JUDITH BANKER, MA, LLP, FAED, Founder and Executive Director
Judith Banker is the founder and executive director of the Center for Eating Disorders which is marking its 30th year of service. Judith is also Clinical Consultant to the newly launched Huron Oaks Adolescent Eating Disorder Recovery Program, a partial hospitalization program at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Ann Arbor (www.stjoeshealth.org/eatingdisorders). She is a member of the Professional Advisory Panel of F.E.A.S.T. (Families Empowered and Supporting Eating Disorder Treatment), the Advisory Board of the Academy for Eating Disorders (AED), and a member of the Scientific Advisory Board for the Global Foundation for Eating Disorders. The 2011 recipient of the AED Clinical Leadership Award Judith lectures internationally on clinical treatment, in particular on the transtheoretical application of psychodynamic principles and techniques in eating disorder treatment and the integration of research with clinical experience. Her research and publications address a range of topics including research-practice integration, effective eating disorder treatment, and early identification and screening for eating disorders. Judith is past president and a Fellow of the AED.
AMY PERSHING, LMSW, ACSW, Clinical Director, Program Director, Bodywise
Pershing 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. In 1993, she developed “Bodywise™,” a comprehensive treatment program to serve a growing population of clients coming to the center with binge eating disorder (BED). Pershing became CED’s clinical director in 1998.
In 2008, Pershing and Chevese Turner, CEO and founder of Binge Eating Disorder Association (BEDA), joined forces to found Pershing Turner Centers in Annapolis, Maryland. Pershing Turner Centers treat the full spectrum of eating disorders in adults and adolescents using a multidisciplinary “whole person” treatment approach to recovery.
Pershing has pioneered an integrated approach based on more than 28 years of clinical experience. This unique treatment approach incorporates a variety of clinical paradigms, including internal family systems (IFS) theory, dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), mindfulness strategies, and a range of somatic trauma techniques. Her approach also integrates intuitive eating and movement and a "health at every size" philosophy. In addition, Pershing offers training and supervision to clinicians treating BED nationwide. She has developed two- and three-day Intensives for those in recovery, as well as “Hungerwise™,” a 10-week program for ending chronic dieting and weight cycling.
Pershing lectures nationally 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 at both centers.
Suzanne received her medical degree from Northwestern University Medical School in Chicago and completed residency training in Emergency Medicine at the University of Michigan. Throughout her career Suzanne has been interested in the impact of mental health, particularly eating and mood disorders and substance abuse, on her patients’ overall well-being.
She joined the Center for Eating Disorders’ staff in 2011 where she now also provides comprehensive, medical care for the Center’s patients. Suzanne is also active in eating disorder advocacy and education efforts as a member of the Board of Directors for the Binge Eating Disorder Association and as a member of the Academy of Eating Disorders (AED) and the AED Medical Care Special Interest Group.
Her current research interests include early identification of eating disorders through improved screening, the comorbidity of eating disorders with both psychiatric and medical conditions, and methods for improving education about eating disorders for healthcare providers.
CED welcomes new staff members!
Melanie (Jacobs) Garzonio, MA, LLPC, Clinical Staff
Melanie earned a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Cornell University and continued her education at Boston University School of Medicine, where she received her Masters in Mental Health Counseling and Behavioral Medicine. She has experience counseling in campus awareness programs targeting mental health and body image. She has also trained at the Lesley University Counseling Center, working with clients experiencing a variety of mental health issues, including eating disorders, body image distress, trauma, anxiety and depression.
Melanie was involved in clinical research for several years prior to beginning her clinical work and has a strong interest in the integration of behavioral medicine and counseling. Melanie is a member of the Academy for Eating Disorders (AED), and the National Eating Disorder Association (NEDA). Melanie is also a member of the American Mental Health Counselors Association (AMHCA).
Melanie facilitates CED’s weekly Monday evening Eating Disorders Support Group.
Stephanie Collins, RD, Nutritionist, Clinical staff
Stephanie Collins, Registered Dietitian, earned a Bachelor of Science from Michigan State University where she also gained her background in the treatment of eating disorders and worked with on-campus eating disorder education and awareness projects. In the past fifteen years, Stephanie’s work experience includes: clinical dietitian for the University of Michigan Hospital, nutritionist at Michigan State University providing individual counseling, teaching group classes and sports nutrition counseling for athletes and nutritionist for Head Start, advising low income families on a wide range of nutritional concerns. She is skilled in all nutrition related disease diagnoses, including diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and weight management.
Stephanie's approach to eating disorder treatment is to provide kind and compassionate and individually tailored nutrition counseling to clients of all ages struggling with food and/or weight issues. She is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, International Federation of Eating Disorder Dietitians, the Southeastern Michigan Dietetic Association and the Academy for Eating Disorders.
AMANDA HARRIS, MA, LLP, Clinical Staff
Amanda earned a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Missouri-Columbia, 2006. She has worked in the field of eating disorders for the past eight years in both research and clinical treatment capacities.
Amanda has published in the field and presents nationally and internationally on the topics of athletes and eating disorders and eating disorder recovery. Her clinical focus is working with athetes and the roles of both identity and self-esteem in the development and maintenance of eating disorders. She recently headed a research work group collecting data on the eating disorder recovery process from individuals and family members from around the world.
Amanda facilitated CED’s weekly Eating Disorders Support Group for the past 7 years. Currently she provides individual psychotherapy at CED and serves a CED clinical consultant to the eating disorder partial hospitalization program at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital&emdash;Ann Arbor.
LEE MCDONAGH, RD, CDE, Head Nutritionist
Lee is a registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator, earned a Bachelor of Science from the University of Detroit/Mercy and has completed graduate courses at the University of Michigan and Madonna University.
With more than 25 years of experience in the field of nutrition and health and nearly 20 years of experience in the field of eating disorders, Lee has extensive background in the team treatment of the full spectrum of eating disorders.
In addition to her work at the Center for Eating Disorders, Lee provides nutrition services in area physician and psychology offices. She is a member of the American Dietetic Association, Nutrition Entrepreneurs of Michigan, the American Diabetes Association, the American Association of Diabetes Educators and is Past President of the Michigan Dietetic Association.
ERIN M. ZALESKI, MA, LLP, Clinical Staff
Erin graduated with a Master's degree in Clinical Psychology from the Michigan School of Professional Psychology in 2005. She began working at the Center for Eating Disorders as a graduate intern in 2004. With a background in psychoeducational eating disorder group work, and individual and family treatment, Erin has a particular interest in the treatment of children, adolescents and young adults with eating, weight, and/or body image disorders and their families. She is a member of the Academy for Eating Disorders (AED). She currently is a member of the AED Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Special Interest Group, the Research-Practice Forum, and serves on the AED Development Committee.
CED Staff Alumni
CED continues to partner with former staff who currently practice in the Greater Detroit area.
KRISTINE VAZZANO, PhD, LP, CED Staff Alum
Kristine maintains a clinical practice out of CED’s satellite office located at 3910 Telegraph Road, Suite 202, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.
A fully licensed psychologist, Kristine earned a doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Detroit/ Mercy. Kristine specializes in the treatment of children, adolescents and adults experiencing a range of eating and body image concerns including anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating disorder. Kristine has a special interest in working with adolescents and families. She offers a skills-based training program for family members and others affected by a loved one’s eating disorder.
Kristine is a member of the Academy of Eating Disorders (AED). She is currently the AED coordinator for the AED/NEDA Michigan Charter Launch, aimed at ensuring comprehensive and quality treatment to individuals suffering from an eating disorder. Kristine is also Co-chair of the AED's Worldwide Charter Action Subcommittee.
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