Ann is founder and president of The Hull Institute. She is a Licensed Independent Social Worker with over 30 years of experience, specializing for the past 20 years in the treatment of eating disorders and addictions. Ann received her Master of Science in Social Work from Columbia University and her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Colorado.
After working in several different areas of social work including crisis care, advocacy and case management, Ann continued to use these skills as she received her eating disorder training at the Cleveland Clinic.
Recognizing an unmet need in Northeast Ohio, Ann opened The Hull Institute in 2003 to help people who otherwise might not receive the care they need to find and maintain recovery.
Ann is recognized as an expert by her peers in the treatment of eating disorders. She collaborates with both local and national healthcare providers to provide the best possible care for her clients.
She recognizes the importance of being an educator as well as a student. Ann leads seminars and workshops and remains a student herself. In recognizing that trauma and PTSD are significant factors in eating disorders, Ann is trained in CRM (Comprehensive Resource Model), a trauma healing technique that helps survivors reconnect with their bodies as they work through their trauma to find lasting recovery.
Ann is known to be a highly skilled interventionist. Eating disorders and other addictions trick the brain into believing the problem isn’t “that bad.” Hence, interventions by family are sometimes necessary.
Ann took ownership of the New Beginnings Eating Disorders Center in 2016. While New Beginnings ran as an IOP for a brief period, in July, 2020, Ann will open New Beginnings EDC as an Akron Recovery Home (think ½ way house) for women with eating disorders and other addictions.
She believes on-line therapy will be the next great tool for increasing access to treatment and is developing a practice to provide such services.
Ann is a strong believer in the importance of work-life balance. As such, she is a curler–that ice sport people talk about, can’t figure out exactly, and enjoy watching during the winter Olympics. She curls with her husband 3-4 days a week in the winter as a fun way to socialize with others and keep her brain and body healthy. She is proof that anyone can have a great time participating in an activity even if you aren’t very good at it!
Jaime is a licensed professional clinical counselor with a clinical supervision designation. She graduated from Baldwin-Wallace College in 2003 with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and from John Carroll University in 2005 with a Master of Arts in Community Counseling. Jaime worked at The Lorain County Rape Crisis Center and with the Veterans Administration treating veterans returning home after combat. In addition, Jaime worked at Ravenwood Mental Health Center in Geauga County where she did individual, family, and couples counseling for adults, adolescents and children. Jaime’s specific areas of training include: trauma, grief counseling, bullying, and wellness counseling. Jaime treats eating disorders, trauma, mood disorders, anxiety, ADHD, and chemical dependency. Jaime joined The Hull Institute in 2015 and quickly became adept at understanding the needs and challenges of clients with eating disorders. As trauma, grief, depression and anxiety are often at the core of an eating disorder, Jaime’s background is an asset in treatment. Jaime’s approach to counseling is often psychodynamic while incorporating cognitive behavioral techniques, and everything else that works. Jaime is a highly skilled therapist with a warm, genuine, and empathetic style.
Kate received her undergraduate degree in nutrition from Case Western Reserve University (CWRU). While at CWRU, she was a competitive runner, member of the school's track & field team and taught cycling classes at One-to-One Fitness on the university campus. After college, Kate worked as a laboratory technician at the Cleveland Clinic's Lerner Research Institute in the Department of Pathobiology under the supervision of Dr. Gail Cresci. In this role, she learned a vast amount about how to conduct meaningful and ethical research, became more familiar with the fundamentals of nutrition, which are rooted in research, and co-authored four professional publications. For 3 years, Kate was the administrative assistant to the Chairwoman of the Dietitians in Nutrition Support-Dietetic Practice Group, a national organization. Kate has completed a two-year Masters of Education (M.Ed.) program at Cleveland State University in exercise science. As part of her education, she completed a practicum at Metro Health Anamoth Family Pediatric Wellness Center, where she taught youth and families how to exercise and build healthy lifestyles.
