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DISCOVERY RANCH FOR GIRLS RESIDENTIAL TREATMENT CENTER ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF

Executive Director

Andrea has always known that she would be involved in some aspect of therapeutic services. While pursuing her Bachelor’s Degree in Family Science at Brigham Young University, she volunteered at The Women’s and Children’s Crisis Center as well as the Utah Valley Crisis Line. Once she graduated from Brigham Young University, she completed a graduate certification from the University of Utah as a certified addictions counselor.

Her 22-year journey in the adolescent treatment industry began as a direct care staff and then a supervisor in a Residential Treatment Center for adjudicated adolescent males. She was then promoted to the Director of Individual Residential Treatment, a program that is tasked with placing adjudicated males from a Residential Treatment Center setting into the homes of approved and trained families.

Andrea then transferred to Redcliff Ascent, a premier therapeutic wilderness program for struggling teens. She began her role as a member of the Redcliff Ascent Management Team as a Parent Liaison and was promoted to Assistant Executive Director. In 2002, Andrea became the Executive Director of Redcliff Ascent and served in that capacity for 12 years. During her tenure as Redcliff Ascent’s Executive Director, she served as vice-chair for the Outdoor Behavioral Health Council from 2011 – 2013, an industry association that promotes program standards, ethics, and risk management as well as facilitating outcome research of the efficacy of wilderness programs.
In the fall of 2011, Andrea co-founded Evolving Women, an industry association for women in the adolescent therapeutic industry. Evolving Women’s mission is to provide networking opportunities, professional development, and service. The organization continues to grow in membership and influence for some of the industry’s most talented women.

In April of 2013, Andrea left her beloved post at Redcliff Ascent and was given the remarkable opportunity to lead a dynamic team as the Executive Director of Discovery Ranch for Girls. Set on a 66-acre ranch with a lake, riding arena, barn, and homey living spaces, Andrea began learning more about the intricacies of providing outstanding treatment a Residential Treatment setting.

Andrea is dedicated to providing a program that is safe, therapeutic and effective for students and families. She and her husband have two boys, two dogs, and two cats and enjoy the outdoor life in Southern Utah.

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Dr Brian Daniels Therapist Discovery Ranch
Dr. Brian Daniels has been at the ranch since 2015 and has worked in residential settings since 2005. He is a graduate of the Chicago School of Professional Psychology’s Child and Adolescent Track and completed his APA-accredited Predoctoral Internship at OhioGuidestone in Brook Park, Ohio. Dr. Daniels has specialized foundational training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and utilizes DBT in individual, group, and family therapy. Brian has expertise in treating teenagers and families experiencing complex challenges including relational traumas, adverse childhood experiences, and disrupted attachments. Dr. Daniels specializes in treating Borderline Personality Disorder, emotional dysregulation, interpersonal distress, and assisting families in rebuilding relationships. His background in child development lends to a comprehensive approach to attachment work in therapy. Brian’s theoretical orientation is integrative with foundations in psychodynamic, developmental, and humanistic theories. Dr. Daniels’s professional interests are in the areas of wilderness therapy; the role nature plays in self-discovery, relationships, and youth development; play based modalities; relational and strengths-based approaches to therapy; subjective experiences and phenomenological research; and developmental and object relations theory.

Prior to working at Discovery Ranch for Girls, Brian gained experience as a therapist working with young adults in a wilderness therapy program. He fulfilled his practica as an Advanced Therapy Extern at the Sonia Shankman Orthogenic School at the University of Chicago, as a Therapy Extern at Alexian Brothers Behavioral Health Hospital, and as a Diagnostic Extern at the Counseling Center of Lakeview. Brian contributed to When Diagnostic Labels Mask Trauma. In addition to his internship and work experience, Brian has performed comprehensive research in the field of clinical psychology and residential treatment, including publications, professional presentations, and conference presentations. Brian received his B.A. in Psychology from Indiana University, his M.S. in Child Development from the Erikson Institute, and his Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology.

You can read his dissertation here: Adolescent Subjective Experience of Wilderness Therapy: A Phenomenological Approach Brian is a member of the Utah Psychological Association, American Psychological Association, and the Society of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology. Brian enjoys going to concerts, arts and culture events, camping, mountain biking, hiking with his dog Rex, rooting for the Cleveland Indians and Cavaliers, and exploring the vast wilderness of Southern Utah.

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Admissions Director
Daryn-Reiner-Admissions
Daryn started her work with therapeutic programs in 2006 after six years in the United States Navy and a year of independent humanitarian work in Zimbabwe. Since then Daryn co-founded and co-ran a learning differences day school, was the team leader in a wilderness program and was the program director for a young adult transition program.

Being passionate about the joys of outdoor and experiential learning, Daryn was drawn to the team at Discovery Ranch for Girls.

“It’s the multi-modal experiential learning through the calf program; the high adventure recreational therapy trips and the academic strength-based model that allows students to develop competencies in learning that drew me to Discovery Ranch for Girls.”, says Reiner.

Daryn’s knowledge of wilderness therapy and experience in other therapeutic environments allows her to connect quickly with parents and provide a sense of calmness to the transition process. Many of the students come to Discovery Ranch for Girls from wilderness programs and other acute care treatment settings.

She says; “My favorite part of the ranch is the ethos of doing something real and meaningful that is so alive here.”

Daryn graduated from Seattle University, a social justice institution, with a bachelor’s degree in cultural anthropology. She is committed to creating an environment for our clients and families where people of all backgrounds and identities feel respected, honored, and safe. Daryn is currently working on her master’s degree in business at Southern Utah University. She spends her free time with her husband, two young sons, and their two dogs rock climbing, skiing, whitewater kayaking, canoeing, cycling, reading, and traveling.

Andrea Burgess, Executive Director at Discovery Ranch for Girls mentioned, “With a quiet confidence and a compassionate demeanor, Daryn is a joy to speak with! We are so excited to have her be a part of our team!”

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Admissions Coordinator

Sarah Yardley grew up in Southern California close to Los Angeles, where she attended a community college after graduating high school. After a year of community college, she continued her education at Southern Utah University. She graduated SUU with her BS in Criminal Justice with a special interest in Juvenile Justice.

Sarah began working at Discovery Ranch for Girls in 2015 as a Residential Mentor. She then got the position of On-Call Supervisor, followed by Shift Facilitator and now has the position of Admissions Coordinator. Sarah herself is the mother of a 14-month-old beautiful girl and feels she can really put herself in the shoes of the parents she talks with who are making the difficult decision to place their child in a treatment facility. Her favorite part of working at Discovery Ranch for Girls is seeing the progress in the girl’s relationships, and the change in their demeanor as they go through the program and become strong, purposeful young women.

