Team

With Equip, you get an exceptional care team trained to provide care that works

Kristina Saffran
BIO

Since recovering from anorexia as a teenager, Kristina has been on a mission to ensure that all families have access to high quality treatment. Kristina co-founded and is an active board member of Project HEAL, an Ashoka Fellow, a Forbes 30 under 30 social entrepreneur, and a Facebook Community Leadership Fellow, and graduated from Harvard College with a bachelors degree in psychology in 2014. 

Kristina Saffran

CEO + Co-founder

Erin Parks, PhD
BIO

Erin is a clinical psychologist, former Co-Director of the leading UCSD Eating Disorder Center program, NIH-funded researcher, and assistant professor. She has 15+ years experience with adolescents and adults in inpatient, partial hospitalization, and intensive outpatient settings and opened the first pediatric ED program. She’s led dozens of national and international trainings in evidence-based ED treatment.

Erin Parks, PhD

Chief Clinical Officer + Co-founder

JD Ouellette
BIO

JD Ouellette is an educator turned Family Mentor whose youngest child developed anorexia in 2012; they received cutting edge, evidence-based treatment at UC San Diego, igniting JD’s passion to ensure all families have access to evidence-based care. She became active in online family support communities, writing, and began attending and speaking at conferences.  She is a board member for FEAST.

JD Ouellette

Director of Mentorship

Tana Luo, PhD
BIO

Dr. Tana Luo is a clinical psychologist with a Ph.D. from the University of Southern California. She completed her predoctoral and postdoctoral training at the UC San Diego Eating Disorders Center and has experience working with children, adolescents, and adults across different levels of care. During her fellowship, she received specialized training in treating pediatric eating disorders.

Tana Luo, PhD

Director of Admissions

Megan Hellner, DrPH
BIO

Dr. Megan Hellner, DrPH, MPH, RD, has been a clinician in the eating disorder space since 2003, and holds a dual specialty in eating disorders and sports nutrition. In addition to earning her Master's in Public Health (Epidemiology), she completed her Doctorate in Public Health (Preventive Care) in 2013. Her doctoral research involved looking at the influence of dietary intake patterns on emotion regulation. 

Megan Hellner, DrPH

Director of Nutrition

Tara Deliberto, PhD
BIO

Prior to Equip, Dr. D. was an assistant professor at the medical college of Cornell University, where she created/directed NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital's Eating Disorders Partial Hospital Program. She also authored Treating Eating Disorders in Adolescents published by New Harbinger. Her research has been widely cited and has been discussed in major media outlets such as TIME. 

Tara Deliberto, PhD

Clinical Director

Maris Degener
BIO

After recovering from anorexia as a teenager, Maris became passionate about harnessing her lived experience to support others suffering from eating disorders.Maris shared her story in the documentary I Am Maris, available on Netflix, to spread the message that full recovery is possible and destigmatize talking openly about mental health challenges. Maris studied psychology at UC Santa Cruz.

Maris Degener

Lead Peer Mentor

Samuel Kolander, MD
BIO

Samuel Kolander graduated with distinction in research from Albert Einstein College of Medicine.  He received the Service and Research Scholarship and Dean’s Recognition Award.  He then began his psychiatry residency at Columbia University where he treated patients with eating disorders in multiple settings.  He was selected for the APA’s Leadership Fellowship and to be a chief resident.

Samuel Kolander, MD

Medical Director

Katherine Hill, MD
BIO

Dr. Katherine Hill is a board-certified pediatrician who completed her undergraduate, MD degree, and pediatric residency at Stanford. Prior to Equip, she was a Clinical Assistant Professor of Adolescent Medicine at Stanford, caring for adolescents with eating disorders in the inpatient and outpatient settings. A former collegiate swimmer, her research has focused on eating disorders in athletes.  

Katherine Hill, MD

Medical Director

Sean Kerrigan, MD
BIO

Following residency training at Harvard Medical School and a fellowship at Stanford University, Sean honed his expertise as an attending physician for The Outlook, an inpatient eating disorders program at Weill Cornell and New York-Presbyterian Hospital. Dr. Kerrigan is a nationally recognized author and clinical educator in eating disorders. He currently resides with his family in Austin, TX

Sean Kerrigan, MD

Lead Psychiatric Supervisor, Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist, Assistant Professor, UT-Austin

Evelyn Attia, MD
BIO

Evelyn Attia, MD is the Director of the Center for Eating Disorders at New York Presbyterian Hospital, an integrated clinical research program at Columbia and Weill Cornell Medical Schools. Dr. Attia is Professor of Psychiatry at Columbia University Irving Medical Center and Weill Cornell College of Medicine. Dr. Attia’s research has focused on the psychobiology of eating disorders and novel treatment development for individuals with anorexia nervosa.  

Evelyn Attia, MD

Founding Executive Clinical Advisor Director of the Ctr for Eating Disorders + Professor, Columbia and Weill Cornell

Daniel Le Grange, PhD
BIO

Daniel Le Grange, PhD, is the co-developer of Family Based Treatment.  He holds a Distinguished Professorship at The University of California, San Francisco, where he is Benioff UCSF Professor in Children’s Health in the Department of Psychiatry, and Director of the Eating Disorders Program. Dr. Le Grange also is Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience at The University of Chicago. Dr. Le Grange’s research interests focuses primarily on treatment trials for adolescents with eating disorders.

Daniel Le Grange, PhD

Founding Executive Clinical Advisor Director Eating Disorders Program + Professor, UC San Francisco

Community Advisors

Amy Elizabeth Cunningham
BIO

Amy and two of her five children had eating disorders; she advocates for virtual global access to evidence-based treatment.

