Molly McShane, MD, MPH is a board certified psychiatrist and currently serves as the Medical Director for Monte Nido & Affiliates. Dr. McShane practices psychotherapy and medication management for a range of psychiatric conditions including, but not limited to, depression, anxiety, trauma, ADHD, bipolar disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, PTSD, panic attacks, substance abuse and eating disorders. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Biology from Duke University and her M.D. and Master’s in Public Health from the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. Dr. McShane completed her psychiatry residency training at the University of Miami and Jackson Memorial Hospital, and served as Chief Resident. In addition to her work at OPC, Dr. McShane is a psychoanalyst-in-training at the Florida Psychoanalytic Institute, and has completed the Institute’s two year Psychoanalytic Psychodynamic Course.
The prestigious American College of Psychiatrists named Dr. McShane a Laughlin Fellow, which is awarded to ten psychiatry residents nationally each year for outstanding leadership and significant achievements. She was also one of five residents in the nation to be named a Ginsberg Fellow for her leadership and excellence in education. In 2011, Dr. McShane was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honors Society. Additionally, she is on the board of the Eating Disorders Coalition and participates in their National Lobby Days in Washington, DC, advocating for insurance coverage for individuals seeking treatment for eating disorders.
Dr. Joel Jahraus is well-known and respected for his two decades of specialization in the medical management of patients with eating disorders. A board-certified physician for over 30 years, he is a recognized expert on diabetes and the medical complications of eating disorders. Dr. Jahraus came to us directly from Park Nicollet-Melrose Institute in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where he most recently served as Executive Director, with program oversight and direct management of patient care. He has been associated with the Melrose Institute (formerly the Eating Disorders Institute) since 1992. In addition to his experience with hospital-based programs, he also served as Medical Director at Remuda Treatment Centers in Phoenix, Arizona, from 2002 to 2004, where he worked with residential and outpatient levels of care.
Dr. Jahraus graduated from Washington University Medical School in St. Louis, Missouri, and has a background in family medicine. He entered an academic career as Associate Director of the University of Minnesota Family Medicine Residency Program. He then took a position as the Predoctoral Director at the University of Minnesota Medical School. During his teaching career at the University of Minnesota Medical School, Dr. Jahraus received the Distinguished Teacher of the Year Award. He co-authored a chapter on eating disorders in Textbook of Psychosomatic Medicine, published by the American Psychiatric Association, and has been featured in various national media, including two public television documentaries on eating disorders. He testified at a United States Congressional Briefing on the need for health insurance coverage for eating disorder treatment. For his outstanding contributions to the field, he received the prestigious Ellis Island Medal of Honor in 2011, and was named a Top Doctor of 2013 by U.S. News and World Report.
Having practiced in Colorado, North Dakota, and Minnesota, Joel is enjoying the warm weather here in South Florida. He has four grown children.
Special word from Dr. Jahraus…
Patients with eating disorders suffer from many medical complications of their illness. Highly competent doctors and nurse practitioners are needed to provide optimal care. I am so pleased with the quality of the medical staff at MN&A who treat an individual, not just an illness. They don’t just look at achieving standards of care but truly exceeding them each and every day for every patient. No one exceeds the quality of medical care that we deliver and you won’t find more competent or personable professionals than those I’ve personally chosen to work at MN&A.
Britt first studied business at Miami University and worked as an analyst at Bear Stearns and JP Morgan. Post financial crisis she switched gears and went back to school at CUNY School of Public Health at Hunter College where she obtained a Masters of Science in Nutrition. She worked as a dietitian first at Stamford Hospital in Connecticut as well as Center for Discovery before taking on her current role as a Registered Dietitian at Monte Nido Laurel Hill and the Eating Disorder Center of Boston. Though she never saw herself leaving New York, she moved to Boston for her role with Monte Nido and is loving it!
“If you work really hard and you’re kind amazing things will happen.”
Elise Zombardo first joined Monte Nido as an Administrative Assistant, and moved into the role of Intake Coordinator for Monte Nido Laurel Hill and Monte Nido Eating Disorder Center of Boston in June, 2015. Elise earned her Bachelors degree in Psychology from Oregon State University. “Loving ourselves through the process of owning our own story is the bravest thing we’ll ever do.” – Brene Brown
Monique Bellefleur, EdM works as a Primary Therapist at the Monte Nido Eating Disorder Center of Boston. Ms. Bellefleur first joined Monte Nido as a Group Therapist before moving into her current role. She specializes in eating disorder assessment and treatment, suicide prevention and multicultural counseling. Ms. Bellefleur earned both her Bachelors and Masters degrees from Boston University, and graduated Cum Laude. Prior to joining Monte Nido, Ms. Bellefleur worked as a Clinical Intern at the Multi-Service Eating Disorder Association (MEDA), and Assistant Director of International Admissions and Immigration at Boston University. She also volunteers at fundraisers for the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center (BARCC). Ms. Bellefleur enjoys spending time with her King Charles Cavalier Spaniel, Doug, in her free time.
Courtney graduated from the University of Maryland with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. She has her master’s degree in social work from Boston University where she specialized in group counseling. Courtney has a background in individual and family therapy and is excited to continue helping clients and their families find ways to work together toward their goals.
After graduating with a master’s degree in counseling from Southern Connecticut State University, Christine began working with Monte Nido as the Intake Coordinator at Monte Nido Laurel Hill. After gaining clinical experience in the field, Christine returned to Monte Nido as a Primary Therapist at Eating Disorder Center of Boston. Christine brings a strong background in family-based treatment in eating disorders and has a passion for rallying the entire family around the client who is working to recover. And now Christine is looking forward to her new role as Assistant Clinical Director.
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.
Samantha works as an intern at the Eating Disorder Center of Boston. Already having received her Master of Education from Boston University, Samantha is expected to complete her second Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology with a concentration in Sports Psychology. Her goal is the educate coaches and athletic departments on college campuses about the prevalence of eating disorders among athletes and their associated risks. When not working ambitiously with clients or on her career goals, you might find Samantha learning to play the ukulele!
Bernie Vaccaro, MD is a board certified psychiatrist with training in General Adult Psychiatry, Psychosomatic Medicine, and Neuropsychiatry. Dr. Vacarro earned his doctoral degree from Georgetown University School of Medicine, and completed his residency at the Massachetts Mental Health Center and the Brigham & Women’s Hospital in Psychiatry. His clinical interests include psychotherapy of PTSD, Sensorimotor psychotherapy, Neurofeedback, and other somatically based treatments, as well as, the more traditional psychopharmacological interventions. In addition to his work at Monte Nido’s Residential and Partial Programs, Dr. Vacarro is on the staff of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and maintains a private practice.