Alyson Lischer



Alyson completed her undergraduate studies at Saint Louis University where she attended on a volleyball scholarship and studied criminal justice and psychology. She continued her education at Mount Saint Mary College in Los Angeles, receiving her M.S. in counseling psychology and was elected to represent her class at the Graduate Accolades Ceremony.
Over the last 12 years, Alyson has focused her career on clinical outreach and business development within the mental health field, specializing in eating disorders. Alyson enjoys developing relationships with clinicians, treatment centers, universities and participating actively in a number of professional organizations. Alyson has been actively involved in iaedp over the last ten years, serving as a board member in both Orange County and San Diego Chapters. She is passionate about helping promote further education and resource development for eating disorder professionals to allow us to more effectively treat the clients that we serve. Alyson has been working in eating disorder Admissions for the last 8 years, where she is committed to supporting clients and their families in identifying treatment options that most appropriately fit their clinical needs.

Jennifer Tarzia



Jennifer Tarzia was born and raised in Lake Tahoe, CA growing up enjoying the great outdoors as well as pursing her passion in ballet and dance until she was 20 years old. She moved to San Diego in 2007 to complete a bachelor’s degree in psychology at San Diego State University. During her time there she was involved in various internships including the Peer Abuse Prevention Program, bringing bullying awareness and prevention programs to schools in South County San Diego.

Upon graduating, she began work immediately in the field at Hanbleceya Therapeutic Community as a Line Staff. During her 5 years with the company she carried various roles, including House Manager, Linestaff Supervisor and Admissions Director. She became particularly attuned to working with clients with various diagnosis and backgrounds in a myriad of situations, including crisis intervention. Discovering her love for the field, she pursued her Masters in Counseling degree at National University, which has prepared her to become an MFT (Marriage and Family Therapist). Currently she is working with adolescents and adults with eating disorders at a local residential facility as Clinical Outreach Coordinator, but is involved in various local organizations including WAAT(Women’s Association of Addiction Treatment) as the Chapter Co-President.

Andrea Fessler


Membership Chair

Andi is the admissions clinician at the UC San Diego Eating Disorder Center, overseeing all admissions for adolescent and pediatric programs. She graduated with her BA in Psychology from Arizona State University and went on to obtain her MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of San Diego. During her graduate studies she was awarded the Dean’s Merit Scholarship wherein her research interests centered upon the integration of positive psychology, strengths based approaches, and trauma informed care into mental health treatment. She previously interned at Center for Community Solutions of San Diego wherein she provided individual, couple, group and family therapy to survivors of sexual trauma and intimate partner violence. She then transitioned to her present work at UC San Diego and has worked within the clinic for nearly two years. Her present clinical interests and specialized training include evidence-based trauma treatment, risk and trauma assessment, as well as the scientific and neurobiological underpinnings of eating disorders as it relates to treatment and advocacy.

Cassie Gaub

Sponsorship Chair

Cassie began working in the field of eating disorders in 2007. She has worked in a variety of capacities including intake, admissions and outreach. She is extremely passionate about providing the best possible information and support for those exploring treatment for their clients. Cassie is a Cum Laude graduate of Montana State University – Billings, where she earned a B.S. degree in the field of Sociology and was honored during the course of her study by the National Dean’s List for academic achievements. Cassie currently works as the clinical outreach and staff recruitment representative for Center for Discovery and also serves as the speaker chair for the San Diego chapter of WAAT (Women’s Association for Addiction Treatment). When Cassie is not at work, she enjoys being outdoors and playing with her dog. Cassie is honored to be a part of the San Diego chapter of IAEDP.

Tiffany Haug


Education Chair

Tiffany Haug, MS, RDN, EDOC is an outpatient dietitian specialized in treating eating disorders. She provides nutritional care to individuals with all eating disorders types. Tiffany also works with individuals suffering from disordered eating whom may not have a formal eating disorder diagnosis.
Tiffany’s nutritional philosophy is strongly rooted in Health At Every Size (HAES) and the intuitive eating model. Her expertise includes providing nutrition counseling and guidance to clients and supporting them in their journey towards a more intuitive, trusting relationship with food and their bodies. Tiffany is also passionate about supporting the family members and loved ones of clients, given that eating disorders affect the whole social circle of the sufferer.
Tiffany moved to San Diego from the Chicagoland area in 2016. Tiffany has completed a Master’s of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics as well as a Certificate of Graduate Study in Eating Disorders and Obesity (EDOC) from Northern Illinois University—the only graduate certificate of its kind in the nation. Within EDOC, Tiffany completed 12 additional credit hours of graduate course work pertaining to the study of nutrition, psychology, family studies, and body image in specific regards to the prevention and treatment of eating disorders. Prior to moving to San Diego, Tiffany gained experience working with individuals and family members of those with eating disorders at the Linden Oaks Hospital Eating Disorders Program in Naperville, IL. At Linden Oaks, Tiffany assisted in providing nutritional support and guidance to patients at the inpatient, partial hospitalization, and intensive outpatient level. Tiffany currently serves as the dietitian at the private practice of Eating Disorder Psychologist, Dr. Jennifer Shapiro, and also works as a clinical dietitian at Rady’s Children’s Hospital in San Diego.

