Ovidio Bermudez, MD, FAAP, FSAHM, FAED, Fiaedp, CEDS & Reba Sloan, MPH, LRD, FAED

Keynote Presentation Title:

“Adventures in Treating Eating Disorders: Sharing Wisdom from a Cumulative 75 Years of Practice”

Presentation Overview:

The overall goal of this presentation is to provide eating disorder practitioners from all disciplines and all levels of experience valuable knowledge and insight to enhance their effectiveness. There will be an opportunity for attendees to ask and discuss any concerns that they might have regarding work with this challenging population.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Attendees will be able to identify at least 3 suggestions for enhancing the therapeutic collaboration with those seeking treatment for their eating disorder or disorder eating struggle
  2. Attendees will be able to utilize initial encounters with clients/patients to better set the stage for full recovery
  3. Attendees will be able to identify recovery indicators that go deeper than “check mark” recovery goals
  4. Attendees will be able to implement effective strategies to navigate challenging comorbid conditions that accompany an eating disorder diagnosis
  5. Attendees will understand how to utilize the recommended treatment team approach int he most optimal manner to treat EDs


Dr. Ovidio Bermudez, MD, FAAP, FSAHM, FAED, Fiaedp, CEDS, is the Senior Medical Advisor for Eating Recovery Center and affiliates. He holds academic appointments as Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics at the University Of Colorado School Of Medicine and University of Oklahoma College of Medicine. He is Board certified in Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine. Dr. Bermudez is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine, the Academy for Eating Disorders, and the International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals. He is Past Chairman and currently Senior Advisor to the Board of Directors of the National Eating Disorders Association, Co-Founder of the Eating Disorders Coalition of Tennessee (Renewed) and Co-founder of the Oklahoma Eating Disorders Association. He is a current Board member and a Certified Eating Disorders Specialist and training supervisor with the International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals. Dr. Bermudez has lectured nationally and internationally on eating pathology across the lifespan, obesity, and other topics related to pediatric and adult healthcare. He has been repeatedly recognized for his dedication, advocacy, professional achievement and clinical excellence in the field of eating disorders, including Lifetime Achievement Awards from IAEDP.

Reba Sloan, MPH, LRD, FAED,  is a licensed registered dietitian in private practice in Nashville, TN and has  been the recipient of an Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics “Excellence in Practice” Award. In order to assist her clients with the process of transferring knowledge into action, Reba obtained a Master of Public Health degree with an emphasis in behavioral counseling. She is an Adjunct Assistant Professor for the School of Nursing at Vanderbilt University.  She lives in Nashville with her husband, Kevin, and their two cats. Reba enjoys an active lifestyle that includes walking, zumba, and ballroom dancing. Reba is a co-founder of Renewed.


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