Join us for our 2017 Conference & Gala

Please join Eating Disorders Recovery Support (EDRS) for an exciting weekend filled with celebration and surprises. The weekend will kick off Friday, February 3, 2017, with our Inaugural Hall of Fame Gala honoring and celebrating the “Gems" in our field. Followed on Saturday, February 4, 2017, with a day-long conference, Unveiling Innovative Approaches in Eating Disorder Treatment will focus on in-depth workshops featuring topics such as Temperament-Based Therapy, Mentalized-Based and Attachment Approaches and Nutritional Perspectives. The conference will conclude with a screening of The Illusionists: a film about the globalization of beauty on Saturday evening from 5:30pm - 7:00pm. All events will be hosted at the Marin Four-Points Sheraton in San Rafael.

Unveiling Extraordinary “Gems” in the Eating Disorder Field Benefit Gala: This masquerade themed benefit gala will celebrate and honor the commitment and dedication of those key California professionals whose efforts reflect an outstanding contribution to the eating disorder field or have gone “above and beyond’ to make a difference through their substantial support of the goals and ideals in eating disorder recovery. The evening will begin with a reception followed by dinner and the award ceremony. The night will be topped off with a live band and dancing!

We are excited to announce our 2017 Inaugural Hall of Fame Honorees. We hope you join us in celebrating and honoring their hard work, dedication and outstanding contribution to the eating disorder field at our upcoming Benefit Dinner on
Friday, February 3, 2017 in San Rafael, CA.

  • ~ Psychotherapy: Deborah Brenner Liss, PhD ~

  • Deborah Brenner-Liss has worked professionally with eating disorders since 1980; she dates her own eating disorder recovery to the 1970's, having over 40 years of recovery herself. Deborah did her doctoral dissertation on the topic of eating disorders. She worked at the Center for the Study of Anorexia and Bulimia in New York City between 1980 and 1985, where she was on their intake committee, group and research committees, and served as supervisor, faculty, and acting director of their training program.

    When she moved to San Francisco in 1985, Deborah established the Association of Professionals Treating Eating Disorders, which is a non-profit organization. APTED for decades was the "meeting ground" for professionals throughout the Bay Area who wished to talk and network together with other colleagues, particularly when there were very few of us. Over the years, APTED has put on conferences and trainings; APTED was perhaps best known for decades for the "green book" directory of eating disorders professionals.

    APTED has hosted a low-fee clinic, paired with a training program since 2007. In that context, APTED has trained many of the current leaders in the Eating Disorders field in the Bay Area. Deborah continues to hold a private practice in San Francisco and the East Bay, and teaches and supervises at the APTED clinic. She works with eating disorders and trauma, and has been most excited in recent years by adding IFS (Internal Family Systems) training to her arsenal of treatment approaches.

    Deborah is a long-term partner of 20 years, mother of one 29 year old son, step mom to a 28 year old step-son and 37 year old married step-daughter, and grandmother to 4 1/2 year old and 6 month old grandsons.

  • ~ Nutrition: Tami Lyon, MPH, RD ~

  • Tami J. Lyon, MPH, RD, is a registered dietitian with 25 years of experience helping children, adolescents and adults meet their nutrition and wellness goals. Tami received her undergraduate degree in Dietetics and Food Administration from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo and her Master’s of Public Health from University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). As a clinical dietitian at UCLA Medical Center, Tami provided individual counseling and patient classes for the Departments of Internal and Family Medicine, specializing in eating and weight disorders, sports nutrition and diabetes education. She was the primary dietitian for the Intensive Outpatient Eating Disorders Program at the UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute from 1988-1992. Tami was a contributing editor of Eating Disorders Review and a Diabetes Educator from 1988 – 2009.

    At the University of California Berkeley Health Services, Tami helped to develop the Eating Disorders Treatment Team, which provides nutritional, medical and psychological assistance to students with eating disorders. At UC Berkeley, Tami was the nutrition specialist for student athletes with eating and weight issues.

    In 1998, Tami founded Healthy Living – Nutritional Counseling and Consulting, a group practice to help individuals, families and groups achieve their dietary and health goals through sensible, scientifically based methods.

