Eating Disorders Expert Dr. Patricia Pitts Speaks at The Latino Behavioral Health Institute Conference

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Professional to share trending advances in eating disorder prevention and treatment with Latinos

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The opportunity to present allows me to educate and spread hope and healing while improving the state of patient care in the Latino community.

A once bright and vibrant teenage Mid-West girl was holding in a painful secret from her loved ones – she had an eating disorder, anorexia. Back then, there were limited educated physicians and clinicians who could give young Patty the care she truly needed. Once she found the proper professionals who understood how to guide her to restore her bright and vibrant ways, she embraced her wellness journey. Using her personal journey and now a Clinical Psychologist, Dr. Patricia Pitts is recognized as one of the nation’s top eating disorder treatment and educational leaders.

In 1985, Patricia decided to ensure that those struggling with an eating disorder or disordered eating would have a comprehensive network of programs to seek treatment. She inventively founded the early beginnings of The Bella Vita in the greater Los Angles area. Since opening, thousands of adolescents and adults have a restorative haven to regain mind, body and spirit wellness.

Dr. Pitts is pleased to serve as a consecutive year presenter for the Latino Behavioral Health Institute Conference in September. Pitts will provide one presentation to mental health and medical professionals: “Creating Healthy Eating, Exercise, & Emotional Attitudes in the Latino Community.” “I am honored to return as a presenter for the Latino Behavioral Health Institute Conference. The opportunity to present allows me to educate and spread hope and healing while improving the state of patient care in the Latino community.” Pitts shares.

The Latino Behavioral Health Institute Conference is hosting its, “Advancing Latino Behavioral Health; from Margin to Mainstream” Conference from September 17-19 at the L.A. Hotel Downtown/Hyatt Regency in Los Angeles, California. The conference will draw professionals from across the country to address the critical medical and behavioral health issues in service disparities and necessity of professional cultural competence impacting patient care for Latinos.

About The Bella Vita. The Bella Vita offers a multi-faceted approach to healing anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder and disordered eating for clients while providing a safe and supportive environment that helps each client to strive for a healthy balance his or her life.

The program works to uncover the underlying cause of the eating disorder while addressing co-occurring conditions such as depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, trauma and alcohol and drug addiction. The Bella Vita is a CARF accredited program with transitional living, and several residential and outpatient treatment centers in Los Angeles, La Canada Flintridge, Woodland Hills and Thousand Oaks. For more information, visit or call the 24/7 help line at 818-585-1775 for program and admissions questions or to schedule an assessment with a therapist with advanced training and specialization in the diagnosis and treatment of eating disorders.

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