Our Partnership Story
Monte Nido & Affiliates includes three distinct eating disorder treatment programs: Monte Nido, Oliver-Pyatt Centers and Clementine. Our programs were founded and developed by women who are all fully recovered and are now leaders in the eating disorder field; Carolyn Costin, Wendy Oliver-Pyatt and Vicki Kroviak.
In 1996, Carolyn opened the first Monte Nido in Malibu, California offering a treatment setting she would have liked to have been available to her when she was recovering from her own eating disorder. She was followed by Wendy and Vicki opening Oliver-Pyatt Centers in 2008. What binds Monte Nido & Affiliates together is our shared histories, vast overlap in mission, language, models and approaches, treating those who present with eating disorders as people first, patients/clients second, dedication to best-in-class eating disorder treatment, commitment to being industry leaders and a belief in being fully recovered.
At A Glance
Why choose a Monte Nido & Affiliates program?
- We are human beings first, therapists second.
- We practice truth without judgment.
- We skillfully balance nurturing and challenging.
- We work on strengthening each client’s healthy self.
- We teach clients to reach out to people rather than their eating disorder.
- We combine evidence-based treatment with mindfulness practices and other therapies.
- We are experts at using recovered staff as inspiration and role models.
- We offer competitive benefits for our employees.
Our Monte Nido & Affiliates Leadership
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, Doug 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. Doug’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, CED | 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.
Melissa McLain Coffin, PhD, CEDS | Senior Director of East Coast Clinical Programming
Dr. Melissa McLain 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. She received her doctoral degree in counseling psychology from the University of Southern California and completed doctoral training at the University of California, Davis. Currently our Senior Director of East Coast Clinical Programming and Development, she served as a Clinical Director at Oliver-Pyatt Centers since the opening in 2008. Dr. McLain is an active board member of the Miami-Dade NEDA committee, and a member of several other professional organizations. She has presented nationally on eating disorders, body image, food rules, and self-care at conferences by the National Eating Disorder Association, the Binge Eating Disorder Association, and the International Association for Eating Disorder Professionals. Her daily work is dedicated to providing and overseeing the successful treatment of women working towards recovery.
Jennifer Gallagher | Chief Development Officer
Jennifer comes to Monte Nido with three decades of experience growing leading healthcare companies. Over the last 10 years, she has led the geographic expansion of behavioral health providers who were innovators in their fields. At Monte Nido, she works closely with the clinical and leadership teams to bring Monte Nido’s trusted clinical care into new markets either through start-ups or acquisitions. Prior to entering the field of behavioral health, Jennifer was a founder of one of the first diversified post-acute healthcare companies in the U.S. She received an MS from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a BA in Psychology from Connecticut College.
Carrie Hunnicutt, MA | Vice President of Marketing
Carrie is the Vice President of Marketing for Monte Nido and Oliver-Pyatt Centers. She completed her undergraduate degree in Business at Western Connecticut State University and went on to earn her MA in Counseling from the University of Arizona. Carrie has close to twenty years experience working in the behavioral health business development area, and presents on a variety of topics related to the behavioral health business development industry. She previously served as the Secretary for IAEDP Connecticut Chapter. She has received numerous awards for her work in the field included the Unsung Hero Award at the Caron Foundations Award Breakfast, and she was the recipient of the David Brumer Excellence in Education Award.
Rachel Matusko | 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.
Liz Mershon | Vice President of Business and Operations
Prior to joining Monte Nido & Affliliates, Liz Mershon was the Vice President of Business Development and Operations at Miami Broadcast Center, independent television studios in South Florida. Liz led the studios to becoming the largest independent premier film and television studios in the Southeast. She established anchor clients such as Discovery Channel, Nickelodeon, NBC / Telemundo as well as Paramount Pictures and Columbia Tristar. During her time at Miami Broadcast Center the company’s revenue increased significantly which led to the sale of the business to NBC / Telemundo.
In June of 2008, Liz shifted her business development to start up Oliver-Pyatt Centers. She was instrumental in developing the business and creating systems that positioned the company for growth. Liz has worn many hats throughout her time working in behavioral health; from running admissions, billing, contracting and operations. Her vast knowledge of the business has positioned her as a Senior Vice President of Operations for Monte Nido & Affiliates, the position in which she currently serves, overseeing operations and business functions for the company’s 22 national facilities.
David Rezendes | Vice President of Facilities
David has over 25 years of experience in health care construction, facilities operations and procurement. He has managed health care facilities for all size companies from start up to Fortune 50 companies. David has a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Massachusetts and an MBA from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He lives in Mystic, CT where he and his wife are enjoying their new status as empty nesters by traveling, playing golf and cycling.
Lisa Riggs | Director of Human Resources
Melissa Spann, PhD, CEDS | Vice President of Admissions
Melissa Spann, PhD, CEDS is a licensed psychotherapist who specializes in working with women and families to effectively engage them in the treatment process from their initial point of contact. Her previous clinical work has included serving as a primary therapist at Oliver- Pyatt Centers, The Renfrew Center and Life Counseling Services in Pennsylvania. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida, master’s degree from the University of Miami, and her doctoral degree from Drexel University. Dr. Spann has served as our Director of Admissions since 2014. Dr. Spann has presented nationally on topics related to adolescent development and body image issues. Her clinical interests include the intersection of trauma and eating disorders, body image development, proactively building for health, and women’s issues across the lifespan.