Presenter Bios

The Mindful Eating Summit

November 2 - 6, 2015

Mindful Eating Summit Apple

THE Online Event of 2015 hosted by

Dr. Susan Albers, Psy.D.,

Clinical psychologist, author of EatQ and Eating Mindfully

Dr. Susan Albers

Susan Albers, Psy.D., is a psychologist at the Cleveland Clinic who specializes in eating issues, weight loss, body image concerns and mindfulness. After obtaining a masters and doctorate degree from the University of Denver, Dr. Albers completed an APA internship at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana and a post-doctoral fellowship at Stanford University in California. Dr. Albers conducts mindful eating workshops across the country.

Dr. Albers is the author of six mindful eating books including: EatQ, 50 Ways to Soothe Yourself Without Food, Eating Mindfully, Eat, Drink, and Be Mindful and Mindful Eating 101. Her work has been featured in O, the Oprah Magazine, Family Circle, Shape, Prevention Magazine, Self, Health, Fitness Magazine, Vanity Fair, Natural Health, the Wall Street Journal and was on Dr. Oz. Susan is a contributor to the Huffington Post and Psychology Today.

Michael Gelb

Michael J. Gelb is the world’s leading authority on the application of genius thinking to personal and organizational development. He is a pioneer in the fields of creative thinking, accelerated learning, and innovative leadership. Gelb leads seminars for organizations such as DuPont, Merck, Microsoft, Nike, Roche and YPO. He brings more than 35 years of experience as a professional speaker, seminar leader and organizational consultant to his diverse, international clientele.

Michael Gelb is the author of 14 books on creativity and innovation including the international best seller How to Think Like Leonardo Da Vinci: Seven Steps to Genius Every Day. (1998) How to Think Like Leonardo has been translated into 25 languages and has appeared on the Washington Post, Amazon, and the New York Times best seller lists.

In 2007 Gelb released Innovate Like Edison: The Five Step System for Breakthrough Business Success, co-authored with Sarah Miller Caldicott, the great grand niece of Thomas Edison. As Professor Vijay Govindarajan, author of Ten Rules for Strategic Innovators noted, “This book is a must have for anyone who wants to turn creative ideas into profitable reality.”

In 1999, Michael Gelb won the Brain Trust Charity’s “Brain of the Year” award; other honorees include Prof. Stephen Hawking, Bill Gates, Garry Kasparov and Gene Rodenberry. In 2003, Michael was awarded a Batten Fellowship by the University of Virginia’s Darden Graduate School of Business. Michael co-directs the acclaimed Leading Innovation Seminar at Darden with Professor James Clawson. From 2008 to 2012, Michael Gelb also served as the Director of Creativity and Innovation Leadership for the Conscious Capitalism Institute.

A former professional juggler who once performed with the Rolling Stones and Bob Dylan, Gelb introduced the idea of teaching juggling as a means to promote accelerated learning and team-building. He is the author of The 5 Keys to High Performance: Juggling Your Way to Success. A fifth degree black belt in the Japanese martial art of Aikido, Gelb is co-author with International Grandmaster Raymond Keene, of Samurai Chess: Mastering Strategic Thinking Through the Martial Art of the Mind. Michael Gelb is also a certified teacher of the Alexander Technique, (the method taught at The Juilliard School for cultivating commanding stage presence), and the author of the classic work: Body Learning: An Introduction to the Alexander Technique. Michael’s 1988 release Present Yourself! Captivate Your Audience with Great Presentation Skills guides readers to develop the communication strategies they need to generate support for their innovative ideas.

Michael has also created many best selling audio programs, including: Mind Mapping: How to Liberate Your Natural Genius, Work Like Da Vinci: Gaining the Creative Advantage in Your Business and Career and The Spirit of Leonardo.

Michael’s passion for applying genius thinking to personal and organizational development is also expressed in his Harper Collins release (2002) Discover Your Genius: How To Think Like History’s Ten Most Revolutionary Minds.

Published in 2010, Wine Drinking For Inspired Thinking: Uncork Your Creative Juices, offers a unique, original and very enjoyable approach to team building.

In January 2012 Michael released Brain Power: Improve Your Mind As You Age, (New World Library).

His new book Creativity On Demand: Ignite and Sustain the Fire of Genius is published by Sounds True.

Evelyn Tribole, MS, RD

Evelyn Tribole, MS, RD is an award-winning registered dietitian, with a nutrition counseling practice in Newport Beach, California. She has written seven books including the bestsellers Healthy Homestyle Cooking and Intuitive Eating(co-author). Her newest book is the Ultimate Omega-3 Diet.

Evelyn was the nutrition expert for Good Morning America, appearing from 1994-’95 and was a national spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association for 6 years. She was contributing editor for Shape magazine where her monthly column, Recipe Makeovers, appeared for 11 years.

She is often sought by the media for her nutritional expertise and has appeared on hundreds of interviews, including: CNN, Today Show, MSNBC, Fox News, USA Today, Wall St. Journal and People magazine.

As a speaker, Evelyn is passionate and has been called, "Wonderfully wise and funny", whether providing a keynote or full-day workshop.

Achievements and honors include, receiving the American Dietetic Association’s Award for Excellence in Private Practice. Many national magazines have rated Evelyn as one of the best nutritionists in the country including: Self, Harper’s Bazaar, and Redbook magazine.

Professional memberships include: the Am. Dietetic Assoc., International Society for Study of Fatty Acids and Lipids, the Celiac Disease Foundation, and the Academy for Eating Disorders.

Evelyn qualified for the Olympic Trials in the first ever women’s marathon in 1984. Although she no longer competes, Evelyn runs for fun and is an avid skier and hiker. She also enjoys surfing, kayaking and white water rafting. Evelyn’s favorite food is chocolate, when it can be savored slowly.

