Doris Smeltzer, MA
President, Treasurer & Co-Founder AVF; Retired Teacher on Special Assignment/NVUSD
- P. O. Box 2423
- Napa, CA 94558, USA
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When Andrea died after 13 months of bulimic behaviors at the age of 19, Doris chose to leave her elementary classroom assignment. She worked for the next 10 years as a Teacher on Special Assignment with Napa Valley Unified SD working with high school students in various areas including body image issues and eating disorder prevention.
Doris holds a master’s in counseling psychology, with published works including the book, Andrea’s Voice, a Gürze Books blog, this web site, and numerous published pieces in newspapers, magazines, and books including an article in the landmark, Treatment of Eating Disorders. She has been featured in popular media (TV, radio, film), was named a Community Hero by her hometown of Napa, CA and awarded the Soroptimist Ruby Award for Women Helping Women.