About Us

Who We Are

Eating Disorder Recovery Support

We are a nonprofit based in Northern California that is committed promoting recovery and wellness for those impacted by eating disorders by providing support, information, and education to individuals, families, professionals and the community at large regarding eating disorders and recovery resources.

Our Mission

The mission of EDRS, Inc. is to promote recovery and wellness for those impacted by eating disorders by providing support, information, and education to individuals, families, professionals, and the community at large regarding eating disorder recovery and resources.

Our History

EDRS, Inc. was co-founded by Michelle Minero, MFT and Haleh Kashani, PhD. as a grass roots response to the need for a community of professionals working with eating disorders. In 2000 the Mental Health Parity Law was approved in the State of California. To address the needs of the community, Petaluma Health Care district brought together local eating disorder providers to discuss eating disorder services in the area. Out of these professional gatherings and with support from PHCD Eating Disorders Recovery Support, EDRS was born.

This organization started with a small but dedicated number of professional and community volunteers meeting in Michelle’s Petaluma office. Over the years it has grown into a nationally recognized non profit organization.

EDRS Inc.‘s mission has been to promote community awareness and professional training through local annual conferences, and to increase access to treatment through fundraising for the Treatment Assistance Fund. We rely on the continued support, volunteerism and generosity of our community to fund this valuable assistance and to keep EDRS and its mission alive!

Our Goals

Prevention

Promote public awareness by providing community outreach and education regarding eating disorders prevention, identification, and treatment.

Referrals & Resources

Provide information and education to individuals, families, professionals, and the community at large regarding eating disorders and recovery resources.

Education

Provide opportunities for ongoing education and collaboration among professionals working with eating disorders and related conditions.

Treatment Funds

Provide assistance to individuals in need of financial support for pursuit of treatment through ongoing fundraising activities.

Board of Directors

Lindsey Wert

President

Lindsey is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in Petaluma, CA where she has a private practice. She has been involved with EDRS since its conception and has been deeply connected to giving her time as a volunteer and board member to this worthy cause. She began her participation while in recovery from her own eating disorder and trauma and is now able to give back as a therapist.

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As a therapist Lindsey provides psychotherapy for teens and adults with a specialization in eating disorders, body image, body shame issues, dieting and food phobias. Lindsey is certified in EMDR and specializes in working with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder with a focus in adults molested as a child, rape and incest. 

She strongly encourages a treatment team approach for her clients in recovery from eating disorders and complex trauma. Lindsey at her core enjoys depth based therapy. She uses nature, animal-based therapy. community and the wisdom of Earth and sound clinical practice to help support her client’s in getting in touch with their deeper sense of being, embodiment and purpose. Lindsey believes that each person who comes into her office has the capacity to heal and everything they need within to heal. Her job as a psychotherapist is to support her clientss in finding self-love, compassion, grace and resolution in their journey. Lindsey treats eating disorders from a HAES (Health at Every Size Model). Lindsey believes in the innate wisdom to heal and lived in this energy within her life and practice. She believes in integrative approaches in the means to fully heal as an individual. It takes a community.  

In her spare time she can be found supporting worthy causes such as EDRS, at the beach or in the mountains with her Dog River and working on personal growth, She is currently working on her certification in equine therapy to expand her health and healing profession. Lindsey believes in the beauty of connections with all living beings.

Theresa Carpinito Kira

Board Member & Treasurer

Theresa Carpinito Kira, PsyD is a licensed psychologist in private practice in San Francisco and Corte Madera. Theresa served as the Staff Psychologist at Marin Vista Health & Wellness Center’s Intensive Outpatient (IOP) and Partial Hospitalization (PHP) eating disorder program. Prior to this, she served on the Eating Disorder Treatment Team at Portland State University’s Student Health & Counseling Center, where she completed her pre- and post-doctorate training.
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Theresa Carpinito Kira, PsyD is a licensed psychologist in private practice in San Francisco and Corte Madera. Theresa served as the Staff Psychologist at Marin Vista Health & Wellness Center’s Intensive Outpatient (IOP) and Partial Hospitalization (PHP) eating disorder program. Prior to this, she served on the Eating Disorder Treatment Team at Portland State University’s Student Health & Counseling Center, where she completed her pre- and post-doctorate training.

Theresa earned her doctorate in clinical psychology at the Georgia School of Professional Psychology in Atlanta. She received training in college counseling and eating disorder settings as well as conducting ADHD, learning disability, and other psychological evaluations.

Theresa is seeking certification in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy and is excited about the ways that this modality can be a helpful tool in treating eating disorders and trauma.

