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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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Staff Spotlight, Caitlin Urdiales

TEP: Tell us about yourself!

Caitlin:  I started working at the Cleveland Center for Eating Disorders in 2012 as an Eating Disorder Technician in the Adult Standard Program (ASPM). We (the CCED) became a part of The Emily Program in 2014 and I continued working within the program where I completed my internship from 2015-2016 as a counselor trainee. I became the program assistant in early 2017 after graduating with my Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.  I’m excited to be transitioning roles later this year with the addition of a new ASPM program here at Cleveland outpatient, where I will be the program coordinator.  You can most often find me running groups and facilitating therapeutic meals with clients within the current ASAM program.

Outside of work, I’m learning how difficult it is to be a homeowner.  However, I am becoming increasingly good at fixing and decorating with a few YouTube videos and several trips to the hardware store!  I have a cat, Dahlia, and an ever-growing collection of house plants at home.  Aside from that, I started a monthly book club about a year ago that is still going strong, I spend a lot of time dog sitting, and I love live music and going to shows.  I would not have the job I have or live in the city I live in if I didn’t want to be closer to the venues I grew up going to as a teenager and continue to go to today.

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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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