3) Self-Care. Working with clients that have body image and food issues is inevitably going to lead some self-discovery about how you’ve been impacted by diet culture over your own life. I lasted 7 months in the field before getting my own treatment team on board to support me. I know it sounds cliche, but you CANNOT pour from an empty cup. Get you a therapist, dietitian, PCP, psychiatrist, massage therapist; just whoever is needed to aid in taking care of you, because honey, you’re gonna need it.

Beverly Price

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! 

Shannon Cutts

Shannon Cutts

Freelance writer, recovery mentor, pet blogger.

http://www.shannoncutts.com

http://www.loveandfeathersandshells.com

How did you get started in your career? 

When I was struggling to recover from anorexia and bulimia, very few options for professional treatment existed. My parents’ insurance didn’t even have a coverage category for eating issues! So I had to wing it. Happily, once I decided to heal, I discovered I was just as good at getting better as I had been at staying sick. When I finally did start to consistently feel better from day to day, I went right back to my first love – writing songs and performing music.

It didn’t occur to me to share my recovery story. I didn’t know anyone else who had an eating disorder. The work I did in the eating disorder field really found me – it all started when a young woman contacted me after one of my music concerts and asked if I would sing and speak at her treatment center. From there, I began corresponding with some of the women I had met at the center. And somehow I ended up founding MentorCONNECT several years later and we provided mentors for recovering people worldwide for eight years.

Today the work I do is a bit different. I am a freelance writer and author and I love it. And this work found me just as mysteriously as my previous work did – I woke up one day and realized – wow, I am a full-time writer! It is a dream come true and a perfect fit for me. And it uses all my talents and skills and experiences – I am able to offer what I have to give to this world in a different but still very valuable way.

What advice would you give to someone new to the field? 

Follow your passion and your interests and bloom where you are planted. Again, I didn’t go looking for the work I do today. It found me. I hope that is some reassurance for anyone reading this who doesn’t know what they want to do or doesn’t think they can ever do what they want to do!

My best advice is this: just wake up each day and take the next right step…whatever it is. Along the way, become your own best friend. Just get to know yourself – your likes, your strengths, your preferences – really, really well. Because whatever you are going to contribute, it is something only you can offer and something you are uniquely qualified to do – and not just by your credentials but by your life experience. Your work is reserved for you alone, and whatever it is, I can promise you this world needs it and it needs YOU.