Stefanie Ginsburg

Stefanie Ginsburg, RD, CEDRD is the Owner of UNRESTRICTED NUTRITION Counseling and Consulting LLC and bases her practice on the principles of Intuitive Eating, Health at Every Size and Body Kindness.

 

What is your current position? 

Owner/Dietitian at UNRESTRICTED NUTRITION Counseling and Consulting, LLC since May 2020. She confidently treats the gamut of eating disorders and specializes in the treatment of ARFID, both for individual clients and also conducts trainings for clinicians so that they can feel more competent treating the newest eating disorder on the block.

How did you get started in your career? 

One of my dietetic internship rotations was at Princeton’s Eating Disorder Program and my preceptor was moving onto a different job when I was beginning my job search and I was able to take her position, despite it being a specialty area of practice.  I spent three years working at Princeton’s ED Program and then went into the Peace Corps and returned to the field of eating disorders upon returning to the US, getting a job at Eating Recovery Center’s Child & Adolescent Program, where I worked for eight years before beginning my private practice.

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

Find your specialty and run with it!  Don’t be afraid to take a bunch of jobs to find your niche and then use your innate skill set to hone your place within a dietetics specialty area. You will become competent and confident in everything that you do – just be patient with yourself as the steep learning curve takes place.

 

For more information on Stefanie and her practice:

Phone: (720)-541-8684

Email: unrestrictednutrition@gmail.com

Website:www.unrestrictednutrition.com

Stefanie also has a PDF document available for purchase called ARFID: Further Assessing Your ‘Selective Eating’ Patients/Clients. This document will help hone in on background information that can better prepare you to treatment plan for a restrictive, aversive or avoidant ARFID case. The document can be downloaded here https://rd2rd.com/downloads/avoidant-restrictive-food-intake-disorder-further-assessing-your-selective-eating-patients-clients/

 

Kristin Williams

Kristin Williams, RDN, LD, CEDRD owner of Wonderfully Made Nutrition Counseling, works with eating disorders, disordered eating and chronic dieting through a Health at Every Size and Intuitive Eating lens.

 

What is your current position? 

I am a certified eating disorder registered dietitian and I own a private practice in DFW called, Wonderfully Made Nutrition Counseling. I work with adolescents as well as adults, offering in-person and virtual sessions for eating disorders, disordered eating and chronic dieting. I use a Health at Every Size and Intuitive Eating framework while helping clients to heal their relationship with food. I also practice from a faith-based standpoint for clients who are interested in incorporating faith into the treatment of their eating disorder.

 

How did you get started in your career? 

I started my career as a clinical dietitian in the hospital setting. Mentors encouraged me to “get my feet wet” in the hospital setting, though I knew that my passion was in eating disorders early into my career. During this time, I attended as many eating disorder networking and continuing education events as possible in order to add more tools to my toolbox. From there, I went on to work as an outpatient dietitian offering general nutrition counseling. In this position I was able to practice my motivational interviewing and counseling skills while working to build up the referral base for eating disorder clients at that particular clinic. I later transitioned from this position to working in two different eating disorder treatment facilities. While working at a treatment center, I started building a private practice on the side. I later transitioned to solely private practice and I absolutely love it!

 

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

I would encourage someone new to the field to apply to their dream job! Don’t feel like you have to wait to get experience to at least apply for the job! I strongly believe that passion precedes performance and, if you are passionate about something, you can be trained and develop a skill set for it. The most intelligent people, if lacking passion for the field, will not do well in the treatment of eating disorders.

I’d also encourage you to get involved in professional organizations within your area to network and learn as much as possible. IFEDD and iaedp are great organizations to look into and both have local chapters.

Continuously learn! Read books, listen to podcasts and shadow mentors. Don’t stop learning. And remember that eating disorders are a tough, yet incredibly rewarding field. You do not have to have it all figured out, just constantly be willing to show up, listen and learn.

 

To learn more about Kristin:

Instagram: @wonderfullymadenutrition

Website: https://www.wonderfullymadenutritioncounseling.com

Book: Unworthy Weight. It can be purchased under the “shop” tab of my website.

Upcoming event: Body Image Conference for Teen Girls and Women- November 14th 2020 (you can register through the events page of our website or at Kristin’s website)

 

Paula Quatromoni 

Paula Quatromoni DSc, RD is an Associate Professor of Nutrition and Epidemiology at Boston University and Chair of the Department of Health Sciences. She is also a senior consultant to Walden Behavioral Care, an eating disorder treatment organization in the greater-Boston area.

