FREE Eating Disorder Support Group!
FREE weekly eating disorder support group for adults struggling with food issues, staffed by therapists from Mirasol Eating Disorder Recovery Centers. For more information, call 520-546-3200 or email Ann at email@example.com.
Mirasol's Eating Disorder Professionals
Jeanne Rust, PhD, LPC
CEO and Founder
Jeanne specializes in eating disorders and is an expert in the treatment of adult trauma. She holds a PhD in Clinical Psychology from Saybrook Graduate School, a Master's Degree in Counseling, and a Bachelor's degree from Northwestern University. Jeanne is licensed by the State of Arizona as a Professional Counselor. She has received comprehensive training in Gestalt and other expressive therapies, as well as Traumatic Incident Reduction (TIR) and Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT), and she is a certified Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) practitioner. Jeanne was a therapist in private practice for many years before founding Mirasol. She has worked with the University of Arizona athletic department to meet the therapeutic needs of athletes with eating disorders, has taught courses at the university level, and provides training and education for health care professionals in her areas of expertise.
Diane Ryan, MA, CPT
Diane Ryan received her undergraduate degree in Psychology and her Master's in Counseling and Psychology with a specialty certification in Adventure-Based Psychotherapy. She is trained in experiential methods including psychodrama, expressive arts and challenge course activities, and is passionate about accessing the power of outdoor and wilderness experiences as healing modalities. She currently serves as a member of an international consortium evaluating current research on exercise and eating disorders. She also continues to explore the impact of wilderness interventions as measured by changes in brain wave patterns.
Dr. Dawn Bantel, NMD
Dawn Bantel is a licensed naturopathic physician. She received her medical degree from the National College of Natural Medicine in Portland, Oregon. Her Bachelor of Science in Psychology was received from the University of Arizona in Tucson. She has specialized in the treatment of patients with eating disorders for over a decade at Mirasol. This has offered her the opportunity to provide medical care to adults and teens in both inpatient and outpatient venues. She enjoys supporting the recovery process through the use of functional laboratory testing, nutritional supplements, medicinal herbs, homeopathic medicine and TRE (Trauma Releasing Exercise). She is currently serving on the board of the Tucson chapter of IAEDP (International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals). She is married with two daughters and takes her family on new adventures every opportunity that she gets.
Maeve Shaughnessy, MACP
Clinical Director, Adult Program
Maeve completed her BA in Sociology at the University of Arizona and her Masters in Community Counseling at the University of Phoenix. Maeve is a Mirasol veteran with previous experience as a Counseling Assistant and Aftercare Coodinator. She is returning to Mirasol after three years as a primary therapist for H.O.P.E. Counseling Services in Las Vegas and as a Patient Care Assistant and Mental Health Counselor for Eating Recovery Center and Centennial Peaks Hospital in Colorado. Maeve enjoys the camping trips, hiking, and challenge course activities that Mirasol offers and fully believes these programs enhance the process of recovery.
Jodi Tudisco, MA, LAC, LPC (Pending)
Clinical Director, Adolescent Program
Jodi has a Master's Clinical Mental Health Counseling, and is working on her PsyD. She was drawn to Mirasol for its holistic approach to treatment and recovery and is trained in TRE (Tension, Stress and Trauma Relase), EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) and Feng Shui. Jodi is continually inspired by the Mirasol team's investment in the well-being of each client. Her goal is to meet the clients where they are and work with them to develop individual treatment plans that maintain a safe place while challenging the client. Most of all, Jodi enjoys working with a like-minded staff focused on treating the whole person — mind, body and spirit.
Ann Twilley, MA, LPC
Ann completed her BA in Psychology and her MA in Counseling and is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Arizona. Ann is passionate about her work with eating disorder relapse prevention and re-entry. Having recovered from an eating disorder herself, she is compassionate and understands the complexity of this illness. Ann is trained in Energy Psychology techniques and EMDR and uses these modalities in working with trauma and stabilization. She also supports clients in their transition home with phone sessions once in their home environment.
Jenna Jarrold, MS
Jenna is a Chicago native who came to Arizona to study at Northern Arizona University where she completed a Bachelor's degree in Communications. She went on to earn a Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from University of Phoenix. Jenna is National Certified Counselor and a member of the Member of American Counseling Association, and is awaiting g approval as a Licensed Associate Counselor (LAC) and will soon be certified for EMDR. Jenna found her passion for the helping profession through her experienes working at an early academic program for minority and low-income teens at the U or A and assisting with adoptions of children removed from their homes by CPS. She has worked at Mirasol since 2011, first as a Counselor Assistant and then as a therapist. She has done group, individual, family and couples counseling and is particularly intrigued by family work since so much of who we are is formed in childhood. "Someone once told me that people's wounds often create the most beautiful parts of who they will become," says Jenna "and that has become a core belief of mine as a therapist."
