Greta Gleissner is a NYC-based psychotherapist specializing in eating disorders. In recovery since 2001, Ms. Gleissner has firsthand knowledge of the challenges individuals face in the eating disorder recovery process, particularly during transitions. Her personal recovery and expertise in the field was the primary impetus for the co-creation of Eating Disorder Recovery Specialists.
Ashley Anderson is a NYC based psychotherapist and certified substance abuse counselor with years of experience specializing in addiction and addictive disorders, mood disturbances, and disruptive personality patterns. Ms. Anderson co-founded Eating Disorder Recovery Specialists to help individuals build recovery and life skills necessary for long term recovery.
As Chief Operating Officer as EDRS, Matt Perry is responsible for operational and financial management of the company. With 25+ years in the professional services industry, his experience and leadership are focused on developing and delivering business solutions and operational excellence to improve the quality of care for both our clients and our specialists.
Jessie Huebner, LMHC, LCP, CEDS-S, CAP, joined Eating Disorder Recovery Specialist (EDRS) in mid 2016 as a recovery specialist and moved into the role as the Director of Clinical Services in early 2019. Jessie received her master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling from Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia and is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor with the state of Florida and Licensed Professional Counselor in New Jersey. She is an active member of the International Association for Eating Disorder Professionals (IAEDP). Jessie is a Certified Eating Disorder Specialist (CEDS), a Certified Addiction Professional (CAP) and is EMDR trained. She is currently working towards certification in EMDR as well as becoming a certified Intuitive Eating Counselor. Jessie has extensive experience in working in all levels of care from residential, PHP and IOP to outpatient in roles as therapist to clinical director. Jessie has been apart of startup teams for new Eating Disorder and Mental Health programs and has been an instrumental part in the development and growth of the center. Jessie also believes in giving back to the community, and as such has been a committed member of the Alliance for Eating Disorders, currently assist in leading their free community support groups and currently serves on the board for IAEDP South FL chapter. She also is in private practice and is a qualified supervisor for those seeking licensure in FL with focus on professional development and personal growth. Jessie comes from a Health at Every Size (HAES) and Intuitive Eating approach and believes in meeting clients where they are. Her treatment approach includes the following proven methods: CBT, DBT, strengths-based therapy, and motivational interviewing. Jessie uses these modalities to help others see and believe that they can be made whole again; living a life of purpose and intentionality. Jessie’s desire is to help each person find hope and healing for a bright future!
Kelly is an Atlanta, GA native and received her undergraduate degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder. She returned to Atlanta to get her M.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Mercer University. Her experience includes working in various eating disorder treatment settings, including private practice, IOP/PHP, and residential care. She began working with EDRS in 2017 and joined the team full-time in January 2019 where she now works as the Intake Manager. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Virginia and Washington, D.C. and a Nationally Certified Counselor. Among many other things some of her personal favorite topics and hobbies include: music, art, books, Yoga, and soccer.
A Canadian living in Boston. Shalini is a Registered Dietitian and Nutrition Therapist that joined Eating Disorder Recovery Specialists in 2016.
Shalini received her undergraduate Business degree at the University of Ottawa, in Canada, and her Master of Science in Dietetics and Nutrition at Florida International University, in Miami.
Shalini has extensive training in medical nutrition therapy, and has worked across all the levels of care of eating disorder treatment. Over the years, she has gained invaluable knowledge about food, the human body, and mental health. As a HAES (Health At Every Size) informed dietitian, she understands how to provide a safe, nurturing, weight neutral environment for her clients. And as a woman of color, she understands the increased stigma surrounding mental health in various cultures. Shalini will always meet her clients where they are in their recovery, and help them find the tools they need to heal and make peace with food and their body, for good.
Among many other things, Shalini loves traveling, trying new ethnic cuisines, crafting, and spending time with her little girl.
Located in Los Angeles, CA, Josie has been with EDRS since 2016. As the Recruitment and Training Manager, Josie helps to ensure that EDRS hires and trains talented, passionate individuals so that clients have the best possible experience. Josie is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and has treated eating disorders for over 10 years. After recovering herself and obtaining her Masters in Clinical Psychology, Josie received the bulk of her training working with Monte Nido & Affiliates across all levels of care. Josie’s private practice in Studio City, CA focuses on helping adult women break free from disordered eating and self-sabotage and step into new, empowered lives. Josie is also trained in EMDR and incorporates this into her work with clients for whole-self healing. When not in the office, Josie can likely be found lounging at home with her partner and three cats, reading Harry Potter books or working on a jigsaw puzzle.
