2013 Eating Recovery Center Foundation Eating Disorders Conference

Denver, Colorado
Friday, August 23, 2013

2013 Eating Recovery Center Foundation
Eating Disorders Conference

Friday, August 23 - Saturday, August 24, 2013
Denver Marriott City Center, 1701 California Street, Denver, CO  80202

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It is essential that clinicians working with the high-risk eating disordered population be aware of recent research and developments in the field to plan appropriate and effective courses of intervention. We invite you to join us for the 5th Annual Eating Recovery Center Foundation Eating Disorders Conference.

Held at the foot of the Rocky Mountains in beautiful Denver, Colorado, this two-day event explores the research, trends and emerging best practices shaping the field and offers an invaluable opportunity to learn from and connect with the leaders that develop standards of excellence and drive innovation in the treatment of eating disorders. An interactive educational program supports networking and collaboration among key disciplines in the eating disorders treatment community, including physicians, therapists, dietitians, nurses and advocacy organizations.

Registration Fees

Conference Registration Includes:
  • All sessions and up to 16 Continuing Education Credits
  • Conference handouts and resources
  • Lunch and dinner on Friday, breakfast and lunch on Saturday, as well as refreshment breaks
Conference Registration  On or Before July 26  After July 26
Friday & Saturday  $175  $200
Single Day  $125  $150
Student - Friday & Saturday  $125  $150
Student - Single Day  $75  $100

Pre-Conference Workshop Includes: 


  • Interactive session and 4 Continuing Education Credits
  • Conference handouts and resources
  • Breakfast on Friday
Pre-Conference Workshop On or Before July 26  After July 26
With Conference Registration  $50  $50
Without Conference Registration  $75  $75

Continuing Education
Continuing Education Credits Available for:
  • Any Master’s-Level Professionals through National Board of Certified Counselors 
  • Registered Dietitians through Commission on Dietetic Registration
  • Registered Nurses through Colorado Nurses Association
  • California MFT and LCSW through California Board of Behavioral Sciences
  • Psychologists through American Psychological Association
  • Social Workers through National Association of Social Workers  
  • Physicians through American Medical Association (Continuing Medical Education)

About the Presenters

Neeru Bakshi, MD
Dr. Bakshi is the Associate Medical Director at The Moore Center. She is a board certified adult psychiatrist who specializes in adult and adolescent psychiatry, group therapy and consultation psychiatry.  Dr. Bakshi is also the Chairperson of the Department of Psychiatry at Overlake Hospital Medical Center.  She attended George Washington University where she received a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology and received her medical degree from Texas A&M University Health Sciences Center College of Medicine.  Dr. Bakshi completed her internship and residency at Baylor College of Medicine in the Meninnger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and the University of Washington.  Dr. Bakshi is an active member of the Washington State Psychiatric Association and fellow in the American Psychiatric Association. 


Ovidio Bermudez, MD, FAAP, FSAM, FAED, CEDS
Dr. Ovidio Bermudez is the Chief Medical Officer and Medical Director of Child and 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. He is Board certified in Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine.  Dr. Bermudez is a Fellow of the Academy for Eating Disorders, the Society for Adolescent Medicine and the American Academy of Pediatrics. He is Past Chairman and current member of the Board of Directors of the National Eating Disorders Association, Co-Founder of the Eating Disorders Coalition of Tennessee (EDCT) and Co-founder of the Oklahoma Eating Disorders Association (OEDA). He co-chairs the Medical Care Special Interest Group and the Hispano-Latino-American Chapter of the Academy for Eating Disorders. He is a member of the International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals and a Certified Eating Disorders Specialist. 

Dr. Bermudez has lectured nationally and internationally on eating disorders, childhood obesity and other topics related to pediatric and adult healthcare, and has been recognized for his dedication and advocacy in the field of eating disorders.

Emmett Bishop, Jr., MD, FAED, CEDS 
Dr. Emmett Bishop has more than 20 years experience in the treatment of eating disorders and is currently the Medical Director of Outpatient Services and Program Development at Eating Recovery Center.  Formerly Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the Medical College of Georgia, he was Director of Undergraduate Education in Psychiatry and completed research in psychosomatic medicine.  He has also completed drug studies and research with psychotropic medications and eating disorders. Author and co-author of numerous articles in his field, he has lectured widely on eating disorders and psychotropic medications.