When Sarah isn’t talking with families and helping them with the admissions process, she loves spending her time with her small, budding family. She enjoys going with her husband and little girl to the park, going rock climbing with friends, swing dancing with her husband and having friends and family over for game nights.

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Residential Director
Matt Crosby
Matt Crosby began working with troubled youth in 1998 when, as an undergraduate student, he took a part-time job working with juvenile sex offenders. In the fifteen years since, he has worked for a variety of residential treatment programs helping teens and adolescents struggling with a range of issues.

Matt has held a longtime fascination with the effectiveness of residential treatment, and the differences in approach for those programs that actually facilitate meaningful and long-lasting changes in young people’s lives. He is passionate about making Discovery Ranch for Girls one of those programs. As part of the original team that started Discovery Ranch, Matt helped design and implement their unique and highly successful approach to treatment. He is a strong believer in the power of experiential activities and adventures, and in working with animals, as agents of healing and change.

Matt is also a writer and teacher. He has an MA and an MFA in English and Creative Writing and has taught writing courses for years at the college level. He and his beautiful wife are the parents of three little boys, ages 5, 3, and 8 weeks. They also have a wonderful little beagle, Sally, two years old, who is a money pit and constant headache. She’s for sale!

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HR Director
Janet-McGrew
Janet is originally from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She and her husband David, who also works for Discovery Ranch for Girls, have lived in Cedar City, Utah for the past 15 years. They have 2 daughters and 4 granddaughters. Janet joined Discovery Ranch for Girls after serving as the office administrator at The Midwest Center for Attacking Anxiety and Depression. Janet is the HR Director at the ranch and with her southern accent and readiness to help offers a warm welcome to all our guests and residents. She loves to hold “crawfish boils”, spend time with her family, and spoil her cat, Bob! She and David have been married for 32 years.

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Equine Director
Lee Bingham Equine
Lee Bingham is currently the Equine Director at Discovery Ranch For Girls. Equine therapy can be a strong part of your daughters therapy. There are many experiential learning opportunities at our more than 60 acre location! The girls will have the opportunity to work with horses, calves, cooking, swimming, fishing, boating, climbing and ropes courses, yoga, hiking, winter activities and so much more. To learn more about our Equine Therapy program click here: Equine Therapy

Lee has never known a life without horses or cattle. She was raised on a local ranch here in Cedar City, Utah. Taking the reins of her own horse, at three years old, sparked her love for these noble and trustworthy animals.

Her rodeo career began at the age of nine, competing in junior rodeos, then on to high school and college. She earned two National High School Goat Tying Titles and one National College Title along the way. Lee volunteers throughout the state offering private goat tying lessons to youth.

She earned her bachelor degree in Psychology with a minor in Sociology from Southern Utah University in 2002.

Lee values hard work, honesty, and integrity. She enjoys watching the girls at the ranch develop these skills from working with the horses and calves. The most fulfilling piece of her job is watching the deep relationships the girls build with the animals and waiting for that “in the moment” teaching experience to unfold between them.

Lee loves spending time with her husband and their three boys. They enjoy working and riding on their ranch, farming, camping, fishing, hunting, team roping, golfing, and playing basketball and baseball.
“We reach goals one step at a time. We cannot be perfect today or tomorrow but we can be better than we were yesterday.” —Author Unknown–

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Academic Director
Elizabeth Grant discovery ranch for girls Elizabeth Grant is thrilled to join the fantastic team at Discovery Ranch for Girls as the new Academic Director. She has been working to improve learning and lives for students with learning differences, giftedness and 2E for more than thirteen years in California and Colorado. Elizabeth holds a Bachelor of Science in Mild/Moderate Special Education from Brigham Young University and earned a Masters of Education in Prevention Science Practice from Harvard’s Graduate School of Education. Her particular focus has been on striving to mitigate anxiety in students with learning differences in order to support wellbeing and successful life transitions. Elizabeth is certified in Special Education, Gifted and Talented Education and Twice Exceptionality in the state of Colorado.

Elizabeth loves to visit her four children who live throughout the US and France and she enjoys yoga, singing in choirs, cooking, hiking, art, gardening and exploring locally and going on worldwide adventures.

Recreation Director
Recreation Director
David has been a member of the Discovery Ranch for Girls team since May of 2016. Initially, David came to work at Discovery Ranch for Girls as a mentor and was promoted to a position as a Residential Supervisor. David has always viewed the therapeutic process as being multi-faceted with adventure education being at the heart of the process of change that clients embark on while at Discovery Ranch for Girls . In 2009 he completed his Master’s degree which focused on the impact of adventure and challenged based programming on the ability of adolescents to overcome diverse and challenging experiences. As Recreation Director David’s goal is to continue to enhance the effectiveness of programming through extensive collaboration with the clinical team as well as developing exciting adventure programming to such as skiing, snowboarding, winter sports, outdoor survival skills, extended river trips, climbing, and canyoneering trips. David views adventure education and peak experiences as effective means to truly empower the young women at Discovery Ranch for Girls.

Prior to Discovery Ranch for Girls David established a strong reputation as a wilderness therapy professional and served as Field Director for New Vision Wilderness (NVW). Under his leadership at this nationally recognized wilderness treatment program, he proudly contributed to a 200 percent enrollment increase during his tenure through several program development initiatives, marketing, and outstanding communication with consultants, parents and most importantly, enrolled clients. In 2010 David moved to Ireland where he served as the Program Coordinator for the Arts for Peace Foundation, a non-profit organization committed to community outreach, development and the development of healthy recreational opportunities for Irish youth.

When David is not leading groups of youth into the backcountry or facilitating activities, he enjoys rock climbing, whitewater kayaking, canyoneering, skiing, backpacking, and canoeing. David, his wife, and their dog – in the fall of 2016 – paddled 2300 miles from the source of the Mississippi in Northern Minnesota to the Gulf of Mexico.

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Performing Arts Director

Alex Allred is the Performing Arts Director at Discovery Ranch for Girls. He became interested in the performing arts as a teenager in Arizona where he acted as part of a youth theatre group. He has earned a degree in classical acting from Southern Utah University where he became educated and experienced in Shakespeare, musical theatre, contemporary theatre, directing and design. Since graduating he has worked professionally in Utah and Los Angeles as an actor, musician, and teacher and has recently spent time studying film acting. Throughout his years in the theatre, he has seen how it has shaped him as a person. It has been a way for him to connect, a way to learn to understand the perspectives and experiences of others and a way to work through his own struggles. He is thrilled to have the opportunity to teach and share what he loves with the girls at Discovery Ranch for Girls.

