The Team

Molly Carmel
Founder and Clinical 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 you create change and find solutions that work for you. She molds your treatment at Beacon to fit your specific needs and lifestyle.

Molly is best known for her irreverent, “straight talk no chaser” attitude – it’s been said that she punches as hard as she hugs. She runs The Beacon with wisdom and passion – rigorously training staff, developing programming and helping clients break through barriers hindering success and into a life of recovery. Molly is among the leading behaviorists in the field of obesity. She specializes in the treatment of weight management, eating disorders and addictions.
Molly served as the Founding and Senior Clinical Director of Wellspring, the nation’s leading provider of fitness and weight loss camps for children, teens, young adults and families. She founded their first boarding school, Academy of the Sierras. She now serves as Wellspring’s Chief Clinical Consultant. Her role at Wellspring includes creating and implementing Wellspring’s therapeutic and behavioral curriculum, training staff, and overall program management and oversight.

Before creating The Beacon, Molly created Greenlight, a successful weight management program at the renowned Wilkins Center in Greenwich, CT and at Webster Wellness Professionals in St. Louis, MO.

Molly believes that the skills and theories of Dialectical Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and the Wise Mind are the keystones to help people to live their very best lives. In addition to her extensive training in DBT for Substance Users and Eating Disorders, Molly has completed the Advanced Intensive Training in DBT with Behavioral Tech, LLC. As a result, Beacon’s philosophies and programs are informed with DBT and CBT.

Molly’s work has been featured on The Today Show, The Dr. Oz Show, Dateline NBC, Anderson Cooper 360, and Extreme Makeover as well as in People Magazine and the Los Angeles Times. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from Cornell University and her Master’s Degree from Columbia University’s School of Social Work.

Favorite Quote: “And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom” by Anais Nin

Favorite Workout Song: “Treasure” by Bruno Mars

Favorite Restaurant: Hu Kitchen in Union Square

Favorite Beacon Friendly recipe: My mom’s spicy spinach cheese squares

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Zulma Rodriguez
Behavioral Coach
Zulma is passionate about her work and prides herself on never asking something of a client that she wouldn’t do herself.
Zulma is a Behavioral Coach and Addiction Specialist at The Beacon. Zulma is passionate about her work and prides herself on never asking something of a client that she wouldn’t do herself. Described best as The Beacon’s “Oak Tree” Zulma is full of life experience, patient and wise. She has often been described as having a sixth sense and really “gets” her clients. She believes that you are the expert on your own life; you already possess everything you are searching for within. Zulma is ready to help you to find and create the life you want!

After working in the addictions field for nearly two decades, Zulma has found her true niche at The Beacon Program. Zulma pulls from her extensive experience in substance abuse, DBT, 12-step philosophy and Gestalt therapy to uniquely help her clients successfully battle food addiction and eating disorders.

Zulma is a CASAC, CASAC instructor, and a Clinical Social Worker, receiving her master’s degree from Adelphi University. She has completed several trainings including the 5 day intensive DBT training “Dialectical Behavior Therapy for the Multiply-Disordered Client.” Zulma has run numerous addiction treatment programs, including work as a Substance Abuse Counselor at South Oaks Hospital, was the Director of a mental health and substance abuse facility for Metropolitan Center for Mental Health, and was the Director of Greenhope Services for Women. Zulma also has extensive experience teaching and supervising; she continues to “teach” every day at The Beacon.

Zulma’s energy is contagious; in addition to being an essential member of Team Beacon, she also teaches spin classes, yoga, salsa, and ballroom dancing. She can often been seen rollerdancing, one of her favorite hobbies, in Central Park on the weekends.

Favorite Quote: “Do something today that your future self will thank you for.”

Favorite Workout Song: Happy by Pharrell Williams

Favorite Restaurant: Angelica Kitchen in the East Village

Favorite Beacon Friendly Recipe: Oatmeal Pancakes

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Favorite Workout Song: Happy by Pharrell Williams

Kirsten Collins
Behavioral Coach
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