Vanessa is a dietitian specializing in helping clients on their path to recovery from eating disorders. She is passionate about showing individuals how to nourish and reconnect with their body. Vanessa works together with her clients to set healthy goals for nutrition, weight, and overall health by developing individual meal plans to meet their dietary needs. She has extensive experience with both inpatient and outpatient eating disorder facilities and has worked with clients at all stages of recovery. She has worked and interned at inpatient, partial treatment and outpatient eating disorder facilities. Vanessa has also appeared in an ABC News Nightline special describing the struggles and journey for recovering from eating disorders. She received her Bachelor's in Nutrition and Dietetics at Arizona State University. She completed her clinical dietetic internship at the University of Minnesota with a focus on eating disorders.
Eating disorders (ED) do not discriminate. They affect females and males, preteens to seniors, and any background, class, ethnicity or sexual orientation. They disrupt the health and well being of the impacted individual and their families and communities. EDs can present in a wide range of behaviors and often are accompanied by other medical and psychological symptoms. Families, friends, acquaintances, peers, and others often encounter difficulty to approach their loved one who are struggling with any form or type of eating disorder. ED can impair individuals from leading a healthy life.
Dietitians guide clients to heal their relationship between food and themselves. They do so by helping identify the appropriate amount or proportion of food and activity that meets clients physical and emotional needs. Recovery requires time, patience and support. The process can be intense and difficult but with the correct professional help, healthy recovery is always possible.
Vanessa has the experience and judgment and caring dedication to ensure actionable steps in the best interest of her clients. If a client does not have a professional treatment team Vanessa can help establish one that includes a medical doctor and a psychologist/therapist specializing in the treatment of eating disorders.
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