Since 1998, Dr. Bishop has worked on an assessment protocol for bariatric surgery candidates.  He has completed systematic research and has presented workshops at national conferences.  He is sought after as a consultant and advisor on bariatric psychological assessment. Dr. Bishop was medical director of the Clark Center Eating Disorders program in Savannah, Georgia 1986 – 1996 and Director of Outpatient Services at Eating Disorder Center of Denver 2003 – 2007.

He has served on the Board of Directors of the International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals since 1993 and is a past president.  He has been a member of the Academy for Eating Disorders since its inception in 1993 and currently serves as an Academy Fellow. Dr. Bishop has been a member of the Editorial Board of Eating Disorders Journal of Treatment and Prevention and the American Journal of Psychiatry, as well as other professional journals.

Bonnie Brennan, MA, LPC
Bonnie serves as the Clinical Director of the Adult Partial Hospitalization Program at Eating Recovery Center. Bonnie's love for psychology and the human spirit began in her first courses in psychology in high school and has continued throughout her life. She has a Bachelor's degree from the State University of New York and a Master's degree in Counseling Psychology and Counselor Education with an emphasis on Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Colorado at Denver. Furthermore, she is recognized by the State of Colorado as a Licensed Professional Counselor and is certified by the National Board for Certified Counselors. Bonnie has worked in a variety of treatment settings in her 15+ years of experience, such as outpatient private practice, intensive outpatient, residential and inpatient settings.  Aside from her expertise in working with eating disorders, she thrives on helping individuals find values directed lives and assisting in growing the minds of her patients and the therapists she supervises.

Diana Chislett, BA, BASc, RD
Diana obtained her Bachelor of Applied Science at Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada and completed her dietetic internship at St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto. While working at The Ottawa Hospital in their Eating Disorders Program, she gained experience working with patients struggling with eating disorders. Diana believes food and nutrition are the foundations for healthy individuals and communities, and currently serves as a Registered Dietitian at The Moore Center in Bellevue, Washington. 


Lauren Davis, MS, RD
Lauren holds undergraduate degrees in Culinary Arts and in Human Nutrition from Johnson & Wales University, as well as a Masters of Science in Food Science and Human Nutrition from the University of Maine. She completed her dietetic internship at Eastern Maine Medical Center, Inland Hospital and Mercy Hospital’s New England Eating Disorder’s Program. She is committed to helping individuals with eating disorders develop a healthy relationship with food, body, and mind. She has worked therapeutically and nutritionally with patients at multiple levels of care at Eating Disorder Center of Denver, Center for Change (Las Vegas), New England Eating Disorders Program, and currently is working at Eating Recovery Center in Denver, CO at the Partial Hospitalization Program. 


Elizabeth Easton, PsyD
Dr. Elizabeth Easton is the Clinical Director of Child and Adolescent Services at Eating Recovery Center. She graduated with a Doctorate in Psychology from The George Washington University in Washington, DC. Dr. Davis completed her pre-doctoral internship and post-doctoral fellowship at The Children's Hospital of Denver, specializing in individual, family and group therapy with The Eating Disorders Program, Anxiety and Mood Disorder Outpatient Clinics, and General Psychiatry Inpatient Units. Her integrative therapy approach spans psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral, mindfulness-based treatment and family-based therapy (FBT) modalities. She also has extensive training and experience with psychological testing, including both cognitive and emotional assessments. Dr. Davis aids patients' and families' efforts to become more aware and mindful of their individual strengths and goals. 


Cyndi Eddington
Cyndi has more than 25 years of experience in the healthcare industry, with specialized focus on the delivery of mental health care. She serves as an advocate for patients and families as Eating Recovery Center’s Chief Business Services Officer. Her extensive knowledge of insurance policy is used daily to educate families and explain how best to access this resource to benefit a patient and their loved ones. Ms. Eddington’s commitment to communication, integrity and customer service is unsurpassed and her contribution to the team at Eating Recovery Center is invaluable.


Sara English, RD
Sara English, RD, is currently a Registered Dietitian in Eating Recovery Center’s Adult Partial Hospitalization Program.  In this role, she performs nutrition assessments, creates and monitors patient meal and exercise plans, provides individual therapeutic nutrition counseling, and teaches nutrition education and cooking groups. Prior to joining Eating Recovery Center, Sara served as a Registered Dietitian at Montecatini Eating Disorder Treatment Center in Carlsbad, California, where she worked with patients at the Partial Hospitalization and Intensive Outpatient levels of care. Sara earned her BS in Food Science and Nutrition/Didactic Program in Dietetics at San Diego State University.


