About EDC of Arkansas

Our Goals

  • Outreach rural areas for providers, patients, and loved ones to find resources
  • Continuing Education and case consultation for professionals
  • Increase awareness and availability of treatment for eating disorders among public and healthcare community

Our Mission

The mission of the EDCA is to unify treatment professionals and all those committed in order to optimize the quality of life of Arkansans affected by eating disorders. We seek to advance treatment, awareness, advocacy, and professional support for the eating disorders treatment community in Arkansas.

How We Got Started

The idea for a coalition on Eating Disorders here in Arkansas officially began in the winter of 2010 when several treatment providers had dinner together as a networking opportunity.  We ended up discussing the gaps in care in our state and the stress we each felt due to the lack of cohesiveness among providers.  We realized how ostracized we each felt as practitioners and wondered how we could unite to build a stronger foundation of support for each other.  We also realized we need case consultation at times, and we definitely need a strong network of physicians and treatment providers who feel confident about treating patients with disordered eating.  Recognizing that prevention and early recognition are key, we brainstormed ideas to educate other medical professionals by offering continuing education, creating fundraisers to raise the public’s awareness on prevention and ED recovery, and ways to educate communities and loved ones. As Arkansas is a rural state, the treatment options have previously been spread out and un-regulated.  We want our state to be a leader in the quality of care that clients receive.

Founding Members
Maria Portilla, M.D.
Leslie Riley, Psy.D.
Kristin Agar, L.C.S.W.
Anna Jolliff
Brittany Smith, L.C.S.W.
Beverly Webb, L.C.S.W.
Cristina Shaw, L.C.S.W., PhD
Kellie Dye, R.D.L.D.
Jessica Moore, M.D.
Current Leadership

Brittany Smith, L.C.S.W.

President

Brittany Smith, LCSW, is a therapist in private practice in Little Rock. She received her Bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville and her Master’s in social work from UALR. She specializes in eating disorders and anxiety and is especially interested in the overlap of the healing arts and medicine.

Jessica Moore, M.D.

Vice President

Dr. Moore is a physician at Arkansas Children’s Hospital in the Department of Pediatrics; and in July 2013, joined the Eating Disorders Program and Adolescent Medicine Section at ACH. Dr. Moore completed her residency in Pediatrics at University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences/Arkansas Children’s Hospital in 2013. She is originally from Texas, and completed medical school at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, TX and received her undergraduate degree from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX. She is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Society for Adolescent Health & Medicine, and the Academy for Eating Disorders.

Cristina Shaw, Ph.D., L.C.S.W.

Treasurer

Dr. Cristina Shaw is coordinator of the St. Bernards Eating Disorder Program in Jonesboro, Arkansas. Dr. Shaw received her master of social work degree from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and her Ph.D. in counseling psychology from Gannon University in Erie, Pennsylvania. Dr. Shaw has been working in the eating disorders field since 2003 and previously practiced in Cleveland, Ohio at the Cleveland Center for Eating Disorders. In her practice, Dr. Shaw’s treatment approach includes use of Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Maudsley Family Based Treatment.
Board of Directors

Kristin Agar, LCSW

Board of Directors

Kristin Agar is an interventionist and therapist in Little Rock, Arkansas. She is a Certified Intervention Professional, trained in both invitational and non-invitational models, and is a member of the Network of Independent Interventionists. Intervention services provided by Kristin are: consultation, intervention, continuing care for the family, and clinical transport. Her treatment services include therapy in the following areas: eating disorders, alcohol, drug addiction, and illness, grief and loss. She is a member of NASW, IAEDP,

NEDA, and is a founding board member of Eating Disorder Coalition of Arkansas. Kristin completed her MSW in Clinical Social Work in 1978 and accepted a position on the Leukemia Service at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, TX. There, she provided therapy for leukemia and bone marrow transplant patients and families, and co-authored Living with Leukemia: A Guide for Patients and Families. Upon return to Arkansas in 1980, Ms. Agar was Director of Counseling Services at Central Arkansas Radiation Therapy Institute until 1989 when she joined the multidisciplinary team of the Oncology/Bone Marrow Transplant unit at Arkansas Children’s Hospital providing social work services to patients and families until she opened her private practice in 1992.

