Support Staff

Milieu Therapist Lead

Madeline Young, BS, RYT, LMT

Madeline is a Registered Counselor Agency Affiliate (#CG60897002) in the State of Washington. Madeline received her Bachelors of Science in Food and Nutrition from Seattle Pacific University where she focused her work on the Health At Every Size approach. She is currently pursuing a certificate in Core Energetics through The Seattle School of Body Psychotherapy. She wholeheartedly believes in the resiliency of all human beings and the ability to recover from that which we suffer from. Outside of Opal, Madeline teaches yoga and meditation, as well as practices as a massage therapist. In her free time, she practices yoga, dances, spends time outside and by the water, and loves to stay home to read a good book. 

 

Madeline has professional interest and advanced training in: Health at Every Size, somatic psychotherapy, spirituality, trauma, yoga therapy

Milieu Therapist

Lauren Donelson, RYT

Lauren is a Registered Counselor Agency Affiliate (#CG0848550) in the State of Washington. She is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in Couples and Family Therapy at Seattle University. Through her work as a yoga teacher, Lauren comes to Opal with a passion for the mind-body connection. She believes that through connection with ourselves, we move closer to living full, authentic lives.

 

Lauren has professional interest and advanced training in: Attuned/ intuitive eating, culinary skills, family therapy, Health at Every Size, spirituality, trauma, yoga therapy. 

Milieu Therapist

Abby Lombardo, LMFT

Abby is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Associate in the state of Washington (#MG60771793).  Abby moved from Southern California to study and become an LMFTA here in Seattle, which has given her the training to practice and appreciate the healing that abounds in relationships with others. Throughout her time practicing in community mental health and group private practice, Abby has witnessed the healing power of human connection through shared vulnerability and authenticity, which greatly informs her work today. When Abby is not living out her professional calling, she can be found with a book, journal, or volleyball in hand.

 

Abby has professional interest and advanced training in:  CBT, depression/ anxiety, family therapy, grief and loss, Health at Every Size, LGBTQ issues/ gender affirming, sex therapy/ sex positive, spirituality, systems of oppression, trauma, life transitions. 

Milieu Therapist

Zahra Masaoka

Zahra is a Registered Counselor Agency Affiliate in the state of Washington (#CG60922639). She graduated from the University of Washington with a Bachelors of Arts in Psychology and minor in Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies. Her approach strongly values social justice and the complex intersections that contribute to one’s experiences. Zahra is also a dance teacher and bartender. In her free time, she is traveling, dancing, or watching anime. 

Milieu Therapist

Misty Saracino, PhD

Misty Saracino is a Registered Counselor Agency Affiliate in the state of Washington (#CG60948358). She received her bachelor’s degree in Molecular Biology from Lehigh University. After working for 2 years as a Research technician, she went back to school to get a PhD in Molecular Microbiology at Stony Brook University. Misty moved to Seattle in 2005 to pursue a fellowship at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center which included the completion of a Master of Public Health in Epidemiology at the University of Washington. She then worked as a biostatistician at the UW Virology Research Clinic for 6 years before taking time off to raise her 2 daughters. Becoming a parent had a huge impact on Misty’s life and career goals. She decided to pursue coaching and, after completing several training programs, she started a business as a body image coach. She is passionate about health-at-every-size and intuitive eating and integrates these philosophies to help women repair their relationships with food and their bodies. When not working, Misty loves practicing yoga, listening to podcasts, reading, and cuddling her daughters and English bulldog.

 

Misty has professional interest and advanced training in: Attuned/ intuitive eating, diet recovery/ chronic dieting, grief and loss, Health at Every Size, trauma, infertility, career transitions. 

