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Staff Spotlight, Sharon Koch

Staff spotlight, Sharon Koch

Tell us about yourself!

I’m 49 (I feel 12. . .) and happily married for 16 years to my wonderful husband Eric. We have two grown daughters, Allix and Liz. I’m an animal lover and have three dogs and one cat (Jack, Wilson, Shorty, and Shelby). I’ve lived in Spokane since I was a little girl. We enjoy camping, boating, and 4-wheeling at our property at Lake Roosevelt. I also love to spend time running, planting flowers, reading, and hiking with my dogs.

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Staff Spotlight, Sarah Hodder

Staff Spotlight: Sarah Hodder

TEP: Tell us about yourself!

Sarah: Hi, I’m Sarah! I was born and raised in Minnesota and currently live in the Twin Cities with my husband David and two dogs, Jones and Fiona, who are the sweetest pups in the Midwest (according to me). I graduated from the University of Wisconsin – River Falls with my Bachelor’s degree in Visual Arts and though I still hold art very near and dear to my heart, I have found a TON of joy in working with people in my Human Resources roles. When I’m not recruiting awesome candidates for The Emily Program, I enjoy camping, hiking, gardening, browsing Reddit on my phone, and of course, binge-watching shows on Netflix.

TEP: What’s the one thing you want people to know about The Emily Program?

Sarah: Working for The Emily Program has been such an eye-opening experience–the amount of knowledge, passion, and empathy that our staff possesses amazes me daily! Though I don’t work directly with clients, I feel they are in the best hands through their journey knowing what I know about the people that work here. The TEP staff are my heroes!

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Staff Spotlight, Julia Yarkoni

Julia Yarkoni Staff Spotlight

TEP: Hi Julia! Can you introduce yourself?

Julia: My name is Dr. Julia Yarkoni and I am the medical physician at the Cleveland Outpatient site, as well as the supervising physician at the Cleveland Residential site. Outside of The Emily Program, I am a proud wife and mother to two young sons. 

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

Julia: I chose to work at The Emily Program for two main reasons. One is that when I became a doctor, I intended to go overseas in order to serve unrecognized international need but when that plan changed, my prayer was to serve unrecognized needs in the United States. That prayer was answered when I got accepted to work for The Emily Program. The medical community at large does not do enough recognition of eating disorders and I hope to change that—starting with myself. The second main reason is I highly value the work-life balance that The Emily Program promotes and with my husband currently being a full-time student, the flexibility of my schedule allows me to be there for my husband and children.

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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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Staff Spotlight, Caitlin Urdiales

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TEP: Tell us about yourself!

Caitlin:  I started working at the Cleveland Center for Eating Disorders in 2012 as an Eating Disorder Technician in the Adult Standard Program (ASPM). We (the CCED) became a part of The Emily Program in 2014 and I continued working within the program where I completed my internship from 2015-2016 as a counselor trainee. I became the program assistant in early 2017 after graduating with my Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.  I’m excited to be transitioning roles later this year with the addition of a new ASPM program here at Cleveland outpatient, where I will be the program coordinator.  You can most often find me running groups and facilitating therapeutic meals with clients within the current ASAM program.

Outside of work, I’m learning how difficult it is to be a homeowner.  However, I am becoming increasingly good at fixing and decorating with a few YouTube videos and several trips to the hardware store!  I have a cat, Dahlia, and an ever-growing collection of house plants at home.  Aside from that, I started a monthly book club about a year ago that is still going strong, I spend a lot of time dog sitting, and I love live music and going to shows.  I would not have the job I have or live in the city I live in if I didn’t want to be closer to the venues I grew up going to as a teenager and continue to go to today.

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Staff Spotlight, Christina Grieve

Christina Grieve

TEP: Tell us about yourself!
Christina: I’m the Seattle adult standard/standalone intensive outpatient dietitian. Food is a huge part of both my professional and personal life—outside of work, I spend a lot of time enjoying the eclectic Seattle restaurant scene and experimenting in the kitchen. I also enjoy things all things yoga, books, cats, exploration, and relaxation.

TEP: What is your favorite part about being an Emily Program dietitian?
Christina: There are so many things I love about my job, especially digging deep in individual sessions and during meals (where the magic happens)! Most of all, I appreciate the many opportunities to witness those beautiful moments of growth—a client reclaiming a food, tuning into their true needs, gaining clarity, cultivating agency… the list goes on!

TEP: What is a common nutrition myth that you would like to correct?
Christina: The myth that there is such a thing as a “healthy” or an “unhealthy” food. Foods may contain different nutrients, but they can all nourish different aspects of our health and well-being. One food does not hold the power to change your health.

TEP: What is one thing you wish everyone knew about eating disorder treatment?
Christina: Not all people who need treatment fit a stereotype. People of all shapes, sizes, colors, backgrounds, and gender identities can struggle with eating disorders, and all are deserving of help and support. Because of this, treatment goals are different for each individual.

TEP: Do you have any advice for clients in recovery?
Christina: Recovery is not on a timeline, so try to extend patience to yourself or those around you who are in treatment. Eating disorders are not simple conditions and do not have a simple solution. And try to build in self-care time where you can. Treatment is a lot of work and having downtime is essential!

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