Melanie Lehman, RD, LDN

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Melanie Lehman, RD, LDN

"Your relationship to food is one of the most important relationships you have. Treat it with compassion."

Seated Headshot of MELANIE SCHERMERHORN, RD, LDN

Melanie Lehman, RD, LDN

"Your relationship to food is one of the most important relationships you have. Treat it with compassion."

Melanie Lehman, RD, LDN is the Assistant of Director of Clinical Services and a Licensed Dietitian/Nutritionist at Van Dusen Nutrition®. Melanie currently works full-time in the Needham office and sees clients for Individual Nutrition Counseling and Therapeutic Meal Support®. She is also a lead clinician staffing our STEP® eating disorders program.

Melanie’s mission is to provide individualized nutrition support to help clients reach their goals and live a balanced lifestyle. Melanie focuses on the whole person and aims to help individuals mend and find peace in their relationships to food and body.

Melanie received a Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition and Dietetics from the University of New Hampshire. She then completed her dietetic internship at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, MA. During the internship, Melanie worked at Joslin Diabetes Center where she developed an interest in clients struggling concurrently with diabetes and eating disorders.

Melanie then went on to develop her skills in the eating disorder field at the Cambridge Eating Disorder Center in Cambridge, MA where she worked at both the acute residential treatment and partial hospitalization levels of care.

Melanie is an active member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and Multi-Service Eating Disorders Association.

Specialties

Eating Disorders

Disordered Eating

Weight and Body Concerns

Subspecialties

  • Intuitive Eating
  • HAES® – Health at Every Size
  • Non-Diet Approach 
  • Negative Body Image

  • Co-occurring Disorders
  • Trauma
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Diabetes Management

  • Intuitive Eating
  • HAES® – Health at Every Size
  • Non-Diet Approach 
  • Negative Body Image
  • Co-occurring Disorders
  • Trauma
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Diabetes Management


Leigh P. Van Dusen, MS, LDN

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Leigh P. Van Dusen, MS, LDN

"Repairing your relationships to food, exercise and body is not only possible, it invites much deeper relationships elsewhere and a more colorful life."

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Leigh P. Van Dusen, MS, LDN

"Repairing your relationships to food, exercise and body is not only possible, it invites much deeper relationships elsewhere and a more colorful life."

Leigh P. Van Dusen, MS, LDN is a Licensed Dietitian/Nutritionist and the owner of Van Dusen Nutrition®. She has been a practicing clinician for nearly 20 years and specializes in the areas of eating disorders, disordered eating, weight and body concerns and sports nutrition.

Leigh received a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Tufts University. Following, Leigh earned a Master of Science degree in Human Nutrition/Nutritional Biochemistry from the Tufts University School of Nutrition Science and Policy in Boston, MA. Leigh worked at Deaconess Waltham Hospital’s inpatient eating disorder unit in Waltham, MA, Laurel Hill Inn’s residential eating disorder program in Medford, MA, and Massachusetts General Hospital’s Neuroendocrine Unit in Boston, MA.

Leigh then relocated to New York City and worked as a Nutrition Therapist at the Renfrew Center of New York and The Center for the Treatment of Eating Disorders in Livingston, NJ. In 2002, Leigh opened a private practice in New York City and in 2008, she moved back to Massachusetts where she opened a private practice in Cambridge, MA and became the consulting nutritionist for the Middlesex School in Concord, MA. In 2015, Leigh added a second private practice office location in Needham, MA and in 2017, expanded her practice to include additional Registered Dietitians.

Leigh and her team have created and trademarked three programs currently offered within the practice: STEP®, Therapeutic Meal Support® and Therapeutic Movement Support™. She has also developed and implemented nutrition therapy support groups, presented at national and local conferences and supervised other practicing nutritionists. Additionally, she has served as an Advisory Board Member and Lecturer for the Center for the Study of Anorexia and Bulimia (CSAB) in New York, NY and been a member of the Board of Directors for the Multi-Service Eating Disorders Association (MEDA).

Leigh is an active member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Sports, Cardiovascular, and Wellness Nutrition Dietetics Practice Group, Academy for Eating Disorders, International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals, International Federation of Eating Disorder Dietitians, and Multi-Service Eating Disorders Association. Leigh is also an affiliate provider for Hynes Recovery Services and the named sports nutritionist for the organization’s Eating Disorder Intervention Team for Collegiate Athletes.

