Eileen Stellefson Myers

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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.  

Winning the War Within

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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

Welcome to the Rebelution

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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. 

Alex Raymond

Alex Raymond, RDN, LDN

Empowered Eating, LLC

Website: www.empoweredeatingrd.com

Blog: www.empoweredeatingrd.com/blog

Instagram: @empoweredeatingrd

Twitter: @empoweredeating

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/empoweredeating/

What is your current position?

I am a registered dietitian at the private practice, Empowered Eating, LLC. I’ve been working here over the last 4-5 years. I spend about 60% of my time seeing clients on an individual basis and coordinating with their therapists, physicians, psychiatrists, families…anyone who may be a significant member on their team. The other 40% of my time is dedicated to blogging, networking, marketing and speaking. I have a huge passion for writing, so I’d encourage you to check out our blog (www.empoweredeatingrd.com). I typically post 1-2 times each month.

How did you get started in your career?

When I was a senior in high school, I had absolutely no idea what I wanted to do, which really scared me. I attended school at the University of Maryland. Like most colleges, they had an “accepted student day.” I went there and saw that nutrition was a major. And I was like “oh my gosh this is so interesting!” I thought since I had always loved food, growing up with an Italian grandmother, I should check out what the major entailed. I think this may have been the first time I heard of a dietitian. The nutrition advisor at UMD at the time totally blew me away with how she described the field and I was like “I need to do this.” I had no idea what I was getting myself into and that there would be so much science involved. Turned out, organic chemistry was one of my favorite classes and I totally nerded out over biochem.

In 2012, when I was a junior in college, I started interning for Empowered Eating. This was just an amazing fit for me. I didn’t know what I wanted to do with my nutrition degree, but I was leaning toward counseling clients one on one. I personally didn’t like the idea of working in a hospital and I wanted something less fast-paced and where I could build long term relationships with my clients. I am not and will never be a dietitian who promotes weight loss/weight management. I fully align myself with the Health At Every Size © model. Working at Empowered Eating shaped me that way and I am so happy to have found it.  Working with clients who struggle with eating disorders, disordered eating and chronic dieting allows me to support people in making peace with food and their bodies.

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

Ask questions and learn from a diverse set of professional peers within your scope. Eating disorders are an extremely complicated mental (and physical) illness. In doing this work, it’s extremely important for us to ask questions to other eating disorder dietitians, other members of the treatment team, and our clients. One of my favorite mantras to use is “be curious.” I remember this both in and out of session. It’s so important for us to get the biggest picture of what it’s like for our clients. But, this can prove to be difficult if you don’t ask questions because all of us come from different backgrounds and have different experiences. And lastly, I would not be able to do this work if it weren’t for other eating disorder dietitians guiding me. I would 100% recommend to participate in (at least) monthly supervision with a dietitian you trust.