Primary Therapist, CMHC
I was born and raised is Price, Utah. I grew up with the gospel being taught in my home and from an early age was taught to have faith in the lord. When I was 11 and was accidentally shot and paralyzed from the waist down. After my recovery I struggled with self-love, pride, and shame. I blamed my heavenly father for being in a wheelchair. During this time i started to use drugs got in trouble with the law. All I wanted to do was not feel and to laugh and have fun.
When I was 17 I was blessed enough to have a spiritual awakening and to have a want to change my life and become someone that contributed to this world rather than someone that only took from it. This is where my recovery began. I did not get sober at this point in time but the seed of change was planted.
I have been married for the last 15 years of my life and she is my greatest supporter. I started attending college shortly after being married and got an associates in science from the College of Eastern Utah. I then went on to Utah State University and obtained a bachelor’s degree in therapeutic recreation. In 2006 I started a job in recreational therapy with youth at risk. I worked building ropes course elements and ran groups. It was at this point in time in my life that I decided I would go back to school and get a masters degree. I also should note that emotionally I was still very unstable and needed to do a lot of my own work to address my shame, guilt, anger, and trauma.
In November of 2010, I started working at the State hospital once again as a recreational therapist. I worked there with the patients and during the evenings I went to school, went to therapy, and worked at an outpatient IOP program. This was my first taste of addictions and I fell in love with the clients and people I was able to work with. In 2014 I was able to get a position at a residential treatment center and was able to work with some of the very best therapists in the business of treating addictions. I continue to work on my self in therapy and most importantly I was able to build a relationship with my heavenly father and started to live my life in accordance with values. My love for addiction treatment has continued to grow.
In August of 2015 I left Steps Recovery and started working with a group of people that I admire and look up to and Inspire Addiction Recovery. I worked with the owners and clinical director to help set up the program. Currently, I am the Clinical director at Renaissance Ranch Womens. I have a great deal of compassion for women and the abuse and trauma that most of them have gone through. I also love to see what I call the lights turning on. I feel like my role is to help clients learn to Trust The Process, have faith in a higher power, and clean their emotional house.