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In Memory of the Founder of EDReferral.com

...now run by the CEO, Dr. Kevin Grold

About the Director, Christine Hartline, MA.

Christine Hartline started EDReferral.com in 1999 to help others with eating disorders. She wanted to make a site that was simple to use and comprehensive so that the process of finding help could be as easy and pain-free as possible. Having eating disorders herself, she wanted to help others find the same sort of help that she had been able to discover by researching treatment options on her own. She poured her heart and soul into this project and EDReferral.com is a testament to all of her efforts.

We hope that this site helps you begin healing and that will be the testament to her spirit.

In Memory of Christine Hartline - Founder of EDReferral.com

Christine Hartline, the founder of EDReferral passed away in late March of 2012--she struggled with both anorexia and bulimia. In honor of Christine who gave so much to so many, particularly in the field of eating disorders, through her commitment of time, energy, knowledge and passion, the Christine Hartline FUND FOR ED Treatment had been created. The fund was the idea of many of Christine’s colleagues including Carolyn Costin, Sharon Peterson, Johanna Kandel, Gail Schoenbach, Lisa Kantor, and Kathleen MacDonald. We are thankful to Kevin, Christine’s husband, for allowing us to offer this opportunity for people to remember Christine.

EDReferral.com is now run by Dr. Kevin Grold who was Christine's husband for many years. He originally worked with his father on the Mental Health Referral Service of Southern California as far back as 1980.  Dr. Grold then turned that business into an international referral service, 1-800-therapist.com. Then in 1999, Ms. Hartline combined her knowledge of the eating disorder field with Dr. Grold's knowledge of helping people with referrals and EDReferral.com was born. After Christine passed away, Kevin has continued EDReferral as a tribute to her and her lifelong desire to help others with an eating disorder.

Christine Hartline also worked as an Advocate for the
Prevention of Domestic Violence and Animal Cruelty

Christine Hartline, MA was the Director of the Animal Safehouse Program at the Rancho Coastal Humane Society. The award winning Animal Safehouse Program (ASP) was the third program of its kind in the nation. The life-saving program is committed to breaking the cycle of violence. Victims of domestic violence and their children will often stay with a batterer because they fear their pet will be neglected, injured or killed if left behind. Concern for a beloved companion animal's welfare prevents or delays more than 50% of battered individuals from escaping domestic abuse, continuing to endanger themselves their children and their pets. The program provides a support service to domestic violence shelters which are unable to accept pets. We provide temporary shelter for the pets of victims of domestic violence, allowing battered individuals to escape abuse and seek safety. Because of this assistance, no one is forced to choose between abandoning a beloved pet and staying in an abusive relationship. With help from the Animal Safehouse Program, survivors and their children can seek shelter, medical treatment and counseling, knowing their pets are safe.


The fund is set up thru the F.R.E.E.D. Foundation (For Recovery & Elimination of Eating Disorders), a 501(c) 3 organization dedicated to raising funding for people to receive treatment. All donations are tax deductible and 100% of monies go directly to an individual's treatment. The foundation will let Christine's husband Kevin know how the money raised was used, as well as send you a receipt and acknowledgement for your donation.

If you have any questions about donating, please contact Kathleen.

Our Mission

Business in our society has been built on the capitalistic model which in turn is based--whether we like it or not--on the premise of "survival of the fittest." Unfortunately, the "fittest " in business are often those who lie, cheat, steal, and generally get around the rules. This is not the way it has to be. We as professionals in the mental health field can lead the way as we strive to straddle the fence between being smart business people and conscientious human beings. We can work together and share our ideas. We can attempt to form an atmosphere where we interact from a position of trust--not fear of a lawsuit. An environment where a person's word and a handshake actually mean something--if we don't start, it will never happen.

We cannot diagnose or treat eating disorders or provide additional assistance by email. Information provided by the Eating Disorder Referral and Information Center is not a substitute for medical treatment or psychological care. It is vital that you talk with your physician and a qualified mental health professional regarding eating disorder symptoms and treatment.

While EDReferral includes articles and links to sites which provide additional information on eating disorders and related topics, EDReferral does not endorse or recommend any site, product or service provided on these links.

In Partnership with the American Eating Disorder Association- -SINCE 1999