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Through advocacy work, community and professional events, and media outreach, Veritas is helping to bring cutting-edge research, best-practice care, and scientifically backed information into the national eating disorder conversation. Here in our blog you can learn about the work we and others are doing to advance the understanding and treatment of eating disorders. You’ll also find interesting articles and helpful insights that can support you or a loved one on the journey to lasting recovery. We want to hear your story. Email us (blog@veritascollaborative.com) and ask how you can become a contributor!

Conferences and Networking Events

Conferences & Networking Events

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We are passionate about raising awareness of eating disorders and promoting best-practice care⁠–but we can’t do it alone. Please join us!

Networking Events

North Carolina

Please note that CE credits will not be offered by Accanto Health for the events listed on this page. We will be attendees or exhibitors at these conferences/networking events.

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Informational Materials

Informational Materials

Informational materials from Veritas Collaborative.

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Refer a Patient

Refer a Patient

Supporting your patient as they take the next step.

We know that collaborating with providers is vital to the recovery process. If you suspect your patient has an eating disorder, please talk to one of our professionals today at 612-402-3061 or refer a patient through our online form so we can schedule an eating disorder assessment. We’re here to help.

When To Refer A Patient To Veritas Collaborative

As with other mental and physical disorders, a healthcare professional must recognize the signs of a problem or potential problem, and then intervene effectively. If you suspect food, body image, weight, and/or eating issues, the American Academy of Family Physicians and American Psychiatric Association suggest that you act quickly.

Know The Common Eating Disorder Symptoms

Use the common symptoms list and simple screening tool below. We also offer educational events to help your team screen for eating disorders, understand their effects, and access available treatment resources.

Eating disorders present physiologically and behaviorally. The multidisciplinary team at Veritas Collaborative recommends checking for common symptoms, such as:

  • Dramatic weight gain or loss
  • Verbal preoccupation with food, weight, and shape
  • Medical complications, such as amenorrhea, bradycardia, unexpected osteopenia or osteoporosis, electrolyte abnormalities, low body temperature, orthostatic hypotension
  • Rapid or persistent decline or increase in food intake
  • Purging; restricting; binge eating; compulsive eating; compulsive exercising; abuse of diet pills, laxatives, diuretics, or emetics
  • Denial of food and eating problems, despite concerns of others
  • Eating in secret, hiding food, disrupting family meals, feeling out of control with food

Start The Conversation

Ask if it is okay to discuss eating habits: “I’m concerned about your eating (or weight, body image, etc.). May we discuss how you typically eat and your relationship with food?”

Then ask your patient these questions:

  • Do you worry about your weight and body shape more than other people?
  • Do you avoid certain foods for reasons other than allergies or religious reasons?
  • Are you often on a diet?
  • Do you feel your weight is an important aspect of your identity?
  • Are you fearful of gaining weight?
  • Do you often feel out of control when you eat?
  • Do you regularly eat what others may consider to be a large quantity of food at one time?
  • Do you regularly eat until feeling uncomfortably full?
  • Do you hide what you eat from others, or eat in secret?
  • Do you often feel fat?
  • Do you feel guilty or depressed after eating?
  • Do you ever make yourself vomit (throw up) after eating?
  • Do you use your insulin in ways not prescribed to manage your weight?
  • Do you take any medication or supplements to compensate for eating or to give yourself permission to eat?
  • Do you exercise for the sole purpose of weight control?
  • Have people expressed concern about your relationship with food or your body? 

Two or more “yes” answers strongly indicate the presence of disordered eating. 

Streamlined Admission

To ensure your patient can get treatment as soon as possible, they will be connected with an Intake Therapist, who will conduct a phone intake within 48 hours of the initial call, determine the level of care, schedule an admit date, and start the process to secure medical data and arrange any necessary lodging.

Stay Involved

To stay informed of your patient’s progress throughout their eating disorder treatment, ask them to complete a Release of Information form so we have permission to share health information with you.