Ann Swanson

M.S. in Yoga Therapy, E-RYT500, LMT

Ann Swanson’s journey started after art school with a trip around the world—studying yoga and mindfulness in the Himalayas of India and tai chi in China. After extensively studying the science of the human body, she combined her interests by earning a Master of Science in Yoga Therapy. She now works as a yoga therapist individually with clients in person and on Skype to empower them to reach their goals. For healthy eating and lifestyle, she often uses a deep relaxation mindfulness technique called Yoga Nidra. After getting a taste of this practice with Ann in our interview, she will share free full download she made specifically for you for mindful eating!

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Karen R. Koenig

Karen R. Koenig, LCSW, M.Ed., is a psychotherapist, educator, eating coach, national speaker, international author, and expert on the psychology of eating—the why and how, not the what, of it—with 30+ years of experience teaching chronic dieters and overeaters the skills that “normal” eaters use naturally to maintain a comfortable, healthy weight for life without dieting and food restriction.

She is the author of six books: Starting Monday—Seven Keys to a Permanent, Positive Relationship with Food, Nice Girls Finish Fat—Put Yourself First and Change Your Eating Forever, What Every Therapist Needs to Know About Treating Eating and Weight Issues, The Food and Feelings Workbook—A Full Course Meal on Emotional Health, and The Rules of “Normal” Eating—A Commonsense Approach for Dieters, Overeaters, Undereaters, Emotional Eaters, and Everyone in Between! Ten foreign language editions are available among three of her books.

Her articles have appeared in Social Work Focus, Social Work Today, Eating Disorders Today, The Newsletter for the Society for Family Therapy and Research, The Boston Globe, The Boston Herald, and she has been quoted in, Ladies Home Journal, Berner Zeitung, The Wall Street Journal, Women’s Health, Self, Shape, Weight Watchers, Body and Soul, In Touch, and OK magazines, including a feature the Sarasota Herald-Tribune. Her TV interviews include ABC, FOX, WHDH, Brookline, MA cable, and SNN and she has done dozens of podcasts and scores of radio shows.

She is a founding member of the Greater Boston Collaborative for Body Image and Eating Disorders, has served on the Professional Advisory Board of the Massachusetts Eating Disorder Association, and has taught seminars for Simmons College School of Social Work, Boston University School of Social Work, Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology, the National Association of Social Work, the Massachusetts Dietetic Association, the National Organization for Women, the Multi-service Eating Disorder Association of Massachusetts, and the University of South Florida Department of Social Work.

A graduate of Simmons College School of Social Work, Ms. Koenig practices and teaches in Sarasota, Florida. She blogs at, and moderates a message board at Follow her on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.

Dr. Nina Savelle-Rocklin, Psy.D.

Nina Savelle-Rocklin, Psy.D. is a psychoanalyst and recognized expert in weight, food and body image issues, appearing in the Los Angeles Times, Prevention, Real Simple, Huffington Post and many other publications. She is a regular contributor to Eating Disorder Hope and a frequent guest expert.

Dr. Nina's personal experience with disordered eating gives her a unique understanding of what it's like to struggle with this issue, and she knows that change is possible. She has helped people all over the world make peace with food - for good.

She brings a fresh perspective to the treatment of disordered eating, helping people understand "why" they turn to food instead of focusing on the behavior itself. She writes an award-winning blog, Make Peace With Food, hosts the popular podcast, Win The Diet War with Dr. Nina, and offers "food for thought" on her video series, The Dr. Nina Show.

Her book on the psychoanalytic treatment of eating disorders is to be published by Rowman & Littlefield next year.

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Dr. Carolyn Coker Ross

Born in Houston, Texas, Dr. Carolyn Coker Ross spent her childhood in San Antonio where as the oldest of five children, she comes from a long line of physicians and healers. Her mother’s father was a well-known physician in Bryan, Texas, who opened his own hospital and nursing school. His mother, Betty Love, was a Cherokee medicine woman.

Dr. Ross wanted to be a doctor from the age of nine and worked many summers and vacations in her grandfather’s office, going with him on house calls, helping him deliver babies and learning how to dispense medications in his office pharmacy.

Dr. Ross’s Medical Background

Dr. Ross completed her undergraduate degree in Modern Foreign Languages at Purdue University and then was a full-time mother of her two older sons before returning to school to complete her Pre-Med requirements. She then went to the University of Michigan Medical School. Dr. Ross’s practice experience after medical school helped fuel her interest in understanding what makes people heal as she saw that most of her patients’ medical problems were related to lifestyle habits and the stresses of modern living.

In searching for a better way to address these issues, Dr. Ross began to explore complementary and alternative therapies and the use of herbs and supplements for her patients. She then completed a residency in Preventive Medicine at Loma Linda University and set up practice in San Diego, California, where she eventually opened three women’s centers where she practiced primary care and office gynecology. Her women’s centers integrated the best of western medicine with complementary and alternative therapies such as yoga, acupuncture, chiropractic, and nutrition counseling. She developed and ran a weight management program for weight loss therapy that offered a holistic approach to treating obesity. During that time, she also served as the medical director of The Rader Institute’s inpatient eating disorder program.

