Monte Nido & Affiliates

Our Partnership Story

Monte Nido & Affiliates includes three distinct eating disorder treatment programs: Monte Nido, Oliver-Pyatt Centers and Clementine. Our programs were founded and developed by women who are all fully recovered and are now leaders in the eating disorder field; Carolyn Costin, Wendy Oliver-Pyatt and Vicki Kroviak.

In 1996, Carolyn opened the first Monte Nido in Malibu, California offering a treatment setting she would have liked to have been available to her when she was recovering from her own eating disorder. She was followed by Wendy and Vicki opening Oliver-Pyatt Centers in 2008. What binds Monte Nido & Affiliates together is our shared histories, vast overlap in mission, language, models and approaches, treating those who present with eating disorders as people first, patients/clients second, dedication to best-in-class eating disorder treatment, commitment to being industry leaders and a belief in being fully recovered.

Location Timeline

Monte Nido

1996, residential treatment for women and girls in Malibu, CA

Monte Nido Vista

2008, residential treatment for women and girls in Agoura Hills, CA

Eating Disorder Center of California

2008, day treatment for women, girls and males in Brentwood, CA

Monte Nido Rain Rock

2008, residential treatment for women in Eugene, OR

Eating Disorder Center of Eugene

2009, day treatment for women, girls and males in Eugene, OR

Eating Disorder Center of Portland

2013, day treatment for women, girls and males in Portland, OR

Monte Nido Laurel Hill

2013, residential treatment for women and girls in Medford, MA

Monte Nido Manhattan

2013, day treatment for women, girls and males in New York, NY

Monte Nido River Towns

2014, residential treatment for women and girls in Irvington, NY

Eating Disorder Center of Boston

2015, day treatment for women, girls and males in Boston, MA

Eating Disorder Center of Philadelphia

2016, day treatment for women, girls and males in Villanova, PA

At A Glance

Monte Nido & Affiliates includes three clinical programs: Monte Nido, Oliver-Pyatt Centers and Clementine. Monte Nido and Oliver-Pyatt Centers provide residential treatment for women, with Monte Nido providing day treatment programs for women and men. Clementine provides residential treatment for girls aged 13 – 18 (and 17 in some states). Monte Nido’s residential locations are located in Malibu, CA, Agoura Hills, CA, Eugene, OR, Irvington, NY and Boston, MA. Monte Nido’s day treatment locations are located in Los Angeles, CA, San Diego, CA, Eugene, OR, Portland, OR, New York, NY, Boston, MA and Philadelphia, PA. Oliver-Paytt Centers residential programs are located in Miami, FL. Clementine’s residential programs are in Miami, FL and Portland, OR.

Why choose a Monte Nido & Affiliates program?

We are strongly rooted in the eating disorder treatment field, with over 20 years experience providing residential care, pioneered by Carolyn Costin. All of our programs are in a beautiful homelike location, which promote tranquility and connection to nature, and provide an environment conducive to healing. We provide training, growth and opportunity, and feel solidly rooted in our belief that our staff is our greatest asset we have to offer our clients. We strive to retain talent and encourage creativity. We are part of a larger group of people that advocate and support eating disorder treatment efforts within our industry. Our colleagues at other treatment centers, as well as organizations that focus on prevention, education and advocacy, are our trusted partners and collaborators. We are passionate. Our programs “know who they are” and provide environments that foster creativity and excellence. We relentlessly strive to grow and refine while not changing what has been integral to our clients ability to become fully recovered. We walk the talk of our therapeutic approach.
  • We are human beings first, therapists second.
  • We practice truth without judgment.
  • We skillfully balance nurturing and challenging.
  • We work on strengthening each client’s healthy self.
  • We teach clients to reach out to people rather than their eating disorder.
  • We combine evidence-based treatment with mindfulness practices and other therapies.
  • We are experts at using recovered staff as inspiration and role models.
  • We offer competitive benefits for our employees.

