“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.
Education:BS in Psychology Masters, Marriage and Family Therapy
Passion:Excellence at every level of individual treatment
Clinical Expertise:Parent-Teen Conflict, Oppositional Defiance, Cognitive Restructuring and more
“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.
Education:Clinical Mental Health Counselor, Doctoral Candidate-Oregon State University
Specialty:Passionate about helping his team deliver the highest level of care
Clinical Expertise:Experiential, Acceptance Commitment Therapy, EMDR, Psychodynamic Approaches, Value Based, Cognitive-Behavioral
“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
Education:Masters, Clinical Mental Health Counselor (CMHC, M.Ed)
Passion:Healthy living, nature and positive lifestyle
“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.
Education:BYU Undergraduate, USU Masters Graduate
Passion:Helping youth and young adults
Affiliations:President of NATSAP
“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.
Education:Masters, Marriage and Family Therapy
Passion:A dedicated passion to build a premium option for youth that really works
“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.
Education:BS Business Management - Brigham Young University, Juris Doctor - University of Denver
Passion:Driven for business excellence and compliance for best family experience
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.
Education:Medical School - Des Moines University, DO / General Psychiatry Residency - Maricopa Integrated Health System / Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship - Cambridge Health Alliance/Harvard Medical School
Passion:Clinical excellence, diagnostic precision and understanding each student’s needs
Certifications:American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology Certified
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.
Education:NP-P (Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner): Bachelor of Science degree, University of Iowa; Master of Science degree, University of Utah; Doctorate, Rush University.
Passion:Diagnostic precision, including understanding the nuances so each student receives the right treatment.
“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!
Education:BS Marketing, MBA
Passion:Helping kids succeed in slow and steady ways.
“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.
Education:Studying at UVU
Specialty:Creation and implementation of systems, providing training and oversight for the Student Living Team and maintaining an emotionally safe staff and student environment.
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.
Education:Ph.D. LMFT, MedFT, BS in Marriage, Family and Human Development, Brigham Young University, Ph.D. in Medical Family Therapy, East Carolina University
Passion:Passionate about students learning to capitalize on strengths and embrace the supports needed to live a sustainable life filled with meaning, connections, and direction
Noteworthy:10 publications, including two books
“John Hall is our son’s therapist. Our family has, perhaps as many of you have been to a plethora of therapists in our quest to help our son. John Hall far exceeds our expectations and stands head and shoulders above the many in his profession that we have worked with. John very 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. John’s friendly, happy-go-lucky demeanor is quite refreshing and is often emulated by our son. We enjoy our many conversations with John as we sometimes laugh, sometimes cry and always learn.” – 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.
Education:Psychology - Brigham Young University, Marriage and Family Therapy - Abilene Christian University, Certificates: Mental Research Institute, Service: NATSAP and JTSP
Clinical Expertise:Family systems, Arbinger Institute Certified
Expertise:All in when it comes to helping teens and young adults succeed
“Mary helped me organize my life in a way that reduced chaos and set me up for success. I still use the skills she taught me to this day!” -student
Eager to help your student find personal successes, Mary trains her team to be patient and kind mentoring daily life skills to students. The Life Skills department is a unique offering in the industry providing maturing students outstanding growth options and Telos is proud of the profound outcomes from this team. As the new Director of Life Skills on the Telos U campus, Mary works to partner with local businesses to provide friendly environments to work. She comes from a background in clinical excellence having worked with American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and Utah Autism Academy. Mary and her team, coach and assist sustainable day-to-day activities and work that benefit our students ability to launch into new opportunities.
Formal education includes BS Communication Disorders and Masters Applied Behavioral Analysis.
Education:BS Communication Disorders, Masters Applied Behavioral Analysis
Specialty:Loves helping students find purpose in daily routines
“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.
Education:Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) - Arizona State University
Passion:Helping youth find hope in a confusing world
Clinical Expertise:Attachment, substance use, depression, anxiety, oppositional defiance, bereavement.
“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 the process.” -Staff
Kyle has dedicated himself to advocating for youth to help teens and young adults achieve their ultimate potential. As a client centered and growth focused therapist his approach is warm and empathetic which allows him to connect even when messages may be difficult to hear. Kyle has been active in the mental health industry since 2011, and prior experience with outpatient addiction recovery, community mental health, and university counseling services. With a BS Family Studies / Family Therapy, he was well prepared for his graduate work in Marriage and Family Therapy.