Dr. Ross’s Focus on Integrative Medicine

Dr. Ross’s own personal health crisis and the diagnosis of her mother with Alzheimer’s led her on a journey to healing in which her perspective about medicine changed and her desire to focus on integrative medicine led her to the University of Arizona’s Center for Integrative Medicine. Dr. Ross completed a two-year fellowship in Integrative Medicine, studying with Dr. Andrew Weil. Her path then led her to work as the head of the Eating Disorders Program and the Integrative Medicine Department at world-renowned inpatient hospital, Sierra Tucson where she pioneered the Integrative Medicine approach to eating disorder treatment. She currently works in private practice in Denver, Colorado, as a weight loss therapist, addiction medicine specialist, and suboxone doctor who specializes in opioid addiction treatment. She also is a consultant for treatment centers across the country on eating disorders and integrative medicine.

Dr. Carolyn Coker Ross is a mother of three sons and has one granddaughter. She is also a nationally known author, speaker and expert in the field of Eating Disorders and Integrative Medicine. Her most recent book is “The Overcoming Binge Eating Disorder and Compulsive Overeating Workbook.” Other books include, “Healing Body, Mind and Spirit: an Integrative Medicine approach to the treatment of eating disorders” describing her own journey to healing and the miracles she found along the way. Dr. Ross has also developed a line of supplements as a result of her research, which are designed to support the recovery of patients with eating disorders, addictions and obesity.

Dr. Nicole Beurkens, PhD

A unique combination of special educator and clinical psychologist, Dr. Nicole Beurkens, PhD, has almost 20 years of experience supporting children, young adults, and families. She has specialized expertise in evaluating and treating a wide range of developmental and mental health concerns including autism spectrum disorder, ADHD, learning disabilities, anxiety, bipolar disorder, behavioral disorders, brain injury, and other neurodevelopmental conditions. She holds a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, a Master’s in Special Education, and is trained in numerous specialty areas.

A licensed clinical psychologist, Dr. Beurkens is the Founder and Director of Horizons Developmental Resource Center in Caledonia, Michigan. She leads a team dedicated to exceptional evaluation and integrative treatment services, research on innovative treatment protocols, and professional training on best practices.

Using her experience with individuals and families affected by developmental or mental health concerns, Dr. Beurkens has developed unique training and educational tools for families and professionals. A highly sought-after international consultant and speaker, she is a Mom’s Choice Award recipient and AutismOne Best Therapist award winner. Her work has been highlighted in numerous online and print publications, and she’s an expert media source.

Dr. Beurkens publishes an award-winning weekly newsletter for thousands of subscribers, and has hundreds of articles and resources available online for parents and professionals.

When she isn’t working, Dr. Beurkens enjoys spending time with her husband and four children.

Dr. Elisha Goldstein, PhD

Dr. Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D. is co-founder of The Center for Mindful Living in West Los Angeles. He is a psychologist, author and speaker who synthesizes the pearls of traditional psychotherapy with a progressive integration of mindfulness to achieve mental and emotional healing. Dr. Goldstein contends that we have the power to transform our traumas and habitual patterns that keep us stuck in perpetual cycles of stress, anxiety, depression, or addiction and step into greater freedom and peace. He offers practical strategies to calm our anxious minds, transform negative emotions, and facilitate greater self acceptance, freedom and inner peace.

Dr. Goldstein has published extensively and is author of numerous articles, chapters, and blogs, including the bestselling books Uncovering Happiness: Overcoming Depression with Mindfulness and Self-Compassion, The Now Effect: How This Moment Can Change the Rest of Your Life, Mindfulness Meditations for the Anxious Traveler and co-author of A Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Workbook, foreword by Jon Kabat-Zinn and MBSR Every Day: Daily Practices from the Heart of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction. He is also creator of the Mindfulness and Psychotherapy column at and a frequent contributor to the Huffington Post. His professional research on Sacred Moments: Implications on Stress and Well-Being is published in The Journal of Clinical Psychology.

Melissa Kathryn

Melissa Kathryn is a Certified Holistic Nutritionist, Weight Loss & Lifestyle Expert and Speaker. She is the Owner & Founder of Melissa Kathryn LLC, a holistic weight loss & lifestyle practice dedicated to helping women lose weight and love their bodies, by taking them out of the yo-yo dieting and emotional eating cycles. Her programs combine holistic weight loss with customized nutrition, fitness and lifestyle plans. As an Empowerment Coach, Melissa works with her clients to create the lives they have always wanted as they are transformed from the inside out. Her mission is to help clients exude radiance, internal happiness and beauty.

Melissa specializes in the area of emotional eating and hypnotherapy. Her experience with fitness training and the fashion industry creates a unique blend of body image and beauty as both integral to the health and happiness of the human spirit. Melissa has been a featured TEDx speaker, an expert guest on New York Live, a writer for publications such as Real Simple and Shape Magazine.

She has coached hundreds of women around the world and helped them transform their bodies and lives through the power of healthy living, unique nutrition styling, and inspired fitness infused with positive thinking.

Char Wilkins

Char Wilkins is a mindfulness-based psychotherapist who works with individuals, couples and groups incorporating the intention and skills of mindfulness as a foundation from which to explore one’s life. Her focus is the dynamic connection of mind, body and spirit, and in assisting people to mindfully create emotional, physical, and spiritual health in their lives. She specializes in working with stress-related physical and emotional issues, with women who have experienced childhood abuse and trauma, and those who suffer with depression, anxiety and disordered eating.

Char has been awarded teacher certification in MBSR by the Center for Mindfulness, UMass Medical School, Worcester, MA. She teaches MBSR, Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), and mindfulness-based eating awareness programs for the general public. These programs help people who suffer from anxiety, panic and depression, disordered eating, migraines, cancer, chronic pain, fibromyalgia, IBS, heart disease and high blood pressure, diabetes and sleep disturbance. Since 2001 she has offered these research-supported programs that are based in mindfulness practices.