Julie Holland, MHS, CEDS
Julie Holland is Chief Marketing Officer for Eating Recovery Center and is widely recognized in the industry as both a clinician and public speaker. A Certified Eating Disorders Specialist, she has directed marketing and customer relationship management programs at several leading eating disorder treatment programs across the country.

Most recently, Julie served as Vice President, Business Development, Eating Disorders Programs for CRC Health Group, where she was responsible for the development and implementation of all intake, marketing and outreach efforts nationwide. Previously, she was the Executive Director of the International Institute for Trauma and Addiction Professionals overseeing the credentialing program for CSATs. Julie has also served as Director, Professional Relations and Education at the Renfrew Centers of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Ft. Lauderdale, and as Director of the Eating Disorders Program at the Clark Center at Memorial Medical Center in Savannah, Georgia.

Julie has specialized in the treatment of self-esteem, eating and body image issues for adults and adolescents for more than 24 years. She maintained private practices in the U.S. and Bermuda, providing consultation and training to professionals and consumers. An Approved Supervisor for the International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals (iaedp™), Julie served as the Director of Certification for iaedp™ for over 11 years – the only certification worldwide for eating disorders professionals. In addition, she holds memberships in several marketing, healthcare and eating disorder organizations.

Craig Johnson, PhD, FAED, CEDS
Dr. Craig Johnson has been a leader in the field of Eating Disorders for more than 30 years and is the Chief Clinical Officer at Eating Recovery Center in Denver, Colorado. He is a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Oklahoma Medical School. He has formerly held faculty appointments at Yale, University of Chicago and Northwestern University Medical Schools. He was the Founding Editor of the International Journal of Eating Disorders and a founding member of the Academy for Eating Disorders and the Eating Disorders Research Society. He is also Past President of the National Eating Disorders Association.

Dr. Johnson has authored three books, more than 70 scientific articles and has been the recipient of several distinguished contribution awards.

Rev. David Kenney, MA-Theo, MA-Bioeth, BCC
Rev. Kenney lives in Denver, Colorado, where he is a Principal of the Clinical Ethics Consultancy, LLC, a group which provides clinical ethics guidance including policy development, training and consultation services for hospitals and physician practices.  He is a former hospital Director of Pastoral Care and Chair of Clinical Ethics Consultation, and has long been active in the health care ethics arena.  He is a member of the American Society for Bioethics and the Humanities, and chairs its Religion, Spirituality and Bioethics subgroup.  He is a Board member of the Colorado Health Care Ethics Forum.  He serves on several Colorado hospital ethics committees.  He is a member of two Panels of the Colorado Multiple Institutional Review Board.  He is affiliate faculty of Regis University in Denver, in the Health Care Ethics program, and of University of Colorado Denver for its Campus-Wide Ethics Program.  He is a priest of the Ecumenical Catholic Communion, a Pastor, a certified Spiritual Director and a Board Certified Chaplain (APC).  David holds an MA in Systematic Theology, and an MA in Bioethics and Health Policy, and is now completing his doctorate in the same field at Loyola University Chicago.

Brittany Lacour, LCSW, DAACS
Brittany is a licensed social worker, certified sex therapist, and a Diplomat to The American Board of Sexology.  She received a BA in Psychology from Marymount Manhattan College, earned her MSW from New York University, and completed post-graduate sex therapy training through the American Academy of Clinical Sexology and The HIV Center for Clinical and Behavioral Studies. Brittany has been a lecturer for the New York Social Work Council on Addictions, the Object Relations Institute, Colorado School for Family Therapy and Planned Parenthood Federation of America.  She currently serves as a primary therapist in Eating Recovery Center’s adult inpatient/residential programs.