  • ~ Medicine: Walter Kaye, MD ~

  • Walter H. Kaye, M.D. is a Professor of Psychiatry at the University of California San Diego and Director of the Eating Disorder Research and Treatment Program. Dr. Kaye attended Ohio State Medical School, trained in neurology at the University of Southern California, and trained in psychiatry at the University of California, Los Angeles. Dr. Kaye was then a fellow and research physician at the National Institute of Mental Health for 7 years where he conducted research on appetite regulation, behavior, and treatment for eating disorders. Dr. Kaye was on the faculty of the University of Pittsburgh for 20 years until joining UCSD. His current research is focused on exploring the relationship between brain and behavior using brain imaging and investigating new treatments in anorexia and bulimia nervosa. He is also the principal investigator for an international, multi site collaboration on the genetics of anorexia and bulimia nervosa. Dr. Kaye has an international reputation in the field of eating disorders and is the author of more than 400 articles and publications.

  • ~ Advocacy: Janice Bremis, B.A. ~

  • Janice Bremis is a founding member of the Eating Disorders Resource Center. This is a personal mission for Bremis, who was diagnosed with an eating disorder in 1975. Because she suffered from this illness, she is aware of the stigma that surrounds eating disorders, as well as the need for education and support services. She has worked throughout her career to raise awareness among both healthcare professionals and the general public about the seriousness of eating disorders. The Eating Disorders Resource Center is the first and one of the only locally based nonprofit organizations focused on eating disorders in Silicon Valley. Bremis relies heavily on her force of volunteers, who inspires her on a daily basis.

    Janice considers herself a health advocate and activist, especially in the area of mental health. She works with dedicated volunteers to raise awareness, promote recovery, and advocate for equitable insurance coverage for eating disorders. She has made EDRC the “go-to” place for the South Baycommunity for those seeking treatment and information. She works closely with local eating disorder experts and non-profits serving those with mental illness to assure parity of health and support services.

  • ~ Research: Daniel Le Grange, PhD ~

  • Daniel Le Grange, PhD, holds a Distinguished Professorship at the University of California, San Francisco(UCSF) where he is Benioff UCSF Professor in Children’s Health in the Department of Psychiatry UCSF Weill Institute for Neurosciences and Eating Disorders Director in the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Dr. Le Grange is also Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience at The University of Chicago. He received his doctoral education at the Institute of Psychiatry and the Maudsley Hospital, the University of London, and completed postdoctoral training at the University of London, the Maudsley Hospital, and at Stanford University School of Medicine, California. Dr. Le Grange’s research interests focuses primarily on treatment trials for adolescents with eating disorders. He has authored or co-authored more than 450 manuscripts, books, book chapters, and abstracts, and presented more than 200 presentations at national and international scientific meetings. Dr. Le Grange is a Fellow of the Academy for Eating Disorders, a Member of the Eating Disorders Research Society, Associate Editor for the Journal of Eating Disorders and BMC Psychiatry, serves on the Editorial Boards of the European Eating Disorders Review and the International Journal of Eating Disorders, and is an ad hoc scientific reviewer for more than 25 journals. He has lectured extensively across North America, Europe, Australia, South East Asia, and South Africa. Over the past 15 years, Dr. Le Grange has been Principal Investigator on numerous randomized clinical trails funded by the National Institute of Mental Health (United States), the National Health and Medical Research Council (Australia), and private foundations (United States and Australia). Dr. Le Grange is the 2013 recipient of the Presidential Chair Award at UCSF and the 2014 recipient of the Academy for Eating Disorders Leadership in Research Award.

We look forward to celebrating their hard work and dedication!
The EDRS Board

Schedule At-A-Glance

Benefit Gala

Date: Friday, February 3, 2017
6pm-7pm: Reception
7pm-9pm: Dinner and Awards
9pm-11pm: Live music and dancing

2017 Conference

Date: Saturday, February 4, 2017
Time: 8:30am - 5:00pm

Film Screening of The Illusionists

Date: Saturday, February 4, 2017
Time: 5:30pm - 7:00pm

*All events will be hosted at Marin Four-Points By Sheraton, 1010 Northgate Drive, San Rafael, CA

Conference: Unveiling Innovative Approaches in Eating Disorder Treatment
7.5 CEUs are available for this conference

2017 Conference Full Schedule

8:30 - 9:00am Registration

9:00 - 9:30am Opening Remarks

9:30 - 10:30am Keynote: Coming Home to Ourselves: Addressing Marginalized People in Eating Disorder Treatment

Melissa-Irene Jackson, BS
Eating Disorder & LGBT Writer and Activist
Marcella Raimondo, PhD, MPH
Psychologist, Trainer, Consultant

10:45 - 12:45pm Workshop #1: Temperament-Based Treatment for Eating Disorders: From Research to Practice presented by Walter Kaye, MD, Erin Parks, PhD, Stephanie Knatz, PhD, UCSD Eating Disorder Program

12:45 - 2:00pm Luncheon

2:00 - 5:00pm
Concurrent Workshop #2:
Mentalization-Based Therapy: Attachment, Object Constancy, & Development of the Self by Jeffrey Mar, MD

Concurrent Workshop #3:
Outside the Box: Innovative Strategies, Collaborative Tools and Merging Roles in Today’s Eating Disorder Treatment by Sondra Kronberg, MS, RD, CEDRD

5:00pm Conference Adjourns

Film Screening of The Illusionists

The Illusionists: a film about the globalization of beauty.