Char also trains professionals in the application of mindfulness in psychotherapy, advanced MBCT skills, mindfulness eating trainings, and integrative mindfulness weekend programs. She has taught at Omega Institute, Kripalu, Joshua Tree Retreat Center, Barre Center for Buddhist Studies and for the University of California San Diego and NASW/CT conferences. She provides consultation in the use of mindfulness in professional settings.

She has had a personal meditation practice since 1995, is currently studying Qigong and Taijiquan, serves on the Board of Directors for The Center for Mindful Eating and is the owner/director of the Center for Mindful Living, LLC and A Mindful Path, LLC.

Caroline Baerten

Caroline Baerten (Belgium) works as a mindfulness-based psychotherapist and nutritionist where she trains mindful eating for those interested in eating behaviour, body image and food habits. Additionaly, she is a Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) teacher by the Center for Mindfulness (Umass, USA) and a qualified Mindful Self-Compassion teacher (UK).

Caroline is the founder of MeNu, The Centre for Mindful Eating and Nutrition, in the heart of Europe (, Brussels). Since 2009, the Centre MeNu is a pioneer in the field of mindful eating and mindfulness-based nutritional therapy in Europe. In clinical one-to-one and group settings, Caroline teaches mindful eating for those who struggle with body image and food related issues.

Her mission is to introduce mindful eating in the European health care system and to create a platform for individuals and professionals by facilitating trainings, masterclasses and high quality mindful eating teacher retreats with internationally renowned trainers (J. Chozen Bays, Char Wilkins). She provides intervision and supervision for health professionals who wish to incorporate mindful eating in their clinical work.

She serves on the board of The Center for Mindful Eating (TCME, USA) and is a professional speaker at webinars and symposia in Europe and abroad.

Caroline’s personal meditation practice is under the guidance of Vietnamese zen teacher Thich Nhat Hanh at the European Institute of Applied Buddhism. Her long-term meditation background encompasses a wide field of experiences in both Burmese Vipassana tradition and Japanese Zen Buddhism (Great Vow Zen monastery USA, led by J. Chozen and Hogen Bays, Roshi).

In her personal and professional life, she explores the interconnection between food, living beings and the environment. Her interest in mindfulness and sustainability is expressed in her love for urban gardening, foraging edible plants, and her contemplative work as a ceramist. Together with her husband –a well-known chef-, she shares their passion for natural cooking based on traditional European cuisine with a creative twist.

Caroline can be contacted through her website or

Bonnie R. Giller, MS, RD, CDN, CDE

Bonnie R. Giller helps chronic dieters and people with medical conditions like diabetes take back control so they can get the healthy body and life they want. She does this by creating a tailored solution that combines three essential ingredients: a healthy mindset, nutrition education and caring support. The result is they lose weight and keep it off without dieting and live a healthy life symptom-free.

Bonnie is a Registered Dietitian (R.D.), Certified Dietitian-Nutritionist (CDN) and Certified Diabetes Educator (C.D.E.). She is also a Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor with extensive training in Intuitive Eating. She offers programs for the chronic dieter to achieve long lasting weight loss, for people with diabetes to attain blood sugar control and prevent diabetes complications, and for those suffering with irritable bowel syndrome to identify their food triggers so they can enjoy a symptom free life. Bonnie also treats a variety of other medical conditions, and offers a nutrition program teaching young children how to make healthy food choices.

Bonnie specializes in the following areas of medical nutrition therapy:
- Diabetes Mellitus
- Gestational Diabetes
- Cardiovascular Disease
- High Cholesterol and High Triglycerides
- Hypertension
- Gastrointestinal conditions, such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Crohn’s Disease, Ulcerative Colitis, Diverticulosis/Diverticulitis, Constipation, Reflux Disease
- Weight Management (loss or gain)

In addition to her private practice, Bonnie mentors nutrition students and guides them in their future careers. She was the director of an Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (formerly the American Dietetic Association) accredited dietetic internship program, run by the largest contract management company in North America. Bonnie oversaw the New York Metropolitan area program. In this role, Bonnie taught and coordinated the learning experience of dietetic interns. Previously, Bonnie was also the Clinical Nutrition Manager at Jamaica Hospital Medical Center, a large teaching facility in Queens, N.Y.

Bonnie is the author of Recipes to Remember: Heart Healthy Can Be Delicious, a cookbook with 200 recipes that your heart will love. She has also authored Passover the Healthy Way: Light, Tasty and Easy Recipes Your Whole Family Will Enjoy, a cookbook with more than a hundred taste-tested Kosher recipes that either limits or substitutes ingredients so you can enjoy traditional holiday foods in a healthier way.

Bonnie’s latest book is 5 Steps to a Body You Love without Dieting. Get your copy FREE by putting your name and email address in the box on the upper right side of this page.

Bonnie is married and lives in Long Island, N.Y. with her husband and three single children. She has one married son.
Bonnie earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Food and Nutrition from Queens College and her Master of Science degree in Clinical Nutrition from Brooklyn College. She completed her dietetic internship at North Shore University Hospital (formerly Central General Hospital) in Plainview, N.Y. She is a member of many professional associations including:

- Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
- New York State Dietetic Association
- Long Island Dietetic Association
- Nutrition Entrepreneurs Dietetic Practice Group
- Dietitians in Integrative and Functional Medicine Dietetic Practice Group
- SCAN-Sports, Nutrition and Wellness Nutrition Dietetic Practice Group
- American Diabetes Association
- American Association of Diabetes Educators
- Diabetes Care & Education Dietetic Practice Group

Jean Fain

Whether I’m teaching at Harvard Medical School, seeing clients in my private practice, running groups, writing articles or giving lectures, I am dedicated to helping people keep physically, emotionally and mentally fit.

