Jennifer Burnell

Jenn Burnell MS, RDN/LDN CEDRD-S

Program Manager – Carolina House

Email: Jenn.Burnell@CarolinaEatingDisorders.com

Website: https://cedrdnutrition.com/ and https://www.carolinaeatingdisorders.com/ 

Instagram: @CEDRDnutrition

Facebook: Jenn Burnell cedrd

Linked In: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jenn-burnell-cedrd/

What is your current position?

My current role is that of Program Manager at Carolina House eating disorder treatment program.  As Program Manager, I am responsible for developing and maintaining the clinical and administrative operations of Carolina House, so that we continue to provide the highest quality care and best possible outcomes for our patients.  In general, I work with our staff to help make sure they are complying with our quality standards, and help in providing the training and support they need.  I am also the supervisor for our team of four registered dietitians, who help provide nutrition therapy in our three facilities.  My most recent role prior to Program Manager was as Carolina House’s Director of Clinical Outreach, where I provided educational and referral resources for professionals in the community.

I also own CEDRD Nutrition, which provides eating disorder supervision services for registered dietitians.

How did you get started in your career?

I got started in the eating disorders field somehow by a chain of opportunities, but hindsight it probably would have been where I ended up eventually.  I had worked in hospital-based wellness for the first five years of my career, and had an opportunity to provide the nutrition counseling coverage at the University of Georgia one semester… with the explicit caveat that I would not see clients with eating disorders.  The dietitian that did come in to assist their eating disorders team also worked at a local IOP, and when looking to find an RD to take her place, she had my name.  What started out as a great business opportunity and way to move into the work of private practice turned into a love of the therapeutic relationships and work that comes from being a nutrition therapist. 

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

A piece of advice that I would give to new professionals coming into the field is build your network.  The eating disorders field has so many passionate and knowledgeable professionals who are so open to connecting and mentoring.  Get involved in any local or regional professional organizations, and attend as many educational or networking events as you can.  Nowadays even following and actively engaging with other eating disorder professionals on social media can be a great way to expand your circle.  Nearly all of my professional opportunities came through my networking connections, and these relationships are so important in so many aspects of what I do now… and the members of the eating disorder community are some amazing human beings to get to know!

Eileen Stellefson Myers

Eileen Stellefson Myers, MPH, RD, LDN, FADA 

Nutrition and Wellness Consultant in Private Practice, specializing in disordered eating and sports nutrition 

Author, Winning the War Within: Nutrition Therapy for Clients with Eating Disorders

How did you get started in your career?  

I was fortunate to work in the Behavioral Science Department at Hershey Medical Center during my junior and senior year while at Penn State.  There I worked with the behavioral change program that allowed me to have my “THAT’s IT” moment of how to help people make behavioral changes.  I wrote my book “Winning the War Within: Nutrition Therapy for Clients with Eating Disorders” to help people new to the field of eating disorders understand the language, strategies, and tools for how to be effective with nutrition counseling.  

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

If you are new to the field, find a supervisor or mentor who will help you better understand how to help someone with an eating disorder.  If you do not understand the thought process of someone struggling with an eating disorder, you can do more harm than good.  

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Marci Evans

Marci Evans MS, CEDRD-S, LDN, cPT

What is your current position?

I am the owner of Marci RD Nutrition Consulting. My business has two main focuses. The first is to provide nutrition counseling for those recovering from eating disorders or chronic dieting. Our approach is rooted in Intuitive Eating and Health At Every Size principles. The second focus is providing training for clinicians who want to specialize in treating eating disorders, disordered eating, and negative body image. I do this through my online trainings, clinical supervision, and my position as co-director for Simmons’ College Dietetic Internship Eating Disorder Specialization.

How did you get started in your career?

I was introduced to the field of eating disorders during my dietetic internship but didn’t start working in the field until my 3rd job after getting my RDN. I got my start working at a treatment facility at the partial hospitalization level of care while pursuing a masters degree that blended business entrepreneurship and eating disorders counseling. Most of my career has been spent at the outpatient level of care.

