Co-Founder + Nutrition Director + Community Relations Director
Uses She/Her pronouns
Julie is known for her authenticity, passion and cheerleading, which led her to many small and large passion projects throughout her life. Co-creating Opal is no different—it stemmed from a desire to offer a new way to heal from mainstream diet culture. She always knew that conventional health and consumer diet culture was not helpful and pursued education and experiences in the 90s that introduced her to Intuitive Eating, Non-Diet, and Health at Every Size. Since then, she has put those approaches to work in a private practice setting, at Seattle Pacific University counseling center and in creating Opal: Food+Body Wisdom’s weight-inclusive approach to nutrition and weight as Nutrition Director.
Julie grew up in Wisconsin enjoying youth athletics, gardening, friends and family in a way that only the midwest can bring! She graduated from the University of Kentucky with a Bachelors in Science in Dietetics in 1999 and quickly moved west to Seattle to intern at a church to serve college students. Life in Seattle led to many opportunities: international travel, community service, helping college students gain insight into their food and body issues, and public health work as a dietitian. All of this continually solidified Julie’s “role in the world” was to be a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist ( #DI00001262 ) who helps individuals heal from eating disorders—which years ago Julie feared would mean she would only work with individuals “like her”. But, as her social justice lens has expanded beyond weight-inclusivity, she has begun to see ways to ensure that is not the case and use her power to make necessary systemic changes in the field of eating disorders to have healing for all!
Julie is also currently Community Relations Director for Opal which involves public speaking, social media, The Appetite podcast, website, communication, and relationship building with community members. Julie’s out-going nature and pursuit of authenticity guides this work to ensure Opal only hires, partners and amplifies those who truly align with our values.
Julie identifies as a white, cis-gendered female, with european heritage and midwestern roots. As a business owner, she is aware of her power and aims to distribute that power well with her own self-awareness, learning/un-learning and help from her community on her blind-spots. She is a wife to Ryan and mom of three young boys.
Julie has professional interest and advanced training in: Attuned/ Intuitive Eating, Diet Recovery/Chronic Dieting, Family Nutrition, Health at Every Size, RO-DBT, Certified Eating Disorder Dietitian-Supervisor through International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals (CEDRD)