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Molly’s Story
A note from our Founder, Molly Carmel

I was already topping the weight charts by the time I was four years old.

At seven, I went to my first nutrition program. At that young age, I knew my issue had more to do with just food, portion sizes and the “right” foods to eat. I knew this program would not solve my problem. My struggle continued and the weight continued to rise and rise and rise.

When I was thirteen years old, sitting at a weight loss camp, a little voice inside of me said, “You should help people. You should make a program that works.” And so my journey to creating The Beacon began. I was acutely aware that I was not being helped in the way I needed – I was being “helped” with the wrong information and the wrong motivation.

The Beacon Team

Molly Carmel, LCSW-R, Founder and Director

Molly has made it her life’s mission to help people find a sustainable solution to the battle of obesity and related eating disorders. After battling an eating disorder for over 20 years and finding no solution in available treatment, she began her professional path towards creating The Beacon. Molly has a personal dedication to helping…

Kirsten Collins, LMSW, Behavioral Coach

Kirsten brings a combination of humor, lightheartedness, and courage to the transformational work of eating disorder treatment. Kirsten is incredibly committed to whole health – physical, emotional and spiritual – and is honored to walk the road to recovery with her clients. Kirsten has Master’s Degree from Columbia as well as an MBA from Rutgers.…

Jaimie Oliver-Masiello, LMHC, Behavioral Coach

Jaimie is incredibly excited to be fulfilling what she believes to be her life’s purpose at Beacon. As someone who has been fortunate enough to experience the gift of recovery, Jaimie believes that it is her life’s mission to help others actualize their full life’s potential. Jaimie maintains that humor and irreverence make the journey…

Shaudi Adel, LMSW, Behavioral Coach

Shaudi brings compassion and commitment to her work with her clients at Beacon. She feels honored to take this next step with you in addressing your issues with food and weight. Shaudi is especially passionate about her work at Beacon because of her own personal history with dysfunctional eating for multiple years. At Beacon, she…

Zulma Rodriguez, LCSW-R, CASAC, Behavioral Coach

Zulma is passionate about her work and prides herself on never asking something of a client that she wouldn’t do herself. After working in the addictions field for nearly two decades, Zulma has found her true niche at Beacon. Zulma is a CASAC, CASAC instructor, and a Clinical Social Worker, receiving her master’s degree from…

Alex Buckner, Psy.D., Behavioral Coach

Alex believes wholeheartedly that people can change and improve their lives. He is committed to helping you find your sustainable solution at Beacon. He believes Beacon is an ideal place for people to learn how to live more fulfilled and satisfying lives. Alex believes deeply in the healing powers of therapy, mindfulness, and spirituality. He…

Kate Metzler, LMHC, Behavioral Coach

Kate is humbled to be your partner on the recovery journey. Kate “gets it” from a personal AND professional stance–she knows that making changes to your relationship with food and weight requires a lot of bravery. She passionately walks alongside clients with empathy, balance, and a smile as you take steps towards the life you…

Gabrielle Breslow, LMSW, Behavioral Coach

Gabrielle believes deeply in people’s ability to change their behavior and loves working with clients to achieve their goals. Gabrielle holds an MS in Social Work from Columbia University School of Social Work, where she completed the DBT Training Program.

Rachel Potter, LMSW, Behavioral Coach

Rachel is passionate about helping you become your best self. She prides herself on being radically genuine and she uses open and honest communication and encourages her clients to do the same. Rachel uses creativity and a sense of humor to re-frame difficult situations into challenges you can handle. Rachel is all about the Beacon…

Amorette Rojas, Office Manager

Need a problem solved? Look no further than Amorette. Her vibrant, warm, fun, sweet and “solutions only” energy is the first light you see when you call or come to Beacon. You can feel, upon interacting with Amorette, that she is completely committed to our mission, “Shine Bright.” Amorette is here to help you with…

Nikki Glantz, RD, LDN, Consulting Nutritionist

Nikki Glantz, RD and LDN, has a passion for the treatment of food addiction and eating disorders. She has earned her stripes at Beacon as our “go-to” person for meal plans and overall dietary expertise. With more than 10 years of experience in the residential treatment of eating disorders and private practice, Nikki is dedicated…

Davia Ward, Billing Consultant

With more than 25 years of academic and career experience in the medical industry, Davia is here to help you with all of your billing questions and needs.  There is no problem too little, big, annoying or complicated that Davia won’t do her best to help you solve.