Our Speakers

Grace Wong MSc, RD, CEDRD-S

Grace Wong is a registered dietitian specializing in feeding and eating disorders.  With over 16 years of clinical experience in pediatrics and mental health nutrition, she works with clients of all ages living with feeding and eating disorders. She is experienced in working with co-existing conditions including ADHD, the autism spectrum , sensory sensitivity, complex medical conditions, depression and anxiety. Her practice niches include working with ARFID and providing child feeding coaching for parents in eating disorder recovery.  Her experience in both eating disorders and pediatric feeding offers perspectives of unique feeding challenges faced by parents in recovery. 

 

Wong is an approved supervisor recognized by the International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals.  She provides training and supervision for health professionals working with feeding and eating disorders.  In addition, she is working along with a network of colleagues in developing responsive feeding therapy interventions for complex feeding and eating presentations.

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Jenny McGlothlin, MS, CCC-SLP, CLC 

Jenny McGlothlin is a Speech-Language Pathologist and Certified Lactation Counselor specializing in feeding for newborns through adolescents. She works with caregivers to give them the confidence and competence to be their child's best feeding partner.  McGlothlin  developed the STEPS feeding program at the UT Dallas Callier Center in 2005 to support and promote feeding development in children, and provides training for graduate students, therapists, teachers, and parents. She was recently elected as the VP of Social and Governmental Policy for the Texas Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

 

Her books include Helping Your Child with Extreme Picky Eating and  Conquer Picky Eating for Teens and Adults. 

 

McGlothlin lives in Dallas with her husband and their three young children, and enjoys reading, organizing, spending time with friends, and cheering on her kids at games.

www.extremepickyeating.com

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Skye Van Zetten

Skye is the mother of teenaged twins and founder of Mealtime Hostage. What started as a blog to capture the isolating experience that is feeding a child diagnosed with specific food phobia has become a source of support and hope for thousands of parents worldwide. 

 

Skye tirelessly advocates for children’s rights to be free of food politics in the classroom, despite the perceived vitamin load of a celery stick. She continues to study society’s relationship with food through the critical lens of Communication Arts. 

www.mealtimehostage.com

https://www.facebook.com/groups/MealtimeHostage/

Erin VandenLangenberg   Ph.D., MPH

Erin VandenLangenberg is a pediatric psychologist, eating disorder and anxiety treatment specialist at Catalpa Health, a pediatric mental health clinic.  VandenLangenberg completed a B.A. in Psychology,  Master’s in Public Health and a doctorate in Psychology from the University of Minnesota. She completed her post-doctoral studies at The Emily Program, an eating disorder treatment center, where she specialized in treating anorexia and bulimia using a DBT framework with adolescents.  VandenLangenberg’s research interests have included vagal control of satiety in bulimia nervosa and early predictors of eating disorder development.

 

Through her clinical work and research, she began examining psychological treatment options for ARFID patients, finding that client-centered approaches that are responsive to the child and empowering to families has been most effective. She is passionate about working with children and families to build on their strengths and help them meet their feeding and eating goals from a responsive feeding lens.

Marsha Dunn Klein, OTR/L, MEd, FAOTA

Marsha Dunn Klein is a pediatric occupational therapist who has spent a career specializing in supporting families whose children have feeding and eating challenges. She received her occupational therapy degree from Boson University and her Masters of education Special Education from the University of Arizona. She has co-authored PreFeeding Skills, Ist and Second Editions, Mealtime Participation Guide, and Homemade Blended Formula Handbook with Suzanne Evans Morris and Feeding and Nutrition for the Child with Special Needs.

 

She recently published Anxious Eaters, Anxious Mealtimes: Practical and Compassionate Strategies for Mealtime Peace.  She enjoys presenting locally, nationally and internationally on the Get Permission Approach tp Pediatric Feeding Challenges.

www.getpermissionapproach

Katja Rowell MD

Katja Rowell is a family doctor turned relational feeding specialist. Described as “academic, but warm and down to earth,” she is a popular speaker and writer.

 

Rowell has developed an expertise in "extreme" picky eating, food preoccupation, and supporting foster and adopted children with feeding, nutrition and growth challenges. She provides training for eating disorder professionals on early feeding development and challenges. Rowell is on the SPOON medical advisory board as well as an adviser to the Minnesota Trauma Project.