Talk With The Experts At Veritas Collaborative

Veritas Collaborative staff is available to assist. Call us at 612-402-3061, use the referral form on this page, or send your patient to our website to request an eating disorder assessment.

Refer A Patient

Complete the information below or call us at 612-402-3061. We’ll contact your patient within one business day to learn more about their condition. We’ll keep you updated on our progress, too.

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    Recovery Is Possible

    If an eating disorder and/or related issues are diagnosed, we will work with you and your patient to develop a personalized treatment and recovery plan. We treat the whole person with a wide range of comprehensive, personalized treatments using diverse modalities.

    Our team is passionate about helping individuals struggling with eating disorders. Together, we can bring your patient hope and healing. Please contact our Admissions team at 612-402-3061 with questions.

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    Professional Relations Team

    Professional Relations Team

    True partners in care.

    Many of those who come to Veritas are referred by a healthcare provider. We recognize the importance of that provider-patient bond, and are committed to working collaboratively with those providers, involving them in all care decisions, and ensuring that their patients return from treatment with the tools they need for lasting recovery.

    Meet our Professional Relations Team

    Kelsey Ford

    Kelsey Ford

    MBA

    Director of Outreach

    National


    Katie Armstrong

    Katie Armstrong

    Regional Outreach Manager, East

    Eastern Region


    Christine Elkhoury

    Christine Elkhoury

    MBA, RD, LD/N

    Professional Relations Specialist

    FL


    Jami Croslow

    Jami Croslow

    MSW, MPA

    Professional Relations Specialist

    Eastern NC and SC


    Caitlin Grant

    Caitlin Grant

    Professional Relations Specialist

    Mid-Atlantic


    Marybeth Burns

    Marybeth Burns

    Professional Relations Specialist

    Western SC and NC, TN


    Jennifer Ferguson

    Jennifer Ferguson

    Professional Relations Specialist

    GA and AL


    Chrystie Soriano

    Chrystie Soriano

    Outreach Marketing Specialist

    National


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    Presentations

    Recorded Presentations

    Learn from experts you can trust.

    Find recordings of our virtual presentations below. Please note that these are previously recorded courses to be used as resources only. We are unable to provide CE credits for viewing these videos. If you would like to attend a live presentation for CE credits in the future, see our Continuing Education page for upcoming dates.

    Eating Disorders 101

    Eating disorders are becoming increasingly better understood by our society. However, many are not fully aware of the prevalence, seriousness, the range of individuals affected by this illness. The purpose of this workshop is to identify causes, signs, effects, and treatment options for eating disorders, from the perspective of individuals who are struggling as well as their loved ones and treatment providers.

    Binge Eating Disorder 101

    Binge Eating Disorder (BED) is the most common eating disorder, and yet it is often overlooked or misunderstood. This presentation will provide an overview of the etiology, assessment, and nutritional and therapeutic treatment approaches, as well as the impact of weight, weight bias, and weight stigma on those with Binge Eating Disorder.

    ARFID 101

    This presentation will highlight the similarities and differences between ARFID and other eating disorders. Medical consequences will be explored including cardiac abnormalities, growth and pubertal delay as well as co-morbid psychiatric diagnoses. Evidence-based treatment, including specific coaching and food discovery, will be reviewed so that attendees can begin to incorporate them into their practice.

    MD 101

    Eating disorders are complex mental illnesses with significant medical complications. Disordered eating behaviors, including restriction, bingeing, purging and selectivity, can lead to medical complications in patients of all ages, genders, races, and socioeconomic statuses. Early detection is critical as many of the medical complications of eating disorders are not fully reversible but may be minimized with early intervention. Providers caring for patients can help to decrease the morbidity and mortality that is a direct result of eating disorders behaviors by understanding and recognizing the associated medical complications.

    RD 101

    Our society is saturated with messages about diet culture and weight bias. These pervasive messages even extend into the healthcare field, making it difficult for Registered Dietitians to navigate nutrition conversations with clients in eating disorder recovery. In this course, we will review key concepts in nutrition for the treatment of eating disorders and practical methods of application for the Registered Dietitian. This will include nutrition assessment, common nutrition therapy practices, tools, and interventions.

