You are unique. Your needs, challenges and background are unlike anyone else. This is why addiction studies have found no one addiction treatment or therapy is appropriate for everyone. To successfully treat addiction we have assembled a staff of multidisciplinary counselors and Masters level therapists who create individualized treatment plans to match each client’s unique circumstances.
Additional research has proven the most successful treatment outcomes are from programs like Cold Creek Behavioral Health that offer a limited enrollment program designed around nine to ten Clients. We offer industry leading client to therapies ratios – Nearly three to one! Treatment programs enrolling more than ten clients into one program simply cannot monitor and track client progress. Inevitably, in these larger programs the most sick or demanding clients consume the majority of therapist time and resources. As a result other equally deserving clients can easily lay low and “coast” through thirty days of treatment without receiving the number of individual counseling sessions required to identify and resolve complex issues at the core of substance abuse like thinking errors, abuse and trauma.
Wayment M.D.. is a board-certified Family Practice physician. She provides family practice, wellness and prevention services: physicals, women and men’s health, family planning, geriatric care, diabetes, COPD, and cholesterol and hypertension management. Dr. Wayment is a member of the American Board of Family Medicine. She completed her residency at St. Joseph’s Hospital & Medical Center, and attended Medical School at Bukovynian State Medical Academy.
Michael Desjardins MSN APRN PMHNP-BC is a board certified Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. He has a strong commitment to implementation of evidenced-based care in substance abuse and mental health treatment. He devoted over a year of his full-time professional time to a variety of research projects focusing on the neuroscience of addiction at the University of Utah Brain Institute, as a Co-Investigator in the Dr. Perry Renshaw Laboratory, a Spectroscopy Lab, utilizing advanced MRI techniques to study the effects drugs have on the brain and exploring novel treatments to aid in neural repair. Michael loves neuroscience of addiction and brain science and helping those suffering from addiction have the opportunity to recover. . Michael’s rich experience and history includes working for residential treatment centers in New Hampshire and Utah in the 1980’s and 1990’s and he has embraced the evolution of treatment services from the direct confrontational approach to the supportive and motivational strategies utilized by the best treatment centers today. He believes strongly in getting to the root of the underlying drivers of the addiction to support a full recovery. Michael believes in interdisciplinary collaboration and partnership with the patients and their families. He believes everyone has the ability to recover with the right tools from substance abuse and mental illness. Michael loves hiking, exercising and spending time with his wife and 2 daughters and Terrier
Advanced Practice Registered Nurse
Amy Campbell, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC, is a board certified, Family Nurse Practitioner for Cold Creek Behavioral providing medical care for those struggling with addiction. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science, in Nursing, working for many years providing nursing care in a hospital setting. She then returned to school getting her Master of Science in Nursing with a Family Practice Certificate. She found her passion for helping those with substance abuse and mental health problems after losing multiple family members to the wretched disease(s). She was again reminded of how she could help those in need while working as a Primary Care Provider for the local homeless population of Salt Lake City, in her first NP job. She enjoys providing Primary and Urgent Care with an emphasis in addiction medicine. She works closely with psychiatry to treat dual diagnosis clients, following best practice medicine. When she is not working, she enjoys spending time with her two children, three dogs, large extended family, and many friends. She enjoys exercising, hiking, skiing, traveling, yoga, and being in the vast outdoors.
Clinical Director, LMHC
Shawnda is the Clinical Director of the Cold Creek Wellness Programs helping those struggling with addiction by first completing a Bachelors of Science in Psychology from Weber State University followed by a Master’s of Science in Mental Health Counseling. She is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor specializing in assisting individuals with Dual Diagnosis. She has unique empathy and specialized treatment experience for those suffering with opiate dependence/addiction including methadone and suboxone as well as eating disorders, anxiety, and trauma. Shawnda has a deep enthusiasm for community and political service, hiking and camping in the beauty of the world, participation in various local athletic leagues, the “learning process”, and has a great desire to encourage others to explore and embrace their own passions. Shawnda’s profound personal and familial understanding and appreciation of the struggles associated with addiction for both the affected individual as well as the family compel her passion and commitment to her profession.
Dee learned the value of hard work and developed his love for working with horses while growing up on his family’s farm in Idaho. He discovered his passion for helping others overcome personal challenges during his 29 years as a business owner. Throughout his life Dee has constantly sought out opportunities to develop and improve his horsemanship skills. His first professional equestrian training came from working with his father-in-law who has an extensive background working with horses on ranches in Nevada. In 1999, Dee began training with Scott Beck, a prominent equine therapist who has developed equine therapy programs for other Residential Therapy Programs in Utah. Following this he trained with Mike Bridges, a professional horse trainer and clinician. In 2009 Dee graduated from the University of Utah alcohol and drug treatment program as Licensed Substance Abuse Counselor. Dee also works as a Substance Abuse Counselor in our Residential and Intensive Outpatient Therapy Programs. His education in Substance Abuse Counseling, specialized training and personal experience have allowed Dee to develop one of the best Equine Therapy programs in the Western United States.
