Early Bird Registration ends tomorrow, Friday, January 5, 2018 for EDRS


Hall of Fame Welcoming Reception
& Stepping Out of Our Comfort Zone:
Integrating Creativity, Research and Technology to Cultivate Connection

Annual Conference


We are excited to announce our 2nd Annual 2018 Hall of Fame Honorees. We hope you join us in celebrating and honoring their hard work, dedication and outstanding contribution to the eating disorder field at our upcoming Benefit Reception on Friday, January 26, 2018 in San Rafael, CA.


~ Advocacy: Deb Burgard, PhD, FAED ~

Deb Burgard, PhD, FAED* is a psychologist and activist from the San Francisco Bay Area specializing in concerns about body image, eating, weight stigma, and relationships. She is also one of the founders of the Health at Every Size(r) model, the original website, and the Show Me the Data listserv, building communities where people can find each other and the resources to resist weight stigma, especially in medical and psychological treatment.  Her activism includes working with healthcare providers to integrate an understanding of the social determinants of health and creating interventions that address structural oppression and support stigma resistance.  She can be found at conferences sparking impromptu dance parties in the pool.


~ Research: Kathleen Kara Fitzpatrick, PhD  ~


Dr. Kathleen "Kara" Fitzpatrick works at Stanford University/LPCH's Eating Disorders and Bariatric Surgery Clinics where she works in the Department of Psychiatry.  Her research work focuses on clinical treatment evaluations for eating disorders, including treatment development, training, and dissemination.  Currently, her research focus is on neuropsychological functioning associated with eating disorders, malnourishment and changes in weight.

Clinically, Dr. Fitzpatrick's work evaluates treatments for children and adolescents including Family-Based Therapy (FBT or "Maudsley"), Cognitive Remediation Therapy (CRT), preparing for weight loss surgery and novel treatments for extreme picky-eating and medical feeding concerns.


~ Medicine: Pamela Carlton, MD ~

Pamela  Carlton,  MD  is  an  adolescent  medicine  specialist  who  worked  with  adolescents and  adults  with  eating  disorders  from  2000  until  she  retired  from  clinical  medicine  in May  2016.   She  was  very  active  in  physician  education  related  to  eating  disorders  and disordered  eating  and  worked  extensively  with  families  to  increase  their  understanding of  eating  disorder  treatment  and  compiling  appropriate  treatment  teams

Dr.  Carlton  received  her  medical  degree  from  the  University  of  Southern  California  and did  her  Pediatric  residency  and  Adolescent  Medicine  fellowship  at  Children’s  Hospital Los  Angeles.  She  founded  The  Carlton  Clinic  for  Eating  Related  Disorders  in  2007  and ran  it  until  her  retirement  in  2016.   Prior  to  founding  the  Carlton  Clinic  Dr.  Carlton  was clinical  faculty  in  the  Division  of  Adolescent  Medicine  at  Lucile  Packard  Children’s Hospital  at  Stanford  where  she  developed  and  directed  their  Adolescent  Eating  Disorder Parent  Education  and  Support  Program.  She  is  also  the  author  of  “Take  Charge  of  your Child’s  Eating  Disorder:  a  parent’s  step ¬by ¬step  guide  to  defeating  anorexia  and bulimia”.

Since  retiring  from  clinical  medicine  Dr.  Carlton  has  been  working  on  an  organic  farm doing  environmental  education  and  large  animal  care.   In  her  work  with  kids  on  the  farm she  often  uses  the  animals  as  a  platform  to  discuss  the  principles  of  HAES  and  the importance  of  nourishing  and  nurturing  your  body.