    The Cultural Culinary Challenge: Managing Varying Nutritional Needs in Eating Disorders Care

    Our cultural culinary environment is diverse and ever-changing. Individuals with eating disorders and their families often come to treatment with multiple dietary limitations. Popular dieting beliefs, food trends, nutritional science, and cultural and spiritual heritage all must be considered when assisting any individual with adapting to eating patterns. This workshop provides practical advice for managing common dietary restrictions and limitations that individuals with eating disorders and their support systems identify at the initiation of care. This will include learning how to script conversations regarding changes to eating patterns.

    Ethical Considerations in the Treatment of Eating Disorders

    During this presentation, Krista Crotty, LMFT, PsyD reviews common ethical principles as they apply to mental health and eating disorder treatment. The primary goal of this session is to start a dialogue among eating disorder treatment providers and to develop a forum to support each other with difficult decisions relating to eating disorder treatment. Involuntary hospitalizations are also discussed, as well as the risks of remaining at a lower level of care when a higher level of care is clinically and medically indicated.

    Embodied Dignity: Considerations for Clinical Practice at the Intersections of Eating Disorders and the Dazzling Spectra of Sexuality & Gender Identity

    In this presentation, eating disorder specialist & advocate Chase Bannister, MDIV, MSW, LCSW, CEDS, shares important information related to eating disorders in the context of LGBTQIA+ communities, both broadly and with particularity. Time is set aside to learn and relearn terms often expressed as meaningful by persons who identify as LGBTQIA+, to encounter common themes amid specific populations within LGBTQIA+ communities, and to reflect on the experience of encountering dynamic (if not elusive) nomenclature in a clinical world built for categorization.

    Advocacy and You

    During this presentation, Chase Bannister, MDIV, MSW, LCSW, CEDS, shares how clinicians, researchers, and advocates with lived experience have influenced public awareness and public policy as it relates to early intervention, access to care, and treatment of eating disorders. Learn about the history of advocacy in the field of eating disorders, the ethical imperative for legislative advocacy in clinical work, and forward-looking pathways toward civic engagement & advocacy.

    Eating Disorders and College Campuses: Unique Opportunities, Challenges, and Responsibilities

    In this presentation, Dr. Sydney Brodeur-Johnson, Accanto Health’s Director of Clinical Services, outlines circumstances that may place college students at greater risk for the development of an eating disorder. Additionally, there is a discussion on university resources and efforts to support students with eating disorders.

    Suicide and Nonsuicidal Self-Injury in Eating Disorders

    In this program, Alyssa Kalata, PhD, discusses the relationship between eating disorders and suicide. The session includes an overview of diagnostic criteria, prevalence rates, and quantitative and qualitative assessments of eating disorders, suicidal ideation, suicide attempts, and nonsuicidal self-injurious behaviors. There is also a discussion on integrated case conceptualization, as well as a review on empirically supported interventions for suicidal ideation and nonsuicidal self-injurious behaviors. The program closes with a review of key take-home points, an activity focused on helping participants translate training into practice, and a question and answer session.

    Eating Disorders and the Holidays

    The holidays can be challenging for anyone, but especially for those who have an eating disorder or struggle with disordered eating. The focus on food and social interactions can worsen an individual’s psycho-emotional state and exacerbate disordered behaviors. In this presentation, we review effective coping strategies and techniques for providing guidance and support to help patients navigate difficult situations, help sustain recovery efforts, and reduce distress.

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    Continuing Education

    Continuing Education

    Expert knowledge for best-practice care.

    Healthcare providers are in a unique position to connect patients with the care they need. Our continuing education programs are designed to equip you with knowledge about eating disorder signs, symptoms, and treatment options so that you can help your patient take the first steps toward recovery.