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DISCOVERY RANCH FOR GIRLS CLINICAL STAFF

Dr Brian Daniels Therapist Discovery Ranch
Dr. Brian Daniels has been at the ranch since 2015 and has worked in residential settings since 2005. He is a graduate of the Chicago School of Professional Psychology’s Child and Adolescent Track and completed his APA-accredited Predoctoral Internship at OhioGuidestone in Brook Park, Ohio. Dr. Daniels has specialized foundational training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and utilizes DBT in individual, group, and family therapy. Brian has expertise in treating teenagers and families experiencing complex challenges including relational traumas, adverse childhood experiences, and disrupted attachments. Dr. Daniels specializes in treating Borderline Personality Disorder, emotional dysregulation, interpersonal distress, and assisting families in rebuilding relationships. His background in child development lends to a comprehensive approach to attachment work in therapy. Brian’s theoretical orientation is integrative with foundations in psychodynamic, developmental, and humanistic theories. Dr. Daniels’s professional interests are in the areas of wilderness therapy; the role nature plays in self-discovery, relationships, and youth development; play based modalities; relational and strengths-based approaches to therapy; subjective experiences and phenomenological research; and developmental and object relations theory.

Prior to working at Discovery Ranch for Girls, Brian gained experience as a therapist working with young adults in a wilderness therapy program. He fulfilled his practica as an Advanced Therapy Extern at the Sonia Shankman Orthogenic School at the University of Chicago, as a Therapy Extern at Alexian Brothers Behavioral Health Hospital, and as a Diagnostic Extern at the Counseling Center of Lakeview. Brian contributed to When Diagnostic Labels Mask Trauma. In addition to his internship and work experience, Brian has performed comprehensive research in the field of clinical psychology and residential treatment, including publications, professional presentations, and conference presentations. Brian received his B.A. in Psychology from Indiana University, his M.S. in Child Development from the Erikson Institute, and his Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology.

You can read his dissertation here: Adolescent Subjective Experience of Wilderness Therapy: A Phenomenological Approach Brian is a member of the Utah Psychological Association, American Psychological Association, and the Society of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology. Brian enjoys going to concerts, arts and culture events, camping, mountain biking, hiking with his dog Rex, rooting for the Cleveland Indians and Cavaliers, and exploring the vast wilderness of Southern Utah.

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Cindy Shrum Advanced Substance Abuse Counselor
Cindy is a licensed Advance Substance Counselor with the state of Utah. She began her career in 1992 and was trained in Pastoral Dialogical counseling skills and Gestalt trauma work with the United States Navy Chaplains organization. Cindy participated in personal and spiritual growth retreats from 1992-1997. She then began substance counseling experience in 1997 with Volunteers of America residential programs located in San Diego California and worked her way to becoming the Residential Program Manager. During her time in California, she attended San Diego City College Alcohol and other Drugs Study program and graduated in 2001. After her time at the Volunteers of America program, she began working in the Criminal Justice Program known as Drug Court with the organization Community Connection from 2001- 2004. During that time she held 2 California certifications CATS & CADACII. In 2004 Cindy and her family relocated to Utah where she continued her career with Homeless Outreach, Residential programs, collaborated with two Counseling center’s outpatient programs in designing substance abuse/addiction programs. Cindy also earned her Utah License in substance abuse counseling. Cindy’s other certifications include anger management, domestic violence, and family addiction with social services in San Diego California.
Cindy is married with 5 children ages 13- 43 with 14 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. She and her husband John have been foster parents and have adopted one child.

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Therapist

Amanda Mosse received her Master’s degree in social work from Southern Illinois University Carbondale in 2009 and has been working in a variety of therapeutic settings since 2008. Before coming to Discovery Ranch for Girls Amanda was a lead wilderness therapist in Wisconsin where she specialized in trauma and attachment and became level 1 and 2 Brainspotting trained. Over the years Amanda has developed extensive experience working with individuals and their families struggling with depression, anxiety, unhealthy family dynamics, drug and alcohol dependence, suicidal ideation, trauma, and attachment disorders. While working in the wilderness, she was known for being able to bring an experiential component to therapeutic groups and individual sessions. Amanda is a firm believer in meeting the clients where they are at while also challenging them in their process. Prior to becoming a therapist, Amanda worked as a field instructor for approximately 4 years at various wilderness programs.
This has given Amanda a unique view of how to effectively work with youth who are struggling. In 2009 Amanda worked in Ireland as a program coordinator for the Arts for Peace Foundation providing experiential therapeutic experiences in a variety of settings. In this role, she worked with elementary aged children working on communication and trust through art projects and experiential activities. She also worked for a brief period in St. Patrick prison in Dublin facilitating experiential activities based on healthy communication and building trust. When not working with youth Amanda enjoys backpacking, hiking, spending time with friends and family and canoeing. Recently Amanda and her husband completed a 2,552-mile journey down the Mississippi River starting at its ultimate source in Northern Minnesota and ending at the Gulf of Mexico. This journey was directly related to her other passion which is helping homeless youth. This journey was not just an expedition down the largest river in the country, it was also in an effort to raise money for a non-profit organization in Colorado which supports and provides resources to homeless youth.
Therapist

Jeron Parry received his Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Abilene Christian University, Texas. He is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the State of Utah. He has intensive training in family systems and has also been trained in over 21 hours of Brief Systemic Therapy from the Mental Research Institute. Recently, he has completed over 40 hours of EMDR training, which helps him in treating clients with traumatic and difficult experiences. While in Texas he treated low-income families and couples who faced a variety of issues, while also working with girls who struggled with serious addictions of all kinds; especially eating disorders. Most recently he treated individuals, families, and groups at a residential treatment center for adolescent girls. This experience has taught him the great need we have to increase the empathy that we show and receive in order to eliminate feelings of loneliness and hopelessness. One of Jeron’s strengths is solution-focused brief therapy where he helps his clients create a new, more positive outlook while achieving their therapeutic goals and increasing hope, compassion, and self-efficacy.
Jeron practices a relational approach to his work. A passion of his is to see relationships strengthen and grow as his clients embrace their strengths and resources they may not have known they had. He also specializes in attachment, depression, anxiety, emotional regulation, and avoidance issues. On his own time, he enjoys running long distance races, hiking, camping, movies, and most importantly playing and watching soccer.