Substance Abuse Disorder Counselor
After completing both residential and IOP treatment programs at Cold Creek, I went on to specialize in substance abuse at the University of Utah and obtained my license to practice as a substance use disorder counselor. I am passionate in providing hope to individuals who are struggling with the disease of addiction and I believe in the treatment process. I have a deep love for this field and I hope that my passion can touch the lives of those seeking solace in a life free from addiction. Working with individuals on their journey to recovery is a sincere privilege. My greatest joys in life are my experience as a wife and mother.
Clinical Mental Health Counselor
Tricia came to Cold Creek Wellness in 2014 and has been able to advance to the Clinical Supervisor over our Intensive Outpatient and Sober Living programs. She spent the last 4 years working for Island View as milieu staff and therapist overseeing addiction and mental health issues in teenagers. She received her Clinical Mental Health Counseling education from The University of Phoenix in 2012. Her Bachelors Degree in Human Services was obtained also through the University of Phoenix in 2009. She worked with couples and families dealing with domestic violence and addiction at Clinical Consultants during her internship year of school. Her therapeutic modalities include DBT, CBT, and Motivational Interviewing. She enjoys archery, hiking and snowboarding and the great outdoors with her family.
Substance Use Disorder Counselor
After graduating from Cold Creek’s residential treatment program I attended and graduated from University of Utah as a Licensed Substance Use Disorder Counselor. Combining my schooling and personal experience with addiction has allowed me help others in their recovery. I am passionate about helping others heal and achieve lasting sobriety. I also enjoy working with youth outreach programs to help them understand the dangers of addiction. Between my job, sports, fishing being outdoors and parenting my four wonderful children I have a blessed life.
Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist
Doug Runs our Family Program. He began his counseling career in the beautiful mountains of Southern California, where he worked with families affected by the 2007 wildfires. After moving to Utah he earned his Master’s Degree in Marriage & Family Therapy. During his career as an MFT he has worked in a hospital psychiatric center and for other local substance abuse programs. Doug has an excellent understanding about the effects of substance abuse on individuals and families. He enjoys spending time with his own family – outdoors whenever possible – and often finds insight and inspiration for his clients and their families both at home and in nature.
Clinical Director, LMFT
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Newel started his career in helping those with addictions in the early 90’s, first attending the substance abuse program and then going on to complete his education with a Masters in Social work at the University of Utah. He has been licensed as a Clinical Social Worker since 2003. Through his extensive work in residential settings for the past fifteen years he has developed awareness about how to help individuals and families suffering with addiction. He specializes in a unique understanding of family dynamics, include marital issues, adoption issues and dealing with the loss that occurs in life. Newel understands the importance of honesty as well as having compassion. Newel has a great passion for the outdoors and understands the significance of the experiential side of treatment involving those he has worked with in fun activities such as ropes course, rock climbing and rafting.
Associate Clinical Mental Health Counselor
I started at Cold Creek in 2014 and have been a part of the clinical team at the Brighton location. I have worked in the substance abuse field since 1999 and it continues to be my passion. I completed my Master’s degree and am now an ACMHC as well as a LSUDC. I am passionate about recovery and have a deep respect for individuals and families working on their recovery and seeking treatment. Originally from California, I love the outdoors and the experiential therapy activities we are able to participate in here at the Cold Creek Lodge, including skiing, hiking, biking, rafting, and rock climbing. I enjoy all the behavioral, and therapeutic models used at Cold Creek and have seen the benefits first hand.
Holladay Outpatient Clinical Director, CMHC
I graduated from Westminster College and have been working in the substance use field ever since. I believe strongly that both substance use and mental health problems need to be treated at the same time and I am continually learning and finding new techniques and research to better assist the recovery and health of my clients. Throughout my various positions I have worked with people all along the spectrum ranging from people court ordered to treatment, to those diagnosed with schizophrenia and major mood disorders, to those who are motivated and ready for recovery. I love working in the substance use field specifically because it is challenging, motivating, and never boring. I enjoy working with the clients as well as their families and loved ones and I believe that building a strong support network is essential in recovery.
Associate Clinical Mental Health Counselor
Dave has experience working with at risk youth and adults suffering from substance dependence and mental health issues in residential, corrections, and outpatient settings. His therapeutic orientation comes from a Cognitive Behavioral Perspective combined with Eastern based practices. David is well versed in the skills of mindfulness and meditation and, in addition to incorporating these skills in his own life, takes great pleasure in sharing them with the clients at Cold Creek. He truly enjoys the process of helping his clients discover personal strengths and coping skills that empower them to live rich, fulfilling lives in recovery. In fact, he entered the field with the desire to give back precisely those gifts that were given to him in his own recovery. He graduated with a Masters in Professional Counseling from the University of Phoenix in 2011 after earning his Bachelor’s degree in Business Marketing with a minor in Psychology from the University of Montana in Missoula, Montana.
Male Sober Living Supervisor
After spending 20 years suffering from addiction and all the misery that goes with it I found help in treatment. I learned the tools I needed to not only function again, but thrive as a productive member of society. I followed my treatment with a stay in a sober living facility. It was there where I discovered my passion for helping people. By reaching out to my fellow addicts this helps my own recovery. I celebrated 5 years sober in 2015 and I have loved every day. My role in Cold Creek is head of male sober living and support staff for residential treatment.