Posts Tagged ‘Minnesota’

Staff Spotlight, Kate Opichka

Kate Opichka

TEP: Tell us about yourself!

Kate: I am an outpatient dietitian and adolescent IOP program dietitian at The Emily Program’s Saint Louis Park location.  Outside of The Emily Program, I like to be outdoors: walking, biking, or being on the lake.  I also enjoy traveling, trying out new restaurants and new foods, and hanging out with my parents’ dog, Wookiee.

TEP: What is the best part of your job?

Kate: My favorite part of my job is being able to see people’s progress and reclaim values (and foods) the eating disorder has taken away.  I’m lucky enough to not only see my clients in IOP but to continue to work with some of them in an OP setting once they graduate from IOP.

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Anna Westin House West Open House 

Mayor Frey, Dirk Miller, Kitty Westin, and Jillian Lampert

The Emily Program hosted an open house last week to celebrate the opening of the Anna Westin House West—the first residential eating disorder treatment facility in Minneapolis. The Emily Program has expanded residential programming in the Twin Cities as part of its ongoing commitment to offering comprehensive, effective treatment for eating disorders. The 16-bed residential program will provide structured, evidence-based care for older adolescents and younger adults who are in need of highly intensive eating disorder treatment. The first clients will be welcomed on September 9th.

In alignment with The Emily Program’s other residential facilities, the Anna Westin House West will provide around-the-clock intervention aimed at lessening eating disorder behaviors, while restoring the medical and nutritional stability of clients. In this safe and supportive environment, clients can expect individual and group therapy, medical monitoring, psychiatric and nutrition services, and 24-hour nursing to be a part of their treatment plan. By providing comprehensive care at the residential level that steps down into less intensive programming, The Emily Program walks alongside clients for their entire recovery journey. 

At the open house, Minneapolis Mayor Frey led a ribbon-cutting ceremony alongside The Emily Program staff. Kitty Westin, whose daughter is the namesake of the Anna Westin House West, expressed how meaningful the site was to her family, and Emily Program founder Dirk Miller and Chief Strategy Officer Dr. Jillian Lampert spoke about the mission of The Emily Program and its goals for the future. Attendees of the open house were able to tour the Anna Westin House West, connect with local community members, meet Emily Program providers, and enjoy refreshments.

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Staff Spotlight, Caleb Kaihoi

Caleb Kaihoi Staff Spotlight

TEP: Tell us about yourself!

Caleb: I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and the Site Director at the St. Paul, Como Avenue location, which is an adult outpatient clinic. I have been at the Como location for almost a year and I previously was the Site Director at the Anna Westin House for Adolescents and Young Adults for two years. Prior to that, I was a Therapist at the Anna Westin house for two years. Outside of work, I spend my time with my wife and two daughters. I like to spend time outside playing with the girls, golfing, or working on outdoor projects. Other interests include listening to music, completing house projects, spending time with family and watching sports, especially Gophers basketball, volleyball, and the Minnesota Twins.

TEP: Why did you choose to work for The Emily Program?

Caleb: I chose to work for the Emily Program because I wanted to join an organization that strives to be the best at what they do, in this case, the best at treating eating disorders. I believe strongly in the mission of The Emily Program and the values that it upholds. I feel very fortunate to work with amazing colleagues and fantastic clients.

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Staff Spotlight, Dawn Boettcher

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TEP: Tell us about yourself!

Dawn: Hi!  My name is Dawn Boettcher.  I am the Site Director for the Anna Westin House West residential program—which is a new Emily Program facility located in the Linden Hills neighborhood of Minneapolis, MN.  I have worked in residential care for over 25 years and absolutely love working with people at this level of care.  The Anna Westin House West will be the second residential facility within the Emily Program that I have been part of opening and directing. 

TEP: What is your professional background?

Dawn: My background includes working in corrections, general mental health, and eating disorders.  I have a master’s and a doctorate degree in clinical psychology and I have worked with both adolescents and adults throughout my career. 

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