The Healthy Teen Project Team – A Place For Teen Eating Disorder Recovery in San Francisco Bay Area

Our multidisciplinary team consists of professionals with medical, psychiatric, therapy and nutritional backgrounds that treat teens with eating disorders. Our team has experience treating eating disorder patients across a range of environments including: in-patient medical and psychiatric hospitalization, residential treatment centers, partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient programs, as well as outpatient clinics. Every Therapist at The Healthy Teen Project has completed (or is in the process of completing) certification for Family Based Treatment via the Training Institute for Child and Adolescent Eating Disorders.

Casey Crosbie, RD Lead Dietitian

Casey Crosbie, RD, CSSD
Program Director

casey@healthyteenproject.com  |  Direct: 650.900.8466

Casey Crosbie is a Registered Dietitian and Board Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics. She joined The Healthy Teen Project during its inception in 2013, playing an integral role in the development and leadership of the nutrition program. Casey previously served as the lead dietitian for the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Comprehensive Eating Disorders Program at Stanford from 2008-2013. It was there that she trained with leading experts in Family-Based Treatment for adolescents with eating disorders. Throughout her career, Casey has published two scholarly articles focused on the medical and nutritional needs of adolescents with eating disorders and regularly speaks at professional conferences and events. Casey is currently writing a book with colleague Wendy Sterling MS, RD, CSSD entitled “How to Nourish Your Child Through an Eating Disorder: A Simple, Plate-by-Plate Approach to Rebuilding a Healthy Relationship with Food” forthcoming from The Experiment in 2018.

Casey received her B.S. in food science and nutrition from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo and completed her dietetic internship at UC Davis Medical Center to earn her RD. She is passionate about working with adolescents and their families to break free from diet rules and establish a positive relationship with food.

Casey is a member of the following organizations:

  • International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals
  • Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
  • California Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Sports, Cardiovascular, and Wellness Nutrition Dietetic Practice Group
  • Behavioral Health Nutrition Dietetic Practice Group
Erika Bent, LPCC Director of Clinical Operations

Erika Bent, LPCC
Director of Clinical Operations

erika@healthyteenproject.com  |  Direct: 650.492.5942

Erika is a licensed professional clinical counselor in the state of California who earned her Master’s in Clinical Psychology from the University of Central Florida. Erika’s clinical experience spans across a wide range of inpatient and outpatient settings where she has gained expertise in the treatment of adolescents and adults with eating disorders. She has published research papers on body image and biological characteristics of Anorexia Nervosa, and serves of the board of the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals.

Erika utilizes an integrative approach to treatment, emphasizing Family Based Treatment (FBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and mindfulness-based techniques. She has completed trainings in FBT with Dr. Katharine Loeb at Farleigh Dickinson University and Dr. Kara Fitzpatrick at Stanford University, and is currently pursuing certification in FBT.

Erika is passionate about helping adolescents and families in their journey to recovery. Her treatment philosophy promotes a collaborative therapeutic relationship while empowering individuals and families to cultivate their own path to wellness.

Erika is a member of the following organizations:

  • International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals
  • California Association of Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors
  • Association of Professionals Treating Eating Disorders San Francisco
  • National Eating Disorders Association
  • Association for Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders
Susanne Martin, MD Medical Director

Susanne Martin, MD
Medical Director

susanne@healthyteenproject.com  |  Direct: 650.946.1971

Dr. Susanne Martin is Board certified in Internal Medicine and Adolescent Medicine. She completed her Internal Medicine residency at Yale School of Medicine followed by a three-year Fellowship in Adolescent Medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine in 2014. She has been working at The Healthy Teen Project since beginning of 2015. She stepped into the role of Medical Director beginning of 2017.

In addition to The Healthy Teen Project, Susanne works as a Clinical Instructor at the College Health Center Vaden, Stanford School of Medicine and at Sutter/Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF) in urgent care. She is also the primary care provider for a residential treatment program that specializes in treating eating disorders in adolescents.

Susanne’s professional interests include adolescent growth and development as well as management of eating disorders in adolescents. Her research focused on bone health and hormonal balance in adolescents. Susanne has experience in wilderness medicine through volunteer work in search and rescue. In the future, she would like to learn more about complementary medicine and integration into her clinical work.

She is fluent in German.

