About Our Eating Disorder Treatment Center

Treatment Staff

Therapists

Christine Schneider, MSW, LCSW- Lead Therapist- Castlewood II

Christine2-KeepMs. Schneider graduated with her Masters in Social Work from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri.  She is currently a doctoral candidate at St. Louis University in the field of Family Therapy.  Ms. Schneider is also adjunct faculty at St. Louis University, teaching in the Department of Social Work and the Department of Psychiatry and Neurology.  Her current areas of research and interest are the effects of trauma and chronic illness on parent-child attachment.  She is a primary therapist at Castlewood, incorporating theories of attachment and interpersonal biology into her individual, family, and group work.  Ms. Schneider has completed training in in Internal Family Systems Therapy and EMDR. Ms. Schneider speaks regionally, nationally and internationally on topics related to attachment, couples counseling and trauma.  She is a member of American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.

Tracy Tew- Psy.D- Primary Therapist Day Treatment Program

Tracey TewDr. Tew graduated with her doctorate in psychology from the University of Indianapolis. Her internship was performed at East Kentucky Rural Psychology Predoctoral Internship. She is licensed to practice psychology in Missouri. Dr. Tew has been part of Castlewood Treatment Center since October 2011. She has specialized training in Internal Family Systems Therapy and EMDR. At Castlewood, Dr. Tew is primary therapist and helps to facilitate ED and Core groups at PHP. Her areas of interest include trauma and attachment.

Elizabeth Irwin, M.Ed, LPC- Primary Therapist Day Treatment Program

Liz IrwinElizabeth Irwin received her Masters of Education in Counseling from the University of Missouri, St. Louis. She has worked at Castlewood Treatment Center since 2010. Prior to becoming a primary therapist and therapy group facilitator she worked in a variety of roles, including direct care, Day Treatment Program Coordinator, and utilization review for the intensive outpatient program. She is trained in such therapeutic modalities as EMDR, Somatic Experiencing, and Internal family systems.

Kate Hake, MA, LPC- Lead Eating Disorder Therapist Castlewood I

Kat HackeMs. Hake earned her Bachelor of Science in Psychology  and her Master of Art in Counseling at Missouri Baptist University in St. Louis, MO. She has been employed at  Castlewood Treatment Center since 2011 and has held various positions including direct care as well as Stabilization Coordinator and is now the Lead ED therapist at CW1. Kat has completed specialized training in EMDR as well as Internal Family Systems Therapy.  Ms. Hake is currently a primary therapist and Lead ED therapist working with clients and their families in both group and individual therapy sessions.

Althea Wilson, MA, LPC- Therapist Castlewood I

Allie WilsonAllie Wilson received her Master of Arts in Counseling from Covenant Theological Seminary and worked in private practice for 10 years before coming to Castlewood Treatment Center in 2014. She is a primary therapist and group facilitator at Castlewood I and the Day Treatment Program. Allie was trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) in 2008 and is a Certified EMDR therapist. She is also a member of EMDRIA (EMDR International Association). Her areas of interest include trauma and spirituality.

Krista Shockley Jacobs, M.Ed., LPC – Primary Therapist IOP

KristaAfter a five year career in marketing/public relations, Krista Shockley Jacobs earned her Master’s degree from University of Missouri – St. Louis in clinical counseling. Krista began her career at Castlewood as a direct care counselor and completed both her internship and practicum at Castlewood, which focused on co-occurring anxiety disorders/eating disorders. She has worked at multiple eating disorder treatment facilities with a variety of populations and has experience treating children, adolescents and adults. Krista is a primary therapist and also facilitates eating disorder groups at the IOP level of care. Krista has training in several modalities such as family based therapy, exposure and response prevention therapy, Internal Family Systems and EMDR. In the IOP setting, Krista enjoys integrating a variety of therapeutic interventions and life skills exposures in order to allow clients to practice reintegration into a life of lasting recovery. Krista is also a member of the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals (IAEDP).

