Nutrition Team 

Co-Founder + Nutrition Director + Community Relations Director

Julie Church, RDN, CEDRD, CD

Julie (#DI00001262) is a nationally registered and state certified dietitian, who has been passionate about treating eating disorders for over 17 years.  She received her BS in Dietetics from the University of Kentucky and has been providing nutrition counseling to those struggling with eating disorders since 2001.  She has joyfully contributed to related awareness and education events throughout her career and is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, National Eating Disorders Association, International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals, and Association of Size Diversity and Health.  She is the AED SIG Co-Chair for Health at Every Size and an approved supervisor by IAEDP as a Certified Eating Disorder Specialist Dietitian.

Her most significant contribution is co-founding an eating disorder treatment program in Seattle Washington with two mental health colleagues.  Her passion for providing treatment from a non-diet, health at every size paradigm was motivation to create Opal: Food+Body Wisdom which provides Partial Hospitalization, Intensive Outpatient and traditional outpatient services with an emphasis on being athlete friendly and a therapeutic foundation of Radically-Open DBT.  Julie recently was awarded the Washington State Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics 2017 Clinical Practice Award for Excellence. 

Other community contributions include: leading a free eating disorder support group, creating Seattle Pacific University’s (SPU) Registered Dietitian position, and starting SPU’s ongoing 9 year campus tradition of eating disorder and body image awareness and education events.

She is known by colleagues, friends and family as a woman who lives and breathes her treatment philosophies of non-diet and health at every size.  She enjoys spending time traveling to be with friends and family across the country and making memories with her husband and three boys.

 

Julie has professional interest and advanced training in: Attuned/ Intuitive Eating, Diet Recovery/Chronic Dieting, Family Nutrition, Health at Every Size, RO-DBT. 

Registered Dietitian Nutritionist

Elizabeth Payne, MPH, RDN, CD

Elizabeth Payne, MPH, RDN, CD is a nationally registered and state certified dietitian nutritionist (#DI60478790) specializing in eating disorders and body image issues. They received their Master’s degree in Public Health and Nutrition at the University of Washington. They completed a CDR-accredited dietetic internship at the University of Washington with a focus on eating disorder treatment with adolescents and adults. They have a background in research which includes four years as a Research Coordinator at the UW Center for Public Health Nutrition and almost two years as a Research Assistant working on primary research in the microbiology department at the University of Washington.

Elizabeth received additional training in trauma theory and body-based healing during four years of intensive training with generative somatics, an organization that integrates individual and collective healing within an anti-oppression framework, and is a certified somatic coach.

Elizabeth loves working with clients to help them reconnect with the wisdom of their bodies and build a trusting, joyful relationship with food. They provide evidence-based nutrition education and counseling using a non-diet and Health at Every Size© approach with an emphasis on social justice, attuned eating, body-trust, and weigh-inclusivity. They believe that the work of eating disorder recovery is culture-change work and they are passionate about empowering clients to find freedom from their eating disorders. They are deeply moved and inspired by the bravery, strength, and vulnerability they witness in their clients every day.

They also enjoy spending time in the woods, and loves singing, making art, and swimming.

 

Elizabeth has professional interest and advanced training in: Attuned/ intuitive eating, culinary skills, diet recovery/ chronic dieting, digestive issues, family nutrition, Health at Every Size, LGBTQ issues/ gender affirming, RO DBT, somatic psychotherapy, systems of oppression, trauma, infant child feeding. 

Primary Dietitian

Kelly Finan, MS, RDN, CD

Kelly is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist in the state of Washington (#DI60819466) specializing in sports nutrition and eating disorders. She attended the University of Washington to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Health followed by a Master of Science in Nutritional Sciences. She completed a CDR-accredited dietetic internship at the University of Washington, and during this time gained valuable experience working with collegiate athletes as the UW Sports Nutrition Department’s graduate student intern. Kelly is passionate about helping athletes to fuel for optimal performance and build positive relationships with food and body.

Kelly provides evidence-based nutrition education and counseling using a non-diet and Health at Every Size® approach. She is a current member of the Sports, Cardiovascular, and Wellness Nutrition practice group through the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and the Collegiate and Professional Sports Dietitians Association.

Outside of work, Kelly enjoys being outdoors, spending time with friends and family, checking out new Seattle restaurants, catching up on her favorite TV shows and new movies, and exploring the Pacific Northwest.

 

Kelly has professional interest and advanced training in: Attuned/ intuitive eating. diet recovery/ chronic dieting, Health at Every Size, sport and exercise/ athletes, sport/ performance nutrition. 

Registered Dietitian Nutritionist

Natalie Zimmer, MPH, RDN, CD

Natalie is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist in the state of Washington ( #DI60914455 ), specializing in eating disorders. She attended the University of Washington and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Health followed by a Master of Public Health in Nutritional Sciences. She completed a CDR-accredited dietetic internship at the University of Washington where she confirmed her desire to work with eating disorders. While at the University of Washington, she created and implemented the Wellness Project, an online eating disorder prevention resource for sorority women, to bring awareness to disordered eating/eating disorders, provide nutrition education, and promote intuitive eating and body positivity. 

 

She is a non-diet, non-weight focused dietitian who is passionate about helping people redefine their relationship with food and body. She provides evidence-based nutrition education and counseling that aligns with the Health At Every Size framework, with a particular focus on intuitive eating, body trust, and joyful movement. 

 

Outside of work, she enjoys hiking, backpacking, skiing, biking, and walks around Greenlake (pretty much anything outside!). She also loves eating Thai food, spending time with family, attending UW football games, and trips home to Montana. 

 

Natalie has professional interest and advanced training in: Attuned/ intuitive eating, diet recovery/ chronic dieting, Health at Every Size, student health. 

Nutrition Assistant + Administrative Assistant

Kaitlyn Havenner

Kaitlyn received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology with a minor in Nutritional Sciences from the University of Washington. During her time there, she volunteered with UW Sports Nutrition and a drop-in center for youth experiencing homelessness, adding to her nutrition and mental health experience. Additionally, she worked on the Finance team at the University of Washington Medical Center in the Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Department.

 

During her free time, Kaitlyn enjoys running, cuddling her dogs, yoga classes and drinking coffee.

Our Staff

Leadership 
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Psychology
Nutrition
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