National Collegiate Recovery Spokesperson

 

Allison Kreiger Walsh, JD

 

Allison Kreiger Walsh, JD, is a corporate executive, philanthropist and entrepreneur, committed to making a difference in the lives of others. She is the VP of Business Development and Branding for Advanced Recovery Systems, a national cutting-edge behavioral healthcare company. In 2001, she founded Helping Other People Eat (H.O.P.E.) a 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to the prevention and treatment of eating disorders. Inspired by her own struggle, H.O.P.E. served as Allison's platform during her year as Miss Florida and she's since raised more than $2 million for various eating disorder organizations. In addition, Allison serves on the National Board for the National Eating Disorders Association and several local nonprofit and professional organizations. She is a sought after brand consultant and public speaker. Fueled by the desire to empower individuals and businesses to reach their full potential, Allison also enjoys brand development, career coaching, strategic marketing initiatives, and assisting with small-business startups. She has personally shared her experiences with over 85,000 people and millions more through various national media outlets including FOX News, Huff Post Live, Yahoo!, Lifetime, PBS and U.S. News.

 

 

 

Clinical Advisory Board

 

Kate Ackerman, MD, MPH – Advisor, Athlete and Eating Disorder Intervention Team

 

Kate Ackerman, MD, MPH, graduated from Cornell University, where she was a Varsity rower, obtained her MD from Johns Hopkins, and her MPH from the Harvard School of Public Health.  She did her internal medicine residency at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, her Sports fellowship at Boston Children’s, and her endocrine fellowship at Brigham and Women’s, followed by a research fellowship at MGH.  She is triple boarded in internal medicine, sports med, and endocrine. She is a former lightweight national team rower and a current team physician for the US Rowing Senior, Junior, and Para National Teams. Her research and clinical interests largely focus on Female Athlete Triad and Relative Energy Deficiency in Sport (RED-S).  She is a member of the IOC’s RED-S Committee, a member of the Hypothalamic Amenorrhea taskforce for the Endocrine Society, and a fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine.  She holds appointments in the Endocrine Divisions of MGH and Children’s, and is the Medical Director of the Female Athlete Program at Boston Children’s, Division of Sports Medicine, where she sees female athletes of all ages.

 

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Ovidio Bermudez, MD, FAAP, FSAHM, FAED, F.iaedp, CEDS

                             – Advisor, Adolescent Treatment Program

 

Ovidio Bermudez, MD, is the Chief Clinical Officer and Medical Director of Child & Adolescent Services at Eating Recovery Center in Denver, Colorado. He holds academic appointments as Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine and Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. He is Board certified in Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine. Dr. Bermudez is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine, the Academy for Eating Disorders and the International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals. He is Past Chairman and Senior Advisor on Media for the Board of Directors of the National Eating Disorders Association, Co-Founder of the Eating Disorders Coalition of Tennessee (EDCT), Co-founder of the Oklahoma Eating Disorders Association (OEDA) and a founding member of Houston Eating Disorders Specialists (HEDS). He is a Certified Eating Disorders Specialist of the International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals. Dr. Bermudez has lectured nationally and internationally on eating pathology across the lifespan, obesity and other topics related to pediatric and adult healthcare, and has been repeatedly recognized for his dedication and advocacy in the field of eating disorders.

 

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Kim Dennis, MD, CEDS – Expert on Eating Disorders and Co-Occurring Substance Use

                                                       Disorders, Mood Disorders and Trauma

 

Kim Dennis, MD, CEDS, is a board-certified psychiatrist who specializes in treating substance abuse, addictions, eating disorders and co-occurring disorders to include mood disorders, anxiety and depression. She currently serves as the founder and CEO of SunCloud Health, an outpatient treatment center located in Highland Park which treats men and women, adolescents and adults. She is also the former Medical Director and CEO Emeritus at Timberline Knolls, where she helped thousands of remarkable people with their illnesses in a residential setting. Her knowledge of eating disorders and substance abuse isn’t just limited to her academic and clinical experience, having had her own personal experience as a woman in recovery from an eating disorder and alcoholism. Today, she is able to combine her personal journey with her medical training to help patients and their families become emotionally strong, responsible problem-solvers, who are inspired to create fulfilling lives for themselves. She believes in and maintains a holistic perspective in the practice of psychiatry, incorporating biological, psycho-social and spiritual approaches into the individually-tailored treatment programs for each of her patients.

