“Not a day goes by that I don’t think of you – when I buy food, make food, eat food… Thank you for leading me to nutritional health and being such a critical player on my recovery team. You are the best!!!” — Catherine
“I’m incredibly thankful for the opportunity to work with you. You have walked me through this from the beginning. Thank you for always being positive, encouraging, and supportive. Thank you for patiently listening, answering the same questions over and over and over. I couldn’t have made it to the place I am now without your faithful support, compassion, and excellent advice. You are truly gifted in what you do!” — Mary
“Thank you for helping me fall in love with food again!” — C
“I really enjoyed our talks together. Not only is your knowledge helpful but also your kind loving spirit and attitude. Thanks again! ” — I
“Thank you for helping me overcome many obstacles that I faced and teaching me to love myself.” — J
“I really appreciate your help and encouragement. You have helped me come so far. I don’t know what I would have done without your support. I know I still have a lot of work to do but looking back I think we’ve done great work together. I know there were times I was resistant, but you never gave up on me, and you pushed me out of my comfort zone. Everything you did to help me was with genuine care and concern. You’re also great at creating a safe space to discuss things that can be really hard. I was blessed to have you on my team to help me through my struggles and teach me how to take care of myself better.” — D
“I just want to express to you how much your guidance and support has meant to me. You have patiently heard my voice and have never judged or treated me like “just another eating disorder.” You are such an exceptional dietitian. You’ve not only helped me nutritionally, you’ve also helped me quiet my ED voice. ” — V
From Interns and Colleagues
“I am so beyond thankful for all of the time, energy, knowledge, and love you’ve provided me as you’ve taught me the ins and outs of being a dietitian. I have a tremendous amount of respect and appreciation for you. Thank you for taking me under your wing and showing me the way!” — Valerie Hagemann Drivick, RDN, CPT
“I cannot express how thankful I am for you and all that you have taught me over these past 3 years. I appreciate all the work you do and your passion for changing lives. You are an inspiration and such an encouragement to me and others.” — McKenzie Brown, RDN, MPH
Thank you so much for opening your doors and allowing me to partake in what you do. You are such and inspiration and your passion is displayed in everything you do. I have been inspired to go out and influence the world with the knowledge you have given me. I wish all dietetic interns could spend time with you and be able to see the benefit of eating and being in tune with their bodies, and not living or eating because that is what the book taught them. — A
From Treatment Providers
“Ursula is such a pleasure to work with! I do not hesitate to refer clients to Ursula, knowing they’ll receive professional and thorough care. I’m so thankful to have her to collaborate with! Thank you Ursula!” — Karen Wilson, LCSW, La Jolla, California
“Ursula is always my first choice of RD’s for my patients. She is talented, compassionate, and always professional. I’ve worked directly with and collaborated with Ursula for over 10 years. I refer my clients with eating disorders, as well as other health conditions, to Ursula as I know they will be well taken care of in her capable hands.” — Alison P. Anthony, FNP; Gastroenterology/Internal Medicine/Eating Disorders, La Mesa, California
“As a psychotherapist who specializes in working with eating disorders, I’ve had the privilege to collaborate with Ursula when working with mutual clients. Ursula has consistently shown to be highly skilled at guiding individuals away from disordered eating habits and towards mindful eating behaviors. She exudes not only expertise in this field; but also compassion, dedication and a genuine concern with helping males and females to accept and value their bodies.” — Psychotherapist, San Diego, California
What I have learned from my clients
I’m so grateful for the feedback that I’ve received from clients over the years and have learned so much through their eyes and voices.
- Food and eating feels scary but with persistence and practice it gets easier.
- It is possible to love food again.
- Its freeing to know that being perfect is not the goal and that making mistakes is okay.
- Client-centered care is powerful. Being heard makes all the difference.
- One can achieve body acceptance no matter shape, size, weight, or physical challenges.
- Having a space to talk about eating behaviors and food fears without being judged feels liberating.