I received my BA from Dordt College in 1975 and my MSW from Western Michigan University in 1984. My early years as a social worker were spent in child welfare; just after graduate school I treated my first individual with an eating disorder and soon began pursuing this as a specialty. I have worked in a large outpatient psychiatric practice as part of an interdisciplinary team: and was employed for four years as the Director of the Eating Disorders Program at nearby Forest View Hospital. In 1998 I founded CTED, LLC in hopes of providing high quality, comprehensive team care in an intimate, personalized setting.
My philosophy of treatment is one of empowering individuals and their families as they move away from illness towards wellness. I think of myself as a guide along the path to recovery, teaching individuals self-mastery and self-monitoring skills. I strongly encourage psycho education, because as eating disorders are understood their power begins to dissipate. I practice therapy in a way that combines cognitive/behavioral interventions with interpersonal and family systems theory. I also believe that eating disorders flourish in a climate of secrecy; therefore participating in a support group or learning to utilize the support of family members and friends is vital to long-term success. Finally, I am a committed Christian who believes in the power of prayer and God as the ultimate healer; but I am always respectful of the belief system of my clients and encourage them to explore their spirituality, however they practice it.
In addition to my work, I have many other interests. I am on the Worship Team at my church, and I am passionate about helping to design and lead services that are pleasing to God and culturally relevant for our increasingly diverse congregation. I also enjoy playing tennis both recreationally and on my club travel teams. I love to travel and especially enjoy summers and the boating season in Western Michigan. My husband Jeff is an educational consultant with Meyer Music and we are the parents of two adult children.