Amy Elizabeth Cunningham

Mental Health Activist

Kym Piekunka
BIO

Kym believes all family members must have tools, support, and hope to emerge from an eating disorder healthy and whole.

Kym Piekunka

Sibling Advocate

Patrick Devenny
BIO

Patrick is a former football player in recovery from bulimia and mental health advocate speaking directly to other men.

Patrick Devenny

Eating Disorder Advocate

Benjamin O’Keefe
BIO

Helping organizations, politicians, show-runners, and everyday people create things that change the world.

Benjamin O’Keefe

Actor + Activist

Shira Rosenbluth
BIO

Knowing the trauma of weight stigmatizing treatment, Shira promotes weight-neutral clinical support as vital.

Shira Rosenbluth

Eating Disorder Therapist

Frank Brockmann
BIO

Frank’s goal is to equip families to care for loved ones as they navigate a path to full recovery.

Frank Brockmann

Board Member, FEAST

Gloria Lucas
BIO

The founder of Nalgona Positivity Pride, Gloria focuses on EDs and harm reduction, size diversity, and colonialism.

Gloria Lucas

Eating Disorder + Social Justice Advocate

Lisa LaBorde
BIO

Lisa knows evidence-based care requires collaboration; she’s committed to increasing effective family engagement.

Lisa LaBorde

Lawyer + Parent Advocate

Eva Musby
BIO

A pioneer in parent coaching, Eva has created a trove of written, audio, and video educational supports for parents.

Eva Musby

Content Creator + Parent Coach

Brian Cuban
BIO

Brian writes and speaks on men and recovery from substance use and bulimia, the impact of shame, and generational trauma.

Brian Cuban

Eating Disorder Advocate + Author

Clinical Advisors

Laura Hill, PhD
BIO

Founder, Center for Balanced Living & TBTS: a brain based approach to eating disorder treatment

Laura Hill, PhD

Founder, Center for Balanced Living

Lauren Muhlheim, PsyD, FAED, CED-S
BIO

Eating Disorder Therapist and Author of When your Teen has an Eating Disorder

Lauren Muhlheim, PsyD, FAED, CED-S

Psychologist + Author

Christine Peat, PhD
BIO

Director of the National Center of Excellence for Eating Disorders,  Associate Professor, UNC Chapel Hill 

Christine Peat, PhD

Director NCEED + Associate Professor, UNC Chapel Hill

Christyna Johnson, MS, RDN, LDN
BIO

Anti-diet and weight-inclusive eating disorder dietitian

Christyna Johnson, MS, RDN, LDN

TX Health Resources

Wendy Sterling, MS, RD
BIO

Eating disorder and sports dietitian and author of How to Nourish Your Child Through An Eating Disorder

Wendy Sterling, MS, RD

Author + Dietitian

Jennifer Rollin
BIO

Recovered Eating Disorder Therapist & Advocate

Jennifer Rollin

Therapist + Author

Norman Kim, PhD
BIO

Co-Founder at Institute for Antiracism and Equity in Mental Health and Deputy Director at Ayana Therapy

Norman Kim, PhD

Diversity + Inclusion Advocate

Kimmie Singh, RD
BIO

Working in an anti-oppressive framework. Presents on the impact of weight stigma in healthcare. 

Kimmie Singh, RD

Treasurer, ASDAH

Industry Advisors

Patrick Kennedy
BIO

Former Rhode Island congressman and lead sponsor of the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act

Patrick Kennedy

Former Congressman + Founder, The Kennedy Forum

Susannah Fox

Susannah Fox

Technology Researcher + Former CTO, HHS

Martha Temple

Martha Temple

Former CEO, Optum Behavioral Health

Solome Tibebu
BIO

Co-Author of ReThink Behavioral Health Innovation, Mental Health Advocate, Founder & CEO Cognific

Solome Tibebu

Founder + CEO, Cognific

Join our team to help us change lives

Equip was built by and for outpatient providers.  


You joined this profession to help people—not to fight for fair reimbursement. You want training in evidence-based treatment—but that training is expensive and inaccessible. 

 

We’re here to change that. Our care team members are trained, supervised, well-compensated, and given opportunities to develop their career. If you’re interested in joining our care team or non-clinical team, sign up and a member of Equip will reach out.

Our Story

Kristina Saffran was diagnosed with anorexia at ten years old. After four hospitalizations and many relapses, Kristina’s parents learned about Family Based Treatment (FBT), and with her parents' help, she finally recovered.  In 2008, Kristina co-founded the nonprofit Project HEAL, with the mission to raise money for patients who did not have financial access to eating disorder treatment. As her understanding of the broken treatment system grew, she found herself returning to a vision of not only providing treatment access but also providing accessible treatment.

In 2016, Kristina was seated next to Dr. Erin Parks at the Academy for Eating Disorders annual conference.  A clinical psychologist, researcher and co-director of one of the world’s best eating disorder programs (UC San Diego), Erin was also passionate about improving access to quality care, and was focused on another barrier to access: location.  Families were travelling around the country seeking quality treatment--they had financial access to treatment through their employer-issued insurance, but they couldn’t find evidence-based treatment in their own communities.  

Over the next 3 years, Kristina and Erin would talk to thousands of patients and their parents. They learned that not only was treatment expensive and hard to find, parents also wanted much more than simply local and affordable care.  Families wanted treatment teams, with multiple specialists that were on the same page.  They wanted practical support, with patient and parent mentors who understood their challenges. They wanted treatment that evolved with their family, following them during job relocations and leaving for college.  And they wanted treatment that was enduring, that stayed with you through recovery and could catch relapses before they occurred.  

In 2019, Kristina and Erin hired clinicians and parents and researchers and recovered patients and together, they built the treatment that families wanted and needed. Together, they built Equip.