Tennie McCarty is a certified addictions specialist and licensed counselor in chemical dependency. She has been featured on the Oprah Winfrey Network’s “Addicted to Food,” Nightline, The Dr. Oz Show, The Joy Behar Show, Intervention, and others. Described as morbidly obese by a doctor at the age of 13, she suffered from an eating disorder that went un-diagnosed and un-treated for decades. In recovery from bulimia and compulsive overeating and a survivor of abuse, Tennie has grown up to become an internationally esteemed therapist, mother of four and the CEO of the residential treatment center, Shades of Hope. Co-founded by Tennie in 1987, Shades of Hope is an all addictions treatment center specializing in the treatment of eating disorders; offering experience, strength and hope to the women and men desperate to recover from the disease of addiction. The mother of a recovering anorexic, Tennie has a unique insight into the nature of disordered eating. Her expertise manifests itself through her work in anger reduction, family sculpting and intensive addiction recovery workshops.