    Earn continuing education credits as you learn the latest about eating disorders and related topics. Accanto Health, the parent company of The Emily Program and Veritas Collaborative, is the planner and provider of all courses, content, and continuing education credits.

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    About the Speakers

    Alyssa Kalata

    Alyssa Kalata

    PhD

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    Alyssa Kalata

    PhD

    Alyssa Kalata is a Licensed Psychologist in the State of North Carolina. After receiving both her Master’s and Doctoral Degrees in Clinical Psychology from Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, MI, and her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Women’s Studies from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI, she completed her predoctoral internship at Duke University Medical Center with a focus on cognitive-behavioral therapy.

    Alyssa has served in various roles during her professional career, including Clinical Supervisor, Research and Program Development Associate, Associate Clinical Director, Clinical Director, and Clinical Trainer working with patients diagnosed with primary eating disorders and primary substance use disorders in settings that provide services at a variety of levels of care.  Alyssa currently serves as the Clinical Training Coordinator for Accanto Health, with brands The Emily Program and Veritas Collaborative. 

    Alyssa has a passion for the dissemination and implementation of empirically-supported treatments, particularly third-wave cognitive-behavioral therapies, with an emphasis on Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). Her areas of expertise include the treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder, Eating Disorders, Substance Use Disorders, Mood Disorders, and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and other trauma-related concerns and symptoms. Alyssa firmly believes that all individuals and their families and supports have the right to competent, compassionate care and her approach to treatment is one that balances understanding and validation with a focus on cultivating change.

    Anna Tanner

    Anna Turner

    MD, FAAP, FSAHM, CEDS-S

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    Anna Turner

    MD, FAAP, FSAHM, CEDS-S

    Dr. Anna B. Tanner is Vice President for the Department of Child and Adolescent Medicine. She is a board-certified Pediatrician who has specialized in the care of complicated adolescent patients, in particular patients with eating disorders, for over 20 years. Dr. Tanner completed medical school and residency at Vanderbilt University, and then remained there to serve on the Pediatrics faculty in the Division of Young Adult and Adolescent Medicine. Dr. Tanner has been very involved in advocacy and education efforts and serves on national and international committees for eating disorders education. She speaks frequently across the United States on the Medical Complications of Eating Disorders, especially as they affect children and young adolescents. Dr. Tanner currently serves as an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Pediatrics for Emory University School of Medicine and as an Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science for Morehouse School of Medicine. She is on the Academy of Eating Disorders (AED) Medical Care Standards Committee and the International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals (IAEDP) Certification Committee Task Force. Dr. Tanner is a Fellow in the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine (SAHM), a Certified Eating Disorder Specialist and a Certified Eating Disorders Supervisor. She has been named by Atlanta magazine as a “Top Doctor” every year from 2013 to 2020 and named by Castle Connelly as an Exceptional Woman in Medicine and one of America’s Most Honored Doctors.

    Chase Bannister

    Chase Bannister

    MDIV, MSW, LCSW, CEDS

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    Chase Bannister

    MDIV, MSW, LCSW, CEDS

    Chase Bannister, Founder of Veritas Collaborative, is Senior Vice President of Community Engagement for Accanto Health, the parent company of newly merged Veritas Collaborative and The Emily Program.  Chase attained his concurrent graduate degrees in Clinical Social Work & Divinity from The University of  North Carolina at Chapel Hill School and Duke University. Chase is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and  is credentialed as a Certified Eating Disorder Specialist. Chase serves as President of the Board of  Directors for the Eating Disorders Coalition for Research, Policy & Action. He is also an active member of  the Academy of Eating Disorders and the Eating Disorders Leadership Summit, as well as the REDC  Consortium. Chase’s career is marked by achievements in many areas, including federal legislative  initiatives, standards-of-care creation, clinical program innovation, healthcare entrepreneurship,  professional education, advocacy, and public awareness campaigns. We are ecstatic to have him join us  at Accanto Health and also as today’s speaker.

