We Are Thankful For

Posted on November 26, 2015 by StayConnected

On behalf of the team members at Oliver-Pyatt Centers eating disorder treatment program we wish you and your loved ones a very Happy Thanksgiving! To celebrate this holiday, we are happy to continue our tradition of sharing a few of the things we are thankful for on this and every day, including you, our readers.


I am thankful that in my life I have been allowed to become aware of, and involved in, the lives of so many wonderful people. Because of my own struggles, I have actually been able to touch lives in a way that I hope will leave a lasting impression. I am thankful for my friends, my daughters, for my newly adopted sons, my siblings, for being able to live so close to my dad, and for my awesome husband, who is always there for me going on 20 years of marriage.

Wendy Oliver-Pyatt, MD, FAED, CEDS

I am thankful for my Mommy, OPC Nursing, and the opportunity to work with both our ladies in comprehensive programming and chickadees in Clementine this year.

Vanessa Hernandez, BSN, RN


I am thankful for the Clementine Pinecrest staff. They are truly my work family. Working with such passionate individuals is so inspiring to me!

Bertha Tavarez, PsyD

I am thankful for the simple things: a safe home and warm beds to tuck my daughters into each night, clean running water, a pantry full of food and the love of family and friends. I am also thankful to love what I do; to arrive at work each day knowing I will learn from and be inspired by my OPC family and have the chance to make a positive impact in the lives of the women we care for.

Mary Dye, MPH, RD, CEDRD, LD/N

I am thankful for the amazing and talented group of people I get to work with each day, for the privilege to help people heal, for the warm Florida sunshine, and for all the love in my life.

Stephanie Diamond, PhD, CEDS

I am thankful I can make a difference doing what I love!

Brandi Baldwin

I am thankful for all the people in my life who bring me love, joy and humor. I am especially thankful for all the special moments I have shared with my husband and my beautiful daughter.

Karen Gutierrez-Santos, MS


I am thankful for my health, my beautiful family and my extended family at OPC! I am truly grateful for the happiness in my life!

Elizabeth Carballosa

I am thankful for my health, my loving family and friends, that I allow myself to get joy out of the “simple things in life”, and that I am able to come to work every day and feel continuous passion for what I do.

Amy Simler, PsyD

I am thankful for the love of my family, friends and co-workers; anything seems possible when I feel their love.

Kelli Malkasian, PsyD, CEDS


I am of course thankful for my amazing family and friends who show me so much love and support. I don’t know where I would be without them. I am also thankful for the ability to work in such an incredible environment. It is truly a blessing to be surrounded by such wonderful individuals day in and day out.

Casey Fields, PsyD

I am thankful for the small things in life that make everyday a gift; big warm hugs from my kids, seeing my parents still so in love, sharing the day with my husband of nearly 25 years and being a part of company founded on hope, love and healing!

Liz Mershon

I am so very thankful for the position I have at Oliver Pyatt Centers! I absolutely love working with the girls, and helping them attain their education goals. It has been a wonderful experience this year!

Megan Hamann

I am thankful for my family, friends and amazing coworkers who help make such a positive impact on the lives of the girls that we help.

Amanda Terrero

I am grateful for the ability to do what I love each day alongside an amazing group of woman and together make a difference in the lives of our clients and their families. I am also grateful for my husband and my boys, Lucas and Noah, who provide me with so much love and support.

Virginia Alfonso, MS

My health, family, friends, career and most of all for trusting and knowing our heavenly Father! For all these blessings I am thankful.

Julie Gonzalez

Jamie_Blosser_Morris-lgI am thankful for my husband, family, friends and colleagues who consistently offer support that allows me to engage in work I am passionate about and enjoy doing. I am thankful for opportunities to rest, relax and laugh. I am thankful for the creators of cute dog videos. These are major stress relievers on some days.

Jamie Morris, MS, LMHC

I am thankful for the power of love. The words ‘I love you’ can turn a bad day around and make you feel you have all the support in the world to carry on.

Tracy Bony

I am thankful for my husband who supports and loves me unconditionally. I am thankful for my son, who was born this year and has brought so much joy into our lives. I am thankful for my job and my amazing co-workers, and am especially thankful to have the privilege of empowering women to truly believe in themselves.

Veronica Loman

I am forever thankful for the amazing friendships I have made at OPC. I am also thankful for playing a role in our clients’ recovery process.

Vanessa Mendoza

​I am most thankful for my sons who have grown into wonderful men. I am also grateful for all of my struggles that have given me the strength to appreciate my many successes.

