Full Recovery from Eating Disorders|ViaMar Health

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Welcome to ViaMar Health. Our team of experienced, compassionate professionals work with you and your loved ones along the voyage to eating disorder recovery from the point of the first call.

We welcome each person at their personal stage of recovery. We provide individualized, integrative, unique and evidence-based eating disorder treatment in residential, partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient levels of care. We are dedicated to guiding you or your loved one on the recovery voyage.

We provide comprehensive, compassionate treatment for those individuals and families suffering from eating disorders and co-occurring mental health conditions.

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family & loved ones

All part of the healing process
Family members can experience a sense of helplessness, magnified by frustration, fear and confusion. Adding to the confusion, loved ones needing help can often appear high functioning while their bodies and minds may be breaking down and struggling to survive.

Our highest priority is to cultivate an environment where patients and families feel valued, safe and connected with those helping them through their healing process .

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We strongly encourage the participation of family members and loved ones to support the recovery process for each and every patient.

Our Approach

We individualize care to address any co-existing disorders such as Depression, Anxiety, Substance Use Disorders, Trauma/PTSD and Obsessive Compulsive Disorders as well as core underlying issues. Our expert multidisciplinary team includes a psychiatrist, licensed mental health professionals, and nutrition staff to address the mental, nutritional, emotional and spiritual needs of each person. ViaMar is a boutique treatment center, with no more than 14 patients in our residential program, ensuring quality, individualized programming. ViaMar Health is dedicated to go beyond diagnosis and symptom management so that each patient addresses their needs to fully understand their personal recovery needs.

We take a multidisciplinary team approach using best practice, effective evidence-based modalities to ensure the best care possible.

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Adult Residential – Casita Del Mar

Adult men and women (18 and over)

The ViaMar Health vision of Casita Del Mar is to provide round the clock care and support for patients in a non-judgmental, therapeutic, safe and real life setting. Our four Florida bungalows allows patients to have real life experiences with supervision from our staff. Residents receive customized nutritional plans and support. Each patient will participate in group therapies as well as individual or family sessions with a therapist. In addition, our clients will individually see our registered dietitian and medical director on a weekly basis. Casita Del Mar is a residential program for up to 14 adults with an eating disorder diagnosis. The ViaMar clinical program incorporates mindfulness, yoga, art therapy, and recovery related activities throughout the week.

Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP)

Separate Adult (male & female, 18+) & Adolescent Programs (male & female, 12-17)

The Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) at ViaMar Health provides our patients with the structure of a residential program while working on their recovery voyage in the community. We offer a supervised meal and two snacks, accompanied by meal support and meal processing groups. Each week, our patients participate in group therapies as well as family or individual sessions with their therapist. Our medical director and registered dietitian also see each patient weekly. Our Partial Hospitalization Program is available 6 days per week, 6 hours each day.

Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)

Separate Adult (male & female, 18+) & Adolescent Programs (male & female, 12-17)

ViaMar Health provides Intensive Outpatient Programing (IOP) for clients needing a transitional level of care that are either stepping down from a higher level of care or requiring extra support in conjunction with their outpatient treatment team. This level of care provides structure and recovery navigation to support recovery outside of treatment. Individual and/or family sessions occur with a therapist weekly as well as a session with our registered dietitian. We work with the patient’s outpatient psychiatrist and clinical team (as appropriate) as an integral part of our treatment team. Our IOP meets three days per week, 3 hours each day.

Program Services and Highlights

  • Strong, Individualized Co-Occurring Programming
  • Psychoeducational Lecture Series
  • Nutritional Lecture Series
  • Recovery Stabilization
  • Creative Healing Groups
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy
  • Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Psychodrama
  • EMDR
  • Trauma Therapy
  • Yoga Therapy
  • Interpersonal Process Groups
  • Recovery Stabilization
  • Grief and Loss
  • Body Image / Body Experience Therapy
  • Meal Process and Self Portioning
  • Meal and Restaurant Challenges
  • Nutritional Restoration & Stabilization

Creative Healing Groups
Our Residential Housing Our compfy Bedroom Living Room Custom Bedroom Kitchen Bathroom Bathroom Living Room Kitchen

Nutrition

Each patient works closely with their registered dietitian and nutrition team. Meal support is offered during meals and snacks. For residential and PHP clients, our chef creates nutritious and delicious meals for our patients each day and introduces new and exciting foods into each patient’s meal plan. Various nutrition program activities are implemented to help support the reduction of eating disordered behaviors such as food exposures, restaurant outings, and mindfulness based practices.