    Dee Myers

    Dee Myers

    MS, LMHC

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    Dee Myers

    MS, LMHC

    Dee Myers is the Site Director of The Emily Program in Spokane. She is a multi- decade leader in the Eastern Washington eating disorders community, with over 25 years of experience, and is proud to be at the helm of the Spokane Emily Program treatment team. She graduated with her Masters in Clinical Psychology from Eastern Washington University. Increasing access to care and creating a collaborative provider network has always been a passion for Dee. With extremely limited eating disorder resources in Spokane, in the early part of her career, Dee ran eating disorder support groups and worked to meet other eating disorder professionals in the area. She specialized in treating clients in private practice for over 15 years and ran an eating disorder professional coalition to unite the community and help provide resources and education to our area. Dee has proudly worked at The Emily Program for 9 years and was a part of a small group of providers who encouraged the company to open a location in Spokane to help the growing need throughout the pacific northwest. She has had a lifelong passion for this work and has treated clients individually, in groups, and at all outpatient levels of care. Outside of work, Dee enjoys many outdoor activities around the beautiful city of Spokane and loves spending time with her husband and two young adult daughters.

    Hilmar Wagner

    Hilmar Wagner

    MPH, RDN, LN, CD

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    Hilmar Wagner

    MPH, RDN, LN, CD

    Hilmar Wagner is a Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist (RDN), Licensed Nutritionist in the State of Minnesota and Certified Dietitian (CD) in the state of Washington. Hilmar joined the Emily Program in 2006, and currently serves as the Training Coordinator for Nutrition Services, Dietetic Internship Coordinator and Clinical Education Specialist. In this role he assists in internal nutrition-related education and training, coordinates dietetic intern experiences across all locations and provides external continuing education on eating disorders and nutrition for community providers professional organizations. He regularly presents on eating disorder and nutrition topics at local, regional and national conferences. Hilmar received his Bachelor’s degree in Nutrition/Dietetics and Master’s in Public Health Nutrition from the University of Minnesota. He has worked in the field of eating disorders for the past 15 years. Hilmar has extensive experience working with clients of all eating disorder diagnoses in both individual and group settings. He has a particular interest in mindfulness and body-centered approaches to eating disorder recovery.

    Jillian Lampert

    Jillian Lampert

    PhD, MPH, RD, LD, FAED

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    Jillian Lampert

    PhD, MPH, RD, LD, FAED

    Dr. Lampert is the Chief Strategy Officer of Accanto Health, the parent company of The Emily Program and Veritas Collaborative.

    Additionally, Dr. Lampert is Co-Founder and President of the REDC, the national consortium representing eating disorders care focused on treatment standards, best practices, access to care, and collaborative research. She is also Treasurer of the Eating Disorders Coalition, a DC- based national organization for eating disorders policy and advocacy, and a Board Member of WithAll, a Minnesota-based organization that empowers eating disorder prevention and strengthens support for recovery. She holds an adjunct graduate faculty position in the Department of Food Science and Nutrition at the University of Minnesota.

    Dr. Lampert completed her doctorate degree in Nutrition and Epidemiology and Master of Public Health degree in Public Health Nutrition at the University of Minnesota. She earned a Master of Science degree in Nutrition at the University of Vermont and completed her dietetic internship at the University of Minnesota Hospital and Clinics. She has an expansive range of policy, clinical, research, education, teaching, and program development experience in the area of eating disorders.

    Dr. Lampert has served on the Board of Directors of the Academy for Eating Disorders as the Electronic Media Portfolio Director and co-chair of the Academy for Eating Disorders Nutrition Special Interest Group. She is a Fellow of the Academy for Eating Disorders (FAED) and a member of the Academy for Nutrition and Dietetics (formerly the American Dietetic Association), and BHN (Behavioral Health Nutrition) dietetic practice group. Dr. Lampert is the author of numerous book chapters and articles addressing the nutritional treatment of eating disorders, body image, sports participation, adolescent health, and disordered eating and she regularly speaks regionally and nationally on numerous eating disorder-related topics.

