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 nearing its 30th year of service. 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 member!
Kate Hagadone PhD, TLLP
Kate earned a Master's degree and Doctoral degree in Counseling Psychology from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. She completed her pre-doctoral internship at the University of Michigan Counseling and Psychological Services, where she specialized in eating disorder treatment and assessment.
Kate has worked with individuals with eating and body image concerns for over seven years in inpatient, outpatient, and group settings. She utilizes an integrative approach drawing from humanistic, interpersonal, cognitive behavioral and mindfulness-based approaches to best meet the needs of her clients. She specializes in the treatment of binge eating disorder (BED) and emotional overeating as well as co-morbid anxiety disorders. She also operates from a Health At Every Size (HAES (R)) paradigm, and is passionate about helping individuals of all sizes lead happy and healthy lives.
Kate is currently a member of the Binge Eating Disorder Association (BEDA), the Academy for Eating Disorders (AED) and the American Psychological Association (APA).
Dana Shapero, M.A., B.Ed., Child and Adolescent Clinical Specialist
Dana earned her teaching degree from York University in Toronto, Ontario in 2005. She then continued to earn a Master's degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Windsor in 2007, specializing in work with children and adolescents. She is currently completing her doctorate (Ph.D.) in Clinical Psychology. Dana trained in the Eating Disorders Program at the Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) in Toronto, Ontario. Through this program, she worked in intensive inpatient, outpatient, and day treatment programs, conducting both Maudsley informed family therapy and individual therapy for children and adolescents.
Dana works using an integrative approach founded in Evidence Based Treatment, using principles of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Client Centered Therapy, and Family Based Therapy (using the Maudsley Approach).
Dana also specializes in working with children through young adults experiencing anxiety (generalized anxiety, social anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder, phobias), low self-esteem, and emotional dysregulation. She is accepting referrals to work with children through young adults with eating disorders and their families, as well as individuals with anxiety disorders. Dana will also be starting a Body Image group for adolescents struggling with Anorexia and Bulimia in 2013.
Dana is a member of the Academy for Eating Disorders (AED).
BRIAN BURKETT, M.S., Clinical Staff
Brian earned a Master's degree in Clinical Psychology from Long Island University in 2010 and is currently working toward completing his doctorate (Psy.D) in Clinical Psychology. Brian previously trained as a therapist at the New York State Psychiatric Institute Eating Disorders Research Unit at Columbia University in New York City. Brian worked intensively, conducting psychodynamic psychotherapy in a behavioral setting with patients with various ED diagnoses and comorbid PTSD, anxiety and depression.
Brian is particularly interested in the integrative approach to treating eating disorders, the relationship between trauma and eating disorders, and the special issues related to eating disorders in the male population. He is accepting referrals from male and female adolescents and their families, and adults with eating, weight, and body image issues.
Brian is a member of the Academy for Eating Disorders (AED) and participates in the AED Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Special Interest Group and Male Special Interest Group. Brian is also a member of the Binge Eating Disorder Association (BEDA).
LAUREN EARLS, PhD, LP, Clinical Specialist
Lauren earned a doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from Eastern Michigan University, and completed an internship at the University of Michigan Counseling and Psychological Services, where she was a member of the Eating Issues Network, a multidisciplinary treatment team made up of physicians, clinical therapists, and nutritionists.
She also completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Michigan Psychological Clinic. Lauren has worked with clients with eating disorders and body image issues since 2004, and is particularly interested in the treatment of these issues in individuals who have histories of complex trauma and attachment issues, including physical, emotional, and sexual abuse, and physical and emotional neglect, as well as in individuals with mood, anxiety, and adjustment disorders.
AMANDA (WEISHUHN) HARRIS, MA, LLP, Clinical Staff
Amanda earned a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 2006. Amanda has worked in the field of eating disorders over the past five years in both research and treatment capacities.
Throughout her training she has attended both national and international conferences, presented at an international conference, given talks on athletes and eating disorders to college students, and is soon to be published in the field. She completed her graduate training experience at the Center for Eating Disorders (CED) and is now continuing her post-graduate work as an outpatient psychotherapist at the CED.
Amanda is very interested in eating disorders in athletes and the roles of both identity and self-esteem in the development and maintenance of eating disorders. Amanda facilitates the CED Anorexia and Bulimia Support Group. Amanda is a member of the Academy for Eating Disorders and is heading a work group collecting data on the eating disorder recovery process from individuals and family members from around the world.
ANDREA LAWSON, LMSW, Clinical Specialist
Andrea earned a Master’s degree in Social Work from Colorado State University where she completed internships at a sexual assault advocacy center and a college counseling center. After graduating, Andrea came to the University of Michigan for a two-year Post-MSW Fellowship during which she specialized in eating disorder treatment in the university setting and obtained her LMSW.
Over the past five years, Andrea has developed a client-centered, feminist therapeutic approach to the treatment of a range of eating issues in young adults. She is passionate about her clinical work and is also involved in body-positive advocacy and eating disorder prevention efforts.
Andrea is currently a member of the Academy for Eating Disorders (AED), the AED Health at Every Size Special Interest Group, the AED Universities Special Interest Group, and the National Association of Social Workers (NASW).
LEE MCDONAGH, RD, CDE, 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.
Brahmlin Sethi, RD, serves as Nutrition Specialist at the Center for Eating Disorders. Brahmlin graduated with honors in Professional Biochemistry from Eastern Michigan University after working as an industry chemist.
Brahmlin’s approach to eating disorder treatment and her research interests, in particular with younger patients, are grounded in the use of family meals and Family-Based Treatment. She engages families and patients in a process aimed to empower families to play an active and effective role in their child’s treatment and recovery. Brahmlin works with children, adolescents and adults with eating disorders including anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and binge eating disorder.
Her professional memberships include the Academy for Eating Disorders, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Dietitians in Integrative and Functional Medicine, the International Federation of Eating Disorder Dietitans, and Nutritional Entrepreneurs.
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.
MELISSA SUNDERMANN, DO, FACOI, Medical Consultant
Melissa received her medical degree from Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine. She completed her Internal Medicine residency through Michigan State University as well. In 2006, she was inducted into the American College of Osteopathic Physicians as a Fellow. Melissa has been treating patients with eating disorders for the past decade.
Before joining The Center for Eating Disorders, she worked at University Health Services at The University of Michigan. She was a member of the Eating Issues Network, a multi-disciplinary treatment team made up of physicians, clinical therapists, and nutritionists. She completed a Faculty Scholar Program in Integrative Medicine through the University of Michigan and also participated in a Professional Training Program in Mind Body Medicine through the Center for Mind Body Medicine. Melissa’s style of treating her patients emphasizes treating the body as a fully integrated system, incorporating conventional medicine with other modalities of healing.
Melissa provides direct patient care through Midwestern Internal Medicine Associates, 20317 Farmington Road in Livonia, Michigan near 8 Mile and Farmington. Call: 248-615-0777.
KRISTINE VAZZANO, PhD, LP, Clinical Staff Center for Eating Disorders - Bloomfield Hills
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.
Call 734-668-8585 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for information about scheduling an appointment at the CED Bloomfield Hills office.