Staff Spotlight, Krista Kubiak Crotty
TEP: Tell us about yourself!
Krista: I’m Krista Kubiak Crotty, and I’m currently the Director of Brain Based Therapies and a Clinical Education Specialist (my title is always changing!). I work remotely now but live in Spokane, Washington.
I have been with The Emily Program for just over seven years. Funny story: My first introduction to TEP was the day my youngest son was born. Just hours after he was born, the marketing person called me to see if I would meet with Jillian Lampert the following week when she was in town to discuss the potential of TEP-Spokane. We were in the midst of talking to family and friends when she called. I did actually go and meet Jillian a few weeks later. My son was about 2 weeks old when I first met Jillian and the TEP crew who were looking to expand to Spokane.
TEP: What is your favorite memory of the last seven years at Spokane?
Krista: Opening day will forever be my most favorite. Seeing staff come into the space, knowing that it forever changed eating disorder treatment in Spokane and the Pacific Northwest.
TEP: What has and hasn’t changed over Spokane’s seven years?
Krista: The one thing in life that is a constant is change. Everything has changed – from leadership, to the footprint of the Spokane office, to staff, program(s), and clients. Spokane has grown and changed so much and will continue to grow and change. I hope TEP-Spokane continues to serve more people, and to be really well-known for exceptional ED treatment for all ages.
TEP: What do you like most about your job?
Krista: My job now is fun. I love teaching and speaking both internally and externally. My role as the Director of Brain Based Therapy allows me to focus on brain-related treatments and teach them, which is SO FUN! Speaking and teaching about eating disorders and supporting clinicians to be the best they can be is a job I love way more than I thought I would.
I do miss leading staff at times and investing in each of them, something I did for many years. I don’t get to have the in-depth relationships I had before with staff on a site but having a chance to help more clinicians both inside and outside of TEP be more effective in treatment of ED is very rewarding.
TEP: Why did you choose this career path?
Krista: I usually say it chose me. I love the intersection of biology (medicine/nutrition) and psychology. I thought I would fall into the world of neuropsych, but when we moved to Spokane that wasn’t as much an option. Before TEP, I had treated some ED in California, so when I moved here and there was huge need, my practice ended up filling that way. I loved it and loved the clients I served. So, here I am, a lot of years later, still in the ED arena.
TEP: What do you like to do when you aren’t working?
Krista: We have three boys, so we watch a LOT of sports. I play tennis with friends on a team in Spokane. We love to camp, ski, and adventure around the Pacific Northwest. The PNW is so beautiful – there are so many places to see and things to do!
TEP: What’s one thing most people don’t know about you?
Krista: I was deathly afraid of public speaking most of my life and incredibly shy. Just shows that you can overcome even those things that scare us most!