As the Billing Manager, Kristina’s goal is to always ensure that clients and/or loved ones have a clear communication on cost of treatment and the billing structure. She works closely with EDRS’s UR department in order to be aware of any potential insurance concerns that may need to be brought to a client’s attention. Her hope is to eliminate any worries pertaining to billing so that individuals are able to fully focus on the tools that EDRS is providing them during this road to recovery.
Having worked in the clinical and administrative capacities for leaders in the addiction medicine and in Behavioral Health fields, as well as developmental disabilities state sector programs, Claudette Scirri brings 15 years of experience in Insurance Utilization Review and 20 years Case Management experience of patient advocacy for EDRS clients. She also holds a Master’s in Family Counseling.
Alexandra Leff is a New York based Licensed Creative Arts Therapist specializing in the treatment of Eating Disorders. Alexandra’s other specialties include substance abuse, addictions, relationships and trauma. Alexandra received her Master’s degree from New York University and has worked in Hospitals, Mental Health Clinics and outpatient settings treating various mental health diagnoses. Having recovered from her own eating disorder, Alexandra understands the complexities of treating eating disorders and brings an empathic and holistic approach to treating the individual, helping them to gain the skills to create full and meaningful life. Alexandra has training in CBT, DBT, EMDR and Creative Arts and uses a combination of relational, behavioral and experiential techniques in her practice. Alexandra believes in meeting the client where they are at and supporting each individual in accessing their authentic and healthy selves in order to make a full recovery.
Dana Sedlak is an experienced psychotherapist with a demonstrated history of working in the mental healthcare field as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in NY, CT, and NJ. She has worked in a variety of settings, including outpatient, partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient, and residential programs with a specialization in adolescents and young adults.
She brings both clinical expertise and her individual experience to work with you in your recovery from your eating disorder, anxiety, depression, trauma, substance abuse, and other co-occurring disorders. She also specializes in providing Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) to reduce symptoms of trauma and PTSD.
Dana focuses on creating a therapeutic relationship where you have the space to show up authentically in your truth. She will help you develop insight into the function of your eating disorder, how it is serving you, and how you can find alternative ways to meet those needs without shame or judgement. Dana will facilitate your relationship to your healthy self during moments where your eating disorder is too afraid to loosen the reigns. She will help you to build life worth living goals to increase your connection to a world outside of our eating disorder.
She sincerely believes that full recovery is possible for every single person, without any exceptions. Dana is eager to help you take strides towards your own individual journey of stepping into your strength, your power, and your resiliency into a life full of freedom.
Dana Magid is a NJ and NY Licensed Social Worker. Dana graduated with her Masters from Ramapo College of New Jersey. She has experience working with all levels of care: PHP, IOP, Residential, and hospitalization. She has years of experience working with eating disorders, addiction, addictive disorders, co-occurring disorders, and mood disturbance. Dana has participated in trainings to better her knowledge and has become proficient in CBT and DBT skills. She has experience working with trauma (Cognitive Processing Therapy CPT trained) and has an expertise in grounding techniques and meditation skills. Dana believes full recovery is possible and uses treatment approaches to help motivate and empower her clients. Dana uses treatment approaches such as: strengths-based therapy, motivational interviewing and meeting clients where they are in their recovery process. Dana joined the EDRS team which compliments her passion to help individuals with an eating disorder. She helps clients build recovery focused goals and skills that are pertinent to long term recovery.
Danielle is a white cis gendered, able bodied, heterosexual woman living with many privileges (including thin privilege) who is no stranger to mental illness. She knows that the road of recovery is as unique as the individual and believes everyone is deserving of treatment and care. Trained in medical nutrition therapy, Danielle is well versed in the complexities of food, science, and mental health. Danielle values honesty, communication, grace, kindness, humility, and learning. Danielle uses these values to offer her clients a warm and empathetic healing space. Danielle will work with you and your treatment team to design a personalized nutrition treatment plan that will empower you to meet your recovery goals with practical tools and words of encouragement every step of the way. Danielle is HAES® oriented and applies Intuitive Eating to her work with adults and children/adolescents (including Family Based Treatment) from all walks of life and backgrounds.
She earned her bachelor’s degree in Human Biology, Health, and Society from Cornell University and completed her Dietetic Internship with a Master’s Degree in Clinical Nutrition at the University at Buffalo. Danielle is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, International Federation of Eating Disorder Dietitians (IFEDD), the New York City Chapter of International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals (IADEP), and Eating Disorder Registered Dietitian & Professionals (EDRDpro).
Lindsie has worked with EDRS since November of 2018. She received her master’s degree in Social Work with a clinical emphasis from New York University and is a Licensed Master Social Worker with the state of New York.
