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Expert Eating Disorders Team

Linda Schack, MD - Medical Director

Dr Linda SchackDr. 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 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 BruckerDr. 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

Sarah Wohn, PsyDDr. 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

Julia Baird, PsyDDr. 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 oriented psychotherapy.

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.

Minoo Mahmoudi, MD - Psychiatrist

Minoo Mahmoudi, MDOriginally 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.

Mini Mehra, MD - Gastroenterologist

Mini Mehra, MDDr. 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.

Nicole Hayes, PhD 

Nicole Hayes, PhDA staff psychologist at UCLA Counseling and Psychological Services since 2019, Dr. Hayes has been a member of the Eating Disorders team and Athlete team, and leads a process group for students with eating disorders. Dr. Hayes’ clinical practice focuses on treating patients going through life transitions, and those struggling with anxiety, depression, body image concerns, and eating disorders. Dr. Hayes has bachelor’s degrees in Psychology and in Human Development from the University of California, San Diego. She received her master’s and doctorate degrees at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, where she concentrated on eating disorders and child/adolescent psychology.

Michele Manarino, MS, RDN

Michele Manarino, RDN

Michele is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist with a passion for teaching people how to intuitively listen to their bodies. She has worked in the field of nutrition since 2000.  She has extensive experience working with patients diagnosed with eating disorders in residential, hospital, and office settings. Michele earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Food and Nutrition at San Diego State University. She completed her Master of Science in Nutrition and Dietetic Internship at California State University, Long Beach. She has been a part of the Torrance Memorial team for 15 years as the primary dietitian for the Eating Disorder Medical Unit.  Additionally, she sees private practice patients focusing on disordered eating, wellness, family nutritional counseling, adolescent nutrition and sports nutrition.  She especially enjoys working with adolescents and young adults. She is also a nutrition professor at Mount San Antonio College. During her free time, Michele enjoys hiking, cooking and reading.

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