Dena Larsen Gazeley
Director of Outreach
Dena shares her experience, expertise and passion for eating disorder education and body image awareness through anti-diet and Health At Every Size conversation and presentation.
Experiencing a personal eating disorder from the age of 8 to 39, Dena shares insight from the perspective of the child, adolescent, university student, wife and mother, living with an eating disorder. Dena has traveled nationwide, publicly presenting, coaching, and consulting with individuals of all ages. Be it within school, university, private workshop, treatment center support setting, or lobbying Congress and Senate in eating disorder education and reform, Dena combines her experience and recovery from eating disorders, her professional role as an Arizona Certified Teacher, and her expertise in Recovered Fitness as a Body Positive Fitness and Yoga Coach, creating personal, educational, and emotionally charged connections for clients, families and professional resources.
Originally from Northern California, Dena’s international education and upper management work experience, including Bachelor of Arts, Communication, Arts & Science, from the University of Southern California, bilingual training in Social Work from the Universidad de Colima, Mexico, and directorship positions within England, Mexico and aboard cruise ship throughout the Eastern Caribbean, Dena reflects sensitivity, empathy and awareness within relationship and through presentation.
Dena’s personal story of recovery and professional expertise has been shared worldwide, through print, television and social media, including People.com, The Bump, Why Arizona, Voyage Phoenix, National Eating Disorder Association (NEDA), PHOENIX (3 TV/CBS 5), The Every Body Is Beautiful Project, Rosewood Ranch Centers and SuperFit Hero.
Get To Know Dena
- There’s no finish line
- It will change you and your relationships
- It’s worth it
Even if it feels like the end of the world, I promise you, it is not the end of the world.
- There’s no finish line
- YOU (the parents) must have the willingness to change
- Your child is not broken
31 years in ED/10 years in recovery
Movie star & dolphin trainer
Ashley Sellards Penrose, friend from age of 8 to 49, passed 05-26-21
Catherine Zeta Jones
The Intentional Connector
Naps, quiet & alone time at home, making dinner, picking up the house, moving my body, acts of service for my family, decorating my home (seasonally), crocheting, audio books
Relationships, team building, building/defining the product, feedback, communication, investment in personal lives
Others believe me when I share my truth, planting seeds of hope