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.
Dr. Dawn Bantel, NMD
Dr. Bantel is a licensed Naturopathic Physician. She obtained her degree at the National College of Naturopathic Medicine in Portland, Oregon, with a special emphasis in the treatment of women and children. She is a local community lecturer, presenting talks on natural medicine, menopausal options, detoxification, chronic fatigue, and digestion. Dr. Bantel is also a professor at the Asian Institute of Medical Studies, where she teaches students the western models of disease and treatment in the subject areas of cardiology, pulmonology, dermatology, and urology. She also instructs students in physiology at the Providence Institute for Massage and Shiatsu.
Sharon Meglathery, MD
Sharon Meglathery grew up in Connecticut and attended Brown University. She became interested in the field of mental health during a year abroad in England working with juvenile delinquents. Prior to medical school, she worked for two years as a research assistant in the Biological Psychiatry Branch of the National Insitute of Mental Health, comparing the efficacy of pharmacological agents for bipolar disorder. She obtained her medical degree from Oregon Health Sciences University in 1996 and completed internships in internal medicine and psychiatry at Duke University Medical Center, followed by internal medicine and psychiatry residencies at the Medical College of Pennsylvania/Hahnemann University (now Drexel University). She became board-certified in internal medicine in 2000 and in psychiatry in 2003. Sharon enjoyed working as an emergency psychiatric attending for Philadelphia-area hospitals for five years before moving to Arizona in 2005. Since then, Sharon has worked as a child and adult psychiatrist for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and as the psychiatrist for Mirasol's primary residential treatment center. "I believe that an eating disorder must be treated as an entire system that has gone awry," says Sharon, "and I feel that Mirasol does a better job of healing the whole person — including family systems, identity disturbances and developmental issues — than most other eating disorder programs."
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.
Emily Mason, RD
Nutrition Program Director
Emily received a BS in Human Nutrition and Dietetics from the University of Arizona in 1983, then completed a graduate level internship at University Medical Center to become a registered dietitian. She has worked as a dietitian for over 20 years in residential treatment centers, acute care hospitals and outpatient clinics in Tucson, Denver and Northern California. She has also taught nutrition in several community colleges. Her expertise is in using nutrition to treat and heal bodies from long-term illnesses such as heart disease, gastrointestinal problems and diabetes. After nine years away from Tucson, she is happy to return to its beautiful desert and warm sunshine.
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.
Katharine Dean, MC, NCC, LPC
Katharine is an Arizona State Certified Licensed Professional Counselor and a Nationally Certified Counselor. She received a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from the University of Arizona and a Master's degree in Community Counseling from the University of Phoenix. Her expertise is focused on teen girls and the area of trauma. Her experience includes being the past Program Director for Project Safe Place, a program for girls ages 8-18 who have histories of sexual, physical and emotional abuse, as well as Program Director for The Tucson Coalition on Girls and Violence. Katharine is Level II Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (E.M.D.R.) trained and certified in Trauma Model Therapy.
Grace received a BS in Human Nutrition and Dietetics from the University of Nebraska Lincoln in 2007, and completed a graduate level internship at Carondelet St. Mary's Hospital in Tucson, Arizona. She has chosen to stay in Tucson, her new "home away from home". Grace gained valuable experience through her work in hospitals, as a private consultant, and by providing Nutrition Services for the United States Air Force Reserve. Grace's approach is to provide accurate nutritional education with individualized treatment goals for every client.
Julia Hofman, LAC, MA
Julia received her Masters in Community Counseling at Northern Arizona University. She has worked in the Tucson public mental health system in the past helping individuals with a range of mental health problems, focusing on groups for Grief and Loss, Codependency, DBT Skills, and Anger Management. Currently at Mirasol, she leads groups and individual sessions and has a passion for teaching mindfulness and yoga. Julia enjoys working for Mirasol because the philosophy is one of a holistic nature, and the environment encourages people to be their authentic selves and embrace this on their journey of recovery.