Therapist

Rashell Stubbs has worked with adolescents in many different settings for the past 14 years. She began her career working as a line staff for the Utah Division of Juvenile Justice Services in a juvenile detention center. Working in that position made her want to do more to help troubled youth and their families and chose to pursue her Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling from the University of Phoenix. She graduated in 2008. After graduation, she went on to work at a program that included both a residential treatment center for adolescent boys and an outpatient program for boys and girls in foster care. This was a great experience as she was able to counsel youth with depression, anxiety, attachment issues, trauma, defiance, family issues and reunification, autism, and addictions. Rashell also gained experience in group and family therapy. She worked at this program for nine years before coming to Discovery Ranch.

Rashell grew up in Southern Utah and spent a lot of time on her family’s cattle ranch. She has been riding horses and working with animals since she was a young child. She has seen and experienced for herself the confidence and lessons horses can teach about one’s own life.
In her time outside of work, you will find Rashell exploring Southern Utah, spending time at her family’s cabin, golfing, gardening, reading and spending time with her husband, their three daughters, and dog.

Therapist

Patrick Dotson received his Master’s degree in social work from Utah State University in 2014. Since his licensure as a Certified Social Worker, Patrick has worked with many different populations in a variety of therapeutic settings—most recently as a Program Therapist at a therapeutic boarding school on the Pacific island of Samoa. While in Samoa, Patrick fine-tuned his therapeutic experience with adolescents struggling with drug and alcohol dependence, depression, anxiety, unhealthy family communication, and interpersonal skills.

Why Samoa? Patrick and his wife, Bridgette, adopted their first child from Samoa thirteen years ago. As an adoptive parent, Patrick understood the importance for his son to gain an understanding of Samoan culture and heritage. This experience helped not only his son, but the rest of his family and four other children find an individual identity. Patrick fell in love with the island and the people.

Prior to his experience in Samoa, Patrick was the lead therapist at a drug and alcohol residential treatment center on the Ute Indian reservation in Northeastern Utah. Patrick was able to provide members and non-members of the Ute Tribe, as well as other tribes, therapeutic services to navigate the dangers and pitfalls of substance use addiction and dependence. Interventions included; Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Art Therapy, Experiential Therapy, and Mind-Body Bridging.

Patrick also has experience with outpatient programs and has a background in individual, family and group therapy, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Child-Centered Play Therapy, couple counseling, domestic violence therapy for perpetrators, and addiction treatment.

Therapist
Ashley-Buckner
Ashley Buckner grew up in Cedar City, Utah where she fell in love with the mountains, riding horses, and spending time with her family. After high school, she moved to Los Angeles where she attended college at Loyola Marymount University. This was a bit of culture shock initially, but it quickly became an opportunity for growth and a path that would lead Ashley to spend the next 11 years in Southern California.

In 2010, Ashley graduated with her degree in Sociology and moved to San Diego to start graduate school. She completed her Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy in 2012 at the University of San Diego. During her time in graduate school, Ashley discovered her true passion, working with adolescents. Ashley has been providing therapeutic services to adolescents and their families for the past seven years. She has worked in various treatment settings such as outpatient clinics, police diversion programs, and school-based therapy services.

In 2014, Ashley co-created an organization, Mending Matters, with a mission is to give adolescents better access to mental health care by providing services on school campuses. As the Mental Health Programs Director for Mending Matters, Ashley conducted individual, family, and group therapy for students as well as helped grow the program to 10 high school sites in San Diego County.

Ashley views herself as a strength-based therapist and believes in a holistic approach to treatment. She has a wide range of experience with the adolescent population and specializes in working with relational trauma, attachment, anxiety, depression, and emotion regulation. Specific areas of expertise include gang affiliation and violence, sexually exploited children, and sexual abuse.

Ashley and her husband moved back to Cedar City in February of 2018 to be closer to the family. While they will miss the beautiful weather in San Diego, they are enjoying their adventure in Utah. In her spare time, Ashley enjoys spending time with her husband and dog, visiting her family’s cabin, and being active.

Therapist

Bob Brown has been a Licensed Clinical Social Worker for close to 15 years and earned his bachelors and masters degree in Social Work from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville. He has had the opportunity to work in many different environments, including Adolescent Inpatient Substance Abuse Treatment, Adult and Adolescent Outpatient Substance Abuse Treatment, contracting with Illinois Department of Corrections, and as a Therapist and Clinical Director at a number of Adolescent Residential Treatment Centers. Bob’s passion is helping young people process through and learn skills to thrive after experiencing complex traumas. He has spoken on local, regional and state level to other providers about the implementation of Trauma-Informed and Trauma Responsive programs. Bob believes that the key to recovery for a young person is not to ask “What’s wrong with this child” but to ask “What’s happened to this child”.
Bob has a wife and twin daughters and loves spending time in the beautiful Southern Utah outdoors.

Intern Therapist

David Saldaña has been working in the field of therapy for eighteen years, working in both wilderness and residential boarding school programs throughout the American West and Canada. Through his experience, he has held many positions that have added to his repertoire of therapeutic experiences, such as field staff, senior field staff, residential director, program director and now a therapist. David created an outdoor, year-long program for adolescent youth in southern British Columbia that operated for 4 years, bringing children from Vancouver, Penticton and Kelowna. There he directed staff and taught wilderness skills while also adding guidance to the youths. Through his experiences and training, David has worked with a wide range of people including adolescent males and females on trauma, attachment disorders, depression, low self-image issues, anxiety, and drug abuse. David is passionate about the outdoors and brings an outdoor experiential component to his sessions.
David brings years of experience and knowledge to Discovery Ranch for Girls. He is a strong believer in experiential therapy and loves to apply this in his sessions.
David is originally from southern California where he surfed, skateboarded and went to music concerts. He moved to Southern Utah in 2001 and went directly into wilderness therapy to start his career. David is currently working on his Master of Social Work at Boston University School of Social Work and will be done in the summer of 2019.

Primary Therapist

Lynette Leigh brings ten years of Clinical Social Work experience to the DRG team. She applies many different therapeutic modalities in her therapeutic approach, including Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Motivational Enhancement Therapy, DBT, Person-Centered Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, and Art Therapy. Lynette has enjoyed working with a wide range of clients, from youth with trauma to adults with substance abuse history and she has grown to be better both as a clinician and a person because of this. When Lynette is not working with her clients she can be found hanging out with her kids, enjoying time with her dogs, and working on herself as an individual that values growth. We are very excited to have Lynette join our team.