His devotion in community outreach and intervention via cooperative extension work has opened many doors including instructing university undergraduate and graduate level courses in the field of family science. He approaches treatment through a systemic lens, utilizing various treatment modalities to best meet the most complex needs of his clients including: cognitive behavioral therapy, emotion-focused therapy, solution-focused therapy , experiential, and Bowen Family Systems.
Education:Oklahoma State University
Expertise:Finding solutions for young adults that break down barriers
Clinical Expertise:Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Emotion-Focused Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Experiential and Bowen Family Systems
“Bless you Kenzie. You have been a wonderful part of our journey.” -parent
Thinking like a mom is just part of what Kenzie accomplishes each day. Her constant hope for her students is a full, high quality life that allows genuine happiness, is her vision. Kenzie mentors students day in and day out, helping them to understand, apply, and demonstrate healthy independence in their life. Her kind and persistent approach has proven to be a healthy support for her students. A graduate from Utah State University in Liberal Arts is a strong backdrop for Kenzie to share her love of history, literature, writing and philosophy. She gives her all, everyday to her students, including a custom catered breakdown of the Telos process that helps students learn healthy independence.
Education:Bachelors Liberal Arts - Utah State University
Specialty:Breaking down the learning process to propel students toward a healthy independence
Samantha Von Gunten
“Samantha sends us regular updates on our student and we love getting them because in some way, she makes us feel part of it all! Each time I read them over and over and love how much he’s progressed.” -parent
Samantha’s number one priority is to build a strong foundation and relationships to help influence her student’s life in a positive way. Being part of the Treatment Team provides powerful opportunities to mold and mentor students. No one does this better than Samantha as her goal is to help students learn skills and tools for healthy independent living. Being a Life Coach is serious business. Samantha guides her students to work hard and put in the effort so they soon see and achieve new goals they have set their mind to.
Education:Bachelors Psychology - Utah Valley University
Specialty:Two years in mental health industry
Genuinely loving the students at Telos comes easily for Taylor. Watching her students grow, learn and find their potential is very rewarding. Her ability to meet them where they are at and mentor them to new heights is a strength. Deeply caring for her students while she mentors, is her super power! Her personal growth comes from helping her students grow and she loves being a Life Coach and working with the amazing young adults. Her goal is for each of her students to be proud of themselves and feel comfortable living on their own.
Education:Bachelors Behavioral Science, Psychology emphasis - Utah Valley University
Specialty:Helps students to be proud of themselves and feel comfortable living on their own
“Becca is a genuinely happy and positive person. I deeply appreciated her personal and caring manner as we transitioned our son to Telos.” – Parent
Becca is a graduate of Brigham Young University in Therapeutic Recreation, where her appreciation for helping kids and outdoor recreation began. Becca started her career helping children at Primary Children’s Wasatch Canyons and enhanced her career by moving to Telos in 2015 where a new-found love for teens and young adults has filled her heart. As the Assistant Director of Admissions she manages the Geneva campus admissions and has grown both personally and professionally supporting families who are struggling. She is passionate about working for a company that is profoundly dedicated to serving families and our youth. Becca is at her best when surrounded by students. They love her and feel loved by her sunny disposition and infectious laugh.
Education:Bachelors, Therapeutic Recreation - Brigham Young University
Passion:Advocate of the students and loves to make sure they feel welcome
“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.
Education:BS Behavioral Science - Utah Valley University
Passion:Commitment to details and helping families find answers
“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.
Education:BS Outdoor Experiential Education - Appalachian State University, Masters, Mental Health Counseling - University of Phoenix
With more than 18 years in the mental health field, Brent has focused most of his career on successful residential treatment. Creating powerful relationships and meaningful connections using a Structural and Solution Focused approach with families is a driving force for the success he sees. He finds joy in facilitating systemic change that follows.
Brent relates easily with parents and teens/young adults alike. He is passionate about helping people who struggle with depression, anxiety, mood dysregulation, ADHD, oppositional defiance and executive function issues. Finding a common ground to work from is the beginning of each therapeutic relationship. Brent’s expertise and knowledge base is a strength Telos relies on.