Milieu Therapist

Whitney Agassiz, LMHCA

Whitney is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor Associate in the state of Washington (#MC60948355). Whitney received her Masters of Arts in Counseling Psychology from The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology. She completed a clinical internship at MEND Seattle, where she was trained in an anti-oppression, intersectional feminist approach to psychotherapy. She has a small private practice across from Seattle’s legendary fisherman’s terminal in an office space that offer’s creative counseling services to women & vulnerable identities in Seattle. Born and raised in British Columbia’s interior mountains, Whitney worked as a mountaineer guide in the B.C Coastal’s and a Youth and Family Support Worker at a Wilderness Therapy School. Both roles continue to influence her clinical and creative work. When not hanging out at Opal, Whitney can be found with few creative projects on the go, unsuccessfully growing a garden, or in the aftermath of logging too many miles on foot, skis or ropes without enough sunscreen.

 

Whitney has professional interest and advanced training in: Attatchment, attuned/ intuitive eating, depression/ anxiety, Enneagram, Health at Every Size, RO DBT, somatic psychotherapy, spirituality, sport and exercise/ athletes, systems of oppression, trauma, women’s health.

On-Call Milieu Therapist

Katherine Kolendich

Katherine is a registered agency affiliated counselor in the state of Washington (#CG60996247). She received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Seattle Pacific University and is currently pursuing her master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Northwest University. Katherine’s approach emphasizes being authentic and she truly believes that each and every person is capable of living a life filled with purpose and hope. In her free time, Katherine enjoys spending time with friends and family, hiking, baking and traveling. 

Host + Creative Director of The Appetite Podcast

Carter Umhau, LMHC

Carter is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor Associate in the state of Washington (#MC60572237). Carter received her Masters in Counseling Psychology from the Seattle School. Prior to this, she spent several years studying creative writing and fine arts intensively. She brought her unique creativity to Opal in 2015 as a milieu therapist and the Art Therapy lead. Carter co-created Opal’s Shame+Play group. Carter’s background and experience in storytelling naturally led to her position as the host and creative director of The Appetite podcast.

Carter uses a relational and creative therapeutic approach with clients. As a writer, she sees the world through metaphor and often views food and eating disorders as a metaphorical map to interpersonal development. 

Outside of Opal Carter is a major foodie and loves to connect with others over a delicious meal. She also enjoys food writing, cooking, coffee table books, studying wine, and making art.

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.

Operations Lead

Erin Berg, MLIS

Erin received her Master’s degree in Library and Information Sciences from the University of Washington and her undergraduate degree from San Diego State University. Throughout college she worked as a nanny and household manager, honing her skills in scheduling, multi-tasking and communication. 

Post-college Erin worked in Special Collections at the University of Washington, developing adeptness at arrangement, description, preservation and digitization of archival collections. Erin’s last position was as a project archivist for two labor unions in the Seattle area.

Erin is excited to bring her strong organizational skills to Opal and to be a part of Opal’s team of exceptional employees doing meaningful work.

Medical Billing Specialist

Sheryl Johnson

Sheryl has a vast background as a medical billing specialist in the fields of dermatology, OB/Gyn, physical therapy, sports medicine, and nutrition.  She has recently come to Opal after working in the public school system for the past several years as a Secretary/Registrar.  In her spare time she can be found with her husband at her teenage daughter’s volleyball and soccer games.

Utilization Review Specialist

Lejla Marusic

Lejla is a Utilization Review Specialist with more than 15 years of experience. She has worked at several inpatient and outpatient facilities covering 24 medical and psychiatric services. She possesses in-depth knowledge of federal, state, and local laws and regulations governing behavioral health.  She is thrilled to use her utilization review skills, revenue cycle experience and management background in her position at Opal. When she is not advocating for clients at Opal she can be found with a good book, a great meal or her four dogs, Gunner, Benji, Brizzer, and Montana. 

Community Relations Assistant

Camille Dodson, MA, RYT

Camille received her Master’s Degree in International Child Studies from Kings College London and an undergraduate degree in Communications from Champlain College in Vermont. In addition to her role in Community Relations at Opal, Camille owns a yoga business teaching kids, teens, and adults. She has also worked in education, the non-profit sector, and in social media marketing. In her spare time, she enjoys practicing yoga, walking with her dog, Willow, and traveling. 