Family Programming

The diagnosis of an eating disorder impacts not just the patient, but the whole family. We help the family navigate the treatment process and the recovery voyage of their loved one. We treat the entire family through weekly family therapeutic sessions with a therapist and family exposure work. In addition to hosting family support groups, Viamar Health also hosts an intensive family day to provide additional support, education, and treatment for the family.

The ViaMar Health Story

ViaMar Health is the vision of our founder and CEO, Michelle Klinedinst. Michelle moved to Palm Beach County, Florida to pursue personal growth hobbies and passions. She quickly learned about the great need in the area for eating disorder treatment. Michelle could not allow another person to struggle without quality treatment in the area. She began discussing the possibility of ViaMar with community and national stakeholders. Michelle chose to name our program ViaMar Health as a homage to her Puerto Rican heritage and her love of the ocean; Via, meaning “by way of” and Mar “The Sea”. The ocean is therapeutic at its essence and it also is a representation for eating disorders and co-occurring mental health needs. The ocean can be calm at the surface, but deep underneath, there is an entire world of beauty, turmoil, and life. Michelle’s vision of ViaMar came to life in 2016 with the opening of the Partial Hospitalization and Intensive Outpatient Programs and continues to grow with the 2018 addition of the residential program for adult men and women struggling with eating disorders.

Staff Roster

Each of our patients has their own individual treatment team of professionals to work alongside them throughout their recovery plan. Each staff person brings specialized experience and skills to meet the unique needs of our patients.

Ultimately, we feel very strongly that connecting with our patients is most critical to support ongoing progress.

    Michelle Klinedinst

    Michelle Klinedinst MS CEDS

    Founder & Chief Executive Officer
    For the past thirty years Michelle has devoted her career to helping individuals with addictions, eating disorders, and self-destructive behaviors and to live healthier and happier lives. Throughout her career, Michelle has worked in various administrative, corporate and clinical leadership capacities. She is a therapist at heart and brings a client-centered approach to her companies. She offers a wide range of experience in understanding her role as CEO as she oversees and guides staff, and patient care.
    She was Executive Vice President of Rosewood Eating Disorders Treatment Centers and co-founded A New Journey Eating Disorders Treatment Center in Santa Monica California. She has built clinical programs both nationally and internationally. Michelle was the Chief Executive Officer for Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Center in Antigua, West Indies. She is published and has presented nationally and internationally on addictions and eating disorders. Michelle is psychodrama trained at the Moreno Academy of Psychodrama. She holds a Master of Science in Counseling Psychology, Post Graduate Certification in Addictions Studies, and Certification as an Eating Disorders Specialist.
    Ethan LeFever

    Ethan LeFever

    Executive Director
    Ethan has worked in the field of patient care for over 14 years. Ranging from Abused and Neglected Children, Adults and Adolescents with Eating Disorders and Mental health conditions and Adults with Chemical Dependency. His former positions Include Executive Director at Sol Recovery Center, Director of Business Development and Director of Intake and Utilization Review at Rosewood Centers.
    He best describes himself as a steadfast patient advocate. He believes in only working with teams of people that make the treatment experience as compassionate and comfortable for the person as possible.
    Megan Kniskern

    Megan Kniskern PHD

    Director of Nutrition Services
    Learning and teaching never ends, it is essential in the areas of addictions, eating disorders and mental health, to continuously be involved in the new information and perspectives of understanding how to support and treat the dietary needs of these populations. Megan’s passion for eating disorders and nutrition manifested in being a Lecturer at Arizona State University in the School of Nutrition and Health Promotion beginning in 2013, teaching graduate and undergraduate management and nutrition courses. This included the development of an eating disorders and addictions graduate seminar course; the first of it’s kind at the University. Megan was previously the Director of Nutrition and Culinary Services at Rosewood Centers for Eating Disorders and has 11 years of experience developing and implementing wellness programs for men, women and adolescents struggling with eating disorders, addictions and mental illness.   Megan emphasizes the importance of the mind-body connection in treatment and recovery.  She has been a Certified yoga instructor for 11 years; combining mindfulness practices and meditation techniques with traditional nutrition models in all areas of her professional practices. All of these aspects combine to allow Megan to work with all identified, and also those issues that have yet to be perceived. As no eating disorder is “traditional”, Megan’s strength is in working with vegans, vegetarians, diabetics, food allergies and intolerances, very low body weight and further combinations of struggles that are acquired over the course of the disease progression.
    Teaching the yoga basics to new students and watching the connection begin; improving self-love and body acceptance and embracing all of the positive messages that yoga brings into the stress of daily Western life. Megan is a Certified Eating Disorder Dietitian (CEDRD) and Approved Supervisor through the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals (iaedp).  She additionally serves as the Public Relations Chair for the Behavioral Health Nutrition dietetic practice group with an emphasis in Addictions, Mental Health and Eating Disorders, through the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and was recently appointed as the Phoenix Ambassador of the International Federation of Eating Disorder Dietitians.
    Kim Litton

