The 2017 Presenters include:
Dr. Jeffrey DeSarbo is a Board Certified psychiatrist and specialist in the treatment of eating disorders. He is the Founder and Medical Director of ED-180 and as well as the Founder and Host of the Long Island Conference on Eating Disorders. Dr. DeSarbo has presented on the neuroscience of eating disorders both nationally and internationally and continues to bridge the gap between research scientists, the clinical field and the public. Dr. DeSarbo’s practice includes the treatment of over 400 active patients at any given time as well as overseeing the ED-180 outpatient programs in Garden City, N.Y. He is currently completing work on a soon to be released book Translation: Demystifying the Neurobiology of Eating Disorders.
Dr. DeSarbo is a graduate of the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine and he completed his psychiatric training through the New York University (NYU) residency training program at North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, N.Y. where he was first introduced to the treatment of patients with eating disorders. He has served as a Board Member of the National Eating Disorder Association (NEDA) Long Island, was the Producer of the Eating Disorder News Network, and was the Managing Director of the Eating Disorder Medical Group. Currently, Dr. DeSarbo is development of the most comprehensive educational course for clinicians to better understand the brain and the neuroscience of eating disorders and related mental health issues and how to incorporate this knowledge into the clinical setting with patients. At ED-180 he also oversees the training of therapy interns from C.W. Post as well as the training of resident physicians on rotations from Winthrop University Hospital.
Brad E.R. Smith, MD, – Medical Director of Eating Disorder Services, Rogers Behavioral Health
As the medical director of eating disorder services for Rogers Behavioral Health, Dr. Smith’s goal is to help patients learn evidence-based techniques for building resilience for recovery. He is board-certified in adult psychiatry and forensic psychiatry, specializing in the assessment and treatment of eating disorders and other complex or co-occurring diagnoses.
Seda Ebrahimi, Ph.D., Founder and Director of the Cambridge Eating Disorder Center
Seda Ebrahimi, Ph.D. is the Founder and Director of the Cambridge Eating Disorder Center (CEDC). CEDC is a nationally renowned specialty center providing a full continuum of care to individuals who struggle with eating disorders. Dr. Ebrahimi has been in the field of eating disorders since 1986, beginning as a pre-doctoral intern at Brown University’s internship consortium. She continued with clinical and postdoctoral fellowships and an assistant clinical professor position at Brown University and was then named a Director of the Eating Disorders Research Program at Butler Hospital. Dr. Ebrahimi was the Director of the Eating Disorders Treatment Program at McLean Hospital from 1993-1998 and has been an Instructor of Psychiatry at Harvard University since 1993.
Dr. Ebrahimi received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Pennsylvania State University and completed her pre-doctoral and post-doctoral training at Brown University. She is a member of Academy for Eating Disorders, International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals and American Psychological Association. She continues to lecture and provide presentations at conferences and academic institutions. Dr. Ebrahimi has also been involved in patient advocacy at the local and national level.
Danielle Small, MS, LMFT – Clementine, Briarcliff Manor
Danielle Small is a licensed marriage and family therapist with extensive experience in the treatment of Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, Binge Eating Disorder, and compulsive over-exercise. Danielle has worked in several clinical settings, including intensive outpatient, partial-hospitalization and residential eating disorder treatment. Prior to joining Clementine, she worked at Monte Nido’s Eating Disorder Center of California in Los Angeles as a primary therapist, followed by her role as a Clinical Director of Monte Nido’s Eating Disorder Center of Boston. She currently oversees Clementine’s adolescent residential program at Briarcliff Manor. Danielle is dedicated to helping her clients learn to accept their bodies and embrace their spirit while also connecting to their intellectual curiosity. She endeavors to do so with humor, warmth and candor.
Roseann Rook, CADC, Clinical Addictions Specialist, Timberline Knolls, Lemont, Ill.
As a Clinical Addictions Specialist at Timberline Knolls, Roseann is responsible for conducting psycho-educational and process groups as well as providing individual counseling for addiction treatment, including co-occurring disorders such as eating and mood disorders. She specializes in process addictions with a strong focus on relationship addictions. Roseann was instrumental in the development of Timberline Knolls’ Addiction Program and the implementation of addressing process addictions in the curriculum. As a member of Timberline Knolls Clinical Development Institute, she presents locally and at national conferences.
Roseann has worked in the addictions field for 24 years starting at Aunt Martha’s Youth Service in Illinois, as an addiction counselor. She moved on to counsel MISA clients at Grand Prairie Services followed by working for the YMCA Network for Counseling and Youth Development as an addictions counselor and crisis worker. She returned to Grand Prairie Services for a brief stint to develop and implement an outpatient program before joining Timberline Knolls in 2006.