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

Invest all that you are able into attending conferences, reading books, and in clinical supervision. We need more dietitians in the field but in order to thrive you must approach your role far differently than how you were initially trained in dietetics. It takes a substantial amount of ongoing training in psychology and counseling strategies to thrive in this field. In the current climate of social media, it is easy to take short cuts by getting your education on instagram. Don’t let this be you! Dive deep and you will soar!

If you are interested in learning more about me and my offerings you can visit my website, connect with me on social media (@marciRD), and my online training platform.

Amy Culp

Amy Culp, RD, CSSD, LD

Assistant Athletics Director, Performance Nutrition & Clinical Wellness | Intercollegiate Athletics | 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.  I worked full time in my private practice for about 10 years until I came to build and lead the performance nutrition department at the University of Texas.  The skills I gained working with clients with eating disorders and disordered eating in my private practice enabled me to be successful working with athletes who sometimes struggle with the same challenges.

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.

Rebecca Bitzer

Rebecca Bitzer, MS, RD, LD, CEDRD

Founder of Rebecca Bitzer and Associates: A Dietitian for Every Condition

www.rbitzer.com

How did you get started in your career? 

I have always been drawn to food, nutrition, and psychology.  I also wanted to help people so a Registered Dietitian seemed like a natural fit for me.  

Once I started my private practice, I learned that I had a natural gift as a counselor which inspired me to become a Certified Eating Disorder Registered Dietitian.  Over time, I hired other dietitians and realized that it was essential for me to develop strong business skills. Subsequently, I have learned that many Registered Dietitians are in need of such skills, so I help others who want to start and/or expand their own practices.  I love to inspire and empower professionals to think big and dream big. To find out more about my business coaching services, take a look at our website and contact us for a complimentary 15-minute phone call to see if we are a good fit to help you meet your business goals. You can also contact me at rebecca@rbitzer.com.

I have co-authored a book for Registered Dietitians in private practice to help build and expand their business.  The book is titled Welcome to the Rebelution Seven Steps to the Nutrition Counseling Practice of Your Dreams.

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

Learn and practice extraordinary self-care. This includes asking for help, especially if you are in private practice and/or working with clients with eating disorders.  Pushing yourself to grow personally and professionally will help you counsel your clients better and also make your counseling much more authentic, powerful and inspirational.  To find out more about our specialized eating disorder private practice, take a look at this website. We can also help you develop specialized nutrition programs in your niche. You can also contact me at rebecca@empoweredeatingrd.com

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Anna Lutz

Anna Lutz, MPH, RD, LDN, CEDRD-S

www.lutzandalexander.com

www.sunnysideupnutrition.com

Instagram: @annalutzrd @sunnysideupnutritionists

Facebook: @lutzandalexander @sunnysideupnutritionists

Twitter: @annalutzrd @Sunnysideupnutr

What is your current position? 

I co-own a private practice in Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill, NC, Lutz, Alexander & Assoc. Nutrition Therapy, where I provide nutrition therapy for people with eating disorders and clinical supervision for Registered Dietitians. I work closely with a team of incredible HAES RDs. I also created and write for Sunny Side Up Nutrition, a blog about nutrition, family feeding and simple cooking.  Sunny Side Up Nutrition is a resource, free of any diet or weight loss messages, for people that need simple cooking ideas and help around getting food on the table fast. 

How did you get started in your career?

I became interested in eating disorders when I was an undergraduate studying psychology at Duke University. I found it interesting to learn about why people eat the way they do.  I decided to study nutrition in graduate school with the goal of working with people with eating disorders.  I have learned a lot of my skills on the job and through lots of continuing education!

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

Seek out clinical supervision from another RD, even though it’s not required to practice. The work we do is challenging and ever changing. With clinical supervision, you don’t feel as alone. You can learn and grow in your counseling skills and learn more about yourself as a clinician.  It’s invaluable.