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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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Staff Spotlight, Caleb Kaihoi

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TEP: Tell us about yourself!

Caleb: I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and the Site Director at the St. Paul, Como Avenue location, which is an adult outpatient clinic. I have been at the Como location for almost a year and I previously was the Site Director at the Anna Westin House for Adolescents and Young Adults for two years. Prior to that, I was a Therapist at the Anna Westin house for two years. Outside of work, I spend my time with my wife and two daughters. I like to spend time outside playing with the girls, golfing, or working on outdoor projects. Other interests include listening to music, completing house projects, spending time with family and watching sports, especially Gophers basketball, volleyball, and the Minnesota Twins.

TEP: Why did you choose to work for The Emily Program?

Caleb: I chose to work for the Emily Program because I wanted to join an organization that strives to be the best at what they do, in this case, the best at treating eating disorders. I believe strongly in the mission of The Emily Program and the values that it upholds. I feel very fortunate to work with amazing colleagues and fantastic clients.

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Staff Spotlight, Dawn Boettcher

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TEP: Tell us about yourself!

Dawn: Hi!  My name is Dawn Boettcher.  I am the Site Director for the Anna Westin House West residential program—which is a new Emily Program facility located in the Linden Hills neighborhood of Minneapolis, MN.  I have worked in residential care for over 25 years and absolutely love working with people at this level of care.  The Anna Westin House West will be the second residential facility within the Emily Program that I have been part of opening and directing. 

TEP: What is your professional background?

Dawn: My background includes working in corrections, general mental health, and eating disorders.  I have a master’s and a doctorate degree in clinical psychology and I have worked with both adolescents and adults throughout my career. 

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Former Clients Reflect on Adolescent Programming

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We wanted to share former clients’ reflections on their time in The Emily Program’s adolescent programs.

  • “The Emily Program has helped me a lot mostly because I am a kid and usually these (things) don’t make a whole lot of sense. Thank you.” – Adolescent client
  • “Our family is more open—not just about food, but with feelings. It’s amazing to see how much everything has changed and how willing they are to say how they feel.” – Adolescent client
  • “I feel surrounded and protected—something I didn’t have for many years. It’s nice to have that, finally.” – Adolescent client
  • “Sometimes, you feel like you’re doing the battle alone. Being with the other parents definitely made me feel more supported. There’s a whole bunch of other people going through the same thing with their kids.” – Parent of an adolescent client
  • “I’m here with my daughter. She’s only been in the program for 2 months but I see changes in her already. So it’s nice to know I still have hope.” – Parent of an adolescent client
  • “I want to thank my daughter for being strong enough to face her own issues with her eating disorder. She came to The Emily Program to take back her life and she helped me realize I can do the same.” – Parent of an adolescent client

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A Virtual Tour of The Emily Program

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The Emily Program is a national leader in eating disorder treatment. We believe that individuals are unique and that effective eating disorder treatment requires an awareness of the genetic, biological, psychological, social, and cultural impacts on each person. With this integrative approach in mind, we help our clients recover from all types of eating disorders.

The Emily Program offers a full continuum of care. We offer residential treatment, day treatment, and outpatient treatment options in MN, OH, PA, and WA. If you are unsure if you are struggling with disordered eating, you can take our online quiz to learn more. If you have an eating disorder and are looking to speak with someone about treatment options, contact our admissions team at 1-888-364-5977.

At The Emily Program, we know that one of the greatest barriers to treatment is a lack of information. In order to eliminate one hurdle, we filmed virtual tours of our Emily Program locations. An example tour from our Cleveland location is below. We hope this video helps folks to feel at home with The Emily Program and more comfortable pursuing treatment.

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The Emily Program Celebrates Its 25th Anniversary

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*Photography by Alex Hsiao and Nancy Linden.

Over the weekend, The Emily Program hosted a community event to celebrate its 25th anniversary of providing eating disorder treatment and recovery. The celebration took place at our Saint Louis Park location in Minnesota and hundreds of community members, staff, and former clients came out to celebrate with special guests Jessie Diggins, Amy Klobuchar, and Kitty Westin.

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