Ursula Ridens


Ursula Ridens, RDN

Registered Dietitian Nutritionist

Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor

President/Owner of Ursula Ridens, RD Inc.

Website: www.ursularidens.com

How did you get started in your career?

My vision of having a flexible work schedule and being my own boss mixed with my interest in health and nutrition is what got me started in my career as a private practice dietitian.  However, this is not where I started out.  I climbed the ladder through clinical and outpatient dietitian positions through a local hospital and gradually built my private practice on the side.  I developed an interest in the field of eating disorders in college and began researching on the topic and networking with professionals.  Having a good understanding of my passion to help others develop a more peaceful relationship with food and their body is what has allowed me to build my business successfully.

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

My #1 piece of advice is to share your passion and work interests with others.  Talk about what you aspire to do, network with other professionals (both those in your field of choice and those outside of the field), perhaps volunteer your time or shadow a professional to gain experience in your area of interest.  For some, this means stepping out of their comfort zone.  Believe in yourself and that you can achieve anything.

Rachel Coleman


Rachel Coleman, M.A.

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Certified Eating Disorder Specialist (CEDS)

Website: www.rachelcolemanceds.com

Instagram: @rachelcolemanmft

Facebook: Rachel Coleman LMFT

What is your current position?

I am currently in private practice treating Eating Disorders and various mental health disorders. I have been doing private practice for 8 years and have remained connected in the community with involvement in my local IAEDP board for a few years, consulting work with Hoag Diabetes Center educating staff on Diabulimia, speaking at multiple graduate schools on career options with Eating Disorders, walking and supporting my local NEDA chapter, and mentoring students writing their dissertations on Eating Disorders. Being in private practice is so fulfilling because I love watching clients learn to take charge of their recovery process in an outpatient setting but, since I am a social person and believe in the power of the community, I also love consulting and networking with other professionals as much as I can!

How did you get started in your career?

I was interested in what causes Eating Disorders when I was in high school and watched my cousin suffer from a severe Eating Disorder that led to years of inpatient treatment and a significant stress on her family. When I was in college, I read the book “Reviving Ophelia” and my career path was set! I majored in Psychology with a minor in Counseling at Messiah College, PA then attended the Graduate School of Education and Psychology at Pepperdine University in Malibu, CA to get my Masters in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy. I did as many papers and studies as I could on Eating Disorders in graduate school, but was still underwhelmed by the information offered to graduate students on this population, which has fueled my passion to help graduate students learn as much as possible about this amazing clientele and field of work. Upon graduation from Pepperdine, I began my Internship at Shoreline Treatment Center in Long Beach, CA as a Recovery Counselor, then Primary Therapist, then Program Director. I got all of my pre-licensed hours working at Shoreline and absorbed some amazing, career-changing, priceless knowledge and experience. I have taken what I have learned into private practice and learned even more by my strong and beautiful clients and treatment team I consult with on those clients. 

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

My advice is to get “in the trenches” so to speak. Even if it is low pay or seems below your educational level, get a job at a treatment center or ask to shadow therapists or RD’s for the day. My time spent working late night shifts at a housing program for clients helped me get a glimpse into what it feels like to “be at home” with a client and see them in their natural environment outside of a traditional therapy setting. It gave me an inside look into the anxiety that comes up while getting dressed, or the discomfort when diet commercials come on TV, or the difficulty in suppressing binge urges late at night. If I had not had that experience, I wouldn’t have been able to hear their struggles and see them firsthand. I highly recommend as much exposure as possible, as well as reading lots of autobiographies of recovered patients, to truly get into the mind and heart of someone in the recovery process.

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, RDN, LDN, CEDRD, FAND 

Eileen Myers is the owner of Eileen Myers, LLC, providing consulting services for Nutrition and Healthcare.  Eileen has presented, written, and consulted with business and industry on the topic of behavior change for the past 30 years including developing an international motivational interviewing professional toolkit.  She is skilled in stages of change, motivational interviewing, cognitive-behavioral therapy, and shared-decision making.  Her publication, “Winning the War Within: Nutrition Therapy for Clients with Eating Disorders”, a cognitive-behavioral manual, has served as an invaluable resource for eating disorder professionals and is now on its third edition (2017).

How did you get started in your career?  

I was fortunate to be chosen to work in the Behavioral Science Department at Hershey Medical Center while a student at  Penn State. Back in the 1970’s I learned to help people focus on hunger and fullness by helping them focus on behaviors rather than calories.  At the Medical University of South Carolina in the 1990s, I worked as the Nutrition Specialist for the eating disorders program and was trained on cognitive behavioral therapy and motivational interviewing.  This led to me writing my book,  “Winning the War Within: Nutrition Therapy for Clients with Eating Disorders” to help people in the field of eating disorders be more effective in 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.