Dr. Herbert Orlik, Dalhousie University

Dr. Herbert Orlik, Dalhousie University

Melissa Kemp, IWK Health Centre

Melissa Kemp, IWK Health Centre

eating disorders

In this session, participants will learn about the different kinds of eating disorders and how they might present at home, at school and in a clinic, and how we can collaborate when a young person with an eating disorder is in school. We will discuss the natural course of certain eating disorders, as well as dispel myths about eating disorders and talk about what scientifically is known and not known about what causes these. There will also be a description of the emotional, social, medical and academic consequences of the more severe eating disorders, what treatments are available and how treatment – in general terms – is carried out. 

ABOUT DR. herbert orlik

Dr. Herbert Orlik is a child and adolescent psychiatrist at the IWK Health Centre, co-leader of the Eating Disorder Specific Care Clinic and Associate Professor of Psychiatry. He received his MD from the University of British Columbia and then completed his residency training in pediatrics, general psychiatry and child psychiatry at UBC, McGill University and the Montreal Children’s Hospital where he had a fellowship in psychiatry education. He then came to Halifax to join the Dalhousie University Faculty with an academic focus on education, where he directed the undergraduate psychiatry education program at Dalhousie’s Medical School for many years. He was also the chief of psychiatry at the IWK and Division Head of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Dalhousie for about 20 years. He stepped down from that position in 2011 and now splits his time between working clinically with the eating disorder team and the autism team. Academically he remains involved with all levels of education in the Department of Psychiatry.

ABOUT melissa kemp

Melissa Kemp is a mental health nurse at the IWK Health Centre and is currently working as the Registered Nurse in the Eating Disorders Specific Care Clinic. She received her BN with distinction from the University of New Brunswick in 2012 and is proposed to graduate with her Masters of Nursing in May 2018. Melissa’s research focus is couples’ perspectives caring for daughters living with eating disorders. She hopes to publish her work to increase health care providers’ knowledge about couples’ experiences. Melissa has clinical experience in both inpatient and outpatient settings and has a particular interest in eating disorders education and family centered care.