 

Katie Bell, NP Co-Founder and Medical & Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner

Katie Bell, NP
Co-Founder and Medical & Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner

katie@healthyteenproject.com  |  Direct: 650.900.8228

Katie Bell is a board certified Nurse Practitioner in Adolescent and Adult Medicine and Psychiatric Mental Health with a sub-specialty in Eating Disorders. Katie received her Nurse Practitioner degree from University of California, San Francisco in 2003.

Prior to joining The Healthy Teen Project Katie provided medical and psychiatric care to adolescents and adults at The Carlton Clinic and the intensive outpatient eating disorder program at Kaiser Permanente. She also did community outreach work with Bay Area schools to improve early identification of eating disorders.

Katie is invited to speak at local and national conferences on eating disorders.

Katie is a member of the following organizations:

  • Academy for Eating Disorders
  • American Psychiatric Nurses Association
  • California Association of Nurse Practitioners

 

Jennifer Zumarraga, MD Co-Founder and Medical Director

Jennifer Zumarraga, MD
Co-Founder and Psychiatrist

jennifer@healthyteenproject.com  |  Direct: 650.946.1972

Dr. Jennifer Zumarraga is a board certified psychiatrist in both General Psychiatry and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. She has over ten years of experience in working with children of all ages. She started out in research at the National Institute of Mental Health working with youth with ADHD.  She continued her training at the University of Rochester and the University of Southern California.

Jen was formerly the Medical Director of ASPIRE, After-School Program Interventions and Resiliency Education at El Camino Hospital. She was involved in the formation of this specialized program for teens in response to the glaring shortage of services for adolescents with anxiety and mood disorders and the lack of resources for their families.

Jen’s professional interests include Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and working with individuals with eating disorders, anxiety, and depression. She believes that in combating these illnesses, we must use the bio-psycho-social model, which includes working with the individual and family to address the educational issues, social/relationship difficulties, and medical aspects in order to treat the whole individual.

Dr. Zumarraga is a member of the following organizations:

  • American Psychiatric Association
  • American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Kortney Parman, NP Medical Provider

Kortney Parman, NP
Medical Provider

kortney@healthyteenproject.com  |  Direct: 650.900.8463

Kortney is both a Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner as well as a Registered Dietitian and joined The Healthy Teen Project in March 2018. With experience working in several eating disorder treatment settings, she offers expertise in the medical and nutritional aspects of recovery.

Kortney is passionate about using her unique skill set to support those on the journey to health and recovery from eating disorders. She also has worked in primary care for many years, gaining broad experience in caring for people of all ages and enjoys educating primary care providers on how to identify and support their patients struggling with disordered eating. In addition to her role at The Healthy Teen Project, she is a Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner (SANE) at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital.

She studied Nutrition and Dietetics at Samford University and completed her dietetic internship at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) Medical Center. Additionally, she holds a BS in Nursing from Emory University and a MS in Nursing from UCSF, completing the Leadership Education in Adolescent Health (LEAH) program during her studies at UCSF.

Kortney is a member of the following organizations:

  • Academy for Eating Disorders
  • Society of Adolescent Health and Medicine
  • California Association of Nurse Practitioners
Liz Richard, PhD Therapist

Liz Richard, LMFT
Therapist

liz@healthyteenproject.com  |  Direct: 650.946.1396

Liz Richard is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT #86227) in the state of California. She earned her Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of San Francisco in 2012 and her Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Psychology from San Diego State University in 2004. Prior to joining the Healthy Teen Project, Liz worked at the outpatient level of care with the Mid-Peninsula Eating Disorder Clinic in Menlo Park, and in a PHP/IOP program in Palo Alto working with adults experiencing a diverse range of mental health concerns. She completed her clinical internship hours as a school-based therapist in the San Mateo-Foster City middle school system and in a family counseling clinic in San Mateo. Liz is also Level-1 certified in TEAM-CBT, a highly effective Cognitive Behavioral Therapy approach created by world-renowned Psychiatrist David Burns, MD.

Liz’s approach to eating disorder treatment focuses largely on the therapeutic alliance with the teen and the parents, working with the family to create a treatment plan that utilizes our expertise of eating disorders and your knowledge of your teen. She incorporates techniques from Family Based Therapy (FBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and mindfulness approaches into her therapeutic work.

Liz is a member of the California and Santa Clara Valley Chapters of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists.

