Prosperity’s highly trained eating disorder specialists in Virginia will give you expert and compassionate care on your journey to a full recovery
Prosperity in Norfolk
6340 Center Drive, Suite 100 Norfolk, VA 23502
Serving the areas of Newport News, Williamsburg, Hampton, Chesapeake, Virginia Beach, Suffolk, Gloucester and Yorktown.
Staff – Norfolk
Katrina Baron, PMHNP
Medical Director/ Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Katrina is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) and Medical Director at Prosperity, where she works to provide psychiatric support for the PHP programs. As a licensed nurse practitioner, she provides medication and therapeutic support services. With a background as a registered nurse, Katrina has worked in a variety of acute, inpatient, and community health settings. Most recently working as a clinical coordinator at Leva Psychiatry, running the PEERS Social Skills group for young adults.
Katrina graduated from Maryville University with a Masters in Nursing specializing in psychiatry and is currently working towards her Certified Eating Disorder Specialist Certification. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in nursing at Loyola University of Chicago. The primary mission ingrained in each student is to go beyond the illness and heal the whole person. Bringing this approach to each of the patients she treats is her passion. This is accomplished through creating individualized care plans focused on utilizing evidence-based practice.
Katrina calls the outer banks home, where she enjoys the lovely weather and beach. She enjoys swimming, playing with her pug Biscuit, going on hikes, and reading almost anything she can get her hands on in her free time.
Katrina is supervised by Dr. Adrian Brown.
Mary Dye, MPH, RD, CEDRD-S
Mary is a Virginia Beach native who is thrilled to join Prosperity in bringing higher level of care treatment for eating disorders to Hampton Roads. She is a Certified Eating Disorders Registered Dietitian and Approved Supervisor (CEDRD-S) through the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals (iaedp) and has over 17 years of experience in the field of eating disorders.
Living up and down the East Coast and consulting abroad, Mary has maintained her eating disorders specialized private practice since 2006, first established in New York City with offices in Manhattan and Brooklyn. While in NYC, Mary served as the lead dietitian for New York University (NYU) and was selected to be the first nutrition consultant for NYU’s Abu Dhabi campus, providing counseling to students, and advising faculty and staff on the assessment and treatment of eating disorders.
Following her time in NYC, Mary served for six years as the Director of Nutrition Services at the Oliver-Pyatt Centers for eating disorders. She also helped to create and open the flagship Clementine Program for Adolescents with eating disorders in Miami, FL. In both roles, she oversaw all levels of care from residential to intensive out-patient. In 2017, after realizing the need for expert eating disorders care in her hometown, she moved her family back to Virginia Beach to provide nutritional care to members of the coastal VA community through her private practice, Mary Dye Nutrition, LLC.
Mary serves as the Chapter Chair of the Mentoring and Connections Committee for iaedp and co-authored “The CEDRD in Eating Disorder Care”, March 2015, with fellow members of the Nutrition and Health Management Committee of iaedp. She is a seasoned speaker and has conducted numerous workshops and seminars across the country focusing on body image, weight inclusivity, intuitive eating, step down care and the prevention and treatment of eating disorders. Mary completed her masters degree and R.D. training in Public Health Nutrition at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, with her public health training at the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) in the department of Infant and Young Child Feeding.
Her family includes her husband, two daughters and their rescue pup named Pixel. When not helping her clients find peace with food, you’ll find her at the beach, laying in a hammock with a good book, cooking something new or exploring the beautiful trails around Virginia.
Angie Morales, MS, LPC
Angie is a Licensed Clinical Counselor (LPC) in Virginia who has worked with clients in many different settings including hospital, residential, outpatient, and community based. She has also worked with a wide range of diagnoses including depression, anxiety, OCD, psychotic disorders, BPD, PTSD, and others. Angie has worked with teen clients, adults clients, clients in the LGBTQIA+ community, families, and veterans. She utilizes aspects of CBT, DBT, Motivational Interviewing, and other modalities when treating clients. Angie believes in assisting clients towards the DBT concept of “living a life worth living”. She empowers clients by building on strengths and validating progress with a focus on understanding that every client’s journey in treatment is unique to each individual.
Angie enjoys spending her spare time with her family, traveling, antiquing, and gardening.