Courtney Reed, MA, PLPC — Primary Therapist IOP

Courtney2-keepMs. Reed earned her Master’s degree in Counseling with an emphasis in marriage, family, and child counseling from Webster University, and earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Southeast Missouri State University.  Ms. Reed has been with Castlewood Treatment Center since 2011, beginning her journey as a Direct Care Counselor, she then worked as an intake counselor and currently holds the position of primary therapist.  Ms. Reed completed both her practicum and internship at Castlewood Treatment Center from 2012-2013, where she saw clients for adjunctive therapy focusing on life skills, relationships, sexuality, and femininity.  She facilitates a variety of therapeutic groups ranging from attachment groups to recovery interfering behavior groups. Ms. Reed utilizes CBT, EMDR, DBT, and Attachment theory in her approach to therapeutic healing.

Rachel Hagan, MA, PLPC- Primary Therapist

Rachel HaganMs. Hagan earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Women’s Studies from McKendree College. She later obtained her Masters of Arts in Counseling from Lindenwood University. Rachel has worked with Castlewood since 2005 in various roles including direct care staff, direct care supervisor,  Assistant Program Director of Step Down, Weekend Supervisor and now as a primary therapist at our intensive outpatient program. She facilitates various groups  and individual therapy sessions at Castlewood. Rachel has completed special training in EMDR. Rachel has unique experience and training in crisis management and working with clients to help them transition into an independent fulfilled life in recovery.

Angela Lovett, MA, PLPC — Primary Therapist Castlewood II

AngieMs. Lovett obtained her Bachelors of Arts degree from Lindenwood University in Psychology. She also completed her Master’s Degree in School Counseling with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Counseling from the University of Missouri Saint Louis. She has been employed with Castlewood Treatment Center since 2010 and has transitioned into different roles that include Direct Care Counselor, Intake Counselor, Discharge Coordinator and Coordinator of the Stabilization/Admissions at Castlewood II. Angie has completed specialized training in EMDR. Ms. Lovett is currently a primary therapist working with clients and their families in both group and individual therapy sessions.

Lolly Wool, M.Ed., PLPC, NCC- Primary Therapist Castlewood II

Ms. Wool earned her Master’s degree in Counseling from the University of Missouri- St. Louis and earned her Bachelor’s degree in Special Education from University of Missouri- St. Louis. Ms. Wool completed her internship at Castlewood in 2014. During her time as an intern at Castlewood Ms. Wool saw clients for adjunctive therapy focusing on chemical dependency, life skills, and relapse prevention. Ms. Wool also facilitated a variety of therapeutic groups including chemical dependency group and art therapy. Ms. Wool is passionate about working with individuals that struggling with eating disorders and helping them start the journey into recovery.

Sarah Hartung, MA, PLPC- Expressive Therapist / Primary Therapist Castlewood II

HartungSarahPhotoMs. Hartung graduated with her Masters in Counseling from Covenant Theological Seminary in St Louis, MO. She is currently enrolled in a training track through the North American Drama Therapy Association to become a registered drama therapist. Sarah has worked with Castlewood's Residental program  since 2012 and has held various positions, such as Direct Care Counselor, Weekend Supervisor, Direct Care Supervisor, in addition to completing her graduate school internship at Castlewood's IOP program. Sarah is now a primary therapist at Castlewood II, where she provides individual, family, and group therapies. She currently facilitates Expressive (drama) groups at all Missouri locations.  Sarah has specialized training in EMDR. Her interests include trauma, attachment, grief and loss, and spirituality. She is passionate about supporting clients in creating a whole and fulfilling life of recovery.

Salicia Young,  MA, ATR, PLPC — Art Therapist / Primary Therapist

SaliciaMs. Young obtained her Bachelor of Arts degrees from Millersville University with a double major in Art and Psychology. She went on to obtain her Masters of Arts in Art Therapy from Drexel University. Along with her Master’s degree she completed a thesis titled: Ethnic Differences in Graphic Indicators Associated with Child Sexual Abuse Using Human Figure Drawings: A Literature Based Study. Ms. Young is a Provisional Licensed Professional Counselor and Registered Art Therapist. She has worked at Castlewood Treatment Center since 2012 as Direct Care Counselor, Art Therapist, Stabilization Coordinator and Discharge Coordinator. Currently, she is serving as an Art Therapist facilitating groups at all Missouri locations and meeting with clients individually for adjunctive art therapy.