I’m a licensed psychotherapist and a certified hypnotherapist. I have trained in several therapeutic approaches, all of which fall under the umbrella of behavioral medicine or mind-body medicine. Mine is an integrative approach that combines cognitive-behavioral therapy and mindfulness-based psychotherapy, among other schools of therapy.

I have an appointment with the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. Through the Behavioral Medicine Program at the Cambridge Health Alliance, a teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School, I teach and supervise professionals and advanced trainees in behavioral medicine.

I got my BA in English Literature from Brandeis University; my MSW from Simmons School for Social Work. I’ve practiced psychotherapy for the last 25 years in a variety of settings, including state prisons, community mental health centers, public hospitals and private practice. Currently, I see clients in person at my Concord, Massachusetts, private practice as well as on-line via Skype.

I’m licensed to practice psychotherapy in Massachusetts as a licensed independent clinical social worker (LICSW). I am a member of the National Association of Social Workers and the Multiservice Eating Disorder Association. As a hypnotherapist, I’ve been certified by the American Society for Clinical Hypnosis, the major association for practicing hypnotherapists founded by Milton Erickson.

My writing career predates my clinical practice. A veteran journalist, I have written about food and body-image issues for newspapers (from the Boston globe to the LA Times), magazines (O: The Oprah Magazine, Shape, Self) and on-line publications (NPR, Huffington Post). Through the ‘80s, I wrote a syndicated fitness column, distributed world-wide by The LA Times Syndicate. The Self-Compassion Diet, the book and the audio companion, is published by Sounds True.

Cheryl Wasserman, M.A., L.P.C., N.C.C.

Cheryl Wasserman, M.A., L.P.C., N.C.C., owns and operates Alliance Therapy Associates. Cheryl has been in private practice for over 20 years, specializing in the treatment of eating disorders, anxiety, and depression. She earned Master's degrees in Counseling and Biology from Webster University and UM-St. Louis. In addition to her counseling practice, she has taught in the Psychology Dept. at St. Louis Community College at Meramec for more than 10 years.

Cheryl Wasserman, M.A., L.P.C., N.C.C.Cheryl brings her experience and expertise to supervising and teaching other counselors and dieticians, and enjoys bringing mindfulness into corporate settings to reduce stress, improve employee relationships, and increase productivity. She presents workshops across the country on various topics including stress reduction, why people turn to food when they're not really hungry, how to live life as if you mean it, how to show up for your own life, and more. She has also written a mental health column for two St. Louis newspapers.

Cheryl has practiced mindfulness meditation for over 20 years. In the past two years she has combined that personal experience with the latest scientific research on the brain which supports the use of meditation to integrate the various areas of the brain to help resolve issues such as excessive stress, obsessive-compulsive disorder, depression, and compulsive overeating.

Cheryl also specializes in:

Mindfulness in the Work Place – employees will learn how to access their inner core of well being, wisdom and common sense through mindfulness. As a result of slowing their minds, they will be able to concentrate easily, relate better with each other and facilitate their natural creativity. On-site visits available to your workplace.

Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) for Depression - 8 Week Group - an innovative and effective approach that has been highly researched and shown to be as effective for the treatment of Major Depression as antidepressant medication.

Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) for Anxiety - 8 Week Group

Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) for Stress - 8 Week Group

Dietitian Cassie

Widely known as Dietitian Cassie by fans and followers, Cassie is the celebrity Registered, Licensed Dietitian and founder and CEO of Healthy Simple Life®, an organization that focuses on helping people identify the root causes of health issues that healthcare practitioners often overlook. She and her team of Registered Dietitians provide evidence-based nutrition coaching in person, online and over the phone. Through the power of real food, they help people find freedom from diets and chronic health conditions so they can live their life to the fullest— without counting calories or points ever again.

Virtually every media outlet—including CBS, WCCO, FOX News, CNN, TIME, Parade, Cosmopolitan, Self and The Huffington Post—has covered Cassie’s quest to debunk the lies and spread the truth about the food we eat. She's also the featured dietitian for the TV program Twin Cities Live.

Twitter: @dietitiancassie and @healthysimplife
Facebook: and

Meryl Hershey Beck

Meryl Hershey Beck has been a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor since 1990, specializing in eating disorders and 12-step recovery. Before becoming a counselor, Meryl spent more than 2 decades using food as her 'fix,' just like the alcoholic uses booze – to numb out. At the age of 30 she hit rock bottom and began her recovery from emotional eating. Her Amazon best-selling book, Stop Eating Your Heart Out: The 21-Day Program to Free Yourself from Emotional Eating tells her story of recovery and includes many tools and techniques to break the chains of emotional eating. Meryl is an international speaker and presenter, has appeared on radio and TV, and offers her own training program for healing practitioners.

Julie Norman, BS, E-RYT, Body Image Guru

Nicknamed “The Body Image Guru” by a group of her clients, Julie’s passion lies in helping women heal themselves and heal the world. Her personal eating disorder recovery empowered Julie to become an entrepreneur right out of college. Upon receiving a bachelor’s degree in Dietetics from the University of Akron in 1998 she launched her private practice, Real Nutrition, LLC. In 2010 Body Karma Healing was born out of her frustration with conventional treatment approaches falling short of providing women the essential soul skills to realize deep and lasting body peace. In addition to out-patient nutrition counseling, Julie has consulted to:

- The Summa Health System NIH research study on obesity
- Baldwin-Wallace College Health Services
- Jewish Family Services Association of Cleveland
- The Health Initiative Project serving the Akron Public Library
- Vita-Mix Corp and SummaCare, New Beginnings Eating Disorders Center
- The Cleveland Center for Eating Disorders (now The Emily Program)
- Wellness Works for You Corporate Wellness Programs

She’s also held full and part-time positions at Laurelwood Hospital and Counseling Center serving as a clinical dietitian on the general psychiatry, dual diagnosis, chemical dependency, child/adol and eating disorder units.

