Julie Church, RDN, CD, CEDRD
Co-Founder + Nutrition Director + Community Relations Director
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.