Chelsea Albus- MSW, LMSW- Primary Therapist Castlewood I

Chelsea AlbusMs. Albus earned her Master’s degree in Clinical Social Work from Boston College Graduate School of Social Work and completed her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Communications at Wake Forest University. Most recently she worked as a therapist in the Women’s Partial Hospitalization Program and the General Adult Partial Hospitalization Program at Arbour HRI Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts providing individual therapy, group therapy, case management and discharge planning services to individuals struggling with a range of mental health presentations and substance abuse disorders. During her graduate studies Ms. Albus completed yearlong clinical practicums at the Women’s Partial Hospitalization Program at Arbour HRI and at a Boston public high school. Her background at Castlewood Treatment Center includes two internships in 2012 and 2010 and she currently holds the position of primary therapist at Castlewood I. Ms. Albus has completed specialized training in EMDR levels one and two and she is currently in the process of obtaining IAEDP certification to become a Certified Eating Disorder Specialist. She facilitates relapse prevention and module group therapy sessions and draws from a variety of treatment modalities including CBT, DBT, motivational interviewing, Schema Therapy and Attachment Theory.

Dietitians

Cheslea Martin, RD, LD — Dietitian

ChelseaMs. Martin received her Bachelors of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Dietetics. She completed her dietetic internship at Saint Louis University along with graduate coursework. Ms. Martin is a registered and licensed dietitian.  She has worked at Castlewood Treatment Center since the fall of 2011.  She started out as a direct care counselor and transitioned into the role of dietitian. She is now the Supervisor of Nutrition Services for Castlewood I and Castlewood II. Ms. Martin works with the kitchen staff and dietitians to ensure the nutritional needs of each client are met in a therapeutic way. She treats clients with all eating disorders to build a new and healthy relationship with food, body image and exercise. She was a participant in level I training in the Internal Family Systems model of Therapy.  She is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics along with the Behavioral Health Nutrition practice group.

Deborah Hinds, DTR — Nutritionist- Intensive Outpatient Services

Deborah HindsDeborah Hinds — DTR — Ms. Hinds is registered dietetic technician. She has worked at Castlewood since 2001 as a nutritionist. Deborah has completed level I training in Internal Family Systems therapy. She works with her clients to not only stabilize their weight, medical complications and eating disorder behaviors but also helps them to learn to trust themselves and their body again. She is a primary nutritionist and also helps facilitate Clients Creation, a weekly therapeutic cooking exposure, allowing clients to plan, shop, and cook a meal for the community, and learn to enjoy the food they prepare. Deborah is uniquely able to empathize with and relate to the clients journey and challenges through her own eating disorder recovery. This enables her to have a better understanding of the client’s recovery process.

Aisha Lubinski, RD, LD- Dietitian

Aisha KashifMs. Lubinski received her Bachelors of Science degree from Saint Louis University in Nutrition and Dietetics.  She went on to complete her Dietetic Internship at Saint Louis University where she began working towards her Master’s Degree in Nutrition and Dietetics.  Ms. Lubinski is a Registered and Licensed Dietitian. She has worked at Castlewood Treatment Center since June 2012 in various roles including Direct Care Counselor and Dietitian.  Ms. Lubinski takes part in Clients Creation, a weekly therapeutic cooking exposure, allowing clients to plan, shop, and cook a meal for the community, and learn to enjoy the food they prepare. She also co-facilitates movement groups and eating disorder groups.  She specializes in working with eating disorders and incorporating mindfulness through the intuitive eating model.  She is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Kim Schooley, RD, LD — Dietitian

Kim SchooleyKim received her Bachelors of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics from St. Louis University in 2010.  Kim went on to start graduate studies at St. Louis University and completed her Dietetic Internship through SLU in 2011-2012.  Kim is continuing to work on her Master’s Degree with an emphasis in Medical Dietetics. Kim’s Thesis project is titled, “Tube Feeding Interventions and its Effect on Eating Disorders in Residential Treatment Facilities.”  Kim is a Registered and Licensed Dietitian with the state of Missouri.  Kim facilitates individual nutrition counseling and helps with various groups such as body image, ED group, and nutrition group.  Kim is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the Missouri Dietetic Association, and the St. Louis Dietetic Association.