Specialties

Eating Disorders

Disordered Eating

Weight and Body Concerns

Sports Nutrition

Subspecialties

  • Family-Based Treatment (FBT)
  • Intuitive Eating
  • Intuitive Movement
  • HAES® – Health at Every Size
  • Non-Diet Approach 

  • Negative Body Image
  • Exercise Disorders
  • Weight-centric Sports
  • Amenorrhea
  • Bone Stress Injuries 
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

  • Family-Based Treatment (FBT)
  • Intuitive Eating
  • Intuitive Movement
  • HAES® – Health at Every Size
  • Non-Diet Approach
  • Negative Body Image
  • Exercise Disorders
  • Weight-centric Sports
  • Amenorrhea
  • Bone Stress Injuries 
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)


Meal Services

Therapeutic Meal Support®

Van Dusen Nutrition® has created and trademarked the service, Therapeutic Meal Support®. It is designed to help individuals apply nutrition counseling principles and goals to their daily lives. Clients are guided and supported through meals or snacks so as to identify and fulfill nutritional needs, listen and respond to hunger and fullness and progress toward eating with greater ease and confidence. Sessions can be conducted in-office, in-home or at restaurants.

Coached Cooking

More information coming soon!

Guided Grocery Shopping

More information coming soon!

Therapeutic Meal Support®

Van Dusen Nutrition® has created and trademarked the program, Therapeutic Meal Support®. It is designed to help individuals apply nutrition counseling principles and goals to their daily lives. Clients are guided and supported through meals or snacks so as to identify and fulfill nutritional needs, listen and respond to hunger and fullness and progress toward eating with greater ease and confidence. Sessions can be conducted in-office, in-home or at restaurants.

Coached Cooking

More information coming soon!

Guided Grocery Shopping

More information coming soon!


Exercise/Movement Services

Therapeutic Movement Support™

Van Dusen Nutrition® has created and trademarked the unique service, Therapeutic Movement Support™. It is designed to help individuals who have developed a negative relationship with exercise reconnect to movement and their bodies in a more balanced way.

Therapeutic Movement Support™ is for an individual who over-exercises, exercises in an obsessive or obligatory manner, exercises compulsively, is apprehensive about returning to exercise or avoids exercise. The program is also appropriate for eating disorder clients who are medically stable but need to limit movement. Therapeutic Movement Support™ is an adjunct service where close communication with the client’s healthcare team is maintained.

A client works one-on-one with a clinician engaging in movement while processing related thoughts and physical feelings (neck up, neck down®) that arise in the moment. Sessions begin in-office using various activities including yoga flow, strength training and stretching and can be individualized to meet preferences and needs. The client is guided to identify points (pause point®) in which the mind is shifting from engaged to disinterested or the body is shifting from warm to fatigued. The client is encouraged to then transition to another movement or finish moving for the time being. The client practices listening to internal cues rather than relying on external sources such as numbers.

Sessions transition to out-of-office when the principles of Therapeutic Movement Support™ are learned for exposure to variety and environments where independent movement may occur. Sessions can be outdoors, at a local gym or a specialty studio, where clients continue working to recognize and respect the wants and limits of both mind and body with the goal of being able to carry this out when moving independently. Therapeutic Movement Support™ builds a positive relationship with movement and provides a framework for integrating movement into overall life.

Therapeutic Movement Support™

Van Dusen Nutrition® has created and trademarked the unique program, Therapeutic Movement Support™. It is designed to help individuals who have developed a negative relationship with exercise reconnect to movement and their bodies in a more balanced way.

Therapeutic Movement Support™ is for an individual who over-exercises, exercises in an obsessive or obligatory manner, exercises compulsively, is apprehensive about returning to exercise or avoids exercise. The program is also appropriate for eating disorder clients who are medically stable but need to limit movement. Therapeutic Movement Support™ is an adjunct service where close communication with the client’s healthcare team is maintained.