Lindsie believes that self-compassion is the key to growth and healing. From an individualized and person-centered approach, she works collaboratively with her clients to support them in finding relief from challenging thought patterns, behaviors, and personal judgment. Lindsie is passionate about helping her clients identify and draw upon their personal strengths to empower their own meaningful change.
Lindsie has experience working with adolescents, adults, and children, many of whom feel “stuck”, overwhelmed, anxious, and depressed. She specializes in working with clients who experience disordered eating, poor body image, and intrusive thoughts. Lindsie strives to support clients in practicing self-love and mindfulness so they can better recognize their potential and find peace and healing in the process. Her approach is warm, open, and non-judgmental.
Originally from Maine, Lindsay has lived in NYC for over a decade and credits the city’s diverse backdrop as a major source of inspiration in her therapeutic work. She is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in New York State and works with adults in all life stages. She has a special interest in eating disorders, anxiety, depression, and trauma. Lindsay favors an integrated therapeutic approach with a psychodynamic foundation that pulls from acceptance and commitment therapy, as well as, emotion-focused concepts.
Lindsay has worked with eating disorders since 2015 in a variety of clinical settings that include partial hospitalization programs, intensive outpatient programs, and residential treatment centers. She started working full-time with EDRS in October 2018 and enjoys this level of care and the unique set of challenges it presents. With a background in art and architecture, she has used these experiences in mental health by embracing the complexities of human collaboration and connection. She lives with her two cats and Boston terrier in Brooklyn, NY and enjoys baking in her spare time.
Melanie Schaffer is a registered dietitian who holds a bachelor’s degree in nutrition and dietetics from The University of Akron, where she also completed her dietetic internship. She has extensive experience working with eating disorders and disordered eating and has worked in all levels of care. Melanie has worked with adolescents and adults, active duty members, and with college students. Her motto is All Foods Fit and counsels from a non- diet, Health at Every Size, and weight neutral stance. Melanie is passionate about working meeting clients where they are and working collaboratively. She hopes to help her clients learn to nourish and move their bodies in joyful and mindful ways.
Melanie is currently finishing up a Master of Science in Education from The University of Dayton’s counseling program. Melanie has been an active member of Ohio Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. In 2017, she was named Ohio’s Young Dietitian of the Year. She loves all things Cleveland and Northeast Ohio: the Cleveland Browns, the Cleveland Metroparks, Cuyahoga Valley National Park, the food (THE FOOD!!), the people, and the lake!
Michelle began working with EDRS in January 2019 as a per diem recovery specialist and transitioned to working full time in June 2020.Michelle received her Master of Science in Clinical/Counseling Psychology from Clayton State University and currently has a MHC-LP and is working towards full licensure in New York. Michelle began studying weight perceptions in society for her thesis in graduate school in 2016 and began working with eating disorders in May 2018. She has experience working with clients at PHP, IOP and residential settings. Michelle’s patience, tenacity, and personal approach to every client makes her a strong, supportive and caring resource to aiding in the care and well-being of her clients.
Amanda O’Brien is a New York based therapist specializing in the treatment of eating disorders and co-occurring mental health concerns. She has extensive experience providing individual, family, and group therapy in outpatient, PHP, and IOP levels of care. Amanda completed her Masters in Mental Health Counseling at the University of Florida, with special focus on crisis counseling and supporting international collegiate athletes in their adjustment to life in America. Amanda’s special interest in working with expats led her to Austria, where she provided counseling to international students struggling with their transitions to life in a new country.
Amanda is a culturally competent provider that aims to create a safe, collaborative environment that allows clients to explore their innermost selves. She believes that true growth occurs in the presence of connection, and she hopes to provide the space for her clients to begin exploring who they are, where they’ve come from, and how they hope to grow. Amanda supports her clients in reconnecting with their values, identifying self-destructive cycles, and exploring ways to enhance overall life quality.
Shira Goldstein is a NJ and NY Licensed Social Worker. Shira graduated with her Masters from Fordham University. She has experience working with all levels of care: Residential, PHP, IOP and outpatient. She has years of experience working with eating disorders, addiction, co-occurring disorders, mood disorder and psychosis. Shira is experienced using CBT, DBT and CPT modalities, to aid clients in their healing process. Shira believes in an all foods fit model and believes recovery is possible for all clients. Shira believes providing an empathetic and safe space for clients to heal and show up as their authentic selves is essential for them to explore their motivations, goals, and values. Shira works with her clients to learn what barriers they have to recovery and aid in finding ways to overcome those barriers. Shira joined the EDRS team to pursue her passion to help individuals with an eating disorder along their recovery journey. She helps clients build recovery focused plans that are essential in long term recovery. Shiras has a client centered approach in which clients are the experts in their own recovery and are empowered to make meaningful changes in their lives.
