Complimentary Approaches to Treating Eating Disorders

Please Join Us for A Complimentary Educational Event!


October 19, 2016

4-7 PM

G2 Gallery 1503 Abbot Kinney Blvd Venice CA 90291

Hors d’oeuvres and drinks served

RSVP: [email protected]


Presented by:
linda-schack-headshot2Linda Schack, MD serves as the Medical Director of Torrance Memorial Medical Center Eating Disorders Program. Dr. Schack opened a private practice in adolescent medicine in 1994, and is one of only a handful of doctors in the country who see teens and young adults exclusively. She has extensive experience treating patients with eating disorders in outpatient, residential, and hospital settings, including intensive care. Dr. Schack received her M.D. from Tulane Medical School, and completed a pediatrics residency and adolescent medicine fellowship at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. She certified by the American board of Pediatrics Sub board of Adolescent Medicine, and is a member of the Society for Adolescent Medicine, the International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals, the Academy for Eating Disorders, and the National Eating Disorders Association.
Jillian Szafranski, RYT began her work in the healing arts as a dancer, competitive gymnast and actor. Her training is rooted in Alexander and Linklater Techniques which she learned while attending Emerson College in Boston. Drawing enormous inspiration from the ever-developing field of neuroscience, Jillian uses her her knowledge of anatomy and somatic integration (a therapeutic technique that combines the mental, emotional, spiritual to the physical body) to craft a proprietary hands-on approach to yoga that is informed by her own experiences with physical trauma and illness. With primary emphases alignment, mindfulness, and intuitive sound and movement. She uses grounding techniques to train her students how to self-regulate and navigate through potential triggers that may otherwise lead to flashbacks or unhealthy cycles of behavior, all of this with careful consideration to not re-traumatizing the patient. Over time she teaches her students not to avoid physicality, but to combat old fight-or-flight responses by engaging the initial response and creating new muscle memory in the brain and body grounded in safety and strength.
Jillian co-created yoga programs for Reasons Eating Disorder Residential Center and BHC Alhambra Hospital in 2009, where she works with adolescents and adults. She also founded the office yoga programs for NPR (National Public Radio) in Culver City and MTA (Metro Transportation Authority) in Downtown Los Angeles. Jillian works privately as a yoga therapist and bodyworker. She is Yoga Alliance certified.

Norman-BioNorman Kim, PhD completed his B.A. at Yale University where he studied music and psychology, and was the recipient of a Mellon Fellowship for Research in Psychiatry. He completed his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at UCLA, where he was the recipient of an individual National Research Service Award from the National Institutes of Health to study the neurobiologic underpinnings of emotion recognition and understanding in Autism. Most recently he has been involved in a multi-site, longitudinal study of children and adolescents at risk for developing bipolar disorder.

In conjunction with his research, Norman has developed an expertise in treating and teaching about psychiatrically complex populations, multi-modal treatment, and diagnostic assessment. While rooted firmly in empirically supported approaches, he has incorporated practices emphasizing somatosensory integration and that draw from eastern and traditional medicine with our current knowledge of the neurobiologic and cognitive processes underlying anxiety, mood, trauma and eating disorders. He has endeavored to develop a clinical approach that focuses on the exploration of meaning as a path to healing and that honors an individuals’ own narrative and journey.



There is increased research about the efficacy of complementary and alternative medicine in the treatment of mental health issues. This research, specific to yoga, supplements, and essential oils will be reviewed and application to the field of eating disorder treatment will be explored. An experiential demonstration of “chair yoga” and breathing and meditation techniques will be provided at this event.

Learning Objectives

  1. Participants will be able to identify 2 evidenced based practices from complementary medicine that can be used as adjunctive treatment for patients with eating disorders
  2. Participants will be able to identify best practices for integrating yoga, meditation, and essential oils into treatment at various levels of care.
  3. Participants will learn basic deep breathing techniques and leave with ability to implement in sessions with patients with anxiety and eating disorders

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