Working with Us

Monte Nido & Affiliates – including Monte Nido, Oliver-Pyatt Centers and Clementine – is a place where you can make a difference in someone’s life who is suffering from an eating disorder. Whether you work in a clinical role at one of our locations, or in outreach or insurance departments, these roles are the fabric that hold all clients in our care. Working with us is an opportunity to learn from the eating disorder treatment industry’s top clinicians, utilizing the most trusted approaches to treatment. Monte Nido, Oliver-Pyatt Centers and Clementine multidisciplinary teams include therapists, physicians, dietitians, nurses and other recovery specialists, all experienced in providing proven and trusted eating disorder treatment. We provide a rewarding and enriching professional experience through the care we provide, relationships with clients and staff, training opportunities, and our Monte Nido & Affiliates team approach.

To review and apply for open employment opportunities with Monte Nido & Affiliates Corporate or one of our affiliate programs, including Monte Nido, Oliver-Pyatt Centers and Clementine adolescent treatment programs, please click on the corresponding position below.


Our Monte Nido & Affiliates Leadership

Vicki Kroviak | Chief Executive Officer

Vicki-Kroviak---Irvington---MNNewYork---04Vicki uses her passion, vision and personal recovery experience to guide her as the Chief Executive Officer of Monte Nido and Affiliates. Co-founder of an eating disorder treatment program in Miami with her lifelong friend, Dr. Wendy Oliver-Pyatt, Vicki has always been committed to offering best practice treatment. With three daughters of her own, she strives to create an environment that she would refer her own personal friends and family to if they were in need. As a founding member of the Residential Eating Disorders Consortium (REDC), Vicki helped create collaboration between residential treatment providers to increase access to high quality care. In partnering with Monte Nido, Vicki is excited to be leading the effort to serve more clients across the US with the thoughtful, compassionate and individualized treatment for which Monte Nido & Affiliates is known.

Doug Bunnell, PhD, FAED, CEDS | Chief Clinical Officer

Doug Bunnell - EDTNY - MNewYork - 05Doug Bunnell is an expert clinician and leader in the eating disorder field. He brings over three decades of experience and a wealth of knowledge to his role as Chief Clinical Officer. A graduate of Yale University, Doug did his doctoral training at Northwestern University. He is a former board chair of the National Eating Disorders Association, a fellow of the Academy for Eating Disorders, author and frequent presenter at national and international conferences. He is passionate about research and the latest advancements in the field, and equally committed to individualized client care. Doug’s ability to put the latest scientific research into practice creates a successful program and a milieu that fosters trust and respect from both staff and clients alike.

Keesha Amezcua, MA, LMFT, CED | Vice President of Clinical Programming

Keesha Amezcua - 03 - APPROVEDKeesha Amezcua is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Certified Eating Disorders Specialist. She has over 10 years of experience working in the eating disorder field and is trained in EMDR. She has worked at Monte Nido in various roles including Primary Therapist and Clinical Director, and she recently served as the Director of Residential Services. Keesha earned her bachelors degree in Journalism from Texas A&M and went on to earn her masters degree in Clinical Psychology from Pepperdine University. Currently, she is the Vice President of Clinical Programming overseeing all Monte Nido & Affiliates programs.

Keesha presents nationally at various conferences including the National Eating Disorder Association (NEDA) Conference and the ICED conference for the Academy of Eating Disorders (AED). She is co-author of the Dads & Daughters chapter in Carolyn Costin’s book “Your Dieting Daughter” and is a contributor for various articles and books in the eating disorder field. Being recovered herself provides additional passion and purpose for this work.

