Executive Director, Geneva Campus
“I’ve had many therapists. Scott is the only one I couldn’t control or push away. I’ll always be grateful for his influence in my life.” -student
If you are considering residential care for your young adult, consider that all great results comes down to a culture of excellence that begins with leadership. Scott is that leader. An outstanding steward of parental trust and reliability. Your children will be treated like his children and you will find that Telos is everything you hoped it would be because of Scott and his team. Scott runs a premium program for young adults (over 18) that is considered the best in the industry by many. As Executive Director his highly trained and certified team, use proven, clinically-sophisticated modalities to deliver astounding, even life-changing results for students and families. With nearly a decade of clinical experience he and his team are well positioned to give students an experience that will be a turning point in their lives. Scott is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist working with families and teens professionally, he knows well, parent-teen conflict, he treats cognitive restructuring and has spent years unraveling oppositional defiant teens and young adults to name a few. Scott’s team at Telos U has one goal, and that is to give the best individualized answers to emotional hurdles and then enable a launch into adulthood with a principle-based life, characterized by insightful choices.
Clinical Director - Geneva Campus
Trevor Earl, PhD
“Trevor was able to see our child differently than any prior therapist had and those insights allowed him to offer successful alternative styles of treatment that had never before been presented.” -parent
Trevor brings over a decade of experience in residential treatment, beginning as a residential staffer and working into the role of a therapist upon graduation. Prior to Telos, Trevor published research on Best Practices in Residential Therapeutic Settings and evangelizes those principles, benefiting students and staff at Telos and currently is an adjunct professor in a Mental Health Counseling, Masters Program at Westminster College.
Working with clients under numerous challenges from anxiety/depression to trauma and oppositional-defiance, Trevor’s strengths lie in his clinical excellence and as the Clinical Director at Telos U brings a wealth of knowledge and an engaged leader, with the ability to clinically move the mission of Telos forward. Trevor’s passion for youth is evident in his academic rigor and professional accomplishments that benefit youth.
Outreach Director, Co-Founder
“Tony teaches us that no one is too important to serve. When I see him watering the plants, mowing the grass, and attending to more menial tasks, I am reminded that Telos is more about service than position.” -staff
Tony is a California native with a big heart. His love for helping young men and their families find unity as they work toward achieving their potential, began years earlier in the struggles, relationships, and mentorship Tony experienced in his youth. This desire to serve led Tony to the world of mental health services, studying at Brigham Young University. He went on to get a Master’s Degree at the University of Utah in Educational Psychology. After five years as a therapist in both wilderness and residential settings, Tony recognized a need for a school founded on relationships and individualized treatment. From this, Telos was born. This passion to help Telos continuously improve while keeping it focused on the founding principles has served Tony, Telos, and countless families over the last 15 years.
“Tony has the unique ability to see past surface complexities to the heart of an issue. With professionalism, kindness, expertise, and great wisdom he approaches all aspects of his work at Telos. He saved my son’s life, and the organization he helps lead has saved hundreds of others.” -parent
Tony loves working with youth. By helping them reach their personal best, he reaches his. Achieving his undergraduate at Brigham Young University and a Masters of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy from Utah State University Tony immediately felt he had something to give back. Telos became a reality in 2004 because of Tony’s (and partners) vision to build a program that would be a place that heals and re-builds families by offering a clinically-advanced approach to solving mental health needs. Tony has invested his entire career of 20 years working with youth and young adults of all ages and needs. In addition, Tony oversees the operations on all campuses and all services Telos offers. This is no small task, as the program demands individualized treatment. As a practicing therapist he has built and continues to build a therapeutic rigor that is second-to-none.
When not with his students he can be found developing system programming, overseeing quality improvement, or building innovative solutions. In addition Tony has accepted the nomination to serve as the NATSAP President (National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs) for the next 2 years.
