Dr. Kelli Malkasian, PsyD introduces her team of therapists, dietitians, recovery coaches, and case manager within the Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) / Transitional Living Program (TLP) at Oliver-Pyatt Centers. For additional information on our IOP and TLP programs, please scroll to the bottom of the post and visit our website.
Meet our team:
Kelli Malkasian, Psy.D. IOP Program Director I have been at Oliver-Pyatt Centers for over three years and have worked in the field of eating disorder treatment for 10 years. I am a licensed clinical psychologist; I earned my Bachelors of Science in psychology from Michigan State University and both Masters and Doctorate in clinical psychology from Nova Southeastern University. I find working with women at the IOP / TLP level of care to be most inspirational because I get to see the women develop a sustainable identity that is both fulfilling and meaningful.
Mary Dye, MPH, RD, CDN, LC/N Director of Nutrition Services I received my Masters and R.D. training in Public Health Nutrition at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. I came to OPC two years ago from a private practice in New York City, where I was also the lead dietician at NYU’s student health center and consultant for NYU Abu Dhabi campus, with a focus in eating disorders. In addition to overseeing all nutrition services for OPC, I also work individually with all patients in the TLP program. I truly believe with the right treatment, length of stay, aftercare plan and a solid outpatient team, each client can have a strong chance for a meaningful and sustained recovery.
Alyssa Mitola, MS, RD, LD/N Registered Dietitian I have been working as a Registered Dietitian at OPC since June 2014. I completed my dietetic internship and earned a Masters of Science in clinical nutrition from New York University. I received a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Villanova University. I recently moved from NYC to Miami and am thrilled to be a part of the OPC team! As a nutritionist, my passion is to help individuals cultivate a healthy relationship with food. Each day I am inspired by the women as they strive to rebuild this relationship on their journey of recovery.
Sage Rubinstein, M.A., RMHCI TLP Case Manager After studying psychology and child and adolescent mental health at New York University, I went on to receive my Masters in mental health counseling at Yeshiva University and am currently a Registered Mental Health Counseling Intern. Prior to beginning my role as the Transitional Living Program Case Manager at Oliver-Pyatt Centers, I worked as an addiction counselor at Hazelden NY and as a therapist at the Training Institute for Mental Health. OPC allows me the unique opportunity to merge my interests of study through my role in the Co-Occurring Program while challenging myself through new and exciting areas of growth.
Leslee Gilbert, M.S., RMHCI Primary Therapist I have worked at OPC for four years; starting as a Recovery Coach and after finishing my Masters degree in mental health counseling from Nova Southeastern University, began working as a Primary Therapist in the comprehensive program. For the past year, I have worked as a Primary Therapist in our Intensive Outpatient Program. What I love most about working in IOP and at OPC in general is the closeness of the team, the overall positivity in my work environment, and the passion we share with treating our women.
Amanda Strunin, Ph.D. Primary Therapist I am a licensed psychologist. I received my Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Miami, and completed internship at the Durham VA Medical Center. I have been part of the Oliver-Pyatt Centers team as a Primary Therapist since 2012, and completed my post-doctoral residency in Casa Rosada. I am specialized in adolescent and young adult intervention and enjoy working with individuals and their families to help find long-term recovery. Eating disorder prevention is one of my passions and why I am interested in building awareness in schools and communities.
Annie Hoffman, LMHC, ATR-BC Primary Therapist I have worked at OPC since January of 2014 as an Art Therapist and a Primary Therapist. I have a Bachelors of Fine Arts from Florida International University and a Masters in art therapy / counseling from Drexel University. I am a Board Certified and Registered Art Therapist and a Licensed Mental Health Counselor. I also serve as President for the Florida Art Therapy Association. I find it is truly a privilege to be a part of one’s process of self-discovery and growth and to walk alongside them on their journey on the path of recovery.
Josephine Wiseheart, M.S., RMHCI, RMFTI Primary Therapist I have worked as a Primary Therapist at OPC since May of 2014. I received my B.A. in psychology from Florida International University and a dual Masters Degree in marriage and family therapy and mental health counseling. My dual degree equips me with the skill set to appreciate each of my clients’ perspectives while also helping them to navigate through various relationship issues. I believe therapy is a place where people should feel safe to understand and express their feelings and values without fear of judgment. I feel so fortunate to have found a profession that I am deeply passionate about and in which I have the honor and privilege to work with such strong and inspiring women.
Veronica Loman Head Recovery Coach I became a Certified Health Coach at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in 2013. I have been working at OPC for over four years. I have had the pleasure of learning from and working in different programs and levels of care at OPC and have a better understanding of the recovery process. I love seeing our women embark on a journey of finding who they truly are; feeling stronger, confident, and empowered.
What we do:
We offer a comprehensive and multidisciplinary Intensive Outpatient (IOP) level of treatment for clients who are either stepping down from our comprehensive level of care or clients who need more support than outpatient level of care. We offer daily group therapy and supported meals, along with individual psychotherapy, family therapy, nutritional counseling, and case management. In conjunction with our IOP programming we also offer a Transitional Living Program (TLP) for patients who need a supported living environment to help them transition from the comprehensive level of care back into their lives or to help the client create a new life for themselves. Clients in the IOP and TLP programs focus on integrating recovery into a sustainable lifestyle while developing life skills, independence and responsibility for their recoveries, establishing an identity outside of the eating disorder or patient identities, and continuing to progress in their recoveries. These programs are uniquely tailored to create an individualized treatment plan and goals for each client to help them solidify their recoveries and to prevent relapse and/or readmission to a higher level of care.
For more information about Oliver-Pyatt Centers and newly introduced Embrace, a binge eating recovery program and Clementine, a residential program exclusively for adolescents girls please call 866.511.HEAL (4325), visit our website, subscribe to our blog, and connect with us on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Instagram.