Primary Therapist
Courtnie began her career working as a line staff at a residential treatment center for adolescent girls in Northern Utah which inspired her to pursue an education in social work. She attended the University of Utah for her undergraduate degree, which led to earning her Master’s degree from the University of Louisville and is now a Clinical Social Worker in the state of Utah. Throughout her education and since her licensure, she has had the opportunity to work with a variety of different populations – including children, adolescents, and adults, leading individual, family, and group therapy. She has worked in many different settings, including outpatient, in-home, residential, and with clients in the foster care system. She has a background of counseling those with anxiety, depression, behavioral disorders, family conflict, attachment issues, substance use, autism, and trauma. She is trained in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Her experience has led her to take a relational approach to those she works with. She is an advocate for building healthy relationships to encourage understanding, healing, growth, and progress.

Outside of work, Courtnie enjoys sports (especially volleyball), movies, music, reading, fishing, camping, discovering new places, and spending time with her husband and their two daughters.

Clinical Coordinator

Tara is originally from Southern California, then moved to Southern Utah in 2010 where she attended and graduated high school. Shortly after that, Tara went to Southern Utah University where her budding passion for psychology increased after her first psych 1010 class. After that, she was hooked and went on to pursue and earn a B.S. in Psychology with an Emphasis in Family Life Human Development.

As the first in her family to graduate college, Tara’s personal mission statement is to help people break their negative cycle and create a new and healthy legacy for themselves. Tara is passionate about education, overall health and wellness, and balance. In 2015 Tara worked as an on-call Mentor for part of her college career and gained meaningful experiences that shaped her career endeavors. Tara has over a year of experience in treatment and is eager to be a part of helping each young woman here break their cycle and learn new and healthy skills that can change their lives forever. As Clinical Coordinator, Tara works closely with the therapists and will go back to school to become a therapist as well. When Tara is not at the ranch she loves to read, walk her dogs, spend time with her family, hike, and get moving! Tara loves to practice meditation and mindfulness.
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Clinical Coordinator
Chase started in this industry as a 17-year-old kid looking for a mentor and something to be passionate about. Chase has an enormous love for helping people and helping lead kids to a healthier life. Chase embraces the ethos that few things are more powerful than a good mentor and strong, healthy relationships. Chase had a tumultuous upbringing that brought him a lot of insight and understanding into the struggles students in treatment are going through. His love and passion can be felt the moment you talk with Chase and he passes that on to others he works with. In his spare time, you will find Chase cheering for the Eagles, Yankees, and Mavericks, hanging out with his brother, and continuing to grow and learn.
Director of Research and Quality
Consulting Licensed Psychologist


Dr. Brett Talbot, PhD is a licensed Psychologist and the Senior Director of Research and Quality at the Ascent Programs. Prior, Dr. Talbot was a Chief Clinical Officer and an Executive Clinical Director for residential group practices.

Brett is certified in both Project Management and Lean Six Sigma Healthcare Management. Administratively he specializes in program development, performance improvement, quality assurance, and risk management. Clinically he specializes in working with treatment teams struggling with youth who are treatment resistant and/or requiring specialized services (e.g. Stabilization, Testing/Assessment, substance use programming, Neuro/bio-feedback, etc.).

Brett’s research has focused on program design for adolescent wilderness and residential treatment programs, emphasizing the effective integration of the family into treatment; and family functioning related to adolescent and young adult health risk behaviors. Brett also has experience in several settings such as Baylor College of Medicine/Texas Children’s Hospital adolescent disordered eating, DeBakey VA Hospital, Behavioral Consultants/Methodist Hospital, and several college counseling centers.

Brett is a faculty member at Utah Valley University and has a private practice focused on psychological consultation and testing. Brett’s is fun, easy to talk to, and is an avid outdoorsman, enjoying hiking, camping, backpacking, fly fishing, and anything that gets him out into nature. Brett is married and has 3 children.


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DISCOVERY RANCH FOR GIRLS MEDICAL STAFF

Discovery Ranch for Girls Nurse

Caitlin has always loved being a part of the helping and healing process. Ever since she was a little girl she has wanted to assist in the care of sick and injured people, this led her to pursue a degree in nursing. While pursuing this degree, she started working at Discovery Ranch for Girls in 2015 as a Residential Mentor and eventually moved on to become a Supervisor. As part of her Bachelors in Nursing program, she became a Licensed Practical Nurse and moved into the position of Nurse at Discovery Ranch for Girls. She will graduate with a Bachelors of Science in Nursing from Southern Utah University and become a Registered Nurse in December of 2018.

Caitlin has grown to love watching the girls at the ranch make changes to their lives and see the progress that they make. She hopes to be able to help further their treatment in the medical department. When not at work Caitlin loves relaxing by going to the movies, doing puzzles and playing board games with her husband. Caitlin is extremely excited to move into her new role in the medical department.

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Discovery Ranch for Girls Nurse

Sheral Fish joined Discovery Ranch for Girls in December 2018 as a registered nurse. In this role, she assesses the medical needs of the girls she cares for and works closely with Dr. Williams during his psychiatric visits.
Sheral graduated from Great Basin Community College in 1985 as a registered nurse. Ten years later, she graduated from the University of Washington’s School of Medicine program, Medex Northwest, as a physician assistant. She has used both licenses during her medical career and is grateful for the vast medical knowledge and experience she has gained. Her knowledge and expertise have already helped her to treat myriad health issues at Discovery Ranch.
For the past 20 years, Sheral has been living in Cedar City and raising her family of six. She also has a beloved Yorkie, Abigail. Her youngest three children compete in cross country and track teams on scholarship at Dixie State University. In her free time, Sheral enjoys drawing with charcoal and watercolor painting. She loves DIY projects and recently laid wood floors in her home by herself.

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Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Jacob “Jake” Roberts has worked in the psychiatric medical field for the last 12 years. While he earned his Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner Degree at the University of Utah, he worked at the behavioral health unit in the IHC Hospital in St. George Utah and the LDS Hospital in Salt Lake City Utah.
He has worked in multiple levels of behavioral health treatment settings including inpatient, outpatient, wilderness and a number of residential programs. He has grown to love treating the adolescent and young adult population and customizes every treatment plan to their situation.

His theory on medication management is to use the least amount of medication possible to stabilize the individual. This, in turn, allows the patient to develop appropriate coping skills and do not always have to rely on medication to solve the problem at hand.

He is also licensed in the State of Nevada where he serves the underprivileged population in Southern Nevada.

While he’s not treating patients, he spends his time outdoors, either hiking, mountain biking, or boating. He especially enjoys spending time with his young grandchildren.

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Psychiatrist
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Dr. Williams is a highly trained child and adolescent psychiatrist with board certification in the fields of General Psychiatry and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. While not currently practicing pediatrics, he is also board certified as a pediatrician and has fellowship training in child abuse and neglect. He has trained with prominent national leaders and approaches psychiatry from a developmental perspective, seeing in his patients not only their current difficulties but also their long-term potential. Dr. Williams has focused his career on treating severe but correctable maladies. He views medication as an important tool in treatment but one that is best used temporarily, while internal regulatory capacities are developed. Personally, Dr. Williams is a true academic, who enjoys learning about the complexities of life in general and the human experience more specifically.

