About Tess

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As an athlete growing up, I always had an interest in food and well-being, and went to college to pursue a degree in Nutrition. I am a graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with my BS in Dietetics and a minor in Psychology, and my MS in Nutrition & Health Sciences with a minor in Educational Psychology. During my undergraduate career, I began getting involved with eating disorder education and prevention opportunities around campus and served as part of the student advisory board for the eating disorder awareness group on campus. During this time, I also helped volunteer for the Eating Disorder Awareness Week every February from 2012-2019. 

Upon completing my Bachelor's degree, I went on to complete my Master's degree where I fostered my education by getting involved in both Psychology and Nutrition Research in adolescents and preschool age children to better understand the intuitive approach to food. I went on to complete my Dietetic Internship from Iowa State University in June 2018, where I was given the opportunity to spend extensive time in the IOP treatment facility at Children's Medical Center in Omaha, as well as, spend quality time at a private practice (Sage Nutrition) in Lincoln. Upon completion of my internship and gaining my Registered Dietitian licensure, I was given the opportunity to continue growing my skillset under Sage's leadership, where I led weekly support groups, as well as helped build additional programming at the facility.

 

I joined the Eating Disorder Solutions Team in Dallas in November 2019, as the primary dietitian at the IOP facility, and have experience working with clients with Bulimia Nervosa (BN), Anorexia Nervosa (AN), Overeating/Binge Eating Disorder (BED), Avoidant Restrictive Eating Disorder (ARFED), Orthorexia Nervosa, and Eating Disorders Not Otherwise Specified (EDNOS). I helped build the IOP curriculum there, which focuses on underlying thoughts and beliefs around food and the body, including topics like: Fear Foods, Self-Compassion, Food & Feelings, Accountability, Food Myths, and Challenging/Reframing Thoughts. I have a long-standing passion for Eating Disorder Treatment and Care, she is currently pursuing her CEDRD certification thru IAEDP (the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals).

I focus my work on individualized and specialized treatment as best practice when working with my clients. I incorporate an 'all foods fit' and psychological approach to understand how individuals can help restore positive relationships with food and body image. My goal for all clients I meet is that "the changes we foster in sessions are changes that can/should be fostered for the entirety of ones' life".