About Marlena Tanner, RD
Marlena was born in Switzerland and immigrated to the United
States at the age of nine where she lived with her artist parents and older brother in New York. Being
exposed to different cultures, languages and ethnicities, Marlena developed an interest in how
people's environments and belief systems affect their mental, emotional and physical wellbeing. Her
experience with diversity gave her the gift of bonding deeply with people from all backgrounds.
Marlena is often described as "psychologically astute" having an innate understanding of
the eating disordered mind. Being recovered from an eating
disorder Marlena has additional insight and ability to relate
deeply with her clientele.
Professionally, Marlena gained her experience in a variety of settings
with a focus in mental health. She earned her degree from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis
Obispo and completed her dietetic internship at Porterville Developmental Center. She has worked as a
counselor for adolescents and adults with disabilities and has extensive 12-step
experience. Prior to becoming a dietitian she gained another eight years of
fitness and nutrition experience in New York, working as a certified personal trainer and registered
Marlena guest lectures for California Polytechnic State University nutrition students
and Porterville Developmental Center dietetic interns on the topic of eating disorder treatment. Marlena also
offers nutrition education and eating disorder awareness in her community. Besides her private practice,
Marlena works for Central Coast Intensive Outpatient Program (www.centralcoastiop.com), an alternative treatment
approach to residential care.
“It is my hope that through my own recovery I can help
other individuals to recover themselves”.