Milieu Therapist

Uses She/Her pronouns

Evelina (she/her) is driven by relationships, trust-building, and the power of shared vulnerability. She is known for her empathy, compassion, warm heart, humor, and ability to hold space for others regardless of what is swirling around in the moment. Evelina finds herself called to the work of guiding folx through eating disorder recovery as both a result of her personal history with food and mental health and a drive to participate in the dismantling of diet culture and racism in the wellness industry.

Evelina believes in client-centered care that honors each individual’s unique situation—their intersecting identities, strengths, skills, and values. As an experienced student and teacher of yoga and mindfulness practices, she values a mind-body-spirit approach to wellbeing that recognizes health as so much more than the food we eat.

As a white, thin, cisgender dietitian in a field already dominated by white, thin, cisgender women like her, Evelina acknowledges the privilege and power she holds and her role in the perpetuation of this inequity. During her graduate studies, she became especially curious about race and gender biases in the nutrition research on which her degree was based and the harmful rhetoric around health and weight. She funneled her frustration into projects that reflected her changing values: she co-authored a document on race bias in nutrition for dietetics educators and jump-started a future cultural humility training for clinical nutrition professionals at University of Washington Medical Center.

Evelina is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (#86154805). She received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Whitman College and her Master of Science in Nutrition at the University of Washington’s School of Public Health. As a budding nutrition professional, Evelina is thrilled to be joining a game-changing community of HAES-informed healthcare providers who advocate for the healing of all bodies.

Outside of Opal, Evelina finds joy in spending time with her partner, Eric and cat, Frankie, practicing and teaching yoga, eating Thai food, and being on, near, or in water.