Listen to lead
We’re not going to have all the answers. To effectively serve every person’s healing journey, we must start by humbly listening to and elevating voices from marginalized communities.
We’re here for people of any age, race, size, gender identity, sexual orientation, ability, and background, because everyone deserves to be heard, understood, respected, and supported.
We’re all human
Being human means that we celebrate together and support each other through the low points. We give each other the space to rise and fall and rise again.
We started Arise because we've been there, too.
Our co-founders, Joan Zhang and Amanda D'Ambra Manian, each had their own struggles with eating disorders and mental health, experiencing firsthand the harm it caused in their lives — and the power of community and connection in their own healing.
They came together with shared conviction that nonjudgmental, inclusive, and effective eating disorder care should be available to all — whatever they look like and wherever they come from.
Partnered with leading eating disorder expert and psychiatrist Dr. Erikka Dzirasa, MD, MPH, with input and support from an incredible group of care advisors, they started Arise to change the conversation around eating disorders — and bring people a new kind of care that puts them at the center.
A safe space to get real about healing through an eating disorder.
Community + clinical = better outcomes
We know that peer support and connecting to people with shared experiences is critical to healing from eating disorders — so that's part of our model from the start.
Every person's voice matters — and no two experiences are exactly the same. We listen and learn from our members, working together on goals and a care plan that put them at the center.
Ongoing support for
Eating disorder recovery isn't linear, and healing takes time. As we move with folks out of active clinical care, they continue to have ongoing support as a part of our community.
Our leaders and advisors
We've brought together leaders and experts in community-based and clinical care for eating disorders and mental health to collectively build Arise to best support folks.
Erikka Daniene Taylor MD, MPH, DFAACAP
Chief Medical Officer
Identifies as a Black Cisgender womanLearn more
Dr. Jennifer Wang-Hall, Ph.D.
Identifies as a cisgender, mixed race, queer, invisibly disabled personLearn more
Whitney Trotter, MS, RDN/LD, RN, RYT
Identifies as a Black Biracial Woman of colorLearn more
“The first time I met with Joan and Amanda, it was clear they got it. They not only understood what it was like to live with an eating disorder; but how important it was to be supported by those that not only cared about you, but respected you as well. That is what Arise stands for - increasing access to care, while supporting the empowerment of those receiving care."
Giva, Head of Community Care
“For Amanda D’Ambra and Joan Zhang, the idea of starting and co-founding an eating disorder care startup was personal: Both struggled with an eating disorder, along with other mental health issues, and received treatment — a treatment they hope more people will be able to access."
“I was drawn to Arise because of the mission and vision for folks like me that come from marginalized groups to access equitable health care for their eating disorder. I love working with our members because it gives them the opportunity to see someone like them that is on a similar journey of healing and recovery."
Carol, Care Advocate
“Eating disorders are not just a brain disorder. They're also psychosocial, and so looking at all of those factors is a really important piece of care."
“Diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion is often displayed in a company’s values, and unfortunately not represented within its day-to-day workplace and culture. Working in an environment like Arise, where the representation of all employees is seen and celebrated, allows our commitment for serving our members of all backgrounds and identities to happen in truly a natural and integrated way.”
Aims, Care Advocate