Last spring Lexi and Kara decided they needed some basketball in their lives and recruited Opal staff members to play in a women’s league. I was immediately enthused to play on the Opal team, the Opal Owls. I always loved basketball, however I hadn’t played since high school so I was expecting to be a…

I love exploring a new city and surroundings by putting on my running shoes and going! St. Petersburg, Florida did not disappoint! Julie, Lexi and I went to Florida for the annual IAEDP (International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals) conference this past weekend. The day the sun came out, I anxiously awaited a break time…

Our urban treehouse provides many views including the Olympic and Cascade Mountains, the downtown skyline AND the owl on the roof of the building across the street.  When we moved in to our space, we immediately took a liking to the fake owl that scares critters away from the rooftop.  It became such a fitting…

 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 30, 2012 ON FEBRUARY 1, OPAL:  FOOD + BODY WISDOM LAUNCHES AN EATING DISORDER TREATMENT CENTER IN SEATTLE, OPENING WITH DR. ELIZABETH HUTCHINSON, MD OF SWEDISH FAMILY MEDICINE AS MEDICAL DIRECTOR Partial Hospitalization Program offered as all-day, highest level of care SEATTLE, WA –    This week marks the much-anticipated launch of Opal:…

There is a lot going on at Opal as we get closer and closer to February 1st.  We are continuing to be so encouraged by successes, like those listed below, as we take the last remaining steps towards opening.   Swedish Medical Center—Dr. Elizabeth Hutchinson of Swedish Family Medicine will serve as Opal’s Medical Director. This…

One of my side areas of interest is interior design and architecture. You can imagine the thrill of helping to design almost 6000 square feet of wide open space!  We are grateful for design help from Lou Maxon of Maxon Design, Amata Alden of Burgess Design, and Joey Giblin of Interior Management (OK, yeah, she’s…

On the eve of our website launch, I am feeling so grateful for our communities that have helped make this dream become a reality. I’ve been reflecting on how one of our major treatment goals is to help our clients gain stronger support with their own communities. Tonight is one of those nights that I’m…

We were grateful to work with a fantastically creative mind in Lou Maxon, in creating our logo.  This image hopefully represents who we are and what kind of treatment we offer.  The logo is intentionally imperfect and sizable.  Opal will be a place that encourages clients and staff to live authentically, which of course means…

“Is this really happening?!!” has been a constant refrain in the past couple of months.  When we fell in love with our urban tree house space many months ago, we asked, “Could we actually get this space? No?!” At our photo shoot for the website, it was “Is this really happening?!” As we walked in…

This blog will be a space where we will communicate Opal news, exciting new research, continuing education events, innovative ideas, job announcements, areas of controversy in eating disorder treatment, and Opal events.  If it is Opal news, you will hear it here first.  Before our opening on February 1, 2012 this blog will mostly keep…

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