Billing Specialist + Nutrition Assistant
Uses She/Her pronouns
Growing up in the PNW, Kaitlyn’s childhood was filled with lake side afternoons, motorcycles, and lots of camping. It was during these years that she first discovered her love for food and love for sports. It was also during these years that she discovered how limiting it can be to live a life with a disordered relationship with food and body, specifically as an athlete. This discovery was the catalysis for Kaitlyn’s love for nutrition and passion for bringing freedom with food to those with a disordered relationship with food and their bodies. This passion drove her to complete her Bachelor’s degree at the University of Washington in Psychology while minoring in Nutritional Sciences where she volunteered with UW Athletics Sports Nutrition.
Kaitlyn has a strong desire to help those with less financial privilege gain access to basic nutrition needs. While in undergraduate studies, Kaitlyn worked closely with clients accessing a local drop in center for youth experiencing homelessness. This experience solidified her want for nutrition services, and many other services, to be more equitable and accessible.
As a cis-woman with a multi-racial, marginalized identity, though often white-passing as a Korean American, Kaitlyn is dedicated to dismantling systems of oppression and anti-racism work. She acknowledges the privilege and way she holds power by being an educated, thin, able-bodied, cis-gendered person. She is committed to challenging the ways her own white adjacent racial identity contributes to societal racism. Kaitlyn is passionate about using a culturally inclusive lens in all her tasks at Opal. She brings this commitment to cultural competency to her comprehensive work with other Opal staff and all interactions with clients. Whether it be a billing issue or offering meal support, as Kaitlyn is a registered agency affiliated counselor in the state of Washington (#CG61010040), she is devoted to making clients, specifically clients of color, feel safe and seen. By trying to contribute to this kind of environment, she believes all clients, especially those with marginalized identities, can fully recover from their eating disorder.
Outside of Opal’s walls, Kaitlyn loves reading with a cup of coffee, cooking and enjoying a beer with her partner, hiking and running with friends, and taking care of her house plants.