Kate has completed the Cleveland Clinic's prestigious Dietetic Internship Program, a role which helped her master the cutting-edge Nutrition Focused Physical Exam (NFPE) that looks at the physical manifestations of malnutrition, including physical signs of macro and micronutrient deficiencies. During her M.Ed. program, she also worked part-time at the Cleveland Clinic as a Dietetic Technician while being trained in all aspects of nutrition, including her interests in nutrition in athletes, and eating disorders.
Kate joined The Hull Institute in 2016 and has been trained by expert dietitians from The Hull Institute and New Beginnings Eating Disorders Center and she continues to further her education and knowledge about how best to restore health to people with malnourished brains and bodies. Kate sees clients individually and runs the nutrition component of the intensive outpatient programs.
Outside of her professional career, Kate continues to instruct cycling classes on a weekly basis at One-to-One Fitness and enjoys hiking with her husband and their two dogs, Dagny, a German Short-haired Pointer, and Sparky, a Cockapoo.
Dr. Lodge joined The Hull Institute in 2017. Tania is the Clinical Director of Minority Behavioral Health Group, a community mental health agency in Akron, Ohio. She specializes in providing culturally specific mental health services including supervision and consultation, mental health assessments, professional development workshops, and continuing education trainings on cultural competency and culturally appropriate services. Dr. Lodge received her doctorate degree in clinical psychology and completed an APA accredited internship at the Louis Stokes Cleveland Veterans Affairs Medical Center. She holds two master’s degrees in marriage and family therapy and clinical psychology. Dr. Lodge is also licensed as a clinical counselor with supervision designation in the state of Ohio. She has over 15 years of clinical experience working with diverse populations in multiple settings. Her clinical and research interests include culturally specific assessments and treatment, African-centered psychology and psychotherapy, process addictions, interpersonal trauma, racial trauma, and psychological oppression. Tania’s extensive experience naturally lends itself to working with clients struggling with an eating disorder.
Michelle joined The Hull Institute in 2017, after working as the site director at The Emily Program eating disorders residential facility. Michelle has spent a big part of her career at Beech Brook community mental health center, working in various roles with foster children, as a therapist and clinical supervisor. Michelle recently accepted a position at Catholic Charities as a clinical supervisor. Michelle continues to provide clinical supervision to clinicians working toward their independent license and is currently supervising clinicians at Serenity Counseling Solutions in Mentor.
Michelle received her BA from Baldwin Wallace College in Psychology and Criminal Justice and her Master of Arts from John Carroll University in Community Mental Health Counseling. Michelle has extensive training in Trauma Informed Care and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. She has worked with clients with depression, anxiety, grief, relationship difficulties and trauma. Having always been interested in working with clients with eating disorders, she is honored to be working at The Hull Institute, helping clients in their recovery. She believes that all people have resiliency. It is her job to help them realize this and utilize it to tap into their desire to recover and find the happiness they deserve.
Katie joined The Hull Institute in 2017. Katie is a board certified Licensed Professional Counselor and Chemical Dependency Counselor in the state of Ohio. She also is an art therapist. Katie received her BA in fine arts and Master of Arts degrees in counseling and art therapy from Ursuline College. Katie works with adolescents and adults with mental health issues and/or addiction problems through the use of art as therapy. She has over 10 years of experience with many different types of clients in various settings: hospitals, residential facilities, and outpatient settings. She brings the world of art to individuals, in order to help them find their inner voice, allowing them to grow, learn, and heal.
Katie is eager to use art, her addictions training and various other treatment modalities in her work with people with eating disorders.
Caise is a Licensed Social Worker with a Master’s Degree from Case Western Reserve University and a Bachelor’s Degree from The Ohio State University. She has over 20 years experience working with adults, children and families. Her background ranges from school administration in New York City to hospital and school-based social work and counseling in Cleveland. Most recently, she has worked in private practice for 12 years with at-risk youth and adults in residential and outpatient settings.
