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Staff Spotlight, Christina Grieve

Christina Grieve

TEP: Tell us about yourself!
Christina: I’m the Seattle adult standard/standalone intensive outpatient dietitian. Food is a huge part of both my professional and personal life—outside of work, I spend a lot of time enjoying the eclectic Seattle restaurant scene and experimenting in the kitchen. I also enjoy things all things yoga, books, cats, exploration, and relaxation.

TEP: What is your favorite part about being an Emily Program dietitian?
Christina: There are so many things I love about my job, especially digging deep in individual sessions and during meals (where the magic happens)! Most of all, I appreciate the many opportunities to witness those beautiful moments of growth—a client reclaiming a food, tuning into their true needs, gaining clarity, cultivating agency… the list goes on!

TEP: What is a common nutrition myth that you would like to correct?
Christina: The myth that there is such a thing as a “healthy” or an “unhealthy” food. Foods may contain different nutrients, but they can all nourish different aspects of our health and well-being. One food does not hold the power to change your health.

TEP: What is one thing you wish everyone knew about eating disorder treatment?
Christina: Not all people who need treatment fit a stereotype. People of all shapes, sizes, colors, backgrounds, and gender identities can struggle with eating disorders, and all are deserving of help and support. Because of this, treatment goals are different for each individual.

TEP: Do you have any advice for clients in recovery?
Christina: Recovery is not on a timeline, so try to extend patience to yourself or those around you who are in treatment. Eating disorders are not simple conditions and do not have a simple solution. And try to build in self-care time where you can. Treatment is a lot of work and having downtime is essential!

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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, Shannon Pitts

Shannon Pitts, Staff Spotlight

The Emily Program: Tell us about yourself!

Shannon: Hello! My name is Shannon and I may be biased but I think I have one of the greatest roles on the planet. I am a Professional Relations Specialist on the West Coast for The Emily Program. This is a fancy way of saying I get to spend my time talking about eating disorder treatment and all the hard work that our staff and clients do!

Primarily, my goal is to encourage and facilitate conversations between our program and other healthcare organizations. I work from a home office just north of Seattle, Washington to support our Seattle Outpatient site and our Seattle Residential site. My goal is to win employee of the month within my little home office but I keep getting beat out by my office assistant, who happens to be my one-year-old labradoodle puppy, Henry!

When I am not talking about The Emily Program, I love to spend time with my husband, Stuart. We love to find the best foodie spots (especially for desserts!), re-watch our favorite episodes of Friends, and take Henry to explore local beaches. I love to be creative and you can often find me attempting the latest Pinterest craft trends, or recreating my favorite recipes from The Food Network.

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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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