Ilyse Simon RDN CDN
Ilyse is a registered dietitian/nutritionist in private practice since 1998. She works with people who have eating disorders, body image issues, food allergies, vegan and vegetarian diets, and insulin resistance.
Often these categories overlap. The restriction of foods due to weight issues, allergies, or other reasons can lead towards eating disordered behaviors. But let’s remember, eating disorders are not about food. They are coping tools. Not very good ones, but they indicate the need for more support and tools.
Whether the newly diagnosed teen with celiac turns to binging, a young adult becomes vegan in hopes of losing weight, or an adult bordering on diabetes looks to food during times of boredom, these issues can be addressed by a trained nutrition professional.
A dietitian can support people during these times by providing clear nutritional information, behavior modification tools, accountability, monitoring, support, and encouragement. Having the right support can help decrease the shame, blame, and guilt that the eating disorder voice tells us to keep hold on. Ilyse helps to separate the ED voice from her client’s Wise Mind Voice, and shine the grow- light on all that we do for our recovery.
Ilyse has a degree from Bastyr University of Natural Medicine which gives her work an alternative flavor, and her registered dietitian status from Virginia Polytechnic Institute. With over twenty years of experience in disordered eating and body positivity activism, Ilyse utilizes her tool bag in innovative ways to address what is in her client’s best interest. With training in the Maudsley family-based treatment of anorexia, cognitive behavioral therapy, conflict resolution, and the study of Virginia Satire’s Human Validation Process, Ilyse works to facilitate change and promote healthy attitudes towards food and body image. It’s not really about what we eat, but how we feel about what we eat.
Ilyse lives in the Hudson Valley where she can watch the sunrise, hear the resident woodpecker, and keep watch for the fox in the neighborhood. Upon a dare, she did in fact develop a gluten-free cilantro cookie recipe that was sold in the Roanoke Natural Foods Co-Op. Her bucket list includes Minnesota, tapping maple trees, and winning the New Yorker Cartoon Caption Contest. She is Mom to two children and three fish.
National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders
National Eating Disorders Association
Mid Hudson Valley Dietetic Association
New York Dietetic Association
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
Nutrition Entrepreneurs Dietetic Practice Group
Sports, Cardiovascular, and Wellness Nutritionists Dietetic Practice Group
Hudson Valley Guild of Mental Health Professionals
Ilyse was honored with the Virginia Dietetic Association’s Joan Dobek Memorial Scholarship in 2002 and the American Dietetic Association’s Mary C. Zahasky Continuing Education Award in 2006.
Emily Ferencik MS RDN CDN
Emily Ferencik holds a Master of Science degree in nutrition from the State University of New York at Oneonta. Emily holds a holistic health coach certification through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and has completed additional training in herbal medicine and yoga since completing her academic studies.
For the past several years Emily’s primary work has been in the treatment of eating disorders. She has since worked in outpatient practice specializing in eating disorders as well as residential treatment with dual diagnosis eating disorder/substance abuse clients.
Emily’s true passion is empowering clients to find balance through trust and connection with the innate wisdom of their own bodies. In practice, she utilizes evidence-based approaches grounded in her own holistic orientation to support healing and growth. Emily treats all clients within a Health at Every Size and Non-diet framework with an appreciation for each individual’s unique story. She hopes to help clients experience how undertaking the journey toward food and body freedom can not only awaken true health and vitality but provide a foundation for living a full, embodied life.
Outside of nutrition practice, you can usually find Emily in the garden, on the yoga mat, or hula hooping. She enjoys all things fresh air and nature, especially exploring the outdoors with her partner and two rescue pups.
Olivia Napoleon MS RDN LDN
We are pleased to introduce our new Nutrition Therapist:
Olivia Napoleon is a Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist that specializes in eating disorders, body image, as well as various chronic diseases in need of medical nutrition therapy
Olivia is HAES® informed which means she is not weight biased and believes that no matter your size, you deserve proper care without judgment. Olivia graduated with her MS in Nutrition from Herbert Lehman College and continued her education in Philadelphia where she began working at an eating disorder facility. She has exceptional experience working with various individuals diagnosed with eating disorders including, but not limited to anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder, ARFID, and diabulima.
Olivia understands the impact diet culture has on our relationship with food and strives to guide those defeated by dieting towards healing that relationship through intuitive eating.
In Olivia’s free time you would likely find her playing with her crazy cats, Maxwell and Kevin, as well as catching up on some true crime documentaries. Olivia also loves a good bargain, which usually includes hunting down old furniture and bringing them back to life with some new paint and love. She grew up in the Hudson Valley near Mohonk, so naturally, one of her favorite activities is hiking and exploring the outdoors.
Jen Stack, MS RDN CDN CDE
Jennifer Stack is a Registered Dietitian providing nutrition counseling for weight management, eating disorders, and diabetes.
She has a master’s degree in nutrition from New York University and a degree in the culinary arts from The Culinary Institute of America. Jennifer co-led group programs to treat compulsive eating at NYU Langone Health in addition to leading intensive eating management workshops.
As a cookbook author and a recognized authority on food and nutrition, her easy-to-follow nutritional advice and cooking tips have been shared on numerous media outlets including The Dr. Oz Show, The New York Times, and The Washington Post.
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