Linda Schack, MD - 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 MD from Tulane Medical School, and completed a
pediatrics residency and adolescent medicine fellowship at Children's
Hospital Los Angeles. She is 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.
Lindsey Brucker, MD
Dr. Lindsey Brucker is a board-certified Internist, specializing in adolescent
and young adult medicine. She is passionate about practicing preventative
medicine and helping her patients live healthy, happy lives. Dr. Brucker
has focused her practice on reproduction health, eating disorders and
transitioning teens with chronic medical problems to adult care.
Dr. Brucker received her undergraduate degree from Cornell University and
medical degree from Tulane University. After completing her residency
in Internal Medicine at the University of New Mexico, she did a fellowship
in Adolescent Medicine at Children's Hospital Los Angeles.
Dr. Brucker is originally from Maryland and moved across the country with
her husband, a native Angeleno. Her proudest accomplishment is becoming
a mom in June 2016. In her spare time, you can find Dr. Brucker at the
beach, hiking, horseback riding, cooking, watching New Orleans Saints
football games and spending quality time with her husband and son.
Sarah Wohn, PsyD
Dr. Sarah C. Wohn is a South Bay native with a passion for the research
and treatment of eating disorders spanning over 20 years. Dr. Wohn currently
has a private practice in Manhattan Beach specializing in the treatment
of eating disorders, self-mutilation and comorbid disorders for adolescents
and adults. Dr. Wohn earned her Doctorate of Clinical Psychology in the
San Francisco Bay Area at Argosy University after receiving her undergraduate
degree at San Diego State University. Her experience spans multiple levels
of care including medical stabilization, partial hospitalization, intensive
outpatient and private practice.
Dr. Wohn’s passion project is her research on the cultivation of
sexuality in adults with severe physical disabilities which she presented
at the American Psychological Association and Sex, Sexuality and Disability
national conferences. Dr. Wohn served as an Adjunct Professor and Clinical
Supervisor to doctorate level interns prior to moving back to the South Bay.
Julia Baird, PsyD
Dr. Julia Baird has been focused on the treatment of eating disorders,
obsessive-compulsive disorders, and trauma for the past 10 years. She
studied psychology as an undergraduate at Loyola Marymount University
and earned a master’s degree in marriage and family therapy from
the University of Southern California. Dr. Baird then went on to complete
her doctorate in clinical psychology at Alliant International University,
Los Angeles. She has completed specialized training in treatment modalities
for trauma including EMDR and Somatic Experiencing, and psychoanalytic
Dr. Baird is strongly motivated by her passion for psychology and desire
for understanding and helping others. She believes there is a powerful
connection between the mind and body, and that the path to mental health
and wellness involves healing of the whole person—mind, body, and
spirit. This holistic orientation has been a signature feature of Dr.
Baird’s clinical focus, interests, and treatment approach.
Michele Manarino, MS, RD
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.
Mini Mehra, MD - 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. She is available
as a consultant to our adolescent and young adult patients, up to age 26.
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.
Minoo Mahmoudi, MD, Psychiatrist
Originally from Iran, Dr. Mahmoudi trained in Canada, completing her psychiatry
residency at the University of Manitoba in 2014. She then pursued specialty
training in pediatric and adolescent psychiatry, also at the University
of Manitoba. Dr. Mahmoudi worked in both inpatient and outpatient settings
in Manitoba and Toronto before relocating to southern California with
her family. Dr. Mahmoudi recently completed a 2-year training program
in child and adolescent psychoanalytic psychotherapy at the New Center
for Psychoanalysis in Los Angeles.
Dr. Mahmoudi is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.
She is also a fellow of Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada,
and board certified in adult psychiatry, and child and adolescent psychiatry
in Canada. Dr. Mahmoudi believes in a holistic approach, and she strives
to provide a safe and healing environment for patients and families.
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