Co-Founder + Clinical Director
Uses She/Her pronouns
Kara’s entry into this field comes from personal experience of developing an eating disorder through the context of college athletics. Her personal experience paired with years of working with athletes with food, body and exercise concerns, has fueled her passion in developing and running the Exercise+Sport program at Opal. As a white, thin, and athlete-identified woman, Kara is committed to continual learning and accountability within her privilege, and desires to steward her power in effective allyship in order to contribute to race equitable cultures within Opal and in the eating disorder field more broadly.
Kara is a licensed Marriage & Family Therapist (#LF00002454) and continues to offer clinical leadership to the Exercise+Sport team at Opal, alongside training and educating folks in the community about eating disorders in the context of sport and exercise through trainings, writings, and podcasting. She is particularly interested in training athletic coaches to ensure that coaches are equipped in best practices when it comes to mental health.
Kara has professional interest and advanced training in: Attachment, attuned/ intuitive eating, depression/ anxiety, The Enneagram, family therapy, grief and loss, Health at Every Size, anti-oppression, OCD, RO DBT, spirituality, sport and exercise/ athletes