This documentary examines how global advertising firms, mass media conglomerates, and the beauty, fashion and cosmetic surgery industries are changing the way people around the world define beauty and see themselves. These industries saturate our lives with narrow, Westernized consumer-driven images of beauty that show little to no respect for biological realities or cultural differences. Featuring interviews with prominent sociologists, politicians, magazine editors, scientist and activists in North America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia, The Illusionists explores the impact of a commercial culture, targeting children, women and men throughout the world, that thrives on the creation and exploitation of insecurity and self-loathing to promote consumerism. These effects contribute to the risk factors for the development of an eating disorder or disordered eating. A Question and Answer panel led by two eating disorder experts will follow the showing of the film. Sponsored by The Renew Center.

The Illusionists is a documentary film about the marketing of beauty. Sex sells! What sells even more? Insecurity. Multi-billion dollar industries saturate our lives with images of unattainable beauty, exporting body hatred from New York to Beirut to Tokyo. Their target? Women, and increasingly men and children. The Illusionists turns the mirror on media, exposing the absurd, sometimes humorous and shocking images that seek to enslave us. Q & A segment will follow. Sponsored by The Renfrew Center.

Date: Saturday, February 4, 2017

5:30pm - 5:40pm Overview and history of the documentary
5:40pm - 6:30pm Showing of the documentary
6:30pm - 7pm Commentary by panel experts and Question & Answer period

2017 EDRS Event Pricing


$100 per ticket

Conference & Film:

Before January 14th: $160
After January 14th: $180
Student/Intern: $60
*$25 for CEU


$20 at the door for those not attending the conference

If you would like to take advantage of the group discount, please email the names of your group members to Haleh Kashani at She will send you a discount code that will give all your group members a 10% discount off the conference registration price.


If you would like to stay at the hotel there are some rooms reserved for our attendees at a special rate. This discounted rate at the Sheraton is only available until January 14 or until our room block has been filled.

To make your reservation, please contact Marin Four-Points Sheraton at 415-479-8800 or visit

This is a fundraiser event and all proceeds will go to EDRS treatment and prevention scholarship fund.

We hope to see you there!

The EDRS Board

Special Thanks to Our 2017 Conference & Gala Sponsors

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The Gala Is Proudly Sponsored By

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Eating Disorder Recovery Support, Inc. is a Bay Area based 501(c)3 non-profit organization that is dedicated to promoting community awareness of eating disorders, professional education and collaboration, and providing treatment scholarships to individuals that need financial assistance for treatment. If you would like to apply for a treatment scholarship, please see our Treatment Fund page. If you are interested in contributing a tax-deductible donation to support EDRS’ outreach and scholarship efforts, please go to our Donors page.

Dear Friends of EDRS,

As many of you know, over the last 10 years, EDRS has grown by leaps and bounds. Our conferences have evolved from local gatherings to nationally recognized events.

As a volunteer working board, despite our dedication to our annual conference, we have had to reassess our ability to promote and take on the number of tasks a conference of this magnitude requires. As a result, the Board has decided that we will shift from large-scale conferences to smaller educational and community outreach events during the coming year. We are very excited about this new direction.

Our goal is to provide ongoing education, as well as opportunities for professional collaboration and outreach, in order to better address the needs of our local and regional communities.

We hope to create opportunities to collaborate as a community and welcome your input and participation as we chart this new direction. We invite anyone who is interested in becoming involved with EDRS to join our various Board Committees.

On behalf of the Board of Directors and our Advisory Board, I would like to invite you to our upcoming Fundraising Gala and a full day Conference on February 3-4, 2017. We are also excited about plans to return to our full-scale annual conference in 2018!

Hope you can join us at our upcoming events,

Haleh Kashani, PhD

EDRS President

Register for Events: We will be opening registration for our upcoming 2017 Conference and Gala. To receive an email notification when registration is available, please submit your information in the contact form below.

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For more information, contact Dr. Kashani at:

EDRS, Inc.

c/o Haleh Kashani
EDRS, Inc. President
911 Lakeville Street, Suite 217
Petaluma, CA 94952
(415) 898-9839