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DISCOVERY RANCH FOR GIRLS RESIDENTIAL AND MANAGEMENT STAFF

Maintenance Supervisor
Dave McGrew
David is originally from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He has lived in Utah for the past 15 years with his wife Janet and two daughters. For the past 13 years, David has created all the landscaping on the property along with maintaining it for the previous owners. Discovery Ranch for Girls invited him to stay on and continue keeping the grounds looking like a tranquil resort with the flowing streams and beautifully trimmed green lawns. Being from Louisiana, David is a die-hard LSU fan! From time to time, you may even see an LSU Tiger flag flying above his residence. His favorite past times are golf, playing with his grandchildren, starting new landscaping projects on the ranch and of course Cajun food!

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Residential Coordinator

Madison has a BS in Human Nutrition, which sparked her interest in being part of programs which are settings for wellness and recovery. Before coming to Discovery Ranch for Girls, Madison spent years recruiting students and assisting residential management at Southern Utah University. Later, as a religious volunteer, she often worked in addiction healing and recovery.

Madison has lived in Idaho, Nevada, California, and multiple provinces in Canada, but hiking the red rocks of Southern Utah always makes her feel at home. She loves watching movies, online shopping, going on jogs with her 3-legged rescue puppy, and the lively conversations that come up when her family gets together for Sunday dinner. She is grateful to be part of the journeys of the girls at Discovery Ranch and considers this to be an engaging and meaningful part of her life.

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Training Coordinator

Albert began working with youth as a youth himself in the Boy Scouts of America. The idea of confidence in overcoming challenges resonated with Albert and he went on to work with youth in many settings including wilderness therapy. Albert grew up in rural Utah where he spent lots of time working on his grandpa’s farm. He has always been independent and likes experiencing new things. He even lived in Albania for two years where he made many friends, fell in love with the culture and learned to speak, read and write Albanian fluently. Of the many hobbies Albert has, he most enjoys weightlifting and primitive skills. Albert and his wife just welcomed their first baby, a beautiful little girl, into the world in August. During his time at Discovery Ranch for Girls Albert has worked as a Mentor and a Supervisor before becoming a Residential Coordinator. Albert loves thinking of new ways to help the staff be the best they can be and is passionate about bringing skill, teamwork, and positivity into the lives of the staff at Discovery Ranch for Girls.

DISCOVERY RANCH CHEF & CULINARY ARTS STAFF

Executive Chef
Jerry Mitchell Executive Chef
Jerry L. Mitchell was interested in food many years before he started his career in the food business. It all started sixteen years prior to attending culinary school when he married his wife Pam and began cooking as a hobby. In 1985, when he had the opportunity for a career change, he attended Tante Marie’s Cooking School in San Francisco. Within his first month after completing his training, he became an executive chef at Savories Gourmet and Fine Wines in Corte Madera, California. This was one of the upstart businesses for the concept of gourmet delis, similar to delis like Whole Foods today. From there he managed the catering and restaurants for the members of the Corinthian Yacht Club in Tiburon, California. After his tenure there, he was hired as executive chef at the Ramp Restaurant in San Francisco where he designed a newly remodeled kitchen and menu resulting in brunch that evolved from 100 covers per weekend day to 500 covers. The restaurant consultant who had recommended him for the Ramp then hired him to help open a new restaurant on California Street, The Curbside Cafe in which he designed a menu which many components are still in use to this day. After his 10 year tenure as executive chef for the Curbside, Jerry started to work with three catering companies in the Bay area, and many other aspects of the food business including cafeteria management and management of large volume soup production at the now popular Good Earth Natural Foods in Fairfax, California. In all Jerry has almost thirty years of experience serving in various executive chef and food service management positions. He has created many entrees, salads, and deserts during his career. Jerry has worked many catered functions involving top names in the bay area such as Robin Williams, Bon Jovi, George Lucas and Michael Savage to name a few. He constantly researches and looks to new trends in the food business focusing highly on nutrition and health. Jerry is happy to be a part of Discovery Ranch for Girls where he is able to apply his accumulated knowledge in creating great food and a pleasant atmosphere for the girls.

Chef Assistant
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Kris is originally from Corona California, moving to Utah in 2009. She loves her new laid-back lifestyle which allows her to spend more time with her children. Kris has 2 grown daughters and 1 high school age son. Her previous background in the grocery wholesale business as a Buyer brings organization and inside knowledge of running the administrative side of the kitchen at Discovery Ranch for Girls. She considers it a real privilege to cook for and serve these girls. They touch her heart each day! Her hobbies include reading, exploring new hiking trails & taking in plenty of Cedar High football games, GO REDMEN!

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DISCOVERY RANCH FOR GIRLS HORSES

Equine Team – (Level, Beginner)
Equine Therapy Team Member Cali
Cali is a prime example of the saying “Great things come in small packages”. Cali is one of the favorite horses to trail ride and learn to gallop on. She makes up the third part of our grounds group. Cali shows patience and yet requires that her girls come to her using respect, love, and clear communication. Stubborn is another one of Cali’s greatest traits. When a girl tries to push or asks Cali to do what they want, Cali provides them with responses to let the girl know how ineffective their approaches are at that moment.

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Equine Team – (Level, Beginner)
Equine Therapy Horse JazzJazz comes to the ranch with many years of experience working with teenagers. In her youth, she was a champion cutter. Jazz is an essential part of Discovery Ranch for Girls’ equine program she is the leader (alpha) of our grounds group. Jazz is truly a therapist at heart. She is understanding, patient, tolerant and a caretaker for any girl who needs support. She takes our girls into her loving arms and when it is all said and done Jazz has made a friend for life. Girls feel they are invincible when they ride Jazz because she has the ability to make them believe in their fullest potential. Jazz will never let your child cheat or cut corners. She always expects them to communicate well, set firm boundaries and give her respect in return. The girls don’t complain much by what Jazz expects because when it is all said and done they know she will reward them with the gift of self.

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Equine Team – (Level, Beginner)
Equine Therapy Horse CashCash is Jazz’s best friend and teammate in our grounds group. She too has had extensive experience working with teenagers and in her youth was also a champion cutter. Cash is patient, understanding and does a good job taking care of those who are new to riding. She is wonderful when working with girls due to her ability to mirror the emotions which the girls bring into Equine. Cash understands the importance of healthy relationships and will help your child learn about respect, firm boundaries, and clear communication. If your child or others are struggling and bringing anger or frustration to the group, Cash mirrors such. Cash is really good about allowing your child to see just what it is like to be a parent dealing with an out of hand teenager. She will act out and this in part helps us be able to discuss aspects of home life that a lot of students never wish to look at.

