SEED-Southeast Eating Disorder Conference


8th Annual Conference:
Integrated Treatment for Eating Disorders

August 18 – 19, 2017

Hilton Sandestin Beach Resort
4000 S Sandestin Blvd
Miramar Beach, FL 32550
15 CE contact hrs. offered

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2017 Presenters!


2017 Nagib HeadshotMargaret Nagib, Psyd
Dr. Nagib is a clinical psychologist specializing in treating eating disorders, trauma, addiction, self-injury and mood disorders as well as spirituality, and inner healing. For over 15 years, she has provided individual, family and group therapy. Today, as a key faculty member of Timberline Knolls’ Clinical Development Institute, she travels throughout the country providing clinical training and presentations to professionals. Every year, she offers more than 30 presentations at national and regional meetings, and contributes to awareness and early intervention through media interviews and blog contributions.

Presentation Handout – Intoxicating Cycles of Shame…

Christine1Christine Schneider, PhD
Dr. Christine Schneider graduated with a Doctorate in Medical Family Therapy from St. Louis University and a Masters in Social Work from Washington University. Ds. Schneider is also adjunct faculty at St. Louis University, teaching in the Department of Social Work and the Department of Psychiatry and Neurology. Her current areas of research and interest are the effects of trauma and chronic illness on parent-child attachment. She is a Director of Family Programing and Lead Therapist at Castlewood, incorporating theories of attachment and interpersonal biology into her individual, family, and group work. Ms. Schneider speaks regionally, nationally and internationally on topics related to attachment, couples counseling and trauma. She is a member of American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.

Presentation Handout – Using Internal Family Systems…

Celia Webb Headshot 2Celia Webb, MS, LAPC
Celia obtained her Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Mercer University. Celia completed her internship at Ridgeview Institute Women’s Center for Trauma and Eating Disorders where she developed a passion and skillset for clients impacted by eating disorders and trauma. Celia has continued to broaden her experience as a Case Manager at the Women’s Center for Trauma and Eating Disorders for the past 2.5 years. Additionally, Celia sees outpatient clients at Summits Edge Counseling, in Marietta, GA.

Presentation Handout – COntrolling You is COntrolling Me…

Kristin Canan-HeadshotKristin Canan, LMSW
As Regional Clinical Outreach Director, Kristin has the privilege of educating the community on eating disorders and mental health through presentations, building relationships, and resource development to enhance community understanding of how to best support and walk with individuals struggling with eating disorders and other mental health disorders. Kristin believes that no one should ever have to feel alone in their struggles, so as part of her role as Clinical Outreach Director, she is also tasked with ensuring the community collaborates together to guarantee that every person has the ability to connect with resources that will provide needed support throughout their recovery journeys. As Magnolia Creek’s former Clinical Director who also has experience in a variety of trauma, addiction, and grief focused clinical settings, Kristin has been inspired by the resiliency of people she has had the honor of walking with as they have been provided with the support resources they needed to help them navigate their personal recovery journeys. Kristin has a deep understanding of the power of feeling safe, being seen, and experiencing support, and she cannot wait to share this knowledge with the community as we all work together to support those in our community who are overwhelmed and feeling alone.

Presentation Handout – I Didn’t Have Control Over My Body…

Dr. Mascolo_Med DirectorMargherita Mascolo, MD
Dr. Mascolo is the Medical Director at the ACUTE Center for Eating Disorders at Denver Health, where she has been a member of the ACUTE team since its beginning in 2008. She has trained under Dr. Philip S. Mehler for the past 8 years to become one of the country’s leading experts in the medical care of patients with severe eating disorders. Dr. Mascolo completed her undergraduate work at the University of St. Thomas in Houston, Texas and earned her medical degree at the University of Texas Health Sciences Center. She completed her residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Colorado in Denver. She is board certified in Internal Medicine, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of Colorado. Dr. Mascolo has published multiple peer reviewed articles on the medical complications of eating disorders and is currently working to complete her Certified Eating Disorder Specialist certification.

Presentation Handout – Medical Complications of Eating Disorders…

Meredith Headshot 2017Meredith Cook, LPC-S, CEDS & Jill Sechi, MS, RDN, LD, CEDRD-S
Meredith began her career in the treatment of eating disorders in 2007 working at a RTC and moved back to Houston to open a private practice in 2009. Throughout the next few years, Meredith obtained her CEDS designation, EMDR Basic Training, supervisory license in Texas and became an iaedp Approved Supervisor. In 2015, Meredith began expanding her practice by hiring other therapists, providing supervision and teaming with Jill Sechi, RD, CEDRD-S to open A Collaborative Approach. Meredith has given multiple community presentations on education about eating disorders to other professionals as well as the treatment of eating disorders with Cognitive Behavior Therapy.

Jill HeadshotJill has been practicing dietetics since 1996. During her career she has worked in various aspects on nutrition therapy including critical care focusing on adults, pediatrics and neonatology, weight management, bariatrics and eating disorders. For the last 10 years her focus has been devoted to eating disorders. She has worked in medical weight management, partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient program treating eating disorders and private practice. She currently runs the largest private practice in Houston and has recently joined forces with Meredith Cook to form A Collaborative Approach. She currently has three private practice locations.

