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Eating Disorder Hope Speaker’s Bureau

Find expert speakers from leading treatment centers across the country who provide unique insight and invaluable information through engaging presentations. This is useful for colleges, schools, conferences, and other gatherings for which extensive eating disorder knowledge is needed.

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Dr. Kim DennisKim Dennis, M.D.
Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center – CEO/Medical Director Emeritus

Dr. Kim Dennis is a board-certified psychiatrist who specializes in eating disorder treatment, addiction recovery, trauma / PTSD and co-occurring disorders. As CEO/Medical Director Emeritus, she provides consultation to the clinical director and participates in the Clinical Development Institute and other outreach initiatives.

Dr. Dennis maintains a holistic perspective in the practice of psychiatry.  She incorporates biological, psycho-social and spiritual approaches into the individually tailored treatment plan for each resident.

Dr. Dennis is published in the areas of gender differences in the development of psychopathology, co-occurring eating disorders and self-injury, and the use of medication with family-based therapy for adolescents with anorexia nervosa.  She is also on the editorial board of Eating Disorders: the Journal of Treatment and Prevention.  Dr. Dennis contributes regularly to news networks, such as ABC News and CNN, other national press such as the Huffington Post, Chicago Tribune, Boston Globe and WebMD, and professional magazines such as Addiction Professional and Behavioral Healthcare.  She contributes a monthly column to  She has been featured on TLC Discovery Channel’s “My Strange Addiction” and ABC’s “20/20.” In 2011, she was featured in the documentaries “Normal in Schools ED 101” and “America the Beautiful 2:  The Thin Commandments.”

Dr. Dennis received her undergraduate degree from the University of Chicago. She obtained her medical degree from the University Of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine and completed her psychiatry residency training at the University Of Chicago Hospitals, where she served as chief resident. During her training, she was part of the multi-disciplinary eating disorders team specializing in treating adolescents with anorexia and bulimia and their families. She also conducted research with Daniel Le Grange, PhD, who ran the eating disorders program at the university.

She is a member of the American Medical Association, Academy for Eating Disorders, the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry and the American Society for Addiction Medicine.  She is on the medical advisory board for the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders.

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SooMi-Lee-SamuelSooMi Lee-Samuel, M.D., M.A.
Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center – Medical Director

Dr. Lee-Samuel is board certified in Adult Psychiatry, and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. As the Medical Director, she manages medications and serves as an important member and leader of the multi-disciplinary treatment teams at Timberline Knolls.  She works collaboratively with primary/family therapists, expressive therapists, nutritionists and other treatment team members, and assists in administrative duties on campus.

Prior to coming to Timberline Knolls, Dr. Lee-Samuel was affiliated with multiple inpatient psychiatric hospitals including Lakeshore Hospital, Provena Mercy, and Alexian Brothers.  She had a private practice for several years and was an assistant professor at the University of Chicago. She also served as the Director of Psychiatric Services for DCFS of Illinois.

Dr. Lee-Samuel attended Wellesley College in Massachusetts, the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy. She is a member of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center is a valued Partnering Sponsor of Eating Disorder Hope  ~ Helping to make our work possible!

Margaret NagibMargaret Nagib
Timberline Knolls Clinical Development Institute (CDI) – Faculty Member

Dr. Nagib is a clinical psychologist specializing in Christian counseling, inner healing and treating eating disorders, trauma, addiction, self-injury and mood disorders. For 15 years, she has provided individual, family and group therapy.

She travels throughout the country providing clinical training and presentations to professionals. Every year, the CDI team offers more than 50 presentations at national and regional meetings, and contributes to awareness and early intervention through media interviews and blog contributions.

Dr. Nagib provides individual, family, group and pastoral counseling. Her goal is to restore Timberline Knolls’ residents to wholeness through a deeper relationship with God.

She has been featured in the Relevant magazine; the Wall Street Journal; Today’s Christian Woman magazine; FOX News; “The Everlasting Love” – a Christian public affairs television program, and “Doctor to Doctor” on Trinity Broadcasting Network.

Speaking Topics: Strengthening the Spirit and Restoring the Soul: Identifying, Understanding and Healing the Familial Wounds that Create Blocks with the Father, Son and Holy Spirit; Intoxicating Cycles of Shame: The Missing Link in the Treatment of Co-occurring Eating and Substance Abuse Disorders; Providing Spiritually Conscious Psychological Care for the Eating Disordered Client; From Coping to Hoping: Sex, Skinny and God; Sozo Training for Mental Health Professionals; Strategies for Hope: Understanding Substance Abuse, Self Harm and Eating Disorders in Teens; ROSC – Recovery Oriented System of Care

Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center is a valued Partnering Sponsor of Eating Disorder Hope  ~ Helping to make our work possible!