    One of her primary goals in life is to have the kids in her house (and everywhere!) have confident, loving relationships with their bodies and themselves.

    Kelly Pertzsch

    Kelly Pertzsch

    LPCC

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    Kelly Pertzsch

    LPCC

    Kelly Pertzsch is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) in the state of Minnesota. She began working at The Emily Program in 2015, and has worked in a variety of clinical positions since then, she is currently a Clinical Education Specialist. Kelly received her Bachelor’s degree in Communications from Richmond, the American International University in London and her Master’s in Counseling Psychology with a certificate in Eating Disorder Studies from the Lewis and Clark College. She has treated eating disorders her entire career and has worked in community mental health, private practice, and a college counseling center. Kelly has a particular interest in the intersection of eating disorder treatment and social justice, as well as Health at Every Size.

    Krista Crotty

    Krista Crotty

    LMFT, PsyD

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    Krista Crotty

    LMFT, PsyD

    Krista is the National Director of Brain Based Therapies and Director of Clinical Outreach Education. Clinically she draws from a variety of methods including TBT-S, EMDR, cognitive behavioral therapy, FBT, and acceptance and commitment therapy and often incorporates the use of the creative process in conjunction with the more traditional therapeutic process. She earned her Master’s of Science from Fuller Theological Seminary, School of Psychology and her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in family and pediatrics from Azusa Pacific University. She trained at Harbor UCLA medical center and Loma Linda Children’s Hospital in neuropsych. Away from work, Krista loves being a mom to her three boys, playing outside, going on adventures with her family, skiing, hiking, biking, and camping 

    Leah Graves

    Leah Graves

    RDN, LDN, CERD-S, FAED

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    Leah Graves

    RDN, LDN, CERD-S, FAED

    Leah Graves is the Vice President of Nutrition and Culinary Services of Accanto Health, the parent company of The Emily Program and Veritas Collaborative.

    Leah has been treating patients with eating disorders for over 30 years. Prior to joining Veritas, Leah was the Manager of Eating Disorders Nutrition Therapy for the Laureate Eating Disorders Program in Tulsa, OK. She graduated with the highest distinction from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center in 1985 and then began her work with individuals with eating disorders.

    Leah is a founding member of the Academy for Eating Disorders where she has served on the Academy’s Executive Team, Board of Directors and Chaired the North American Teaching Days for the International Conference on Eating Disorders in addition to serving the Academy on the Nominating, Fellowship Selection, and Membership Recruitment and Retention Committees. She has also been honored with the distinction of Fellow of the Academy for Eating Disorders.

    Leah has been involved in eating disorders advocacy with the National Eating Disorders Association as a member of the Conference Planning Committee and with the Oklahoma Eating Disorders Association where she served as President and Governance Committee Chair. She currently serves on the Clinical Advisory Board for Rock Recovery.

    Leah has been invited faculty at many eating disorders conferences including the International Conference on Eating Disorders, Hispano-Latin American Congress on Eating Disorders, International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals Symposium, Renfrew Foundation Conference, Multi-service Eating Disorders Association Conference, and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Food and Nutrition Conference, as well as numerous regional and local conferences. Leah has written several publications pertaining to nutrition and eating disorders and is highly respected within the eating disorders field for her expertise in medical nutrition therapy, nutrition counseling, clinical supervision, and research.

    Preeti Matkins

    Preeti Matkins

    MD, FAAP, FSAHM

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    Preeti Matkins

    MD, FAAP, FSAHM

    Dr. Preeti Matkins is a board-certified pediatrician with 27 years of experience, more than 10 of which have been spent providing care for children and young adults impacted by eating disorders, and currently serves as the Medical Director of the Veritas Charlotte Center. Dr. Matkins earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and completed medical school at UNC School of Medicine. She is a member of the Academic Pediatric Association and a fellow of the Society of Adolescent Health and Medicine and the American Academy of Pediatrics. She also served as a professor of pediatrics at Carolinas Medical Center and remains on staff as a clinical associate professor of pediatrics at the UNC School of Medicine. 