Theresa has a background in media studies and is passionate about investigating the ways in which various media formats can negatively influence body image, writing her dissertation on the potential for Facebook to have an impact on body image dissatisfaction in young women. She aims to help people view social and traditional media images with a more discerning eye, to find ways to celebrate body positivity and size diversity online, and to ultimately find joy, meaning, and fulfillment in their real lives offline.

Corinne Dobbas

Board Member &
Secretary

Corinne Dobbas, MS, RD is a registered dietitian, nutrition therapist, and certified intuitive eating counselor with nearly a decade of experience in Marin County, California. Corinne works with adolescents, young adults, and adults.
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Corinne specializes in helping clients break free from the mental, emotional, and physical toll of chronic dieting, various levels of disordered eating, and body image concerns – as well as nutrition and body image healing work in eating disorder recovery. Ultimately, she helps clients nurture a caring and compassionate relationship with food and their bodies through a non-weight focused, non-diet approach.

Corinne works with clients individually and in groups. She is also the host of The Body Image Podcast.

Corinne began her work in body image, disordered eating, and eating disorders, after spending some time working with clients through the traditional weight-normative approach in the first few years of her career (where the emphasis is on weight and weight loss when defining health and wellbeing). It was here that Corinne realized something had to change, as this approach felt unethical, uncaring, and most of all, unhelpful for her clients. After all, even if we all ate and moved the same, different body shapes and sizes would still exist. With that shared, Corinne has spent the latter part of her career engaged in clinical supervision and various trainings to enable her to competently and successfully work with individuals struggling with food and body image concerns, disordered eating, chronic dieting, and eating disorders. Today, Corinne works from a weight-inclusive approach (where the emphasis is on viewing health and wellbeing as multifaceted and on reducing weight stigma). She is currently working towards certification to become a Certified Eating Disorder Registered Dietitian (CEDRD) through the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals (iaedp). In her work, Corinne uses a variety of tools, techniques, resources, and therapeutic approaches to help her clients nurture a healthy relationship with food, mind, and body.

Corinne graduated cum laude from Boston University’s Sargent College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences with a Bachelor of Science in Nutritional Sciences and completed her dietetic training at Tufts Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts. She received a Masters of Science from the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University in Boston, Massachusetts. Further professional training was through the completion of Wellcoaches Core Coach Training Program, Body Image Training for Clinicians, Nutrition Counseling for Eating Disorders, Clinical Approaches To Treating Bulimia and Binge Eating Disorder, and The Original Intuitive Eating Pros® certification process to become a Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor, among others. Adding to her unique background, Corinne completed a 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training through h3 Yoga in Marin County, California and has taught nutrition at the university level. Corinne frequently speaks on body image, embodiment, intuitive eating, Health at Every Size® (HAES), and eating disorders.

Today, Corinne resides in Marin County, California with her husband, three dogs, cat, and little girl.

Arin Bass

Board Member /
Sponsorship & Fundraising

Arin Bass, LMFT, MA, has worked with children, adolescents, adults, and families in a clinical setting attending to the issues of eating disorders, body image, depression, anxiety, substance abuse, life stressors and transitions, and relationship issues. Arin has extensive experience working with the eating disorder population in a variety of treatment levels, from Inpatient to Residential treatment, Partial Hospitalization and Intensive Outpatient. She also has a private practice in Corte Madera.

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Arin earned her Master of Arts degree in Counseling Psychology with a concentration in Marriage and Family Therapy from The American School of Professional Psychology in 2011, and earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Neuroscience from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio in 2004.

Arin utilizes a multidisciplinary theoretical approach with emphases on Psychodynamic, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and Family Systems models. She has tremendous passion for working with people who struggle from eating disorders. Arin believes that people have the capacity for change and that a trusting therapeutic relationship along with personal accountability are important components for recovery from an eating disorder.

She is a member of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, the International Association of Disordered Eating Professionals, and Eating Disorder Recovery Support. Arin is working towards becoming a Certified Eating Disorder Specialist through IADEP.

Marcella Raimondo

Board Member / Past President

Marcella Raimondo, PhD, MPH is a passionate and spirited clinical trainer speaking from her heart on multicultural issues in eating disorders since 1995. Marcella herself recovered from anorexia nervosa over 20 years ago. 

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Marcella received her B.A. from UC Berkeley, and Master’s Degree in Public Health from the University of Michigan. Marcella’s desire to address eating disorders drove her to pursue her doctorate in clinical psychology, receiving her PhD in 2012. She completed her post-doc internships at an eating disorder outpatient program and an eating disorder residential program for adolescents.

