Posts Tagged ‘Minnesota’

Introducing Recovery Club

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The Emily Program has a new group therapy option for Minnesota adolescents! This new group, “Recovery Club,” is open to clients aged 10 to 18 who are receiving outpatient care at our St. Paul, East Metro, and St. Louis Park, Minnesota sites. The one-hour session takes place every Tuesday afternoon via telehealth and will ultimately be held in person in St. Louis Park.

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Staff Spotlight, Michael Butchko

Michael Butchko

TEP: Tell us about yourself! 

Michael: I am a licensed psychologist, program coordinator for our eating disorder/substance use disorder (EDSUD) intensive program, and clinical manager for our amazing program coordinators and postdoctoral psychology fellows at our Como site in St. Paul, MN.

When I am not at work, I enjoy spending quality time with my partner, our two-year-old son, and our dog Neumann (named after my favorite television show, Seinfeld!). Also, we are anxiously awaiting the arrival of our second son at the end of June. Finally, we are devoted Minnesota sports fans (i.e., Wild, Vikings, Twins), enjoy traveling, and love to be outside and exploring Minnesota.

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Hope and Community in this New World

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The Emily Program is built on hope.

Hope whispers in a client’s first phone call, its hum beneath any fear or shame. It sets a client on a path of healing, a journey accompanied by others who then help hold that hope. It anchors all of us in a shared commitment to eating disorder treatment and recovery.

And hope keeps us together in uncertain, challenging times.

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Staff Spotlight, Lindsay Dibble

Lindsay Dibble

TEP: Tell us about yourself!

Lindsay: My name is Lindsay, and I am the Office Manager at our St. Louis Park, MN location. I have been with The Emily Program since June 2012, and have had a number of roles along the way. I started as the very first phone operator, answering and transferring all incoming calls (which is now the job of our wonderful scheduling team). I have been in the customer service field since I was 15, and it’s something I really enjoy doing.

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Staff Spotlight, Kate Opichka

Kate Opichka

TEP: Tell us about yourself!

Kate: I am an outpatient dietitian and adolescent IOP program dietitian at The Emily Program’s Saint Louis Park location.  Outside of The Emily Program, I like to be outdoors: walking, biking, or being on the lake.  I also enjoy traveling, trying out new restaurants and new foods, and hanging out with my parents’ dog, Wookiee.

TEP: What is the best part of your job?

Kate: My favorite part of my job is being able to see people’s progress and reclaim values (and foods) the eating disorder has taken away.  I’m lucky enough to not only see my clients in IOP but to continue to work with some of them in an OP setting once they graduate from IOP.

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Anna Westin House West Open House 

Mayor Frey, Dirk Miller, Kitty Westin, and Jillian Lampert

The Emily Program hosted an open house last week to celebrate the opening of the Anna Westin House West—the first residential eating disorder treatment facility in Minneapolis. The Emily Program has expanded residential programming in the Twin Cities as part of its ongoing commitment to offering comprehensive, effective treatment for eating disorders. The 16-bed residential program will provide structured, evidence-based care for older adolescents and younger adults who are in need of highly intensive eating disorder treatment. The first clients will be welcomed on September 9th.

In alignment with The Emily Program’s other residential facilities, the Anna Westin House West will provide around-the-clock intervention aimed at lessening eating disorder behaviors, while restoring the medical and nutritional stability of clients. In this safe and supportive environment, clients can expect individual and group therapy, medical monitoring, psychiatric and nutrition services, and 24-hour nursing to be a part of their treatment plan. By providing comprehensive care at the residential level that steps down into less intensive programming, The Emily Program walks alongside clients for their entire recovery journey. 

At the open house, Minneapolis Mayor Frey led a ribbon-cutting ceremony alongside The Emily Program staff. Kitty Westin, whose daughter is the namesake of the Anna Westin House West, expressed how meaningful the site was to her family, and Emily Program founder Dirk Miller and Chief Strategy Officer Dr. Jillian Lampert spoke about the mission of The Emily Program and its goals for the future. Attendees of the open house were able to tour the Anna Westin House West, connect with local community members, meet Emily Program providers, and enjoy refreshments.

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