Can you give me a quick overview of your background & qualifications again?
-Registered Dietitian Nutritionist with 10 years' overall experience
- 5+ years experience in Eating Disorder treatment/recovery
- Experience at the Residential, Intensive Outpatient (IOP), Partial Hospitalization (PHP) and Outpatient Levels of Care for eating disorders
-Member of Dallas IAEDP (International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals)
-Pursuing CEDS Certification (Certified Eating Disorder Dietitian Specialist)
What made you want to work with clients with Eating Disorders?
Eating Disorders can take so much from a person- personal identity, career, school, family & friends. It's amazing to see the difference an eating disorder-informed, compassionate professional can make in someone's life. Learning new, healthy ways to think about and approach Food & Nutrition is an integral piece of your Eating Disorder Recovery puzzle.
I feel honored to walk alongside those going through difficult/dark times in their eating disorder. I truly enjoy facilitating healing in the nutrition piece of their journey to help them find freedom and peace with food.
Why should I choose Caring Nutrition Therapy?
I truly have a passion for Eating Disorder Treatment and Recovery.
I combine the clinical skills I have gained from years of treatment experience with a high degree of compassion for what my clients are going through. This gives me the ability to authentically connect with people in order to help them heal.
I have a creative, friendly & fun nature. I show up as my real, authentic self in sessions with your clients- and invite them to do the same. I also love to laugh & believe in humor as part of the healing process!
I also love facilitating (or co-facilitating) creative groups and interactive workshops to help people recover!
What's the best way to contact you?
Phone: (214) 713-3244
Do you take Health Insurance?
Currently I am private-pay only.
Initial Visits are $150
Follow up Visits are $125
*If cost is a barrier to receiving care for you, I can offer reduced cost/sliding scale payment for my services. Please call so we can discuss how I can help meet your needs.*
I can also provide you with a Superbill (insurance receipt) that you can often directly submit to your insurance company for partial or full reimbursement.
Exciting Update: I am working on becoming paneled with several major insurance companies- stay tuned for more updates!
What age range of clients do you see?
I work with clients ages 12 and older (and their families) who have:
Diagnosed Eating Disorders (for example: Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, Binge Eating Disorder)
Disordered Eating Tendencies (emotional eating, stress eating, compulsive overeating, overall difficult or strained relationship with food and/or body image (ex. chronic diet-ers)
I can see clients in-person or virtually in the Dallas-Fort Worth area; and any client in the State of Texas virtually.
What topics can you cover in Nutrition Counseling Sessions?
Nutrition Counseling sessions are tailored specifically to your needs.
Discuss eating disorder thoughts, urges, and behaviors; & help identify coping skills
Individualized Meal Planning
Nutrition education & counseling
Body Image Work
Cooking Session or group
Food Portioning Practice
Nutrition Myth Busting
Identify & Challenge Food Rules
Normalize Normal Eating
Practice our ‘All Foods Can Fit Philosophy’
Practice Intuitive Eating
Face Fear Foods together in a safe environment
Medical Nutrition Therapy for eating disorders & co-occurring conditions
... And much more!
Can you tell me more about your experience in treating clients with Eating Disorders?
I have worked with clients with eating disorders since 2016 (5+ years). I have eating disorder treatment experience with both Adolescents and Adults in the Residential, IOP, PHP and Outpatient levels of care.
I have extensive experience working as part of an interdisciplinary team to meet clients’ overall goals of care, including being a part of evaluations and the referral process for higher levels of care.
I also have specialized experience in providing individual & group eating disorder nutrition sessions, facilitating nutrition support groups, cooking groups, meal outings, meal planning, therapeutic supported meal/restaurant outing sessions, family psycho-social dynamic sessions & more!
I got my start in Eating Disorder treatment in 2016 at Monte Nido Portland's Clementine Residential Eating Disorder Treatment Facility for Adolescents and the affiliated Partial Hospitalization/Intensive Outpatient treatment facility for Adults. I'm very grateful for my time and training at Monte Nido as I feel it helped me build the foundation of my treatment philosophy for care. (Learn more about Monte Nido's field-leading founder, Carolyn Costin here.)
From 2018 to early 2021, I worked for a large health care system (VA North Texas) in the Dallas Texas Area, where I advocated for and helped create the first ever outpatient eating disorder treatment team in that health system's North Texas Region. I then served as Outpatient Eating Disorder Treatment Team lead RD for approximately 3yrs for that health system. I saw eating disorder patients on an individual and group basis, developed eating disorder educational presentations and trainings for staff, patient education handouts, and patient screening/assessment/reassessment forms & protocols. I also had the pleasure of mentoring my dietitian colleagues in developing specialized Eating Disorder treatment skills.
Most recently, I worked with Center For Discovery PHP/IOP Eating Disorder Treatment program for teens and adults in Addison, TX- which is an excellent facility for inclusivity and treating eating disorders in all genders and across the LGBTQ+ spectrum.