Shannon Cutts

Shannon Cutts

Freelance writer, recovery mentor, pet blogger.

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.

Robyn L. Goldberg

Robyn L. Goldberg, RDN, CEDRD-S

Robyn L. Goldberg, RDN, Inc.

The Eating Disorder Trap: A Guide for Clinicians and Loved Ones
  1. What is your current position?

I am the owner of my private practice: Robyn L. Goldberg, RDN, Inc. I started my private practice in Beverly Hills 23 years ago. I see clients virtually and in person specializing in medical conditions, disordered eating, eating disorders, Health at Every Size®, pre-pregnancy nutrition, and people in recovery. I see kids, tweens, teens and adults in my practice. I am a Certified Eating Disorders Registered Dietitian and Supervisor from IAEDP, and a Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor. I am the author of the NEW book  “The Eating Disorder Trap: A Guide for Clinicians and Loved Ones”.

  1. How did you get started in your career?

I started my career at Cedars Sinai Medical Center as the Cardiac Dietitian for five years and also for the last eight years, I was the nutrition counselor for an outpatient eating disorder program in Los Angeles and led eating disorder and body image groups at various sober living facilities in Los Angeles.

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

Be open minded to all job opportunities and never say no to any job opportunity as you never know that you may end up liking another area of dietetics and develop a specialty. This can result in also becoming more well rounded in the field. I am so thankful that I was a clinical dietitian as it has helped me see many other types of clients in my practice, write a book that includes a significant amount of medical understanding and be used as an expert by other clinicians and media outlets.

Dawn Delgado

Dawn Delgado, LMFT, CEDS-S, EMDR-Certified

  • EMDRIA Consultant In Training (CIT)
  • Certified Eating Disorder Specialist Supervisor

  • What is your current position? 

I am the Founder of Inspire Evolve in Los Angeles, and I am also Director of Clinical Development with Center For Discovery. 

  • How did you get started in your career? 

I started with a degree in Psychology and lots of volunteer and internship experience to decide on a specialty.  Before specializing in eating disorders and trauma treatment, I gained experience within domestic violence, child development and advocacy, suicide prevention, and with a sexual offender population.  I even did LAPD ride alongs as a DART domestic abuse response team advocate, but that was too terrifying for me.  I applied for an entry level position in an eating disorder residential treatment center in SoCal in 2002 and have worked within this specialty for the last 18 years, more recently focusing on underlying trauma as an EMDR Certified Therapist.  I have completed courses in Trauma Informed Yoga with Collective Resilience as well as hold a Certificate in Traumatic Stress Studies CTSS through PESI. 

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

My advice is to commit to doing your own work, both before you enter the field, and definitely while you are working in the field.  It is the greatest gift you can give to yourself and will make you a more compassionate and effective therapist.  

Dawn Delgado, LMFT, CEDS-S founded Inspire Evolve Counseling in 2007 as a hub for compassionate and effective psychotherapy. Dawn is a fun, personable, and effective psychotherapist who specializes in optimal performance, recovery and mind-body wellness. Dawn’s approach integrates evidence-based, eye movement desensitization reprocessing, EMDR, as well as neuroscience based stress reduction technologies. Dawn offers psychotherapy and customized therapeutic retreats for clients in California, as well as assessments and virtual therapy (telemedicine) in Oregon, and Texas. Dawn works virtually and in person with clients in the music industry, high level executives, trauma survivors, war veterans and clients in eating disorder recovery.

Travel lights up my soul, as does volunteering around the globe in beautiful lands such as Indonesia, Cambodia, and South America, Middle East, and the streets of Los Angeles.

Hannah Turnbull

Hannah Turnbull RDN

Link to website: Nourished Colorado

Link to Course:

At Home Study Course- 3.5 CEU’s for RD’s:
I run an online course and coaching group with Mckenzie Caldwell at Feed Your Zest called “Nourish Your Knowledge”, which is space for dietitians and students, who are new to health at every size and intuitive eating, to explore the basics of the concepts and how to apply them to all areas of dietetics. It’s a hybrid course where participants can opt into group coaching calls and ask questions, debrief about the course content, and connect with like-minded peers and RD’s in a safe space. It’s a wonderful way to set the stage for supervision being a norm in our profession 🙂

  1. What is your current position?

I am the owner of a group private practice, Nourished Colorado, located in Denver, CO. I am fiercely passionate about food and body freedom and work with clients who struggle with eating disorders, disordered eating, and chronic dieting from a health at every size and intuitive eating lens. I feel incredibly honored to get to do this work and to hold space for others around a meaningful, impactful piece of life that touches every single human-food.

2. How did you get started in your career?

I started as a clinical dietitian at a Level 1 trauma center and floated around to all the areas. This was a fairly easy job to get out of school as I had worked as a diet technician for this hospital during my schooling. My position was PRN and quickly turned into full time. I knew it wasn’t ultimately what I wanted to do, but whatever position I’m in, I’m always happy to learn about people’s stories with food and hold space for them. My favorite roles at the hospital were covering outpatient diabetes and outpatient oncology. I thrive more in the role as the nutrition counselor which I got to practice in the outpatient setting vs being in the inpatient clinician role. When I was working inpatient clinical as a dietitian, I did find myself getting all my patients visited as quickly as I could so I could hurry home and work on my private practice website and blog. 

