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19th Annual Columbia River Eating Disorder Network Conference Presenters


2016 Keynote Speakers

Kara Bazzi, LMFT, CEDS is a co-founder and Clinical Director of Opal: Food+Body Wisdom. She is a licensed Marriage & Family Therapist with thirteen years of clinical experience, focusing her work on the treatment of eating disorders. Kara has strong local ties; having graduated with honors from University of Washington with a degree in psychology and her Master’s Degree in Marriage & Family Therapy from Seattle Pacific University. She and Julie Church, RD founded the Eating Disorder Program at the Seattle Pacific University’s Counseling Center, and treated clients in a private practice setting for seven years before opening Opal.She is an approved supervisor through the State of Washington, a Certified Eating Disorder Specialist, and a member of National Eating Disorders Association, International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals, and the Academy for Eating Disorders. One of Kara’s passions and interests is working with athletes. As a former University of Washington cross country and track athlete, she continues to compete in sports, both as a passion and also to stay connected with the athletic mindset and lifestyle. She has developed the Exercise + Sport program at Opal to ensure that clients relationship to sport and exercise is an integral part of their treatment.

Mark Warren, M.D., M.P.H., FAED is the chief medical officer of The Emily Program. He is also one of the original founders of the Cleveland Center for Eating Disorders, which recently merged to become The Emily Program – Cleveland. A Cleveland native, he is a graduate of the Johns Hopkins University Medical School and completed his residency at Harvard Medical School. He served as Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry at Mt. Sinai Hospital and Medical Director of University Hospital Health System’s Laurelwood Hospital. A past vice-chair for clinical affairs at the Case School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry, he continues on the Clinical Faculty of the Medical School, teaching in both the Departments of Psychiatry and Pediatrics. He is currently a faculty member and former chair of the Board of Governors at the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland. Dr. Warren is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, a two-time recipient of the Exemplary Psychiatrist Award of the national Alliance for the Mentally Ill, and a winner of the Woodruff Award. He leads the Males and Eating Disorders special interest group for the Academy of Eating Disorders.

Breakout Session Presenters

Sara Kristine Becker, M.D. is a board certified Family Physician who has practiced Family Medicine and Obstetrics in Portland, Oregon for 33 years. She obtained a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Michigan State University, where she taught for two years. After she graduated from the University of Michigan Medical School, she completed her residency in Family Medicine at Oregon Health Sciences University (OHSU) in 1980. She began her practice in Milwaukie, Oregon the same year. She is a Diplomat of the American Board of Family Practice and was an Associate Clinical Professor of Family Practice at OHSU. Her professional interests are general Family Medicine, Aviation Medicine and hormone replacement therapy. Sara is a member of the World Professional Association for Transgender Health, the Oregon Academy of Family Medicine, the Oregon Medical Association, and the American Academy of Family Physicians.  

Kasey Goodpaster, Ph.D. is a licensed health psychologist at the Legacy Weight and Diabetes Institute.  She received her doctorate in Counseling Psychology from Purdue University, and completed her clinical internship with a focus on health psychology at St. Vincent Indianapolis Hospital.  Dr. Goodpaster also completed a fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic with a specialization in bariatrics and weight management.  She specializes in bariatric pre-surgical evaluations, individual and group cognitive behavioral therapy, and treatment for binge eating, graze eating, and night eating disorders.  She has a special interest in addressing obesity stigma and has presented on this topic to various healthcare disciplines on local and state levels. 

Sarahjoy Marsh, M.A., E-RYT-500 yoga teacher and author, is a vibrant, compassionate catalyst for transformation. Her teachings are informed by her extensive Eastern and Western studies including transpersonal counseling, art therapy, the psychology of yoga, Ayurveda, and rehabilitative yoga. Her book, Hunger, Hope & Healing: A Yoga Approach to Reclaiming Your Relationship with Your Body and Food, outlines her unique approach to yoga for recovery; integrating powerful yoga and mindfulness tools with modern day psychological modalities for an effective and comprehensive approach to healing. Committed to supporting marginalized populations and using yoga for social justice Sarahjoy founded Living Yoga and the DAYA Foundation. A sought after teacher of teachers, she leads multiple 200-hr and 500-hr teacher trainings and yoga therapy professional trainings in the Northwest, international retreats and is a regular instructor at Kripalu and Breitenbush Hot Springs.

Karen Petermeyer RDN, CD is a Registered Dietitian, and Professional Relations Coordinator at Eating Recovery Center of Washington. As a dietitian, she works from a non-diet approach, helping clients move towards freedom with their food and body image through attuned and intuitive eating. A fierce goal of hers is to promote awareness and speak truth into the lies around food and body image. Karen is a regular speaker in the classroom setting to help expose myths that media and culture have created. Karen spends a good portion of her time educating healthcare professionals and treatment teams as well as adolescents and their loved ones about eating disorders. As a previous competitive gymnast and soccer player, she can relate to the pressures that these athletes, students, and loved ones are enduring. Karen’s goal is to create awareness around how to talk about our relationship with food, as well as body image. She invites individuals to constructively view the media with the ultimate goal of helping adolescents and adults to thrive in life, not just survive.