Back to School


The start of a school year includes many varied emotions and feelings. Our Clementine adolescent eating disorder treatment program team members have compiled a list of some of their favorite quotes, tips, and advice on maintaining recovery and thriving throughout the school year. We wish all of you returning to school a happy and healthy year!


Ten quotes to start the year:

The way we see the problem is the problem.

The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing.

Live out of your imagination, not your history.

We are not human beings on a spiritual journey. We are spiritual beings on a human journey.

Motivation is a fire from within. If someone else tries to light that fire under you, chances are it will burn very briefly.

Management is efficiency in climbing the ladder of success; leadership determines whether the ladder is leaning against the right wall.

Effective leadership is putting first things first. Effective management is discipline, carrying it out.

There are three constants in life… change, choice and principles.

Trust is the glue of life. It is the most essential ingredient in effective communication. It is the foundational principle that holds all relationships.

While we are free to choose our actions, we are not free to choose the consequences of our actions.

Beginnings are scary! Remember that things are only new for a day. Trust yourself and know that you will adjust and find your way through it.” 

– Clinical Director, Clementine Pinecrest Bertha Tavarez, PsyD

Remember it is OK to be you. Those that really care about you will love you for you and accept you for all of your uniqueness.” 

– Primary Therapist Coral Seco, MS, RMHCI



Make a Bio Poem: Things you want others to know about you

I like it when _______

It upsets me when _________

Anything you want to add that you want others to know about you.

Decorate it to illustrate the true you!


Take it one day at a time.” 

– Recovery Coach Manager Rebecca Garcia

It is essential to fuel your brain and body for a new school year! Make sure to wake up with enough time to have breakfast before school. Prepare your lunch the night before. Pack portable snacks to make snack time easier; try trail mix, chocolate covered pretzels, or peanut butter crackers.” 

– Registered Dietitian Alyssa Mitola, MS, RD, LD/N


Make long and short term goals.

Use a planner with a schedule and decorate it.

Create a Top 10 list of where to seek and find help when you need it. Have contact information included for easy access.


Stay hydrated during the day. Remember to take your vitamins and meds. But, most importantly, listen to your body; when you need to re-fuel, when you need a study break, when you need to close those books and re-charge. Honor your body, as well as your mind. It’s going to be a great school year!” 

– Clementine House Nurse Vanessa Hernandez, BSN, RN

Doing one thing at a time will get everything done.” 

– Primary Therapist Jessica Aron, PsyD 


Learning well is always more important than getting A’s.

When frustrated with homework or an assignment, leave it for a while, do something else, then go back to it.

Aim at being your best self and that will suffice. You can never be a better cat than a cat. If you are a butterfly, be the best butterfly you can be.


Consider joining a club or getting involved in extracurricular activities. It can be a nice way to spend time connecting with peers, meeting new friends, and getting involved in community service and your school.

– Primary Therapist Jeanette Alonso, MSEd, LMHC

School is important, but not more than your inner peace and fulfillment. Choose a schedule that allows you to create balance.  Just because you are capable of something, does not mean it is in your best interest to do it. Allow your heart to be a part of the process when planning your daily schedule and routine.” 

– Oliver-Pyatt Centers Founder and Executive Director Wendy Oliver-Pyatt, MD, FAED, CED

For more information about Clementine adolescent treatment programs, please call 855.900.2221, visit our websitesubscribe to our blog, and connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Clementine’s Summer Programs


With the summer in full swing, parents and families may find themselves looking for programs that will help treat and prepare their children before they had back to school in the fall. At Clementine, we offer programs that incorporate highly personalized medical, psychiatric and nutritional care with an extensive academic program in an effort to help them make that transition as comfortable as possible.

Summer programming for adolescents take place at our locations in Briarcliff Manor, NY; South Miami, FL and Portland, OR. At all of these locations, school times are still honored the same as they are during the school year but the times are cut in half and end late August. The culture at these locations still focus on personalized, supportive programming and collaboration between faculty, families and patients. However, during the summer we help to attain a new goal of sustainable, preparedness through an additional education plan.

Teachers lead classrooms Monday through Thursday and on Friday recovery coaches take over. Teachers select various topics on current events to incorporate into programming in an effort to prepare adolescents for their transition back into a typical school atmosphere. Each day is dedicated to a different programming aspect. Tuesdays are dedicated to how to write a college essay, how to create an effective budget, how to write a proper letter and how to apply for a job. Wednesdays incorporate a rotation of Ted-Talks and academic games intended to increase socialization skills and conflict resolution. Thursdays are dedicated to movies and discussion and Fridays are career days where local professionals come in to expose adolescents to the professional opportunities in the real world.

It is essential students maintain a balance between their academics and treatment so we make sure to incorporate a sufficient amount of each in their day. If for some reason a student is falling behind there are ways to accommodate based on their specific needs. If a student has a lot of school work, some of the activities listed above can be suspended for a private tutor to come in.

Our summer program at Clementine offers a specific treatment plan for your child on their path to healing with an additional academic component in our curriculum. It is our hope that through this program your child will leave treatment feeling better than before and with a foundation for their future school year.


For more information about Clementine adolescent treatment programs, please call 855.900.2221, visit our websitesubscribe to our blog, and connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

To learn more about summer programming at Clementine, please visit our website or reach out to an Admissions Specialist at 855.900.2221.

Summer at Clementine


Summer provides a finite time frame for treatment. At Clementine, the multidisciplinary team is committed to making the most of each and every day a patient is with us by providing the care and environment necessary for healing and growth.

Our specialized programming integrates highly personalized and sophisticated medical, psychiatric, clinical and nutritional care with comprehensive academic and family support. We place a focus on back-to-school preparedness while delving into the developmental needs of the adolescent girls we treat. We do this through daily supported exposure therapy, the development of life skills, step-down programs and aftercare planning. Aftercare planning begins upon admission and places a strong focus on academic reintegration.

Through progress-indicating benchmarks, Clementine’s level system offers the possibility of measurable change in a defined time frame. It provides time-sensitive opportunities to evaluate readiness for movement; family outing passes; and self-portioning, which allows the adolescent to gradually handle food more independently as she progresses in treatment. We also evaluate readiness for step-down programing and discharge.

Embedded in the Clementine culture is a philosophy of close collaboration – among our team members and with our patients’ outpatient providers. We work together to instill hope and trust, and heal the entire family. We take a holistic approach to get our patients on the path to long-term health and a sustained recovery.


For more information about Clementine adolescent treatment programs, please call 855.900.2221, visit our websitesubscribe to our blog, and connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

To learn more about our newest location, Clementine Briarcliff Manor, please reach out to a Clementine Admissions Specialist at 855.900.2221.