Care Through Culinary: Nourishing The Mind, Body, and Soul
All Foods Fit and Intuitive Eating Principles
The Care Through Culinary Difference
At Aster Springs, high-quality, client-centered care provides the basis for our holistic treatment. The teamwork dynamic at Aster Springs fosters each client’s internal motivation and intrinsic desire to build a positive relationship with food.
Meet the Nutritional and Culinary Staff
Joseph Wilson – Chef
Joe is a chef who has spent his entire culinary career within healthcare. He’s worked in adolescent residential care for eating disorders in Durham, NC, as well as partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient eating disorder treatment for adolescents and adult clients in Richmond, VA. A graduate of the Art Institutes Culinary Program in Durham, NC, Joseph also served in the U.S. Navy.
His food philosophy regarding eating disorder treatment is to minimize anxiety surrounding food. This is achieved through food exposures in a guided, fun, less clinical environment where clients can learn fundamental knowledge regarding ingredients, cooking methods, history, and applications. A key component of treatment includes culinary groups where clients learn these skills and the ability to process their relationship with the healing nature of nutrition.
Emily Moorefield, RD – Director of Nutrition Services
Emily is a registered dietitian who obtained her undergraduate degree in nutrition and dietetics from James Madison University. She went on to complete her dietetic internship at University of Virginia Health Systems. She’s currently working on her accreditation to be a Certified Eating Disorder Registered Dietitian (CED-RD). Prior to joining the Aster Springs team, Emily served as the Nutrition Manager at an eating disorder facility. Her career has included working at various levels of care for treating eating disorders to help clients improve their relationship with food. She’s also had the opportunity to raise awareness and provide education to the community on eating disorders through presentations and interdisciplinary panel discussions. Her counseling techniques integrate evidence-based nutrition science and motivational interviewing to aid her clients in reaching their full potential. Emily takes a therapeutic approach to nutrition and can connect with clients exceeding far beyond their relationship with food. She utilizes the Health at Every Size and All Foods Fit approaches.
Olivia Hutchinson, RD – Registered Dietician
Olivia completed her dietetic internship at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA in 2016, and has been practicing as a dietitian since. Prior to joining the Aster Springs team, she worked in the acute care setting with a wide variety of patients, including those with eating disorders. She’s passionate about working with eating disorders and takes a client-centered approach to help clients achieve their recovery goals.