Caise joined The Hull Institute in 2018. She has a solid knowledge of how to treat eating disorders and co-occurring issues. Her goal with clients is to help them find empowerment and strength to do the work necessary for lasting recovery. With kids and adolescents, Caise, works with the families to address barriers to recovery and strengthen family systems. Caise has DBT training, along with a large tool box of skills helpful for recovery and growth. Caise is constantly searching for evidenced-based, creative and innovative intervention techniques while keeping the tone of sessions bright, relevant, daring and fun!
Sarah received both her BA in Psychology and Master of Social Work from The Ohio State University. Sarah’s professional experience includes working in mental health counseling and case management, homeless outreach, and community based healthcare. Sarah follows a strengths-based, person-centered approach, utilizing evidence-based tools from cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, and EMDR. She believes strongly in working in collaboration with her clients to address barriers and patterns that hinder as well as working towards recovery and overall wellness. It is important to Sarah for her clients to be greeted with empathy and warmth and to be empowered to work towards their individual goals. Sarah is trained in EMDR, an evidence-based treatment for trauma.
Taryn graduated from The Ohio State University and has been a practicing Registered Dietitian since 2010, she is also a Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor and NASM certified personal trainer. Through her compassionate, individualized approach she specializes in helping those struggling with eating disorders and disordered eating find peace with food and their body, and reclaim their life. Taryn recently joined the Hull Institute after moving back to Cleveland from Los Angeles where she worked in eating disorder treatment at various levels of care and where she continues to oversee the nutrition program at Keystone Treatment.
Outside of work, Taryn enjoys gardening, hiking, and spending time with her family.
Nicole Ryan is a graduate of the University of Akron with a Bachelor of Science in Dietetics and is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist in Northeast Ohio. Nicole has over a decade of combined experience working in the culinary and nutrition industries. Prior to joining the Hull Institute, Nicole was the Consulting Director of Nutrition Services for Woodridge local schools in Peninsula, OH. In 2019, Nicole launched her private practice called Good Soul Nutrition, LLC. Good Soul Nutrition empowers people to improve their health and change their lives. Through the practice, she provides local companies and individuals with solutions for their nutrition needs. Nicole is also an adjunct culinary nutrition instructor and educator at the International Culinary Arts and Sciences Institute in Chesterland, OH.
Nicole joined The Hull Institute in 2019 and has had a long standing interest in the field of eating disorders. She has received solid training in eating disorders and has a knack for understanding the special issues of people struggling with an eating disorder.
She is also currently completing her 200hr Yoga Teacher Training. At her core, Nicole believes in the impact optimal nutrition and wellness has on the life of each and every person. Nicole continuously strives to place this belief at the forefront of the work she provides. When she is not working, Nicole loves spending time with her family, friends and her dog, Belle.
Michelle recently joined The Hull Institute, and is passionate about walking alongside individuals who are working through challenges and transitions, and together, creating new, successful life paths. Michelle is committed to a wholistic, client-centered, inclusive approach, with a strong background in cognitive behavioral therapy as well as a pragmatic, one step at a time approach that builds on the strengths of her clients. Michelle is studying DBT and Intuitive Eating as tools in the treatment of eating disorders. Michelle earned a BA in economics and political science from Drew University and is now completing her Masters in Clinical Counseling at John Carroll University. As a part of her wholistic approach, Michelle completed training at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition as a Health Coach. Her clinical focus includes eating disorders, anxiety and mood disorders, trauma, issues related to life transitions and adjustment, and grief.
Matt Seeman is currently working toward his Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of the Cumberlands. He obtained a Middle Childhood Education Degree from John Carroll University and spent 7 years as a Middle School Math and Science teacher before beginning his career as a counselor. Matt uses a person-centered approach focusing on the client’s strengths while utilizing motivational interviewing and DBT techniques. Matt has a strong interest in working with people with eating disorders and plans to continue his work with The Hull Institute after he graduates in December, 2020. He is being trained at The Hull Institute in Intuitive Eating techniques and finds them very useful. Matt works particularly well with kids, teens and males. In addition to training at the Hull Institute, Matt also works for Bellefaire JCB, a mental health agency in Medina, where he works with children and adolescents with social and behavioral disorders. Outside of work, Matt enjoys spending time with his family, playing board games with friends, and making yearly trips to Colorado to climb mountains.