~ Psychotherapy: Jackie Holmes, M.Ed., LMFT ~

Jackie Holmes, M.Ed., LMFT is the founder and director of Casa Serena Eating Disorders Program, an Intensive Outpatient Program in Concord, CA just 30 minutes west of San Francisco.  The program treats teens 13-17 and adults 18 and older, females and males.  She got her Master’s in Clinical Psychology from Lewis and Clark College in her home town of Portland, Oregon.  Jackie has been working in the field for over 39 years and was the Clinical Director of an Inpatient Unit at John Muir/ Mt Diablo Hospital and while there developed a PHP/ IOP program and Outpatient clinic.  After leaving there in 1991 she went into private practice offering groups and workshops along with individual and family sessions.  Then finding a lack of services for a continuum of care in the area she started Casa Serena in 2006. She also continues to work in her Outpatient Clinic in the same location. She is on the advisory board for EDRS and helped with registration for over 10 years.  She helped develop and teaches in the Eating Disorder Certificate program at JFK university and is one of the key presenters working to train therapists to work in the field. She recently started teaching at UC Berkeley’s Eating Disorder Certificate program as well. Recovered herself from Bulimia she brings a passion for helping clients and their families to heal and recover. She is also writing a book at the stages of recovery pulling from her vast experience working with this population, hoping to retire soon to get it done.

~ Nutrition: Stephanie Brooks, MPH, RD, CEDRD  ~

Stephanie Brooks, MS, RD, CEDRD founded Bay Area Nutrition, LLC in 1999 to provide individuals, families and groups with evidence based and user friendly nutrition therapy and consultation. Stephanie has been practicing since 1991 and earned her BS in nutrition and clinical dietetics from UC Berkeley, her MS in nutrition and food science from San Jose State University, and a certificate in eating disorders from John F. Kennedy University. Additionally, Stephanie is FBT (Family Based Therapy) trained and a Certified Eating Disorders Registered Dietitian from IAEDP. Stephanie is a nationally recognized expert in the field of disordered eating and pediatric feeding problems. In addition to her work with individuals, groups and families, she provides training and supervision for dietitians and other professionals regarding eating disorders, various nutrition topics and business development. Stephanie is passionate about her work and loves to see the 'ah-ha' moments when clients start to feel better, have more energy, improve health and relationship with food and body. She practices a "Health at Every Size" philosophy and utilizes an Intuitive Eating approach to eating, activity and life balance when appropriate. 

We look forward to celebrating their hard work and dedication!
The EDRS Board




Please join Eating Disorders Recovery Support (EDRS) for our annual conference: Stepping Out of Our Comfort Zone: Integrating Creativity, Research and Technology to Cultivate Connection. This year's conference will focus on treatment access for marginalized folks, blending evidence-based treatment with creativity and clinical intuition, emerging technologies in eating disorder treatment, and more.


The festivities begin with the 2018 EDRS Hall of Fame Awards Welcoming Reception on Friday, January 26 featuring our honorees, heavy hors d'oeuvres and wine, live music, and dancing. All events will be hosted at the Embassy Suites in San Rafael. The all-day conference will follow on Saturday, January 27 with six CEUs.


Conference Pricing:
Hall of Fame Welcoming Reception: $50 
Before January 5, 2018: $170*
After January 5, 2018: $195*
Student/Intern/Resident Conference: $50*
*Conference pricing includes six CEU hours

Special Thanks to Our Sponsors:





Psychologist CEU sponsor:


Center For Discovery is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for  Stepping Out of Our Comfort Zone: Integrating Creativity, Research and Technology to Cultivate Connections. Center For Discovery maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content. This course meets the qualifications for six (6) hours of continuing education credit for MFTs, LPCCs, LEPs and/or LCSWs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences


Sponsorship opportunities are available.
Please contact Christina Weiss, LMFT at
310-938-9729 or 

EDRS has a limited number of hotel rooms reserved at a special rate for conference attendees at Embassy Suites San Rafael. Booking deadline December 28, 2017. To purchase your discounted room in the group block, please call 415-479-8800 or visit HERE:

All registration proceeds for the 2018 EDRS Reception & Conference will go towards EDRS Treatment scholarship funds which help those in need of financial assistance for outpatient treatment.




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