Having personally struggled with binge eating and weight stigma, Kari’s professional career is driven by a personal passion. She has a therapeutic presence that creates a safe, non-judgmental, and healing environment making her, as clients often state, “someone who gets it.”
She offers private counseling and coaching in her Scottsdale office and through Video nationally and internationally. She often brings her companion Gretel, certified therapy dog, to her office. She and her husband Brian live in the Awatukee area of greater Phoenix. They enjoy biking, hiking and attending concerts and sporting events. They are active in their church community.
Prior to starting her private practice, myEatingDoctor, Kari positioned herself as a respected clinician and leader in the field of eating disorders. Over the course of 29 years, Kari has developed several treatment models and helped thousands of patients and their families for programs such as The Rader Institute, Remuda Ranch and Green Mountain at Fox Run. Kari holds a faculty position with the Eating Disorder Institute for Plymouth State University in New Hampshire and serves as the supervision chair for the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals, Certified Eating Disorder Specialist (CEDS) committee. Her current treatment is based on her Restorative Model, an integrative model. She teaches, trains and supervises those wanting to specialize in eating disorders.
Kari is a speaker and author on disordered eating, behavior change strategy and weight neutrality. Kari earned her Doctorate of Behavioral Health with her dissertation and research project The Mindful Eating Cycle: Treatment for Binge Eating Disorder at Arizona State University in 2012. Co-creator of the Am I Hungry?® Mindful Eating for Binge Eating Program, Kari also co-authored the acclaimed book and companion workbook, Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat for Binge Eating: A Mindful Eating Program for Healing Your Relationship with Food and Your Body. A therapist training program, fall retreat, https://amihungry.com/mindful-eating-for-binge-eating-retreat/ and ongoing 10 week programs are available throughout the country using this evidenced based approach for treating binge and emotional eating. myEatingDoctor offers a Virtual Support Group for anyone wanting a self help program or ongoing support for the ME-BE Program. Kari is available to speak or lead retreats for your organization or private group.