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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. Our staff has confidence in understanding the eating disorder symptoms while offering hope and inspiration to our clients that they, too, can become fully recovered.

Monte Nido’s program 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. For Monte Nido & Affiliates Company Leadership, please visit our Monte Nido & Affiliates Leadership page.

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Joel Jahraus, MD, FAED, CEDS | Chief Medical Officer

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 40 years, he is a recognized expert on the medical complications of eating disorders. Dr. Jahraus graduated from Washington University Medical School in St. Louis, Missouri, and has a background in family medicine. 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 The Treatment of Eating Disorders: A Clinical Handbook. Dr. Jahraus 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.

Molly Perlman, MD, MPH, CEDS | National Medical Director

Molly Perlman, MD, MPH, CEDS is National Medical Director of Monte Nido & Affiliates. She is double-board certified in Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine. She graduated from Duke University and the University of Miami, and has trained in psychoanalytic psychotherapy. Dr. Perlman is the recipient of the Laughlin and Ginsberg Fellowships, is a Certified Eating Disorder Specialist, a Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honors Society, and an Assistant Professor at FIU College of Medicine. She is on the Board of Directors of the Eating Disorders Coalition and advocates on Capitol Hill regularly for increasing education on and treatment of eating disorders.

Melissa Orshan Spann, LMHC, PhD, CEDS-S | Chief Clinical Officer

Dr. Spann is a Certified Eating Disorder Specialist and Supervisor through the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals (IAEDP™). Dr. Spann received her Doctoral degree from Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA, Master’s degree from the University of Miami, and her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida.  Dr. Spann serves on the board of the Southeast Eating Disorder (SEED) Conference Committee and has presented nationally on topics related to adolescent development and body image issues, eating disorders in the Jewish community, the intersection of trauma and eating disorders, binge eating disorder, body image development, and women’s issues.

Amanda Mellowspring, MS, RD/N, CEDRD-S | Vice President of Nutrition Services

Amanda is a Certified Eating Disorder Registered Dietitian and Supervisor through the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals with over 15 years of experiencing leading the treatment of eating disorders at various levels of care.  Amanda currently serves on the Certification Committee for IAEDP and co-authored the publication defining the Standards of Practice and Standards of Professional Performance for RDs working with eating disorders in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Amanda is Vice President of Nutrition Services for Monte Nido & Affiliates, overseeing nutrition programming and services for Monte Nido & Affiliates programs

Robin Hoover | National Director of Nursing Operations

Robin Hoover, MSN, RN currently serves as the National Director of Nursing Operations for Monte Nido & Affiliates. With more than three decades of nursing experience, Ms. Hoover originally joined Monte Nido & Affiliates in the role of Consulting Nurse Administrator. Working in the Behavioral Health field, she has been prominent in her career in emergency room settings, charter schools, residential treatment centers, and as a university adjunct professor. Ms. Hoover earned a BSN and MSN (Health Informatics Specialty) from Chamberlain College of Nursing. Ms. Hoover is also a member of International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals.

Melissa Coffin, PhD, CEDS | Senior Director Clinical Programming

Dr. Melissa McLain Coffin is a licensed psychologist and a certified eating disorder specialist. 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 Clementine adolescent residential programs. This role expanded as Dr. Coffin became the Senior Director of Clinical Programming for Monte Nido and Affiliates.

Kelly Souza, MA, PsyD | Regional Director of Clinical Services

Dr. Kelly Souza obtained her Master’s of Arts in Counseling Psychology and Doctorate of Psychology from Southern California Seminary. Dr. Souza 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. 

Chris Willson, MS, LPC | Regional Director of Clinical Services

Chris Willson is a licensed professional counselor with over ten years of experience in the treatment of eating disorders and program development. Chris has worked in several clinical settings including outpatient, intensive outpatient, partial hospitalization, residential and inpatient eating disorder treatment. Prior to working at Monte Nido, Chris developed eating disorder treatment centers and programming in the northeast. Chris believes clients can move through recovery to recovered by reconnecting with their healthy selves. Chris utilizes compassion and structure to instill hope and motivation in those struggling to live the life they deserve.

Danielle Small, MS, LMFT | Regional Director of Clinical Services

Danielle Small is a licensed marriage and family therapist with extensive experience in the treatment of Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, Binge Eating Disorder and compulsive over-exercise. Danielle has worked in several clinical settings, including intensive out-patient, partial-hospitalization and residential eating disorder treatment. Danielle is dedicated to helping clients learn to accept their bodies and embrace their spirit while also connecting to their intellectual curiosity. 

Malorie Sweeney, MS, RD, LD/N | Director of West Coast Nutrition Services

Malorie Sweeney is an RD with extensive experience in the treatment of eating disorders and compulsive over-exercise. Malorie has worked in several clinical settings, including intensive outpatient, partial hospitalization and residential eating disorder treatment. She currently supervises Monte Nido’s west coast residential and day programs, as well as Monte Nido’s west coast Clementine programs. Malorie holds a Master of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics from Florida International University and a Bachelor of Arts in Neuroscience and Behavioral Studies from Vassar College. Malorie is committed to helping clients find peace with food and body and achieve full recovery from their eating disorders.

Janessa Slatky, CED-RD, RD, LD/N | Director of East Coast Nutrition Services

Janessa has been working extensively with eating disorders for over a decade. She is specialized in treating  Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, Binge Eating Disorder, Diabulimia, Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder, and Other Specified Feeding or Eating Disorders. Janessa graduated from Utah State University with a Bachelors in Nutrition and Food Science with an emphasis in psychology and USU’s Masters Dietetic Program in Salt Lake City, Utah. Janessa is a member of the International Association for Eating Disorders Professionals (IAEDP) where she completed her  Certified Eating Disorder Registered Dietitian certification for Nutrition Therapy.

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