Fitness spans Julie’s lifetime from being an accomplished equestrian athlete (2 state championships in show jumping) and weekend mountain biker, to developing and leading holistic exercise programs with seniors at Laurel Lake Retirement Community in Hudson, OH. She believes exercise should be fun and promotes playful, intuitive movement rather than the western work out approach that is often unsustainable for many people.

In 2002 yoga became a part of Julie’s life elevating her health and happiness to new heights. After 6 years of personal practice she embarked on a deeper study into the full path of yoga completing her 200 hour training in 2009 and blending it into her professional work in eating disorders treatment. Julie is an E-RYT: Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher allowing her to provide continuing education to other yoga professionals.


Julie integrates yoga’s vast wisdom into all she does. She’s a member of the Yoga Alliance and a blog contributor to Recovery Warriors. Look for her first book: Poems from the Path of Peace Vol. 1 summer 2015. Julie shares her work freely as much as possible in her local community through Body Karma Healing Basics Workshops, leading yoga classes and mindful eating seminars at Stewart’s Caring Place Cancer Wellness Center and volunteering with the Akron Peace Project.

Personally Julie enjoys a rich life with her family, friends and animals in Akron, OH. She loves to travel and thrives on being immersed in nature.

Dr. Melissa McCreery

Psychologist Dr. Melissa McCreery focuses on the three Os that ambush successful, high-performing women—overwhelm, overload and overeating. She is the author of The Emotional Eating Rescue Plan for Smart, Busy Women and the creator of, a consulting company providing busy women the programs and resources they need to take control of stress and overeating and add more ease, success, and joy to their health, their businesses, and their lives. Melissa’s approach to helping working mothers, busy professionals, and stressed out business owners has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Weight Watchers Magazine, Good Housekeeping,, Women’s Health, The Huffington Post and Self. A busy woman herself, Melissa lives with her family in the beautiful Pacific Northwest where she enjoys the incredible trails, island views, and of course, great coffee. Visit to learn more and to take your free Hidden Hungers Quiz to find out why you’re really overeating.

Dr. Linda Bacon, PhD

Linda Bacon, Ph.D., an internationally-recognized authority on topics related to nutrition, weight and health, is a health professor at City College of San Francisco and associate nutritionist at the University of California, Davis. Dr. Bacon’s academic training includes two Masters Degrees, one in Psychotherapy, specializing in Eating Disorders and Body Image, and the other in Exercise Science, specializing in Metabolism. She also earned a PhD in Physiology with a Nutrition emphasis from the University of California. Bacon has conducted federally funded studies on diet and health and is well-published in top scientific journals. Her personal difficulties with weight regulation and her experience in overcoming them provide important perspective and inspiration for her work. Well known for her skills at critical thought and her political and social commentary, and relying on her unusual blend of academic, therapeutic and clinical expertise, Bacon is adept at translating scientific research into practical application. Her advocacy for social justice and Health at Every Size® has generated a large following on social media platforms and the international lecture circuit. She is the author of two highly acclaimed books transforming the weight discourse, Health at Every Size: The Surprising Truth About Your Weight and the newly released Body Respect: What Conventional Health Books Get Wrong, Leave Out, or Just Fail to Understand about Weight.

Dr. Joe Tatta

Dr. Joe Tatta is a doctor of physical therapy and certified clinical nutritionist. His mission is to inspire and transform the health of 20 million people by the year 2020. Imagine arriving to a place where you feel stronger, pain-free , healthy and energized from the inside out. That means taking a bird’s eye view of your movement, nutrition, weight and intentions and doing it all naturally. Ultimately, you will get your body working for you, not against you. Once you turn around chronic patterns and optimize your health, you’ll never regress. It’s time to make the transformation to living more vitalized in your entire body. He is the creator of the first ever Healing Pain Online Summit designed to broaden the conversation around integrative strategies toward solving chronic disease and persistent pain. Stay connected by visiting

Karla McClaren

Karla McLaren, M.Ed is an award-winning author, social science researcher, and pioneering educator whose empathic
approach to emotions revalues even the most “negative” emotions and opens startling new pathways into the depths of the soul. She is the founder and CEO of Emotion Dynamics LLC.

Karla’s lifelong work has been focused on the creation of a grand unified theory of emotions, which she has developed through her work with survivors of dissociative trauma, through her own lifelong experience as a hyper-empath, and through extensive research into the social and biological sciences.

Her applied work, Dynamic Emotional Integration™, is a nonclinical approach to emotional awareness that can be used by individuals, couples, and families, in schools, in the workplace, and in therapeutic settings.

Karla has also developed a unified Six Essential Aspects of Empathy model that highlights all of the processes in empathy and makes them accessible and easily understandable. This new model explicitly and intentionally welcomes people who have been exiled from earlier models of empathy (such as men, boys, and autistic people).

Karla is also a Certified Human Resource Administrator and a Certified Career Development Facilitator who helps people identify the emotion work they are expected to perform (or expect others to perform, perhaps without realizing it). When emotion work is brought out into the open and managed skillfully, individuals and businesses can avoid unnecessary conflict, burnout, and loss of productivity.

Karla is the author of The Art of Empathy: A Complete Guide to Life’s Most Essential Skill (2013), The Language of Emotions: What Your Feelings are Trying to Tell You (2010), and the multi-media online course Emotional Flow: Becoming Fluent in the Language of Emotions (2012).

