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Aleta Storch MS, RDN, LMHC

(She / Her)

Founder, Nutrition Therapist, and Certified Body Trust® Provider 

 

Since 2008, I have been personally and professionally devoted to learning, practicing, and a promoting Health at Every Size (HAES®), which is rooted in socially-just, weight-neutral and non-diet care. I believe that bodies are inherently different in size, shape, and capability, and that every body deserves respect, compassion, and care. I do not see health as a moral imperative, a reflection of a person's value, or an obligation. My goal is to help you establish a compassionate and trusting relationship with food and your body, and to support you in your journey towards value centered living.

My work is also rooted in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), which is a values oriented modality. I use ACT in therapy as a way to help clients identify what is truly important, and find ways to live a rich and meaningful life even in the presence of difficult thoughts, emotions, sensations, and experiences. Much of my work is centered on addressing shame and self-criticism through the lens of self-compassion.

My goal as a provider is to offer weight-inclusive, compassionate nutrition and mental health support to those struggling with any food or body image concerns, as well as issues related to chronic disease. Through my work, I also strive to dismantle diet-culture, bring awareness to the proliferation of weight-stigma and it's negative effects, and fight against fat-phobia.

I am a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist as well as a Washington State Licensed Mental Health Counselor (#MC60855669). I graduated from Bastyr University in 2016 with Master’s degrees in Nutrition Science, Dietetics, and Clinical Health Psychology. I became a Certified Body Trust® Provider in 2017. My education and training have provided me with a unique understanding of the inherent connections between food, body, mind, spirit, and community.

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Sara Kushner MS, CN

(She / Her) 

Nutrition Therapist

 

I'm Sara, a certified nutritionist with a zeal for compassionate, inclusive care. My professional practice is centered around a philosophy of intuitive eating, body acceptance, and weight-inclusive care, because I believe that all people deserve to build a positive relationship with food, body, and mind. 

My particular area of interest is supporting ADHDers and other neurodiverse individuals in pursuit of a healthier relationship with food. As an ADHDer myself, I am intimately aware of the struggles that neurodiversity can cause when it comes to food and eating behaviors. I recognize that the needs of neurodiverse-identifying individuals are different from those of the general population, and I aim to provide care that is informed by the unique needs and lived experiences of each individual client.

I hold a Master's of Science in Nutrition from Bastyr University. Currently, I split my time between Seattle, Washington and Rockville, Maryland. When I'm not hard at work helping fellow ADHDers journey through the world of intuitive eating, you may find me hiking in the mountains of Washington, snuggling up with a good book, or enjoying a delectable bowl of pesto pasta.

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Zahra Masaoka

(She / Her) 

Administrative Assistant

 

Hi! My name is Zahra Masaoka (she/her) and I am an Administrative Assistant at Wise Heart Nutrition.

Since I started working in the eating disorder field a few years ago, I have been in a continual process of learning, unlearning and reevaluating what compassionate and relevant care looks like for everyone. As someone who values social justice and dismantling white supremacy, I understand that there are many barriers to receiving effective treatment for folks who hold marginalized and intersecting identities. I am committed to using this awareness along with my relational and empathetic skills to be a helper to all clients that I interact with. I care deeply about empowering folks to create a peaceful relationship with food and body, and value a non-judgmental and collaborative approach to client healing. 

Outside of Wise Heart, I work at another practice as a Client Care Coordinator, and continue to implement my values of anti-racism, HAES and moving away from perfectionism through both my work as a dance educator and the work with my dance crew, Malicious Vixens, an all asian American women group that aims to challenge stereotypes and reclaim our histories and power.

I love to dance, read, watch tv (anime, k-dramas, the office) , travel, and eat yummy food with my loved ones.

Reach out to Zahra with any questions you have about scheduling, the Eating with ADHD™ group program, or for help with anything else!

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336 36th St, STE 778, Bellingham WA, 98225

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