Melissa McLain Coffin, PhD, CEDS | Senior Director of East Coast Clinical Programming

Dr. Melissa McLain is a licensed psychologist and a certified eating disorder specialist with extensive experience in the treatment of anorexia, bulimia, binge eating disorder, and compulsive over-exercise. She received her doctoral degree in counseling psychology from the University of Southern California and completed doctoral training at the University of California, Davis. Currently our Senior Director of East Coast Clinical Programming and Development, she served as a Clinical Director at Oliver-Pyatt Centers since the opening in 2008. Dr. McLain is an active board member of the Miami-Dade NEDA committee, and a member of several other professional organizations. She has presented nationally on eating disorders, body image, food rules, and self-care at conferences by the National Eating Disorder Association, the Binge Eating Disorder Association, and the International Association for Eating Disorder Professionals. Her daily work is dedicated to providing and overseeing the successful treatment of women working towards recovery.

Jennifer Gallagher | Chief Development Officer

JGallagher0046_380Jennifer comes to Monte Nido with three decades of experience growing leading healthcare companies. Over the last 10 years, she has led the geographic expansion of behavioral health providers who were innovators in their fields. At Monte Nido, she works closely with the clinical and leadership teams to bring Monte Nido’s trusted clinical care into new markets either through start-ups or acquisitions. Prior to entering the field of behavioral health, Jennifer was a founder of one of the first diversified post-acute healthcare companies in the U.S. She received an MS from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a BA in Psychology from Connecticut College.

Lyn Goldring, RN, BN, CEDRN | Vice President of Nursing

Lyn-Goldring---Vista---02Lyn practiced her nursing skills all over the world before finding her way to Monte Nido years ago. With consistent compassion she helped to create our current nursing program, managing the well being of our clients’ and team of nurses. Lyn’s wisdom and British wit are an essential element of our program, while clients find a safe haven in her kindness.

Carrie Hunnicutt, MA | Vice President of Marketing

Carrie-HunnicuttCarrie is the Vice President of Marketing for Monte Nido and Oliver-Pyatt Centers. She completed her undergraduate degree in Business at Western Connecticut State University and went on to earn her MA in Counseling from the University of Arizona. Carrie has close to twenty years experience working in the behavioral health business development area, and presents on a variety of topics related to the behavioral health business development industry. She previously served as the Secretary for IAEDP Connecticut Chapter. She has received numerous awards for her work in the field included the Unsung Hero Award at the Caron Foundations Award Breakfast, and she was the recipient of the David Brumer Excellence in Education Award.

Rachel Matusko | Senior Director of West Coast Clinical Programming

Rachel-Matusko---Vista---03Rachel Matusko is Monte Nido’s Senior Director of West Coast Clinical Programming and Development. She began at Monte Nido as a therapist, using cognitive behavioral techniques to lead clients to a greater understanding of how their thoughts affect their eating disorder behaviors. Rachel was quickly promoted to a leadership role within our family as Admissions Director and now to a more clinically based role. One of Rachel’s greatest strengths is her ability to quickly develop a trusting relationship and connect with clients and their families.

Liz Mershon | Vice President of Business and Operations

David Rezendes | Vice President of Facilities

955002David has over 25 years of experience in health care construction, facilities operations and procurement. He has managed health care facilities for all size companies from start up to Fortune 50 companies. David has a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Massachusetts and an MBA from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He lives in Mystic, CT where he and his wife are enjoying their new status as empty nesters by traveling, playing golf and cycling.

Lisa Riggs | Director of Human Resources

Melissa Spann, PhD, CEDS | Senior Director of Admissions

Melissa Spann Melissa Spann, PhD, CEDS is a licensed psychotherapist who specializes in working with women and families to effectively engage them in the treatment process from their initial point of contact. Her previous clinical work has included serving as a primary therapist at Oliver- Pyatt Centers, The Renfrew Center and Life Counseling Services in Pennsylvania. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida, master’s degree from the University of Miami, and her doctoral degree from Drexel University. Dr. Spann has served as our Director of Admissions since 2014. Dr. Spann has presented nationally on topics related to adolescent development and body image issues. Her clinical interests include the intersection of trauma and eating disorders, body image development, proactively building for health, and women’s issues across the lifespan.