Nutrition services

Introducing Alsana®’s new Vice President of Clinical Nutrition Services, Julia Cassidy, MS, RD, CEDRD

As Vice President of Clinical Nutrition Services, Julia CassidyMS, RD, CEDRD, a respected leader in the eating disorder treatment industry and advocate for compassionate, science-based nutrition, will oversee the nutritional dimension of Alsana®’s adaptive care model and ensure the quality, consistency and care provided by Alsana Nutrition. and Culinary Staff.

ST. LOUIS, April 18, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Alsana, an eating disorder treatment provider and community, announced that Julia Cassidy, a highly regarded leader in the eating disorder treatment industry, will serve as Vice President of Clinical Nutrition Services. In this role, Cassidy will oversee and uphold Nutrition Dimension’s mission to help customers find balanced and flexible attitudes toward food.

the Nutrition dimension is one of the five components of Alsana Adaptive Care Model® – a holistic approach to the treatment of eating disorders. It is built on an “all foods are suitable” philosophy. “That means no foods are ‘prohibited,'” Cassidy explained. “From snacks to ‘nutrient-dense’ food options, anything can have a place in recovery; the goal is to neutralize or remove moral judgment from food choice so clients can restore the balance between food and pleasure when it comes to eating.”

Cassidy brings 18 years of experience working with clients with eating disorders, is an accomplished speaker and presenter, and co-author of: Guide for the nutritional treatment of eating disorders: AED -Publications – Academy for Eating Disorders ( She is also currently the Chair of Behavioral Health Nutrition (BHN) for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Most recently, prior to joining Alsana, Cassidy held a leadership position with a national multi-site treatment provider for eating disorders.

From adapting dietary treatment for clients with neurodiverse eating disorders to creating dedicated programs for residential clients struggling with avoidant/restrictive eating disorder (ARFID), Cassidy’s career path demonstrates a passion for improving quality of care and access for vulnerable populations within the eating disorder community.

“For me, the most meaningful part of working with clients in recovery is when I get to see them take important steps in the recovery journey as they progress,” Cassidy said. “I love helping clients heal their relationships with food because I know they are on a journey that provides them with the freedom and courage to honor their hunger and eat for satisfaction, food and happiness. harmonization.”

Alsana is one of the only eating disorder recovery centers with a National Director of Culinary Services and a team of culinary professionals who practice precision, compassion and creativity at every meal, every day. Alsana’s nutrition program offers customers the opportunity to practice portioning, creative cooking skills and team collaboration while creating new positive memories around food. As Vice President of Clinical Nutrition Services, Cassidy will ensure the quality and consistency of nutrition programs and guide the program used by registered dietitians and culinary staff for all virtual and in-person treatment programs.

“Passionate, mission-driven leaders like Julia are invaluable and urgently needed in the community of mental health care providers, even more so now, given the unique challenges that have arisen during the pandemic,” said Gayle Devin, CEO of Alsana. “It is exciting that Alsana’s nutrition and kitchen staff have this opportunity to benefit from Julia’s character and expertise as they continue to make a significant contribution to the recovery of our clients.”

“Julia is a phenomenal human and an absolute nutrition expert in the treatment of eating disorders,” said Heather Russo, LMFT, CEDS-S, clinical director of Alsana. “His personal mission to promote science-based nutrition and compassionate, non-dietary approaches to food and health is evident throughout his life’s work.”

In 2022, Cassidy says her top priorities include creating dietary guidelines for Alsana teams working with neurodiverse clients and identifying opportunities to improve and implement nutritional psychiatry within Alsana’s culinary program. ‘Alsana.

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Alsana is a food recovery community and treatment provider with residential and in-person PHP/IOP programs in Alabama (birmingham and Huntsville), California (Monterey, St. Barbara, Village of West Lakeand Thousand Oaks), and Missouri (Saint Louis), and virtual PHP/IOP offers on United States. Their approach to eating disorder treatment is compassionate, evidence-based, and designed in accordance with the Adaptive Care Model®. This holistic method aims to address healing in all areas of clients’ lives by integrating medical, nutritional and therapeutic care with movement and relationship therapies. Alsana serves adult clients of all genders and sexual identities struggling with a wide range of eating, eating and co-occurring disorders. Alsana’s programs meet the unique needs of vegan customers and customers struggling with ED-DMT1, also known as “devilishness.” Learn more about or visit follow on LinkedIn, Twitter, instagramand Facebook.