We are a team of compassionate, creative artists who dare to view eating disorder recovery resources from an unconventional angle.
"One of the greatest characteristics of humanity is the ability to change. Even if you feel stuck or scared, there are wonderfully brave people who have gone before you and have climbed their own personal Mount Everest. Follow their lead."
Mike Thomas | Founder & CEO
Mike is a university professor, psychologist, and visionary. Most importantly, Mike is a husband to his beautiful wife Lindley and a father to his two children, Lucy and Jack.
Creativity and out of the box thinking are a way of life for Mike. He would love to be an artist, but really can only draw stick figures (poorly). Still, however, he loves film, photography, writing, and the creative uses of these artistic expressions. Thus his idea to form a group committed to creative eating disorder recovery resources.
Whether you suffer from anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, or binge eating disorder, we hope that you are able to feel more motivated for recovery through our work.
In 2011, one of Mike's heroes, the late Maya Angelou, said "My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style." Mike and the team have sought to do all of these things at Recovery Spark. We hope that you are able to take something powerful away from our work. Contact Mike at firstname.lastname@example.org
"Perfection is boring, imperfection is beautiful and much more interesting."
Lisa Woods | Creative Director
Lisa is a RTW Fashion Stylist and Assistant Business Manager with a prestigious color cosmetic company. In the past Lisa spent years modeling in front of the camera but has since found her home behind the lense after taking a job as Visual Web Merchandiser for Forever 21 where she worked closely with the models and imagery.
Recovery Spark is a meaningful endeavor for Lisa who has spent the better half of her life working in an industry where eating disorders like anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa are far too prevalent and body image pressures are very real. She has been searching for a way to help capture the truth that "beauty" is more than the way it is often portrayed in the media.
Lisa is a mother to one furry feline named Callie and Puppy named Piper. She is a lover of coffee, animals, photography, fitness, fashion, travel, Etsy and all things inspiring. Lisa strongly believes the world is a better place because of Pinterest and has made it her mission in life to convert all those who have not yet discovered its worth. So being part of a group committed to bring high quality eating disorder recovery resources to the community was an easy "yes!".
"We must not allow other people's limited perceptions to define us."
Aidan Guynes | Film
Aidan is a filmmaker and avid urbexxer. Aside from being a part of the Recovery Spark team, Aidan directs short films, music videos, and many other filmic endeavors with a local Philadelphia production company. He loves movies, popcorn, abandoned buildings, and his faith. If you can fit all four of those into one night, he will make you his new best friend.
Aidan first fell under the enchantment of the moving picture when he was a sophomore in high school. He picked up a video camera, pressed record, and thought, “Hey, this is fun. I might not be the best now, but that’s nothing a few Youtube tutorials can’t fix!” Ever since, the magical methods of storytelling through film have drawn him in deeper and deeper.
As he began to learn about the art of film, Aidan understood that his true purpose is to send uplifting and transforming messages into the world through his artwork. A chance to use creativity and film to help people for the better is his dream. That is why when Mike approached him about helping use his gifts to create high quality eating disorder recovery resources through Recovery Spark, how could he refuse?
"A camera is an instrument that teaches us to see without a camera" - Dorothea Lange
David Robert | Photography
David greatly prefers photographs over writing words. Since he did not want to write a bio, we decided to do it for him. David is a bit of a renaissance man. He has worked in several fields including the military and in engineering, but found his love in photography.
He is rarely without a camera. Seriously. He really needs to put it down sometimes. His style is marked by the use of light.