 

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Donna Friedman, MS – Advisor, Patient-Carer Initiatives

 

Donna Friedman, MS, struggled for many years with an eating disorder that began in adolescence. Now in full recovery, she is dedicated to sharing her recovery story to bring increased awareness to this issue, as well as advocate on behalf of those seeking evidence-based treatment that is both accessible and affordable. After being robbed of many critical years of her life, she is hoping her personal experiences and knowledge of this disorder will help others understand the illness from a loved one's perspective. Donna was instrumental in establishing a patient/carer role on the Academy for Eating Disorders' Board of Directors, and was it's first member. (She has also been on AED's Advisory Board). In addition, Donna is the Founder of the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) Friedman Center for Eating Disorders, which offers Intensive Outpatient Services and training initiatives to help educate doctors and medical residents about warning signs, treatment and recovery. Donna received her BA in Education from the University of Charleston, a teaching certification from the University of Michigan, and received her MS in Psychology at Nova Southeastern University in 2016. She now plans to start her own clinical practice, while also continuing her advocacy work in the community.

 

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Jennifer L. Gaudiani, MD, CEDS – Medical Advisor

 

Jennifer L. Gaudiani, MD, CEDS, is the Founder and Medical Director of the Gaudiani Clinic. Board Certified in Internal Medicine, she completed her undergraduate degree at Harvard, medical school at Boston University School of Medicine, and her internal medicine residency and chief residency at Yale. From 2008 to 2016, she was one of the leaders of the ACUTE Center for Eating Disorders at Denver Health, the nation's top medical stabilization center for adults with eating disorders who are too medically compromised to receive care in a mental health setting. She left as its Medical Director to found the Gaudiani Clinic, which provides superb outpatient medical care to patients with eating disorders and disordered eating, of all shapes and sizes. Through a collaborative, communicative, multi-disciplinary approach, the Clinic cares for the whole person, in the context of their values. She has lectured nationally and internationally, is widely published in the scientific literature as well as on blogs, and sits on the board of IAEDP (International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals) as the only internist. Dr. Gaudiani is one of very few outpatient internists in the US who carries the Certified Eating Disorder Specialist designation.

 

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Stu Koman, PhD – Consultant, Family Services and Larger Systems

 

Stu Koman, PhD, is the founder, president and chief executive officer of Walden Behavioral Care and its nonprofit Walden Center for Education and Research. Dr. Koman brings more than 30 years of experience creating and leading several behavioral health care companies, many of which became a standard of treatment innovation and excellence for previously underserved populations and families. In his current role, Dr. Koman has grown Walden Behavioral Care into one of the nation’s leading full systems of care for eating disorders and psychiatric treatment. Today, Walden has locations across multiple states, serving adolescents, adults and families across the nation. Prior to Walden, Dr. Koman was the founder of Koman Associates, co-founder of Choate Health Systems, Inc. (CHSI), president of Charles River Management (CRHM), and a senior clinician and director of adolescent programs at the former Charles River Hospital (CRH). Dr. Koman is a senior clinical adviser for Public Consulting Group, providing strategic planning and systems re-engineering to state agencies throughout the United States. He also served on the governing board of the American Psychological Association’s practice division. Dr. Koman earned his bachelor’s degree from Trinity College and his doctorate from Duke University.

 

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Constance Rhodes - Consultant, Faith Based Initiatives

 

Constance Rhodes is the founder and CEO of FINDINGbalance, a faith-based nonprofit that has served over a million people since 2002 with easily accessible online resources, events and programs. She is the author of two books, including Life Inside the 'Thin' Cage: A Personal Look into the Hidden World of Chronic Dieting, and has appeared in numerous media outlets including Shape Magazine, PBS, Good Morning Texas and Chicago's Moody Radio Network. A pioneer in the field of technology-based delivery systems for recovery tools, Rhodes' website hosts the world's largest online digital library curated exclusively for eating issues with more than 600 free videos as well as articles, book recommendations, and expert answers to visitor questions. In 2014, FINDINGbalance launched the first global online support program for eating disorders called "Lasting Freedom," which provides quality, community-based support to women all over the world at an extremely low weekly cost for clients. As a faith-based organization, FINDINGbalance is passionate about extending the love and care of Christ to ALL who seek freedom from eating disorders.

 

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"I am thrilled to join the Hynes Recovery Services Advisory Board as its Medical Advisor. I share HRS's passion for a national campaign that supports college students struggling with eating disorders. Eating disorders take people's lives: not only in the sense that they carry the highest death rate of any mental illness, but in the sense that they steal good, joyful, productive days of living from remarkable people, replacing those days with rules, fears, isolation, and misery. HRS is a terrific organization that has helped bring so many people back to life, back to living."

- Jennifer Gaudiani, MD, CEDS, Medical Advisor