Jennifer Lombardi, MFT
Jennifer Lombardi serves as Executive Director for Summit Eating Disorders and Outreach Program, a Sacramento-based program dedicated to the prevention and treatment of eating disorders. During her tenure, she has served in numerous roles including Chief of Admissions Officer, primary therapist and Director of Marketing and Outreach. Prior to her work in the field of eating disorders, Jennifer worked for nearly ten years in the field of public relations. She has extensive experience in crisis communications and media relations, and has served on numerous boards and committees for both private and public agencies. Jennifer attended California State University, Sacramento, where she received her undergraduate degree in Government/Journalism and her Master's in Marriage, Family and Child Counseling. Recovered herself from anorexia for more than 18 years, Jennifer lectures extensively on the topics of eating disorders and body image issues to adolescents, parents and professionals.


Jane Miceli, MD
Dr. Jane Miceli is the Medical Director of Adult Services at Eating Recovery Center. She has 20 years of psychiatric experience and has treated eating disorders and co-occurring illnesses on our inpatient/residential unit since 2010. Previously she has worked in community mental health settings and in private practice and has gained a wealth of knowledge and experience through this work. Dr. Miceli loves working at ERC with a group of professionals that share her values and strive to do their very best to help patients find their way towards healing and health.

She graduated from the University of Colorado medical school with Honors and completed their Psychiatric Residency program. During her residency in psychiatry she received the Charter Fellow Leadership Award from the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (1993) and the Gold Apple teaching award from the University of Colorado medical school (1991). She worked at Mental Health center of Denver from 1993-2001 and held the position of Associate Medical Director for Intake and Mobile Crisis services (1996-1998). Dr. Miceli was in private practice from 2001-2010. She is Board Certified in Psychiatry. She is a Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and a member of the Colorado Psychiatric Society, the Academy of Eating disorders and the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals.

Jamie Olivo, RD
As a Registered Dietitian at Summit Eating Disorders and Outreach Program and has five years of experience and training in the treatment of eating disorders. She has extensive experience in the inpatient and outpatient setting, incorporating the principles of intuitive eating to aid patients in developing life-long changes in relationships with food. Her goal is to provide nutrition education and counseling that is well- rounded and individualized to help patients overcome eating disorders and create a balanced life with food outside of the structured setting.


Philip S. Mehler, MD, FACP, FAED, CEDS

Dr. Mehler is the Medical Director of Denver Health.  A Phi Beta Kappa and Honors Graduate of the University of Colorado and an Alpha Omega Alpha Graduate of the The University of Colorado School of Medicine, Dr. Mehler has been at Denver Health since training there in the early 1980’s.  He served as Chief of Internal Medicine from 1993-2003 and was named Denver Health’s Associate Medical Director in 2003.  In 2008, he was promoted to Chief Medical Officer and remained in that role until 2012 when he was promoted to Medical Director.  Dr. Mehler is also a Professor of Medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine where he holds the Glassman Endowed Chair of Medicine.

He has published over 330 manuscripts, many in the area of medical complications of anorexia nervosa and bulimia, and recently published a second textbook on this subject as well as many articles on hospital quality improvement.  He has been honored by 5280 Magazine numerous times as the Top Internist in Denver.  In addition Dr. Mehler has been listed in Best Doctors in America for the last thirteen years and most recently in US News & World Report’s first-ever physician ranking as being in the top 1% of internists.  He has won numerous teaching and research awards from the University of Colorado School of Medicine.  In 2009, he was named the recipient of the Silver & Gold Award, the most prestigious honor bestowed by the University of Colorado School of Medicine, on an alumnus. He is recognized as a national and international expert in the medical complications of anorexia nervosa and bulimia and was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award - Outstanding Clinician Award by the Academy of Eating Disorders in 2012. In 2013 he was awarded the Florence Sabin Award by the University of Colorado School of Medicine for exceptional contributions to the Anschutz Medical Campus and the health of the citizens of Colorado.

Cindy Pikus, PhD
Dr. Cindy Pikus has treated children, adolescents and adults with eating disorders for over 17 years. Dr. Pikus received her Bachelor of Arts degree and doctorate in clinical psychology from UCLA. She completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the UCLA Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital, during which she began treating inpatients and outpatients struggling with eating disorders, and then joined the hospital staff, providing individual, family, and group therapy in Adolescent Psychiatry and in the UCLA Eating Disorders Program.  As the UCLA Eating Disorders Program grew, Dr. Pikus became increasingly involved in program development and then assumed the role of Associate Director, in which she coordinated and oversaw multidisciplinary clinical teams for both the adolescent and adult tracks of the program, at both the inpatient and partial hospitalization levels of care.  She also continued to provide individual and family therapy for adolescent and adult inpatients and partial hospital patients in the program, and ran UCLA’s adult outpatient eating disorders group.  Among her many achievements at the UCLA Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital, Dr. Pikus co-founded the UCLA Campus-wide Eating Disorders Partnership, bringing together the Resnick Hospital-based program, student counseling center, and athletic department to promote collaboration across the departments on campus providing treatment to students with eating disorders. She brings to her roles as Clinical Director of Adult Inpatient and Residential Services and Associate Chief Clinical Officer her extensive experience and expertise in working with eating disorder patients in multiple treatment modalities and at multiple levels of care.