    Kimberly Litton, LCSW, CAP, CSAT

    Clinical Director
    Kim has nearly two decades of experience working in the field. She graduated with her bachelor’s in social work from Florida Atlantic University and a Master’s degree from Barry University. She is licensed by the state of Florida as a Clinical Social Worker and has been extensively trained by the International Institute for Trauma and Addiction Professionals in trauma, attachment disorders, sexual addictions and compulsivity. Kim has experience directing programs for eating disorders, sex and love addictions, substance use disorder and co-occurring disorders.
    Kim’s authentic personality and style of therapy combines her formal training with her own story of resilience and healing. Kim has been featured on Dr. Drew Pinsky’s (Dr. Drew) national podcasts. She has also been on numerous radio shows and has even written as an “expert” for STAR Magazine for featured articles on celebrities. She has a deep passion to help others recover through their process of growth. Kim leads our team in clinical excellence and thrives in working directly with the ViaMar patients.
    Sonia Thomas

    Sonia A. Thomas MS, ATR-BC

    Certified Art Therapist
    Sonia is a masters level, board certified art therapist with over fifteen years of experience. She previously practiced in Michigan working with patients with traumatic brain injury as well as in-patient hospitalization. After her move to Florida in 2007, Sonia worked with as a director of bereavement at a tri county hospice helping adults and children work through grief issues using art therapy. Sonia is now the owner and founder of Brush Strokes Art Therapy, Inc and focuses on bringing a variety of art therapy services to all ages and different populations in the tri-county areas in South Florida.
    Art therapy is a specialization that combines talk therapy with the usage of art making. This process aids in helping to describe issues and feelings both verbally and non-verbally. One does not need to be skilled in art to benefit from art therapy. Sometimes the words are difficult to find; art therapy is a great alternative to those that sometimes struggle to find those words.
    Courtney Creese

    Courtney Creese

    Director of Admissions & Operations
    Courtney graduated from University of Central Florida in Orlando with her Bachelors in Business Management and Marketing. Working in the sales and marketing industry for 3 years and running a sales territory in Massachusetts, she expanded her knowledge of business and marketing. Courtney transitioned into the treatment industry with an operational role in an addictions treatment facility in South Florida after moving back from the North East in 2015.
    She is extremely passionate about being an advocate for those struggling with eating disorders and behavioral health issues and believes as part of our mission we integrate our community and make building business relationships an ongoing priority. Courtney strives to ensure our clients at VIAMAR Health receive the best care possible so they can cultivate success in their treatment journey.
    Alana Sims

    Amanda Casteel RD

    Registered Dietitian
    Amanda was born and raised in Wyoming and graduated from the University of Wyoming. After experiencing eating disorders in the inpatient environment, Amanda developed a passion for treating eating disorders and their root causes for long term recovery, not just the medical complications that manifest from them.
    With constant exposure to diet culture beliefs Amanda focuses on healing the client’s relationship with food and enjoy educating patients about nutrition and food. Outside of ViaMar Health, Amanda enjoys anything outdoors. If she is in Wyoming, she will be hiking and when in Florida, anything in the water!
    Marketing Director

    Leah Wypych, MPA

    Marketing Director
    Leah’s goal has always been to help the community, particularly children and their families. That’s the reason she chose to begin her career working in the child welfare system in 2001 helping children removed from their homes and placed in adoptive homes, foster homes, shelters, group homes and residential programs. Leah received her undergraduate degree from Florida State University and a master’s degree in Public Administration from Florida Atlantic University.
    Leah has worked for multiple non-profit agencies throughout her career and began her career in the psychiatric arena as the marketing coordinator at psychiatric residential treatment center serving children and adolescents. Leah has been a board member for the Alliance for Eating Disorders Awareness since 2011 and is also an active member of the International Association for Eating Disorder Professionals (IAEDP). She merged her career path with her passion for the field of eating disorders in 2015 and joined the ViaMar family in 2019.
    Judy Stanley