Marcella currently serves as a Licensed Clinical Psychologist (PSY # 27037) in Kaiser Permanente’s eating disorder clinic in Oakland. Marcella also serves as adjunct faculty at UC Berkeley Extension Program.

In 1997, Marcella worked with About-Face, a nonprofit organization that addresses media impact on body image serving as the Director of Media Literacy until 2005. Today she is on the About-Face Board of Founders and a consultant. She is also on the Advisory Board for the Association of Size Health and Diversity (ASDAH), on the Board of Eating Disorder Recovery Support (EDRS) as Past President and serves as Co-Chair of the Academy of Eating Disorders Diversity Equity and Inclusion committee.

Marcella trains in Kajukenbo at Hand to Hand Kajukenbo Self Defense Center in Oakland. She holds a second degree black belt and enjoys the exploratory path her training gives her. Her recovery and her martial arts training inspires her dedication to multicultural body nurturance and community celebration. For more information about Marcella’s trainings, go to marcellaedtraining.com

Elissa “Liz” Woodruff

Board Member / Former President

Dr. Elissa“Liz”Woodruff is a licensed psychologist specializing in treatment of anxiety and depression, relationship difficulties, and body image and eating disorders. She works primarily with adults, teens, and their families.

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Dr. Woodruff earned her Ph.D. from the University of North Texas and trained at Stanford University where she specialized in the treatment of young adults and developed expertise in working with eating disorders, members of the LGBT community, and substance abuse.

Dr. Woodruff is is certified in Family Based Therapy for Eating Disorders, also known as Maudsley therapy and is currently in the process of obtaining certification in Emotion Focused Family Therapy for eating disorders. She has taught eating disorder treatment techniques to predoctoral interns and postdoctoral fellows at Stanford University.

Dr. Woodruff also provides consultation, outreach services, and educational seminars to the community, schools, and graduate students training to be psychotherapists. Please find more about her at www.drelissawoodruff.com

Advisory Board

Haleh Kashani

Co-Founder &
Advisory Board Member

Haleh Kashani, Ph.D. is the co-founder of the EDRS, Inc. and currently sits on the Advisory Board. She is a licensed psychologist in clinical practice for over 25 years. Dr. Kashani specializes in the treatment of eating disorders with adults and adolescents.

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Dr. Kashani is currently in private practice in Marin County and works at the Outpatient Eating Disorders program at Kaiser Permanente in San Rafael, which she created and directed for the past 10 years. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Minnesota with Cum Laude honors in 1983 and her Doctoral degree in clinical psychology at the California School of Professional Psychology in Berkeley in 1988.

In addition to her practice, Dr. Kashani has been actively involved in training professionals in the field of eating disorders as well as providing support and education to parents and community groups on this topic. For more information regarding her private practice, speaking engagements, or professional training, please contact her at http://www.halehkashaniphd.com.

Michelle Minero

Co-Founder &
Advisory Board Member

Michelle Minero is a licensed marriage and family therapist who helps people transform their relationships with food and their bodies. Michelle created an intensive outpatient eating disorder program in 2000, and in 2005 cofounded EDRS to provide scholarships for people in California who need financial help to receive treatment for eating disorder recovery as well as eating disorder education for professionals and the community at large.
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Michelle is the author of the book: Self-Love Diet: The Only Diet That Works. Her book has been credited with helping readers in their recovery from eating disorders as well as positively impacting our culture by highlighting the definition of diet as: “things regularly offered.” By regularly offering self-love, the Self-Love Diet was born.

Michelle is also the co-creator of a 17-week online course titled, Building the Foundation for Self-Love, as well as a 9 week e-course titled, The Self-Love Diet Food & Eating guidelines. She is the co-founder of the online Love Warrior Community as well as the 31-Day Self-Love Diet Writing Challenge. Michelle is a SoulCollage facilitator and a sought after trainer, presenter and workshop facilitator. Her dream is to see a world filled with people who love themselves and their bodies.

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ONLINE FUNDRAISER

Promoting Connection Through
Isolation:

Raising Funds for Eating Disorder Treatment During the Pandemic

“EDRS has been an exceptional foundation that provided funds to help me recover from my eating disorder and severe trauma as a child and teen. EDRS held me when I had no family or outside support. I have been able to give back to EDRS through my recovery and years of volunteering. My life has forever been changed by these wonderful leaders and women, and with their support I am now a licensed therapist specializing in eating disorders and trauma. EDRS holds a legacy of community, grassroots and love. I am forever grateful. I owe it much of my recovery and life. With love and heart.”

Lindsey Wert, LMFT

Board Member & Treatment Fund Recipient

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