Eating Recovery Center Welcome Shannon Kopp as a National Recovery Advocate

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Pet Therapy Author, Activist and Motivational Speaker Assumes New Role to Inspire Hope for Recovery with Patients and Families Impacted by Eating Disorders

Eating Recovery Center (ERC), a trusted provider of comprehensive treatment for eating disorders, announced today the addition of Shannon Kopp to Eating Recovery Center as its new National Recovery Advocate. An author and inspirational speaker best known for utilizing pet therapy as emotional support while she was battling an eating disorder, Kopp joins a revered group of fellow advocates on ERC’s outreach team. In this role, Kopp will participate in the growing eating disorder treatment advocacy community on ERC’s behalf, contribute to various content channels, and speak at conferences, among other responsibilities.

Kopp is the author of Pound for Pound: A Story of One Woman’s Recovery and the Shelter Dogs who Loved her Back to Life, a memoir following her journey to overcome an eating disorder with help from shelter dogs. Unable to break the cycle of binging and purging, Kopp sought comfort through her job working at the San Diego Humane Society and SPCA. By sheltering and caring for these dogs, she regained the strength to heal and forgive herself. Her account has assisted those who struggle with eating disorders by exploring the need to trust someone – human or otherwise – to help them in their fight to recover. Kopp’s experience with animal therapy motivated her to establish the SoulPaws Recovery Project, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit offering free animal-assisted therapy to adolescents and adults impacted by eating disorders and other mental health issues.

“ERC is committed to raising awareness about the critical importance of treatment in order to overcome a life-threatening eating disorder. The addition of Shannon to our team helps individuals to see what life in recovery can look like for themselves,” says Ken Weiner, Eating Recovery Center’s Founding Partner and Chief Executive Officer. “Like our other National Recovery Advocates, Shannon fuses her own personal story together with professional expertise, and brings a deep passion to help others, which we know will be a tremendous asset for patients and families.”

Kopp joins ERC’s outreach team, which includes Jenni Schaefer, bestselling author and National Recovery Advocate, ERC Family Institute; Robyn Cruze, author and National Recovery Advocate; Casey Tallent, National Collegiate Advocate; and Kara Richardson Whitely, National Binge Eating Disorder Recovery Advocate.

Kopp regularly speaks about her personal journey struggling with bulimia and co-occurring mental health issues and what she feels she has recovered, including hope, resilience, and compassion. Her commitment to the eating disorder treatment community has established her as a leader and role model for those faced with an eating disorder. Kopp will serve as a crucial source of knowledge and support for those who have not yet sought treatment, as well as alumni, families, and medical professionals.

“During the eight years I battled an eating disorder, my treatment team and the animals I worked with offered me hope when I couldn’t find that sacred quality within myself,” says Kopp. “Today, I am thrilled to join Eating Recovery Center, an organization dedicated to instilling hope and providing the very best care to patients, families and providers. It’s a dream come true.”

Kopp’s past editorial contributions include CNN, Good Housekeeping, People, NPR, The Huffington Post, and Women’s Health. She was recently profiled in Psychology Today.

For additional information about ERC, call (877) 789-5758, email info(at), or visit to speak with a Masters-level clinician.

About Eating Recovery Center
Eating Recovery Center (ERC) is the only national, vertically integrated, health care system dedicated to the treatment of serious eating and related disorders at any stage of the illness. ERC offers best-in-class treatment programs for all patients, no matter their age or gender, struggling from: anorexia, bulimia, binge eating disorder, eating and weight disorder, unspecified eating disorders, as well as comorbid, co-occurring and dual diagnoses. Led by the world’s leading experts in eating disorder treatment, ERC provides a full spectrum of eating disorder recovery services through an unmatched network of multiple locations across seven states.

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