Katy Lackey, LCSW Therapist

Katy Lackey, LCSW
Therapist

katy@healthyteenproject.com  |  Direct: 650.492.5936

Katy Lackey is a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW 85780) in the state of California. She earned her Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Southern California with a focus on community mental health. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo with an emphasis on individuals and families, and a minor in women and gender studies. Prior to joining The Healthy Teen Project, Katy completed a clinical internship as a clinical social work intern at a sub-acute psychiatric mental health center in Redwood City, CA., for adults living with severe and persistent mental illnesses. Katy also completed a clinical internship as a behavioral specialist at a non-profit organization contracted with San Luis Obispo county, where she served youth and families with mental health needs in the foster care system. Katy has also worked at Cal Poly with college-aged students dealing with alcohol-use issues, eating disorders, depression, and mental health crises.

Katy takes an intentionally eclectic approach to meet the needs of each person and family in treatment. She incorporates Family Based Treatment (FBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and creative art techniques. She has completed trainings in FBT with Dr. Jim Locke and Dr. Kara Fitzpatrick at Stanford University, and is currently pursuing certification in FBT under direct supervision of Dr. Kara Fitzpatrick.

Katy sees the therapeutic relationship as an essential tool for healing, while also placing great focus on empowering families to connect to and heal with their own strengths and skills. She takes prides in supporting teens through the process of healing and exploring their true selves.

Katie Peterman, PsyD Therapist

Katie Peterman, PsyD
Therapist

kpeterman@healthyteenproject.com  |  Direct: 650.935.4330

Katie Peterman, Psy.D. is a licensed psychologist in the state of California, and she earned her doctorate degree in clinical psychology from Alliant International University in San Francisco. Katie completed her predoctoral internship at Temple University in Philadelphia, where she conducted therapy, assessment, and crisis intervention with college students, as well as co-facilitated emotion regulation skills groups and process groups for women with eating disorders. She spent her post-doctoral training working in an outpatient practice specializing in Dialectical Behavioral therapy (DBT), where she worked individually and in groups with teens and adults with a variety of issues that interfered with their quality of life. Katie is thrilled to be part of the team at The Healthy Teen Project, as she is especially passionate about working with young people with eating disorders and their families.

Katie aims to create a supportive and collaborative relationship with each client and adapts her approach with respect to their unique needs, values, and goals. She enjoys working with people of all different backgrounds and considers the biological, psychological, social, and cultural factors that shape each person’s experience. She integrates mindfulness-based and cognitive-behavioral interventions that promote insight, self-compassion, and skills to navigate challenges and build a meaningful life. Katie believes in each person’s inherit resiliency, and she is committed to helping teens and families reconnect with their strengths as they break free from an eating disorder.

Kira Olson, AMFT,APCC Therapist

Kira Olson, AMFT, APCC
Therapist

kira@healthyteenproject.com  |  Direct: 650.900.8465

Kira Olson is an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist/Professional Clinical Counselor. She completed her Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy at Western Seminary, having earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science in 2007. She has worked with a variety of populations in diverse settings, including eating disorders, addictions, and developmental disabilities. Prior to her clinical role, Kira worked as a Group Home Counselor and Life Skills Coach. She has over 5 years of experience in community education and outreach, program development, and referral relations for eating disorder programs, including the Eating Disorders Resource Center and Castlewood Treatment Centers. She completed a year of clinical internship at Momentum for Mental Health, in which she provided individual counseling for transitional age youth with complex mental health diagnoses.

In addition to The Healthy Teen Project, Kira works as a therapist at Community Health Awareness Council, both in the counseling center and in a local middle school. Her approach is creative and client-centered, integrating Solution-focused Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). She conceptualizes the eating disorder through a bio-psycho-social model in order to treat the whole individual and address both internal and external systems. By attending to the underlying causes and function of the eating disorder, developing healthier coping strategies, and strengthening one’s core sense of self, she believes full recovery is possible.

Kira additionally participates in local advocacy and education events, has been a guest speaker on CreaTV and KBAY 94.5, and has had her writing featured in recovery blogs and newsletters such as Eating Disorder Hope and Recovery Warriors.

