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18th Annual Columbia River Eating Disorder Network Conference Presenters


Keynote Speakers

Edward P. Tyson, M.D. has been specializing in the assessment and treatment of eating disorders for over 25 years and presents frequently at eating disorder professional meetings nationally and internationally. As a member of the Task Force on Medical Standards for the Academy for Eating Disorders (AED), he is a co-author of the “Critical Points for Early Recognition and Medical Risk Management in the Care of Individuals with Eating Disorders,” of which over 80,000 copies have been distributed worldwide in several languages.  He wrote the chapter on medical assessment for the recent text, “Eating Disorders—Bridging the Research-Practice Gap.” Advocating for those with eating disorders has been a priority for him and he has worked to develop legislation in the state of Texas to mandate insurance coverage for eating disorders. Dr. Tyson is a member of the AED’s Advisory Board and the board for both the Austin Foundation for Eating Disorders and for Ophelia’s Place. Dr. Tyson also teaches residents, medical students, nurse practitioner students as well as undergraduate and graduate classes at the University of Texas about eating disorders.

Recognizing the need for an organization to advocate on behalf of affected individuals and the providers who treat them, Chevese Turner founded the Binge Eating Disorder Association (BEDA) in 2008. A well-rounded career in the non-profit, health care, pharmaceutical, and political arenas performing a variety of leadership roles including advocacy, education, and policy related positions prepared Turner to serve this under recognized population through social action, education, and outreach. She is passionate about education and works with BEDA’s board and scientific advisory council to create conferences and programming that create awareness and learning opportunities for eating disorders specialists, healthcare professionals, individuals, and families. Turner is a regular speaker about her own journey and issues related to advocacy work around eating disorders, weight concerns, weight-bias and discrimination, and bullying. She attended Temple University in Philadelphia where she received a BA in Political Science. She is a past committeewoman to the City of Philadelphia’s 21st ward, has worked on various political campaigns, and is a dedicated social activist. Turner lives in Severna Park, MD, with her husband and two sons.

Amy Pershing LMSW, ACSW, began her career treating the spectrum of eating and body image disorders at the Center for Eating Disorders (CED) in Ann Arbor, MI, in 1991. Amy Pershing has pioneered an integrated approach based on the latest research in the field as well as more than 28 years of clinical experience. This unique treatment approach incorporates a variety of clinical paradigms, including internal family systems (IFS) theory, mindfulness strategies, and somatic trauma techniques, into a psychodynamic framework. Her approach also weaves intuitive eating and movement and a “health at every size” philosophy into treatment. Pershing lectures nationally and internationally and writes extensively on the treatment of BED and her own recovery journey for both professional and lay communities. She has been featured on numerous radio and television programs speaking about BED treatment and recovery, relapse prevention, weight stigma, and intuitive eating and movement. Pershing has also served on a variety of professional boards and currently serves as the 2013 Chair of the Binge Eating Disorder Association. She maintains a clinical practice in Ann Arbor at CED.

Breakout Session Presenters

Jacqueline Abbott, Dr.PH, RD, LD is a nationally recognized expert in the field of eating disorders and has over 20 years experience in the field as a working clinician and consultant. As a licensed and registered Dietitian and Certified Eating Disorder Specialist, Dr. Abbott’s practice at Northwest Primary Care is centered on eating disorders and child and adolescent obesity. Her interests include family, access to health care and wellness that is accessible, affordable and easy to achieve. Long walks, cross country skiing, ice skating and good food with good friends. All music (especially when her son plays) and reading good books recommended by family, friends and patients.

Gretchen Newmark, M.A., RD, LD is a licensed, Registered Dietitian in private practice specializing in weight management and disordered eating. She collaborates with multidisciplinary teams to provide comprehensive out-patient treatment. With decades of experience from her meditation and yoga practices, she helps people learn mindfulness to find balance and pleasure in their eating and exercise. She founded and led the first group for people with eating disorders in Los Angeles. She is active in her Buddhist group and teaches Buddhism throughout North America.

Amy Stoeber, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist in private practice and adjunct professor at Pacific University Graduate School. Dr. Stoeber has a Ph.D. from Indiana University with an endorsement in pediatric psychology. She has treated children, adolescents and families for over 12 years. Dr. Stoeber works with a wide range of families, but specializes in complex family issues including the treatment of eating disorders. She is a statewide trainer for other medical conditions and presents regularly to schools, hospitals, clinics and universities.