Jodi Newman, RD, LD/N


I am most thankful for being able to spend Thanksgiving with my family, the SoMi team, and my cat, Phoebe, who wakes me up with snuggles every morning. I am also thankful for Bananagrams.

Miriam Reder, MS

I am grateful for this entire year; it has been one of the most fulfilling times of my life, both personally and professionally!

Ana Silva, PsyD

During this holiday season, I am most grateful that my family members, loved ones, friends and colleagues are enjoying good health and we continue to share great life moments. For the opportunity to continue helping others in such an amazing setting and I’m thankful that I’m blessed in more than one way.

Melanis Rivera-Rodriguez, PsyD

I am thankful for my wonderful family, friends, and fiance. I am also thankful for all of my incredible OPC colleagues (especially grateful for my Azul team!) and all of the amazing women who let me in their inner world, so I can be a part of their path to recovery.

Tali Yuz, PsyD

Jessica_Genet-lg1-300x212I am incredibly grateful for my family and the everyday moments we share together. I am also grateful for my OPC family and for the opportunity to work alongside inspiring and amazing people on a mission that is dear to my heart.

Jessica Genet, PhD

I am most thankful for my family and my work family. This year was very difficult and my family at OPC showed me a love that I could never express enough gratitude for. I am blessed to work with a company whose foundation stems on empowerment.

Coral Seco, MS

I am thankful for the opportunity to work with an amazing group of people. Can’t wait to get to know everyone and grow with this company. Happy thanksgiving!

Evelyn Ipke

I am most thankful for my amazing parents who sacrificed so much so that my younger brother and I could have a better life. I am also thankful for having the world’s best co-workers!

Jessica Alpizar

I am most grateful for my family and the privilege to see my son blossom into the amazing little person he is becoming! I am also grateful to be blessed with the opportunity to help enrich others’ lives each and every day through the work that I do.

Viviana Arroyave Mir, MSW

I am thankful for the many patients that have found recovery through OPC and for those who entrust their lives to us that may have yet to do so.


I am most thankful for time spent with my family and friends, the health and happiness of my children, a job that I love, and the journey that ties it all together.

Colleen Stephens


I am thankful for having what has been a very safe pregnancy so far, and I am especially thankful for this bundle who has chosen me to be his mommy.

Cassie Giles, LPN

I am most grateful for a family that supports me, friends who understand me, a spouse who accepts me, and 12:30-1:30 lunches in downstairs Rosada.

Giulia Suro, PhD

I am thankful for a wonderful, close family and great friends who enrich my life beyond measure; for my health and the ability to travel; to work with caring people trying to help others; and to be able to look up at the stars at night and know that passing airplanes are for pleasure, not for dropping bombs.

Stephanie Loudis

I am thankful for the opportunity to be a part of our women’s lives and story that will help them get through difficult days. I am also incredibly thankful for my mom, dad and sister who relentlessly and lovingly support me through every aspect of
my life.

Jessica Alpizar, PhD Candidate

Amy_SosaI am thankful for my husband who is my greatest support. I am also thankful for my OPC family who inspire me to continue to grow on a daily basis. Lastly, I am grateful to all of our OPC clients who sacrifice so much to ultimately obtain the greatest gift, recovery.

Amy Sosa, PsyD

I am thankful for my delicious husband and daughters; it has been an amazing 33 year journey. And I love my OPC family –funny, smart, fabulous and the hardest working people on the planet!

Ibbits Newhall

I am thankful to find a new work home at OPC and for my lunch group with the Verde crew – these ladies support me, challenge me and keep me going!

Joanna Imse, LCSW

I am thankful for the amazing opportunities I have had this year and all the great people I have met because of them.

Andreina Lugo

I am thankful for this new job opportunity and my friends and family who have always supported me!

Alexandra Sicre

alyssamI am grateful for my wonderful family and friends near and far and for the opportunity to work with such an amazing group of people.

Alyssa Mitola, MS, RD, LD/N

I am extremely grateful for my amazing mother who is my role model; exceeding that is my gratitude for being apart of the wonderful team at Clementine Pinecrest. It is with deep gratitude I say thank you all for making my Thanksgiving worthwhile. Thank you and Happy Thanksgiving to all.

Alexi Smith

I am very thankful to be a part of the OPC team and have the opportunity to play an instrumental part in helping our clients achieve meaningful changes. I am also extremely thankful for my incredibly loving and supportive husband and family.

Vanessa Feliciano, PsyD, LMHC

I am thankful for my husband and family; without their support and love I wouldn’t be where I am today. I am also grateful for the amazing team I work with day in and day out; we are family, there for one another and supporting each other.

