Narins Eating Disorder Center was founded in 2018 to deliver respectful, compassionate, evidence-based, and cost-effective treatment to those struggling with a myriad of eating disorder symptoms and presentations. The focus is on delivering quality, individualized treatment by a skilled professional staff and with careful adherence to the highest ethical principles
Our Core Values
Tracy Narins Welchoff, Ph.D.
Owner/ Executive Director
Owner/ Executive Director
Dr. Welchoff is a licensed psychologist who has been practicing in the Buffalo area since 1995. Since opening her practice, she has treated many children, adolescents, adults, and families struggling with issues such as depression, anxiety, school and work adjustment, behavioral concerns, and life adjustment issues. Her specialties include the treatment of Eating Disorders, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, and sports-related psychological concerns. From 2010 - 2018, Dr. Welchoff served as Executive Director of the Buffalo Centre for the Treatment of Eating Disorders. Instrumental in the opening of the program, she was involved in program development, comprehensive assessment and treatment planning, supervision and training of clinical staff, providing individual, group, and family therapy, and community support. With the opening of the Narins Eating Disorder Center, Dr. Welchoff has brought with her twenty-five years of experience as well as patience, compassion, humor, and persistence in working with this tremendously diverse and incredibly rewarding group of people.
Barbra Lesh, M.D.
Psychiatrist/ Medical Director
Psychiatrist/ Medical Director
Dr. Barbra Lesh is a Board Certified psychiatrist who is licensed to practice medicine in New York and New Jersey. She earned her medical degree at the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at the University at Buffalo. Here she was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha national medical honor society for the highest academic performance. In addition, Dr. Lesh received the AMWA Janet M. Glasgow Memorial Achievement Citation for graduating among the top five women in her medical school class. Dr Lesh completed her psychiatry training at Yale where she served as Chief of the psychiatric emergency room, Chief of the neuropsychiatric firm, and program wide Chief resident. Formerly the Medical Director of the Buffalo Centre for the Treatment of Eating Disorders, Dr. Lesh brings her enthusiasm and expertise to the Narins Eating Disorder Center.
Dalinda Condino, M.D.
Dr. Condino is Board Certified in Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine. She earned her medical degree from University at Buffalo, School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences and continued her training with a Fellowship in Adolescent Medicine at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine (1993). Dr. Condino treats children, adolescents, and adults. She heads the Oishei Children's Hospital Adolescent Medicine Clinic where she supervises the treatment of patients with eating disorders. She is also responsible for the medical care of those admitted for acute inpatient care of severe eating disorder symptoms.
Beth is the first contact and friendly voice greeting callers who are seeking information about Narins EDC. Understanding how difficult this call can be for those struggling with Eating Disorders, Beth kindly and patiently takes people through the intake process and makes this often- intimidating process both welcoming and hopeful. On the administrative end, it's hard to imagine running an office in a more organized and efficient manner. Truly, Beth is the warm, helpful, and approachable face that keeps Narins EDC buzzing.
Madeline Drilling, LMSW
Madeline Drilling graduated with her masters in social work from the University at Buffalo. Madeline entered the field of social work after receiving her bachelors in childhood education and spent time working in the Buffalo Public and charter schools in Western New York. Madeline recognized how students’ mental health was impacting their academic performance and decided to change her career path in order to support individuals in need of mental health services. Madeline has experience working with a diverse population of children, adolescents, adults, and families. Madeline makes it a priority to reflect safety, compassion, empathy, trustworthiness, and humor in her work with clients and is willing to go above and beyond to ensure that her clients are receiving the best care.
Jessica Wojtkowiak, a Western New York native, studied Psychology and Nutrition at Mansfield University of Pennsylvania. While receiving her undergraduate degree, she served as a kitchen Intern at Buffalo Centre for Eating Disorders. Jessica brings many different job and internship experiences; working with adolescents in a school setting as well as working with individuals who have developmental and intellectual disabilities. A sports enthusiast, Jessica has coached lacrosse and is currently interning in The University at Buffalo’s Athletics program. Jessica is excited to join the Narins staff in her new role as a counselor, graduating from the University at Buffalo’s Master of Social Work program in May of 2019.
Kate Arndt, MS, RDN, CDN
Kate is a Registered Dietitian in Buffalo, NY specializing in the nutrition support and counselling of patients with eating disorders. Kate completed her BS in Dietetics at Point Loma Nazarene University, San Diego, CA, in 2016. During this time, she also worked as a Diet Technician and Counselor at Center For Discovery, a residential eating disorder treatment center, and participated in summer orphan feeding programs in Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Kate completed her Dietetic Internship through the Marshall University and received her MS in Clinical Dietetics in 2018. Kate recently worked as Clinical Dietitian at the Buffalo Centre for the Treatment of Eating Disorders and began an outpatient nutrition counselling practice where she specializes in the nutritional counselling of patients with eating disorders. Additionally, she is working towards earning her Certified Eating Disorder Registered Dietitian certification (CEDRD). Kate combines current scientific standards of care, an "All Foods Fit" mentality, and a supportive environment during counselling to help her patients feel safe as they challenge themselves to work mindfully towards recovery and a healthy relationship with food and self.
Mary Cullinane, LMHC
Mary Cullinane, a native of Hamburg, received her master’s degree in counseling psychology from Loyola University Maryland in Baltimore, MD in 2005 and later earned her License in Mental Health Counseling (LMHC). She began her career treating clients with substance use disorders, conducting group and individual therapy at a medication-assisted treatment program in Baltimore. She has since served as primary therapist both in private practice and at several outpatient programs, including Sister's Hospital STAR program, Buffalo Centre for the Treatment of Eating Disorders, and The Renfrew Center. Mary believes in an eclectic approach to counseling based on one's individual needs, and especially enjoys helping clients find their own motivators and examine the relationship between their thoughts and feelings.
Laura Libruk, B.A.
Laura graduated with her Bachelor of Arts in Health and Human Services with a minor in counseling from the University at Buffalo in 2018. She is currently earning her Master’s in Mental Health Counseling from the University at Buffalo. Her goal is to specialize in Eating Disorder Treatment upon receiving her LMHC. Laura brings enthusiasm and compassion to Narins EDC.
Sheila Flavin, MS, RDN
A registered dietitian with an advanced degree in nutrition from Columbia University, Sheila is a recognized expert in food and nutrition. With more than 20 years of professional experience, Sheila makes it her job to keep current on the latest developments in the field. Most important, she knows how to separate the latest nutritional fad from sound evidence-based approaches to nutrition. Working collaboratively with her patients and other treatment team members, she provides support in devising and implementing a plan to make healthy changes in your diet and lifestyle. Although Sheila works with all nutrition problems, she specializes in treating those struggling with eating disorders. A popular speaker in the field, Sheila is highly sought after as a presenter, educator, and expert adviser to multiple media outlets. Finally, Sheila has been an integral part of establishing and nurturing standards of excellence in nutrition through her patient care, teaching and supervision of staff, community consultation, and her current role as supervising dietitian. Learn more at www.sheilsflavinrd.com.
Joie de Vivre ("Joy")
Since joining the Eating Disorder Treatment world in 2016 at the tender age of 3 months, Joy has gained extensive experience and supported the recovery process of many. Her French name Joie de Vive translates to an exuberant "Joy of Life", and she has certainly lived up to her name. From her role as eager receptionist, happily greeting everyone who walks in the door, to her favorite job of snuggling or playing with anyone in need, Joy brings her friendly, playful, loving personality to work each and every day. She loves to roll over, play dead, fetch endlessly, and offer a "high five" upon request.