About

My name is Joleen Wilson, a Registered Dietitian (RD) in practice since 2008. At JoleenRD, my specialty is with eating disorders, disordered eating, and any person wishing to improve their relationship with their body and food. I have over 5 years of experience working with eating disorders, including inpatient, outpatient, and intensive outpatient levels of care. My approach includes principles from Intuitive Eating, Health at Every Size (HAES), and disengaging with diet culture. My own journey to eating disorder recovery combined with knowledge of the medical complications of eating disorders allow me to treat those with eating disorders and disordered eating from a compassionate, non-judgemental, and intuitive point of view.

The dietetics profession is often mystified and poorly understood. Dietitians, including myself, are traditionally trained in the weight-normative paradigm and thought to focus on health and weight loss with their clients almost exclusively. After much research and collaboration with other non-diet dietitians and professionals, the most ethical approach in my mind and for my practice centers around a weight-inclusive paradigm that will honor food preferences, size-acceptance, and encourage joyful movement, if desired by the patient. I take a step-wise approach to determine what’s “really going on” in terms of issues with food and body size and I learn the values, core beliefs, and goals that are important to my client. I then empower my client to once again begin to live the life they want to live that is in connection with their values by also addressing eating disordered behaviors, nutrition habits, beliefs, and (possibly) deep-rooted insecurities about food, body size, and shape.

Philosophy

Eating disorders are complicated illnesses that require a deep understanding of what drives the illness, as well as an intuitive component of knowing when and how to intervene clinically at the most crucial points in recovery. Treatment of persons with eating disorders involves a non-assumptive approach that starts with inviting patients to name their individual goals and values, working collaboratively with a multidisciplinary team, and finding ways to soothe or ameliorate physical and sometimes emotional symptoms that manifest over the course of treatment. I believe that anyone at any age can experience full and lasting recovery from an eating disorder. My approach to helping you realize recovery is an honest, straight-forward one that will honor your individuality, preferences, and stage and readiness for change.

It is my belief that a multidisciplinary care team is imperative to full remission of an eating disorder. Therefore, I’ve partnered with a wonderful eating disorder psychotherapist, Ryanne Mitchell MA, LPC. At the Resilience Center, we use modalities of individual, family, and group therapy on an outpatient and intensive outpatient (IOP) level. I also welcome collaboration and work with other clinicians and psychotherapists involved in the treatment of those at struggle with an eating disorder. As all patients have a different, unique story to tell, I tailor nutrition services services to fit the needs of my patients. I meet them where they are at and take time to establish rapport. I look at the whole person and go beyond nutrition intake e.g. sleep quality, emotional health, family dynamics to better understand the factors impacting health.

Biography

Joleen received her Bachelor’s of Science in Dietetics from Kansas State University.  She completed her dietetic internship at the Hines Veterans Affairs Medical Center near Chicago, Illinois.  Her first position was a critical care dietitian at the Richard L. Roudebush VA Hospital in Indianapolis, Indiana where she also obtained a certification as a Certified Nutrition Support Clinician which includes a specialty in critical care, enteral, and parenteral nutrition. She completed research studies and abstract presentations involving appropriate use of parenteral and enteral nutrition in critically ill and mechanically ventilated patients. Joleen has also held positions as a clinical dietitian where she practiced on acute care medical/surgical wards as well as a rehabilitation and polytrauma ward.

Joleen moved to Tulsa in 2012 and obtained a position as a long term care dietitian and a pediatric dietitian caring for cystic fibrosis patients. In 2014, she obtained a position as the Director of Nutrition and Food Service at Brookhaven Hospital. For over four years, she worked closely with psychiatrists, internal medicine physicians, nurses, and therapists to care for eating disorder patients as well as those struggling with mental illness, chemical dependency, and brain injury. She currently works part time as a nutrition consultant for Nutrition Management Services, directing nutrition care in a variety of settings.

In 2017, Joleen opened her own private practice, JoleenRD, where she sees patients across the spectrum of eating disorders both in person or via a virtual format for those without access to care. She represents Resilience Center as the dietitian in the Resilience RecoverED IOP. Other counseling interests include home tube feeding or parenteral nutrition, nutrition and chemical dependency, geriatric nutrition, and sports nutrition. Joleen has more than five years of experience working with anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder, OSFED (other specified feeding or eating feeding disorder), ARFID (avoidant-restrictive food intake disorder), and orthorexia. She is available by appointment.

Credentials

  • Registered Dietitian, number 990202, Commission on Dietetic Registration)
  • Certified Nutrition Support Clinician (CNSC), number 2226388, National Board of Nutrition Support Certification
  • Licensed Dietitian (Oklahoma), number 1842, Oklahoma Medical Board
  • Licensed Dietitian/Nutritionist (Louisiana), number 2971, Louisiana Board of Examiners in Dietetics and Nutrition
  • Medical Nutrition Therapist (Nebraska), number 1377, State of Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services Division of Public Health
  • Certified Food Service Manager, number 25349, Tulsa City-County Health Department
  • Basic Life Support, OK04652, American Heart Association

Since working with Joleen I have made so much progress in reducing eating disorder behaviors. She helps me check the facts about food, challenges the eating disorder voice, and has helped me understand PCOS from a non-diet, health at every size (HAES) approach. I’m eating foods that were once such a challenge that eating said food always ended in behaviors. She helps me see food as food, everything is broken down into energy. Joleen was the first dietitian I ever worked with in treatment, and when I found out she did tele-health switching back to her was a no brainer. She has gone to battle with my doctors for me advocating for my health, and I truly believe that without her on my treatment team, I would have never been diagnosed with PCOS, doctors would’ve kept ignoring me. Joleen isn’t the food police, she is someone who will challenge your inner food police by going at your pace. She is a wealth of information, super kind and caring, and allows you to have a voice in the process.”

T in Texas

I have been working with Joleen for about 6 months now and I can say with the utmost confidence that I would not be home with my family working at outpatient treatment without her support, education and guidance! She has a wealth of knowledge as well as individualized practical application that she utilizes in sessions. I have struggled with an eating disorder for the majority of 20 years now and I have NEVER had a helpful outpatient clinician until now and that gives me hope and hope is a gateway to recovery. Many clinicians have written me off as a “chronic case” but not Joleen, she was up for the challenge. Her expertise, compassion, empathy and firm belief in recovery has given me hope to hang on during this crazy, bumpy and challenging journey. Finding a Dietitian that is specialized in treating eating disorders is a vital component in the long road of recovery and I can guarantee that starting here will help you begin on the path to healing!

C in Louisiana