Kayla Bell is originally from Seattle, Washington where she completed the requirements for certification as a registered dietitian (RD) and obtained her Master’s degree in Nutritional Sciences.
She has extensive experience working directly with clients with eating disorders in a variety of settings, from outpatient care to inpatient treatment in a hospital setting. Currently, Kayla is in process of becoming a Certified Eating Disorder Specialist (CEDS) through International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals (IAEDP), a distinction representing a rigorous, high-level of eating disorder training and specialized experience.
Why See an RD?
Eating disorder recovery is complex and we want to support your success. A registered dietitian with a specialization in eating disorder care is a valuable member of your recovery team! They help you along your path to sustainable recovery by identifying and addressing disordered eating behaviors. A registered dietitian with a specialization in eating disorders will provide evidence-based nutrition education and instruction specific to your individual recovery needs. Dietitians are food and nutrition experts who champion the process of healing your relationship with food and body image. They will support you as you navigate personal challenges and celebrate recovery wins. At the EDI, we take a strong stance against weight biased healthcare. When working with our registered dietitians, you will never be told to restrict foods or to lose weight. We focus on building body respect, body trust, and moving towards Intuitive Eating.
We offer two types of nutrition support:
1) Medical nutrition therapy
2) Nutrition counseling
Medical nutrition therapy is indicated for clients with an active eating disorder who are medically compromised and require individualized nutrition care. Medical nutrition therapy may be indicated based on physical symptoms, vital signs, and/or blood work. Your RD will work alongside your physician and other members of your medical team to coordinate care in order to manage and/or heal medical symptoms throughout recovery process.
Nutrition counseling is indicated for clients who have eating disorders and/or disordered eating but are medically stable and not engaging in risky eating disorder behaviors. Nutrition counseling is also appropriate for chronic dieters, and anyone looking to improve their relationship with food, their body, and movement.