Michelle is a Licensed Professional Counselor, who is passionate about coming alongside individuals who are working through challenges and transitions, and together, creating new, successful life paths. She is committed to a wholistic, client centered, inclusive approach, with a strong background in cognitive behavioral therapy as well as a pragmatic, one step at a time approach that builds on the strengths of her clients. Michelle has a strong clinical interest in eating disorders as well as a clinical focus on anxiety, depression, mood disorders, trauma, life transitions and grief. Michelle completed her undergraduate education at Drew University and her Master of Arts in Clinical Counseling at John Carroll University. As part of her holistic approach, Michelle completed training at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition as a Health Coach. When she is not working, Michelle enjoys spending time with family and friends as well
as her 2 dogs, Murphy and Tartan.
Christine O’Brien completed her Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of the Cumberlands. She received her Bachelor’s in Psychology from John Carroll University. Christine is passionate about health in all realms including mental, physical and spiritual. She believes that each person is unique and follows a person-centered approach as she sees individuals as experts in their own lives. Christine also utilizes motivational interviewing, DBT and CBT. She sees therapy as a collaborative process and makes sure her clients know this. Christine’s clinical focus includes eating disorders, anxiety, mood disorders, relationship problems, trauma. When Christine isn’t working, she can be in Cuyahoga Valley National Park with her husband and dog or tackling a home improvement project for which she is not qualified.
Corinne is a Licensed Professional Counselor with a Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology both from Kent State University. Corinne joined The Hull Institute in January 2021. Corinne uses a person-centered and holistic approach while utilizing evidence-based tools from cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, and motivational interviewing. Corinne is very passionate about working with clients who have eating disorders, and also their loved ones, to encourage a strong recovery lifestyle. Corinne also works with children, adolescents, and adults who experience depression, anxiety, LGBTQ+ concerns, suicidal ideation, trauma, adjustment, grief, personality concerns, and more. Corinne believes in meeting clients where they are at and providing an open, warm, and empathetic environment. Outside of work, Corinne enjoys traveling, spending time with family and friends, and going to the beach with her dog, Holly.
TaNisha Coats joined The Hull Institute team in January, 2021 as an intern from John Carroll University. TaNisha is currently enrolled in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program and plans to graduate in 2022. TaNisha received her B.A. in Psychology from Ursuline College. She is currently employed at CareSource as a Life Coach. TaNisha has an extensive background working with clients with severe mental health issues. She has worked as a Facilitator at the National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI) teaching the Understanding Mental Illness class for caregivers of those diagnosed with a mental health condition. TaNisha has also worked as a Dual Diagnosis Case Manager for Signature Health, a Mental Health Technician at Windsor-Laurelwood Center, a Facilitator at Moore Mediation and Counseling Center as well as a Resident Supervisor at The Oriana House. TaNisha enjoys working with underserved populations and believes in the power of meeting people where they are. TaNisha has a strong interest in working with people with eating disorders and she is attending every training she can find! When she is not working, TaNisha loves walking in nature with her dog, Woody, spending time with family and traveling to new destinations.
Nallie has recently joined the Hull Institute as a counseling intern. She currently attends Cleveland State University to obtain her Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Nallie obtained her BA in Psychology from Cleveland State University. She is passionate about meeting clients where they’re at emotionally, physically, and psychologically. Nallie follows a holistic, person centered approach to counseling. She believes in working in partnership with clients to build sustainable outcomes together. Nallie has a strong interest in eating disorders and is rapidly learning how to be most effective in working with her clients to fight their eating disorder voice and find and keep recovery. In addition to working at the Hull Institute, Nallie provides treatment for behaviorally challenged youth at a residential facility. In her free time, Nallie enjoys hiking, traveling, and spending time with her two cats, Melly and Juniper.
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