Equip helps families recover from eating disorders at home.

Equip’s virtual, evidence-based care is provided by a dedicated five-person team that empowers families to help their loved one achieve lasting recovery.
Our mission

is to provide eating disorder treatment that works to everyone who needs it.

Who we are & why we do it

Founder story

In 2019, Kristina Saffran and Dr. Erin Parks founded Equip, with a dream of making sure that everyone had access to evidence-based treatment for eating disorders. But 2019 was hardly the beginning of their dream. Both founders were diagnosed with eating disorders as children and were fortunate to have parents who brought them to recovery using the techniques of Family Based Treatment (FBT). Kristina went on to become a philanthropic leader, founding Project HEAL, providing hundreds of thousands of dollars in eating disorder treatment grants to people without financial access. Erin got her doctorate in Clinical Psychology and had a career in academic medicine, delivering evidence-based treatment to patients with eating disorders from around the world. After spending a collective 20 years in the field, Kristina and Erin had heard from thousands of families that they needed help: getting diagnosed, finding multi-disciplinary specialists, affording treatment, and achieving and maintaining recovery. In 2019, Kristina and Erin built what families wanted and needed: Equip.

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Kristina Saffran
Kristina Saffran

CEO + Co-founder

Erin Parks, PhD
Erin Parks, PhD

Chief Clinical Officer, Chief Operating Officer & Co-Founder

Jennifer Derenne, MD
Jennifer Derenne, MD

VP, Clinical Care Delivery and Head Psychiatrist

Katherine Hill, MD
Katherine Hill, MD

VP, Medical Affairs

Smita Nair
Smita Nair

Chief Product & Technology Officer

Brooke Hammer
Brooke Hammer

VP, Strategy

Cara Bohon, PhD
Cara Bohon, PhD

VP, Clinical Programs

Molly Menton, MA, MHA
Molly Menton, MA, MHA

VP, Clinical Operations

Owais Javed
Owais Javed

VP, Product Data & Insights

Elisa Vincent
Elisa Vincent

VP, People

Meaghen Greene
Meaghen Greene

Chief Commercial Officer

Meet our care team

Our providers come from a diverse background across ethnicities, genders, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, abilities, and body sizes. They are trained by Equip, HAES-informed, and receive weekly supervision, working in unison to provide your family with comprehensive care.
Tana Luo, PhD
Tana Luo, PhD

Director, Therapy

Amber Schlitter,  LCSW
Amber Schlitter, LCSW

Therapist

Brittany Ashmore, LMFT
Brittany Ashmore, LMFT

Therapist

Brittney Lauro, LCSW
Brittney Lauro, LCSW

Therapist

Lainy Clark, LPC
Lainy Clark, LPC

Therapist

Sara Quint, AMFT
Sara Quint, AMFT

Therapist

Renee Sudol, LCSW
Renee Sudol, LCSW

Therapist

Anna Haselmann, LCSW
Anna Haselmann, LCSW

Therapist

Stacy Rae Godoy, LMFT
Stacy Rae Godoy, LMFT

Therapist

Carly Knauf, PsyD
Carly Knauf, PsyD

Therapist

Alyssa Chimiklis, PhD
Alyssa Chimiklis, PhD

Therapist

Carise Rotach, LMFT
Carise Rotach, LMFT

Therapist

Maddie Friedman
Maddie Friedman

Therapist

Nicole Josephine Kline
Nicole Josephine Kline

Therapist

Allissa Cloer
Allissa Cloer

Therapist

Rachel Freeman
Rachel Freeman

Therapist

Katie Booth
Katie Booth

Therapist

Kristen Nichols
Kristen Nichols

Therapist

Cassidy Kahn
Cassidy Kahn

Therapist

Jenna Zimmerman, LMSW
Jenna Zimmerman, LMSW

Therapist

Lucia DeCosta
Lucia DeCosta

Therapist

Mae Altman
Mae Altman

Therapist

Molly Swift
Molly Swift

Therapist

Cara Warwick
Cara Warwick

Therapist

Hannah Elizabeth Tarnow
Hannah Elizabeth Tarnow

Therapist

Tiffany Bassett
Tiffany Bassett

Therapist

Danielle Shlomo
Danielle Shlomo

Therapist

Hannah Bishop
Hannah Bishop

Therapist

Shannon Walding
Shannon Walding

Therapist

Partners

Our Investors

In the Press

Vogue

“Equip is Saffran’s brainchild, created in collaboration with cofounder Erin Parks, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist and researcher. Traditional mental health does not yet differentiate between treatment that feels good and treatment that actually works. And randomized clinical trials have shown that children, adolescents, and young adults who receive FBT are more likely to recover.”

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Today

“It has been really the privilege of our lifetimes to start Equip and watch people get better. The lights are coming back on. Kids are remembering who they are outside their eating disorder.”

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Forbes

“Equip was set up as a fully virtual program in 2019, before the Covid-19 pandemic moved much of mental healthcare online out of necessity. Its model, Saffran says, removes the challenge of getting one’s child to and from outpatient appointments…"

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Inc.

“Instead of removing the patient from the home, Equip uses a virtual, family-based treatment model to build recovery into daily schedules.”

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Fast Company

“During the pandemic, eating disorders skyrocketed among teens. Now, investors are putting their money behind a relatively new startup that hopes to help kids and young adults work with their families to recover from this ailment. “

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CBS

“Equip offers virtual family-based treatment, which utilizes what Parks described as the "radical idea that families are best equipped to help their loved one recover from an eating disorder."

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Katie Kouric Media

“By utilizing telehealth, Equip families bring their full village into treatment: parents, step-parents, grandparents, siblings, friends — with everyone aligned to fight the eating disorder. This allows families to support their loved one with a united front even with different households, demanding jobs, and multiple children”.

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Health

“Generalized therapy may only cover the psychological component of an eating disorder, but Equip combines psychiatric, dietary, medical, practical, and therapeutic support for the best results.”

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Newsweek

“We took the vital core of FBT—empowering families to feed their loved one and get them into recovery— and made it virtual so it can work with the schedules of busy families.”

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