A client works one-on-one with a clinician engaging in movement while processing related thoughts and physical feelings (neck up, neck down®) that arise in the moment. Sessions begin in-office using various activities including yoga flow, strength training and stretching and can be individualized to meet preferences and needs. The client is guided to identify points (pause point®) in which the mind is shifting from engaged to disinterested or the body is shifting from warm to fatigued. The client is encouraged to then transition to another movement or finish moving for the time being. The client practices listening to internal cues rather than relying on external sources such as numbers.

Sessions transition to out-of-office when the principles of Therapeutic Movement Support™ are learned for exposure to variety and environments where independent movement may occur. Sessions can be outdoors, at a local gym or a specialty studio, where clients continue working to recognize and respect the wants and limits of both mind and body with the goal of being able to carry this out when moving independently. Therapeutic Movement Support™ builds a positive relationship with movement and provides a framework for integrating movement into overall life.


Metabolic Testing

Metabolic Testing

Van Dusen Nutrition® provides metabolic testing using the MedGem indirect calorimeter. The handheld device accurately measures an individual’s resting metabolic rate (RMR) or the number of calories a person expends daily while at rest. A key to successful nutrition management is determining an accurate baseline so goals and plans can be tailored to each individual client.


Community Support

Community Support

Van Dusen Nutrition® is available to consult in a variety of capacities including speaking engagements, workshops and team talks. We work with healthcare practitioners, hospital staff, educators, coaches, athletic teams, students and parents.

The team at Van Dusen Nutrition® is available to present on topics including (but not limited to):

  • ‘Nutrition Counseling Post-Inpatient Treatment for an Eating Disorder’
  • ‘Diets, Eating and Exercise Disorders and their Effect on Metabolism’
  • ‘Disordered Eating in the Athlete – Health Consequences and Treatment Approaches for Adolescents to Adults’
  • ‘Therapeutic Movement Support™ – An Experiential Therapy for Helping Eating Disorder Client Build a Positive Relationship with Exercise’
  • ‘Nutrition Strategies for Achieving Optimal Athletic Performance’
  • ‘Injury Prevention through Adequate Nutrition’
  • ‘Healthy Eating on a College Campus’

Recent Conference Presentations:

  • MEDA, 2019
  • Female Athlete Conference, 2017
  • Academy for Eating Disorders International Conference on Eating Disorders, 2016

Consulting

Van Dusen Nutrition® is available to consult in a variety of capacities including speaking engagements, workshops and team talks. We work with healthcare practitioners, hospital staff, educators, coaches, athletic teams, students and parents.

The team at Van Dusen Nutrition® is available to present on topics including (but not limited to):

  • ‘Nutrition Counseling Post-Inpatient Treatment for an Eating Disorder’
  • ‘Diets, Eating and Exercise Disorders and their Effect on Metabolism’
  • ‘Disordered Eating in the Athlete – Health Consequences and Treatment Approaches for Adolescents to Adults’
  • ‘Therapeutic Movement Support™ – An Experiential Therapy for Helping Eating Disorder Client Build a Positive Relationship with Exercise’
  • ‘Nutrition Strategies for Achieving Optimal Athletic Performance’
  • ‘Injury Prevention through Adequate Nutrition’
  • ‘Healthy Eating on a College Campus’

Recent Conference Presentations:

  • MEDA, 2019
  • Female Athlete Conference, 2017
  • Academy for Eating Disorders International Conference on Eating Disorders, 2016


Supervision

Supervision

Individual, Group & Case Consultation

More information coming soon.


Group Services

Group Services

Van Dusen Nutrition® offers a variety of groups throughout the year related to nutrition, exercise and eating disorders. Groups entail counseling, support and education with the goal of providing an open and safe environment in which to learn from, connect with and create a community of individuals having similar experiences. All groups are led or co-led by a Licensed Dietitian/Nutritionist.

Continue to check back for more information.


Exercise Behavior Group

Dates:  TBD | Time:  TBD

Location:  1492 Highland Ave., Suite 4, Needham, MA 02492

Fees:  Assessment = $100; 6 weeks = $350 in total

Contact:  Please call 781-343-1592 or email info@vandusennutrition.com to schedule an assessment or for further information.

Description:  This 6 week group is for women ages 16+ who are struggling with a negative relationship with exercise.  The group is designed for those who over-exercise, describe exercise as obligatory, obsessive or compulsive, or define themselves as an exercise addict.  Participants will evaluate their relationships with exercise and begin the process of redefining exercise to be a more balanced component of life.