Kira is a member of the following organizations:

  • California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT)
  • Academy for Eating Disorders (AED)
  • International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals (IADEP), Bay Area Chapter Board Chair
  • Eating Disorder Recovery Support (EDRS), Former Board Committee Member
  • Dancing with ED, Board Member
Amrit Kaur Milieu Therapist

Amrit Kaur
Milieu Therapist

amrit@healthyteenproject.com  |  Direct: 650.900.8465

Amrit Kaur is the Milieu Therapist at The Healthy Teen Project. Amrit earned her Bachelor of the Arts degree in Psychology from the University of California, Irvine. She is currently pursuing her Master’s in Counseling Psychology at Palo Alto University. Prior to joining the HTP team, Amrit worked as a milieu counselor at a residential treatment program treating adolescents with Eating disorders. She is responsible for the oversight of all clients in the program over the course of the day, and ensures a safe, friendly, and recovery-oriented space for all adolescent clients at The Healthy Teen Project. Amrit is passionate about enabling her clients to reconnect with themselves again while also assisting them with a cultivation of self-love.

Aparna Ramadurai, RD Dietitian

Aparna Ramadurai, RD
Dietitian

aparna@healthyteenproject.com  |  Direct: 650.935.4140

Aparna Ramadurai MS, RD is a Registered Dietitian with over 13 years experience in clinical nutritional management, medical and surgical weight management, health education and wellness. She manages a private practice In San Jose/Los Gatos, CA where she works with adolescents/young adults suffering from Eating Disorders as well as with those suffering from other health and lifestyle-related illnesses. She has also worked with individuals undergoing bariatric surgery who struggle with eating disorders before and after surgery. Aparna is passionate about enabling her clients to “savor and enjoy food again” and utilizes a personalized approach to Nutritional and Lifestyle Management.

Aparna completed her Masters/Certificate training in Nutrition & Dietetics at Loma Linda University, CA and her internship at Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla, CA. She recently moved to the Bay Area from San Diego.

Aparna is a member of the following organizations:

  • Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics
  • Weight Management Dietetic Practice Group
  • Nutrition Entrepreneurs Dietetic Practice Group
Kacey McCormack, RD Dietitian

Kacey Legnitto, MS, RD, CEDRD
Dietitian

kacey@healthyteenproject.com  |  Direct: 650.935.4331

Kacey Legnitto is a Registered Dietitian, Certified Eating Disorder Registered Dietitian (CEDRD), and Intuitive Eating Certified Counselor. Prior to joining The Healthy Teen Project in 2017, Kacey served as the dietitian at Cielo House Comprehensive Eating Disorder Recovery Program. She has also worked with athletes at the University of Oregon and in a corporate wellness program at Intel in Mountain View, CA. Kacey manages a private practice in Los Altos, CA where she works with individuals suffering from Eating Disorders. Kacey is passionate about helping individuals heal their relationship with food, their bodies, and exercise.

Kacey received her Bachelor of Science in Dietetics from California State University, Chico. She earned her Master’s Degree in Family and Consumer Sciences, with an emphasis in Dietetics, from Eastern Illinois University and completed her dietetic internship at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana, IL to earn her RD.

Kacey is a member of the following organizations:

  • Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics
  • The International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals Foundation
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Diana Iniguez
Office Manager and Intake Coordinator

diana@healthyteenproject.com  |  Direct: 650.935.4111

Diana is the Office Manager for The Healthy Teen Project. She has over 20 years of office management experience for a wide range of medical practices and brings expertise in executive administration, human resources, insurance contracting, billing and client relations.

Kim Krichbaum
Reception

kim@healthyteenproject.com  |  Direct: 650.941.2300

Kim runs the front desk at The Healthy Teen Project and will be your first point of interaction. Kim has over fifteen years working in Bay Area health clinics in a wide range of capacities. Most recently, Kim was with The Carlton Clinic in Mountain View.

Tom Brehme
CFO/COO

tom@healthyteenproject.com  |  Direct: 650.900.8464

Tom is the Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer for The Healthy Teen Project. He brings over 20 years of investment banking, strategic advisory, financial and accounting experience having worked with a large number of companies ranging from early stage technology companies to large multinational corporations.

 

Our Advisory Board

Our advisory board consists of eating disorder professionals that are actively involved in generating awareness and directing eating disorder treatment in the Bay Area.

Nan Shaw, LCSW Program Director

Nan Shaw, LCSW

Nan Shaw, LCSW, is a licensed clinical social worker and FBT credentialed therapist. Nan has been treating eating disorders for over 30 years, working in both inpatient and outpatient settings and specializing in treating both eating disorder sufferers and their families.

