Gail L. Hall, LMSW, DCSW, CEDS-S
Executive Director, Eating Disorder Services
Gail Hall has been a therapist treating eating disorders since 1986. She started in a large outpatient clinic, then as the Director of the Eating Disorders Program at Forest View Hospital. In 1998, Gail founded Comprehensive Treatment for Eating Disorders (CTED). Now Sanford Comprehensive Treatment for Eating Disorders, this group of therapists and dieticians provide treatment in an intimate, personalized setting. They offer traditional outpatient sessions, as well as ED specific Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP). The IOP was developed in 2014 in response to a significant lack of local options in the continuum of care.
Gail has a Masters Degree in Social Work from Western Michigan University and a Diplomate in Clinical Social Work from NASW. She is a Certified Eating Disorders Specialist and Approved Supervisor through the International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals. She also serves as a mentor for therapists during their IAEDP certification.
Gail has been affiliated with the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) since early in her career. In 2011, Gail founded the Michigan Eating Disorders Alliance (MiEDA), a 501(c)3 organization. MiEDA is dedicated to raising awareness, increasing prevention, and decreasing stigma for those who suffer from eating disorders. The organization has sponsored many community events, such as body positive art displays at Art Prize. For the past 4 years they have proudly “lit up” the Blue Bridge in downtown Grand Rapids as a part of National Eating Disorders Awareness Week.
Gail frequently partners with area news organizations. She has been a guest speaker on 8 West, the Miranda program, the Fox TV 17 morning news show, and Channel 13 Community Updates with Catherine Behrendt. In 2019 she was featured on the Dr. Nandi Show. Currently MiEDA is focusing their efforts on body positivity and mental health in the schools. To this end, they are using an educational version of the award winning movie The Student Body (http://www.thestudentbodyfilm.com/edu/.
Education for medical and health professionals
Gail says, “Part of raising awareness involves education for medical and mental health professionals. We must identify and properly treat individuals with eating disorders. We know that early intervention brings the best chance of permanent change. It is to this audience that I have dedicated my efforts for the past 10 years. I have presented for Grand Rounds with pediatric residents at Helen DeVos hospital; to the Social Work staff at Spectrum Health; and to Community Mental Health staff in Newaygo County CMH, as well as Network 180 clinicians. In 2015 I presented “The Puzzle of Treating Eating Disorders: Putting the Pieces Together” to professional groups in Connecticut, Rhode Island, and California via the PESI Continuing Education firm.”
Gail is a busy woman. But in her free time she helps with “granny nanny” duty for her 6-month old grandson.
Gail says, “My biggest thrill about merging services with Sanford is looking forward to combining our expertise and resources. This will bring the complete continuum of care to individuals and their families struggling with eating disorders and substance use disorders.”