This group will be co-led by the Practice Owner, Leigh Van Dusen, and Staff Dietitian/Nutritionist, Nicole Farnsworth.


STEP®

STEP® - Supplemental Treatment Based in Experiential and Exposure Programming

Van Dusen Nutrition® launched its STEP® programming in September of 2020. STEP® is a highly specialized and individualized eating disorder program with the objective of filling a gap in the levels of care.

 

Our experience has been that the progression from higher levels of care down to outpatient care is often too steep and places clients at risk of relapse. Similarly, we see clients not moving forward in outpatient care due to needing more support than outpatient alone can provide.

 

Our STEP® programming offers a variety of levels of care beneath the PHP level of care and above the outpatient level of care, intended to offer more gradual and incremental steps throughout the continuum of care.

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Our STEP® Programming includes the following levels of care:

*STEP®-IOP+ (20 hours/week) - this is our highest level of care and entails 10 hours of group programming per week plus approximately 10 individual sessions per week.

*STEP®-IOP (15 hours/week) - this level of care entails 10 hours of group programming per week plus approximately 5 individual sessions per week.

*STEP® (10 hours/week) - this level of care entails 5 hours of group programming per week plus approximately 5 hours of individual sessions per week.

STEP® - Supplemental Treatment Based in Experiential and Exposure Programming Van Dusen Nutrition

STEP® - Supplemental Treatment Based in Experiential and Exposure Programming

Van Dusen Nutrition® launched its STEP® programming in September of 2020. STEP® is a highly specialized and individualized eating disorder program with the objective of filling a gap in the levels of care.

 

Our experience has been that the progression from higher levels of care down to outpatient care is often too steep and places clients at risk of relapse. Similarly, we see clients not moving forward in outpatient care due to needing more support than outpatient alone can provide.

 

Our STEP® programming offers a variety of levels of care beneath the PHP level of care and above the outpatient level of care, intended to offer more gradual and incremental steps throughout the continuum of care.

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Our STEP® Programming includes the following levels of care:

*Intensive Outpatient Program+ (IOP+) - this is our highest level of care and entails 12 hours of group programming plus 5 individual appointments per week.

*IOP - this level of care entails 12 hours of group programming per week OR 6 hours of group programming plus 5 individual appointments per week.

*STEP® - this level of care entails 6 hours of group programming per week (STEP®-Group Program) or 6 hours of individual sessions per week (STEP®-Individual Intensive).

STEP® - Group Program:

 

DAY: Tuesdays and Thursdays - 11-1:30 p.m.

 

AND/OR

 

EVENING: Mondays and Wednesdays - 5:15-7:45 p.m

Where: 1000 Highland Ave., Needham, MA 02494

Complete our Contact Form for more information on our Programming and to schedule an Assessment.

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Individual Nutrition Counseling

Individual Nutrition Counseling

Van Dusen Nutrition® provides individual nutrition counseling to clients looking to pursue a healthier and more fulfilling lifestyle. We aim to fully understand each client’s background and current day situation in order to create a plan that is supportive of both needs and goals. The clinicians at Van Dusen Nutrition® rely on evidence-based nutrition science combined with an understanding of psychology and human behavior to educate and effectively guide clients toward change.

Our counseling style is compassionate, direct, respectful and even humorous as we partner with our clients on the path to a more complete self. We utilize various therapeutic methods including: Motivational Interviewing (MI), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Internal Family Systems (IFS), Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) and Family-Based Treatment (FBT).

Individual Nutrition Counseling

Van Dusen Nutrition® provides individual nutrition counseling to clients looking to pursue a healthier and more fulfilling lifestyle. We aim to fully understand each client’s background and current day situation in order to create a plan that is supportive of both needs and goals. The clinicians at Van Dusen Nutrition® rely on evidence-based nutrition science combined with an understanding of psychology and human behavior to educate and effectively guide clients toward change.

Our counseling style is compassionate, direct, respectful and even humorous as we partner with our clients on the path to a more complete self. We utilize various therapeutic methods including: Motivational Interviewing (MI), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Internal Family Systems (IFS), Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) and Family-Based Treatment (FBT).