Norah Wynne

Lauren Ozbolt

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).

Joel Jahraus

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.

Alessa Balber

As a primary therapist, Alessa brings humor, play and honesty to her clients. As a seasoned therapist, she has a brilliant balance of delivering important truths, while creating a safe space for every client to explore their underlying issues in sessions as well as in her groups. Alessa’s excitement about life and relationship is contagious, and she helps clients recognize what they could be recovering to.

Susan Norman

With a nurturing presence, Susan has an uncanny ability to make clients and families feel taken care of. Her humor and unwavering compassion allow her to oversee the individual medical needs of each client, while working closely with our clinical director, therapists, medical doctor, psychiatrist and team of nurses to ensure the highest quality of care. 

Kelly Souza

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.

Gary Schneider

Gary cares for each client with compassion and patience as the Attending Physician at Monte Nido. Dr. Schneider graduated from the A.T. Still University of Health Sciences/Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine, and specializes in Family Medicine. With over 20 years of treating eating disorder patients, his attention to detail and breadth of knowledge ensures that no problem is overlooked and no patient un-noticed. His expertise brings a sense of security and his wit brings a bit of fun to the program.

Samantha Wilk

Samantha obtained a Masters degree in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University, Santa Barbara. Starting as a mental health worker at the Eating Disorder Center of California and Monte Nido Vista, Samantha now works at a primary therapist at our original Monte Nido house. With a background of personal recovery from an eating disorder, she is able to relate with the struggles our clients often face as well as remind them that they, too, are capable of making a full recovery. In her spare time, you might find Samantha enjoying motherhood as a brand new mom!

Olivia Harrington

Olivia serves as a trainee therapist at Monte Nido and is in the process of completing her Master’s degree at Pepperdine University. She loves the field she is in and all of the challenges and rewards that it brings for clients and therapists, alike.

Gabby Miller

After practicing at Pacific Shores Eating Disorder Hospital, and the Free Clinic of Simi Valley, Gabrielle’s unique authenticity and creativity found their way to Monte Nido. An eclectic therapist, she utilizes a combination of mindfulness practice, CBT, DBT and family systems to help clients gain a better understanding of how to heal from their eating disorders. Her kindness and gentle nature create a safe space for all clients. She leads Creativity Group and Food and Feelings with a combination of playfulness, curiosity and warmth.