Work Experience

Her experience is extensive. In 1990, she implemented and directed nutrition and exercise services at The Renfrew Center in Ft. Lauderdale, a health care facility devoted to the treatment of women with eating disorders. She worked with Renfrew for 12 years during which time she received extensive training in the field. 


Prior to that, Karin worked at two other facilities treating those with eating disorders, emotional eating and exercise issues. Since then, she has been consulted on the development of numerous eating disorder facilities, including at the University of Florida.

She was the Eating Disorders Nutrition Specialist at the University of Florida Student Health Care Center where she worked with the Eating Disorders Team and trained dietitians to work with students with eating disorders. She also served as a Sports Nutritionist for the Lady Gators

She has been a Media Spokesperson for numerous organizations and has been interviewed on TV as well as radio. She once gave a press release at the National Press Club (!).

She has been an on-going consultant for numerous eating disorder facilities including at the University of Florida, and the UF Counseling and Wellness CenterSeaside Palm BeachA Safe Harbor and others.

She first began a nutrition therapy private practice in 1992, and opened her Gainesville practice in 2004. 

Professional Activities

She has been a leader in the field since 1992. She created the only interest group within the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics devoted to eating disorders and disordered eating in 1994 within the Sports, Cardiovascular and Wellness Nutritionists (SCAN) Practice Group. For three years she served as Chair of that organization, was the eating disorder editor of their newsletter for 10 years. She also organized and directed their 1995 Symposium focused on the treatment of eating disorders and the nondiet approach.


 She has authored numerous professional chapters on the treatment of eating disorders, including: 


She regularly wrote articles for the National Eating Disorders Association Newsletter, the newsletter for Sports, Cardiovascular and Wellness Nutritionists (the PULSE), the Journal of Health at Every Size, and has written for GURZE

Expert Reviewer

She has been an invited expert reviewer for the following:   

Advisory Boards

She has been appointed to advisory boards of numerous organizations including the Clinical and Scientific Advisory Board of the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA), and the Editorial Board, Journal of Health At Every Size. Karin is also a Clinical Advisor for Green Mountain at Fox Run (a retreat center for women specializing in eating and weight issues).         

Professional Speaker                                                                     

As an international speaker, Karin's primary focus is providing training workshops for professionals on the topics of eating, weight and body image issues, and eating disorders. She also regularly presents for the public. The list of presentations by Karin is extensive


Both of the books that Karin co-authored were released in their second editions. She has authored book chapters and articles, and has been quoted in the popular press in magazines such as Shape, Elle, Cosmopolitan, Runner’s World, Lifetime, and others. Find out more (on-line articles, books, book chapters, published articles).

Her work is frequently quoted by others, for instance, in the following books:

Formal Education

  • BS in nutrition, St. Mary’s Dominican College, New Orleans
  • MA in exercise physiology, University of Florida
  • Graduate Certificate in Gender Studies, University of Florida
  • PhD in symbolic/cognitive anthropology, University of Florida

PhD Research 

Her PhD research analyzed the unconscious thinking of women without eating disorders. She was able to "decode" eating and weight struggles to reveal what was going on at the unconscious level. This exciting research has strongly influenced her approach to helping clients.

Additional Certifications

Additionally she has extensive training in somatic therapy since 2005, and has completed a 3-year training to become a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner. Additionally, she was instrumental in bringing the 3-year Somatic Experiencing Training to Gainesville, and is coordinating and assisting at the training.

She is also trained in NeuroEmotional Technique (NET), a mind-body stress reduction tool, and Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), and holds a certificate as an Enneagram teacher