Dr. Lauren Ozbolt, MD, CEDS, FAPA is a board certified Adult, Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist who specializes in the evidence-based treatment of mood, anxiety and eating disorders. She currently serves as the Medical Director for Monte Nido & Affiliates. Prior to joining Clementine, Dr. Ozbolt founded and was the Medical Director of the University of Miami Eating Disorder Program and served as Chief Resident during her training in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of Miami. She attended Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City where she graduated Alpha Omega Alpha. Extensively trained in psychopharmacology, Dr. Ozbolt offers a comprehensive personalized approach that is tailored to her patients’ individual needs. Her empathetic and thoughtful approach to care has made her a favorite among teenagers and adults alike.
Dr. Ozbolt’s work and research in the eating disorder field is widely recognized. She is the recipient of the prestigious American Medical Women’s Association Glasgow-Rubin Achievement Citation and T. Byram Karasu Award for Psychotherapy. Dr. Ozbolt presents regularly at academic conferences and eating disorder functions. She has presented at The Annual Symposium for The International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals (IAEDP) for the past several years and has also been featured on several local TV and radio stations as an eating disorder expert. Additionally, she serves on the Mentor and Outreach Committee for IAEDP and is a Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association (FAPA).
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.
Jamie Bratman is a Registered Dietitian. She graduated from UC Davis with a Bachelor of Science in Clinical Nutrition and went on to the University of Minnesota for her dietetic internship, the only internship in the country with an eating disorder emphasis. During her internship, Jamie worked at The Emily Program in the adult residential Anna Westin House and in the adolescent PHP program. Throughout college, Jamie worked as a Dietary Assistant at the Eating Recovery Center of California in Sacramento.
From one person who has “been there” to another: “nobody said it would be easy, they only said it would be worth it.”
Megan Becker, MFTI completed her bachelors degree at Occidental College and her graduate degree at Antioch University where she earned her masters in Clinical Psychology. Currently, Megan serves as a Group Therapist at the Monte Nido Eating Disorder Center of California. Prior to joining EDCC, she worked as a Marriage and Family Therapist intern at the Antioch University Counseling Center. A fun fact about Megan is she has been skydiving in Queenstown New Zealand & has summited the highest peak in Australia (Mount Kosciuszko)!
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.
Lindsay Gooze is a Therapist at the Monte Nido Eating Disorder Center of California. Lindsay earned her bachelor’s degree from UCLA, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude, and then went on to obtain her master’s degree from California State University – Northridge. Her loving and authentic spirit helps her connect with clients on an individual basis, as she gets to know who they are apart from their eating disorder. She provides structure, support, and fun for the clients who live at the EDCC apartment by planning organized meals, games, and movie nights. Lindsay is studying to be a therapist and believes in the potential for full recovery in each client.
Nikki is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and currently works as the Lead Therapist at Monte Nido’s Eating Disorder Center of California. Nikki earned her graduate degree from the University of Southern California. She uses her quirky enthusiasm to encourage her clients to help discover their true identities. Her humanistic approach helps her to join with the clients to collaborate and help them learn to trust and find trust within themselves. Whether it’s leading creativity group, playing games at mealtimes, or working with families, Nikki loves to help however she can.
Abby’s kind and nurturing nature along with her empathy makes her a powerful source of guidance for the staff as well as an excellent therapist. She plays an integral role in each client’s treatment process; from initial assessments to overseeing client progress and struggles to helping with clients’ transitions into life, Abby works with clients and staff every step of the way. She is calm, soothing, and approachable but is able to be stronger and louder than clients’ eating disorder voices. Her diligence to get the care that each client deserves is what drives her to be available for clients. A natural born leader, Abby is a reliable, stable force at the Monte Nido’s Eating Disorder Center of California.
Sandy Gershenson brings an extremely diversified background to Monte Nido. From completing a 2-year program at UCLA for dental nursing and working as a Registered Dental Assistant to another program at UCLA for interior design, Sandy found her passion in culinary classes that she took throughout the years. Sandy started with Monte Nido as the Kitchen manager at the Eating Disorder Center of California and has been working since 2007 as the EDCC chef. She expresses gratitude for her spouse, children, their spouses, her grandchildren whom she shares she learns from everyday, and all the wonderful women in her life who keep her connected to her spirit.
The Dalai Lama, when asked what surprised him most about humanity, answered “Man. He sacrifices his health in order to make money. Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health. And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present; the result being that he does not live in the present or the future; he lives as if he is never going to die and then he dies having never really lived.”