Linda Schack, M.D. - Medical Director
Dr. Schack opened a private practice in adolescent medicine in 1994, and
is one of only a handful of doctors in the country who see teens and young
She has extensive experience treating patients with eating disorders in
outpatient, residential, and hospital settings, including intensive care.
Dr. Schack received her M.D. from Tulane Medical School, and completed
a pediatrics residency and adolescent medicine fellowship at Children's
Hospital Los Angeles. She certified by the American board of Pediatrics
Sub board of Adolescent Medicine, and is a member of the Society for Adolescent
Medicine, the International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals,
the Academy for Eating Disorders, and the National Eating Disorders Association.
Bobbi O'Brien, R.N., Ph.D. - Clinical Psychologist
Dr. O'Brien has been working in the eating disorders field for over
20 years. She began her career working with adolescent and adult hospital
patients as a registered nurse, including 11 years with the UCLA Neuropsychiatric
Institute Eating Disorders Program. Dr. O'Brien went on to pursue
a Ph.D. in clinical psychology, leading to subsequent work with eating
disorders patients in both residential and private practice settings.
Dr. O'Brien's combined experience in nursing and clinical psychology
informs her unique perspective in caring for hospital patients with eating
disorders. Dr. O'Brien is a member of the Academy for Eating Disorders,
the American Psychological Association, and the National Eating Disorders
Association. In addition to her position at Torrance Memorial Medical
Center, Dr. O'Brien has a private clinical psychology practice in Torrance.
Mini Mehra, M.D. - Gastroenterologist
Dr. Mini Mehra is now serving the greater South Bay region after 15 years
at the UCLA Medical Center as a board-certified pediatrician with additional
certifications in Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition.
Dr. Mehra is an attending physician at Miller Children's Hospital,
and she continues her tenure at UCLA Medical School as an Associate Professor
of Pediatric Gastroenterology. She is a former Director of the Pediatric
Eosinophilic GI Disorders Clinic at the UCLA School of Medicine, as well
as the Chief of the Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology at Olive View-UCLA
Dr. Mehra received her medical degree from the University of Texas Health
Science Center, and completed her internship and residency training in
pediatrics at the UCLA School of Medicine. Dr. Mehra also completed a
fellowship in pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition at
the UCLA School of Medicine. Dr. Mehra's areas of interest include
eating disorders, inflammatory bowel disease, hepatology, nutritional
support of the neonate, and eosinophilic gastrointestinal disorders.
T.J. Rai, M.D. - Psychiatrist
Dr. Tejinderpal "T.J." Rai is certified by the American Board
of Psychiatry and Neurology to provide psychiatric services to children,
adolescents, and adults. Dr. Rai attended medical school in India, and
completed his psychiatry residency at Washington University in St. Louis, MO.
He obtained advanced training in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the
UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute, including specific experience with eating
disorders patients. Dr. Rai has been in private practice in Torrance since 2002.
Michele Manarino, M.S., R.D.
Michele Manarino received her degree in food and nutrition from California
State University, Long Beach, and is a visiting professor at the Art Institute
in Orange County and Mount San Antonio College.
She has extensive experience working with eating disordered patients in
residential, hospital, and office settings. In addition to working with
patients in the Medical Stabilization Program, Michele sees clients in
her private office practice, focusing on disordered eating, weight management,
wellness, family nutritional counseling, and sports nutrition. She particularly
enjoys working with adolescents and young adults.
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