Art Therapist/Intake Specialist

Kristin Otten

Kristin has a masters in art therapy and counseling psychology from Naropa University. She was an intern at an eating disorder treatment center in Denver where she practiced milieu therapy and individual and group art therapy. Prior to that, she served in AmeriCorps where she taught conflict resolution in schools and was also a mentor for children with behavioral concerns in the school setting. She believes that we are all on a healing path that is unique to us, and likes to witness, support, and engage the unfolding of clients’ lives through the lens of attachment, trauma, social justice, and transpersonal psychology. Outside of Opal, she enjoys walking, yoga, painting, singing out loud in public with headphones on, dancing in her kitchen, and spending time with her two daughters. 

 

Kristin has professional interest and advanced training in: Attachment, Health at Every Size, spirituality, art therapy. 

Administrative Assistant

Katrina Holt

Katrina earned her Bachelors of Arts degree in Government from Colby College, where she was a Varsity Soccer player and co-founder of “Mood & Food,” a group which brought awareness of eating disorders to campus and offered group support once a week with on-staff counselors. She is particularly interested in helping athletes create positive and meaningful relationships with food and body, and coaches high school soccer when she is not working at Opal. Katrina brings an outlook to Opal that revolves around building trust, connection, and seeking opportunities to grow in her interactions with clients.

In her free time, Katrina loves kickboxing, exploring Seattle’s local music scene, and spending time with family.

Therapy Dog

Zoe

Zoe began working as a therapy dog at Opal in 2015. She is a miniature Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and specializes in cuddling and loving. She has a knack for helping others and excels in anxiety reduction in those around her. Each day of work begins with Zoe wagging her tail and romping down the Opal halls. Zoe also specializes in intuitive eating, play therapy, and the art of non-productivity. She is available for individual, milieu, and group therapy.

On-Call Milieu Therapist

Sophia Mehl

Sophia is a registered agency affiliated counselor in the state of Washington (#CG60928405). She received a bachelor’s degree in Anthropology and Comparative History of Ideas from the University of Washington and is currently working on her master’s degree in Existential Phenomenological Psychology at Seattle University. She also works as an intern therapist at Mend Seattle (formerly known as Seattle Therapy Alliance) and works part-time as a Relief Manager supporting individuals recovering from addiction, homelessness, and mental illness at the Recovery Café in Seattle. Sophia believes in taking a client-centered approach to therapy, trusting that the power to heal and grow is within all of us. She also strongly believes in the healing power of relationships and community. As someone with a passion for cooking, gardening, and nutrition, Sophia has previously worked in a wide range of food-related positions including as a server, a farmhand, and as the manager of a local community supported agriculture program. In addition to her interests in food and mental health, Sophia loves bicycling, backpacking, cribbage, and reading books about philosophy and social justice.

 

Sophia has professional interest and advanced training in: Attachment, culinary skills, depression/ anxiety, family therapy, Health at Every Size, LGBTQ Issues/ gender-affirming, systems of oppression, trauma, women’s health. 

On-Call Milieu Therapist

Sally Butler

Sally is a Registered Counseling Agency Affiliate in the state of Washington (#CG60994559). She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology with a minor in Art from the University of Vermont. Since graduating, Sally has been working in the field of eating disorder treatment, primarily with adolescents in the residential level of care. Sally is also a 200 hour Registered Yoga Teacher, which has played a major role in her belief in the mind body connection. Sally currently serves as Social Media Chair for the Puget Sound Chapter of the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals (IAEDP). Outside of Opal, Sally enjoys doing yoga, spending time with her dog, Pippa, and tending to her extensive succulent and tropical plant collection. 

 

Sally has professional interest and advanced training in: Attuned/ intuitive eating, culinary skills, DBT, diet recovery/ chronic dieting, Health at Every Size, RO DBT, yoga therapy, adolescent mental health. 

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