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The Bodywise staff is available for inservices and clinical supervision for professionals, as well as community outreach and education. We offer a variety of presentations on binge eating disorder recovery, the Health at Every Size paradigm, body image, and related issues for both professional and nonprofessional audiences. Many of our groups and workshops may be held off-site and led by a member of our staff. We also offer consultations for therapists and family members on how to best approach someone about BED and getting treatment. The Bodywise Intensive is available for booking nationwide. Please feel free to contact Amy Pershing LMSW, our Director, for more information.
Amy Pershing LMSW, ACSW
Founding Director, Bodywise
Amy Pershing LMSW, ACSW began her career treating the spectrum of eating and body image disorders at the Center for Eating Disorders (CED) in Ann Arbor, MI, in 1991. In 1993, she developed “Bodywise™,” a comprehensive treatment program to serve a growing population of clients coming to the center with binge eating disorder (BED). Pershing became CED’s clinical director in 1998. In 2008, Pershing and Chevese Turner, CEO and founder of Binge Eating Disorder Association (BEDA), joined forces to found Pershing Turner Consulting LLC which offers training to clinicians treating BED nationwide.
Pershing has pioneered an integrated approach based on almost 30 years of clinical experience. Her approach is strengths-based, incorporating a number of clinical paradigms including Internal Family Systems, mindfulness strategies, Self Compassion interventions, and a range of somatic trauma techniques. Her approach also integrates mindful eating and movement and a “health at every size” philosophy. Pershing offers training and supervision to clinicians treating BED nationwide, and has developed two- and three-day Intensives for those in recovery, as well as “Hungerwise™,” a 10-week program for ending chronic dieting and weight cycling.
Pershing lectures internationally and writes extensively on the treatment of BED and her own recovery journey for both professional and lay communities. She has been featured on numerous radio and television programs speaking about BED treatment and recovery, relapse prevention, weight stigma, and mindful eating and movement. Pershing has also served on a variety of professional boards and is the Past Chair of the Binge Eating Disorder Association. She maintains a clinical practice in Ann Arbor.
Judith Banker, MA, LLP, FAED
Founder and Executive Director, The Center for Eating Disorders
Judith founded the Center for Eating Disorders (CED) in 1983 and has served as Executive Director since that time. With nearly 35 years of experience in the field, Judith has a background in outpatient treatment program development and implementation, professional supervision and training, individual and group psychotherapy with children, adolescents and adults with eating disorders, family treatment and education, and the development of community outreach and prevention services. Currently serving as Immediate Past President of the Academy for Eating Disorders (AED), Judith lectures internationally on a wide range of topics related to eating, weight, and body image treatment and prevention. Judith has also served as Chair of the AED’s Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Special Interest Group for the past decade. She has published on the psychotherapeutic treatment of eating disorders, the service users’ experience of treatments and services, and on bridging the research-practice gap in the field of eating disorders.
Suzanne Dooley-Hash, M.D.
Medical Director, The Center for Eating Disorders
Suzanne received her medical degree from Northwestern University Medical School in Chicago and completed residency training in Emergency Medicine at the University of Michigan. Throughout her career Suzanne has been interested in the impact of mental health, particularly eating and mood disorders and substance abuse, on her patients’ overall well-being.
She joined the Center for Eating Disorders’ staff in 2011 where she now also provides comprehensive, medical care for the Center’s patients. Suzanne is also active in eating disorder advocacy and education efforts as a member of the Board of Directors for the Binge Eating Disorder Association and as a member of the Academy of Eating Disorders (AED) and the AED Medical Care Special Interest Group.
Her current research interests include early identification of eating disorders through improved screening, the comorbidity of eating disorders with both psychiatric and medical conditions, and methods for improving education about eating disorders for healthcare providers.