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Orthorexia Nervosa: When Healthy Eating Becomes An Unhealthy Obsession

October 25, 2017 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

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Clementine Programs and Opal: Food+Body Wisdom

are proud to present

Orthorexia Nervosa: When Healthy Eating Becomes An Unhealthy Obsession

Date: Wednesday, October 25, 2017
Time: 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Location: Opal: Food+Body Wisdom
Intended Audience: Professionals with an interest in eating disorder treatment and education

Drinks and snacks will be provided

2 CE Hours will be provided for Counselors, Social Workers, Psychologists, and Dietitians


Ideas surrounding nutrition, food ideals, and healthy eating constantly circulate in our culture. Orthorexia Nervosa is a non-diagnostic term that is now commonly used in the field of eating disorder treatment to describe behaviors and patterns in which an individual fixates on these concepts to such an extent that their social life, nutrition, and overall health are adversely effected. During this presentation, Amanda Mellowspring, a Certified Eating Disorder Registered Dietitian and noted speaker and clinician in the area of Orthorexia Nervosa, will provide background regarding the development of ON terminology, differentiation from diagnostic EDs, increased awareness in the field of eating disorders, case examples, interventions, and proposed criteria for diagnostic consideration as written by Steven Bratman, the originator of the term itself.  The presentation will be followed by a panel discussion including Opal: Food + Body Wisdom practitioners.


  1. Attendees will be able to distinguish Orthorexia Nervosa from other diagnostic eating disorders
  2. Attendees will be able to identify proposed criteria for Orthorexia Nervosa
  3. Attendees will be able to list at least 3 interventions and ways to support behavior change for clients struggling with Orthorexia Nervosa

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Amanda Mellowspring, MS, RDN, CEDRD-SAmanda Mellowspring, MS, RDN, CEDRD-S holds an MS in Whole Foods Nutrition from Bastyr University in Seattle WA, one of the country’s leading schools of natural medicine. Amanda also holds a BS in Foods & Nutrition from Appalachian State University in Boone, NC.  She is the owner of Eat from the Earth Nutrition Counseling in Blacksburg, VA and serves as the Director of Nutrition Services for Clementine Programs, a Monte Nido Affiliate for adolescent girls. Amanda has been a Registered Dietitian for over a decade, with expertise in whole foods nutrition, food reactions, & eating disorders. Amanda was awarded the prestigious honor of equivalency certification through the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals (IAEDP) as a Certified Eating Disorder Registered Dietitian (CEDRD) due to her significant contributions to the field of eating disorders and nutrition in 2012, having served as a leader in nutrition services and program development for several notable eating disorder treatment programs throughout the country. Amanda currently serves on the Certification Committee for IAEDP and co-authored the publication defining the Standards of Practice and Standards of Professional Performance for RDs working with eating disorders in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association. Amanda speaks at professional conferences and symposiums on the topics of nutrition, eating disorders, & related subject matter. 

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Panel Members


Kara Bazzi, LMFT, CEDS is a licensed Marriage & Family Therapist who has been focusing her work on the treatment of eating disorders since 2002. Kara has strong local ties; having graduated with honors from the University of Washington with a degree in psychology and her Master’s Degree in Marriage & Family Therapy from Seattle Pacific University. She and Julie Church, RD founded the Eating Disorder Program at the Seattle Pacific University’s Counseling Center, a multidisciplinary program that offered comprehensive care for the undergraduate student population. From 2004 to 2011, Kara was in private practice offering individual, family, couple, and group outpatient therapy. She is an approved supervisor through the State of Washington, a Certified Eating Disorder Specialist, and a member of National Eating Disorders Association, International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals, and the Academy for Eating Disorders. One of Kara’s passions and interests is working with athletes. As a former University of Washington cross country and track athlete, she continues to compete in sports, both as a passion and also to stay connected with the athletic mindset and lifestyle. She has developed the Exercise + Sport program at Opal to ensure that clients relationship to sport and exercise is an integral part of their treatment.


Lexi Giblin, PhD, CEDS is the Executive Director and Co-Founder of Opal: Food+Body Wisdom.  She is a member of Dr. Thomas Lynch’s Radically Open-Dialectical Behavior Therapy (RO-DBT) Senior Clinician Team.  Dr. Giblin leads the integration of RO-DBT in to Opal programming. She is also currently Clinical Faculty in the University of Washington’s Psychology Department.

Dr. Giblin has worked in the mental health field in various capacities since 1995.  She received her doctorate from the University of Washington in 2004 and worked in private practice for 8 years prior to founding Opal.  Dr. Giblin was a Faculty Lecturer in the University of Washington’s Psychology Department from 2004-2011.

Dr. Giblin’s research focused on body image dissatisfaction and teen appearance talk.  Her past clinical positions include Lead Clinician and Training Coordinator roles at Seattle Mental Health. Her contributions to the University of Washington were recognized during the yearly “Celebrating University of Washington Women” observance.  She has served as Vice-President and Education Chair of the Puget Sound Chapter of the International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals (iaedp).




Questions? Email sarah@opalfoodandbody.com

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For APA (For Clinical Professionals): Monte Nido & Affiliates is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Monte Nido & Affiliates maintains responsibility for this program and its content. For CDR (For Dietitians): Monte Nido & Affiliates is a Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Accredited Provider with the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). CDR Credentialed Practitioners will receive xx Continuing Professional Education units (CPEUs) for completion of this activities/materials. For NBCC (Certified Counselors): Monte Nido & Affiliates has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6782. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Monte Nido & Affiliates is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.



October 25, 2017
5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
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Opal: Food+Body Wisdom
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Seattle, WA 98105 United States
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