In an era where addiction and eating disorders loom large , the search for effective treatment is both vital and complex. This high-level panel discussion will explore some of the more controversial medical interventions in addiction and eating disorder treatment, including bariatric surgery, Wegovy, Ozempic, and other weight loss pharmaceuticals.
Join us for an eye-opening discussion moderated by Chelsea Roff, an acclaimed researcher in the field of eating disorders, and Nikki Myers, a renowned addiction recovery specialist. Together, they will guide a conversation that delves into the ethical dilemmas, clinical challenges, and societal implications of these treatments.
Dr. Kimberly Dennis – a board-certified psychiatrist, certified eating disorders specialist and board certified in addiction medicine. She specializes in treating eating disorders, addiction, trauma, and complex co-occurring psychiatric disorders. She is the co-founder, Chief Medical Officer, and CEO of SunCloud Health. Dr. Dennis 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.
Tennie McCarty – CEO and co-owner of Shades of Hope Treatment Center, she brings over thirty years of combined professional and personal insight to the treatment of compulsive overeating, bulimia, anorexia, and other addictive disorders. She is a licensed counselor in chemical dependency, alcohol and drug addiction, and eating disorders. She is also a Certified Addictions Specialist. In 1987, she and a partner founded Shades of Hope. Tennie speaks several times each year to professional groups throughout the country. In recovery herself and the mother of a recovering anorexic, Tennie has a unique insight into the nature of disordered eating.
Alli Spotts-De Lazzer – a Marriage and Family Therapist, LPCC, and Certified Eating Disorders Specialist with a private practice in Studio City, California. She’s the author of the book, “MeaningFULL: 23 Life-Changing Stories of Conquering Dieting, Weight, & Body Image Issues,” and a Psychology Today column also titled “MeaningFULL.” Alli has published articles in peer-reviewed journals and trade magazines; presented workshops at international conferences, graduate schools, and hospitals; co-chaired committees for AED and IAEDP; created #ShakeIt for Self-Acceptance! a movement embodying its message through dance and education; and served as faculty of and advisory for the national Certified Eating Disorders specialist curriculum.