MaggieGeraciMargaret Geraci, R.D., LDN
Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center – Director of Nutrition Services

As Director of Nutrition Services, Maggie‘s job entails many duties. She oversees the dietitians and diet technicians, carries a caseload of adolescents, supervises the menu and meal planning stages and develops nutrition-related protocols. She also implements current nutrition recommendations, participates in community outreach and trains dietitians.

Prior to joining Timberline Knolls, Maggie was the Nutrition Manager at Revolution in Chicago. She started with Timberline Knolls as a diet technician and progressed to a Registered Dietitian. 

Maggie attended Eastern Illinois University for her undergraduate degree in Dietetics and Nutrition and then completed her dietetic internship at Ingalls Memorial Hospital.

She is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Behavioral Health DPG and South Suburban Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. 

Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center is a valued Partnering Sponsor of Eating Disorder Hope  ~ Helping to make our work possible!

Rachel Sherron HeadshotRachel Sherron, M.A., LPC, RYT
Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center – Coordinator of Trauma Awareness and Yoga Specialist

Rachel facilitates yoga therapy and trauma groups for adults and adolescents in addition to working with individual residents and their teams to support trauma recovery.  She also trains, supervises and consults with clinical and support staff on current trauma theory and body-based treatment.

Prior to joining Timberline Knolls, Rachel taught yoga at the Moksha Yoga Center as well as the Neurokitchen Arts Collective. The latter program is a non-profit group that supports wellness through art and yoga with Chicago’s inner city youth. She worked as a Mind/Body therapist at The Lighthouse Emotional Wellness Center.

Rachel received her undergraduate degree in Art History from Kent State University and her Master’s degree in Community Counseling from Argosy University. She has also been trained in body-based treatment models of Hakomi and Sensorimotor Psychotherapy as well as extensive training in the philosophy and practice of yoga.

Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center is a valued Partnering Sponsor of Eating Disorder Hope  ~ Helping to make our work possible!

Miss America Kirsten HaglundKirsten Haglund
Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center – Community Relations Specialist

Kirsten struggled with anorexia and made eating disorders her platform while competing and becoming Miss America . She focuses on eating disorders in entertainment media, the fashion and beauty industries, and with the many young women who look to Miss America as a role model. She reinforces that women have the right and responsibility to define beauty on their own terms and to love and respect themselves and their bodies. She worked with the Eating Disorders Coalition, to lobby Congress for the passage of Mental Health Parity. She has helped expose the dangerous reality of eating disorders via interviews with EXTRA, Entertainment Tonight, Access Hollywood and SHAPE magazine.

The Kirsten Haglund Foundation for eating disorders is a non-profit organization which provides financial assistance to people seeking treatment for eating disorders.  Kirsten joined Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center as Community Relations Specialist in 2011 and became an ambassador for NEDA in 2012.

Speaking Topics: Her Personal Story of Eating Disorder Recovery; Fighting The Media & Entertainment’s Impact on Body-Image in Young Women; Achieving Physical, Mental and Spiritual Health in Competitive Sports and the Arts; The Role of Faith in Eating Disorder Recovery; Eating Disorders and Body-Image in College-Aged Women; The Mother-Daughter Relationship in Eating Disorder Recovery; Letting Go of Perfectionism and Embracing Balance and Moderation; Beauty at Every Size – Reversing the Negative Role of the Fashion Industry and Encouraging Women to Love Their Bodies

Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center is a valued Partnering Sponsor of Eating Disorder Hope  ~ Helping to make our work possible!

~Additional Speakers Available for Presentations~

Lisa S. Kantor

Lisa KantorLisa S. Kantor, a Los Angeles lawyer and partner of Kantor & Kantor LLP, represents people denied health benefits for treatment of both physical and mental illnesses. Most recently, Ms. Kantor has focused her efforts litigating denials of medically necessary treatment for eating disorders.

Kantor & Kantor is the only law firm in the country with a distinct eating disorder practice staffed with lawyers and other professionals experienced in the specific needs of people who have been denied benefits for residential care for eating disorder treatment.  In 2012, she won the first federal court ruling that determined health plans must pay for all medically necessary treatment for mental illnesses, including residential treatment. Ms. Kantor is currently challenging health plans’ use of inappropriate guidelines to deny the proper level of care, and she speaks to lawmakers about the need for stronger laws to facility effective treatment for people with severe eating disorders.

Jerry L. Law, D. Min., MDAAC, CIP

Jerry-Law-Image-7-5-15-300x224Jerry L. Law, D. Min., MDAAC, CIP is a veteran of 25 years in the corporate world, and his strong leadership and organizational skills lend themselves naturally to the intervention process. Dr. Law is a Board Certified Professional Christian Counselor, a Board Certified Intervention Professional and a Master Certified Drug Alcohol and Addictions Counselor. Jerry brings compassion and a first-hand understanding about how critical it is to break the cycle of addiction in the professional world as well as within the family.