Malissa comes to Prosperity with a wealthy of experience managing multiple aspects of business services. She has a passion for helping others and loves to combine these two. Born and raised in Ohio, she moved to Hampton Roads for new opportunities, which turned into her owning and operating three different businesses over the past 18 years. For 13 years she planned events helping others so they could enjoy either a social event or their wedding day. After helping others walk down the aisle she moved onto a fitness retail store filled with apparel, gear and everything you need for fitness. Malissa is excited to change career paths and join Prosperity for a new adventure.
You can find Mallisa at the front desk and ready to answer any questions about Prosperity, help with insurance questions and scheduling.
Mehayar “Mike” Tabib, LCSW
Mike holds a license as a Certified Social Worker – Clinical in Maryland, Virginia, and Delaware, and in the past, in Colorado. He has been in the Mental Health field since 1984. After completing his Bachelor’s in Psychology from the University of Colorado, Boulder, He obtained his Masters in Social Work from Norfolk State University, in Virginia.
Mike uses REBT, DBT, EMDR in addition to Neurofeedback and Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation to participate in individuals’ self-directed recovery and healing. Mike has a gentle and compassionate approach to everyone he meets. His expertise in mental health counseling is a powerful source to treating those who have eating disorders, he has seen people take their lives back from this condition and live with sustainable joy in freedom.
Mike exudes warmth, compassion and calm. He is truly one of a kind.
Shauna Sturge, BS, MSW
Shauna is a Supervisee in Social Work whose approach is trauma informed. She holds a Master’s in Clinical Social Work and a Bachelor’s in Psychology from Saint Leo University. Shauna is passionate about assisting her clients with their difficulties and challenges in life. Although she is newer to being a therapist, she has been in the mental health field since 2016. Coming from a psychology-based background, Shauna is well equipped to consider the multiple aspects of a person’s behaviors, interactions, and emotions that contribute to their ability to navigate more successfully through life. Shauna practices the client-centered approach and utilizes continued research, multiple therapeutic approaches and modalities including: CBT/DBT, psychotherapy, narrative therapy, mindfulness, solution-focused, and art-based therapies; to find the appropriate treatment for her clients. She enjoys working with people of all ages and the LGBTQIA+ community. Shauna has experience in working with clients on family conflicts, coping with life changes, women’s issues, men’s issues, bipolar spectrum disorders, schizophrenia spectrum disorders, parenting issues, employment/career/school issues, couples counseling, ODD, DMDD and has a special focus on working with ASD/ADHD.
Samara Christman, MSW, supervisee in Social work
Samara is excited to be a member of Prosperity’s therapy team as a clinical supervisee. Samara earned her Master’s degree in social work from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2019 and spent two years working as a high school social worker in Alexandria, Virginia. She is passionate about empowering adolescents to access their strength and resilience as they work toward wellness. Samara uses a strengths-based perspective that recognizes clients’ inherent skills and positive attributes. She pairs this perspective with cognitive behavioral therapy to promote pathways for needed growth and change. Prior to becoming a social worker, Samara taught high school Spanish and English. As a former educator, social worker, and military spouse, Samara understands the pressures that many adolescents and their families experience as they balance the responsibilities of work, school, and home life. She uses a systems theory approach to help clients balance their roles and responsibilities and believes that collaboration among stakeholders is key to recovery. Samara is fluent in Spanish and loves working with clients from diverse backgrounds. When she is not working, she enjoys reading by the fire, playing with her puppy, and exploring with her family. She was born and raised in Connecticut and has lived in Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, Guam, Washington state, and Northern Virginia.
Casey McDaniel, MS, LPC, ATR-BC
Casey (she/her/hers) is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Registered Art Therapist working toward her Certified Eating Disorder Specialist certification under the supervision of Caroyln Reed Hersh, MA, LPC, CEDS-S. Casey has a Bachelor’s of Arts degree from the University of Vermont double majoring in Studio Art and Psychology and a Master’s of Science degree from the Eastern Virginia Medical School majoring in Art Therapy and Counseling. Casey is an active member of IAEDP and has completed training from the National Eating Disorder Association as a Body Project Facilitator, and received additional training in trauma-informed care.
