What is your current position?
I currently work as a licensed dietitian and eating disorder recovery coach in my private practice. I also am a part-time lecturer of Nutrition at the Lebanese American University
How did you get started in your career?
I originally started out learning about eating disorders during my university years where I was studying for a BS in Nutrition and Dietetics with a minor in Psychology. What seemed like overnight, I decided to switch my minor to a second major and ended up continuing my graduate studies in Eating Disorders and Clinical Nutrition at UCL in London. I feel like my whole college experience was the beginning of my career in the field. However, when I returned to Lebanon to start my private practice, I was really thrown in the deep end since the demand there for healthcare professionals versed in ED was and still is very high!
What advice would you give to someone new to the field?
Imposter Syndrome is very real. It is always good to balance that out with reminding yourself what you know and what you don’t while making sure to stick within your scope of practice. One of the things that has helped me the most is attending webinars, reading books, and just getting my hands on any ED-related material I can. This field is challenging and yet so rewarding. Always keep in mind the nature of eating disorders … progress in recovery usually has nothing to do with you as a clinician. Sometimes it’s good to remind yourself of that!
Learn more about Claire
Research Profile: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Claire_El-Jor
Workshops: Yearly lecture and workshop given to interns and dietetic students at the Lebanese American University on the role of the dietitian in the treatment of eating disorders.