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).

Molly McShane

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.

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.

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.

Jennifer Phillion

Jennifer has become a vital asset to the nursing staff. Her bright sense of humor and contagious energy is felt by both clients and staff. She graduated with her BA in psychology from Westfield State, where she then went on to pursue her Associates in Nursing at Regis/Lawrence Memorial School of Nursing. Jennifer finished up with her BA in Nursing at UMASS Boston. Her excellent organizational skills and determination have made her a strong leader here at Monte Nido.


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Bernie Vacarro

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.


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Cynthia Cardoza

Cynthia Cardoza began her career with Monte Nido as a Certified Nurse Assistant at Monte Nido Vista. Cynthia then went on to serve as a Licensed Vocational Nurse for Monte Nido Vista and the Eating Disorder Center of California; a role she has been dedicated to since 2009. Cynthia has carried out a diversified nursing career, with a background in Hospice Case Management and working as an LVN at a Drug and Alcohol Treatment Center. Cynthia has also done volunteer work with Doctors Without Borders.  Cynthia brings her wealth of experience and knowledge to her work in caring for our clients throughout the duration of their treatment.

“And now here is my secret, a very simple secret: It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.” –The Little Prince



Amy Parker

Clients and their loved ones feel informed and reassured after speaking with Amy on the phone, or meeting her during a tour or admission. After working as a nurse at RainRock for over a year, Amy transitioned into the role of Intake Coordinator. As a mother of two, Amy is equipped and skilled at remaining calm and compassionate. In addition to managing the wait list, performing tours and admissions, Amy also conducts assessments and obtains pre-certification from insurance companies.


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