Casey has served various populations including children, adolescents, adults, groups, and families in inpatient, outpatient, and community based settings, as well as, completing psychosocial assessments and providing crisis intervention in the community. She has served as a supervising clinician for intensive in-home and mental health skill building services. Casey also works full time at a local private practice providing individual therapy to children, teens, and young adults. She uses an integrated approach working with people, but heavily relies on CBT/DBT, Gestalt, and existential approaches.
In her free time, Casey serves her community as a volunteer for the Virginia Medical Reserve Corps, facilitates a support group for adults with various eating disorders, spends time outdoors hiking in the mountains, and spends time at home making art.
Joan Pleasants, MS, RYT-500
Joan is a Registered Yoga Teacher with a passion for using the ancient practices of yoga to support her clients in moving toward wholeness, peace, and acceptance in their everyday lives. Joan believes that yoga allows us to become aware of the connection between our body, mind, and spirit in a compassionate and loving way and that it can play a valuable part in supporting eating disorder recovery.
In addition to her yoga training, Joan received a master’s degree in Exercise Science from Georgia State University, a bachelor’s degree in Dance Education from George Washington University and is a Certified Personal Trainer. She has worked in the fields of fitness, wellness and therapeutic activities throughout her career and now focuses primarily on teaching yoga. She is thrilled to be bringing her passion for yoga to the Prosperity team!
Joan lives in Virginia Beach with her husband and Miniature Poodle, Charlie . She is a volunteer with several community service organizations, enjoys being in nature, reading, and spending quality time with friends and family.
Mackenzie Bohman, MS, RD, CNSC, CSSD
Mackenzie is a Registered Dietitian and Certified Nutrition Support Clinician and recently acquired the prestigious honor of being a Certified Specialist in Sports Nutrition. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Dietetics with a minor in Psychology from the University of Delaware and a Master’s degree in Agricultural and Life Sciences with a concentration in Applied Nutrition and Physical Activity from Virginia Tech. She is working towards her CEDS credential.
Mackenzie completed her dietetic internship through Aramark at Virginia Hospital Center in Arlington, VA before starting her first job as an intensive care unit dietitian at Beebe Medical Center in Lewes, DE. Mackenzie then worked as a Clinical Nutrition Specialist at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, MD before transitioning to work in collegiate athletics. She worked as a Sports Nutrition Graduate Assistant at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, VA while obtaining her Master’s degree. Mackenzie then moved to Winston Salem, NC where she worked as the Assistant Director of Sports Nutrition for Wake Forest University. At Wake Forest, Mackenzie was the eating disorder dietitian and an active member of the Eating Disorder Treatment Team. Mackenzie also previously worked as a Nutrition Success Coach with Rise Up Nutrition, LLC where she helped individuals focus on fueling the body for performance, rejecting diet culture, and eating intuitively.
Mackenzie has received training as a Female Athlete Body Project Facilitator. She is Health at Every Size® aligned and utilizes the All Foods Fit approach. This anti-diet dietitian enjoys yoga and loves trying new recipes.
Haley Havighurst, RDN
Registered Dietitian Nutritionist
Haley recently moved from Pennsylvania to join Prosperity. She has a strong passion to help those with eating disorders, using a Health At Every Size®, All-Foods-Fit approach. She attended the University of Pittsburgh, receiving a bachelor’s degree in Nutrition & Dietetics in 2020. Following graduation, she completed an 11-month long internship at the Cleveland Clinic. During her time in Cleveland, she developed an enthusiasm for working in outpatient environments, and with the pediatric population. She enjoys taking the time to really get to know a patient and their unique experiences so that she can treat them in an individualized manner.
Haley is an active member of IAEDP and is thrilled to be working toward her CEDS credential. In her spare time she enjoys reading, trying new recipes, going to the beach, or finding unique thrift store finds. She also has an interest in writing, and composes nutrition-related content pieces for publication.
Amanda Bakko, MS, RDN
Registered Dietitian Nutritionist
Amanda is a registered dietitian nutritionist. She is a graduate of University of Southern Indiana where she received a Bachelor’s Degree in Dietetics. She then went on to complete her dietetic internship and earned her Master’s in Nutrition and Dietetics at Northern Illinois University. Amanda creates a safe space for clients to be at home in their bodies while helping them improve their relationship with food. She practices from a Health at Every Size® approach and follows the All Foods Fit model. Amanda moved from the Chicagoland area and is loving the different climate that Virginia has to offer. In her free time you will find her reading, spending as much time as possible outside and playing with her two Dachshunds, Basil and Fennel. Amanda found her passion for the mental health field while earning her graduate certificate in eating disorders and is ecstatic to find a home at Prosperity.