Zoë Zachs is a psychotherapist specializing in the treatment of eating disorders, body image concerns, and mental health issues in adolescents and adults alike. She has extensive experience providing individual, family, and group therapy across all levels of outpatient care. Zoë received her Masters in Social Work from Columbia University School of Social Work.
Zoë aims to create a safe, collaborative, and supportive therapeutic relationship that empowers clients to be themselves and focus on their recovery. Whether her clients have difficulty managing anxiety, depression, trauma, or life transitions, she takes a humanized and direct approach. Zoë strives to help her clients build self-awareness, learn new skills to overcome seemingly inevitable challenges, and move towards a more fulfilling life.
Stephanie joined the EDRS team early 2021. She received her Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling and is a licensed-eligible counselor with the state of Florida. She is a member of the International Association for Eating Disorder Professionals (IAEDP) and is working towards her certification as a Certified Eating Disorder Specialist (CEDS). Stephanie has experience working with children, adolescents, adults, and families in a variety of settings including outpatient, partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient, and school-based. Stephanie’s treatment approach includes using strength-based counseling, DBT, CBT, and motivational interviewing. Stephanie has a passion for helping those suffering from an eating disorder by helping them to develop a healthy relationship with food, develop a healthy self-esteem, learn coping skills, and manage intrusive thoughts. She values the importance of self-care, holistic living, integrity and responsibility. She will come alongside you and bring light, hope, healing, and purpose to your life.
Tara Ostrowe is a Registered Dietitian specializing in the treatment of Eating Disorders. Tara is also a board certified sports dietitian and has extensive experience in working with athletes with eating disorders. She has worked as a Dietitian, Nutrition Therapist, and Recovery Specialist for EDRS since September 2017. She received her Master of Science degree in Nutrition & Exercise Physiology from Columbia University and her Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition & Dietetics from the University of Wisconsin. Tara has vast experience in the treatment of eating disorders. She has provided nutrition counseling for the management of eating disorders for more than 15 years in a variety of health and treatment centers such as Columbia University Health Services, Barnard College Health Services, LIU Brooklyn, Monte Nido, and the Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center. As a HAES (Health At Every Size) informed clinician with a philosophy that all foods fit, she takes an individualized approach to working with all of her clients to provide the most supported personalized care. She aims to create a safe and warm environment with open communication to help you meet your nutrition and recovery goals at each step. She works closely with your entire treatment team to foster optimal communication and support along the path to recovery.
Aschel has been working with EDRS since late 2019 as a Recovery Specialist and now as a therapist. She brings a playful, caring, and curious approach to her work with clients as an LMSW in the state of New York. Aschel is also a Certified Clinical Trauma Specialist (CCTSI). Aschel obtained her MSW with integrated (clinical and community) concentration at the University of New England. While completing her masters, Aschel worked with elementary and high school aged children and adults, providing therapy and group leadership. She also completed the unique Arts and Social Justice Certificate and Training in Aging and Diversity fellowship. Prior to this, Aschel worked with adults with intellectual uniqueness at a day program leading trail walks, cooking classes, and art lessons. She also received a BA in Design at Otago University in New Zealand, her country of birth, and traveled extensively around Europe and South America. Guided by a belief in the healing power of a therapeutic relationship, Aschel feels incredibly lucky to be a part of a team at EDRS that truly cares about their shared mission to provide supportive and tailored services to each and every client!
Charla is originally from Jackson, MS. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Mississippi State University and her Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling from Mercer University. Charla began working in the mental health field and has years of experience in residential Eating Disorder treatment settings, private practices, and hospitals. She has her associate counseling license in Georgia and is a Nationally Certified Counselor. Charla is currently pursuing her PhD in Clinical Psychology and enjoys traveling, music, and art.
Christina has been with EDRS for 2 years working primarily as a Care Coordinator, as well as assuming an Administrative Assistant role. She has a Bachelors in Psychology from Immaculata University and is finishing her Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Alma Mater. Christina’s empathy, unique perspective, and clinical experience aid in her professional yet kind approach to meeting client’s needs.
Passionate and attentive to mental health, Sydney currently serves as a Care Coordinator with Eating Disorder Recovery Specialists while she pursues her Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. In the summer of 2019, Sydney was selected to present at the American Psychological Association, which was such an honor. Sydney desires to help clients overcome challenges and make adaptive changes that will assist them in reaching their mental, physical, and relational goals. Sydney’s career goal is to one day apply her knowledge in an inpatient treatment facility.
Originally from the SF Bay Area, Leilani has a strong background in administration, working previously as a legal secretary in Alameda and Santa Clara Counties. Though new to eating disorder recovery, Leilani has strong passion for mental and emotional health, communication, self love, and growth. She is working as a Care Coordinator.