We are Amy, Kirsten, Brooke, and Angie: A group of eating disorder professionals who connected personally over the years.
We've grown together in late night, post-conference talks about our careers, our children, and our ever-changing roles as clinicians, mothers, wives, and friends. All native Kansans, we noticed a critical need in our community for a strong eating disorder recovery program.
We knew that together we could fill that gap. The result: Bellatore, which translates to “beautiful warrior” to describe each and every one of our brave teen and adult clients.
We are all certified by the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals (iaedp™). This certification is awarded to therapists, physicians, and registered dietitians who demonstrate clinical expertise through rigorous examination, education, and experience.
Two of us have personally recovered from an eating disorder, so we know the pain, the fear, and the self-loathing. We also know the path, the hope, the fulfillment, and the ultimate joy of the recovery process.
When you come to Bellatore, you can expect kindness, compassion, and an intimate awareness of the many facets and challenges of disordered eating. You can also expect hope that’s grounded in proven clinical success and recovery techniques.
Please get in touch. We can’t wait to get to know you.
We can't wait to meet you!
My desire to help individuals struggling with and recovering from eating disorders began shortly after I recovered from my own eating disorder. Today, I run my own private counseling practice for adolescents, adult women, and families.
I have been in the field of social work for over 19 years, having started as a technician on the Eating Disorder Unit at Baptist Lutheran Hospital. From there, I moved to the Women and Children’s Unit at Northstar, working in substance abuse recovery. After earning my Master’s in Social Work, I worked in the Olathe school system.
My true passion was fulfilled when I opened my private practice 11 years ago. I love working with teens and adults. I have a unique ability to connect, support, and encourage individuals and families as they navigate the often, overwhelming path to wellness.
I co-founded Kansas City’s first and only transitional living program for women with eating disorders, wrote Hungry To Be Whole: A Therapist Story of Healing from Anorexia, and served on the board of REbel. I enjoy hiking with my family, biking, and reading.
Brooke Wesley, LSCSW, CEDS
MS, Social Work; BS, Psychology
Amy Sullivan, MC, RD, LD, CEDRD
Master of Counseling (MC); BS, Dietetics
I began helping individuals recover from eating disorders over 22 years ago at a residential treatment center in Arizona. Since that time, I have supported adolescents and adults in recovery in a variety of settings.
A Registered and Licensed Dietitian, I hold a Master’s degree in Counseling. This unique combination has allowed me to help hundreds of clients achieve recovery and gain freedom from disordered eating.
Along with Brooke, I founded Kansas City’s first and only transitional living facility for eating disorder recovery. I also owned a private adolescent nutrition practice and am the Founder of an online support platform for adults struggling with emotional and binge eating.
I am proud to bring awareness of eating disorder prevention and treatment through numerous non-profit organizations and local school districts. I enjoy family mealtime, golfing, and traveling.
Angie Viets, LCP, CEDS-S
MS, Counseling Psychology;
My passion for the field was born out of my own hard-won battle with an eating disorder. Now a Clinical Psychotherapist and Certified Eating Disorders Specialist and Supervisor in private practice in Lawrence, I recognize that the intense work of healing occurs after the therapy session ends.
To help ease the isolation felt when suffering from an eating disorder, I also offer support through my blog 'Inspired Recovery,' which has been awarded as one of Healthline's best eating disorders blog for the last few years.
I am currently writing a book to demystify eating disorder recovery and offer inspiration and guidance to those suffering in silence. My writing has appeared in Psychology Today, the Huffington Post, Recovery Warriors, and recognized eating disorder treatment centers throughout the country. In my spare time, I enjoy yoga, writing, and hanging out with my family.
My interest in eating disorders began over 23 years ago at the Menninger Clinic. There I developed and led Adult Inpatient, Adolescent Inpatient, Day Treatment, and Intensive Outpatient groups.
I continued my passion in working with individuals with eating disorders and their families at the Baptist-Lutheran Medical Center Eating Disorder Program. For the past 14 years, I have provided individual, couples, and family therapy on an outpatient basis.
In my private practice, I love engaging with teens, and find that applying my Music Therapy training and expressive arts therapies helps them to identify, connect, express, release, and ultimately resolve pent-up emotions.
I have served in organizations that bring awareness to eating disorder-related issues and currently serve on the Missouri Eating Disorder Association board (MOEDA). I enjoy music, dancing, and being active with my family.