Monte Nido staff consists of industry leaders and experts. Monte Nido’s clinical leadership team oversees our clinical, medical, nutritional and programmatic services at our residential, partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient programs.
Doug Bunnell, PhD, FAED, CEDS | Chief Clinical Officer
Doug Bunnell is an expert clinician and leader in the eating disorder field. He brings over three decades of experience and a wealth of knowledge to his role as Chief Clinical Officer. A graduate of Yale University, Dr. Bunnell did his doctoral training at Northwestern University. He is a former board chair of the National Eating Disorders Association, a fellow of the Academy for Eating Disorders, author and frequent presenter at national and international conferences. He is passionate about research and the latest advancements in the field, and equally committed to individualized client care. Dr. Bunnell’s ability to put the latest scientific research into practice creates a successful program and a milieu that fosters trust and respect from both staff and clients alike.
Keesha Amezcua, MA, LMFT, CEDS | Vice President of Clinical Programming
Keesha Amezcua is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Certified Eating Disorders Specialist. She has over 10 years of experience working in the eating disorder field and is trained in EMDR. She has worked at Monte Nido in various roles including Primary Therapist and Clinical Director, and she recently served as the Director of Residential Services. Keesha earned her bachelors degree in Journalism from Texas A&M and went on to earn her masters degree in Clinical Psychology from Pepperdine University. Currently, she is the Vice President of Clinical Programming overseeing all Monte Nido & Affiliates programs.
Keesha presents nationally at various conferences including the National Eating Disorder Association (NEDA) Conference and the ICED conference for the Academy of Eating Disorders (AED). She is co-author of the Dads & Daughters chapter in Carolyn Costin’s book “Your Dieting Daughter” and is a contributor for various articles and books in the eating disorder field. Being recovered herself provides additional passion and purpose for this work.
Lyn Goldring, RN, BN, CEDRN | Vice President of Nursing
Lyn practiced her nursing skills all over the world before finding her way to Monte Nido years ago. With consistent compassion she helped to create our current nursing program, managing the well being of our clients’ and team of nurses. Lyn’s wisdom and British wit are an essential element of our program, while clients find a safe haven in her kindness.
Melissa Coffin, PhD, CEDS | Senior Director of East Coast Clinical Programming
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.
Rachel Matusko, MA, LMFT | Senior Director of West Coast Clinical Programming
Rachel Matusko is Monte Nido’s Senior Director of West Coast Clinical Programming and Development. She began at Monte Nido as a therapist, using cognitive behavioral techniques to lead clients to a greater understanding of how their thoughts affect their eating disorder behaviors. Rachel was quickly promoted to a leadership role within our family as Admissions Director and now to a more clinically based role. One of Rachel’s greatest strengths is her ability to quickly develop a trusting relationship and connect with clients and their families.
Anna Sweeney, MS, RD, LDN, CEDRD | Director of Nutrition Services
Anna is a Registered Dietitian, Certified Sports Nutritionist, and owner of Whole Life Nutrition. Anna is an expert in the treatment of individuals struggling with eating disorders, disordered eating, and emotional eating. She works combining her knowledge of nutritional sciences, experience in the treatment of eating disorders, and heartfelt care. She likes the opportunity to share her passion about nutrition, wellness, and the pleasures of living a whole life with her clients. Anna’s goal is to help her clients find health, unleash their own wisdom with abandon, appreciate the lessons found in caring for themselves, and enjoy every bite.
Anna Kowalski, MA, LMFT | Chief Experience Officer & Brand Ambassador
Anna is a licensed marriage and family therapist and a certified eating disorder specialist. She has worked and trained under the supervision of Carolyn Costin at Monte Nido since 2000, and has been integral in the development of the philosophy and growth of the company from the original six bed “mountain nest” to the now affiliates including Monte Nido, Oliver Pyatt Centers and Clementine. With fierce protection, uncanny humor and insightful honesty, Anna’s gift is bringing out each client’s healthy self. Her bold authenticity and use of positive psychology have endeared her to clients through the years. Anna is passionate about family therapy and continues to train the staff in all of the Monte Nido facilities as well as speaking nationally and training clinicians in the field. She helps families reconnect with one another, opening the lines of communication during what is often a long and difficult journey to recovery. Anna also has a private practice in Agoura Hills, CA.
Recovered Staff and Leadership
Monte Nido believes that individuals seeking treatment for eating disorders can become fully recovered. Clients consistently tell us that our philosophy, combined with the fact that they actually get to see and work with recovered staff members, was key in their getting well. Monte Nido’s Founder Carolyn Costin, recovered herself from anorexia nervosa since 1976, has held the position and spoken out openly for over three decades that being fully recovered is possible.
Many clients come to Monte Nido after years of struggling with the illness. They are exhausted, defeated and quite hopeless. They are filled with hope when they see professionals who have made peace with their food and body issues and through modeling prove their eating disorder is a thing of the past. Our staff has confidence in understanding and dealing directly with the eating disorder symptoms while offering hope and inspiration to our clients that they, too, can become fully recovered.
Carolyn Costin, MA, MEd, LMFT, CEDS | Founder
Carolyn recovered from anorexia in her twenties, became a therapist, and saw her first eating disorder client in 1979. In 1996, after successfully directing other programs, she created Monte Nido, the first residential eating disorder treatment program in a home setting, and the first to use professional staff recovered from eating disorders. Monte Nido & Affiliates, which now provides residential and day treatment in California, Massachusetts, New York, Oregon and Pennsylvania. Carolyn’s clinical insight, personalized approach, and extensive experience underlie Monte Nido’s treatment success. She is a tireless advocate, consultant and media expert on eating and exercise disorders, frequently training clinicians and speaking locally, nationally, and internationally. Carolyn is a Fellow of the Academy of Eating Disorders, editor for Eating Disorders, The Journal of Treatment and Prevention, and trustee of the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals. Carolyn’s books (The Eating Disorder Source Book, 100 Questions and Answers About Eating Disorders, 8 Keys to Recovery From an Eating Disorder, Yoga and Eating Disorders, and Your Dieting Daughter) explain eating disorders to sufferers, their loved ones, and the public–and help professionals to treat these complex illnesses effectively.