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It’s Complicated: Treating Co-Occurring Diabetes and Eating Disorders Risk Factors, Assessment, and Treatment

June 4, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will be able to recognize 3 ways in which diabetes puts people at risk for disordered eating.
  • Participants will be able to challenge common myths about the relationship between weight and diabetes and learn to treat diabetes from a weight-neutral, Health At Every Size perspective.
  • Participants will identify interventions for treating co-occurring diabetes and eating disorders, including intuitive eating, shame resilience theory, and acceptance and commitment therapy.

About the Speakers:
Nikki Estepis a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) and Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE). She earned her Bachelor’s of Business Administration from Baylor University and Master’s of Public Health in Health Promotion and Behavioral Sciences from the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston, Texas. Nikki completed training to become a dietitian through UTSPH and also had the honor of completing the LEAH Fellowship with Texas Children’s Hospital and Baylor College of Medicine where she received specialized training in treating eating disorders and adolescent health. Nikki is the owner of Mindful Eats Nutrition Counseling and has expertise and specialized training in eating disorders, pediatric general nutrition and feeding issues, diabetes, pregnancy, PCOS, and intuitive eating. She is passionate about helping people achieve lasting peace with food and their bodies – no matter the circumstances. Teaching professionals how to approach eating disorder treatment from a food neutral and body neutral perspective, especially for clients who face co-occurring eating disorders and medical issues is also one of Nikki’s top interests and endeavors.

Allison Marek, LCSW, CDWF has treated eating disorders, depression, anxiety, and trauma-related issues within private practice, intensive outpatient, partial hospitalization, and residential treatment settings. Allison has been with Center for Discovery since 2015, serving as opening Program Director for the Houston Outpatient Program. Allison was awarded Center for Discovery’s Employee of the Year Award in 2016. A dynamic speaker and facilitator, Allison often presents on topics related to eating disorders, diversity, trauma, and shame. Allison also has a particular specialty serving people with co-occurring diabetes and eating disorders. Allison earned her Master of Social Work degree from the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work, where she studied under shame and vulnerability expert Brené Brown, PhD, LMSW. Allison is certified in Dr. Brown’s Daring Way™ method and has facilitated the Daring Way™ in a variety of clinical settings and within professional teams. With her training in Trauma-Focused Equine Assisted Psychotherapy, Allison was one of the first clinicians to utilize EAP to facilitate Dr. Brown’s work. Allison is also trained in EMDR through the EMDR International Association and uses this evidence-based practice in her work with clients. Regardless of her treatment approach, compassion is at the heart of Allison’s work with clients, families, and teams.

Thank you to our sponsor for this event Center for Discovery.


June 4, 2019
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
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