“At the last Family Days triathlon my son was the last racer out of the water. I was standing on the dock and could see him slowly swimming in. As he got closer I could see someone swimming alongside him. To my surprise, Craig LaMont was in the water with Dan encouraging and coaching him along. It struck me–this is an amazing place filled with amazing people. The CEO of the company is in a wetsuit, in a lake, personally attending to my boy. Nowhere but Telos.” -parent
Craig is passionate about life. He shares that passion with his family, friends, students and staff. Often Craig is heard in the halls of Telos humming a tune and at times singing out for all to hear. Craig loves Telos. As a co-founder, there is nothing he won’t do to help make a student’s stay the very best experience possible. In addition his full-throttle approach to life also includes other interests like coaching youth athletics, board service, church service, community service, and outdoor sports. Craig has founded, owned and operated a number of residential treatment centers and is known in the industry as a premier authority in consulting circles. Craig is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and has worked in and studied the mental health practices since 1990. Graduate degree is a Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy at Brigham Young University. Craig is passionate about serving teens and families and has dedicated his professional and volunteer time to that end.
Human Resources Director
“Chris brings the perfect mixture of humanity and professionalism to Telos.” -staff
A native of Oxford, England and enthusiastic about family. As a result, Chris sees the value in having a program that families can trust their children to. He is a fervent advocate of training and legal excellence. His second love besides his family is law and has built a thriving career around it. He has served with the esteemed law firm, Hepworth Murray & Associates, his practice included wholesale finance, securities, investment banking, and mortgage banking industries. Christopher is also credentialed and certified in Governance, Risk Management and Compliance to name a few.
Christopher has a softer side as well. He directs a large HR department caring for 300+ employees. He thrives on helping kids. Telos has opened opportunities that has expanded him both professionally and personally.
Academically accomplished with Juris Doctor degree from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law, and a BS in Business Management from Brigham Young University, Marriott School of Management.
Dr James Palmer, DO
“My son came to Telos having tried nearly every therapy and medication known to man. We had tried so many interventions, the waters were muddied as to what was effective and what wasn’t. Dr. Palmer took a careful and conservative approach to understanding my son’s psychiatric needs. He worked closely with the other professionals at Telos to simplify and streamline the medicines until we had a clear picture of what was needed.” – parent
Dr James Palmer brings a substantial background in mental health for teens and young adults that Telos thrives on. His passion for helping kids is evident in his attention to detail and outcomes. Each student brings a unique blend of hopes, fears and needs and Dr Palmer spends the needed time with each student to help stabilize and support each need.The Telos vision asserts that “diagnostic precision” is a key objective in each student’s treatment. Dr. Palmer takes a conservative stance regarding diagnoses and patiently works toward a deep and comprehensive understanding of what each student is dealing with.
Director of Psychiatry
Dr Janet McKay
“While touring Telos U we met with Janet. She gave us the most comprehensive professional interview we’d ever received. By the end of our time with her we knew she understood our son like few ever have. Her careful attention to the details assured us our son would be given the best Telos has to offer.” -parent
A devoted healing professional, Janet has worked in the residential treatment industry for over 20 years. She has also spent time in a thriving private practice within the IHC network. Janet is uniquely qualified to work with teens and young adults who struggle with processing issues and complex clinical profiles. Her kind and focused attention gives students an opportunity to share, be heard and learn, so they can progress and effectively advocate for themselves. Having worked with hundreds of students over the years, she is keenly aware of the need to look at each student holistically–understanding the impact of brain chemistry, brain wiring, learned behaviors, trauma, addictions, identity and personality, in order to effectively treat the whole person. She joined Telos at the onset of the Geneva Campus and has enjoyed a deep and influential role in shaping its innovative treatment model for young adults.
Chief Branding Officer, Director Business Development
“Your job is so cool! I want to be in marketing when I graduate.” -student
Servant leader, Strategist and Marketing Geek –
With over 20 years experience, Daniel wears many “business hats” with style. Marketing, strategy and branding are his skills, but his passion for helping kids came while working in the hospitalized children’s healthcare industry (development and fundraising), for most of the children’s hospitals in the USA, Puerto Rico and Canada. Daniel oversees the Telos media presence in the mental health industry and a growing worldwide community who love Telos. Mentoring Telos to new levels of awareness and growth and spreading the message of hope that Telos offers to thousands of individuals and families. Understanding what Telos does is the first step to loving what Telos does. Meeting families whose lives have been changed forever, is a joy Daniel thrives on. Telos is the “real-deal”, he added, and he loves seeing happy, thriving teens and young adults, graduating, who 1-year earlier didn’t see much hope. What a difference a year can make!
