According to the Webster Dictionary, it defines the word Advocate, “as a person who publicly intercedes on behalf of others”. Such is the case with three particular behavioral healthcare related individuals providing a strong approach to advocating for eating disorder treatment and awareness. From a treatment provider’s perspective to a business philosophy, the behavioral health industry is positively producing advocates who are using their life skills and industry acumen to provide thought leadership to eating disorder treatment providers across the nation.
Neisha Zaffuto, founder and President of Medivance Billing Service, Inc., feels that her company offers more than claim adjudication services. From the onset of creating her company from a two bedroom apartment, her goal was bold and clear as she sought ways to fully integrate in the behavioral health, substance abuse and eating disorder markets. Over the years Neisha has carried out that corporate culture of being the best, advocating for clients, and offering thought leadership events. Her commitment to increase client revenue comes from the desire to have an eating disorder treatment provider in the right financial position to administer the best in patient care. Because of her keen commitment of making a difference, you can see evidence of her passion and philanthropic nature as expressed in the launch of the “Erase the Stigma Now Campaign”, supporting as lead sponsor for the “Annual Heroes 6K Run/Walk in South Florida” along with a sponsorship of a “Nationwide Panel Series Discussion” on business trends impacting substance abuse, mental health and eating disorder treatment providers. For more information about Neisha and Medivance Billing Service, visit www.medivancebilling.com
Brian Cuban, brother of Dallas Mavericks owner and Shark Tank entrepreneur, Mark Cuban, is an author and eating disorder awareness advocate whose best-selling book, “Shattered Image: My Triumph Over Body Dysmorphic Disorder”, chronicles his first-hand experience living with, and recovering from, eating disorders, addiction and body Dysmorphia disorder. In his book, Brian illustrates the ongoing nightmare of (BDD) that has permeated his thoughts since childhood, taking the reader through the painful journey of childhood bullying over his weight, rejection and the behaviors that slowly developed as a young adult which took him into the abyss of depression, alcoholism, drug addiction, steroid abuse and eating disorders, nearly causing him to take his own life at the age of 44. Based in Dallas, Texas, Cuban has lectured on eating disorder awareness across the country and in Canada. As a leading expert in eating disorders and BDD, Cuban has been featured in mainstream media outlets including Katie Couric Show, Fox News, New York Post, Huffington Post and CNN.com. For more information, visit www.briancuban.com
Rebecca Cooper has dedicated her entire behavioral health career to providing awareness for eating disorder treatment. From author and international speaker to founding the first transitional living residence for women with eating disorders, Rebecca is respected for her contributions. Ms. Cooper’s treatment center entitled, Rebecca’s House, provides all levels of care for the medically stable person suffering from binge eating disorder, bulimia, anorexia, compulsive overeating and food addictions. Rebecca is the author of the book, Diets Don’t Work, and the step-by-step program for disordered eating that is successfully being used by recovery homes, therapists, clients nationwide, and at Rebecca’s House Eating Disorder Treatment Programs in Southern California. She credits her mother’s death from morbid obesity and her own personal struggles with an eating disorder as her driving force and motivation to help others recover and to bring a global awareness to eating disorders. To learn more about Rebecca Cooper, visit her website at: www.rebeccacooper.com