It's the Little Things that make the Most Difference
Meet Our Team, Meet our Living Proof MN Family
Meet Shira I am living proof that anyone can find recovery from an eating disorder or other addiction. For the past five and a half years I have experienced life in recovery from my eating disorder of 23 years. When health professionals told me I would always have an eating disorder and I hit bottom several times; I found the will and determination within myself to turn my life around. Little did I know that the life I am living today was even remotely possible; even during the best daydream, I had no idea how amazing and wonderful living in recovery would look or feel like. I believe that everyone of all ages, no matter how long or short you have been dealing with an addiction, you can find recovery. I work as a Registered Nurse (BSN) and Director of Nursing at two drug and alcohol treatment centers in the Twin Cities, as well as overseeing adult customized living homes for people with persistent mental health issues. I have my Public Health Nurse license and Faith Community Nurse Certificate. As a teenager I found a passion working with children with special needs in the home care setting, and since then have worked in various capacities in the healthcare realm; as a camp nurse, parish nurse, pediatric hospice nurse, and director at an assisted living and memory care. Above all else my drive and goal is to help people find hope and healing. I love getting to know people, listening to their stories, and seeing the very best in everyone.
I regularly speak in Minneapolis and St. Paul sharing my story of recovery, stay tuned for the next event. My story has also been published in the book Eating Disorders Anonymous.
Meet Tracy Tracy is a father of four young adults, approaching 20 years at his engineering job, and a veteran of the US Army MP Corps and the war in South West Asia. He is also a passionate and articulate writer whom has fought his own battles with PTSD and addiction, and has been sober for over thirty years. Tracy knows all too well the loneliness of fighting one’s own struggles and has developed a desire for helping those affected by eating disorders through Living Proof MN. Realizing the need for more resources, a better understanding and greater awareness surrounding this deadly disorder is what makes being a part of Living Proof MN fulfilling and important to him. He hopes that parents, families, and friends of those struggling, will feel less alone and lost through his work at Living Proof MN.
Heather Mattera, MSSA Born and raised in Ohio. Received an undergraduate degree in psychology from Ohio State University and Masters degree in Clinical Social Work from Case Western Reserve University. Attended the Institute of the Psychology of Eating receiving Mind Body coach certification. Simultaneously, became a self taught photographer whose focus is on visual story telling exploring emotions both inside and outside of the frame. When not staring into her camera viewfinder she is busy spending time with her two teenage boys, husband and two dogs enjoying everything life brings their way.
Shira Charpentier - founder/CEO Immediate support Tracy Charpentier - COO Heather Mattera - Photography therapy Outside resources and partners Theresa Holl - Board member Angie C Kate - Physical therapist
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