Wendy Sterling, MS, RD, CSSD, CEDRD-S is a Certified Eating Disorder Registered Dietitian and Approved Supervisor through the International Eating Association of Eating Disorder Professionals, and a Board Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics in the Bay Area in California. She specializes in sports nutrition, eating disorders, and utilizes a non-diet, Health at Every Size® approach in her practice. Wendy maintains a private practice in the Bay Area, California. She is now seeing clients virtually throughout the country. For a listing of which states are eligible, click here.
Wendy is a co-author of “How to Nourish Your Child Through an Eating Disorder: A Simple, Plate-by-Plate Approach to Reestablishing a Healthy Relationship with Food.” She and her colleague Casey Crosbie created the innovative approach to refeeding called “The Plate-by-Plate Approach®,” a no-numbers, visual approach, which has been featured in the Journal of Nutrition and Dietetics in an article entitled , “The Use of the Plate-by-Plate Approach for Adolescents Undergoing Family-Based Treatment.” For tips, support and encouragement on building good plates for nutrition rehabilitation for the treatment of eating disorders, follow on instagram: @platebyplateapproach and @wendy_sterling!
She is also the co-author of, “No Weigh! A Teen’s Guide to Body Image, Food, and Emotional Wisdom,” a book co-written by an adolescent doctor, therapist, and herself as the dietitian for teens about their changing bodies, hormones, emotions, and tips for improving sleep, body image, and their relationship with food. Her forthcoming book, “Raising Body Positive Teens: A Parent’s Guide to Diet-Free Living, Exercise and Body Image,” publishes March 2022.
Wendy has consulted for the Oakland Athletics (2016-2021). Golden State Warriors (2014-2016), New York Jets (2006-2013), NY Islanders, and Hofstra University’s Women’s Lacrosse and Volleyball teams. She works directly with players to improve endurance, speed and explosiveness. Wendy has worked closely with the Menlo School , where she helped to develop a sports nutrition curriculum for the Athletics program. She continues to consult for several independent schools and elite sports teams in the Bay Area and across the country on topics such as performance nutrition and eating disorder prevention. She is a Sports Performance Nutrition Consultant for a variety of Sports Agencies, where she helps athletes achieve peak performance prior to the NBA draft and NFL Combine. Wendy is part of the United States Olympic Committee Sports Dietitian Registry. She works closely with competitive athletes in order to enhance sports performance and gain a competitive edge.
Wendy worked at The Healthy Teen Project, an intensive outpatient program and partial-hospitalization program for teens struggling with eating disorders, from 2014-2017. Wendy provided nutrition counseling to children and adolescents in the Eating Disorders Center at Cohen Children’s Medical Center of New York which is part of the NS-LIJ Health System from 2001-2011. There she worked as part of a multi-disciplinary team, evaluating and treating a spectrum of eating disorders and disordered eating. She has conducted research in the areas of amenorrhea, osteoporosis, and metabolism on adolescents with eating disorders and her publications can be found here. Wendy is part of the Equip Clinical Advisory Board. She has been on the Clinical Advisory Board of Project HEAL, a nonprofit organization created to aid in the funding for the treatment of eating disorders, since it was created in 2008.
Wendy received her B.S. in dietetics/nutritional sciences from Cornell University. She was recently named to the Human Ecology Alumni Board of Directors. She earned her Master’s Degree in Nutrition Education at Teacher’s College at Columbia University where she also completed her dietetic internship. Wendy is a former competitive dancer and All-American Cheerleader.