Lexi, Julie and Kara have rich working relationships that have led to the formation of Opal:Food+Body Wisdom. Julie and Kara began working together in the fall of 2004 at the Seattle Pacific University Counseling Center where they co-developed the Eating Disorder Program. They met Lexi shortly thereafter when she was presenting her dissertation on adolescent appearance conversations. The three practitioners discovered they shared a similar philosophy and passion around the treatment of eating disorders and have worked closely since, collaborating treatment for many individuals pursuing recovery, regularly meeting for professional consultation, and co-leading therapy groups.
The dream of opening a clinic that would provide a higher level of eating disorder treatment has been growing for several years. It became reality in the winter of 2011 when Lexi, Julie and Kara took the first steps towards the creation of Opal. Now, the three women are dedicated to leading a clinic that offers excellent comprehensive treatment. Through this journey, Lexi, Julie and Kara have grown an even deeper respect for each other’s work and in the process, discovered how much they personally enjoy one another. As working moms co-founding a new business, they know the importance of sharing laughter, having fun together, and not taking themselves too seriously.