Student Living Director-Geneva Campus
“Scottie is one of the deepest contributors for the work we do at Telos. He is quick to come up with solutions to vexing problems and arrange his efforts to build those around him. We are lucky to have him on our team.” – staff
Scottie is a powerhouse at the Geneva Campus. He is a strong advocate for student success. With a thoughtful and caring approach Scottie and the Student Living Team put their hearts and souls into students. Working day (and often night) for the well being of each student, Scottie keeps the campus intact and promotes a positive environment.
Scottie comes to Telos having worked with youth for more than eight years as a residential mentor and lead supervisor. He has a great passion for being active physically and mentally and encourages students to do the same.
Primary Therapist, ED Telos Discovery Space Ctr
Dr Ryan Anderson, PhD
We were beginning to run out of hope, when we met Ryan. He seemed to grasp what was going on with our son so quickly, and he found a way to connect that worked through his resistance. He always seemed to have hope, vision, and a path forward, even at our darkest times. He was so helpful to us as parents, too. We still can’t believe we were lucky enough to get to work with Ryan! -parent
Dr. Anderson is a pioneer in experiential and immersion therapy. He operates a therapeutic starship, of all things and his passion and love for student’s success bursts through somewhere above earth and before you reach the wormhole. The many modalities he orchestrates all come together for students and families to learn insights and skills like family communication, executive function, problem solving, and others. Ryan and his team are experts at opening therapeutic doors through roleplay and group dynamics that feels like play. These rich insights from an out-of-the-box approach applies grounded therapeutic modalities that create “aha moments” for the healing process.
Primary Therapist, Director Research, Chief Quality Officer
“John Hall far exceeds our expectations and stands head and shoulders above the many in his profession that we have worked with. John quickly gained our son’s respect, which was in itself, amazing. John’s ability to relate to our son has been one of the major keys to our son’s success.” – parent
Being great at treating teens and young adults is only part of the equation. Seeing a trend in success and capturing results is the other. John’s “all-in” approach to work is readily seen in his data and stats that help mold Telos into who we are. As the Chief Quality Officer and Director of Research he can show the trends and data that matter most, making our best practices even better. As a practicing therapist, John sees first hand the opportunities that come from using good data to drive decisions and outcomes.
A substantial contribution to the culture and excellence of Telos, comes from the Arbinger Group, best known for their publication, Anatomy of Peace. John is not only an expert and mentor with Arbinger principles but lives them personally, providing a deep well of expertise when relating to teens and young adults.
Intern Therapist - Geneva Campus
Tyler has a hope that all of his students leave Telos realizing that though we are not always in control of circumstances, we are always in control of how we choose to see and act on our circumstances. Empowering students comes from relationships, structure, tools and even healthy surroundings. Having the ability to think about a problem differently is powerful. It provides confidence, ability, strength and a better life. Tyler is excited to help his students find these kinds of answers.
Primary Therapist - Geneva Campus
Katie loves working with youth and with her warm, empathetic nature quickly builds rapport with students. Her goal is to create growth opportunities for her students around regulated emotions, confidence, social skills and personal value, to help them become the best version of themselves. Katie’s training includes specialties in Autism Spectrum Disorder and ADHD which are key additions to her amazing skill set. Her goal with students is to help them adjust their trajectory where they begin to blossom and find that ultimate potential through strength and resilience.
Primary Therapist - Geneva Campus
“Javier gave us so much hope for change. We could tell that he was genuinely on our side and cared about us as a family.” – Parents
With a passion for youth and mental health, Javier is focused on connecting with his students quickly. They soon feel they belong to the Telos Family, from the warm friendly relationships that thrive at Telos. Javier has a strong commitment to “belonging”. He comes from a blended family and has experienced death of family members. His life experiences help him mentor his students toward a healthy space in the face of adversity. Javier believes in the direct path of honesty and stands by his students every step of the way. Growth and healing is a powerful result of love and honesty.
Primary Therapist - Geneva Campus
“Working with Stephanie has changed my life. When I was resistant to treatment, she was able to help me talk about the things that I didn’t want to, in order to make progress. She helped me learn to love myself and to repair relationships with my family.” -student
Stephanie is a veteran in the industry and brings a host of strengths that propel student successes. Her ability to identify underlying issues is powerful as symptoms can be distracting. Students blossom with Stephanie and as she helps them be authentic, which in turn builds self-worth, they find the courage to keep pushing and learning, which is deeply rewarding to her. Stephanie loves to see her students become independent, setting goals and succeeding personally.