Presentation Handout – Don’t Tell My Dietitian, But…


Paul RaganPaul W. Ragan, M.D.
Dr. Ragan earned a medical degree from the University of Arizona, College of Medicine and completed an internship and residency in psychiatry at the National Naval Medical Center. A Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology and the National Board of Medical Examiners, he has been certified in general adult psychiatry, addiction psychiatry and psychosomatic medicine.
Dr. Ragan’s medical career spans over three decades and includes several prestigious positions including clinical investigator for the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse & Alcoholism, associate clinical professor of psychiatry at Vanderbilt School of Medicine, and director of mental health for the Direct Support Command, Fleet Marine Force, in Saudi Arabia/Kuwait during Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm, among others. At Vanderbilt, Dr. Ragan spearheaded the faculty & physician wellness program and the medical center-wide psychiatry consultation service.

Presentation Handout – Neurobiology of Eating Disorders…

mcshane OPC headshotMolly McShane, MD, MPH
Dr. Molly McShane is a board certified psychiatrist and serves as the Medical Director / Chief of Psychiatry at Oliver-Pyatt Centers. She is expert in managing complex psychiatric illnesses including co-occurring eating disorders and substance abuse. She graduated from Duke University and the University of Miami, and is trained in psychoanalytic psychotherapy. Dr. McShane is the recipient of the prestigious Laughlin and Ginsberg Fellowships, is a Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, and is a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honors Society. She is on the Board of Directors of the Eating Disorders Coalition.

Presentation Handout – Current Modalities for Treatment Resistant Depression…

Shawna ScottShawna Scott, MMFT, LPC 
Mrs. Scott has been a clinician working with adults and children presenting with trauma and eating disorders for twelve years. Throughout that time she has worked in residential, PHP, IOP and outpatient settings. Shawna has been the Clinical Director for Tapestry since 2016, serving women and adolescents through the eating disorder recovery process. She has also presented numerous times on the subjects of Trauma and Eating Disorders, and has participated in two SAMSA grant studies. Shawna works in both Individual (Gestalt, BT, IFS) and Systemic (structural, inter-generational) treatment modalities and is trained in PCIT, TF-CBT, CPP, and Psychological First Aid.

Cathy_RetoCathy Reto, PhD
Dr. Cathy Reto is the Director of the Women’s Center at Pine Grove Behavioral Health & Addiction Services in Hattiesburg, MS. Dr. Reto received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology and obtained her A.A. in Nursing at Youngstown State University. She is a member of the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals (IAEDP) and is on their senior advisory board. Dr. Reto has specialized training in EMDR and has been trained in somatic psychology at The Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute. Her areas of expertise include psychology of normal eating, eating and weight disorders, body image distortion, compulsive overeating, childhood trauma, and chemical dependency. Additionally, Dr. Reto has expertise in bariatric psychology and bariatric post-operative weight management.

Presentation Handout – Dual Disorder or Cross Addiction?…

Maio 2013 headshot (1)Heather P. Maio, PsyD
Dr. Maio is a licensed psychologist who serves as Assistant Vice President of Clinical and Admission Services for The Renfrew Centers and Clinical Director of The Renfrew Center of Florida. Dr. Maio received her PsyD in Clinical Psychology from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Dr. Maio completed her Pre-Doctoral Residency at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worchester State Hospital, and her Post-Doctoral Residency at The Renfrew Center of Florida. Dr. Maio presents trainings and webcasts on eating disorders and related topics including the need for eating disorder awareness and advocacy for access to treatment.

Presentation Handout – Navigating the Unknowns of Pregnancy…

Page Love photoPage Love, MS, RDN, CSSD & Caroline Gebhardt, RYT
Page Love, is a registered dietitian specializing in sports nutrition therapy for eating disorder clients. She developed the nutrition program for Atlanta Center for Eating Disorders and led their core nutrition therapy group and local ANAD groups for the past 22 years. She has served as a consultant to The Renfrew Center, Eating Recovery Center, and Veritas Collaborative. She has developed education materials for the NEDA, Renfrew Center, and Eating Disorders Information Network, recently developing an online coach’s education program “Running on Empty”. She has been published in the Renfrew Perspectives, International Journal of Sport Nutrition, and International Journal of Sport Science for Tennis Medicine. She is the Vice President of the board for EDIN and she also serves as a consultant for the Women’s and Men’s Professional Tennis Tours, the Atlanta Braves, Atlanta Ballet, and Atlanta Falcons Cheerleading. She conducts regular fitness outings for her clients in her private practice as a sport dietitian, fitness instructor and certified strength and conditioning specialist. This past year, she and Caroline have field tested a mindful fueling and movement workshop during eating disorders awareness and prevention week.

Gebhardt photoCaroline Gebhardt, a registered yoga teacher and fitness educator, teaches sustainable fitness and mindful movement throughout Atlanta. After a childhood of dance and professional experience in broadcast journalism at CNN, she created FLOW Training LLC and began teaching mindful movement with body-based writing to integrate the mind, body and spirit. She draws from a variety of yoga, movement, writing, and trauma-informed systems. Some of these experiences include a Grounded Kids yoga training teaching mindfulness and yoga to children and adolescents, a Body of Light immersion of Tantric yoga philosophy and alignment-based hatha yoga, and ongoing trauma-informed pyscho-educational studies. Caroline regularly practices and facilitates Authentic Movement and yoga classes in her community. She is a member of the American Dance Therapy Association, the International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals, and is on the advisory council for the Eating Disorders Information Network. Caroline is currently a master’s student at Georgia State University studying clinical mental health counseling and plans to practice expressive-arts and movement-based psychotherapy.

Presentation Handout – Mindful Fueling and Movement…

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