Innovative Mental Health Brand Opens in Coral Gables 

Ellie Mental Health, a franchise focused on making quality mental health services more accessible, continued its national expansion by opening its first location in Coral Gables to provide innovative mental health care services for all ages. The Coral Gables clinic is located at 1533 Sunset Dr, Suite 225.

Local owner Nicholas Machado developed a passion for helping others through his own journey with mental health. Growing up gay in a family that was fractured by a messy divorce and other childhood experiences, there were multiple points in his life where he had to focus on his mental health to deal with personal and relationship issues. When he set out to open a business, Machado’s own experience and combination of the brand’s mission, culture and values made Ellie Mental Health extremely appealing. 

“I’m most excited about helping underserved families with reconciliation and counseling, people working through addiction issues, and LGBTQ+ issues in my community,” Machado says. “All of these issues have touched my life in some way and I’d be grateful to help others overcome them as I have been helped throughout my life.”

Coming from a lengthy entrepreneurship background, Machado plans to hire from a broad base of mental health experience to be able to provide help for a diverse variety. Additionally, the location’s proximity to several schools and hospitals presents a unique opportunity for partnership and to assist the community’s younger population.

“There’s a critical need for young people these days now that social media and time spent on screens is at its highest,” Machado says. “Now, there’s a crisis of all sorts of new anxieties that didn’t exist previously that our younger generation has to face.”

The services Ellie Mental Health provides include online or in-person therapy for individuals and families and couples counseling. The brand offers various types of treatment, including play, grief, trauma-informed, and eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR). It provides a quick turnaround time for matching clients with highly-qualified clinicians that best suit their needs. Each location is run by entrepreneurs who have a personal connection to mental health and are passionate about providing safe and welcoming environments to ensure clients feel comfortable during their sessions, whether they are in-person or telehealth.

“We are confident that Nicholas’s entrepreneurial background and deep passion for helping others make him the ideal person to open our newest location,” Chris Pash says, Senior Vice President of Growth and Development at Ellie Mental Health. “Our main goal with Ellie Mental Health is to provide valuable assistance for local communities’ mental health journeys, and we know Nicholas will share that passion with the Coral Gables community.”

For more information about Ellie Mental Health Coral Gables, go to https://elliementalhealth.com/locations/coral-gables-south-miami-fl/. To make an appointment at the Coral Gables location, call (305) 707-1604.

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Drew Limsky



Drew Limsky joined Lifestyle Media Group in August 2020 as Editor-in-Chief of South Florida Business & Wealth. His first issue of SFBW, October 2020, heralded a reimagined structure, with new content categories and a slew of fresh visual themes. “As sort of a cross between Forbes and Robb Report, with a dash of GQ and Vogue,” Limsky says, “SFBW reflects South Florida’s increasingly sophisticated and dynamic business and cultural landscape.”

Limsky, an avid traveler, swimmer and film buff who holds a law degree and Ph.D. from New York University, likes to say, “I’m a doctor, but I can’t operate—except on your brand.” He wrote his dissertation on the nonfiction work of Joan Didion. Prior to that, Limsky received his B.A. in English, summa cum laude, from Emory University and earned his M.A. in literature at American University in connection with a Masters Scholar Award fellowship.

Limsky came to SFBW at the apex of a storied career in journalism and publishing that includes six previous lead editorial roles, including for some of the world’s best-known brands. He served as global editor-in-chief of Lexus magazine, founding editor-in-chief of custom lifestyle magazines for Cadillac and Holland America Line, and was the founding editor-in-chief of Modern Luxury Interiors South Florida. He also was the executive editor for B2B magazines for Acura and Honda Financial Services, and he served as travel editor for Conde Nast. Magazines under Limsky’s editorship have garnered more than 75 industry awards.

He has also written for many of the country’s top newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Miami Herald, Boston Globe, USA Today, Worth, Robb Report, Afar, Time Out New York, National Geographic Traveler, Men’s Journal, Ritz-Carlton, Elite Traveler, Florida Design, Metropolis and Architectural Digest Mexico. His other clients have included Four Seasons, Acqualina Resort & Residences, Yahoo!, American Airlines, Wynn, Douglas Elliman and Corcoran. As an adjunct assistant professor, Limsky has taught journalism, film and creative writing at the City University of New York, Pace University, American University and other colleges.