Primary Therapist - Geneva Campus
“You are the first therapist that I feel has really taken the time to listen and hear what I have to say” -student
A 10 year veteran in mental health, Jason loves connecting with people and finding a common humanity. Working with students, his hope is to guide them through a journey that helps them see insights and self-awareness. Jason’s kind approach guides students how to build on common ground. A favorite of his is to see “things click” after having worked for days, weeks for months with students to find it. It’s at this point that Jason sees them believing in themselves and taking opportunities to grow and expand their horizons.
Primary Therapist - Geneva Campus
“Kyrie took the time to actually get to know me. I didn’t feel like I was just another client. She genuinely cared about and valued me even when I didn’t value myself.” -student
Kyrie brings exciting diverse talents and industry knowledge to Telos. With over 6 years of experience, her superpower is a vibrant sense of humor combined with a foundational empathetic nature that helps even her most timid clients find comfort in change. Her professional desire is to empower students to help them recognize they are the hero of their own story. She believes that students need opportunities for growth, to master skills necessary to reach their full potential. Kyrie finds great satisfaction in seeing students find their confidence and move toward life changing goals.
Primary Therapist - Dir Senior House - Geneva Campus
“Thank you for seeing my son and being able to reach him in a way that no other therapist has been able to reach him.” -parent
As a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Monte has worked with adolescents and families in clinical settings for nearly 20 years. His areas of clinical interest / expertise include parent-teen conflict, complex family dynamics, depression, anxiety, and emotional regulation, to name a few. As a therapist and director of programs, he is passionate about human connection. His work with large, multi-layered systems, helps bring people together to problem-solve and embrace change. Through family and professional experiences he has gained a love and respect for all people and the challenges that families and youth often face, in particular, issues associated with adolescence and young adulthood. Monte brings a passion for student independence and freedoms earned by responsibility.
Primary Therapist - Geneva Campus
“It’s really easy to see how much you care about what you do!” -parent
Joshua brings flexibility. Our students come with a variety of needs and the Telos system allows for flexibility and customization for student’s needs. Joshua strives to help students see their potential and guides them towards the skills and tools they need to accomplish it. Coming from a large blended family Joshua understands students who need extra support, attention and structure. Seeing them thrive, grow and succeed in a student-focused environment is exciting. He supports self-created therapy assignments and enjoys it when a student finds an internal hunger and curiosity that helps them begin to pursue the answers to their own questions. It is a powerful moment for students and families when this process begins to take hold.
Primary Therapist - Geneva Campus
Jessica made me feel like things were going to be okay and that there was a light at the end of the tunnel. She genuinely cared about my story and my struggles. -student
Jessica loves all things Disney! Her true love however, is helping students find a path that is sustainable. She enjoys the “front row seat” of seeing how much value each individual person has! Seeing feelings of hopelessness changed into a feeling of hope is life-changing. Jessica provides an atmosphere where students feel safe to overcome big hurdles. This non-judgmental and empowering space is powerful for students. Her goal with each student is to assist them in a journey to find their ultimate self. There is nothing more rewarding, than seeing students succeed at the end of the day.
Director of Life Skills & Primary Therapist - Geneva Campus
“Kylee gets me excited about (and reminds me to focus on) the important things in life. She has the gift of empathy and can easily see the potential in others. Her kind and compassionate heart makes her perfect for the career she’s chosen.” -parent
Kylee’s enthusiastic demeanor allows her to easily relate with students. Her success as a strength-based therapist, (using experiential, cognitive behavioral, and solution focused therapy) to find resolutions and healing to the most challenging cases, is powerful. For years, she has worked closely with young people suffering from attachment, substance use, depression, anxiety, oppositional defiance and bereavement, and a myriad of other psychological difficulties. Her passion began early on while working in youth camps and treatment settings like boarding school and wilderness therapy. The passion grew as did her experience which included a short stint on the San Carlos Apache Reservation in Arizona. As a well rounded person, she finds joy in writing, running a non-profit and the outdoors.
