For the last decade, I have worked with children, adolescents and adults suffering from eating disorders and their comorbid diagnoses. My experience in multiple treatment settings and facilities from inpatient hospitals to outpatient care and research and clinical practice shape how I work with my patients.
As an osteopathic physician, my experience and training has emphasized the importance of a holistic approach to mental health. I am deeply committed to patient care and take time to establish a therapeutic relationship with patients and their families to provide best care practices and evidence-based treatment. I work to individualize each patient's treatment plan and collaborate with community physicians, schools, therapists and other mental health practitioners as we journey together towards recovery and well-being.
It is my privilege to help my patients take the steps which are necessary to reach recovery. I seek to identify strengths and weaknesses in an effort to help patients, with the support of their families, work through their challenges. This process often takes time; however, it can often be what makes the difference between merely treating symptoms and attaining long-term wellness.
I am an empathetic and compassionate practitioner who provides a welcoming space where all individuals can feel safe, comfortable and accepted. Maintaining a small practice allows me to provide the individualized, collaborative and specialized care that each patient needs and deserves.
Every person is unique; therefore, treatment is customized for each patient. My treatment philosophy is to establish collaborative and comprehensive care that is individualized to ensure we are on the right path to healing and well-being.
As a double-board certified practitioner, I am connected with a wide network of other clinicians in the medical and mental health community, both in the Atlanta metro area and beyond, and can provide recommendations for more specialized care as needed.
Dr. Poline's roots in psychology and a desire to help young people with mental health struggles combined with her research background in eating disorders spurred her passion for this underserved field.
She enjoys the osteopathic approach to medicine, which places emphasis on the mind-body connection and the doctor-patient therapeutic relationship.
Dr. Poline earned her bachelor's degree with honors in psychology and biology at Washington University in St. Louis. She was a member of the Golden Key National Honor Society and the Psi Chi Honor Society. A summer internship working at the Cornell Medical Center's Eating Disorder unit under Dr. Halmi stimulated her interest in eating disorders.
After graduating college, Dr. Poline moved to Boston to work as a research assistant at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center at Harvard Medical School. The Eating Disorder Research Program focused on understanding hunger, satiety and neurotransmission in patients diagnosed with eating disorders.
Dr. Poline attended Nova Southeastern College of Osteopathic Medicine in Florida and completed her post-graduate training in Adult Psychiatry at Albert Einstein College of Medicine/Long Island Jewish Medical Center. Dr. Poline was invited to be an Outpatient and Administrative Chief Resident in her fourth year of residency while further concentrating on psychotherapy training. Following residency, Dr. Poline completed a fellowship in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry at Albert Einstein College of Medicine/Long Island Jewish Medical Center/ Cohen's Children's Hospital and continued training in eating disorders during clinical rotations. She focused on the medical and psychiatric complications of eating disorders in children and adolescents.
After training, Dr. Poline moved to Atlanta with her husband and served as Medical Director for the Atlanta Center for Eating Disorders. During her tenure, she developed a medical screening protocol and lead team medical rounds. Dr. Poline was then recruited to serve as Medical Director at Veritas Collaborative's outpatient clinic. Ultimately, her interest in providing highly individualized outpatient clinical care led her back to private practice.
Dr. Poline lectures at conferences and events, schools, parent groups and community events about eating disorder prevention, early intervention, screening, diagnosis and treatment. She serves as a member of the medical advisory board of Eating Disorder Information Network (EDIN) and is an elected medical liaison for the Atlanta Chapter of the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals (IAEDP).
Dr. Poline is now the supervising psychiatrist at The Renfrew Center for Atlanta. She is an adjunct faculty member of Emory University's Department of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry where she has taught and supervised residents. She is a fellow of the American Psychiatric Association (APA) and a member of the Georgia Psychiatric Physicians Association (GPPA), American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP), Academy of Eating Disorders (AED), and the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals (IAEDP). She is interested in finishing her training to become certified in FBT (Family Based Therapy). Dr. Poline remains committed to the advocacy, research, education, prevention and direct care of patients struggling with eating disorders.
Dr. Poline was presented with the inaugural award of "Exceptional Women in Medicine" and recognized as a "Top Docs of Atlanta" by Castle Connelly in 2017 and 2018.
Dr. Poline enjoys spending time with her husband, two daughters and her labradoodle, Brewster.
Century Springs East
6100 Lake Forrest Drive
Atlanta, GA 30328
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