Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey in health and wellness but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Dr. Marcella Raimondo, a Clinical Psychologist based in Oakland, CA, USA.

What's your business, and who are your customers?

Despite the prevailing myth that eating disorders are prevalent only in affluent, cisgender, heterosexual young girls, they are actually serious but treatable mental illnesses that can affect people of every age, sex, gender, race, ability, and socioeconomic group.

Getting information can help you address them in your work. Training can be tailored to fit your specific work setting. This course will draw on clinical treatment in the field of eating disorders, emphasizing culturally appropriate approaches. Training is conducted in a safe environment for you to bring your curiosity and experiences for sharing. Ultimately, this course strives for you to feel connected and empowered with access to further consultation, specific treatment ideas, and tools to implement immediately in your own practice or clinic.

Target Audience- Therapists, Psychologists, Social Workers, Psychiatrists, mental health Interns, Post Doc Residents, Physicians, Nurses, Dietitians, Teachers.

Tell us about yourself

Marcella Raimondo, Ph.D., MPH, is a passionate and spirited clinical trainer speaking from her heart on social justice and eating disorders since 1995. In 1997, Marcella worked with About-Face, a nonprofit organization that addresses media impact on body image, serving as the Director of Media Literacy until 2005. Today she is on the About-Face Board of Founders and a consultant. She is also on the Advisory Board for the Association of Size Health and Diversity (ASDAH), on the Advisory Board of Eating Disorder Recovery Support (EDRS) as Past President, and serves as Co-Chair of the Academy of Eating Disorders Diversity Equity and Inclusion committee.

Marcella received her B.A. from UC Berkeley and Master's Degree in Public Health from the University of Michigan. Marcella's desire to address eating disorders drove her to pursue her doctorate in clinical psychology, receiving her Ph.D. in 2012. She completed her post-doc internships at an eating disorder outpatient program and an eating disorder residential program for adolescents. Marcella currently serves as a Licensed Clinical Psychologist (PSY # 27037) in Kaiser Permanente's eating disorder clinic in Oakland and runs a private practice. Marcella herself recovered from anorexia nervosa over 20 years ago. Marcella trains in Kajukenbo at Hand to Hand Kajukenbo Self Defense Center in Oakland. She holds a second-degree black belt and enjoys the exploratory path her training gives her. Her recovery and her martial arts training inspire her dedication to multicultural body nurturance and community celebration.

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What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?

Being able to connect with people to address eating disorders in their lives to their businesses.

What's one of the hardest things that come with being a business owner?

Learning to know my limits despite my desire and passion to do this work.

What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?

  1. Know you and your business are a value in.
  2. Talk to many people doing similar work to get resources, tips, etc.
  3. Start small and do small things well, and then grow.

Where can people find you and your business?


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