Our Story

Lexi, Julie and Kara have rich working relationships that have led to the formation of Opal:Food+Body Wisdom. Julie and Kara began working together in the fall of 2004 at the Seattle Pacific University Counseling Center where they co-developed the Eating Disorder Program. They met Lexi shortly thereafter when she was presenting her dissertation on adolescent appearance conversations. The three practitioners discovered they shared a similar philosophy and passion around the treatment of eating disorders and have worked closely since, collaborating treatment for many individuals pursuing recovery, regularly meeting for professional consultation, and co-leading therapy groups.

The dream of opening a clinic that would provide a higher level of eating disorder treatment has been growing for several years. It became reality in the winter of 2011 when Lexi, Julie and Kara took the first steps towards the creation of Opal. Now, the three women are dedicated to leading a clinic that offers excellent comprehensive treatment. Through this journey, Lexi, Julie and Kara have grown an even deeper respect for each other’s work and in the process, discovered how much they personally enjoy one another. As working moms co-founding a new business, they know the importance of sharing laughter, having fun together, and not taking themselves too seriously.


The process of coming up with a name for our clinic was more difficult than we imagined. After poring through lists of ideas, the name “Opal” appeared to us, piqued our interest and the meaning of Opal began to deepen.  We were soon convinced it was the right name for our clinic!

  • The beauty within: An opal is a hidden jewel that emerges from raw rock. Its beauty is a surprise to be discovered!
  • A celebration of unique spirit and diverse experience: No two of the splendid, multi-hued colors exhibited by opals are ever exactly the same; it is this diversity of individual characteristics and experiences that makes them so special. At Opal, diversity is celebrated.
  • Shining a light reveals the radiance within: Opals need light to expose their beautiful colors. At Opal, we compare this notion to our belief that shedding light on what are too often viewed as shameful secrets or experiences will help healing occur. Ultimately, this uncovering will allow one to shine with more authenticity, radiance and color.
  • Importance of relationships:  The opal needs to be in relationship (with light) in order to shine. This aligns with our belief that relationships provide the support and connection we need to discover health, wholeness, and beauty.