Connected Eating Founder Susan Osher is a Certified Eating Disorder Registered Dietitian and nutrition therapist with over 20 years of experience. She worked in the renowned eating disorder treatment programs at The Hospital for Sick Children and Toronto General before founding her private practice in 2001. Susan is trained in ACT, CBT, FBT, Motivational Interviewing, DBT, HAES, and Intuitive Eating.
As a dietitian, her approach is holistic. She applies a psychosocial model to nutrition counselling. She considers a person’s whole life; present and past experiences in order to help clients understand how these impact and manifest in eating and body image. In addition to Susan’s extensive knowledge in human nutrition (Master of Nutritional Science from University of Toronto) her skills in counselling enable her to move clients towards a deeper understanding of their motivations and challenges in achieving their goals towards better health and nutrition. She is currently a Master of Education in Counselling and Psychotherapy candidate at the University of Toronto.
During her time working in more intensive hospital programs, Susan noticed that the nutrition services in the community were limited. She established nutrition workshops at Sheena’s Place, a community-based support center in Toronto. In her work at Sheena’s Place, Susan has worked as a facilitator leading groups comprised of diverse participants from undereaters to overeaters. In 2011, Susan was approached by Bellwood Health Services (an addiction treatment centre) to act as a consultant to assess and make recommendations to optimize their eating disorder program. In 2013, she continued her work as an eating disorder and substance abuse nutrition expert at CAMH in the Youth Addiction and Concurrent Disorders Services Inpatient Unit and again at Ingles LOFT Centre, another addiction centre. She has served as the Canadian Chapter chair of the International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals (iaedp) and the co-chair of the Eating Disorders Association of Canada (EDAC). She is an iaedp supervisor, helping other dietitians to become eating disorders specialists. She is also a graduate preceptor for University of Toronto and Ryerson University students.
Outside of work, Susan loves spending time with her family and friends, cooking, travelling, entertaining, nature, being active and reading.
Alessandra Magisano is a registered dietitian who completed her degrees in Nutrition and Food Science and Masters of Health Science - Nutrition Communication from Ryerson University. Her clinical and practical training was done through the University Health Network internship program. This included rotations in specialized areas such as oncology, cardiology, mental health, diabetes as well as an extended focus and interest in eating disorders.
Alessandra uses Mindfulness, Motivational Interviewing, Intuitive Eating and Health at Every Size as frameworks for her practice. She also has knowledge and pulls from the evidenced based modalities, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT) and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) from her supervised training as well as professional supervision.
Alessandra works with individuals who are interested in strengthening or healing their relationship with food as a result of disordered eating, mental health (for example anxiety), chronic dieting and eating disorders. She advocates for food freedom and believes that balanced eating patterns can include all types of food without resulting in any guilt or shame. Alessandra has experience working with eating disorders across the spectrum of diagnoses’ (binge eating disorder, bulimia, anorexia and ARFID).
Alessandra also has an interest in working with women on improving body image in tandem with a positive relationship with food empowering them to create sustainable change towards their wellness goals. She enjoys working on women's health issues such as fertility and menstrual cycle regulation.
Alessandra plans on becoming a Certified Eating Disorder Registered Dietitian (CEDRD) as the next step in her career. Aside from her professional life, Alessandra loves to bake and go on nature hikes. Dessert is her favourite part of the meal and she uses her love of baking to share this with family and friends!
Dr. Michele Foster is a registered clinical psychologist who received her Doctoral degree from the university of Toronto. She works with adolescents and adults experiencing mental health difficulties, including mood and anxiety disorders, addictions, self-harm, disordered eating, trauma, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and difficulty with personality functioning, relationships, and emotion regulation.
Dr. Foster completed her psychological residency at Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences. Specifically, her rotations focused on the diagnosis and treatment of mood, eating, and anxiety disorders among outpatient clients, as well as the assessment and management of psychosis and associated comorbidities among inpatients. Dr. Foster also received clinical training through the Eating Disorder Program at the Hospital for Sick Children, as well as at Toronto General Hospital’s Outpatient Eating Disorder Program. She has a strong interest in the prevention and treatment of disordered eating and weight/shape preoccupation, as well as in the treatment of emotion-regulation difficulties and self-harm among adolescents and young adults. Dr. Foster has presented media literacy, body image, and mental health management workshops at schools throughout Toronto.
Dr. Foster believes that psychological treatment is best tailored to an individual’s unique needs, symptoms, and goals. In the treatment process she draws from evidence-based approaches including Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Motivational Interviewing (MI).
Outside of work, Dr. Foster enjoys spending time with family, friends, and her beloved pug. Her passions include movies, interior décor, and creating fresh flower arrangements.
Dr. Nina Mafrici is a registered clinical psychologist who obtained her Doctoral degree from the University of Toronto. She works with adolescents and adults facing various mental health challenges, including mood and anxiety disorders, eating disorders, prenatal and postpartum disorders, self-harming behaviour, interpersonal difficulties, emotion dysregulation, and personality disorders.
Dr. Mafrici’s clinical training and professional experiences include psychology positions in outpatient, inpatient, day hospital, private practice, and community settings. She completed her psychological residency at Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences with rotations in the inpatient psychiatric unit, where she assessed and treated individuals with psychosis and severe mood and anxiety disorders; and the outpatient women’s clinic, where she treated individuals with postpartum depression and anxiety. Further, she has longstanding clinical and research interests in the treatment and prevention of eating disorders and body image issues, and obtained her clinical training from the Eating Disorders Program at The Hospital for Sick Children. She has presented and published on topics involving risk and protective factors pertaining to girls’ and women’s body image development. In recent years, these interests have expanded to encompass women’s experiences in the prenatal and postpartum period.
Dr. Mafrici’s approach to therapy is grounded in evidence-based practice, individualized to clients’ unique symptoms, goals and preferences. Her primary therapeutic modalities include Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Acceptace and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and mindfulness-based approaches.
Outside of work Dr. Mafrici enjoys keeping busy with her two young children and spending time with friends and family, cooking, and travelling.
Marda loves to bring connection to Mind, Body, Energy and Heart into all her classes, allowing people to connect within. She guides you gently to connect to body awareness & gratitude. Easing digestion physically, mentally & emotionally, assisting in releasing personal blocks such as judgement, self-critical thoughts and fear.
She enjoys guiding all types of Meditation and Yoga including Kundalini, Hatha, Flow, Yoga Nidra, Yin and Restorative. Combining breath and movement, she encourages you to connect and go where it feels good for your individual practice.
Reiki Master, practicioner and teacher of Yoga, Meditation, Zumba, Kundalini, Ecstatic dance and often a combination of what feels right.
Anne is a recent graduate of the psychology department at Ryerson University. She is also a trained crisis counsellor. Anne’s professional interests include eating, mood and anxiety disorders, and has completing research on novel methods of treating such disorders. She is particularly interested the presence of co-morbid disorders and their treatment.
Anne is passionate about mental health, especially reducing the stigma of mental illness and making mental health services more accessible. In her spare time Anne loves to travel, cook, and spend time in nature with her animals. She volunteers her time at the Kids Help Phone Texting Hotline and the surgical floor at SickKids Hospital.