The Moore Center’s medical and clinical leadership consists of a team of multidisciplinary professionals with extensive experience in the treatment of eating disorders.
Founder and Medical Director
Mehri D. Moore, MD, a Board-certified adult psychiatrist and also a certified child and adolescent psychiatrist specializing in the treatment of eating disorders for over twenty years. She is widely regarded as one of the Pacific Northwest’s leading authorities on eating disorders treatment and related family issues. Drawing from her extensive professional experience, Dr. Moore has developed a comprehensive, collaborative approach to the treatment of eating disorders. In addition to overseeing the clinical staff at The Moore Center, she conducts individual and group psychotherapy sessions with patients and families. She has specialized in family therapy thoughout her career and has trained many professionals in the use of Structural Family Therapy and Strategic Family Therapy.
Dr. Moore holds an MD from the University of Tehran and completed her residency training in general psychiatry at the University of Washington. She also earned a certificate in child and adolescent psychiatry from the Philadelphia Child Guidance Clinic. Prior to founding The Moore Center, Dr. Moore was the Medical Director of the Eating Disorder Program at Swedish Medical Center. Dr. Moore frequently lectures on and provides training in the treatment of eating disorder, and is a member of the National Eating Disorders Association and the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals.
Associate Medical Director
Neeru Bakshi, MD, FAPA, is a Board-certified adult psychiatrist who specializes in adult and adolescent psychiatry. She is a fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and a member of the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals. Prior to joining The Moore Center team, Dr. Bakshi was the Medical Director of Overlake Hospital’s Day Hospital Program. Dr. Bakshi is also the Chairperson of the Department of Psychiatry at Overlake Hospital Medical Center. She is currently the Associate Medical Director for The Moore Center’s Partial Hospitalization Program, Intensive Outpatient Program and Outpatient Program.
She attended George Washington University where she received a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology and earned her medical degree from Texas A&M University Health Sciences Center College of Medicine. Dr. Bakshi completed her internship and residency at Baylor College of Medicine in the Meninnger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and the University of Washington. Dr. Bakshi is an active member of the Washington State Psychiatric Association and the American Psychiatric Association.
Dr. Bakshi has a wide variety of practice experience including consultation/liaison psychiatry, inpatient psychiatry, emergency psychiatry, outpatient psychiatry and partial hospitalization psychiatry.
Clinical Director, Partial Hospitalization Program
Jenna Flagg, PsyD, received her doctorate in clinical psychology from Nova Southeastern University in Florida. She is currently licensed as a psychologist in both Washington and Florida. Jenna completed her post-doctoral residency at the Renfrew Center of Florida, a residential treatment center for women with eating disorders. Following her residency, she spent several years at the Renfrew Center working as both a therapist and treatment team leader. Jenna has extensive experience supervising students, interns and residents who have a desire to gain knowledge and experience in the field of eating disorders. Her therapeutic orientation is primarily cognitive behavioral, but both interpersonal and family systems orientations influence her work with patients and families as well.
Clinical Director, Intensive Outpatient Program
Jeanne received her Master’s degree in counseling at Sonoma State University in California. She has 20 years of experience working as a program manager, health educator, and counselor for individuals, couples, and families. Trained in a family systems approach, she has specialized in eating disorders, anxiety, stress reduction and anger management. She is a member of Chi Sigma Iota, an International Counseling, Academic, and Professional Honor Society.
Alison completed her undergraduate degree in chemistry at the University of Puget Sound and her master’s degree in counseling psychology from Mars Hill Graduate School. Before starting graduate school she mentored college-aged students during the academic year and guided wilderness trips for adolescents during the summer. These experiences combined with her own story solidified her desire to help those struggling with eating disorders. Alison completed her graduate internship at The Moore Center. Her therapeutic orientation is predominately interpersonal and psychodynamic focusing on relational dynamics of the individual, family, and greater community.
Director of Nutrition
Raven Bonnar-Pizzorno, MS, RD, CD, earned her MS in nutrition from Bastyr University. Her dietary training included rotations at the Joslin Diabetes Center, Puget Sound Kidney Centers and the AIDS clinic at Harborview Medical Center. Prior to joining The clinical team at The Moore Center, she worked at Overlake Hospital in Seattle, and co-authored a research study through the Vitamins and Lifestyle Study at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. She is passionate about nutrition because of its comprehensive effects on health and its fundamental connection with daily living.
Michael Moore has been an advisor to The Moore Center since its inception in 1991. For almost 20 years, he has been a key participant in strategic and financial planning decisions, business operations, human resources management, facility planning and IT management. Since 2008, Michael has been the director of business operations with management responsibility for business operations including personnel, finances, long-range planning, marketing, IT and facilities. Michael has a BA from the University of Washington and a master’s of architecture from the University of Pennsylvania.
Director of Operations
Liz Kuula has worked in the healthcare field for over six years, and in her role at The Moore Center, she oversees the marketing department, clinical assessment team and the administrative staff. Previously, she served as a public relations account executive for a diverse group of clients in the medical and technology fields. Liz graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder with a Bachelor of Science in Journalism, with an emphasis in Public Relations and English. Currently, Liz serves on the board for the Puget Sound Chapter of the International Association for Eating Disorder Professionals (IAEDP), and is also very involved with the National Eating Disorders Association on a local level.
Family Medicine Physician
Alex De Moraes, MD, is a Board certified Family Medicine physician. Dr. De Moraes joined The Moore Center team in August 2013 to provide medical care to adult and adolescent patients struggling with eating disorders.
Dr. De Moraes earned his BA in Human Physiology from the University of California, Davis and attended medical school at The Medical College of Wisconsin. He completed Family Medicine residency training at UC Davis Medical Center Family Practice in Redding, California. After residency, he worked at Shasta Community Health Center providing treatment to the medically underserved, and also served as an admitting physician for Shasta County Mental Health.
In 2006, Dr. De Moraes transitioned to private practice providing hospital, ICU, surgical care, home and skilled nursing services to patients in Napa, California. He moved to Bellevue, Washington in 2010, where he joined Overlake Medical Clinics as the Associate Medical Director caring for both teenagers and adults.
Dr. De Moraes has a broad interest in heart disease prevention, including men’s health, women’s health and geriatric care. He practices full spectrum family medicine, encompassing acute care, dermatology care, minor surgical procedures, sports-related injuries and general medicine.
Dr. De Moraes was born in Brazil and moved to the United States at the age of 6. He spent 28 years in the United States Air Force as a flight doctor and retired in 2010. Dr. De Moraes speaks both Portuguese and Spanish.