Carolyn Ross


Medical Liason

Dr. Carolyn Ross is a internationally known author, speaker, expert and pioneer in the use of Integrative Medicine for the treatment of Eating Disorders, Obesity and Addictions. She is a graduate of the University of Michigan medical school and completed a residency in Preventive Medicine at Loma Linda University. She also completed a two-year fellowship with Dr. Andrew Weil’s Program in Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona, Tucson. Dr. Ross is board certified in Addiction Medicine and in Preventive Medicine. She is the former head of the eating disorder program at internationally renowned Sierra Tucson. Dr. Ross is a consultant for treatment centers around the US, including the Integrative Life Center in Nashville, TN. She is the author of three books including one of the first books on Binge Eating Disorder:The Binge Eating and Compulsive Overeating Workbook. Her most recent book is The Emotional Eating Workbook (published May, 2016). Her next book, The Food Addiction Workbook is due for publication in the Fall of 2017. In her “former life,” she developed three women’s centers in San Diego (Women’s Health Specialists of San Diego) specializing in general medicine and office gynecology with an integrative approach. Dr. Ross currently has a private practice in Denver, CO and San Diego, CA specializing in treating eating disorders, addictions, and obesity.

Nancy Staycer



Nancy Staycer has been working in the field of Eating Disorders for over eight years, and has been the Social Media Chair for SD IAEDP since 2015.  Nancy earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and got her Master’s degree in Social Work in 2001 from San Diego State University. Nancy is currently the Clinical Director at Montecatini Eating Disorder Treatment Center where she started as a Program Therapist in 2008.  Nancy has presented her knowledge of Eating Disorders at the state and local levels and written articles that have been published in nationally distributed newsletters. Nancy has unrelenting passion, commitment and unconditional positive regard for those struggling with this devastating illness.  Beyond her professional experience, Nancy also has personal experience with the 12-step model of recovery and from examples of her own struggles and successes, she instills a sense of understanding and ultimately hope for all those battling addictions.

Brooke Bellomio


Hospitality Chair

Dr. Bellomio is a California licensed clinical psychologist who has over 10 years of experience as an expert in eating disorder and body image issues, particularly with college populations. Dr. Bellomio has worked in all levels of care from outpatient to residential in various treatment settings focused on eating disorders.

Dr. Bellomio completed her clinical psychology doctorate degree from Antioch University Seattle (2014). She then completed an APPIC doctoral internship at Western Washington University Counseling Center, and went on to complete a post-doctoral internship in the partial hospitalization program at Cambridge Eating Disorder Center in Cambridge, MA.

Currently, Dr. Bellomio works full time as a primary therapist at Montecatini Eating Disorder Treatment Center. In addition, she manages a part-time outpatient practice exclusively working with clients who are struggling with disordered eating in Carlsbad, CA.

Patty Schroeder


Certification Chair

Patty Schroeder specializes in treating eating disorders and disordered eating, and body image issues from a Health at Every Size® perspective helping her clients to build healthy relationships with food and their bodies. She’s also a Level 2 EMDR trained therapist, passionate about helping her clients recover from traumatic experiences. Her personal experiences in adjusting to life after a spinal cord injury provide her with a uniquely empathetic stance in working with persons who have physical disabilities in adapting to a different way of being. She resonates well with working from a place of wellness and strength, and incorporates CBT, DBT skills, Mindfulness, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) into her therapeutic work. She is also a Teen Wisdom™ graduate Life Coach devoted to supporting and empowering teen girls.
Dr. Schroeder is currently serving as Certification Chair in the San Diego Chapter of the International Association of Eating Disorder Treatment Professionals (iaedp) and is also a member of the San Diego Psychological Association (SDPA) and the Association for Size Diversity and Health (ASDAH). Pease visit to learn more.

Marianne Miller


Marketing Chair

Marianne Miller is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in California and Texas, with a PhD in Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) from Texas Tech University.  She has been an MFT for over 16 years.  In 2012, she shifted her private practice focus to treating eating disorders.  She serves primarily adults, teens, and preteens.  Dr. Miller treats individuals and families struggling with bulimia, anorexia, binge eating disorder (BED), and avoidant/restrictive food intake disorder (ARFID).  She has offices in Scripps Ranch and Carlsbad.

Dr. Miller has lived in San Diego with her husband since 2006.  She also is the San Diego Site Director and Associate Professor at the COAMFTE-accredited (Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education) Couple and Family Therapy MA and PsyD programs at California School of Professional Psychology, Alliant International University.

Amy Ornelas


Social Media Chair

Amy Ornelas is a Registered Dietitian and Certified Eating Disorders Specialist. She has had the pleasure of working exclusively with people who struggle with disordered eating and exercise for the past 10 years at the residential, partial hospital, intensive outpatient, and outpatient levels of care. Utilizing the non-diet approach, principles of intuitive eating, and mindfulness, she works with clients collaboratively in order to help them reclaim their mind-body-food connection and rediscover the joys of eating. Aside from her career in dietetics, Amy is also a yoga teacher and loves to use this modality to help people reconnect with and understand their intuitive drives for movement and rest. Amy believes that nutritional recovery is not about going without; it is about going within and learning to work with your body in a whole new way. She is deeply passionate about helping others find their peace with food and a newfound appreciation for their bodies.

Amy Costa


Immediate Past President

Amy Costa, PhD, LMFT has more than ten years of experience treating disorders. She has worked at all levels of treatment including residential, partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient as well as private practice. Dr. Costa completed her doctorate in psychology with an emphasis in marriage and family therapy. Dr. Costa has completed advanced training in DBT, CBT and group therapy. In addition to her work with eating disorders, Dr. Costa has expertise in treating depression, anxiety and trauma in adolescents, adults and families. Dr. Costa has recently accepted the role of president for the San Diego chapter of IAEDP. In treatment, Dr. Costa emphasizes skill building to help promote personal strength and mastery. Her goal is to empower individuals toward overall healing and a transformed sense of self by developing confidence to use learned skills and maintain recovery.