Melissa Gerson, LCSW is the Founder and Clinical Director of Columbus Park, the leading outpatient eating disorder treatment center in New York City. Melissa is a native New Yorker whose “first career” was as a professional ballet dancer with the Miami City Ballet in Florida. After seven years, touring with the MCB company, Melissa retired from ballet and returned to her NYC roots to attend Columbia University as a Psychology major. She went on to earn a master's degree in social work at New York University. Melissa has over a decade of training and experience in treating eating disorders. She completed post-graduate training at some of the most reputable NYC institutions like NYU’s Psychoanalytic Institute, the William Alanson White Institute and NY State Psychiatric Institute. Melissa is a true leader in the eating disorder treatment community with a particular focus on using the most current and efficient evidence-based treatments like CBT-E, DBT and Family-Based Treatment for Children and Adolescents.