    When Dr. Matkins is not at Veritas, you may find this book-loving Charlotte native rooting for the Carolina Tar Heels or the Davidson Wildcats (her husband’s alma mater) with her two adult (and one canine) children or planning her next travel adventure.

    Shena (Sheena) Washburn

    Shena (Sheena) Washburn

    RDN, CD, CEDRD

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    Shena (Sheena) Washburn

    RDN, CD, CEDRD

    Shena Washburn is the Director of Nutrition and Culinary Services at Accanto Health. She has over 10 years’ experience supporting individuals who are in recovery from an eating disorder, in various levels of care and healthcare settings, and is an IAEDP Certified Eating Disorder Registered Dietitian. In addition to her experience in the field of eating disorders, Shena holds a special interest in sports nutrition, mindfulness, gut health, Exposure Response Prevention, and building strong collaborative multi-disciplinary teams!

    Sydney Brodeur-Johnson

    Sydney Brodeur-Johnson

    PhD, LCP, CEDS

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    Sydney Brodeur-Johnson

    PhD, LCP, CEDS

    Dr. Sydney Brodeur-Johnson’s passion is providing best-practice, research-informed and multiculturally competent treatment to patients and their families suffering with eating disorders. She is committed to increasing access to effective treatment, training professionals to deliver gold-standard care, and empowering them to be the best providers and people they can be.

    Dr. Brodeur received her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) in 2005 and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Alabama at Birmingham with a concentration in the interdisciplinary treatment of adolescents with eating disorders. She assisted with the opening of Carolina House, a residential eating disorder treatment facility in Durham, NC, and was the first Center Director there. From 2008 – 2019 Sydney served as the eating disorder specialist and Associate Director for Training at University Counseling Services at VCU. In that role, she maintained APA accreditation of the psychology internship program and was the administrator for the training program for students in psychology, social work, and counselor education. She also served as a member of the center’s executive team.

    In her free time, Sydney enjoys spending time with her children and partner, being outdoors, listening to music, and traveling.

    Taylor Rae Homesley

    Taylor Rae Homesley

    LPC, CPCS, CEDS-S

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    Taylor Rae Homesley

    LPC, CPCS, CEDS-S

    Taylor Rae is a Licensed Professional Counselor with a master’s degree in marriage and family therapy from Richmont Graduate University. Prior to attending Richmont, she earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology with a minor in childhood and family development from the University of Georgia. She is a Georgia approved supervisor and Certified Eating Disorder Specialist Approved Supervisor. Taylor Rae has been working with patients with eating disorders since 2012 across multiple levels of care including inpatient/residential, partial hospitalization and outpatient treatment settings. She is currently the Clinical Director at Veritas Collaboratives’ Child, Adolescent, and Young Adult Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia. Taylor Rae has served on the board of the local Atlanta iadep Chapter sine 2017 and is currently the Chapter President. Taylor Rae has a strong passion for providing evidence-based treatment while collaborating within a multidisciplinary team to provide the best care possible to patients and their families. 

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    Trust Veritas with your eating disorder referrals.

    We help healthcare professionals recognize the signs and understand the symptoms. We work with the patient, family, and community of support to create an individualized treatment plan designed to provide the tools needed for lasting recovery. If you suspect an eating disorder, don’t wait.

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    If you suspect food, body image, weight, and/or eating issues, the American Academy of Family Physicians and American Psychiatric Association suggest that you act quickly. Learn to recognize signs of disordered eating and how the team at Veritas Collaborative can assist you and your patient.

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    Our Professional Relations Team is dedicated to providing healthcare professionals and communities with information on eating disorders and services at Veritas Collaborative.

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    Gain new insights through our educational events. Find a wide range of community and educational events that can help raise awareness, increase access to care, reduce stigma, and educate about eating disorders and related topics.

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