    Judy Stanley, RN

    Registered Nurse Supervisor
    Judy Stanley graduated from the Academy of Nursing Health Occupation with an Associates Degree as both a Registered Nurse (RN) and Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN). She has been a RN for four years and has worked as an LPN for three years in both the hospital and nursing home settings. In the nursing home, she worked in the acute and long term setting. In the hospital, she worked on the medsurge floor, the oncology unit, and floated throughout the hospital.
    She has a heart for people and strives to help provide holistic health services for each patient. She loves seeing the end result of great care for patients. This is why she is delighted to work with every person at Viamar Health. She beams with joy seeing the growth and impact of care for each patient.
    Mollie Brown

    Mollie Brown

    Therapist
    Mollie graduated from Palm Beach Atlantic University with her Master’s in Mental Health Counseling and a passion to make an impact for those who are hurting and need help through the process of healing. She has experience in eating disorder residential treatment as well as substance abuse disorder treatment. Her undergraduate degree from Purdue University is in Biology which she utilizes to aid clients in understanding the physiological components of various mental health disorders such as eating disorders, substance abuse, anxiety, and depression. Mollie understands that healing and change does not come from a “Band-Aid” solution but rather from the power of insight, the importance of human connection, and the application of life changing behaviors.
    With her innate characteristics of compassion, empathy, and understanding Mollie works with her clients to develop a supportive, caring, and stable environment to foster trust and a willingness to change. Mollie has experience effectively utilizing cognitive behavioral therapy, prolonged exposure therapy, and existential therapy among other modalities which are individualized to each client’s needs. The relationship between a client and therapist is very unique, and one that Mollie holds sacred and essential. Outside of Viamar, Mollie enjoys the rich biodiversity Florida has to offer by snorkeling, free diving, visiting the everglades, and relaxing on the beach. Her passion for life and all it has to offer is exuberant and contagious, if she could wish anything for her clients it would be hope that they can change and be able to experience true joy, love, and passion.
    Jessica Montoya

    Jessica Montoya

    Therapist
    Jessica Montoya has experience working with clients of all ages. She has a passion for culture and learning if an individual’s cultural background impacts their eating disorder and mental health needs. She was born in Cali, Colombia and grew up in Jupiter, Florida. She is bilingual in Spanish and English, allowing her to effectively work with families where language may be a barrier. Jessica can be found with her family and friends surfing, fishing, diving, riding motorcycles, volunteering for the Alliance for Eating Disorders Awareness and travelling in her spare time.
    She uses her creative and explorative nature in therapy while engaging her patients. She is driven to help patients gain back their autonomy through treatment. The family and patients themselves are Jessica’s favorite parts of ViaMar Health. The partnership between patient, family, and clinical team is unmatched. Witnessing the love and support of each patient and their family members during family programming is encouraging and motivating.
    Jeremy Kelly

    Jeremy Kelly

    Nutrition Service Chef
    Jeremy Kelly is the Nutrition Service Chef at ViaMar. He graduated from Johnson & Wales University with an Associate’s degree in Culinary Arts and a Bachelor’s degree in Culinary Nutrition.
    Jeremy wanted to be a chef from a young age; he began his education in culinary arts in high school. Jeremy is passionate about helping individuals and loves utilizing his passion for nutrition and food to help the patients at ViaMar.
    Dr Zaretsky

    Dr Sophia Zaretsky, MD

    Dr. Sophia Zaretsky returned to her hometown of West Palm Beach, Florida after completing her psychiatric training in New Orleans, LA. She brought home with her a passion to bring her proficiency in the treatment of eating disorders to the community in which she was born and raised. Dr Zaretsky has extensive experience in the 12 step recovery model, CBT, CPT, ACT, IFS and many other forms of therapy to assist patients in negotiating their way to better mental health.
    Dr. Zaretsky believes that all patients deserve to be treated with respect and without judgement. Recovery can be daunting and may seem out of reach to some patients, but Dr. Zaretsky believes that with the proper support and motivation recovery is always possible.

    Referring Professionals & Health Care Providers

    We value the help and participation of referring Health Care Providers.

    We work closely with referral sources, encouraging ongoing participation with their patient’s care through discharge. We believe that this relationship supports the ongoing strength of each person’s recovery process.

    We welcome Health Care Professionals to contact us for additional information on programming schedule and content beyond the scope of the website.

    Our Affliations

    Alliance for eating disorders
    Joint Commission
    Florida Health