The Missing Link: Addiction Treatment For Food as a Substance Use Disorder
June 18, 8.45 a.m. to 4.15 p.m.

Hosted by the Addiction Professional Certification Board, INC., The INFACT School and the Food Addiction Institute

Speaker Information

Robert H. Lustig M.D., MSL. U.S.A.
Dr. Robert H. Lustig, M.D., is an internationally renowned pediatric endocrinologist who has spent the past twenty five years treating childhood obesity and studying the effects of sugar on the central nervous system, metabolism, and disease.  He is the former director of the Weight Assessment for Teen and Child Health Program at UCSF Center for Obesity Assessment, Study, and Treatment, as well as a member of the Obesity Task Force of the Endocrine Society.  His most recent book is the bestselling, Metabolical: The Lure and the Lies of Processed Food, Nutrition, and Modern Medicine.

Marty Lerner, Ph.D. USA.
Dr. Lerner is the founder and CEO of the Milestones in Recovery’s Eating Disorder Program located in Cooper City, Florida.
A graduate of Nova Southeastern University, Dr. Lerner is a licensed and board-certified clinical psychologist who has specialized in the treatment of eating disorders since 1980. He has appeared on numerous national television and radio programs that include The NPR Report, 20/20, Discovery Health, and ABC’s Nightline as well authored several publications related to eating disorders in the professional literature, national magazines, and newspapers including USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Miami Herald, Orlando and Hollywood Sun Sentinels. An active member of the professional community here in South Florida since finishing his training, Dr. Lerner makes his home in Davie with his wife Michele and daughters Janelle and Danielle and their dog, Reggie.
Professional Memberships:
– American Psychological Association [APA]
– Florida Psychological Association [FPA]
– National Eating Disorders Association [NEDA]
– National Association for Anorexia and Associated Disorders [ANAD]
– Binge Eating Disorders Association [BEDA]
– National Association for Anorexia and Bulimia [ABA]
– Florida Medical Professional Group [FMPG]
– National Association of Cognitive Therapists
– International Association of Eating Disorder Therapists [IADEP]
Prior and Current Affiliations:
– Founder and director of Pathways Eating Disorders Program [1987-1994]
– Clinical Director, Eating Disorders Unit at Glenbeigh Hospital, Miami, Fla. [1988-1990]
– Clinical Director, Eating Disorders Unit at Humana Hospital Biscayne, Miami, Fla. [1982-1987]
– Founder and CEO, Milestones In Recovery’s Eating Disorders Program, Cooper City, Fla. [1999- current]
– Florida Physicians Resource Network [2005-current]

Philip R. Werdell M.A. U.S.A.
Phil Werdell is a prominent practitioner and writer in the field of food addiction.  After a twenty-year career in innovative higher education, he became a lead therapist at a hospital-based residential treatment program for food addiction. In 1993, he founded ACORN Food Dependency Recovery Services (now SHiFT—Recovery by Acorn).  He has worked professionally with over 5,000 late-stage food addicts, directed a three-year training program for food addiction professionals, written several books on food addiction, and founded the Food Addiction Institute.  Since 1994, Mr. Werdell has written ten major articles and books on food addiction.
Professional Food Addiction Experience:
1988 – 1994:  Glenbeigh Psychiatric Hospital of Tampa, Residential Food Addiction Program, Counselor III.
1989 – 1994: Turning Point of Tampa, Half-Way House for Food Addicts: Group Leader
1994 – 1995:  Rader Institute of Washington, Out-Patient Eating Disorders and Food Addiction Program, Clinical Director.
1994- 2019: ACORN Food Dependency Recovery Services, Founder. Director of Professional Training
2005 – Present: Food Addiction Institute, Founder, Board Member.
2012 – 2018: University  of Massachusetts School of Medicine, Food Addiction Research Group, Member.
2015 – Present: International Food Addiction Counseling Training Program (INFACT),  Lecturer, Group Leader
2019 – 2021: SHiFT Recovery by Acorn, intensive Group Leader
Written several articles and books on Food Addiction
Taught several college courses and professional trainings on food addiction.
BA, Yale University, American Studies, Honors, Scholar of the House
MA, Beacon College, Human Service and Higher Education
Further Graduate Study: Corning Fellowship, University of South Florida Graduate School of Rehabilitation,  Columbia University Graduate School of Education, Fulbright Fellowship.

Guttorm Toverud Ph.D. Norway/U.S.A.
Dr. Guttorm Toverud has a PhD in Counseling and Counselor Education with a specialty in addictions and a Master’s degree in Agency Counseling with an emphasis in addictions, both from the USA.  Although residing in America, he works in Scandinavia helping clinics and public service providers both establish and run 12-Step-based treatment. He also provides clinical and programmatic supervision. Together with a psychiatrist he developed a model for early intervention entitled “Arriving too late… as early as possible.”
He has conducted his workshops for 30 years in both Norway and Sweden and now on the world stage with the Infact School. More than 10,000 people have now participated. He is a specialist in the use of the 12-Step model for the treatment of substance and behavioral addictions, allowing addicted individuals to learn how to live life on life’s terms.

Mary Foushi, U.S.A.
Co-Founder of ACORN Food Dependency Recovery Services, now SHiFT Recovery by Acorn.

Mary holds a degree in Human Services with a specialty in Addiction Studies.  She is a food addict with over 31 years of stable recovery and is maintaining a 200-pound weight loss.  Her strong commitment to recovery and her ability to honestly relate her personal struggles and successes with food addiction offer an invaluable source of information and hope for those seeking to learn about food dependency and experience freedom from a life addicted to food.  She has helped thousands of food addicts understand and implement the Twelve Steps into their personal recovery.

Mary is a CENAPS trained relapse prevention specialist, a certified food addiction professional, and facilitates groups, workshops, and week-long Primary Intensives throughout the United States and abroad.  Mary is coauthor of Food Addiction Recovery: A New Model of Professional Support – the ACORN Primary Intensive.

Dr Vera Tarman, MD, M.Sc. FCFP, ABAM, Canada.
Dr Vera Tarman has been working in the field of addiction medicine for over 20 years, receiving her American Board of Addiction Medicine (ABAM) certification in 2004. She has been the medical director at Renascent, one of Canada’s largest residential treatment centers, since 2006. Currently, she is overseeing their unique food addiction inpatient / outpatient program, and she has treated hundreds of food addicts. Dr. Tarman speaks internationally on various issues in addiction medicine, but her favorite topic is about food addiction. She has done multiple workshops, lectures, podcasts, media interviews including hosting several call-in TV shows and blogs.  She is the author of Food Junkies (second edition): Recovery from Food Addiction (2019).
Dr Tarman is a great supporter of INFACT. This course provides the necessary scientific and clinical evidence to substantiate a universal professional platform designed for food addicts. She is herself a food addict in recovery, having sustained a weight loss of 100 pounds for more than ten years.  You can find more information about her on AddictionsUnplugged.com.

Esther Helga Gudmundsdottir MSc. Director of INFACT, Iceland.
Esther Helga has a Master’s degree in Managing Health Services as well as being Certified by the European Certification Board as a Food Addiction Professional, Addiction Counselor, Clinical Supervisor as well as ACORN Food Addiction Professional.
Esther Helga developed the first known outpatient treatment model for Food Addiction recovery and has taught and worked with students and clients from around the world for over 15 years.
Founder and Director of INFACT (An International School of Food Addiction Counseling and Treatment), Founder and Director of the MFM Center; An Icelandic based Treatment Center for Sugar/Food Abuse and Dependence as well as serving as Executive Director and Vice Chair of the Food Addiction Institute.