Staff Spotlight: Carissa Hohider, Registered Dietitian
Carissa began her journey at The Emily Program as an intern. She observed 2 dietitians during her 5-week rotation here, and after graduating from college in 2015, she joined the Cleveland team full time.
It was a win-win for Carissa. She always had a passion for working with people suffering from eating disorders and fell in love with the treatment team here.
Today, Carissa spends her day conducting nutrition assessments, designing individualized meal plans to meet the nutritional needs of her clients, providing nutrition counseling, facilitating nutrition education groups, supporting therapeutic meals and modeling normalized eating.
“I help clients learn how to nourish their bodies, while building a healthier relationship with food,” she said. “This comes through neutralizing food judgments, incorporating a wider variety of foods and getting rid of the diet mentality. I love helping people get their lives back. What an amazing opportunity to make a difference — that’s why I do what I do.”
Carissa graduated from the University of Akron with a bachelor’s degree in dietetics. Learn more about Carissa and why we think she stands out!
TEP: How do you motivate clients?
Carissa: Clients ultimately choose for themselves whether or not they are going to pursue treatment, but identifying specifically how life could be better without the eating disorder is so important. We are all motivated by something or someone, so I focus on asking the right questions to find that spark of motivation.
TEP: What advice can you offer clients this holiday season?
Carissa: Plan, plan, plan! Also, clients must be open with their support team and lean on them when they need it most.
TEP: Any favorite holiday traditions?
Carissa: Every year, my family picks out a live Christmas tree and we decorate it together. And speaking of decorating, my sisters, mom and I have a “cookie day” each December. We bake, decorate and eat cookies together, then share them with friends and neighbors.