Blog Category: Therapists

May 14, 2024

Beth Riley

Beth Riley

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LISW-CP, CEDS

Therapist

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Beth (she/her) is a highly experienced therapist with a national reputation for clinical expertise in healing those struggling with eating disorders and weight-related issues. Her approach combines evidence based, cutting edge skills with a passion for her work and a deep commitment to those she serves. She has helped hundreds of individuals to overcome their eating and weight struggles and go on to live fulfilling lives.

Beth specializes in working with those who struggle with binge eating, overeating, pre and post bariatric patients and yo-yo dieters. More recently, she is seeing individuals who are either considering or have tried GLP1 medications and are seeking more sustainable options to addressing their disordered eating behaviors.

She understands that weight, eating and body image issues are complex and can stem from genetics, environmental triggers, trauma (especially societal weight and size discrimination) lack of boundaries and STRESS. Beth believes that treating all of the above is essential to creating overall wellness with long-lasting effects.

Beth is knowledgeable, direct, warm, non-judgmental and funny. She believes in empowering individuals to dig deep and uncover their authentic selves so they can live according to their values. She offers a unique perspective since she has been through her own struggles with weight and body image. She is a safe person to open up to about anything, and she will never judge you.

Individuals who work with Beth are provided with tangible skills and coping tools to replace longstanding self-destructive behaviors. She also offers a comprehensive relapse prevention plan to ensure long lasting recovery.

Her approach includes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Enhanced (CBT-E), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and Mindfulness. She has a deep understanding of the negative impact caused weight and size stigma and is a longtime advocate for societal change to improve the lives of those living in larger bodies.

When not working, Beth can be found feeding the birds in her garden, walking her 2 rescue dogs (Jasper and Joni) in the local park and on the trails near her house or hanging out in NYC with friends and her very hip daughter Lily (who lives in Brooklyn). She is also passionate about language and is fluent in both French and Italian.

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February 19, 2024

Meghan Croak

Meghan Croak

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PMHNP-BC

Psychiatric Provider

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Meghan Croak (she/her) is a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC) specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of eating disorders and co-occurring mental health conditions. She has experience working in inpatient, residential, partial hospitalization, and outpatient levels of care.

Meghan is a warm, attentive, and collaborative provider who strives to provide a space in which all her clients feel understood and accepted. She will aid you in determining both your goals for treatment and your plan for working toward those goals—this may include medication, psychotherapy, or both.

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January 16, 2024

Anna Tanner

Anna Tanner

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MD, FAAP, FSAHM, CEDS-S

Medical Provider | Vice President, Child and Adolescent Medicine

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Dr. Anna B. Tanner (she/her) is the Vice President of Child and Adolescent Medicine for Accanto Health, the parent company of Gather Behavioral Health, Veritas Collaborative, and The Emily Program. She is a board-certified pediatrician who has specialized in the care of complicated adolescent patients, in particular patients with eating disorders, for almost 25 years.

Dr. Tanner completed medical school and residency at Vanderbilt University, and then remained there to serve on the pediatrics faculty in the Division of Young Adult and Adolescent Medicine. Dr. Tanner has been very involved in advocacy and education efforts and serves on national and international committees for eating disorders education. She speaks frequently across the United States on the medical complications of eating disorders, especially as they affect children and young adolescents, and contributed a book chapter on that topic in the 4th edition of Dr. Philip S. Mehler’s Eating Disorders: A Comprehensive Guide to Medical Care and Complications.

Dr. Tanner currently serves as an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Pediatrics for Emory University School of Medicine and Morehouse School of Medicine. She is co-chair of the Academy of Eating Disorders (AED) Medical Care Standards Committee and was an author on the 4th edition of the AED Medical Care Standards “Purple Book”. Dr. Tanner is also a Fellow in the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine (SAHM), a Certified Eating Disorder Specialist, and a Certified Eating Disorders Supervisor. She has been named by Atlanta magazine as a “Top Doctor” every year from 2013 to 2023 and named by Castle Connelly as an Exceptional Woman in Medicine and one of America’s Most Honored Doctors.

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January 12, 2024

Florencia Tarasido

Florencia Tarasido

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RDN, LD, IBCLC

Dietitian 

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Florencia Tarasido (she/her) is a board-certified Registered Dietitian and Nutritionist with broad dietetics experience in the United States and Argentina. She is culturally sensitive and aware of multicultural values, customs, and norms.

Florencia is board-certified through the American Dietetic Association and licensed by the Georgia State Board. She completed her bachelor’s degree and thesis at the University of Buenos Aires (UBA) in 2000 and validated her education in the United States after sitting for her boards and completing an internship.

Florencia is a mother of two teenagers and one young adult, and during her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, hiking, playing tennis, and petting her cat.

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January 12, 2024

Melissa Russiano

Melissa Russiano

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LCSW, LISW

Therapist

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Melissa Russiano (she/her) is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) who most recently worked in the university setting before joining Gather Behavioral Health. Her career has included private practice, teaching, clinical supervision, administration, and program development. However, her focus has always been working with individuals to overcome their barriers to live the life they dream about. Melissa is committed to partnering with individuals to manage perfectionism, imposter syndrome, anxiety, and life challenges in a way that is healthy, healing, and overall balanced. 

To achieve this goal, Melissa uses a range of therapeutic approaches including CBT, CBT-E, DBT, and Systems theories. She is an active Certified Daring Way™ Facilitator based on the research of Brené Brown, PhD. She is a graduate of Florida State University where she had a clinical focus on Crisis Intervention.

Melissa lives in Nashville, Tennessee but prefers the lakes instead of the tourist experience! She often can be found working by the beach to embrace her love of anything ocean-related.

Ready to live the life that you have always imagined? Together we can make that happen.

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January 11, 2024

Chelsea Stephens

Chelsea Stephens

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RDN, LD

Dietitian

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Chelsea Stephens (she/her) is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) licensed in Georgia. She practices from a trauma-informed, non-diet, weight-inclusive lens — one that promotes eating according to hunger and fullness, nutritional needs, and enjoyment instead of weight control. Chelsea is passionate about helping people redefine their relationship with food and relearn how to trust their body through the principles of intuitive eating.

Chelsea earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Food Science and Human Nutrition/Dietetics from The University of Alabama before completing her graduate studies and dietetic internship in Boston, Massachusetts.

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