Caitlin Pessig, RDN
Caitlin is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist practicing with an All Foods Fit and Health at Every Size® approach. She obtained her undergraduate degree in Human Nutrition Foods and Exercise from Virginia Tech. Caitlin previously worked for the Virginia Beach Department of Public Health (VBDPH) for 5 years and completed her Dietetic Internship through the Virginia Department of Health concurrently. At VBDPH, she focused on maternal and child health in the community setting and earned a qualification as a Certified Lactation Counselor. While working with infants and children, she developed an understanding of the body functioning in its most nutritionally intuitive state.
Caitlin is a native to the Virginia Beach area and has a profound passion for serving the community she grew up in. Upon hearing about Prosperity opening a clinic in her hometown, she knew she wanted to give back to her community further by using her skills and expertise to guide individuals on their journey back toward a healthy, intuitive relationship with food. Outside of work you can find her enjoying time at the beach or searching for the city’s best ice cream.
Nyanza joined the U.S. Air Force where she began her 10+ year career in food service and fell in love with not only cooking but serving others. While working in a local rehabilitation center decided that she wanted to do more with her experience and furthered her education by enrolling to become a registered dietitian. When Nyanza was offered the opportunity to join Prosperity she knew it was not only a sign to further pursue her dream career but it would entail her doing what she loved the most and that is serving others.
Nyanza was born and raised in Suffolk, VA and is married with two daughters. In her free time she loves to spend time with her family, traveling, and trying creative new hobbies.
Kelly Wilson, BS, BA, DTR
Kelly is a registered dietitian technician working toward her RDN. She is originally from Northeastern NC where she attended East Carolina University and graduated with her bachelors’ degree in Nutrition and Dietetics with a minor in Psychology. Kelly is passionate about helping others and fighting against diet culture so she was thrilled to have the opportunity to join the Prosperity team. Kelly previously worked as a nutrition assistant/cook where she planned, cooked, and served meals to preschool aged children. During this time she completed the qualifications and became a Dietitian Technician, Registered. She has always had an enthusiasm for food/nutrition and strongly believes in the Health At Every Size® , All Foods Fit model. In her spare time she enjoys trying new recipes, creative journaling and being completely obsessed with her dog Pepper.
Cristina Jimenez BS, LND
Cristina recently moved to Hampton Roads from San Sebastian, Puerto Rico to join the Prosperity team. She earned a bachelor’s degree in nutrition and dietietics from Universidad Ana G. Méndez and is a licensed dietitian (LND) in Puerto Rico. She is currently in the process of becoming credentialed as a registered dietitian in the United States. Cristina works in her spare time with topics related to nutrition and public health through non-profit organizations and community proposals in Puerto Rico. She loves helping others and puts her heart into everything she does. In her free time, Cristina enjoys visiting amusement parks, listening to music, watching movies, meditating and practicing yoga.
Nutrition Technician Manager
She joined the Prosperity team in July, 2020, just as we were returning to in person services during the Covid-19 pandemic. “Business as usual” was still far from the usual, but because of her positive attitude and Midwestern work ethic, she not only embraced learning on the fly, but found her new “job” outshone her expectations and has become a fulfilling calling.
Chef – Dietary Manager
Savannah is a Hampton Roads native with a passion for food and helping others. In her role at Prosperity, she aims to bring variety, trust and fun to both eating and cooking, assisting the clients in healing their relationship with food.
Savannah earned a Culinary Nutrition Degree from the Culinary Institute of Virginia, where she also received her Certified Dietary Certification and ServSaf Manager Certification. She has worked in multiple restaurants over the years and most recently served for two years as a Formula/Milk lab Certified Technician at the Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters. In this role, she ensured that modified texture, allergen and various dietary needs of hospitalized patients were met. In her spare time she likes to go to farmers markets, try new restaurants, spend time with family, or go to the beach.