 

Her books include Helping Your Child with Extreme Picky Eating , Conquer Picky Eating for Teens and Adults. and Love Me, Feed Me: The Adoptive Parents’ Guide to Ending the Worry About Weight, Picky Eating, Power Struggles and More.

www.extremepickyeating.com

www.facebook.com/extremepickyeating

www.thefeedingdoctor.com

Virgina Sole-Smith

Virginia Sole-Smith is a journalist, author and mother. As the parent of two girls, one with a history of medical challenges and feeding struggles, and one a more typical eater, she has become an unwitting expert in child feeding and body image, from dropping NG tubes to packing school lunch. Sole-Smith's 2016 article for the New York Times Magazine, When Your Baby Won't Eat, shares her family's journey with complex eating challenges and explores deep philosophical divides in the feeding therapy world. This experience, along with her personal evolution and curiosity led to the critically acclaimed book, The Eating Instinct: Food Culture, Body Image and Guilt in America. Sole-Smith was also a keynote speaker for The Center for Eating Disorders at Sheppard Pratt in 2018.

 

Sole-Smith has reported from kitchen tables and grocery stores, graduated from beauty school, and gone swimming in a mermaid’s tail. Her work has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Harper’s, Parents and many other publications. She also writes a column on food and body image for the New York Times' Parenting section and co-hosts the Comfort Food Podcast.

www.virginiasolesmith.com

Twitter: @v_solesmith (https://twitter.com/v_solesmith)

Instagram: @v_solesmith 

https://www.facebook.com/virginiasolesmith/ 

Podcast: comfortfoodpodcast.com

Jo Cormack MA MBACP

Jo Cormack  is a registered masters-level therapist specializing in food anxiety and the feeding relationship. She is a Ph.D. candidate at Bishop Grosseteste University, Lincoln, UK. Her doctoral research is about parental feeding practices. 

Cormack is interested in how educational settings (especially in a UK Early Years context) support children's eating, including in relation to ASD. She is interested in public health policy, specifically how feeding problems are identified and how healthcare professionals can best support families. Cormack does not work with nutrition or diet, but focuses on the emotional and behavioural aspects of feeding and eating. 

Cormack works with families and professionals to support a positive psychological relationship with food. She is the author of Helping Children Develop a Positive Relationship With Food: A Guide for Early Years Professionals (Jessica Kingsley Publishers).

 

https://www.facebook.com/PositiveParentingforPickyEaters/

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http://www.jocormack.com

 

John Baker  MD

John Baker attended Texas Tech University for medical school as well as his pediatric residency. From there, he went on to complete a fellowship in pediatric gastroenterology at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. Since 1983, he has been in private practice in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Areas in which Dr. Baker has a special interest include functional bowel disorders (irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), nausea and vomiting, and chronic abdominal pain), inflammatory bowel disease (ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease), cyclic vomiting/abdominal migraine, eosinophilic esophagitis, and feeding issues.

Heidi Liefer Moreland, MS, CCC-SLP, BCS-S, CLC

Heidi Liefer Moreland is a speech-language pathologist and clinical coordinator for the Tube Weaning and Feeding Program at Thrive with Spectrum Pediatrics.  She has a B.S. in Early Childhood Education, a Master’s Degree in Speech-Language Pathology, is a Certified Lactation Counselor and a Board-Certified Specialist in Swallowing and related disorders.  Liefer Moreland has worked in pre-school early intervention as a teacher and parent coordinator, and as a therapist in in-and out-patient hospital settings for 16 years.  She has taught in the University setting and presented at the American Speech-Language Hearing Association and the National Pediatric Cardiology-Quality Improvement Collaborative regarding Responsive Feeding and outcomes for medically fragile  infants and children.   

 

Liefer Moreland believes that treatment must be based on the child's strengths to build a strong foundation.  By working in the context of responsive feeding, the therapeutic process can heal and strengthen the whole family.   Heidi's work takes her all over the country, but she lives with her husband and 2 dogs in Nashville, TN.  She is a runner and a reader, and loves to eat!

http://thrivewithspectrum.com/

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Suzanne Evans Morris Ph.D.

Suzanne Evans Morris is a speech-language pathologist with New Visions near Charlottesville, Virginia. With more than 50 years of clinical experience, she is nationally and internationally known for her work in identifying and treating young children with pre-speech and feeding disorders.

Morris received her B.A. in Logopedics and Education from the University of Wichita in 1960 and her M.A. (1962) and Ph.D. (1970) in Communication Disorders from Northwestern University. She has  studied Neurodevelopmental Treatment (NDT) approaches. She is an active member of the Professional Division of The Monroe Institute and has explored the use of the binaural beat auditory guidance system, Hemi-Sync, for the past 35 years.

Morris has published dozens of articles in major journals, and is the author of the Pre-Speech Assessment Scale, a rating scale for the measurement of pre-speech behaviors in children from birth through two years, and co-author of Pre-Feeding Skills: A Comprehensive Resource for Mealtime Development, 2nd edition, the Mealtime Participation Guide, and the Homemade Blended Formula Handbook

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