Jerry believes in Interventions conducted with love, care and concern. Guiding the family with compassion, managing the circumstances through experience and helping the addicted individual reach out for recovery. He facilitates Interventions for Eating Disorders, Chemical Dependency and Process Addictions.

Jerry has been named one of the Top Ten Interventionists in the United States by See for more information.

Jerry is also nationally known public speaker. Topics include Intervention, Addiction, Marriage and Family Issues, Communication Skills and others. He is a frequent presenter at conferences, treatment facilities and faith based organizations.

Brian Cuban

Brian Cuban 7-15-15Brian Cuban is an author whose best-selling book, “Shattered Image: My Triumph Over Body Dysmorphic Disorder,” chronicles his first-hand experiences living with,and recovering from eating disorders, alcoholism, drug addiction and body dysmorphic disorder. A journey that started with childhood bullying and fat shaming and took him to the brink of suicide at forty-four years old, before walking away from a successful career as an attorney and taking the first step forward towards a healthy and positive lifestyle restoring love, family and a healthy self-image.

Brian’s presentation, “One Step Forward” empowers those seeking to take a step into recovery or looking for tools to help others take that step, as well as offering tools for indivudals and famlies who deal with eating disorders, self harm and addiction. Brian covers issues often intertwining with these disorders such as bullying, fat talk and genetic predisposition.

Brian is a highly sought after college and event speaker. He has spoken at colleges and universities across the United States and in Canada. Brian has appeared on prestigious talks shows such as the Katie Couric Show as well as numerous media outlets around the country. He also writes extensively on these subjects. His columns have appeared on,, The Huffington Post and in online and print newspapers around the world.

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Kathy Kater

Kathy KaterKathy J. Kater, LICSW, Psychotherapist
2634 19th Avenue East, North St. Paul, MN55109
Phone: (651) 770-2693

Kathy Kater, LICSW is a St. Paul, MN psychotherapist and an internationally known and respected author, speaker, and consultant who has specialized in treatment and prevention of the full spectrum of body image, eating, fitness and weight-related problems for over 30 years. Frustrated that progress in understanding these problems had not been matched by effective prevention, Kater authored Healthy Body Image: Teaching Kids to Eat and Love Their Bodies Too!, published by the National Eating Disorders Association in 1998. Fully updated in 2005 to more fully incorporate concerns about rising rates of obesity, this primary prevention curriculum was among the first of its kind to demonstrate significant measurable improvement in weight-related attitudes and reduced risk factors for disordered eating in pubescent children. Healthy Body Image is recommended by the U.S.D.H. Office of Women’s Health in their BodyWise information packet for educators. Kater’s second book, Real Kids Come in All Sizes; Ten Essential Lessons to Build Your Child’s Body Esteem (Broadway Books/Random House, 2004; Spanish Edition, 2006) was written as a companion guide for parents.

Kathy’s presentation is empowering and exciting! CEU’s are available for professional audiences. All participants in her workshops will hear an overview of the research related to the onset and development of the full spectrum of body image, eating, nutrition, fitness and weight concerns in Western culture over the past forty years, and how children are now affected at ever younger ages. Participants will leave armed with a new perspective and some of the language needed to apply the Model for Healthy Body Image and Weight in relationship to children, nutrition and weight.

Jenni Schaefer

Jennie SchaeferAuthor of Life Without Ed and Goodbye Ed, Hello Me (new book released by McGraw-Hill in September 2009), International Speaker, and Singer/Songwriter.

Jenni’s straightforward, realistic style has made her a role model, source of inspiration and confidant to people across the globe looking to overcome their eating disorders and live complete lives. Her appearances on shows like Dr. Phil and Entertainment Tonight, in publications ranging from Cosmopolitan to The Washington Post, and before live audiences have brought a world of hope to men and women seeking real solutions. As author and therapist Carolyn Costin, LMFT, M.A., M.Ed. says about Jenni in her foreword to Goodbye Ed, Hello Me, “She makes recovery and full living seem possible for everyone.”

A popular speaker on college campuses, including Yale, William & Mary, and Vanderbilt University, Jenni also presents regularly in middle and high schools. She speaks at national and international professional conferences, various community events, and other venues.  Jenni brings a wealth of knowledge, experience and compassion to each appearance, as well as her trademark sense of humor and her musical background. An active Nashville singer-songwriter, she invariably concludes her talks with at least one uplifting song.  For more information about Jenni’s work, visit

For more information about Jenni’s availability as a speaker, contact her booking agent, Catherine Hagen at or (615) 844-3488.

