Co-Founder + Executive Director
Alexia “Lexi Giblin”, PhD, CEDS
Dr. Giblin (#PY00003876) is the Executive Director and Co-Founder of Opal: Food+Body Wisdom. She is a member of Dr. Thomas Lynch’s Radically Open-Dialectical Behavior Therapy (RO-DBT) Senior Clinician Team. Dr. Giblin leads the integration of RO-DBT in to Opal programming. She is also currently Clinical Faculty in the University of Washington’s Psychology Department.
Dr. Giblin has worked in the mental health field in various capacities since 1995. She received her doctorate from the University of Washington in 2004 and worked in private practice for 8 years prior to founding Opal. Dr. Giblin was a Faculty Lecturer in the University of Washington’s Psychology Department from 2004-2011.
Dr. Giblin’s research focused on body image dissatisfaction and teen appearance talk. Her past clinical positions include Lead Clinician and Training Coordinator roles at Seattle Mental Health. Her contributions to the University of Washington were recognized during the yearly “Celebrating University of Washington Women” observance. She has served as Vice-President and Education Chair of the Puget Sound Chapter of the International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals (iaedp).
Dr. Giblin is committed to making Opal a nationally recognized program offering compassionate treatment for eating disorders that is responsive to recent research. Along with her Co-Founders, Julie Church, RD, CD and Kara Bazzi, LMFT, she leads Opal with socially responsible business practices.
Intake Lead + Primary Therapist
Gigi Zappone, LMHC
Gigi is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the state of Washington (#MC60703455).
Intake Specialist + Family Therapist
Tina Alvarado, LMFTA
Tina is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Associate in the state of Washington (#MG 60748824). She earned bachelor degrees in Sociology and Spanish from Loyola Marymount University and recently graduated with her master of arts in Couples and Family Therapy from Seattle University. Tina believes deeply in the values of Opal and enjoys journeying with clients as they determine if Opal is a good fit for them. She hopes to be a friendly and helpful voice for clients beginning the intake process. For fun, Tina enjoys moving her body through dance and yoga and eating delicious food
Milieu Therapist + Intake Specialist
Alissa Swank, LMHC
Alissa is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the state of Washington (#LH 60901996). Alissa received her Bachelors of Science in Community Health from Western Washington University in the lovely Bellingham, WA. After working for several years as a youth mentor, educator, birth doula, and mountain guide in various non-profit settings, she returned to school and received her Masters of Arts in Counseling Psychology from The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology in Seattle, WA. Outside of Opal, Alissa has a private therapy practice in which she helps individuals work through anxiety, relational issues, body image, identity, and more. She is passionate about connecting individuals with their relationships to themselves, their bodies, food, and wild and authentic nature. If she is not working, Alissa seeks to spend time with loved ones, outdoors, and with her hands busy creating anything from pottery to homemade bread.
Milieu Therapist + Intake Specialist
Brooke Usrey, LMHCA
Brooke is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor Associate in the state of Washington (#MC60826793). Brooke grew up in rural Indiana and received her BA in Psychology from a working farm college near Asheville, NC. After working for several years as a youth mentor, AmeriCorps volunteer, bookbinding apprentice, letterpress printer, art director, and caregiver for elders, she returned to school and received her MA in Counseling Psychology from Bastyr University. Outside of Opal, Brooke has a private therapy practice where she works with teens and adults to find their own strength in navigating life’s challenges, and she works part-time as a letterpress printer in a small but mighty stationery business. She is particularly passionate about supporting women and girls in harnessing their inner power and living their fullest lives. If she is not working, Brooke spends time with friends, takes lots of walks, writes letters, and tries not to take life TOO seriously.