Diane M. Notarianni, Ph.D. L.Ac Dipl. Ac. (NCCAOM)
For over a decade Diane worked as an anthropologist, professor and researcher with Native Americans, especially Arizona's Hopi Indians. In 2001 she was inspired to study Traditional Chinese Medicine, a vast system of healing both indigenous in nature and scientific in application. Today, as Mirasol's staff acupuncturist, she applies her knowledge of both anthropology and oriental medicine to the treatment of women with eating disorders. "Practitioners of Oriental Medicine believe that everything about the way we live and the way we have lived since childhood has an influence on our health," says Notarianni. "We don't just look at the symptoms, we look at the whole person, including her way of conducting herself in the world and her relationships with the other people."
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. In 1997, Alison completed a Polarity Therapy Certification Program, and she completed a Cranialsacral Therapy Certification program in 2007. Alison has a long-standing interest and commitment to energy medicine, studying and practicing breath work and loving touch techniques to release trauma from the body. She is an avid student of the work of Byron Katie and incorporates her method of belief investigation in her work. Polarity Therapy defines health as a "free-flow of energy in the body" and seeks to release whatever is blocking energy flow, be it physical, emotional, or mental. Polarity Therapy begins on the bodywork table, but its principles can provide a foundation for a healthy and happy life.
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.
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.
Tara Shultis, MA, LMT, CPT
Aftercare/Exercise Specialist and Massage Therapist
Tara received her BS in Kinesiology from the University of Northern Colorado and her MA in Art and Visual Culture Education from the University of Arizona. She is a licensed Massage Therapist in the state of Arizona and is a certified personal trainer. Tara is trained in CranioSacral Therapy and integrates CranioSacral techniques with therapeutic massage to facilitate body awareness, mind body connection, and relaxation. Tara leads weekly relapse prevention groups with adolescents, outpatient clients, and works individually with clients to monitor exercise plans. Tara believes the connection between individuals is integral to the healing process and loves to facilitate growth and recovery at Mirasol.
Katie Klein, MS-Counseling Psychology
After 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. As a woman in recovery from an eating disorder as well as drug addiction, Katie is passionate about helping others find freedom through their own recoveries. Katie's specialty lies in working with clients who come to Mirasol struggling with both an eating disorder and chemical dependency issues. Although Katie enjoys working with all ages, she particularly loves the adolescents and teens. A native Texan, Katie joined the Mirasol team because she believes in the efficacy of a holistic program to treat eating disorders and addictions. Mirasol is Katie's family away from home.
Sabina Zobel, BA
Supervisor, Counselor Assistants
Sabina graduated from the University of Arizona with her BA in Political Science. She is currently pursuing her Masters in Healthcare Policy, Law and Ethics through the University of Denver. After working through her own personal challenges she felt the desire to help others who are struggling. Following research on many eating disorder residential programs, Sabina sought out a position as Counselor Assistant at Mirasol in 2007 and has infused the position with her passion for helping clients to spread their wings and soar. As a supervisor Sabina models to Counselor Assistants the healthy use of boundaries and aids them in their own journey at Mirasol. Sabina enjoys spending time at the beach in San Diego, where she lived for five years, practicing pilates, yoga and riding horses. She loves to spend time with her fiancé and son, who bring her infinite amounts of joy everyday.
Meghan Strom, BS Nutrition Science and Dietetics
Meghan graduated from the University of Arizona with a degree in Nutritional Science and Dietetics. Her passion has been food and nutrition since an early age and she loves sharing her knowledge. She enjoys the daily gratification of accommodating all client needs while providing both delicious and nutritious meals. "The skills the clients learn at Mirasol go past treatment and support throughout their lifetime. I'm grateful to be part of their journey."
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.
Counselor Assistant Supervisor
The bulk of Lori's experience has been a combination of administrative and medical support positions. She worked at Remuda Ranch in Wickenburg Arizona as a Mental Health Technician in the year 2000 until 2002 dealing with teen girls and women with eating disorders. Lori's main responsibilities included taking orthostatic vitals, EKGs, charting medical behaviors, accompany patients to therapy programs, and monitoring eating behavior disorders. She moved to Tucson in 2002 and worked for Intermountain Centers for Human Development as a Psych, Technician, dealing with adolescent boys and girls who were emotionally and physiologically disabled. A number of different things led her to working at Mirasol. Lori loves her job and the people she works with.