What is your current position?

I am a tenured Associate Professor of Nutrition and Epidemiology at Boston University and Chair of the Department of Health Sciences. In that role, I am a faculty member, researcher and administrator. I teach Nutritional Epidemiology in our graduate program and an undergraduate summer study abroad course in Italy on the Mediterranean Diet: Food, Culture & Health. I am launching a new course next semester, Eating Disorders Prevention and Treatment. My research program includes population-based epidemiology of diet and chronic diseases, including work on the Framingham Heart Study, community-based child health promotion, and eating disorders prevention and treatment.

My work in eating disorders spans research, education and training, and the provision of clinical services. I am a senior consultant to Walden Behavioral Care, an eating disorder treatment organization in the greater-Boston area. Several of the Walden RDs are alumni of our graduate Nutrition program at Boston University, and Walden offers exceptional training opportunities for our graduate students and dietetic interns to train in eating disorders care across the entire continuum of care from inpatient and residential to PHP and IOP programming. I serve on the senior leadership team helping to guide the Nutrition department forward, providing clinical supervision to the RD team, leading monthly journal club discussions of emerging research that informs evidence-based practice, and conducting research on treatment outcomes.

 

How did you get started in your career?

In 2004, I had been a Registered Dietitian for 18 years but was relatively new in my faculty position after having finished my doctoral work in 2001. It was then that my work in eating disorders began. I was teaching Medical Nutrition Therapy and was still very much connected to my clinical roots. From this place, I started the sports nutrition consult service at Boston University, serving the needs of Division-1 student-athletes in terms of sports nutrition education and counseling. That partnership uncovered the salient need for eating disorder screening, identification, treatment, referral and prevention. What grew from that was a thriving outpatient practice treating eating disorders in sport. The researcher in me knew I needed to publish this work, and that led to a shift in my scholarly focus when I realized how little the RD’s voice was in the eating disorder literature. We went on to build up the sports nutrition and eating disorder clinical services on our campus over the next 15 years and I have continued to publish on these topics, often with my colleagues in sports psychology.

After an initial brief consultation for Walden in 2015, they asked me to stay on longer-term. I agreed – on one condition – that together, we build an eating disorder treatment program for athletes. Having attended the first Eating Disorders in Sport conference hosted by the Victory Program at McCallum Place in St. Louis, I came away convinced that we needed a program like theirs here in Boston. Together, we built the Walden GOALS Program (https://www.waldeneatingdisorders.com/eating-disorder-treatment-programs/intensive-outpatient/eating-disorder-treatment-athletes/) and before long, we had outcomes to publish showing the positive effects of an athlete-specific ED treatment program.

I am extremely proud of this work and where it has led me in terms of opportunity, visibility for this niche of practice, and its impact on the field, our clients and population health. This work has truly been life-changing.

 

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

Be curious and read! Research is the foundation of evidence-based practice. If you learn how to read, think critically, discern and apply research, you are going to be a strong and respected clinician. These are skills learned largely in graduate school. These skills need to be practiced! So read, and read often; discuss research with colleagues; make it part of your commitment to being a lifelong learner. Read books and blogs in the consumer sphere also. Understand the lived experience and the diversity of the lived experience as much as you can. In addition, get as much specialty training as you can through webinars, podcasts, courses, conferences, clinical supervision, etc. Take your first job in an ED treatment center where you have lots of dietitian colleagues and a multidisciplinary treatment team at your side so that you can learn from their wisdom, experience and collaboration. This kind of on-the-job training and supervision is both invaluable and necessary to develop your clinical competence in this challenging niche of practice. Learn to be an effective listener. Your listening (and counseling) skills will endear you to your clients, allow you to build empathy, and cultivate effective and sustainable working relationships with your clients. Above all, practice consistent self-care. This work is demanding and hard but it is also incredibly rewarding.

You can learn more about Paula and the work she does at the links below

Twitter: @terrierpaq

Whitney Trotter

Whitney Trotter MS RDN/LDN BSN RN RYT is the owner of Bluff City Health. A place of compassion, healing and self discovery of nutritional health.

What is your current position? 

I am in Private Practice specializing in Eating disorders. I own Bluff City Health

How did you get started in your career?

