Anna Tanner, MD, FAAP, FSAHM, CEDS-S

Anna Tanner

Anna Tanner, MD, FAAP, FSAHM, CEDS-S

Vice President for the Department of Child and Adolescent Medicine

Dr. Anna Tanner is Vice President for the Department of Child and Adolescent Medicine at Accanto Health, the parent company of the newly merged Veritas Collaborative and The Emily Program. She is a board-certified Pediatrician who has specialized in the care of complicated adolescent patients, in particular patients with eating disorders, for over 20 years.

Dr. Tanner completed medical school and residency at Vanderbilt University, and then remained there to serve on the Pediatrics faculty in the Division of Young Adult and Adolescent Medicine. She has been very involved in advocacy and education efforts and serves on national and international committees for eating disorders education. She speaks frequently across the United States on the medical complications of eating disorders, especially as they affect children and young adolescents. Dr. Tanner currently serves as an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Pediatrics for Emory University School of Medicine and as an Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science for Morehouse School of Medicine. She is on the Academy of Eating Disorders (AED) Medical Care Standards Committee and the International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals (IAEDP) Certification Committee Task Force. Dr. Tanner is a Fellow in the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine (SAHM), a Certified Eating Disorder Specialist and a Certified Eating Disorders Supervisor.

She has been named by Atlanta magazine as a “Top Doctor” every year from 2013 to 2020 and named by Castle Connelly as an Exceptional Woman in Medicine and one of America’s Most Honored Doctors.

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Chase Bannister, MDIV, MSW, LCSW, CEDS

Chase Bannister

Chase Bannister, MDIV, MSW, LCSW, CEDS

Senior Vice President for Community Engagement

Chase Bannister, Founder of Veritas Collaborative, is Senior Vice President for Community Engagement of Accanto Health, the parent company of the newly merged Veritas Collaborative and The Emily Program.

Chase is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and is credentialed as a Certified Eating Disorder Specialist. He is Principal of Bannister Consultancy, a firm committed to thought-leadership for healthcare strategy & civic engagement, and formerly served Veritas Collaborative as Chief Strategy & Clinical Officer. In 2006, he developed the clinical program for CRC Health Group’s first startup residential eating disorders treatment center. 

Chase’s career is marked by achievements in many arenas, including federal legislative initiatives, standards-of-care creation, clinical program innovation, healthcare entrepreneurship, professional education, advocacy, and public awareness campaigns. He played a significant role in ensuring the inclusion of eating disorders policy within The 21st Century Cures Act—the first acknowledgment of eating disorders in the history of federal statutory law. A highly respected speaker, Chase appears regularly on the national stage to present on eating disorders, healthcare policy, and ethics. 

Chase serves as President of the Board of Directors for the Eating Disorders Coalition for Research, Policy & Action. He is also an active member of the Academy for Eating Disorders and the Eating Disorders Leadership Summit, as well as the REDC Consortium, chairing the Special Investigatory Committee on Ethics. 

A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Wofford College, Chase was the first to earn concurrent graduate degrees in Clinical Social Work & Divinity from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School and Duke University. He is the recipient of The Arthur B. & Ida Maie Rivers Award for Integrity, Virtue, Gentleness, and Character, as well as The L. Harris Chewning Award for Academic Scholarship and Intellectual & Moral Integrity. 

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Caleb Kaihoi

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Caleb Kaihoi, MA, LMFT

Senior Regional Director, North

Caleb Kaihoi, MA, LMFT, is the Senior Regional Director, North of Accanto Health, the parent company of the newly merged Veritas Collaborative and The Emily Program. Caleb joined The Emily Program’s Anna Westin House in St. Paul, MN in 2014 as a Residential Therapist. Caleb has a combined 5 years of experience leading both residential and outpatient sites at The Emily Program, and over time transitioned to the Senior Regional Director, North role. In clinical work, Caleb draws from multiple approaches to support clients in meeting their goals, including understanding family and relational context, providing CBT and DBT skills, utilizing the stages of change model and trauma-informed care. He is passionate about ensuring sites are providing effective care at all levels, and that clients will experience tangible change and improvement in their health and wellbeing.

Outside of work, Caleb enjoys spending time with his family, being outdoors, golfing, working on house projects, and listening to all types of music.

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Stacey Brown, RN

Stacey Brown

Stacey Brown, RN

Vice President of Nursing

Stacey serves as the Vice President of Nursing at Accanto Health, the parent company of the newly merged Veritas Collaborative and The Emily Program, both of which serve a diverse clientele suffering from eating disorders and other comorbid disorders. Stacey practiced as an Intensive Care/Critical Care nurse, ER nurse, and Cardiac Cath Lab nurse for several years prior to working in the field of mental health.   

Since transitioning her nursing care into the world of eating disorders in 2007, Stacey has worked extensively in areas of utilization review management, nursing administration, and consulting. She is passionate about the work she does and loves helping nursing teams learn how to develop strong clinical and critical thinking skills that are based on best and safe practices.

Outside of work,  Stacey loves to golf, travel, play the piano and organ, spend time with her very large family, and relax with her husband and a good movie.

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Kelsey Thomas, MS, RD, CD

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Kelsey Thomas, MS, RD, CD

Senior Regional Director, Pacific Northwest

Kelsey Thomas, MS, RD, CD, is the Senior Regional Director, Pacific Northwest at Accanto Health, the parent company of the newly merged Veritas Collaborative and The Emily Program. Kelsey joined The Emily Program’s Seattle Outpatient site in 2012 as a Registered Dietitian and transitioned over time into the Senior Regional Director, Pacific Northwest role. During her time working at the Seattle Outpatient site, Kelsey has worked with adults and adolescents in OP, IOP, and PHP levels of care and held the role of Site Director for three years. Kelsey has her master’s degree in nutrition and dietetics, loves eating the food her husband makes, and enjoys playing cribbage as well as gardening in her outdoor and indoor gardens.

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Cindy Skocik

Cindy Skocik

Cindy Skocik

Senior Regional Director, Southeast

Cindy Skocik is the Senior Regional Director, Southeast at Accanto Health, the parent company of the newly merged Veritas Collaborative and The Emily Program. Cindy has more than twenty years of experience building financial and accounting functions that support the growth of organizations. She began her career working at Price Waterhouse (now PricewaterhouseCoopers) in Pittsburgh, PA, and Washington, DC, and was licensed as a CPA in the state of Pennsylvania. She has since then served in various financial management positions for private and publicly-owned companies.

Cindy moved to North Carolina in the 1990s where she has primarily worked with entrepreneurial companies, including Southern Assisted Living, Inc., a provider of assisted living housing and services for the elderly. With her work at Veritas Collaborative, she is honored to be part of an organization that helps young people and their families.

Cindy graduated summa cum laude from West Virginia University with a BS degree in Accounting.

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