Milieu Therapist + RO-DBT Co-leader
Kendra Appe, LMHC
Kendra is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (#MC60781269) in the State of Washington. They received their Master of Science in Nutrition, Dietetics and Clinical Health Psychology at Bastyr University. Kendra aims to empower clients by subverting the often harmful dominant cultural paradigms that prevent us from trusting our own inner wisdom. Opal’s Health At Every Size approach aligns with their value of respecting all bodies while the Radically Open approach aligns with their desire to bring their full authentic self to work every day. Outside of work, Kendra likes to listen to loud music in their truck with the windows down, stay home and knit, and play in the garden with their many plants and German Shepherd Dog.
Kathy Johns, LMHCA
Kathy is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor Associate (#MC60857837) in the State of Washington. Kathy received her Masters in Counseling Psychology from The Seattle School after years in the corporate sector. With an undergraduate degree in International Political Economy from the University of Puget Sound, she grew up locally but spent many years in the Southeast before returning to the Northwest to practice therapy. She practices from a psychodynamic, relational, interpersonal therapeutic approach, with interests in the areas of trauma and its impact on the mind, body, and relationships. Her work considers larger societal and systemic issues and how they shape the individual. With Opal’s relational, HAES-oriented approach to treatment, Kathy has been able to utilize her training to accompany patients in their healing process. Outside of her therapeutic work, Kathy enjoys being outside in any form, but her favorite activity is running or hiking with her dog, Toby.
Milieu Therapist + Intake Specialist
Alissa Swank, LMHC
Alissa is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the state of Washington (#LH 60901996). Alissa received her Bachelors of Science in Community Health from Western Washington University in the lovely Bellingham, WA. After working for several years as a youth mentor, educator, birth doula, and mountain guide in various non-profit settings, she returned to school and received her Masters of Arts in Counseling Psychology from The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology in Seattle, WA. Outside of Opal, Alissa has a private therapy practice in which she helps individuals work through anxiety, relational issues, body image, identity, and more. She is passionate about connecting individuals with their relationships to themselves, their bodies, food, and wild and authentic nature. If she is not working, Alissa seeks to spend time with loved ones, outdoors, and with her hands busy creating anything from pottery to homemade bread.
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.
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.
Terra Leigh Bell
Terra Leigh is a Registered Counselor Agency Affiliate in the state of Washington (#CG60921840). She received a bachelor’s degree in creative writing and is currently study existential phenomenological psychology at Seattle University. She also studied and obtained her 200-hour yoga teacher certification in India in 2010. Her jobs have included everything from being a birth and postpartum doula and yoga teacher, to nearly a decade spent in coffee shops and retail. She finds the phenomenological and psychoanalytic perspectives to complement one another nicely, and they form the core to her approach to therapy and psychology. On a more personal note, she a writer, and studies and writes poetry, creative essays, and philosophy. She also LOVES running and swimming and hopes to someday convince herself to like cycling enough to complete an Ironman.
Milieu Therapist + Intake Specialist
Brooke Usrey, LMHCA
Brooke is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor Associate in the state of Washington (#MC60826793). Brooke grew up in rural Indiana and received her BA in Psychology from a working farm college near Asheville, NC. After working for several years as a youth mentor, AmeriCorps volunteer, bookbinding apprentice, letterpress printer, art director, and caregiver for elders, she returned to school and received her MA in Counseling Psychology from Bastyr University. Outside of Opal, Brooke has a private therapy practice where she works with teens and adults to find their own strength in navigating life’s challenges, and she works part-time as a letterpress printer in a small but mighty stationery business. She is particularly passionate about supporting women and girls in harnessing their inner power and living their fullest lives. If she is not working, Brooke spends time with friends, takes lots of walks, writes letters, and tries not to take life TOO seriously.
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
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 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.
Kaitlyn received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology with a minor in Nutritional Sciences from the University of Washington. During her time at the University of Washington, she volunteered with UW Sports Nutrition and a homeless youth drop-in center, 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.
Kaitlyn is excited and grateful to be a part of a team so welcoming and encouraging. She is thrilled to use her organization skills, customer service experience and administrative background in her position at Opal.
Utilization Review Specialist
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, 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.
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.
Julie Stewart is a Registered Counselor Agency Affiliate (#CG60557489) in the state of Washington. Julie received her B.A in Nutrition and Medical Ethnobotany from Fairhaven College in 2014 and is currently pursuing her Master’s in Nutrition and Clinical Health Psychology from Bastyr University. She has worked for over 10 years in the field of social services, working with a diverse range of clients in a variety of settings. Julie has worked in inpatient treatment for drug and alcohol use, outpatient treatment for chronic mental illness, housing case management, and in inpatient eating disorder treatment. Her love for nutrition shows when discussing food and foraging. Julie is a PNW native and resides in Seattle with her family. When she is not busy studying, you will find her outside exploring the forest.
On-Call Milieu Therapist
Alissa is a Registered Counselor Agency Affiliate (CG 60928171) in the state of Washington. She received a bachelor’s degree in studio art at Baylor University, and after several years working as a fine artist and creative business owner, she returned to school and is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology at The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology. In her current work with clients, Alissa practices from a psychodynamic, relational, and interpersonal therapeutic approach, and is passionate about the potential for healing in the context of relationship. When she is not working, Alissa loves spending time with friends and family, creating art, shopping for thrifted treasures, crafting interiors, and practicing yoga.
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.
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.