Behavioral HealthCare Experience
My professional career in behavioral healthcare has been a rewarding one. In addition to my residential and outpatient treatment experience as a therapist and eventually clinical director in the field of eating and co-occurring disorders. I have also held positions in senior leadership, that required me to oversee the successful operations of residential and outpatient treatment programs across the country. I have been honored to mentor and lead teams as few as 30 to 300. My passion for helping individuals become healthier and happier versions of themselves was established during my clinical training (years ago) at the Atlanta Center For Eating Disorders (ACE), where I had the privilege of practicing under the supervision of Drs. Rick Kilmer & Linda Buchanan. Under the umbrella of eating disorder treatment and over the years, I have worked with kids, teens, young adults, adults, mature adults, couples and families challanged by the devestating affects associated with an eating disorder. With the exception of inpatient treatment, I have provided clinical services in all levels of care and understand the unique obstacles associated with healing.
I have been invited to speak throughout the state regarding issues surrounding ambiguous loss. As well as the unique factors surrounding eating disorder symptoms, stigma, education and care in communities of color. My clinical expertise has afforded me several opportunities to appear on the Dr. Phil Show as a guest expert regarding youth in need of support and behavioral correction.
I am also a certified Body Positive facilitator, trauma trained clinician, and advocate for increasing mental health literacy in schools and disenfranchised communities.
Professional Affiliations & Memberships:
Member - California Association of Marriage & Family Therapist
Member - International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals
- IAEDP Orange County Chapter – Present, Student Mentor Liason
Vice President - Diversity In Parenting, Inc.