“My first encounter with Shani was as her event host for “Being Ana’s” book launch at Book Passage in Marin last year. Her deeply personal story was so captivating that as a Professor of Women’s Health at SFSU, I invited her to speak to my students so they too could get the rare treat of learning her story. And so it did, my students were inspired in every way, and wrote rave reviews sharing their realization that like Shani, they could access their inner resiliency by empathizing with courageous women like her.” 

— Cathy Rath, San Francisco State University's Women's Health Faculty professor

“Shani came to speak to our district’s student services staff including school counselors, school psychologists, wellness staff and clinicians. She was knowledgeable, warm and real. She shared with us openly and taught us all so much! We all now have a better understanding of what can lead to anorexia, how it can manifest and how recovery is possible. Thank you Shani for your beautiful writing and sharing your story with us!”

—Jessica Colvin, MSW, MPH, PPSC, Wellness Director, Tamalpais Union High School District

“Shani’s openness and clarity in sharing her experience with Anorexia gave the students in my class a unique opportunity to gain empathy and understanding for the living of an eating disorder. I know it will make them better therapists.”

—Dr. John Deninno, eating disorder clinical psychologist and adjunct faculty in counseling and health psychology, Bastyr University

“My intern group greatly appreciated Shani’s talk and her openness and willingness to be intimate and personal about her experiences. They found her so relatable. Shani’s talk truly helped make the ‘taboo’ topic of eating disorders feel accessible and hopeful.”

—Abbie Gregor, LCSW, PPSC, psychiatric social worker, Berkeley High School Health Center

“I found Shani’s reading quite moving and I really admire her for sharing it with us. My interns all felt the same way. It was so relevant to what so many adolescent girls experience, even if they don’t struggle with full-blown eating disorders (false sense of self, misdirected energy, etc.)”

—Alisa Crovetti, Ph.D., credentialed school psychologist, Piedmont Unified School District

“Shani spoke at The Victorian and it was hugely influential for our gals struggling with their own eating disorders. She shares her story with genuine honesty, courage, and heart. Her book gives an in depth look at the struggle and victory over this horrific disease. Shani is living proof that you can overcome Anorexia. She is a vision of hope!”

—Michelle Smith, former program director & nurse at The Victorian, an eating disorder treatment center

“Shani was an amazing presenter that was able to engage and captivate her audience. My students related to her presentation style which was real, authentic and unfiltered. It was mesmerizing to hear her read from her book. It was like being transported into that moment to get a sneak view of her life. She definitely enlighten the students to the struggles and challenges of anorexia. I’d be thrilled to have her present to my class again next year.”

—Kelli McGiven, Peer Resource Teacher, Tamalpais High School