Outside of work, she enjoys gardening, the SL Cardinals and senior Dachshund rescue OR rescuing senior Dachshunds in need of a final forever home)

Peggy Cosgrove, R.D.L.D.

Board of Directors

Peggy Cosgrove is a dietitian specializing in Eating Disorder treatment, Medical Nutrition Therapy, Weight Management, and Behavioral Modification. Her work includes nutritional counseling and meal planning among other nutritional assessment activities. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Food, Human Nutrition, and Hospitality with a focus in Dietetics and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. She went on to complete her Dietetic Internship at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and Central Arkansas Veterans Health System program. Peggy then moved to New York where she worked as an in-patient Eating Disorder Dietitian for New York Presbyterian and opened a private practice. She soon returned home to complete her Masters of Science in Family and Consumer Sciences with emphasis in Nutrition at the University of Central Arkansas while working in acute care. Peggy enjoys being involved in many community activities including the Little Rock Marathon, weekly painting classes, and the Little Rock Kickball Association.

Jen Freilino, LPN

Board of Directors

Jen Freilino is an eating disorder psychotherapist at Arkansas Children’s Hospital.  Jen holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Hendrix College (class of 2006) and a Master of Science degree from University of Central Arkansas (class of 2008). After providing a few years of psychotherapy in Russellville, she moved to Little Rock to further specialize in eating disorder treatment. She became part of the only multidisciplinary treatment team in the state that treats adolescent eating disorders. She and her team currently serve adolescents, ages 10-21, struggling with anorexia, bulimia, and/or associated symptomology.  She has received intensive training in family-based treatment (i.e., the Maudsley method) for anorexia nervosa in adolescents by the Institute for Child and Adolescent Eating disorders. She has also received specific training in mindfulness-based therapies and interventions (i.e., DBT, ACT, and MBSR), which serve as additional resources in the treatment of eating disorders. She is a member of the international Academy for Eating disorders.

Kathryn McMillian, LCSW

Board of Directors

Kathryn McMillian, MSS, LCSW is a therapist with over 10 years of experience, who started private practice in 2014 at the Kavanaugh Clinic in Hillcrest. She received her Masters in Social Services from the Bryn Mawr School of Social Work and Social Research in Pennsylvania in 2005. She moved back to her hometown of Little Rock to work in the Department of Psychiatry at the PRI at UAMS for 8 years. She worked for 4 years with the 18 and over population with Eating Disorders as the coordinator for the Eating Disorder Program at UAMS. She also specializes in working with young adults age 14-24, utilizing several evidence-based therapies including cognitive behavioral therapy for anxiety disorder, depressive disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, and parent led behavioral techniques.

Skip Hoggard, LCSW

Board of Directors

Skip Hoggard, LPE-I, has worked as a therapist for the Adolescent Medicine division of Arkansas Children’s Hospital since 1999. He obtained his B.A. from Hendrix College in Theater Arts and his M.S. in Counseling Psychology from University of Central Arkansas. He has worked with adolescents with eating disorders for almost twenty years in a multidisciplinary outpatient treatment program at ACH. He also specializes in trauma treatment with children and adolescents and their families. In addition to individual and family therapy with eating disorder patients, he currently enjoys facilitating a parent/family support group for adolescent patients.

Dori Haddock, LCSW

Board of Directors

Bio coming soon.

Ann Brown, LCSW

Board of Directors

Ann has expertise in the behavioral health treatment of children, adolescent, young adult and family issues. She has 20 years of experience with clinical practice relating to addiction, mood disorders, eating disorders, behavioral disorders, and parent training.

Ann also is skilled in addressing problems that may be a result of trauma in a client or family’s life. She focuses on strengths of a client and/or family system and uses evidence based practice techniques that are most appropriate for each client’s situation.

Ann often focuses on family and support systems when helping her clients. She believes in building positive therapeutic relationships in helping her clients facilitate change. Ann is a Licensed Certified Social Worker with many years of direct clinical experience. She attended the University of Arkansas at Little Rock where she earned her Masters of Social Work. She lives in Little Rock with her husband and four daughters.