Katie Klein, MS, Counseling Psychology
After receiving her BA in Journalism and working in broadcast television as a news anchor and reporter, Katie realized that she wanted to help people in a more fulfilling way. Katie received her Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. Katie's specialty lies in working with clients who come to Mirasol struggling with both an eating disorder and chemical dependency issues. Katie loves to use the outdoors as her office and is always ready to hike, camp, or go caving with the clients; Katie believes that experiential therapies are a key part of the healing process. A native Texan, Katie joined the Mirasol team in 2013 because she believes in the efficacy of a holistic program to treat eating disorders and addictions. Katie said, "I always told myself I would never relocate for a job, but when the opportunity came to work at Mirasol, there was no question! Now I can't imagine being anywhere else!"
Jamelynn Evans, LICSW, CADC-II
Jamelynn received her Bachelor's Degree in Exercise Physiology and her Master's Degree in Social Work from Arizona State University. She is a licensed social worker (currently seeking reciprocity in Arizona), a certified alcohol and drug addiction counselor, a certified yoga instructor, and certified ACSM Health Fitness Instructor.
With a passion for wellness, and a wholehearted belief in a holistic approach to healing, Jamelynn seeks to incorporate such topics as mindfulness, yoga, meditation, breath work, movement, and spirituality.
Jamelynn believes that often disease comes from living on a path that does not support the soul's purpose. She believes our gifts may be in perfect alignment with our fears, suggesting that we move through our fears to reach our gifts. Many old belief patterns can keep us stuck and can continue to feed the fears that block us from forward movement along the healing journey.
Jamelynn's intention as a therapist is to offer a space where clients can find safety, patience, empathy, curiousity, compassion, encouragement and support for moving through the healing process.
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Mayra grew up in South Tucson and received her BA in Psychology from the University of Arizona. Growing up, Mayra witnessed the personal struggles of close friends and family members addictions and eating disorders. From early in her life she knew she wanted to pursue work in the behavioral health field. She was fortunate to come across Mirasol, where she began her work as a Counselor Assistant in 2012. Shortly thereafter, Mayra began extensive training in Electroencephalography (EEG) and transitioned to the position of Neurofeedback Technician. Mayra is a native Spanish speaker and often translates for Spanish-speaking families at Mirasol. She is grateful for Mirasol's philosophy of recovery and loves working in a wonderful environment, with wonderful practitioners, whom she continues to learn from every day.
Arsenio is a Tucson native who graduated from the University of Arizona with a BA in Psychology. He began working at Mirasol as a Counselor Assistant in 2012, and recently transitioned to the role of technician in our neurofeedback program. Arsenio has always been interested in alternative medicine and leads poetry groups in his spare time.
Lorissa earned her Bachelor of Science in Nutritional Sciences from the University of Arizona in 2009 and completed her dietetic internship at the University of Arizona Medical Center. She previously worked at a physical rehabilitation hospital as well as an acute care hospital in Tucson, Arizona. She visited Mirasol during her internship and immediately became interested in the program and realized how rewarding the position could be. As a dietitian, Lorissa develops individualized meal plans to meet the nutritional needs of her clients. Her main goal is to help clients establish a healthy relationship with food. Lorissa says, "I am amazed and inspired every day, by the accomplishments of my clients, and the obstacles they overcome".
Anthony Hackworth, BS
Anthony earned a BS in Nutritional Sciences from the University of Arizona in 2012 and completed his internship at the U of A Medical Center in 2014. During his internship, he spent a week at Mirasol and realized it would be a rewarding place to work. He loves the challenge of creating healthy relationships with food. Anthony also completed an internship at Exos where he specialized in Sports Nutrition, and is excited about the challenge of being able to connect sports nutrition and eating disorders.
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Liz Melander, RN, BSN
Adolescent Nurse Supervisor
Liz graduated from West Chester University of Pennsylvania with her Bachelors of Science in Nursing. She began her career as a pediatric nurse at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia on the Pulmonary/General Pediatrics unit. The next stop on the road to Mirasol was at Georgetown University Hospital where she worked with pediatric small bowel and liver transplant patients and became a primary charge nurse. When Georgetown re-opened their pediatric Hematology/Oncology unit, she transferred there to work as one of their charge nurses. With that experience, Liz was offered a job as a nurse manager at a pediatrician's office where she was utilized as both nurse manager and office manager. Liz's husband received a job offer in Tucson so they packed up their home and their three kitties and moved across the country in the spring of 2012. Liz's passion has always been working with the pediatric population and she wanted to remain working with them. She has had experience in college working with clients dealing with eating disorders, so when she discovered Mirasol, she knew it would be a perfect fit to work at the adolescent unit.