Primary Therapist - Geneva Campus
“Kyle sees every person he works with within their own unique context, experiences, innate strengths and potential for resilience. He communicates with dignity and care even when messages may be difficult to hear. Therapy can be an anxious experience, and Kyle really manages and adds balance to the process.” -Staff
As a licensed marriage and family therapist, with over a decade of experience working in the mental health field, Kyle has dedicated himself to advocating for teens and young adults to achieve their ultimate potential. He is an adjunct professor for a graduate program teaching family counseling and has instructed graduate and undergraduate level courses in the field of family science. Kyle has published research centered on co-parenting and intervention effectiveness. In addition to his work at Telos, he has worked in outpatient addiction recovery, community mental health, private practice, and university counseling services.
He approaches treatment through a systemic lens, utilizing various treatment modalities to best meet the most complex needs of his students and clients including: cognitive behavioral therapy, emotion-focused therapy, solution-focused therapy , experiential, and Bowen Family Systems.
“Your love and care have been so much more than your job. You have been a part of our entire family. Our daughter is graduating!! A year ago that goal was just a prayer not an expectation. Without the love you gave, it would not have happened.” -parent
With a tool belt filled with love and appreciation for her students and co-workers, it is easy to see why Laurie’s department thrives in nearly every way. She brings 20 years in the industry to Telos and is kind of a big deal in the academic leadership circles. As the Education Director on the Geneva Campus, Laurie works with our students who are 18 and older, to find paths that promote launching academically. Her approach is enthusiastic and almost magical, as she helps students see a vision that takes them beyond treatment and begins building a life that is sustainable and rewarding. Laurie is quick to see the baby steps of improvement and passionately celebrates all movement forward for her students. She loves her students and it shows in her lively interactions and smiles in the hallways.
Director of Health Services
Kanisha is a medical powerhouse at Telos, as the Director of Health Services on the Geneva Campus she runs the Health Center with no other goal than to keep your students safe and healthy. Her team’s organization and planning to keep meds scheduled, filled and delivered on-time and on-point is second to none. Kanisha loves helping students and seeing them strive for more independence. She is quick to establish rapport and a connection with students and is always willing to lend an ear or share a laugh.
Admission Officer - Geneva Campus
“Emery helped me through a range of issues at Telos. She exceeded what I expected from staff. Emery made the difficulties of being away from home more comfortable by connecting with me and supporting me as a friend and mentor.” -Student
Emery’s fascination with world culture and global diversity is contagious, as Telos thrives on a culture and diversity. Emery’s kind inclusive spirit is felt by families from all over the world who are looking into Telos. She started her Telos journey as a residential mentor, soon transitioning to the Anthem House as a student advocate. Before long her attention to detail and drive to help teens, earned her a position as an Admissions Officer at Telos U. Emery cherishes the connections she’s formed with students and families alike. She takes great pride in helping families navigate the process of enrolling a child into treatment.
Admissions Officer - Geneva Campus
Taylor has been with us every step of the way and has genuinely supported our family when we needed it.
Caring for the families entering Telos comes easily for Taylor. Her kind nature is a great addition to the Admissions Team. Taylor loves meeting families for the first time and watching them learn how Telos gives hope and new life to families. She has a unique opportunity to see families before Telos and as they leave, and it inspires her to see the “growth and empowerment” the young adults gain in the program.
Primary Therapist - Geneva Campus
“Dagney is real with me. She is upfront and honest with me, even if it’s hard to hear. Dagney empowered me to see my own power and potential.” -student
Dagney originates from South Carolina. She began her career in Utah in 2005 in the mental health field via wilderness therapy. As her work with youth progressed so did her devotion to the industry. She fell in love with the process of change and is now celebrating 13 years of passionate work with youth. Dagney has a strong background in evidence-based practices and family systems. She believes in the power of connection and relationship to self and others as a venue for healing and forward movement. Dagney finds that being active keeps her centered and encourages her students to do the same.
Phil is the first to say “I’m quirky and I know it” which makes being with him even more fun. His passion is unmatched at Telos when it comes to helping students. All hours of the day and night, Phil’s team is prompt to respond to the needs of those needing transportation to the airport, doctor’s office or recreation. Phil has been with Telos for over 3 years and works hard to connect with students. His ability to help them see the positive, despite hard challenges is a talent he shares to build students. Phil always has a smile on his face and looks forward to serving anyway he is needed. He is passionate about life and making a difference in kids.