Our Staff

The Center for Eating Disorders offers comprehensive, individualized team treatment of eating, weight, and body image issues. Our goal is: Recovery. Each member of our clinical team practices a relationship-based approach to treatment that respects the unique needs and differences of every client.

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For Professionals:

CED provides inservice programs and clinical supervision for professionals, as well as community outreach and education. We offer a variety of presentations on eating disorder prevention, enhancing body image, media awareness, the role of the family and related issues for both professional and nonprofessional audiences. We also offer consultations for therapists and family members on how to best support or encourage treatment for someone with an eating disorder. Call us at 734-668-8585 or email info@center4ed.org for further information.
JUDITH BANKER, MA, LLP, FAED, Founder and Executive Director

Judith Banker is the founder and executive director of the Center for Eating Disorders which is marking its 30th year of service. Judith is also Clinical Consultant to the newly launched Huron Oaks Adolescent Eating Disorder Recovery Program, a partial hospitalization program at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Ann Arbor (www.stjoeshealth.org/eatingdisorders). She is a member of the Professional Advisory Panel of F.E.A.S.T. (Families Empowered and Supporting Eating Disorder Treatment), the Advisory Board of the Academy for Eating Disorders (AED), and a member of the Scientific Advisory Board for the Global Foundation for Eating Disorders. The 2011 recipient of the AED Clinical Leadership Award Judith lectures internationally on clinical treatment, in particular on the transtheoretical application of psychodynamic principles and techniques in eating disorder treatment and the integration of research with clinical experience. Her research and publications address a range of topics including research-practice integration, effective eating disorder treatment, and early identification and screening for eating disorders. Judith is past president and a Fellow of the AED.

AMY PERSHING, LMSW, ACSW, Clinical Director, Founding Director, Bodywise

Amy Pershing LMSW, ACSW is the Founder of Bodywise and the Clinical Director of the Center for Eating Disorders in Ann Arbor. She is the co-founder of Pershing Turner Consulting, which offers training to clinicians treating BED nationwide.

Based on 30 years of clinical experience, Amy has pioneered a treatment approach for BED that is strengths-based, incorporating Internal Family Systems and somatic trauma techniques. Her approach also integrates “attuned” eating and movement and a “health at every size” philosophy. Amy offers two- and three-day Intensives for those in recovery, and is the creator of “Hungerwise™,” a 9-week program for ending chronic dieting and weight cycling offered jointly with with St. Joseph Mercy Health System in Michigan.

Pershing lectures internationally and writes extensively on the treatment of BED and her own recovery journey for both professional and lay communities. She has been featured on radio, podcast, and television speaking about BED treatment and recovery, relapse prevention, weight stigma, and attuned eating and movement. She is the winner of BEDA’s 2016 Pioneer in Clinical Advocacy award, and has served on a variety of professional boards. She is the Past Chair of the Binge Eating Disorder Association, and its current Chair of BED Clinical Education. She is the author of the book Binge Eating Disorder: The Journey to Recovery and Beyond. Amy maintains her clinical practice treating BED in Ann Arbor.

SUZANNE DOOLEY-HASH, M.D., Medical Consultant

Suzanne received her medical degree from Northwestern University Medical School in Chicago and completed residency training in Emergency Medicine at the University of Michigan. Throughout her career Suzanne has been interested in the impact of mental health, particularly eating and mood disorders and substance abuse, on her patients’ overall well-being.

She joined the Center for Eating Disorders’ staff in 2011 where she now also provides comprehensive, medical care for the Center’s patients. Suzanne is also active in eating disorder advocacy and education efforts as a member of the Board of Directors for the Binge Eating Disorder Association and as a member of the Academy of Eating Disorders (AED) and the AED Medical Care Special Interest Group. Dr. Dooley-Hash was recently elected to the 2018 AED Class of Fellows.

Her current research interests include early identification of eating disorders through improved screening, the comorbidity of eating disorders with both psychiatric and medical conditions, and methods for improving education about eating disorders for healthcare providers.

Sarah Vlnka, LMSW, Clinical Staff

Sarah earned a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Michigan, a Master of Arts degree in Literature from Eastern Michigan University, and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Hope College.

Sarah has clinical experience with an emphasis on treating Binge Eating Disorder (BED), anxiety disorders, obsessive compulsive disorder, trauma, and depression. Her approach to therapy is multidisciplinary, while her clinical training and prior research has been in evidence-based practices with a specialty in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Anxiety Disorders. She works to treat and raise awareness for Binge Eating Disorder and weight stigma-related issues. In her practice, she takes the whole person into account when forming individualized treatment plans with clients, and works from a "health at every size" paradigm.

Sarah has completed post-graduate training in several evidence-based practices including: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Motivational Interviewing (MI), and Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR).  Her approach to therapy is biopsychosocial, encompassing psychological, physical, and interpersonal aspects of treatment. She is a member of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) and the Binge Eating Disorders Association (BEDA).

STEPHANIE COLLINS, RD, Nutritionist, Clinical staff

Stephanie Collins, Registered Dietitian, earned a Bachelor of Science from Michigan State University where she also gained her background in the treatment of eating disorders and worked with on-campus eating disorder education and awareness projects. In the past fifteen years, Stephanie’s work experience includes: clinical dietitian for the University of Michigan Hospital, nutritionist at Michigan State University providing individual counseling, teaching group classes and sports nutrition counseling for athletes and nutritionist for Head Start, advising low income families on a wide range of nutritional concerns. She is skilled in all nutrition related disease diagnoses, including diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and weight management.

