Adolescent Growth

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Brook Horn DeKofsky

“Prevention of chronic disease starts with nutrition and how we take care of our bodies – It’s never too late to start!”

Brooke Horn DeKofsky, M.P.H., R.D., L.E.

Dietitian

Brooke takes care of the nutritional needs of our clients by planning healthy, balanced meals that provide complete nutrition and taste good too. She also works one-on-one with eating disorder clients to help them plan their path to a healthy relationship with food, cope with food-related stressors and learn appropriate ways to keep weight on or off. Brooke is sincerely dedicated to keeping our teens well and teaching them about the mental, emotional, physical and spiritual benefits of eating a healthy, balanced diet.

Brooke graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. While she was earning her Bachelor’s Degree, Brooke became a Peer Health Counselor. It was during her stint as a health counselor that Brooke discovered her passion for Public Health. To further her education in this field, she went on to earn her Masters of Public Health from UCLA in combination with a Deitetic Internship at the Veteran’s Affairs Medical Center in West Los Angeles.

After completing her internship, Brooke worked for a Federally Qualified Health Clinic as part of their Comprehensive Perinatal Services Program (CPSP) in collaboration with the Los Angeles Best Babies Network. During this time, Brooke learned a great deal about perinatal nutrition and how it sets the foundation for a lifetime of healthy eating habits. As a Registered Dietitian, Brooke understands the critical importance of good nutrition on mental health and human development. In her work at Adolescent Growth, Brooke shares her knowledge with teens and inspires them to take care of their bodies and reap the wonderful rewards of a balanced diet.

Brooke also has specialties in weight loss and chronic disease management. She assists teens who are most in need of nutritional guidance, such as diabetics and the overweight, underweight and obese. She instructs our teens in groups on good nutrition, weight management, diet and wellness and much more.

Lauren Schmitt

“Nutrition is not just what you eat but more importantly it’s about how you feed your body to support your mental and physical state”

Lauren Schmitt, M.S., R.D., C.P.T.

Dietitian

Lauren is a results-driven Registered Dietitian and a certified personal trainer who specializes in individual wellness, eating disorders and weight management. Lauren has a genuine gift for inspiring young people to think twice about the food they eat and its effect on their health and well-being. Many of the teens in our care attribute their marked improvement in part to Lauren’s healthy meal plans. Once they begin to enjoy a noticeable increase in energy, focus and engagement, teens at Adolescent Growth swiftly inherit Lauren’s enthusiasm for proper diet and physical fitness.

As one of our team dietitians, Lauren creates meal plans, works one-on-one with teens who have eating disorders and leads educational groups on the vital importance of diet and good nutrition. Lauren has been the catalyst for countless success stories among our clients and continues to be a driving force behind the holistic treatment approach at Adolescent Growth.

Intrigued with diet and fitness and their effects on mental and physical well-being, Lauren earned her Masters Degree in Family and Consumer Sciences from California State University at Northridge with a concentration in Nutrition. She then went on to become a registered dietitian and an NASM certified personal trainer. With a refreshing attitude and a savvy way with teens, Lauren generates genuine excitement among adolescents in the interest of paying mind to eating habits and physical exercise.

Lauren specializes in working with teenagers who struggle with anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and binging/compulsive overeating. She treats each client individually and formulates unique plans based on the client’s needs and goals. She is known for her vibrant demeanor and her ability to convey even the most complex concepts in simple terms for teens to grasp and understand.

ABOUT US


Adolescent Growth is a family owned and operated treatment center for teens aged 12-17. Since our inception we have proudly held the Gold Seal of Accreditation from the Joint Commission, an internationally recognized accreditation body. We specialize in treating teens with mental health disorders, eating disorders, substance abuse and co-occurring disorders