Megan has been working in the field of eating disorders since 2008 when she began working at Rosewood Centers for Eating Disorders at the Intensive Outpatient level of care. This new and growing program was Megan’s first opportunity to work with a small team slowly creating and building a successful interdisciplinary approach to eating disorder care. Eventually Megan would become the Executive Director of Nutrition Services at Rosewood, passionately working at all levels of the care process, guiding the staff in the nutrition and culinary programs at 5 different locations. It was during this time that Megan gained extensive knowledge working with varying degrees of eating disorder behavioral and co-occurring intensity. These years helped to develop her extensive knowledge working with vegans, vegetarians, food allergies, GI issues, substance use disorders, very low body weight, bariatrics and further combinations of complex eating disorder cases. It also developed her skills in nutrition therapy, group moderation and instilled the importance of incorporating a collaborative, firm and individualized approach to care.
Changes in her personal life (the birth of her second son!) resulted in an unexpected shift in Megan’s career path; a lecturer position at Arizona State University. For many years Megan had been presenting at conferences to professionals, students and the public, developing her teaching and speaking style; teaching ended up being a natural fit. As full-time Lecturer at Arizona State University since 2015, teaching graduate and undergraduate management and nutrition courses; Megan also developed an eating disorders and addictions graduate seminar course, the first of its kind at the University.
Megan emphasizes the importance of the mind-body connection in her treatment and recovery process. She has been a certified yoga instructor since 2005, combining mindfulness practices and meditation techniques with traditional nutrition models in all areas of her professional approach. Yoga and meditation techniques can serve as strong tools to combat negative thinking and help to support a positive relationship with our body.
In addition to her teaching position, Megan has been the consulting Nutrition Director at ViaMar Health in West Palm Beach, Florida since May of 2016. The ability to collaborate and be a part of the development of an entire program from the beginning has been a highlight of her career.
Megan is a Certified Eating Disorder Registered Dietitian (CEDRD) and Approved Supervisor through iaedp™. She has served on the Executive Committee for the Behavioral Health Nutrition (BHN) DPG through the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics dietetic practice group with an emphasis in addictions, mental health and eating disorders since 2014; serving a few years as the Public Relations Chair and then being honored to be elected as Chair for 2017-2020. Being involved in supporting the cause of eating disorder awareness and education has resulted in Megan always giving her time and support to worthy organizations. Another role Megan has enjoyed is that of Phoenix Ambassador for the International Federation of Eating Disorder Dietitians. This involves organizing local quarterly events related to eating disorder education and professional networking/collaboration to help develop a local community of professionals to best support client care practices.
All of Megan’s work is based in non-diet approach to eating, with a Health at Every Size® philosophy grounded in evidenced-based practices that are emerging related to understanding nutrition impacts on the brain and the gastrointestinal systems for those with an eating disorder, strong diet culture influences, substance use disorder, poor body image and other symptoms that present demonstrating a dysregulated relationship with food and/or their body.
Northern Arizona University
Bachelor of Science, December 2001
Major: Criminal Justice
Arizona State University
Master of Science, August 2008