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Equine Team – (Advanced)
Equine Therapy horse TexTex – Another of our males, came to work here at Discovery Ranch for Girls with his own history of abuse and maltreatment. Not much is known specifically about Tex’s abuse other than it left this beautiful horse, with little to no belief in himself. Tex resembles a lot of the girls who come here to Discovery Ranch for Girls; two individuals who are very capable, yet unable to see their full potential. Tex needs the belief, the trust, and vision of another to live up to his potential. His struggles allow him to help our girls. It is wonderful to see how the two grow together. The miracle doesn’t just happen in an instant. It takes a lot of time, patience, and understanding based on a strong foundation of respect. Tex pays off your daughter’s willingness and determination handsomely with what can only be described as the “perfect ride.”

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Equine Team – (medium- advanced)
Equine Therapy Horse CarmelCarmel is a 5 year old female and a true teenager at heart. She loves to have things her way. Carmel could be described as being nosy; she loves being the center of attention and can be quite dramatic. She often invites herself to situations without having been asked. If she could talk, I think she would say she hates boundaries and rules. Carmel argues. She pushes limits and rebels against anyone who tries to use a heavy hand. She resembles so many of our girls and it is interesting to watch as the girls learn about themselves through the struggles they have in working with her.

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Equine Team – (Grounds-Intermediate-Advanced)
Martin was raised at a performance horse facility here in a rural part of Utah. He comes from a long line of working cow and performance horses. The facility he came from is known for their high quality horses. The underlying fact that makes Martin’s background so neat, is he was ridden and trained not only by a professional rodeo cowboy, but as well as young men that are learning their own ropes at their own residential treatment center. Martin came to us by what we see as fate. He had a little of what we would call, a strange gait… which means he probably wouldn’t have made the cut as a performance horse… which then led him to us. He was then donated to Discovery Ranch for Girls, and fit the part almost immediately. His pretty coat and curious personality draws many students to him. Martin is one of our young guns here on the ranch. Don’t let his young age fool you though… he is very well knowledgeable of his work here. He allows the girls to see that too much pressure isn’t always the answer, and not enough, doesn’t suffice, either. He gives them the opportunity to see that soft hands, and a calm presence are much more rewarding than not. Martin’s curiosity really allows movement in our grounds groups… But if not directed in the right way, Martin has a way of showing that if the path is not quite right for him, he isn’t going to take it.

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Equine Team – (Grounds – Intermediate-Advanced)
Appy has been good friends with Martin for a couple of years prior to Discovery Ranch for Girls, as they were pastured together at the same facility. As fate would have it, we got a call a couple months after receiving Martin, in which Appy was in need of a new home. We welcomed him with open arms. He brings some “color” to the ranch. He is an appaloosa, with a very distinct snow capped coat, with soft brown eyes. His looks alone draw students to him. Although a little stand offish at first, Appy has a very soft spot for building relationships. He stands off in the distance, waiting for someone to take the first step in building that relationship with him. He is often overlooked because of his shy nature, but opens up with trust. He offers the students a unique experience once they take that chance on him.

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Equine Team – (Grounds – Intermediate-Advanced)
Aspen is another one of our young and upcoming horses. Aspen was donated to the ranch as a yearling, and has grown up to be quite the looker, with an incredibly outgoing personality. He is very sweet, and curious. He provides many of the students with an opportunity to set goals… Where he is not ready to be ridden by a lot of the students yet, because he is young and still learning the ropes, many of the students want to make it a goal to ride him once they are both ready. He is such a character, and always has the students laughing. You can count on him to be sticking his head over the fence just waiting for attention. Aspen does require a lot of patience. He has just recently began his journey has a horsemanship horse here at Discovery Ranch for Girls and still lacks all of the fine-tuned training. Students that have begun to ride Aspen really have to remember that he is still just learning. He really has taken to his new found duties, and really clicks well with the students. It’s fun to watch him and the students grow together in this process.
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Equine Team – (Intermediate-Advanced)
Ginger is a ball of fire, wrapped up in a little body. Don’t let her size fool you though… she has a lot of spunk. Ginger came to the ranch in 2017 and has made her mark here. She was originally with a family that had children who were competing on her in 4H competitions. Many students hear stories about “Ginger”, and judge her before getting to know her. She has the ability of challenging students in a way that only makes sense to those working with her. Ginger searches for trust, and will push students until they finally trust themselves… In return, she puts her full trust in them. She has an incredible knack for helping students overcome fear. Once Ginger and a student find that connection, it’s hard for them to steer away from each other. Although that connection is not easy at first, time and patience with Ginger usually pays off in the end. She offers the students a sense of accomplishment, and a goal of not giving up on a difficult situation.

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Equine Team – (The all-around… use for anything)
If there was one acronym to describe Chico, it would most definitely be the MVP. Chico was actually given to Lee and her children from a family friend, so he doubles as a junior rodeo/ranch horse for her family, and a therapeutic horse for Discovery Ranch. Although he may be in his mid 20’s, Chico doesn’t show his age remotely. Chico has a huge heart and an incredible role here at the ranch. He makes the students feel welcomed, and he also makes sure that the students don’t let him go unnoticed, either. If he does not get his introduction fast enough, he will make sure he does it himself. He is a horse that we can whole-heartedly trust to do the work that he’s needed to do, whether it be cheer up a student that is sad and lonely, or finish an obstacle course at any speed. Words cannot even begin to describe the relationship students are able to build with Chico. He provides us with so many opportunities to ask the right questions. We are lucky to share Chico with Lee and her family.
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Equine Team – (Grounds-Beginner-Intermediate)
Pete is a true definition of older gentleman. He has an old soul, and a spritely spirit. Pete is fairly new to the ranch, but he doesn’t show it. His first day, he took to it all like a seasoned vet. Pete came from a family who used him in many 4H competitions, took him moving cows, and used him as a caring babysitter for the younger kids. He carries the title of “protector” very well. In one of his fairly new groups, Pete actually picked up on the fact that one of the other horses was being a little too rambunctious for the group that day. In noticing that, Pete took his role as the protector very serious. He created a barricade between the students and other horse. He wouldn’t let that horse near them, as he could tell that the other horse was making the students a little anxious. He is kind and considerate, and has really found his role here at Discovery Ranch for Girls. As many of the other horses, Pete had a comeback story. A few years ago, his previous owners were told that he had a career ending injury. He was then laid off for a while to see if he would recover. When brought back, Pete acted as if nothing had happened, and was ready to go again. We’re glad to have found Pete, and we hope that his story of never giving up, and finding his role at Discovery Ranch for Girls provides hope for any student that interacts with him.
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Equine Team – (Grounds-Beginner-Intermediate)
Elvis represents his name well. He is talented, a fan favorite, stunning, and reliable. During his time before the ranch, he was very involved in rodeo competitions. Elvis became sore after some time, and was taken in to see a veterinarian. They decided to do a surgery on his joints to help fix some of the damage. The surgery performed didn’t go as planned, and Elvis was forced to retire from competition. Instead of giving up on him and his life, the owners decided that with his sweet personality, and huge heart, they would donate him to Discovery Ranch for Girls. He wants to please everyone, but is not afraid to hold his ground when he doesn’t feel things are right. Elvis is very patient and kind, and shows the students what it’s like to persevere even through the hardest of times. His story gives hope to many students who struggle with feeling they are not enough anymore. The biggest moral that Elvis gives us, is that when one door closes, another one opens.

