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Vicki Kroviak
Founder/General Manager

Located in South Miami, Florida, the Oliver-Pyatt Centers offers both inpatient and outpatient care for women, ages 18 and older, that are struggling with eating disorders that include anorexia, bulimia, exercise addiction and binge eating addictions. For those choosing (or needing) to enter inpatient care, clients leave the treatment facility each evening and live in furnished apartments located in town, with staff support present.

Founder and Executive Director of Oliver-Pyatt Centers is Wendy Oliver-Pyatt, MD, FAED, CED, a Board Certified Psychiatrist, who previous to opening Oliver-Pyatt Centers, was the co-founder and Clinical Director of the Center for Hope of the Sierras and co-founder and Director of the Eating Recovery and Wellness Center of Nevada. In addition, Wendy has served at the Medical Director for the State of Nevada Division of Mental Health and Disability Services and as the Medical Director and Chief of Staff of Northern Nevada Adult Mental Health. Dr. Oliver-Pyatt is a member of the Academy for Eating Disorders, National Eating Disorder Association, and International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals. Dr. Oliver-Pyatt is also the author of the book, Fed Up! The Breakthrough Ten Step No Diet Fitness Plan. Dr. Melissa McLain, PhD, serves as the Clinical Director, Kirsten Garcia-Brown, PsyD, is the Clinical Program Director, Amanda Mellowspring, MS, RD, LD/N is the Director of Nutrition Services and Liz Mershon is the Admissions Director.

Each client receives an individual treatment plan upon admission and participates in daily one on one therapy with a therapist in order to address the core issues that drive the eating disorder. Other client therapies include: Nutrition therapy, massage therapy and weekly group therapy which covers various topics such as CBT, Body Image and Psychodrama, Music and Expressive Arts, Media and Self Esteem and Spirituality. Whether a client opts for inpatient or outpatient therapy, each program has a maximum 10 participants. Built on the concept of "Naturalistic treatment", clients automatics and triggers are addressed while reintegrating back into real life through daily outings into the city once the client has reached an appropriate stage in their recovery process. Outings include Sunday Dinners at a restaurant, clothing shopping, trips to the beach, movies or going to church. These outings are always with staff support.

[This information came from the Oliver-Pyatt Centers website.]


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