The Nutrition Team
Sheila Way, RD
Sheila is a Registered Dietitian who is passionate about helping patients restore their relationship with food, with the ultimate goal of finding food freedom. She has worked in all levels of care for eating disorder treatment including inpatient, residential, partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient, and outpatient. These experiences have given her the ability to meet her patients where they are at in their recovery journey, while providing nutritional support to help them grow in their healing process.
Sheila earned her Bachelor’s of Science degree in Nutrition Dietetics from Arizona State University, where she studied abroad in parts of Europe, specifically Italy and Greece, learning concepts of nutrition on a global level and studying mediterranean cuisine. Sheila completed her Dietetic Internship through Iowa State University, where she was able to study abroad again, this time to Ghana, Africa, conducting nutrition research in rural Ghanaian communities.
Sheila currently specializes in the treatment of eating disorders and is pursuing the Certified Eating Disorder Specialist (CEDS) certification through the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals (IAEDP). Sheila strongly values incorporating education with experiential learning through meal exposure groups, meal processing, and nutrition education groups; these are her favorite activities to do with patients!
Laurie Geraghty, LCSW, DTR
Clinical Social Worker & Nutritionist
Laurie is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a Nutritionist at Healthy Futures.
Laurie has more than 15 years of professional experience in the field of eating disorders. She earned her Master of Social Work degree from Arizona State University and has eight years of experience as a Social Worker.
Laurie has experience as a Social Worker in an inpatient Psychiatric facility as well as a Medical Hospital. Laurie has been working with individuals with eating issues since 1997. Her experience includes working with individuals with anorexia, bulimia, and overeating disorders as well as childhood feeding problems.
Laurie also has experience working with childhood obesity and utilizes the Shapedown concept. Being a Licensed Clinical Social Worker as well as a Certified Nutrition Professional, Laurie is able to use both areas of expertise to assist individuals.
Dena Walker, BS
Dena is a nutritionist for Healthy Futures. She earned her bachelor’s degree in dietetics from Arizona State University. Dena has worked more than 12 years for the Food and Nutrition Department for Mesa Public Schools. She has more than 10 years experience in inpatient and outpatient eating disorder clinics. She has experience with teaching nutrition and making various meal plans for clients as well as their families.
Dena has a passion for helping those struggling with eating disorders of all ages. She enjoys teaching subjects such as fad diets, vitamins and mineral supplements, exercise, carbohydrates, fats, protein and metabolism. Dena believes that food can be a healthy part of anyone’s life and one of her goals is to motivate and support clients in various ways to increase a healthy lifestyle.
Currently, Dena is enrolled at the Institute For Integrative Nutrition in New York City to become a Certified Holistic Health Coach. This is an exciting time for Dena, as she plans to blend her scientific approach with a holistic approach to better serve her clients.
If you need a unique nutrition professional, Dena is it. She is bubbly and has a way of making our nutritional needs common sense.
The Exercise Team
Kelley Aungst, NSCA-CPT
Kelley joined the Healthy Futures team as an exercise consultant in 2011.
After many years of her own emotional eating and yo-yo dieting, she is dedicated to helping others find joy and a sense of wellbeing through movement. Kelley has a passion for exercise and loves helping others feel and experience the same benefits that she has.
Kelley earned and received her diploma in Personal Training in 2009. She then qualified for her professional certification through the National Strength and Conditioning Association as a Certified Personal Trainer.
She has lectured for a local internal medicine practice on the science behind exercise and memory.
In addition to her continued work with Healthy Futures, she is the owner of Bodywise by Kelley, and trains individuals in her private North Phoenix studio. Kelley also travels to clients that are elderly, or have special needs and are unable to exercise at her location.
Kelley’s mission is to help others find a healthy balance of exercise and improve their quality of life.
Contact Kelley at (602) 620-2233 or Kelley@bodywisebykelley.com.
Jessica McCall, LAC, MA
Therapist & Counselor
Jessica serves as a therapist for Healthy Futures. She is an Arizona state Licensed Associate Counselor and been in practice with eating disorder treatment since 2010. She handles initial intake assessments and provides individual and group therapy at Healthy Futures.
Jessica has experience in Dialectical Behavior Therapy skills training, Multimodal/CBT theories, expressive arts therapies, as well as other various styles of experiential group work.
With a background in sport psychology and team building activities, she engages groups with fun and creative techniques to enhance the therapeutic process. Her experience as a dancer and ballet instructor, in addition to several traditional and non-traditional sports and activities gives her a wide range of skills from which to draw and implement into experiential therapies for individuals and groups.
Jessica completed her two master’s degrees from Argosy University, Phoenix in search of her passion. Upon completion of a Sport and Exercise Psychology Masters and a Clinical Mental Health Counseling Masters, Jessica continues to further her skills toward completion of her LPC. Jessica has also recently completed two years of Somatic Experiencing trauma healing training, working toward her SEP.
Jessica has experience in treating eating disorders, ARFID, and adolescent emotional eating in addition to general mental health. Jessica’s caring and comforting nature embodies her therapeutic approach. Jessica spends her free time with her family, getting outside when the weather is nice, and dancing through life!
The Administration Team
Business Office Manager
Yvette Arias was born and raised in Chicago, IL and joined the Healthy Futures team in January 2020 and serves as Business Office Coordinator.
Her background includes seven years working in the healthcare field with a focus in billing, claims, and insurance benefits.
After working in the healthcare field she realized how much nutrition plays a role in people’s lives and decided to make a career change. Yvette is currently attending Arizona State University and is pursuing a Nutrition (Dietetics) degree in hopes to help people live healthier and happier lives.
Yvette enjoys trying new adventures and her favorite activities are CrossFit, rock climbing, and obstacle course racing.
Norena Kaufman serves as the Office Coordinator/Manager for Healthy Futures. However, you may know her as the friendly face at the front desk! Her main objective is to ensure our patient’s feel welcomed and are provided with the education and tools needed to begin and continue treatment with Healthy Futures.
Norena is currently studying Kinesiology with a focus on Nutrition and Herbalism.
Norena’s background includes a strong experience in business finance and hospitality. Norena shares an empathetic approach for mental health care; and became passionate about helping others after experiencing years of therapy and treatment for mental health herself.
Medical Records Director
Bio coming soon…