Stephanie's approach to eating disorder treatment is to provide kind and compassionate and individually tailored nutrition counseling to clients of all ages struggling with food and/or weight issues. She is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, International Federation of Eating Disorder Dietitians, the Southeastern Michigan Dietetic Association and the Academy for Eating Disorders.

AMANDA HARRIS, MA, LLP, Clinical Staff

Amanda earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Kalamazoo College in 2003 and a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 2006. Following graduation, she joined the Center for Eating Disorders (CED) as a post-graduate intern. She currently provides individual psychotherapy at CED and serves a CED Clinical Consultant to the Eating Disorder Partial Hospitalization Program at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Ann Arbor. Amanda has extensive training and expertise in helping adolescents, college students, and adults with all types of eating disorders and body image concerns. Her treatment approach is collaborative and tailored to meet the unique needs and treatment goals of each of her clients. Amanda’s professional background also includes academic publication and presenting nationally and internationally on identity and self-esteem in the development and maintenance of eating disorders, body image, athletes and eating disorders, and eating disorder recovery. Amanda served as CED Support Group Facilitator from 2008-2014. She is an active member of the Academy for Eating Disorders and the Binge Eating Disorders Association and attends national eating disorder conferences annually.

ERIN M. ZALESKI, MA, LLP, Clinical Staff

Erin graduated with a Master's degree in Clinical Psychology from the Michigan School of Professional Psychology in 2005. She began working at the Center for Eating Disorders as a graduate intern in 2004. With a background in psychoeducational eating disorder group work, and individual and family treatment, Erin has a particular interest in the treatment of children, adolescents and young adults with eating, weight, and/or body image disorders and their families. She is a member of the Academy for Eating Disorders (AED). She currently is a member of the AED Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Special Interest Group, the Research-Practice Forum, and serves on the AED Development Committee.


ROSHA HEBSUR, Psy.D., Clinical Staff

Rosha Hebsur, Psy.D., earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Ohio State University and a Master of Arts and Doctoral degree from Argosy University, Washington DC. She is a Fully Licensed Psychologist. Rosha is passionate about working with individuals who have eating disorders, including comorbid issues, such as trauma, depression, and anxiety.

With a background in the residential treatment center for women with eating disorders, Rosha also has extensive experience in the treatment of trauma, mood disorders, and severe mental illness. She is skilled in the use of a variety of evidence-based interventions used in the treatment of eating disorders, including CBT and DBT. Rosha’s approach to treatment is based on a collaborative and open therapeutic relationship with patients and their loved ones to best support and promote the recovery process. She is a member of the Academy for Eating Disorders and the Binge Eating Disorder Association.

JOY MULRATH, LMSW, Lead Clinical Consultant, Hungerwise

Joy earned her Master’s in Clinical Social Work from Eastern Michigan University in 2005. In her clinical work with a variety of presenting issues, Joy helps clients focus on cultivating already-existing strengths, and develop the resiliency needed to move forward and meet their goals. She works most typically with depression, anxiety, substance use, struggles with self-image, and life transition challenges. Using this same empowerment paradigm, Joy is a perfect fit as a Hungerwise TM group facilitator. Her eclectic approach allows her to help Hungerwise participants explore options, experiment with new strategies, and speak difficult truths in a way that promotes growth and change.

CED Staff Alumni

CED continues to partner with former staff who currently practice in the Greater Detroit area.


Kristine maintains a clinical practice out of CED’s satellite office located at 3910 Telegraph Road, Suite 202, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.

A fully licensed psychologist, Kristine earned a doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Detroit/ Mercy. Kristine specializes in the treatment of children, adolescents and adults experiencing a range of eating and body image concerns including anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating disorder. Kristine has a special interest in working with adolescents and families. She offers a skills-based training program for family members and others affected by a loved one’s eating disorder.

Kristine is a member of the Academy of Eating Disorders (AED). She is currently the AED coordinator for the AED/NEDA Michigan Charter Launch, aimed at ensuring comprehensive and quality treatment to individuals suffering from an eating disorder. Kristine is also Co-chair of the AED's Worldwide Charter Action Subcommittee.

Lindzy Sienkowski, MS, LPC, NCC, Clinical Staff

Lindzy, a Licensed Professional Counselor and a National Certified Counselor, joined the Center for Eating Disorders (CED) staff in 2016. A two-time alum of the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, she holds both a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling. In addition to her eating disorder treatment specialty, Lindzy has a sub-specialty in the treatment of trauma and substance abuse. As CED's Coordinator of Family/Partners Support and Educational Services, Lindzy facilitates semi-quarterly workshops for parents, partners and caregivers designed to enhance the skills and understanding necessary to support a loved one with an eating disorders. Lindzy also serves as Clinical Consultant for the Eating Disorder Recovery Program, a partial hospitalization program for adults and adolescents offered through a partnership between St. Joseph Mercy-Ann Arbor and CED. Lindzy is a registered yoga teacher (RYT 200), and is developing CED services that feature yoga as a tool for fostering body acceptance & positivity in eating disorder recovery. Professional memberships include the National Eating Disorder Association, the American Counseling Association, the Michigan Counseling Association, and the Michigan Mental Health Counselors Association. Lindzy is also an active member of the Academy for Eating Disorders (AED), and serves on the AED Social Media Committee.

Call 734-668-8585 or email info@center4ed.org for information about scheduling an appointment at the CED Bloomfield Hills office.

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Our featured title is:
Gaining: The Truth About Life After Eating Disorders
by Aimee Liu