Monte Nido

Mountain Nest


Malibu, CA

Nestled in the foothills of Malibu Canyon on two acres of pine, oak, sycamore and fruit trees, the Monte Nido eating disorder treatment program lives up to its name, “Mountain Nest”. Monte Nido is our original location, opening its doors in 1996, and was the first licensed eating disorder treatment program providing care in a home-like setting. Surrounded by a state park with hiking trails leading to the beach, Monte Nido is located in a secluded cabin in Calabasas, right outside of Malibu. It is equipped for six clients, with its own gym, private bath and deck in each bedroom overlooking a giant oak.

Program Components

  • Psychiatric and Medical Management and Treatment
  • Evidence based and state-of-the-art protocols backed by a high success rate demonstrated in our outcome study
  • Experienced and dedicated staff that includes recovered professionals
  • A natural environment conducive to healing
  • High amount of individual therapeutic sessions
  • Group therapy that solidifies and establishes other components of treatment
  • Family therapy including individual family sessions, weekly multi-family groups and once a month 2-day family weekend
  • Unique level system that meets the client where she is and re-evaluates the client as she progresses through the program

At Monte Nido & Affiliates, our goal is to help make treatment accessible and we are committed to working with families to access care. Monte Nido is in network with Aetna, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross, Beach Health Options (formerly Value Options), Cigna, MHN, Magellan (MHSA), UBH, United, Oxford, Optum, Providence and Pacificare. Please see our Financial Considerations page for more information.  

Monte Nido is Joint Commission Accredited.

A Letter from Monte Nido Mountain Nest's Clinical Director

Living with an eating disorder can be a lonely and isolating existence; though the idea of changing can feel daunting and overwhelming. At Monte Nido, we know these feelings and understand this conflict. We know how small life can become and how complicated it can feel to approach the recovery process. Having time and space to talk about the feelings that come along with an eating disorder and the recovery process is an important part of the journey. The staff at Monte Nido believe recovery happens when you are able to transition from your eating disordered behaviors to the relationships with staff and peers, and ultimately, to the relationships in your life. Throughout the recovery process, building deep, meaningful and soul guided relationships can lead to a fully recovered life, one that you may have believed was unattainable. Watching individuals transform their lives from the emptiness of an eating disorder to the fullness of life is what makes this work so rewarding and fulfilling.

Moreen Rubin
MA, LMFT, PsyD | Clinical Director

Mountain Nest Gallery

Sit down with Vice President of Clinical Programming Keesha Amezcua, MA, LMFT, CED at Monte Nido Mountain Nest

Treatment Center Staff

Malibu, CA

Doug Bunnell

Chief Clinical Officer
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Keesha Amezcua

Vice President of Clinical Programming
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Rachel Matusko

Senior Director of West Coast Clinical Programming
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Moreen Rubin

Clinical Director
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Gary Schneider

Staff Physician
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Samantha Wilk

Primary Therapist
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Gabby Miller

Group Therapist
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Amanda Avilia


Olivia Harrington

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Isabelle Bryer

Program Coordinator
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Jordan Watson

Director of West Coast Outreach
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Monte Nido Mountain Nest Testimonial

I have never experienced such unconditional love, support and more than that hope, a home that is so full of love and care, and nothing but safety.

– A.P.