Linda Schack, M.D. - Medical Director

Dr. Linda Schack

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 adults exclusively.

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 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, M.D.

Dr. Linda Schack

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, Psy.D.

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.


Michele Manarino, M.S., R.D.

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.


Mini Mehra, M.D. - Gastroenterologist

Dr. Mini Mehra

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 Medical Center.

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, M.D., Psychiatrist

Minoo Mahmoudi 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.


Lori Schur, R.N., Ph.D. - Clinical Training Director

Dr. O'Brien

Dr. Schur has recently joined the Medical Stabilization Program for Patients with Eating Disorders in the role of Clinical Training Director. Dr. Schur’s early career was in hospital nursing. She has worked as a psychiatric nurse, and was also a bone marrow transplant lead at Washington University Medical Center, St. Louis. Dr. Schur has both a master’s degree in education and a Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Southern California. She has treated clients with eating disorders in private practice, intensive outpatient, residential, and hospital settings for more than 20 years, and has been a Director of Clinical Training certified under the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC). Prior to coming to Torrance Memorial, Dr. Schur was a clinical supervisor for pre and postdoctoral interns working in the eating disorders field.

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