Amy Pershing LMSW, ACSW
Founding Director, Bodywise
Pershing 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 Centers in Annapolis, Maryland. Pershing Turner Centers treat the full spectrum of eating disorders in adults and adolescents using a multidisciplinary “whole person” treatment approach to recovery.
Pershing has pioneered an integrated approach based on more than 28 years of clinical experience. This unique treatment approach incorporates a variety of clinical paradigms, including internal family systems (IFS) theory, dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), mindfulness strategies, and a range of somatic trauma techniques. Her approach also integrates intuitive eating and movement and a "health at every size" philosophy. In addition, Pershing offers training and supervision to clinicians treating BED nationwide. She 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 nationally 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 intuitive eating and movement. Pershing has also served on a variety of professional boards and currently serves as the 2013 Chair of the Binge Eating Disorder Association. She maintains a clinical practice at both centers.
Managing Director, Bodywise
A recognized advocate in the eating disorders field and a recovering binge eater herself, Chevese Turner joined Amy Pershing, LCSW, ACSW, in 2010 to co-found Bodywise, LLC in Annapolis, MD. Turner is pleased to be a part of this tailored program designed to meet the unique needs of those struggling with binge and compulsive eating.
Turner is also the Founder and CEO of the Binge Eating Disorder Association (BEDA) and brings to Bodywise, LLC years of leadership experience in the areas of advocacy, community building, educational programming development, healthcare policy, business management, and marketing.
Turner began her career in political campaigns and non-profit organizations where she honed her professional skills and developed a passion to “work for a cause.” She is a regular speaker about her own journey with binge eating disorder and issues related to sensitivity for those with eating disorders and/or obesity. She is also very involved in the effort to educate the general public, health care practitioners, public policy makers, and obesity experts on the negative effects of weight-bias, bullying, and how we might change the current public discourse around obesity to mitigate further harm.
Turner attended Temple University in Philadelphia where she received a BA in Political Science. She is a past committeewoman to the City of Philadelphia’s 21st ward and also worked on several state congressional, mayoral, and gubernatorial campaigns in both Pennsylvania and Virginia.
Turner lives in Severna Park, MD gratefully with her loving and supportive husband and two beautiful sons.
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.