Dana Satir, PhD
Dr. Satir is a clinical psychologist working as a primary therapist and clinical supervisor on the inpatient/residential unit at Eating Recovery Center. Dr. Satir received her doctoral degree in clinical psychology from Boston University and completed her clinical internship at the Cambridge Health Alliance/Harvard Medical School in adult psychiatry. She also received advanced training in Maudsley/FBT during her postdoctoral fellowship at Children's Hospital Colorado. Dr. Satir's research and writing focus on novel approaches to treatment outcome in AN and clinician reactions to working with complex patient populations.

Anna Vinter, MD
Dr. Vinter is the adult psychiatrist for Summit Eating Disorders and Outreach Program’s Partial Hospitalization and Intensive Outpatient Programs. She earned her MD at the University of California, Davis School of Medicine. After medical school, Dr. Vinter completed a Postgraduate Research Fellowship in Neurology. Her research focused on Psychogenic Nonepileptic Seizures, sparking a longstanding interest in psychological conditions with physical manifestations, including eating disorders. Dr. Vinter completed her Psychiatric Residency at UC Davis Medical Center. In addition to her specialization in eating disorders, she has a strong interest in psychodynamic psychotherapy and was chosen as a 2007 American Psychoanalytic Association Fellow. Dr. Vinter has a wide variety of practice experience including university student health, women's substance abuse treatment, community mental health, private practice and inpatient psychiatric hospital settings. She holds a current appointment as Assistant Clinical Professor in the UC Davis Department of Psychiatry and is actively involved in psychiatric resident education and supervision. She is a Board Certified Adult Psychiatrist. 

Ken Weiner, MD, FAED, CEDS
Ken Weiner has been active in the treatment of Eating Disorders in Denver for more than 25 years.  Recognized as a national expert in the treatment of Eating Disorders, he lectures extensively in the United States.  He continues to be instrumental in designing and delivering state-of-the-art, high quality patient care.

Dr. Weiner created and directed Columbine Psychiatric Center Eating Disorders Program from 1988-1992, Bethesda Eating Disorder Program from 1992-1998 and Eating Disorder Center of Denver from 2002-2007.  Eating Recovery Center was established October 2008 in Denver, Colorado as a joint effort with colleague Dr. Emmett Bishop. In 2013, Dr. Weiner was named Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year in the Healthcare Services category (Mountain Desert region) in recognition of his accomplishments in creating and leading Eating Recovery Center.

Dr. Weiner is Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the University Of Colorado School Of Medicine and has received the prestigious Gold Apple Teaching Award from the medical school and The Best Teacher Award from the Psychiatric Residency Training Program (2007). He has been named a Fellow of the Academy of Eating Disorders, a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, and received the National Eating Disorders Award (2006) for co-founding the Eating Disorders Foundation in Colorado.  A dedicated clinician and teacher, Dr. Weiner has co-authored numerous articles on eating disorders. 

Patricia Westmoreland, MD
Dr. Westmoreland is a Psychiatrist at Eating Recovery Center’s Adult Services. She attended medical school at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa. She completed residency in Internal Medicine and Psychiatry (as well as an Endocrinology Fellowship) at the University of Iowa. While working part-time as a psychiatrist for the Iowa Department of Corrections, she developed an interest in Forensic Psychiatry. In July 2012, she graduated from the Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship Training Program at the University of Colorado in Denver. Dr. Westmoreland is Board certified in Internal Medicine, Psychiatry and Psychosomatic Medicine. Her interests include eating disorders, psychiatric care of medically ill patients and the intersection between medicine/psychiatry and the law.

Contact Information

  • Katie Walters
    Family Days Coordinator & Patient Advocate
    Email: kwalters@EatingRecoveryCenter.com

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