Narins Eating Disorder Center was founded in 2018 to deliver respectful, compassionate, evidence-based, and cost-effective treatment to those struggling with a myriad of eating disorder symptoms and presentations. The focus is on delivering quality, individualized treatment by a skilled professional staff and with careful adherence to the highest ethical principles
Our Core Values
Tracy Narins Welchoff, Ph.D.
Owner/ Executive Director
Owner/ Executive Director
Dr. Welchoff is a licensed psychologist who has been practicing in the Buffalo area since 1995. Since opening her practice, she has treated many children, adolescents, adults, and families struggling with issues such as depression, anxiety, school and work adjustment, behavioral concerns, and life adjustment issues. Her specialties include the treatment of Eating Disorders, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, and sports-related psychological concerns. From 2010 - 2018, Dr. Welchoff served as Executive Director of the Buffalo Centre for the Treatment of Eating Disorders. Instrumental in the opening of the program, she was involved in program development, comprehensive assessment and treatment planning, supervision and training of clinical staff, providing individual, group, and family therapy, and community support. With the opening of the Narins Eating Disorder Center, Dr. Welchoff has brought with her twenty-five years of experience as well as patience, compassion, humor, and persistence in working with this tremendously diverse and incredibly rewarding group of people.
Sheila Flavin, MS, RDN
A registered dietitian with an advanced degree in nutrition from Columbia University, Sheila is a recognized expert in food and nutrition. With more than 20 years of professional experience, Sheila makes it her job to keep current on the latest developments in the field. Most important, she knows how to separate the latest nutritional fad from sound evidence-based approaches to nutrition. Working collaboratively with her patients and other treatment team members, she provides support in devising and implementing a plan to make healthy changes in your diet and lifestyle. Although Sheila works with all nutrition problems, she specializes in treating those struggling with eating disorders. A popular speaker in the field, Sheila is highly sought after as a presenter, educator, and expert adviser to multiple media outlets. Finally, Sheila has been an integral part of establishing and nurturing standards of excellence in nutrition through her patient care, teaching and supervision of staff, community consultation, and her current role as supervising dietitian. Learn more at www.sheilsflavinrd.com.
Alison Hejmowski, M.A.
Alison earned her Masters Degree in Psychology and is currently completing her doctoral dissertation on the romantic and sexual functioning of adolescents and adults with high functioning autism: Implications for mental health professionals. She completed her pre-doctoral internship at the Office of Persons With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) where she specialized in cognitive and adaptive evaluations for individuals with Autism. Alison also has specialized training in completing developmental evaluations for young children as well as conducting individual and group therapy in a school based setting and PROS (Personal Recovery Oriented Service) program. Prior to joining the Narins EDC staff, Alison was a Primary Therapist at Buffalo Centre for the Treatment of Eating Disorders.
Joie de Vivre ("Joy")
Since joining the Eating Disorder Treatment world in 2016 at the tender age of 3 months, Joy has gained extensive experience and supported the recovery process of many. Her French name Joie de Vive translates to an exuberant "Joy of Life", and she has certainly lived up to her name. From her role as eager receptionist, happily greeting everyone who walks in the door, to her favorite job of snuggling or playing with anyone in need, Joy brings her friendly, playful, loving personality to work each and every day. She loves to roll over, play dead, fetch endlessly, and offer a "high five" upon request.