Jennie Kramer, MSW, LCSW, Founder and Executive Director of Metro Behavioral Health Associates
Jennie Kramer is the Founder and Executive Director of Metro Behavioral Health Associates Eating Disorders Centers located in Scarsdale and in NYC. MBHA offers comprehensive outpatient treatment for all forms of eating disorders along the spectrum including an IOP or Intensive Outpatient Program for both adults and for adolescents. Before opening MBHA, Jennie served as a Director of the Renfrew Centers for Eating Disorders for 5 years and has been treating all forms of eating disorders for many years. Prior to entering this field, she also served as Chief Operating Officer for Dr. Robert Atkins and was a management consultant to the healthcare industry.
Jennie lectures and has been interviewed in the media extensively, has co-authored the book “Overcoming Binge Eating for Dummies” and is privileged to serve on the Board of Directors for the Binge Eating Disorders Association. Jennie enjoys affiliation with many related organizations including The National Eating Disorders Assoc., The Academy for Eating Disorders, the International Network of Integrative Mental Health, The American Group Psychotherapy Association, The Eating Disorders Coalition, the International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals and many more.
Jenn Burnell MS, RD/LDN, CEDRD, Director of Clinical Outreach, Carolina House, NC
Jenn is the Director of Clinical Outreach for Carolina House, an eating disorder treatment facility with locations in Durham and Raleigh, North Carolina. Since 2003, Jenn has worked at all levels of care in the treatment of eating disorders, most recently as the Nutrition Therapist for the Carolina House’s residential program. Some of her previous experiences include nutrition therapist at the Eating Disorder Recovery Center of Athens in Athens, Georgia, and as the Outpatient Dietitian at the UNC Center of Excellence for Eating Disorders.
Born and raised on Long Island, Jenn headed south to receive her Bachelors in Public Health Nutrition from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and then received her Masters in Nutrition at the University of Georgia. Jenn was a reviewer for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ Position Paper and Practice Paper for the Nutrition Intervention in the Treatment of Eating Disorders.
Jenn is also a Certified Eating Disorder Registered Dietitian (CEDRD) and Approved Supervisor through the International Academy of Eating Disorders Professionals (IAEDP). She is also President for the North Carolina IAEDP Chapter.As her “side job”, Jenn has been a Certified Group Fitness Instructor and since 1991. She ties her passions for fitness and eating disorders education together by nationally speaking on exercise issues in eating disorders. In her spare time, Jenn enjoys also enjoys stand up paddleboarding, hiking, watching college sports, and volunteering at the local SPCA.
Ed Hamlin, Ph.D., Clinical Director of the Institute for Applied Neuroscience in Asheville, NC – Presentation on behalf of Avalon Hills, UT
Dr. Ed Hamlin is a psychologist and the Clinical Director of the Institute for Applied Neuroscience in Asheville, North Carolina. He has taught at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and at Duke University. He currently holds an adjunct faculty position as Professor at Western Carolina University and associate professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of North Carolina Medical Center. In addition to his clinical work, he conducts research and presents workshops regarding applied neuroscience and brain/mind relationships. He serves as a consultant and supervisor for the clinical staff at a number of facilities throughout the world. He has practiced neurofeedback and applied psychophysiology since the mid-1980s and has taught and utilized these techniques in a variety of settings. He has a particular interest in neuroplasticity and the potential for changing maladaptive brain organization patterns. His current research projects involve examining the impact of early abuse and neglect on the developing brain and how to correct maladaptive patterns.
Dr. Capri Warchol is the Center For Discovery Greenwich, Outpatient Program Director and a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in New York State. She earned her Doctor of Psychology degree from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology where her primary research focused on the experiences of social comparison in residential treatment settings for females with eating disorders. Dr. Warchol has nearly a decade of experience diagnosing and treating eating disorders, substance use disorders, and co-occurring disorders, in residential and outpatient settings.Dr. Warchol has worked in both clinical and supervisory capacities, providing individual, group, couples, and family therapy. She practices therapeutically from a client-centered approach with the belief that each individual is the expert on his or her own life and has the ability to reach his or her full potential. As the Program Director at Center For Discovery Greenwich Outpatient, Dr. Warchol believes in creating a safe and collaborative environment in which every individual has a voice and opportunity to grow.
Carolyn’s goal as a clinician here at Center For Discovery is to support her clients and provide them with tools that will help them onto a successful path of recovery. Carolyn believes it is important to start with where the client is at and utilizes a variety of therapeutic interventions depending on the needs of her clients. Some of these therapies include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing.
Carolyn’s approach stems from empathy and compassion. She is dedicated and passionate about working in this field. Carolyn hopes that her passion resonates through to her clients and their families.