Rachel Wolf, RD, LD- Dietitian

Rachel WolfRachael received her Bachelors of Science in Dietetics from Southeast Missouri State University. She went on to complete her dietetic internship at Missouri State University. Rachael is a registered and licensed dietitian in the state of Missouri and has worked at Castlewood Treatment Center since 2014. Prior to life at Castlewood, Rachael worked for United Medical Home Infusion where she specialized in the home care and education of the enteral (tube fed) patient. Rachael facilitates client’s creation, co-facilitates eating disorder groups, and challenges clients on restaurant exposures. Rachael assists clients in their eating disorder recovery by helping them to  develop and maintain a healthy relationship with food, exercise, and body image.

Katelyn Frederickson, RD, LD - Dietitian

Katelyn FMs. Frederickson received her Bachelors of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics from Missouri State University.  She went on to start graduate studies and completed her Dietetic Internship through the Priority Nutrition Care Distance Dietetic Program.  Ms. Frederickson is currently working toward obtaining a Fontbonne University's Masters of Arts in Human Environmental Sciences with an emphasis in Multidisciplinary Health Communications. Ms. Frederickson came to Castlewood in 2014 as a Direct Care Counselor, but soon began individual nutrition counseling. She now co-facilitates eating disorder and binge eating groups, challenges clients on restaurant exposures, and assists clients in weekly grocery shopping. She is a Registered and Licensed Dietitian with the state of Missouri and an active member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the Missouri Dietetic Association, and the St. Louis Dietetic Association.

Nursing

Stacy Sisson, RN — Overnight Nurse

StacyMs. Sisson obtained her degree in nursing from Lutheran Medical Center School of nursing. Prior to working at Castlewood she worked as a charge nurse in an acute psychiatric and chemical dependency unit. Stacy has worked at Castlewood since 2001 as part of our dedicated nursing staff. Stacy is the overnight nurse at Castlewood II where her responsibilities include nursing duties such as performing vitals, nursing assessments, implementing tube feeding protocols and administering medication. Stacy also helps clients implement a healthy sleep routine as well as helps them identify obstacles that interfere with a sound sleep cycle.

Dayna Rabbit- Medication Aide Assistant

Dayna 2-Keep-001Ms. Rabbitt obtained her Bachelor's of Arts degree from Lindenwood University majoring in Recreation Administration. She went on to obtain her Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship, International Certification. Ms. Rabbitt is a certified equestrian therapeutic riding instructor. She has worked at Castlewood Treatment Center since 2012 in various capacities including direct care counselor and facilitating recreation activities. Ms. Rabbitt has completed Medication Aide level 1 training. In her current role as Medication Aide Assistant at Castlewood II she assist the nurses and physicians in the medical management of clients. Ms. Rabbitt incorporates recreation and leisure therapy by facilitating the Recovery Garden at Castlewood II. Dayna has a passion for working with clients with eating disorders and helping them develop a healthy balance through outdoor and recreation activities.

Kerrie Psaris- Medication Aide Assitant

Kerrie graduated from Fontbonne University in St. Louis, MO with a Bachelor of Arts is psychology and a minor in social work.  She began working at Castlewood in 2012 and has held various positions, direct care counselor , weekend supervisor, and medication aide assistant for Castlewood I.  She is currently enrolled in a BSN program at Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes Jewish Hospital and is scheduled to graduate in 2016 with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing.

Iness Panni, RN, BSN, MSN — PRN Nurse

InessMs. Panni obtained her Bachelors of Arts degree in Nursing from Avila College, Kansas City, MO. She went on to obtain her Masters of Arts in Nursing through the Clinical Nurse Specialist program at the University of Kansas. She started her work with eating disorders in 1984 when Menorah Medical Center, Kansas City, MO, opened the first inpatient Eating Disorders Unit in the region. This set in motion a passion that has become her life’s work. Since joining the Castlewood team in 2002, Ms. Panni has completed level 1 training in the Internal Family Systems model of therapy, which she embraces as a normalizing, stabilizing foundation for understanding and treating eating disorders, complex trauma, body image and gender related issues. Through her nursing practice at Castlewood, Ms. Panni integrates the physical, emotional, psychological, and spiritual needs of each client to encourage whole-person healing. Her “theme of care” is always grounded in gently guiding others to a place of self-love and acceptance.