Education:LMFT-Friends University, BS Sociology-University of Utah
Passion:Passionate about students getting help who struggle with mental health needs.
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.
Education:BS Behavioral Science/Psychology
Passion:Loves life and sharing that passion with students
Budgeting, time management, organization, technology management, college prep are just a few passionate items Devin helps students work on. Watching students navigate college for the first time is amazing and keeps Devin excited to help students succeed. Achieving isn’t easy and comes in many forms and as long as it takes, he will be there to lift and support his students. Devin thoroughly enjoys seeing students achieve their goals. Nothing brings more satisfaction than helping a student do something they thought was “impossible”. That instant when they realize their personal achievement, is… priceless.
Education:Bachelors Behavioral Science, emphasis in Psychology - Utah Valley University
Specialty:Helping students achieve their "impossible".
Chalese’s warm and kind approach to mentoring and being a Life Coach pays huge when students realize she will be there for them even if they fail. Helping students become the best version of themselves is her super power! Her passion comes from seeing students succeed after the humble beginnings at Telos to the strong confidence student they become when they leave. Her journey with each student is different but she loves the process as they grow and build their own future.
Education:Bachelors Behavioral Science, emphasis in Psychology - Utah Valley University
Specialty:Loves helping students become the best version of themselves.
Tiffany is a Life Skills Coach who loves exercise, yoga and videography. Her life is filled with fun and adventure and that is shared everyday with her students. Tiffany builds her students by helping them do hard things. Even more she helps them learn to enjoy it. Her mentoring includes a large dose of finding joy in the small things and facing tasks that may not be fun but doing them sooner than later. Tiffany’s passion shows through when her students have worked hard and been through some tough moments and they are still trying. She loves their resilience and as they keep trying, Tiffany will be there to support them.
Education:Bachelors, Recreation Therapy - Brigham Young University
Specialty:Helping students do hard things and learn to like it
Therapeutically engaged and experienced in the Telos way with over 3 years in the mental health industry at Telos. Alicia brings consistency, goal focused mentoring and teaching skills including Spanish tutoring and recreation therapy. Alicia loves her students and her end-goal as a Life Skills Coach is to help students find their own personal meaning for life, that creates motivation to move forward with specific skills and accomplishments that promotes a sustainable future. In the end her passion is fueled by seeing students lives filled with light, love, and purpose.
Education:Bachelors, Exercise Science and Outdoor Recreation Management - Utah Valley University
Specialty:Helping students find value and purpose in life that is sustainable.
With a “full tilt” approach to mentoring, Dan has quickly captured the hearts of many students. His patient and calm demeanor comes from walking in their shoes. As a youth Dan faced many of the struggles his students do and because of that he always makes time hear concerns or victories no matter how big or small. As mentors often think like a mom, Dan takes it even further to think like a student. By doing this, he is changing lives one at a time and loves what he does. His goal as a mentor and Life Skills Coach is to help students graduate from high school, find a job and build skills. When they are ready he encourages them to attend college or tech school, to keep stretching and growing. Dan’s reward comes when he sees his students overcoming obstacles that give hope for a sustainable future.
Education:Bachelors Psychology - Utah Valley University
Specialty:Helping students overcome hardships and help lead students toward a great future
Cathy has a strong desire to help others, especially those who need non-judgmental support. Her deep desire to help comes from an upbringing of love and empowerment and she wants to share this with her students, especially mentoring toward independent living. Her goal is to help them succeed at whatever they put their mind to. With growth comes risk and if they fail, Cathy will lift them again and again until they find their unique path of independence.
Education:Bachelors History, emphasis 20th Century - Brigham young University
Specialty:Empathizing with students who need understanding
When Hailey arrives at work each day, her goal is to help her students be a better person. She finds a lot of satisfaction in being an unconditional support for students and helping them find and become self-sufficient. With a unique perspective from wilderness therapy to teaching in France, Hailey is relationship focused and loves being a mentor and coach. She brings to her students strong interpersonal skills, organization and a passion to connect.
Education:Bachelors Psychology - Utah Valley University
Specialty:Connecting with students as a mentor
Industry:Worked in the mental health industry for 3 years