Alyson Lischer, MS, LMFT 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.
MS, RD, CEDRD
Kelsey Peterson, MS, RD, CEDRD has been working in the field of eating disorders for the past 8 years. Kelsey graduated from California State University Long Beach (CSULB) with her BS and MS in Nutritional Science. From there she completed her dietetic internship at CSULB and became a registered dietitian. She immediately jumped into the field of eating disorders and became an Intuitive Eating Counselor and received direct mentorship under Evelyn Tribole. She has worked at all levels of care including residential, partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient, and outpatient. Kelsey is currently in private practice at Nutrition Instincts, a practice rooted in Intuitive Eating principles with a Health at Every Size approach. Kelsey is passionate about her work and is honored to come alongside her clients in their journey of finding peace with food and their body.
Andi Fessler 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.
Ian Cohen is a Registered Dietitian that passionately believes in eating disorder recovery as a renewal of emotional, physical and mental health. Ian earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Virginia and completed his Didactic Program in Dietetics at California State University at Northridge, during which he spent three years as a dietetic technician working in eating disorder treatment. He then completed his Dietetic Internship through a dual program at the University of Kentucky and Lexington Veterans Affairs Hospital.
While Ian is devoted to exemplary and empathetic treatment on an individual level, he also seeks to apply his principles to a societal platform that will increase body acceptance and deconstruct false narratives about public health. He is currently a member of International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals and International Federation of Eating Disorder Dietitians and a journalist whose work has been published in GQ, Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, Spin and The Ringer.
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.
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 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.
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 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 www.pattyschroeder.com to learn more.
Jenna Johnson is a licensed MFT in San Diego, Ca. For the past three years she has been
working with Center for Discovery, Del Mar PHP/IOP as a Primary Therapist and then as Program Director. She is currently in the process of completing both CEDS certification and EMDR certification. During this time her focus has been understanding how to best approach and treat men and women of all ages suffering with Eating Disorders and co-occurring mental illness. Jenna now has started a private practice with a strong passion to empower people old and young to step into their fully power to choose a life worth living. She plans to continue to grow this passion into her private practice as she continues to serve the clients of CFD.
Social Media Chair
Dr. Jennie Wang-Hall completed her undergraduate studies at Saint Louis University where she studied psychology and specialized in eating disorder research. During her graduate studies at University of Houston, Jennie continued her research, specifically examining attachment, trauma, and eating disorders. Over the last 9 years, Jennie has worked in all levels of eating disorder care and is passionate about helping individuals with eating disorders create change and move towards a life worth living.
Currently, Jennie is a second year post-doctoral fellow at the UC San Diego Eating Disorders Center and also has a private practice in Oceanside. Jennie has additional sub-specializations in the areas of trauma and clinical perfectionism, common comorbidities with eating disorders. Jennie loves connecting with other eating disorder professionals in the field to facilitate growth, connection, and advancements in science. Jennie is grateful to be a part of the dynamic and dedicated community of eating disorder professionals in the greater San Diego area.
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.