Jennifer L. Gaudiani, MD, CEDS, FAED |
Founder and Medical Director
Dr. Gaudiani is the Founder and Medical Director of the Gaudiani Clinic. Board Certified in Internal Medicine, she completed her undergraduate degree at Harvard, medical school at Boston University School of Medicine, and her internal medicine residency and chief residency at Yale, where she won numerous clinical awards. Dr. Gaudiani moved to Denver in 2007, choosing Colorado with her husband because its emphasis on the outdoors, incorporating nature into daily life, and the importance of family activity time seemed like a great way to foster work-life balance. In 2008, she helped start the ACUTE Center for Eating Disorders at Denver Health in its current form, as the nation’s top medical stabilization center for adults with eating disorders too medically compromised to receive care in a mental health setting. After seven great years there, she left as its Medical Director to pursue her vision of outpatient care, founding the Gaudiani Clinic. During her years at ACUTE, Dr. Gaudiani became a nationally recognized internist for her work on the medical complications of eating disorders.
She has lectured nationally and internationally, is widely published in the scientific literature as well as on blogs, is a member of the editorial board of the International Journal of Eating Disorders, and is a former board member of iaedp (International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals). Dr. Gaudiani is one of the only outpatient internists in the US who carries the Certified Eating Disorder Specialist designation and has received the honorable designation of Fellow from the international organization Academy for Eating Disorders. In founding the Gaudiani Clinic, she has established a nationally unique outpatient medical setting, not dictated by restraints on visit time or insurance rules, where strong, supportive, and healing relationships with patients help them achieve wellness while remaining in their communities. Through lectures and consulting work, she continues to improve the quality of medical care for patients with eating disorders in treatment programs around the country. On a personal note, Dr. Gaudiani is fluent in Spanish and speaks conversational Italian, loves hiking and spending time outdoors, is a voracious reader especially of young adult fantasy fiction, and lives with her wonderful husband and two daughters in Denver. Contact Dr. G.
Aimee Becker | Chief Operating Officer
Aimee Becker is the Chief Operating Officer of the Gaudiani Clinic. She spent the last decade dedicating herself to developing the infrastructure for Monte Nido & Affiliates, one of the top eating disorder programs in the country. Inspired to join the field through her own recovery, Aimee joined Carolyn Costin when Monte Nido was only a six bed residential facility, as the Program Coordinator. Progressing to Director of Operations and then Chief Compliance Officer, Aimee oversaw Monte Nido & Affiliates’ expansion into six states. In addition to her strong commitment to superb programmatic and operational functioning, Aimee developed a deep engagement with the therapeutic values and processes inherent to the world of eating disorder treatment. Through years of leading groups on gender and sexuality at Monte Nido, and through her service on the Board of Directors for the Center for New Concepts in Eating Disorder Recovery, Aimee further developed her fundamental belief in client-centered goals, a narrative approach to therapy, and the idea that the person is not the problem, the problem is the problem. She is developing training on queer competency for eating disorder professionals, highlighting non-binary constructs of gender and sexuality and non-assumptive models of therapeutic engagement. On a personal note, she is excited to relocate to Denver with her partner and her German Shepard mix dog, to join the Gaudiani Clinic. Contact Aimee.
Meghan Eliopulos | Director of Marketing and Outreach
Meghan Eliopulos is the Director of Marketing and Outreach of the Gaudiani Clinic. Meghan joins the clinic after relocating from Houston, where she was instrumental in developing the marketing and outreach efforts for Center for Discovery in the state of Texas. She received her formal education at the University of Nevada, Reno. Meghan has been part of the eating disorder community since 2003 and has been fortunate to work in a variety of roles including marketing, outreach, admissions, utilization review, and direct client care. In addition to her experience working within the field of eating disorders, Meghan has an integrated marketing background with a passion for brand development and has worked in agency and small to mid-size business settings. Meghan cares deeply about mental health advocacy and has volunteered with several non-profit organizations. She is excited to join the Denver community with her family. Contact Meghan.
Alexa (Aly) Potts, RN | Patient Care Coordinator
Alexa (Aly) Potts is the Patient Care Coordinator at the Gaudiani Clinic. She has Bachelor’s degrees in Human Services and Community Health Nutrition, as well as in Nursing. She worked for nearly three years as a Registered Nurse at Eating Recovery Center in Denver, devoting time and developing a particular skill set in order to work with patients with eating disorders. Starting with her own journey of recovery from a childhood eating disorder, she has been passionate about working with patients with eating disorders and believes it is her calling. Aly has also worked as a Registered Nurse at Colorado’s largest substance abuse facility, Arapahoe House, on the adolescent substance abuse unit. She is currently working on a four-year program through the University of Missouri-Columbia to obtain her dual Doctor of Nursing Practice and Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner degree and hopes to continue working with and, eventually specialize in, patients with eating disorders. She is excited to work with a small but renowned team of hardworking individuals devoted to providing expert care to patients with eating disorders. In her spare time she enjoys hiking, running, camping, fly fishing, and long walks with her boyfriend, as well as being a mother to her 2-year-old grey and extremely energetic cat, Pippa. Contact Aly.
Susan L. Bennett, PhD, CEDS | Clinical Advisor
Dr. Bennett is a Licensed Psychologist in the State of Colorado and has worked in the area of eating disorders and generalist psychotherapy for 14 years using empirically based therapies such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), interpersonal therapy, and existential therapy, to help patients meet their goals for treatment. She completed her undergraduate degrees at Regis University with a B.A. in Psychology and a B.S. in Organization Development and her Master’s and Doctoral degrees in psychology were earned at the University of Denver. In Dr. Bennett's past roles, she has worked with people in both outpatient and inpatient settings and has provided compassionate and non-judgmental support to those struggling with Anorexia, Bulimia, Binge Eating, Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder, Rumination and decisions related to Bariatrics. Dr. Bennett has also worked with individuals struggling with primary or co-occurring anxiety, phobias, panic, OCD, depression and trauma and to individuals who have been diagnosed with cancer or other life-changing physical illnesses. Most recently, Dr. Bennett was Clinical Director of Psychology at ACUTE. Dr. Bennett is a Certified Eating Disorder Specialist (CEDS) as designated by the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals (iaedp). In her role as the Clinical Advisor at the Gaudiani Clinic, Dr. Bennett provides clinical oversight and expertise and ensures that patients and their treatment teams receive thoughtful and coordinated care. For more information about Dr. Bennett's private psychotherapy practice, click here.