Keesha 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.
Special words from Keesha…
“I believe that our philosophy at Monte Nido is not just a way of treating eating disorders, but rather a way of being a healthier, more whole human in the world. It feels easy to support the work we do because it is congruent with how I want to live my life and who I want to be. Monte Nido has been my home for 11+ years and the people have become my west coast family. While I know that this work is important and provides me with meaning and purpose, it is the people I am privileged to work alongside that make every day a blessing.”
Kelly Souza, Licensed Psychologist, obtained her Master’s of Arts in Counseling Psychology and Doctorate of Psychology from Southern California Seminary. She has been working in the field of mental health for the past 14 years in various settings including residential foster care, a psychiatric hospital, various partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient programs and outpatient therapy centers. Kelly has worked with various populations; including individuals with eating disorders, children and adolescents with severe emotional disturbances, adolescents on probation, adults with co-occurring mental health and addiction issues, adults with severe psychotic disorders, couples and families. Her clinical background and passion for eating disorder recovery provides a sense of trust and helps foster a safe environment for clients as they begin this path to a happier, healthier life. Kelly has seen how recovery from an eating disorder can restore a person’s entire view of him or herself and allow him or her to become participating members of his or her life. Being a part of this journey with clients is a blessing.
Dr. Melissa McLain Coffin 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. Since 2008, she worked at Oliver-Pyatt Centers in Miami as a Clinical Director of residential treatment and eventually moved into the role of Senior Director of Clinical Programming and Development, overseeing adult residential, partial and intensive outpatient programming as well as adolescent residential programs. This role expanded in 2016 as Dr. McLain Coffin became the Senior Director of East Coast Clinical Programming for Monte Nido and Affiliates. She currently oversees Monte Nido residential and day treatment programs as well as Clementine adolescent facilities on the East Coast. She also presents nationally on eating disorders at conferences like the National Eating Disorder Association, the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals and the Multiservice Eating Disorder Association. Her daily work is dedicated to supporting the successful treatment of people working towards a full recovery.
Kristen obtained her Masters of Art Therapy and Counseling from the Southern Illinois University of Edwardsville and specialized in substance abuse and complex trauma. Kristen came to Monte Nido with prior experience as an eating disorder therapist and served as a primary therapist and assistant clinical director at our Rain Rock and Eating Disorder Center of Portland facilities. Kristen now works as the Clinical Director at the Eating Disorder Center of Eugene. With a background of 18 years as a competitive figure skater, Kristen particularly loves working with athletes.
“I’m an avid painter and love nature so Oregon is heaven for me! I love exploring the Pacific Northwest with my partner and finding all the hidden gems this place has to offer. I feel lucky I get to spend my summers kayaking down the Mckenzie or Willamette, camping in old growth forests and painting on the coast. On top of that I work with an amazing group of passionate people so life is pretty good.”