Karla has taught at such venues as the University of San Francisco, Omega Institute, Naropa University, Kripalu Center, Hollyhock Learning Centre, and the Association for Humanistic Psychology. Additionally, as a prison arts educator with the William James Foundation, she has utilized singing, drumming, and drama to help men in maximum security prisons explore and heal long-held emotional traumas. She lives in Sonoma County, California with her husband, Tino Plank, MA, MSN, RN, a nurse educator working in hospice and end-of-life care.

Ed Harrold

Ed Harrold is an inspirational leader, coach, and educator. Ed’s mastery in the science of pranayama has guided him to apply mindful, conscious breathing practices in fitness, weight loss, stress reduction, and overall health and well-being.

Today, Ed blends the fields of neuroscience and the wisdom of contemplative traditions into effective strategies to improve well-being in Corporate America, athletic performance and individual health. Ed’s fluency in mindfulness-based strategies combined with the belief in the human potential gives him the depth and understanding to meet individuals and group needs across industries and platforms.

Experience Ed’s MindBodyAthlete™, F-FORCE™, Transformational Coaching & Stress Retreats nationally or locally at The Aspen Club. Learn more about Ed at

Dr. Roger Gould, MD

Roger Gould, M.D. is a board-certified psychiatrist, psychoanalyst and former Head of Community Psychiatry and Outpatient Psychiatry at UCLA. He is a leading authority on adult development and emotional eating.

In his first book Transformations, Gould presents his view that adult psychological development consists of the “dismantling of the illusions of safety developed in childhood.” Gould’s theory suggests that these illusions are confronted in a time-sensitive sequence as one progresses through the life-cycle.

Dr. Gould and his team have been creating psycho-educational software for over twenty-five years. The critical thinking process and problem-solving techniques presented in the interactive programs were developed and refined by clinical experience with over 20,000 people and dozens of hospitals and healthcare organizations.

The Smithsonian Institution recognized Dr. Gould as a pioneer in the emerging field of computer-assisted therapy. In 2001 an independent study by Kaiser Permanente and UCLA found that Gould’s method of computer-assisted therapy was “as effective” as traditional therapy.

In 2007, he published a second book, “Shrink Yourself: Break Free from Emotional Eating Forever.” In both the book and the online program, Gould suggests that the powerlessness people feel over their cravings to eat when they are emotionally upset is a cover-up for a deeper sense of powerlessness in areas, or “layers,” of their lives not directly connected to eating. By examining one’s sense of powerlessness in the areas identified, Gould claims one can end emotional eating and other forms of uncontrolled eating.

His work has been featured on national television (ABC, CBS and FOX) and covered in Time Magazine, The New York Times, Bariatric Times, Prevention, Psychology Today, Good Housekeeping, MedHelp and MSN Health.

Rochelle Rice, MA

Rochelle Rice, MA is a nationally recognized speaker, author and educator. A former professional jazz dancer, her passion stems from the inordinate amount of stress in our society placed on thinness rather than overall health and wellness.

As a Health at Every Size® practitioner, she motivates people to bridge the gap between knowledge and action, information and implementation, and awareness and accomplishment when it comes to their health. Her keynote speeches and programs help people identify what is already working in their lives, rather than shaming them on what they are not doing. Providing confidence, trust and hope, with a solid, proven technique, her message is one of unwavering faith in people’s unique ability to create a life of personal leadership - putting their health first.

Imagine being able to trust your body again.

Rochelle has been a member of Bryant Park Toastmasters since 2001. Serving as President of the Club, she continued its long-standing tradition of being a President’s Distinguished Club. Her commitment to public speaking led her to a professional career, becoming a Toastmasters Accredited Speaker in 2010, one of only 66 in the world. She has presented keynotes, break-outs and workshops at District Conferences in four Districts.

Rochelle has been a member of the National Speakers Association since 2004. She is Chair of the National Speakers Association Chapter Leadership Committee, was on the NSA Speaker Magazine Editorial Board, was Chapter Member of the Year, and served as President of the thriving NYC Chapter, doubling its membership during her term.

Rochelle received her undergraduate in dance from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and her graduate work at New York University, specializing in her movement technique. She is also a graduate of the CHRIS ® Technique and has blended her studies with her weight management work.

Rochelle speaking at Full, Fit & FabulousRochelle regularly appears as a guest on radio talk shows and has appeared as a size sensitivity expert on Fox News, ABC World News Tonight and the CBS Early Show. Her movement program has been featured in the New York Times, the LA Times, Family Circle and Fit Magazine. She is the author of Real Fitness for Real Women (Warner, 2001). Her passion for dance continues today with her work with the University of Massachusetts, Amherst New York Professional Outreach Program (NYPOP) for dancers. She also teaches Simonson Jazz Technique occasionally at STEPS in NYC and other studios across the country. She continues to study dance and yoga on a regular basis. When not traveling and speaking, you can find Rochelle gardening, biking or joining another organization or community. She has her motorcycle license and an affinity for Harley Davidson apparel. Her love of family spills over in all of her work as she believes no one should ever feel left out or have the feeling they are not on the ‘in’ crowd. As human beings, we are meant to be together, and Rochelle makes it a personal mission to create a sense of family, community and inclusion with everything she does.

Dr. Kari Anderson

Dr. Kari Anderson has been treating eating disorders for 25 years, with particular emphasis on Binge Eating Disorder. She is Chief Clinical Director for Green Mountain at Fox Run and President of their new Women’s Center for Binge and Emotional Eating in Ludlow, Vermont.

She earned her Doctorate of Behavioral Health with her research project, The Mindful Eating Cycle: Treatment for Binge Eating Disorder at Arizona State University in 2012 and served as Faculty Associate in the same program. Kari is faculty for the Eating Disorder Institute at Plymouth State University in New Hampshire.