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

My advice for anyone new in the field is to be a sponge, and be a student for life. Immerse yourself in as much information as you can- podcasts, mentorship, books, peers doing the same work as you. Be open and vulnerable to all the things you don’t know, and that you can only learn by listening to your clients’ experiences and by those who have been in the field longer than you. At the same time, stay rooted in your own internal wisdom and intuition. Don’t be afraid to say I don’t know, and find out later. 

If there are any specifics you would like to include, such as credentials, a photo, publications (link to your book and book cover photos), workshops, at home study courses, CE events, or link to your website, please let me know.

Hannah Turnbull, RDN

Bio: Hannah Turnbull, RDN is a registered dietitian and owner of Nourished Colorado a group practice based in Denver, Colorado that specializes in the treatment of eating disorders and disordered eating from a health at every size and intuitive eating lens. Her mission is to empower people to unlearn the rules society has taught us about food, dieting and bodies by practicing self care and self compassion. Her practice helps clients establish flexible, mindful eating habits and sustainable self care practices so they can begin to live their most nourished lives.

Hannah attended University of Missouri-Columbia for her BS in Medical Dietetics with a dual emphasis in Nutrition and Fitness. She is currently pursuing the Certified Eating Disorder Registered Dietitian (CEDRD) Certification and is a board member of the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals (IAEDP), Denver chapter. She is a sought out for talks and presentations on eating disorders, intuitive eating, and weight inclusive topics, and has been featured in publications such as US news and Today’s dietitian.

Malak Saddy

Malak Saddy RD, LD, CEDRD

  1. What is your current position?

Currently I am in my own private practice in Dallas, TX working with clients who have an eating disorder or wanting to push away from diet culture. I am a Certified Eating Disorder Registered Dietitian (CEDRD), and have been in practice for 9 years in different capacities. I’m also a Body Positive Facilitator, and Intuitive Eating Counselor and strive to incorporating both approaches throughout my sessions, guiding my clients to have a positive relationship with their bodies using a non-diet approach. I am on the board for my local IAEDP chapter and enjoying being able to bring awareness about eating disorders within my community and network with some great colleagues. I present and speak at various mediums bringing awareness about eating disorders and acculturation.

2. How did you get started in your career?

Growing up in an American/Lebanese, Muslim household, food and family were an integral part of our culture. I was always the little girl in the school cafeteria with a small tub of hummus, raw vegetables, and pita slices, or leftover shawarma sandwiches with tons of garlic spread. My food choices always intrigued my friends’ curiosity, and looks of antipathy, while they gobbled their hot dog sandwiches and french fries. I always had to come up with creative descriptions of my lunch, and snack choices. Traveling to Lebanon with my family, during summer breaks to visit our extended family was always so much fun. Food, family outings, and laughter, again brought us all together.

It was later that a family member of mine was diagnosed with ED. I was fascinated by the notion that food also had a negative impact on some. This intrigued my interest more to enter into the field. By the end of my junior year in high school I knew I wanted to become a dietitian. I went to Michigan State University and was able to work with a dietitian who specialized in eating disorders and who ultimately fueled my passion. My first dietitian job was at a mental health facility for adolescents in which I worked with clients with different mental and physical issues including eating disorders, Prader Willi syndrome, Type I and II DM. I loved every second of it, as it was both challenging, and healing. I later went on to work with an eating disorder treatment facility and opened up my practice while I was there 2 ½ years ago. I feel so grateful to have found a career that I truly love.

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

  1. Network, find professionals in your area and reach out to them. Take them out to coffee, meet with them at their office, volunteer, attend chapter meetings. It’s a good way to see to see what your day to day life could look like and it’s always encouraging to have support and colleagues who share similar values.
  2. Attend conferences, read books, seek knowledge. There are so many wonderful resources out there, get your hands on them.
  3. Get a supervisor/mentor. Seeking support from a supervisor/mentor is invaluable and can really help you navigate cases by seeing them from a different perspective. Supervisors can provide a safe place to be able to discuss day to day challenges.
  4. Make mistakes and learn from them. No one is perfect, mistakes happen and when they do acknowledge them, discuss them in supervision, and move on.

Instagram: @msaddyrd

Liz Motta

Liz Motta, MSEd, LMHC

What is your current position? And how did you get started in your career?

The Alliance for Eating Disorders Awareness (“The Alliance”) is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to providing programs and activities aimed at outreach, education, early intervention, and advocacy for all eating disorders. Founded in October 2000, The Alliance has worked tirelessly to raise awareness; eliminate secrecy and stigma; promote access to care; and support those susceptible to, currently struggling with, and recovered from eating disorders.

As a Licensed Mental Health Counselor with background in treating eating disorders at the residential level of care, I came to work for The Alliance in June 2017 as their Program Coordinator. Through my experience working with underserved populations in community mental health agencies and seeing firsthand the lack of eating disorder education provided in master’s level clinical programs, I felt strongly connected to the mission of The Alliance and the need to give back. As the Program Coordinator, I regularly speak with individuals and loved ones to offer support and connect them to eating disorder treatment nationwide. Ultimately, I strive to advocate for individuals on their path to recovery while providing education on the importance of eating disorder awareness, early intervention and the promotion of positive body image.

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

If you are considering a career in the mental health field, specifically in the treatment of eating disorders, I would highlight the importance of incorporating self-care into your daily routine. While working in the mental health field is a fulfilling and rewarding experience, it can also lead to burnout and compassion fatigue without setting appropriate boundaries. Self-care looks different for each person; therefore, it is important to figure out what work-life balance looks like for you. 

Instagram: @allianceforeda

Twitter: @AllianceforEDA