Speaker Bio & Presentations

Dr. Wendy Oliver-Pyatt

Special Speaker

Dr. Wendy Oliver-Pyatt

Dr. Wendy Oliver-Pyatt is a world-leading expert on treating eating disorders. With more than 25 years of clinical experience, she has developed five separate treatment programs, all grounded on a strong bio-psycho-social foundation, and incorporating intensive psychotherapy and family therapy, with behavioral foundations, and high medical standards. Wendy has developed a unique treatment approach that delves into the underlying issues that place a person at risk for mental health conditions and eating disorders and lead to healing, health and inner peace. Wendy is currently Co-Founder and CEO of two leading eating disorder treatment programs, Galen Hope in Coral Gables, Fl, and Within Health, a virtual treatment program operating in 25 states and growing. Wendy received her specialty training at New York University-Bellevue Hospital in New York City, she has also held faculty positions at New York University, Albert Einstein School of Medicine and University of Nevada School of Medicine. Wendy is Board Certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and in both Adult and Addiction Psychiatry. She is the author of two books, most recently Questions and Answers on Binge Eating Disorder, A Guide for Clinicians. She is a Fellow of the Academy for Eating Disorders and the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals. She has received Senatorial Recognition for her commitment to the mental health treatment community.

Presentations & Workshops

Global Health Pandemic – The Perfect Storm

This innovative session hypothesizes that through a "perfect storm" our society experienced the convergence of epigenetic risk/intergenerational trauma, the pandemic, and social media, influences to bring about the epidemic of mental health issues eating disorders and body dysmorphia, which has particularly added stress to the developing adolescent. Participants will leave with an understanding of the risks that lead to mental health struggles, and with clear directions on treatment/innovations in the field. This talk is given by Dr. Wendy Oliver-Pyatt, a Board-Certified Psychiatrist with over 20 years in treating severe mental health conditions. Oliver-Pyatt is considered a thought leader in the eating disorders field, and founder of five distinctive eating disorder programs. Through this unique and integrative presentation, thought leader and clinician Dr. Wendy Oliver-Pyatt will examine the intersection of the pandemic, trauma, transgenerational trauma eating disorders and body dysmorphia. Attendees will gain insight to the onset and development of eating disorders and body image disturbances within the context of the pandemic and the social crisis associated with the pandemic. A special focus of this presentation will be on the impact of trans-generational trauma and epigenetics on the development of mental health conditions including PTSD and Eating Disorders and Body Dysmorphia in adolescents. Firsthand accounts and stories of the impact of transgenerational trauma related to being a child of a Holocaust survivor will be shared by Wendy and related back to the current pandemic and environment we currently live in, which will be postulated to have impacted an entire generation of survivors of other forms of trauma from our shared history. Impact of social media on development of trauma responses will also be explored. Presentation will also discuss state of current research and potential treatments on the horizon.

Participants will:

  • Participants will be able to describe epigenetics and differentiate Darwinian from epigenetics and the impact on mental health
  • Participants will gain understanding of the impact of trauma, transgenerational trauma, the pandemic and the impact on development of eating disorders, body dysmorphia and the mental health crisis
  • Participants will gain insight to the methods and impact of social media on the exacerbation of body dysmorphia eating disorders and the mental health crisis. The intersection of social media, transgenerational trauma will be explored with curiosity

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