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Conversations with Melissa Orshan Spann

Today we’d like to introduce you to Melissa Orshan Spann.

Hi Melissa, we’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
I am a proud third-generation native Miami-an. My grandmother grew up on the beach and our Miami roots are strong. I always knew I wanted to live my life in Miami nearby family and friends. After attending University of Florida undergraduate and University of Miami master’s degree programs, I took a leap and moved to Philadelphia to admit to Drexel University’s PhD in Couple and Family Therapy program. It was there that I truly began my career as a therapist and eating disorder specialist, knowing I would return to Miami and the community I loved. When I moved home to Miami as a psychologist with a husband and small child, I began laying down my own roots and became an eating disorder treatment specialist through a national organization that I am now a supervisor for. Choosing to live in Palmetto Bay was a profound decision for my family. My two kids are proud students at Palmetto/Howard-Drive schools, and we are engaged in the local community.

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
There have been many times in my career I have considered which path to take. As Frost said, “two roads diverged in a wood…” I have taken different paths and am very grateful to be on the one I am. These decisions are not easy, and they often come with loss as much as they come with reward and joy. These forks however have resulted in my choosing a unique opportunity to help guide clients with an eating disorder and their families as they navigate the path to full recovery. That is not a privilege I take lightly, and I am grateful for the opportunities to do so.

As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
I have grown my career at a South Miami-based national eating disorder treatment provider – Monte Nido & Affiliates – over the past decade, starting in the branch of our local program Oliver-Pyatt Centers. Now, as Chief Clinical Officer to over thirty (and growing) programs across twelve states, I provide support to the programs and clients that we serve. I am proud that we have two local programs – one in South Miami named Oliver-Pyatt Centers that provides residential and day treatment to women with eating disorders and one in Pinecrest called Clementine that provides residential eating disorder treatment to adolescent girls ages 12+.

Do you have recommendations for books, apps, blogs, etc?
Great question! I am personally and professionally very drawn to all things Brene Brown. I recently participated in her Dare to Lead certification course and love the Dare to Lead Podcast. Brene drives home the benefit of vulnerability and risk and having the courage to show up when you can’t control the outcome. This to me relates so closely to the question you asked on the smooth road and choosing to have the courage to take one path over the other.

Is there any pricing information that is relevant to our readers? If so, and if you would like us to share it, please include details (in bullet form) below.

Our programs provide residential and day treatment to adults and adolescents of all genders; we help hundreds of people a year recover from their eating disorders.

We understand how difficult seeking treatment for an eating disorder can be. Just as each person has a different eating disorder, each insurance policy has its nuances and families have different financial situations. We work with the insurance plan and person individually prior to admission to determine the financial scenario for each family.

Additionally, much of it depends on the level of care a client is coming in to and the state in which they are seeking treatment. Someone from our company can assist with determining the level of coverage an insurance company is likely to provide by calling us at 888-228-1253

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