I originally wanted to become an HIV/AIDS dietitian. I was able to go to grad school and complete my Graduate assistantship at St Jude in their pediatric/adolescent HIV clinic. I worked full time as an HIV RD and then began to get involved with human trafficking. I went back to school to and got a BSN (bachelor’s in Science in nursing).  However, it was my work in the HIV clinic that lead me to pursue additional training for eating disorders. After obtaining my RN degree I went on to work at my local pediatric trauma hospital as an Emergency Room nurse. I wanted to be able to combine both careers and experiences as a nurse and dietitian and that lead me to work at an eating disorder treatment facility. I began contract work and eventually became the director of Nutrition. I gained a great foundation and knowledge of eating disorders and eventually started my own private practice

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

Don’t let anyone tell you what you can’t do. Someone told me that a dietitian couldn’t make an impact working with anti-trafficking work and I have. I have co-lead a training with Homeland Security, worked alongside the FBI and have been a board member of an anti-trafficking organization. Just because it isn’t conventional doesn’t mean it can’t be done.

You can learn more about Whitney on Instagram @bluff_cityhealth or online at https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/therapists/whitney-trotter-memphis-tn/708557

 

Sarah Rzemieniak

 

Sarah Rzemieniak is a Carolyn Costin Institute-certified eating disorder recovery coach and former registered dietitian. Learn more about Sarah below

 

What is your current position?

I’m an eating disorder recovery coach in my own private practice in Vancouver, BC Canada and work with clients locally and virtually worldwide.

How did you get started in your career?

I struggled with my own eating disorder throughout my teens and early twenties and was lucky enough to have many treatment providers who had a profound influence on me. I’m sure in large part because of this I always knew I wanted to go into a helping profession of some kind, and I spent my university years volunteering in sexual assault support centres and crisis phone lines, as well as doing eating disorder recovery mentoring once I was in a strong enough place. I considered many different career options and ultimately decided on nutrition, motivated by the thought of being able to help others heal their relationships with food and their bodies like so many treatment providers had helped me. I worked as a registered dietitian for several years, mainly in the outpatient setting seeing individuals with eating disorders as well as clients with a wide range of other health concerns as it was a small hospital in a small town. I loved this work, but after some time I realized that my true passion was in the more counselling aspects of the dietitian work, and I considered going back to school to become a therapist. However, while taking some time off from dietetics to decide what I wanted to do next, I learned about Carolyn Costin’s then-new Eating Disorder Coach Training Program and knew this was the path that felt right for me. The training was amazing, and I love this work that I get to do.

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

Be gentle with yourself. I know for myself the drive can be strong to want to fix everyone and take their pain away, and this can create intense and unrealistic pressure on myself (and them!). Focus on what you can control and on being the most caring, authentic, competent provider you can be, and then know that this is also everyone’s own journey. Find ways of loving the work for the connections it allows you to make with amazing individuals and for how neat it is to be able to be a part of their journeys, whatever path it takes.

 

Check out Sarah’s coaching website at https://sarahrzemieniak.com/

You can also follow Sarah on Facebook @SarahRzemieniakCoaching and Instagram @sarahrzemieniak.

Hayley Miller

Hayley Miller, LPCC, LPC, RD, CDN, is a registered dietitian and licensed psychotherapist. Hayley provides psychotherapy and nutritional counseling in Los Angeles and nutritional counseling virtually in NYC. She treats eating disorders exclusively and has been a RD since 2008, a therapist since 2010, and has worked with eating disorders since 2012. She has experience with PHP, IOP, and outpatient levels of care. She has written many articles over the years on eating disorders.

What is your current position?

I am a dietitian and psychotherapist in private practice in Los Angeles and virtually in NYC. I own my own practice and specialize in eating disorders, PCOS, and IBS.

How did you get started in your career?

I at first wanted to be a vet then a surgeon growing up. I was interested in the medical field so I volunteered at a hospital in the OR observing surgeries and performing other tasks. I decided surgery wasn’t exactly the right profession for me, and I landed on nutrition. Then in college I took psychology courses and loved them. I landed on eating disorders because of the intersection between psychology and nutrition, and I am passionate about eating disorder recovery.

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

I would suggest reading all you can about eating disorders and talking with those who struggled with their own eating disorders to understand the disorder. It’s a challenging career but it’s never monotonous and there’s always something new to learn. It’s definitely for those who love to learn. It’s very rewarding and at the end of the day you know you’ve helped someone!

 

To learn more about Hayley:

C: (717) 877-9359

hm@hayleymillernutrition.com

hayleymillercounseling.com

hayleymillernutrition.com

NYC office: 33W 19th St 4th Floor, New York, NY 10011

LA office: 11712 Moorpark St, Suite 102, Studio City, CA 91604

Twitter: @hayleymillerRD

Instagram: @hayleymillercounseling

Facebook: @hayleymillernutrition