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
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. She received her Master’s degree in Public Health and Nutrition at the University of Washington. She completed a CDR-accredited dietetic internship at the University of Washington which included an outpatient nutrition rotation at Group Health where she focused on eating disorder treatment with adolescents and adults. Since 2010, Elizabeth has been training in trauma theory and body-based healing with generative somatics, an organization that integrates personal and social change within an anti-oppression framework.
Elizabeth loves working with clients to help them develop a more peaceful relationship with food and their bodies. She uses a Health at Every Size approach that promotes body acceptance, supports intuitive eating, and provides freedom from dieting. She also enjoys spending time in the woods, and loves singing, making art, and swimming.
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.
Registered Dietitian Nutritionist
Alison (Kouba) Boeke, MS, LMHCA, RDN
Alison (Kouba) Boeke is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (#DI60788419) and a Licensed Mental Health Counselor Associate (#MC60771740) in the state of Washington, specializing in eating disorders, body image concerns/body acceptance, and freedom from dieting. As a former dancer at the Houston Ballet Academy, Alison also understands the inherent challenges of body-focused, performance/sports culture and has an interest in helping others enhance their performance through adequate nutrition. She received her dual Master’s degree in Nutrition and Clinical Health Psychology in addition to completing a CDR-accredited dietetic internship at Bastyr University. Alison’s compassionate, client-centered approach is deeply rooted in a weight-inclusive, Health at Every Size© framework that emphasizes intuitive eating, respect of one’s natural ability to attune to food, body, and movement, and a comprehensive look at the many determinants of health. She believes that every person’s body intuitively knows how best to nourish itself through food, social connection, and self-care, and is passionate about helping clients reconnect with that internal wisdom.
In the community, Alison is a social justice advocate promoting weight inclusivity and awareness of the impacts of weight stigma on health. Read her recently written paper entitled “The Origins of Sizeism and the Ethical Considerations of Behavioral Weight Loss Programs,” presented at the 2017 National Multicultural Conference and Symposium.
In her spare time she cherishes time relaxing with her husband and two kitties. She enjoys many activities including reading, watching movies, running, hiking in the PNW, and most recently, gardening.
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.