Leadership Team

OUR LEADERSHIP

Candy Henderson, MS

Candy Henderson, MS

Chief Executive Officer

  Candance Henderson is the Chief Executive Officer of Monte Nido & Affiliates. With a focus on developing teams and skill in growing companies, Candy brings strong operational and business development experience while maintaining clinical excellence in the programs she oversees. She has spent over thirty years in - and committed her career to - behavioral healthcare. Her experience spans all lines of behavioral health businesses with specialized experience in eating disorder treatment programs. She has led publicly traded and private sector companies. She received her MS in Counseling and Psychology from Troy State University following her BS in Psychology and Criminal Justice from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Paul Reed, LCSW

Paul Reed, LCSW

Chief Operating Officer

Paul Reed, LCSW serves as the Chief Operating Officer of Monte Nido & Affiliates. Paul brings over 28 years of experience in the behavioral health field. Prior to joining Monte Nido & Affiliates, Paul held CEO, Regional Director and Vice President of Operations positions in three of the leading national behavioral health organizations.

Joel Jahraus, MD, FAED, CEDS

Joel Jahraus, MD, FAED, CEDS

Chief Medical Officer

Dr. Joel Jahraus is known for his decades of specialization in the medical management of patients with eating disorders. A board-certified physician for over 40 years, he is a recognized expert on medical complications of eating disorders. Dr. Jahraus graduated from Washington University Medical School in St. Louis, Missouri with a background in family medicine. He co-authored a chapter on eating disorders in Textbook of Psychosomatic Medicine and The Treatment of Eating Disorders: A Clinical Handbook. He testified at a United States Congressional Briefing on the need for health insurance coverage for eating disorder treatment. He received the prestigious Ellis Island Medal of Honor, and was named a Top Doctor of 2013 by U.S. News and World Report.

Melissa Orshan Spann, LMHC, PhD, CEDS-S

Melissa Orshan Spann, LMHC, PhD, CEDS-S

Chief Clinical Officer

Dr. Spann is a Certified Eating Disorder Specialist and Supervisor through the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals. In her current role as Chief Clinical Officer at Monte Nido & Affiliates, Dr. Spann oversees the clinical programming for the 25+ Monte Nido, Clementine and Oliver-Pyatt Centers facilities. Prior to being elevated into the Chief Clinical Officer role, and in her nearly 10 years with the company, Dr. Spann served as Vice President of Admissions for Monte Nido & Affiliates’ programs, Regional Executive Director, and Primary Therapist at Oliver-Pyatt Centers. Dr. Spann received her Doctoral degree from Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA, Master’s degree from the University of Miami, and her bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida. Dr. Spann’s professional affiliations include iaedp and the Academy of Eating Disorders while serving on the board of the Southeast Eating Disorder (SEED) Conference Committee as well as her local iaedp chapter. As a prolific presenter, Dr Spann presents nationally on the treatment of eating disorders.

Mike Bagley, CPA

Mike Bagley, CPA

Chief Financial Officer

Mike Bagley, CPA serves as Chief Financial Officer of Monte Nido & Affiliates.  He brings more than 25 years of CFO experience to Monte Nido & Affiliates including more than a dozen of them in healthcare. Mike has experience in overseeing finance and accounting, information systems, facilities and risk management. Prior to his time with Monte Nido & Affiliates he served as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for a company where he was responsible for overall financial management with over $300 million in annual revenues and 4,700 employees operating in 23 states. Mike began his career with international accounting firm Price Waterhouse Coopers after graduating Magna Cum Laude from Lipscomb University in Nashville, TN.

Carrie Hunnicutt, MA

Carrie Hunnicutt, MA

Senior Vice President of Business Development

Carrie is the Senior Vice President of Business Development for Monte Nido & Affiliates. She has worked for over two decades in the national and international behavioral health business development field. Prior to her time at Monte Nido & Affiliates, Carrie led regional business development efforts in the eastern area of the United States for a large national behavioral health company, securing necessary services for people with substance use, eating, mood and trauma disorders. She earned her graduate degree in counseling at the University of Arizona following her Bachelor of Science in Business through Connecticut State University. 

Jennifer Gallagher, MS

Jennifer Gallagher, MS

Chief Development Officer

Jennifer comes to Monte Nido with three decades of experience growing leading healthcare companies. Over the last 10 years, she has led the geographic expansion of behavioral health providers who were innovators in their fields. At Monte Nido, she works closely with the clinical and leadership teams to bring Monte Nido’s trusted clinical care into new markets either through start-ups or acquisitions. Prior to entering the field of behavioral health, Jennifer was a founder of one of the first diversified post-acute healthcare companies in the U.S. She received an MS from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a BA in Psychology from Connecticut College.

Wendy Mahle, MA

Wendy Mahle, MA

Vice President of Human Resources

Wendy Mahle, SPHR serves as Vice President of Human Resources of Monte Nido & Affiliates. She brings over 25 years of executive-level experience in Human Resources, including 10 years in healthcare. In her last position, Wendy served as CHRO, Vice President of Human Resources for a national integrated behavioral healthcare company. Throughout her career, she has been responsible for the strategic integration of HR with Operations as well as M&A, both in the United States and internationally. Wendy received her BS in Psychology from The Ohio State University and her MA in Human Resources from The University of Iowa. Wendy is also a volunteer in several community programs for children and the homeless.

Molly Perlman, MD, MPH, CEDS

Molly Perlman, MD, MPH, CEDS

National Medical Director

Molly Perlman, MD, MPH, CEDS serves as Medical Director of Monte Nido and Affiliates. She is double-board certified in Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine. She graduated from Duke University and the University of Miami, and has trained in psychoanalytic psychotherapy. Dr. Perlman is the recipient of the prestigious Laughlin and Ginsberg Fellowships, is a Certified Eating Disorder Specialist, a Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honors Society, and an Assistant Professor at Florida International University College of Medicine. She is on the Board of Directors of the Eating Disorders Coalition and advocates on Capitol Hill regularly.

Robin Hoover, MSN, RN

Robin Hoover, MSN, RN

National Director of Nursing Operations

Robin Hoover, MSN, RN currently serves as the National Director of Nursing Operations for Monte Nido & Affiliates. With more than three decades of nursing experience, Ms. Hoover originally joined Monte Nido & Affiliates in the role of Consulting Nurse Administrator. Working in the Behavioral Health field, she has been prominent in her career in emergency room settings, charter schools, residential treatment centers, and as a university adjunct professor. Ms. Hoover earned a BSN and MSN (Health Informatics Specialty) from Chamberlain College of Nursing. Ms. Hoover is also a member of International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals.

Amanda Mellowspring, MS, RD/N, CEDRD-S

Amanda Mellowspring, MS, RD/N, CEDRD-S

Vice President of Nutrition Services

Amanda Mellowspring is a Certified Eating Disorder Registered Dietitian with over a decade of experience in program development and clinical application working with eating disorders at various levels of care. Amanda is a published author of the Standards of Practice and Standards of Professional Performance for Dietitians working with Eating Disorders and Disordered Eating through the Academy for Nutrition and Dietetics. Amanda also serves as a nutrition representative on the Certification Committee for the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals. Amanda is a nationally recognized speaker on Orthorexia Nervosa, exercise/movement in eating disorder recovery and nutrition and eating disorder recovery.