Jessica Setnick, MS, RD, CEDRD

Jessica SetnickA speaker with amazing insights into our emotional and intellectual relationships with food, Jessica is the rare mix of clinician and educator who really gets to the heart of our issues with health and weight. Using humor, poignant stories and the latest scientific research, Jessica goes far beyond the basics of body image and eating disorders, and helps students shape their perspectives about nutrition, stress and weight management. She engages both the heart and the brain and gets you thinking about these issues in surprising new ways.

Jessica is the right speaker for any campus concerned with students eating and living well, and appropriate for health and wellness awareness events, mental health and eating disorders education, new student orientation, women’s centers and studies programming, fraternity and sorority life, athletics and student leadership development.

For more information or to invite Jessica to your event, contact 214-503-7100,, or visit

Cheryl Kerrigan

Cheryl Kerrigan

Cheryl Kerrigan is an eating disorder survivor and author of Telling Ed NO! and Other Practical Tools to Conquer Your Eating Disorder and Find Freedom (Gurze Books). Held captive by her eating disorder (Ed) for more than two decades, Cheryl experienced an entire childhood, adolescence, and much of her adulthood from the perspective of a tortured prisoner-until she found the strength and support to break free.

Cheryl touches her audience through an honest and moving story of her struggle and recovery from a 22 year battle with Anorexia. Through her story, Cheryl provides the audience with important information on the inter-workings of the mind of an eating disorder (Ed), shares vital aspects of her recovery, provides successful and practical recovery tools and shows you, through real-life scenarios, what life in recovery looks like.

Cheryl’s inspiring story “Brings Recovery To Life.” Cheryl’s presentation and style is honest, engaging, compelling, humorous and very informative. Your audience will walk away with hope, insight and successful, practical tools they can utilize in their own recovery journey.

Here is what people are saying about Cheryl’s presentation: “Cheryl’s words were very inspirational. Her talk is not only a true testimony that recovery is possible, but provides individuals and loved ones with steps to take in building a strong foundation for recovery. Cheryl shares useful tools to use and brings hope for living a life free of Ed and in recovery!” ~ Kourtney Klepfer, LCSW

Contact information and learn more About Telling Ed No! and Cheryl’s Presentations

 Troy Roness

Troy Roness

Tross Roness, B.S.E., M.Ed. Graduate Student, Survivor, National Male Advocate, Motivational Speaker, Writer PBS/Huffington Post Blogger

Troy Roness is an inspiring role model for any person who is struggling to recover from an eating disorder. Since his own recovery, Troy has maintained a ceaseless effort to support and encourage recovering persons, and to continually advocate for better treatment and care for all who struggle.

“After years of telling myself I wasn’t “good enough” to ask for help, I finally realized that every challenge can be met with a more progressive stance on what strength and masculinity really mean. Neither is achieved by holding onto pain or struggle; it’s the process of letting go and accepting the support of others that makes us stronger.”

Troy serves as the inaugural United States Male Junior Board Representative for the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA), Advisory Board Member and M.O.R.E. (Males Owning Recovery From Eating Disorders) Program Director with MentorCONNECT, Advisory Board Member for the National Association of Males with Eating Disorders (NAMED), and is active in promoting legislative changes and motivational speaking in his home state of North Dakota to promote education and treatment of eating disorders.

Following his guest appearance on the ‘Dr. Phil Show’ in January 2009, Troy battled for two 81-day treatment regimens as a male with an eating disorder. His recovery has blessed him with opportunities to speak to thousands of people in North Dakota and reach millions of people across the United States and world. Reflecting on the pivotal moments of his recovery enables Troy to speak on behalf of males and spread the message that recovery is possible.

Troy most enjoys speaking with and educating family members of eating disorder victims. By explaining what their child, family member, or friend is facing with personal insight, and then comparing the recovery perspective, Troy hopes this will facilitate understanding and lend a sensitive ear to the sufferers support system.

“Troy’s drive, emotional connection with the audience, and energy were incredibly helpful in reassuring me to not give up during a time I didn’t think my child would survive.”Parent, 2011.

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Phoebe Taylor November 22, 2014 at 3:03 pm

Would any of these speakers be available to speak at a NEDA walk in April of 2015 in Burlington, VT 05405? If so please let me know by e-mail as soon as possible.

Crystal Karges MS, RDN, IBCLC November 24, 2014 at 4:05 pm

Hi Taylor!

Thanks for your interest! If you are interested in booking any of these speakers, you may try to contact them directly. Many of the speaker listings include their individual contact information. You might try to call or email them personally to see if they may be available to assist you. Please let us know if there is anything more we can help with!



Serena July 27, 2015 at 8:50 am

I would like to speak on my even disorder recovery. I have been recovered for several years and would like to help others on their journey. Do you know how I can go about starting to publically speak?

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