Michelle Thomas, RN
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Tara Shultis, MA, LMT, CPT
Exercise and Massage Therapist
Tara is originally from upstate New York and found her way to the desert Southwest to pursue her interests in physiology, healing and spirituality. She has worked at Mirasol in a variety of capacities since March, 2011. She received her Masters in Art Education from the University of Arizona and her Bachelors in Exercise Physiology from the University of Northern Colorado. She is a licensed massage therapist, certified personal trainer and a certified level 2 TRE practitioner. She is also training to be a yoga teacher. Tara is passionate about transformation, movement and mindfulness and finds fulfillment in her work with women in recovery.
Rachel Nelson, MS, ATR
Rachel is originally from Kansas City, MO, and completed a BS in Psychological Science and a dual Master's degree in Counseling and Art Therapy. She is a registered Art Therapist working toward Board Certification. Rachel is passionate about art therapy and creating a comfortable and nurturing space for clients to engage in the process of art-making regardless of skill levels. Art-making encourages self-expression, exploration of identity, positive body image, creative problem-solving provides provides a channel for emotions. The artwork brings a third relationship to the therapeutic process that can be a reflection of one's relationship with the self or with others. By paying attention to symbolism, metaphor and visual elements, one begins to learn his or her own unique visual language. Rachel is also interested in Jungian Dream Analysis and enjoys leading a dream group. Rachel finds meaning in artwork and dreams, but also in the synchronicities that we experience in everyday life. Rachel is also a local artist, devoting most of her time in the studio to painting with encaustic (beeswax and oil paint) as well as acrylic/mixed media and photography. Rachel feels that engaging the creative process is a powerful tool for recovery in a multitude of ways including its mirror-like quality to the complexities and pervasiveness that makes up an eating disorder.
Alison Pearson, MA, RPP
Polarity and Cranialsacral Therapy
Alison Pearson has been the Polarity Therapist at Mirasol since January 2004. She received a Master's Degree in Sociology, specializing in Gender and Social Psychology, from the University of Arizona in 1991. She completed a Polarity Therapy Certification Program in 1997, and in 2007, she completed a Cranialsacral Therapy Certification program. More recently, she trained to be a TRE Facilitator. Alison has a strong commitment to energy medicine that predates her formal training. She spent considerable time studying breath-work techniques and loving touch to release trauma from the body. Alison is an avid student of the work of Byron Katie and uses this method of belief investigation as part of her work. Polarity Therapy defines health as a "free-flow of energy in the body", and Polarity Therapy seeks to release whatever is blocking energy flow. Blocks can be physical, emotional, or mental (beliefs). When the mind and body are integrated as a team we can be in the flow of life. Having an integrated mind/body system is essential to recovery. Polarity Therapy begins on the bodywork table, however, its principles can provide a foundation for a healthy, happy lifestyle.
Spiritual Integration Practitioner
Spirituality is a key component in recovery. We know that women who have some sort of spiritual practice have a much higher rate of recovery. Whether we recognize it or not, we all have a measure of spirituality, as defined by the way we connect to ourselves, to others, and to the world around us. We work on universal themes that are part of all belief systems: loving kindness, compassion, and forgiveness. It's not about changing or giving up your belief system, it's about finding ways to help it meet your needs.
Angel Lopez, BA Psychology and Philosophy
Supervisor, Counselor Assistants
Angel grew up in Tucson, AZ and received his BA in Psychology & Philosophy from the University of Arizona. His primary areas of interest in regard to psychology have been with Human Memory and Death & Loss. These interests led him to volunteer at Tu Nidito's Children to Children program from 1995-1998 as a Peer Facilitator. His philosophical interests focus on the nature of the human being and the nature of the universe. These interests help shape a spirituality & meditation group held weekly at the adolescent unit. Angel has been with Mirasol since 2011 and as a Counselor's Assistant Supervisor he focuses on maintaining a culture of well trained Counselor Assistants to properly and best support the clients in Mirasol's residential and PHP programs.
Counselor Assistant Supervisor
Lori has been a key member of the Mirasol team since 2004, and has enjoyed taken on many different roles within the organization. She attended Providence Institute for Personal Training in 2012 and has enjoyed using her training to ensure a healthy and supportive environment for Mirasol's clients. She appreciates Mirasol's amazing staff and their loyalty and devotion to our clients.
After studying facility management on the East Coast, Duncan arrived in sunny Arizona in October, 2005, and has been with us ever since. Born in Manitoba, Canada, Duncan lived outside of Philadelphia for 20 years, honing his handyman skills while aquiring his Bachelor of Arts degree from Temple University. He is an avid golfer and sports fan, and he really enjoys working with the clients and staff at Mirasol to make it a safe and enjoyable place to be.