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Equine Team – (Grounds)
Fred and Ed bring variety and fun to Discovery Ranch for Girls. These two little miniature donkeys provide such a unique dynamic to our grounds group. In 2017, we picked these little guys up here in Southern Utah to kind of use as a “test run”. We had only ever had horses, and weren’t quite sure what mini donkeys would bring to the table. They have now exceeded our expectations, and more. At first, Fred and Ed had no trust in humans. They were scared, easily frightened, and would never separate from one another. It was easy for them to take the “flight” mode in hopes that no interaction would happen between them and anyone else. Over time, the donkeys have evolved from being terrified little creatures, to incredibly accepting animals. With a lot of use, human interaction, love, and of course, treats, the donkeys have formed an incredible trust in students. Although… that trust is not incredibly easy to gain. They are very receptive to clear and precise communication and guidelines. If that clear communication is not there, Fred and Ed have a very good way of showing that they do not understand. They provide so much movement in the grounds group when asked correctly. Fred and Ed now have established enough rapport with everyone, that they feel comfortable enough to be guided and directed individually. It took some time for them to be comfortable without one another, but because of the gentle acts and kindness that the girls have showed them, they truly know they are safe here at Discovery Ranch for Girls.

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Equine Team – (Grounds)
Dora makes up the third tier of our miniature triangle. She is a miniature pony, who came to Discovery Ranch for Girls with a bad haircut (Hence the name Dora, from Dora the Explorer) and no trust in anyone. Before Dora was donated, she led a life of abandonment. Some mutual friends found her wandering on their desert land permit where they run cattle. It had appeared that she was dropped off, and left to fend for herself. The owners of the land were able to bring her back to town, but had no luck in finding the previous owners. By word of mouth, it was rumored that the owners did not want her, and didn’t know what else to do with her. She was then taken in by a family, but as you can imagine, she was fearful and untamed in a sense. The family then reached out to Discovery Ranch for Girls. To this day, Dora is still very, very, timid… but that doesn’t stop her from reaching out and looking for relationships. Dora is becoming very accepting of people, although she shies away at first. She is learning that the students are here to love and take care of her, instead of use and abuse her. She has come a long way since the first day at Discovery Ranch for Girls. You can now see her walking up to the fence out of curiosity, waiting for someone to pet her or give her a treat. Her trust with humans is still being repaired, but it goes to show that the process isn’t always fast or easy. Dora really represents something much bigger than just being a cute little horse… she represents the fact that big things do come in small packages, and although the process may be slow, it is well worth it.

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Sir Henry – (To Be Determined)
Sir Henry is a huge addition to Discovery Ranch for Girls. And when we say huge, we aren’t kidding. Sir Henry is an English Shire… one of the biggest breeds of horses. Sir Henry was donated to us by a local family who owns and raises English Shire Horses. The Diamond Z English Shire Hitch travels all over the United States to perform in shows, rodeos, and parades. Sir Henry sustained an injury to his shoulder that would hinder him from being able to be a part of the hitch, so we were lucky enough to take him in. He is truly the definition of a gentle giant. Although his back stands above the highest fence rail, he doesn’t let his size get in his way. Sir Henry adds a unique feel to the horses of Discovery Ranch for Girls, because he is the only one of his kind and stature on the ranch. For the students here, it is neat for them to look at Sir Henry and know that it is okay to stand out, and to be different. Sir Henry actually shares a pasture with our miniature horse Dora, and the miniature donkeys, Fred & Ed. You can just imagine that picture. Having them all together, with all of their different sizes, personalities, and species, really creates an accepting atmosphere.
We have plenty of ideas for the big guy here at Discovery Ranch for Girls, and we can’t wait to share them with you.

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DISCOVERY RANCH STAGES A POWERFUL SUPPORT SYSTEM AROUND
YOUR DAUGHTER FOR HEALTH AND SUCCESS

With over twenty years of experience in the industry, we pride ourselves on making a difference in the lives of the girls we work with.

A little over twenty years ago, a small group of founders began working with adolescent youth in a program in their area. On weekends, they would take some of the youth up to their family ranch to work and stay busy. As time passed, they noticed that the experiences, outdoor time, and hard work actually facilitated therapeutic opportunities that led to helping some of those youth towards a faster and more lasting path to healing. This discovery helped springboard what has become a successful family of programs that share a philosophy of experiential therapy and a continuum of care. Today our family of companies are still privately owned and operated by the very same group of founders.

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THERE ARE MANY LAYERS TO SUCCESSFUL TREATMENT AND RECOVERY

    • Your daughter’s needs are at the center of our focus.
    • We provide a level of care that goes beyond most treatment facilities.
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WHY CHOOSE US

  • Discovery Ranch for Girls is a private, highly focused residential treatment program, where limited spaces available leads to increased therapy and enhanced experiences.
  • Experienced therapists – specialists in dealing with your daughter’s specific problems – in a location that facilitates year-round experiential opportunities.
  • Excellent track record, proven programs, accredited education program.
  • Parent involvement second to none. You are not alone. We will be working with you the entire time your daughter is in our program. From weekly calls with your daughter’s therapist to progress reports, weekly photos, and parallel assignments and work, you will progress along with your daughter. Your feedback and involvement is a critical component to the success of the program for your daughter.
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“I don’t think we could have designed or built a perfect place for girls to come and to heal and to have treatment and to have fun while they are doing it!”

Andrea Burgess - Executive Director
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