Candy Leon-Vasquez

I am thankful for rain, black coffee, garlic and caramel, humor, connection, and travel.

Stacey Rosenfeld, PhD, CGP

*For additional reading on ‘Thanksgiving Goodness without the Guilt,’ visit here.

For more information about Oliver-Pyatt Centers and Clementine adolescent treatment programming, please call 866.511.HEAL (4325), visit our websitesubscribe to our blog, and connect with us on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Instagram

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Melissa_Orshan_Spann_withborderDirector of Admissions Melissa Spann, PhD, CEDS sheds light on some of the most frequently asked questions received by our admissions department. Thank you to the admissions team for sharing these questions and allowing us to provide some additional clarity on the at times confusing landscape of insurance and admissions. The entire Oliver-Pyatt Centers team is here to help guide you through every aspect of treatment and to support your loved one and family on the path to recovery. For any admissions related questions, please contact us here or call 1.866.511.4325. 

Do you take insurance?
Yes! We accept and work well with most all insurance companies. One of our specialties is digging in really deep with every insurance policy to navigate the challenging nuances and come up with the best plan for each client.

We are thrilled to announce we are now in network with BCBS for our Clementine program at all levels of care and our adult programming at the IOP and PHP levels of care. We are also in network with Humana at the PHP level of care and Aetna at the IOP level of care.

What does it mean to be an out-of-network provider?
Different insurance plans have different plan options to choose from. For some insurance plans, even when we are not in network, we have still have the ability to work with your insurance through the use of your out-of-network benefits.

What makes OPC different than other programs?
OPC takes an individualized approach to every client. Our philosophy is one in which we are emphasizing comprehensive care through medical, clinical, psychiatric, nutritional and family support. One of the cornerstones of our model, daily individual therapy, allows clients to develop a deeper therapeutic connection; it is through this vital therapeutic relationship that clients are able to delve into treatment fully and deeply for healing to occur. Our multidisciplinary team uses a bio-psycho-social-spiritual model to treatment – meaning, identifying the core issues that drive the eating disorder and addressing all of the co-occurring issues that may accompany it. Our treatment philosophy is centered around the idea of “If not now, when?”

What makes Clementine different than other adolescent programs?
Clementine takes everything we know about effective eating disorder treatment and tailors it specifically to the unique needs of adolescents. The Clementine milieu is a small, intimate group in which both clients and families are working on recovery. The program provides the opportunity for adolescents between 13-17 to live in a beautiful, home-like environment in which they receive extensive medical, psychiatric, nutritional and therapeutic support. Additionally, clients are working on exposures, daily integrated educational needs, extensive family therapy and family programming, and mindful movement. Clementine was designed with the thought “If my daughter needed residential treatment, where would I feel comfortable?” From that, the unique and beautiful Clementine model was born.

How can I be involved in my loved one’s treatment even though I live in another state?
Your participation in treatment is critical to the overall process. We have weekly family therapy sessions via video conferencing, monthly family programming and as needed check-ins. For Clementine, in addition to all that was just listed, we also have family coaching, daily check ins, and bi-weekly family programming.

What can I do as a parent to advocate for my daughter’s benefits?
You are an essential advocate to your loved one’s treatment. There are so many ways in which family members play a critical role to long term recovery, navigating the challenges within our healthcare system is one. The National Eating Disorder Association (NEDA) has some incredible resources for parents on navigating our healthcare system, being an advocate, and articulating arguments to third party payers. I encourage every family to know their rights and advocate on their behalf. We are committed to helping you through this often challenging process.

For more information about Oliver-Pyatt Centers and Clementine adolescent treatment programming, please call 866.511.HEAL (4325), visit our websitesubscribe to our blog, and connect with us on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Instagram

Posted in Recovery

Article Inspiration

Posted on November 04, 2015 by StayConnected

Join us in reading inspirational and informative articles we have cultivated from across the web. If you have found an article you feel is inspirational, explores current research, or is a knowledgeable piece of literature and would like to share with us please send an e-mail here.


Anorexia may be habit, not willpower, study finds The New York Times

Self-compassion: a tool for shame resilience and body image work BEDA

Teens recovering from eating disorders start something special Huffington Post Teen

The neuroscience of anorexia reveals why it’s so hard to treat New York Magazine

Why I won’t call you skinny Huffington Post Women

Eating disorders: four reasons to choose recovery Huffington Post

Dear Oprah Julie Dillon Consulting

Anorexics process food choices in a very different way Time

For more information about Oliver-Pyatt Centers and Clementine adolescent treatment programming, please call 866.511.HEAL (4325), visit our websitesubscribe to our blog, and connect with us on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Instagram

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