Intake / Discharge / Continuity of Care

Danielle Hayden, BA, CLC, CWC, CAC — Asst. Director of Intake

Danielle1-KeepMs. Hayden obtained her Bachelors of Arts degree from Lindenwood University in Social Work. She is also a Certified Life, Wellness, and Addictions Coach. Ms. Hayden has been with Castlewood since 2011 in various roles including Direct Care Counselor, Discharge Coordinator, Medical Records Specialist, and Intake Counselor.  Ms. Hayden utilizes her unique skill set to support clients in realizing their goals and fulfilling their dreams in a therapeutic and empowering process.

Ashley Kearbey- Intake Counselor

Ashley1-KeepMs. Kearbey obtained her Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Southeast Missouri State University. She is currently working toward her Professional Counseling Master's Degree at Lindenwood University. Ms. Kearbey started her career at Castlewood Treatment Center as a Direct Care Counselor in May 2013, and recently moved into her current role as an intake counselor and admissions coordinator. During her time at Castlewood, she has completed extensive training and gained experience in working with those who suffer with eating disorders as well as co-occurring disorders.  Ashley is passionate about working with those who are struggling with eating disorders and helping in the recovery and healing process.

Sheila Morgan- Intake Counselor

Sheila2-KeepMs. Morgan obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree in Mass Communication with an emphasis in Public Relations from Southeast Missouri State University.  She has over 15 years of experience with working with clients, insurance companies, and referring professionals as an Intake Coordinator at a mental health facility.  Ms. Morgan has a unique skill set of coordinating patient needs with the appropriate treatment team. Her compassion is driven by helping clients and referring professionals move forward in a positive direction when it comes to patient care.

Katy Bone, BS, MAC- Intake Counselor

Katy BoneMs. Bone obtained her Bachelor's degree in Human Services from Missouri Baptist University and went on to obtain her dual Master’s degree in professional counseling and K-12 school counseling.  Katy has extensive experience in the mental health field, working with adolescents at The Great Circle/ Edgewood and at SAFE Alternatives specializing in self-harm behaviors. Katy began her journey with Castlewood in 2012 as a direct care counselor and she is now an intake counselor, where she works with clients and their families throughout the admissions process. Katy is passionate about helping clients begin their ED recovery process.

Lily Pernoud, BA - Discharge Coordinator

lily PernodLily Pernoud graduated with High Honors from Valparaiso University with a double major Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and English.  Currently, Ms. Pernoud is pursuing a Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at the University of Missouri – St. Louis in anticipation of serving individuals as a Licensed Professional Counselor.  She has been with Castlewood since 2013 and has contributed in various capacities, including Direct Care Counselor, Weekend Supervisor, Direct Care Supervisor and Group Facilitator.  Ms. Pernoud remains active in her group facilitating role and currently serves as the Discharge Coordinator for the St. Louis Castlewood I, Castlewood II and PHP locations.  The Discharge Coordinator works individually with clients throughout their  treatment process at Castlewood and, at the time of discharge, ensures smooth, successful transitions and aftercare.

Utilization Review

Chelsey Sorensen, BSN- Utilization Review Specialist

Chelsey1-KeepMs. Sorensen obtained her Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing from the University of Missouri, Columbia.  She has worked for Castlewood Treatment Center since October of 2012.  Chelsey has held various roles including Direct Care Counselor, Intake Coordinator and now as a Utilization Review Specialist.  Prior to Castlewood, Chelsey worked with the Veteran’s Association specializing in both surgical and psychiatric nursing.  This background allows her to conceptualize difficult and complex case presentations, making her a vital member of the treatment team.  She is both a Nursing Scholar and a member of the Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Association.  Chelsey has a passion for the field of Obstetrics and Women’s Health.  She has volunteered in Ghana, Africa providing health care, testing and prevention education to women in rural villages.  She transfers this passion to her work at Castlewood providing clients with the warmth and gentleness needed to heal and grow in lasting recovery. In her role as a Utilization Review Specialist, Chelsey employs her clinical expertise to concisely articulate the need for authorization of treatment from Managed Care.

Research

Vanessa Curran, MA — Research Coordinator

Vanessa CurranVanessa received both her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology and her Master of Arts Degree in Counseling from Webster University. Since joining Castlewood Treatment Center in 2009, Vanessa has worked in Direct Care, Anxiety Services, and most recently in Research. As the Research Coordinator, she works to integrate evidence-based testing with treatment planning and program improvement. She has published research in the area of eating disorders and sexual identity. Prior to Castlewood, Vanessa worked with adolescents in the inpatient psychiatric unit of DePaul Health Center.