In addition, Nan had a 21-year tenure with Kaiser Permanente, serving as the clinical and administrative lead in the Eating Disorder Treatment Program at Oakland Kaiser, as well as holding the position of Best Practices Chair for Eating Disorders for Northern California Kaiser. Nan developed and implemented several group programs (DBT, ACT) as well as established an eating disorder medical clinic in the department of medicine to treat patients needing urgent medical care. Nan participated in writing and updating Best Practices recommendations, developing training programs and organizing conferences for evidenced-based eating disorder treatments, facilitating a weekly advisory panel for providers to consult on difficult cases, piloting technologies to use with eating disorder clients, and developing procedures to measure outcomes. Nan also wrote a training manual for new providers to the
field of eating disorders (“Mistakes and Missteps in Working with Eating Disorder Patients and Strategies for Clinicians to Manage Them”).

Nan joined The Healthy Teen Project in 2014 as Program Director and is now in private practice, continuing to work in the field of eating disorders.

(925) 876-5943  |  nanshawlcsw@gmail.com  |  www.nanshawlcsw.com
Barbara Birsinger,ThD, MPH, CEDRD

Barbara Birsinger, ThD, MPH, CEDRD

Barbara Birsinger, ThD, MPH, CEDRD, (Founder, the Behavior Decoding Method™) has helped individuals for over 25 years transform their behaviors, beliefs and identities stuck in disordered eating and weight-related symptoms across the spectrum, working with a Health At Every Size® approach and her unique Intuitive Eating Program. Dr. Birsinger is passionate about helping others heal, having recovered herself over three decades ago. Currently, she practices at The Body Positive Institute in San Rafael, Integrative Medical Clinic of Santa Rosa, Petaluma, and virtual counseling with clients world-wide. She conducts research, workshops and professional CE-trainings in her Behavior Decoding Method™ and develops innovative products for client success. Since her training at UC Berkeley in Public Health, she continues to bring a depth of modalities to her practice as a Certified Eating Disorders Registered Dietitian, Medical Nutrition Therapist, Certified Master NLP Practitioner, Licensed HeartMath® Trainer, Certified Quantum Healing Hypnosis® Therapist, and Licensed Spiritual Counselor with a Theology Doctorate in Spiritual Healing and Energy Medicine. Dr. Birsinger currently serves as Vice President on the Board of Directors of Eating Disorders Support, Inc, and also on the Boards of Andrea’s Voice Foundation and the Integrative Medical Foundation.

www.barbarabirsinger.com.

Joe Kelly

Joe Kelly

Joe Kelly is an author and speaker who advocates on issues of men in families. He teaches professionals how to use men as resources, and leads groups for men whose loved ones have eating disorders.

A co-founder of Dads & Daughters and New Moon Girls magazine, Joe is the author of 10 books, including Dads & Daughters®, The Body Myth: Adult Women & the Pressure to Be Perfect (with Dr. Margo Maine), and The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Being a New Dad. His awards include the Eating Disorders Coalition’s Activist of the Year and Women’s Sports Foundation Title IX Father of the Year.

Joe serves on advisory boards for Campaign for Commercial-Free Childhood, Ophelia’s Place, Take Our Daughters & Sons to Work Day, and Voice Malemagazine.

Elizabeth Scott, LCSW is a pioneer in the field of eating disorders prevention and treatment. She has been practicing psychotherapy for 24 years, specializing in treating women and girls with eating and body image problems.

Elizabeth Scott, LCSW

Elizabeth Scott, LCSW is a pioneer in the field of eating disorders prevention and treatment. She has been practicing psychotherapy for 24 years, specializing in treating women and girls with eating and body image problems. In addition to her private practice she provides training, supervision, and continuing education to psychotherapists who treat clients with eating and body image problems. In 1996, Elizabeth co-founded The Body Positive to start a movement to transform the beliefs people hold about beauty, health, and identity that result in body hatred and eating disorders. Elizabeth consults to secondary schools, universities, and professional organizations to develop peer-led activism programs promoting student resilience against the development of eating disorders. She has trained educators nationwide to bring The Body Positive to more than 600 school districts. The Marin County Board of Supervisors honored Elizabeth as a Public Health Hero for her work in eating disorders prevention.

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