Veritas Collaborative is home to some of the world’s most engaging thought leaders, compassionate caregivers, and science-minded multidisciplinary teams. Our team works day in and day out to drive the standard of care and break down barriers that can prohibit access to much-needed treatment for the approximately 30 million individuals that suffer from an eating disorder. We are diligently and passionately working throughout the Southeast to create successful recoveries and want to shine a spotlight on the people making that happen.
In our “Voices of Veritas” series, you will meet Veritas leaders and team members that help us to fulfill our vision of a world in which all persons with eating disorders and their families and communities have access to best-practice care and hold hope for a cure.
Today, we meet one of the world’s foremost authorities on nutrition for eating disorders, Leah Graves, RDN, LDN, CEDRD, FAED. Leah is a registered dietitian and the vice president of nutrition and culinary services for Veritas Collaborative. She is a pioneer in the eating disorders industry and has treated patients with this devastating disease for more than 30 years! When it comes to eating disorders, Graves is one of the most influential women in the world and part of an inaugural group that established evidence-based practices for assessing and treating patients with eating disorders. She is highly respected stateside and internationally recognized within the eating disorders community for her expertise in medical nutrition therapy, nutrition counseling, clinical supervision, and research. In fact, she is only one of seven dietitians worldwide to be honored as a Fellow by the Academy for Eating Disorders.
Humble to her core, Leah puts others above herself each day, which is part of the reason she has received numerous awards for her work in the field, presented at countless educational conferences and published for work pertaining to nutrition and eating disorders. And, while her professional accomplishments are widely recognized, she is also personally involved with a number of charitable causes.
Ask Leah what fuels her, and you’ll learn that it comes down to mindset with a mission. “It’s all about the mission to heal patients with this disease,” says Graves. “I genuinely hope to work myself out of a job.”
We often hear her say, “You don’t just need to be good at this – you need to be called to it.” And that, she is.