Since the start, Casa Oakview has been an incredibly therapeutic environment where your child can come and work on their recovery. Your child will be treated with respect and be given the opportunity to help create their treatment goals, move through a level system, go on outings and participate in all aspects of our program. Our Family Based Therapy groups give families a safe and empowering place to communicate, learn and grow, and connect with other families going through similar challenges.
I am so proud of the staff at Casa Oakview! They are all an integral part of the treatment team and bring a unique set of skills, knowledge, care and compassion to their work. The team takes pride in the treatment services provided at Casa Oakview and do everything in their power to ensure patients are successful in their recovery. We are ready to welcome your child at any time and help them beat ED head on!
Lynn Mendez & Leslie Bandle
MEET THE TEAM
Lynn Mendez, LVN
As the Program Administrator of Casa Oakview, Lynn is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the operations for the program; offering support and guidance to the Casa Oakview treatment team. She has an immense passion for members, families, and recovery. She is a strong advocate for the program as she believes that Casa Oakview provides a safe place for members and their families to open up, communicate, learn, grow, and build a supportive community. Lynn is a Licensed Vocational Nurse and has over eight years of experience in the mental health field. Specifically, Lynn has worked with eating disorder populations, both adolescents and adults, for nearly four years. She finds eating disorder recovery has a very special place in her heart, as the recovery process is very powerful to witness and rewarding to be involved in.
Simret Nanda, MD
As the Medical Director at Casa Oakview, Dr. Nanda treats adolescent eating disorders such as anorexia, bulimia, and binge-eating disorders. She provides psychiatric evaluations and medication management and works closely with Casa Oakview's multi-disciplinary team of professionals to ensure each client receives the best and more individualized treatment possible. Dr. Nanda is Board Certified in Adult and Child/Adolescent Psychiatry and Neurology and practices in the San Francisco Bay Area. She graduated from Penn State College of Medicine and received an M.D. degree and completed her adult psychiatric residency at St. Vincent's Medical Center, which was the main hospital for victims of the 9/11 attacks. She went on to complete her child and adolescent training at Columbia and Cornell University hospitals in New York City. In addition to being the Medical Director at Casa Oakview, Dr. Nanda operates her own private practice and consults at multiple community mental health clinics treating adults with chronic mental illness. She is also a certified Zumba instructor and believes that the mind body connection is very important and aerobic exercise such as Zumba and yoga can help mitigate symptoms in mental illness
Leslie Bandle, CEDS, LMFT
As the Clinical Administrator of Casa Oakview, Leslie is responsible for providing individual, family and group therapy, supervising all staff clinicians, and the overall development of the clinical programming of Casa Oakview. Leslie is a Certified Eating Disorder Specialist (CEDS) with over 20 years of experience providing specialized therapy for Eating Disorders to individuals and their families, both in outpatient and residential settings as well as in research. Her approach to therapy is centered on a growth mindset, strength-based, and individualized treatment planning. Her practice is informed by Transpersonal Psychology, DBT skills, and Narrative Therapy. She especially enjoys working with teenagers and witnessing how transformative treatment can be for this age group.
Karen Decker, MS, RDN
Karen is a registered dietitian nutritionist with over 30 years of experience in the field of Eating Disorder Nutrition Therapy. Karen is the lead Dietitian at Casa Oakview. Her passion for food, nutrition, and wellness supports members and their families in developing a more peaceful relationship with food and body. Karen believes and works to encourage client acceptance of an all food fits " approach that seeks to integrate medical nutrition therapy, food behavior, with common sense to achieve a positive food environment. Through experience in eating disorder treatment at residential, intensive outpatient and other outpatient levels of care, Karen has worked with members at many stages of recovery.
"Seeing the kids learn about their eating disorders and begin the process of recovery is an amazing feeling"
Priscilla Wetmore, LMFT
Priscilla is a lead clinician at Casa Oakview. Priscilla has a background in dietetics as a clinical dietitian, 12 years experience as a Certified Addiction Counselor, and over 15 years working with teens in intensive outpatient treatment settings. Priscilla has a passion for working with families in developing resilience in their struggles with eating disorders, anxiety, and depression. Her practitioner approach consists of individual psycho-dynamic therapy coupled with experiential learning of DBT skills, ACT, mindfulness and integration of Marsha Linehan's DBT and Lisa Najavits' Seeking Safety curriculum.
Christopher Wilbur, LVN
Licensed Vocational Nurse
Chris has been working in the psychiatric field for the past four years. He enjoys working with adolescents and helping them progress through some of the difficulties they are facing in their lives. His favorite part of his job at Casa Oakview is interacting with the members and seeing their progression as they go through the program. He is honestly proud of each and every client that passes through and learns that they are much more than their eating disorder tells them they are. His goal each and every day is to see each client smile and hear them say something positive about themselves.
"I love working with really truly genuine people."
Dannon is a Certified Natural Chef with an education in holistic nutrition and culinary arts from Bauman College. Dannon brings experience and passion for working with adolescents in developing a positive relationship with food. Her culinary skills and optimism in cultivating wellness is an asset to Casa Oakview as she serves as the Lead Chef. She does her best to get members excited about the joys of recovery and living a balanced lifestyle. Less "FOOD-RULES" and more "FOOD... RULES!"
Licensed Vocational Nurse
Steven as a background in emergency medicine, working as a medic in LA and Orange County running predominantly 911 and psychiatric transports for three years. Prior to working at Casa Oakview, Steven worked as a nurse at a detox rehabilitation facility in Laguna Niguel and at a camp in Big Bear. As a member of the Casa Oakview team from the very start of the program, he has been a great asset to the team and is known for connecting with members quickly. Members and their families leave Casa Oakview knowing that Steven cares for them and did his very best in helping them get well.