Co-creator of the Am I Hungry?® Mindful Eating for Binge Eating Program, Kari also co-authored the acclaimed book, Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat for Binge Eating: A Mindful Eating Program for Healing Your Relationship with Food and Your Body.

Kari served positions as Therapist, Clinical Director and Executive Administrator for Remuda Ranch Center for Anorexia and Bulimia for 14 years. Kari also had a private group practice for five years in Phoenix, Arizona prior joining Green Mountain at Fox Run. She serves on the board of ANAD (Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders) as well as the Certification Committee for IAEDP (International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals).

Kari, her husband and their therapy dog, Gretel, live in the Ludlow, Vermont area.

Blake Ashley Freedom

Blake Ashley Freedom is an Anorexia + Abuse Survivor, a Body Image / Life Coach and an EFT Tapping Expert & Healer. Creator of the Tapping Toolbox™ — an EFT Video Training Program that teaches Conscious Women how to become their own Healing Master and set themselves Free — she is the creator of her own form of EFT called Intuitive Tapping™.

Blake believes in the power of self-healing and loves helping others tap into the root issues that cause their pain and suffering so they can heal themselves with simple energy tools and self love.

Suffering from her own body image and food issues for over 20 years, Blake passionately helps women love their body to it’s healthy, natural weight in just 7 simple steps in her program: Happy In My Body™. This program was designed based on Blake and her clients' journeys of Holistically restoring their body to a healthy, natural weight range without deprivation.

Blake has stayed in her healthy weight range for over 4 years and helps other women do the same by setting themselves free to live their life instead of worrying about their weight. Blake has also coached in the Healing for Eating Disorders Academy.

You can see her before and after Recovery pictures, access the Tapping Toolbox™ and the Happy In My Body™ Program and join the Healing Movement at

Summer Bock

Summer Bock is a trained herbalist and fermentationist with a background in microbiology. She has studied with some of the best nutritional teachers in the world at the Institute of Integrative Nutrition and beyond. Summer designed the Gut Rebuilding Program based off the steps she used to heal her own body. She now teaches hundreds of people a year how to rebuild their own gut microbiota through increasing nutrient dense & the right fermented foods, detoxifying the body on all levels, and using herbs & supplements to help support the natural systems of the body so you can heal. You can go check out her weekly blogcast, Guts & Glory, to learn how to create a thriving body and unstoppable life.

Summer started the Showcase Club for wellness practitioners when she realized that the one thing missing from holistic wellness and functional medicine was the collaboration of practitioners to bridge the gap. Creating a healing team of practitioners is essential for helping people heal from society's biggest epidemics. By reviewing case studies in a professional group setting, resources are shared, ideas are spawned, and your confidence builds so you can get raving results from your clients to solidly build your practice - whether online or clinical. Learn more here.

Shannon Garrett

Shannon Garrett is an autoimmune & thyroid women’s wellness specialist, nurse educator and holistic nurse-nutritionist. She is the author of Hashimoto’s: Finding Joy in the Journey and contributing author to My New Year’s Revolution: Transformation Stories to Revolutionize Your Life.  Shannon is a regularly featured guest on a variety of radio programs and was recently listed in the U.S. Top Thyroid Clinicians & Health Coaches Directory compiled by Dr. Izabella Wentz based on patient submissions. Shannon struggled with undiagnosed autoimmune thyroid disease for many years and is passionate about working with women who struggle with the challenges of living with autoimmune thyroid disease.

Dr. Sophie Deram

Expert in eating behavior, healthy lifestyle and weight loss, I inspire countless individuals to live a happier and healthier life by changing their familiar world. French and Brazilian Registered Dietitian Nutritionist with a doctorate in Endocrinology, Faculty of Medicine, University of São Paulo (USP). I have studied nutrition for over 20 years in France, the United States, where I lived 10 years, and Brazil, where I live now. I focus my research on childhood obesity, nutrigenomics, eating disorders and behavioral neuroscience.

Researcher at the Children's Institute and outpatient eating disorders program (AMBULIM), Hospital of Clinics, School of Medicine, University of São Paulo HCFMUSP, I also coordinate the genetics and DNA bank project of patients with eating disorders at the AMBULIM.

I have a practice ein São Paulo, Brazil.

Currently, I participate as a blogger in BrasilPost, the South American edition of The Huffington Post associated with the Abril Group.

Julie Duffy Dillon

Julie Duffy Dillon is a registered dietitian, eating disorder specialist and food behavior expert who helps people enjoy eating again. Through her own specialized method of nutrition counseling, Julie helps people learn to eat again without diets. Using mindful and attuned eating approaches Julie compassionately provides a safe place for clients and groups to heal their relationship with food.

Award winning with her progressive approach, Julie is featured in TLC’s documentary My Big Fat Fabulous Life. As Whitney Thore’s dietitian, she helps her find health and positive body image while struggling with PCOS and pre diabetes.

Julie has an active blog on and a weekly Food Peace Newsletter. It is jam packed with all things mindful eating and body positivity. Click here to subscribe.

Coming this winter, Julie is launching the Love, Food podcast series. Her messages of food peace will be communicated straight to your ears. This authentically engineered series is in the form of a love letter welcoming you to reconnect with food.

Julie received her BS in Nutrition from Ohio University and MS in Mental Health Counseling from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. As a registered and licensed dietitian in North Carolina, she founded BirdHouse Nutrition Therapy a group practice passionate about helping individuals and families recover from eating disorders and PCOS. As a Certified Eating Disorder Specialist (CEDRD), she also supervises dietitians to be eating disorder specialists.

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