Marketing

Deanna James, LPC, R-DMT — Director of  Marketing, Alumni and Referral Relations

Ms. James obtained her Bachelor’s of Arts degree from the University of Oklahoma in Psychology. She went on to obtain her Master’s of Arts in Dance Movement Therapy and Counseling from Columbia College Chicago. Ms. James is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Registered Dance and Movement Therapist. She has worked at Castlewood Treatment Center since 2006 in various roles including therapist, program director and now as the Director of Marketing. Ms. James has completed level I training in the Internal Family Systems model of therapy. She incorporates creative arts therapy, internal family systems therapy and cognitive behavioral therapies in her approach to therapeutic healing. Ms. James specializes in the treatment of eating disorders, trauma based disorders and body image issues. She is a member of the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals as well as the American Dance Movement Therapy Association. In her current role as Director of Marketing, Referral and Alumni relations she works as a liaison between Castlewood and referring clinicians, oversees coordination of marketing events, as well as facilitates the alumni program and alumni follow up program. Ms. James is the continuing education administrator for all Castlewood workshops and trainings. She also coordinates all social media, websites, and media campaigns for Castlewood Treatment Center. Deanna has a passion for working with clients with eating disorders and helping them find hope and healing.

Alexandra Konefall- Director of Regional Outreach, Midwest

Alexandra Konefall comes to Castlewood with three years’ experience in the mental health outreach realm. Previously, she worked with an Indiana residential treatment facility as a Community Relations Representative building relationships and expanding knowledge of that program throughout the Midwest. Alexandra has held positions within various businesses the last six years, and has experience within many facets of communications. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Public Relations from Ball State University in 2009, where she worked on further developing the skills learned in the classroom through so many extracurricular avenues. A native of Indiana, she currently resides in Valparaiso with her husband and their dog, Zeus.

Dana Suitor- Director of Regional Outreach, Southeast

Ms. Suitor has worked in the eating disorder industry for 13 years in various capacities with the last seven years in a marketing/business development role. Ms. Suitor enjoys working with professionals, family members and organizations to help those struggling with an eating disorder find treatment from this devastating disease. Part of her responsibilities at Castlewood will be marketing at regional & national events as well as maintaining & building new referral sources for all the Castlewood programs. Ms. Suitor is a member of the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals (IAEDP) and is the secretary of the Phoenix area chapter. One of her greatest passions is helping individuals find hope & healing from an eating disorder. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with family & friends.

Teresa Tipton- Director of Regional Outreach, East Coast

Ms. Tipton is a graduate of The University of Akron with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business and Organizational Communications.  She has over 15 years of sales and marketing experience with the previous five working as a business development associate for Structure House, Remuda Ranch and The Meadows. She shares Castlewood's passion for helping people with eating disorders transform to healthier lives and is happy to have found her home with the Castlewood family.  Part of her responsibilities at Castlewood will be the evaluation and implementation of marketing strategy and promoting Castlewood's treatment programs across the eastern seaboard.  In her spare time she enjoys yoga, cooking and traveling with her husband, Brandon, of 12 years.

Kira Olson, Director of Regional Outreach, California

Kira is a graduate of Taylor University with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science.  She is a certified Holistic Lifestyle Coach through the C.H.E.K. Institute and is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy with an Addictions Studies Certificate.  She has worked for over 8 years in the fields of mental, behavioral, and physical health with a variety of ages and populations.  Her experience has included working as an addictions group home counselor, life coaching developmentally disabled adults, and managing the Eating Disorders Resource Center, a nonprofit dedicated to eating disorder education, recovery, and advocacy.  She also has experience in sales and marketing, public speaking, and professional networking.  She currently mentors several girls struggling with eating disorders, facilitates recovery support groups for sufferers and their loved ones, and serves as a high school small group leader at her church.  As someone who has recovered from an eating disorder, she is passionate about sharing the hope of healing and empowering people to take ownership of their identity and lives.  Kira’s role involves outreach and marketing at events and conferences, sharing about Castlewood’s treatment programs, and developing and maintaining relationships with key providers and partners.
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