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 twelve Clients. We offer industry leading client to staff ratios. Treatment programs enrolling more than twelve clients into one program struggle to monitor and track client progress. Inevitably in larger programs the most demanding clients consume the majority of therapist time, while other equally deserving clients struggle because they never receive the number of individual counseling sessions they need.
Nadya Wayment M.D. is an experienced addictionologist and board certified physician. She has a deep understanding of addiction and healing through her specialized addiction training and work as an attending physician at one of Utah’s largest medical detox hospitals. Dr. Wayment meets weekly with each of Cold Creek’s Residential Clients to evaluate their physical health and monitor their addiction recovery process.
Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, MSN APRN PMHNP-BC
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 Health. She runs the Salt Lake Valley Clinic, which is our in house medical clinic where all of our outpatient and sober living clients can go to receive medication refills and medical care. She also makes weekly rounds to the visit all of the clients in the Lodge
Amy 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.
What really peaked my interest into the Behavioral Health portion of medicine was my initial encounter with psychiatric care in the Emergency Room where I used to work in my hometown of Southern California. I worked as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) and had various duties such as “sitting” or watching over the psychiatric patients that would be admitted to our Emergency Room. I also was in charge of their personal care as well. I have had my fair share of angry and violent patients, but it never detoured me away from doing what I have always been passionate about: helping others when they are at their lowest point in life; and that’s what I love about my job here at Cold Creek. I am able to help my clients not only from a medical standpoint, but also from a personal and emotional standpoint as well. I have been in the medical field since I was sixteen years old, and I plan on staying in this side of medicine and furthering my education to become a behavioral health therapist in the near future.
Clinical Director, LMFT, EMDR, Trauma
When you or a loved one experiences addiction, trauma and other serious life stressors, it is not uncommon for lives to unravel. My great passion is to help those who have lost their way to reconnect with themselves and their family so that they and their family may have a life worth living. I help clients and loved ones to find healthy perceptions of themselves and strengthen their relationships so people can know themselves as complete, whole and safe.
I have worked with a range of clients including all genders and ages. My philosophy is that every person is unique and deserves quality care tailored to the individual. Therefore, I have been trained in a range modalities to assure a dynamic approach for your personal needs including EMDR Trauma/PTSD Therapy, Addiction and Recovery, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and Systems Theory or Marriage and Family Therapy. In my off time I enjoy travel and spending time with my family. I love riding Motorcycles and I’m a life long learner in Martial Arts.
My Educational Background Includes
Doctoral Student in MFT, Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy from Argosy University,
B.A. in Forensics Psychology with the University of Utah
Graduate Certificate in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy from Portland DBT Institute
NLP Master Practitioner from NLP Institute of California
EMDR Trained from Maiberger Institute of Denver Colorado
Equine Therapist. Licensed Substance Use Disorder Counselor
Learning the value of hard work and developed a love for working with horses came natural to me while I was growing up on our family’s farm in Idaho. I discovered my passion for helping others overcome personal challenges during my 29 years as a business owner. Throughout my life I have constantly sought out opportunities to develop and improve my horsemanship skills. My first professional equestrian training came while working with my father-in-law who has an extensive background working with horses on ranches in Nevada. In 1999, I began training with Scott Beck, a prominent equine therapist who has developed equine therapy programs for other Residential Therapy Programs in Utah. Following this I trained with Mike Bridges, a professional horse trainer and clinician. In 2009 I graduated from the University of Utah alcohol and drug treatment program as Licensed Substance Abuse Counselor. I also works as a Substance Abuse Counselor in our Residential and Intensive Outpatient Therapy Programs. My combined education in Substance Abuse Counseling and specialized equine therapy training allowed me to develop one of the best Equine Therapy programs in the Western United States. Watching our clients come into treatment and leave clean, sober and healthy are some of the most rewarding moments of my life.
Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Adventure Therapy Specialist
WNewel 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, Licensed Substance Abuse Disorder 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.
Associate Clinical Mental Health Counselor
I am an Associate Clinical Mental Health Counselor with a specialization in Addictions and Disabilities. I have spent the last eight years researching addiction and mental health, which has led to five collegiate degrees, to include my Masters in Clinical Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling from Thomas University. After enduring personal and familial struggles with addiction, I decided to dedicate my life to healing, and encouraging others who are at war with addiction. As an active duty member of the armed forces, I gained knowledge through my experience as a victim’s advocate and acquired extensive trauma training. I also worked in a therapeutic community at a re-entry program for the Florida state prison system. I possess an unwavering dedication and passion to those who are lost or hurting, and strive to teach resiliency and diverse skills to aid in the recovery process. In my personal life, I absolutely love my three wonderful children, hiking, rock climbing, rafting, swimming, reading, chocolate, and relaxing while enjoying the sunset.
Witnessing the devastating effects of addiction in the lives of my immediate family and friends has given me the passion and desire to help others overcome their addiction. I started with Cold Creek when they first opened in 2009. I’ve worked in the addiction treatment industry for a while now and I really believe Cold Creek offers one of the best treatment programs for someone suffering with addiction and mental health issues.
Cold Creek goes above and beyond for their clients and gives them a safe place to heal, grow and learn. I love working for a facility that I know really cares for their residents. I would trust them with any of my family members. Cold Creek is my home away from home. Watching people make such a huge effort to change their lives is rewarding. Working in this environment makes me want to work hard to become a better person. For a while I thought I wanted to become a police officer so I attended and graduated from the Weber State Police Academy; however, I realize that I could help people even more through my work at Cold Creek. Watching so many people get their hope back and succeed who thought their situation was hopeless is priceless.
After struggling through a decade of active addiction, I finally admitted defeat and accepted the fact that I needed help. This marked the beginning of a journey that has completely reshaped and revitalized every aspect of my life. That journey still continues each day as I learn more about myself, the people around me, and my role in life.
Repairing damaged relationships with family and friends, learning how to care for my own mental and physical wellbeing, and remembering how to live and enjoy life free from the use of mood or mind altering substances are just a few of the many gifts that recovery has afforded me. Today, I have an endless supply of gratitude for the people who have helped me along the way, and for the practical skillset that I have developed throughout my recovery.
Helping other people who are grappling with the destructive consequences of addiction is my passion in life. Rebuilding myself from rock bottom back into a happy, healthy, and motivated individual has been the most rewarding and inspiring experience of my life. My goal is to help others work through a similar transformation, and Cold Creek provides me with the opportunity to do so.
I Came to Utah from Anchorage, AK, in February 2014 for treatment at Cold Creek in Kaysville. I have been living in Davis County ever since. I love working with fellow addicts and I love being in recovery. Living clean is the only way for me! I owe my life to Cold Creek and Narcotics Anonymous and now I’m doing what I can to pay it forward.
I work with the clinical staff to make sure clients get the care they need during the swing and weekend hours. I also work with our admission team to help new clients transition into treatment. In 2013 I graduated with a bachelor of Science in Human Services from the University of Phoenix. Following this I worked at a youth treatment center until 2014, at which time I joined the Cold Creek team. I have witnessed firsthand the effects addiction and depression have on individuals and I believe everyone deserves the chance to get the help they need. When I’m not working at Cold Creek I enjoys spending time with my Wife Heather, two kids, and Old English Sheepdog. In addition, I also find a lot of satisfaction being Outdoors, Grilling, and working on my Jeep.
I am one of the chef’s at Cold Creek. I came here after taking some time off after we had our first child. I love working for Cold Creek. Before working here I was the manager, chef, and catering director of a restaurant. I went to Salt Lake Community College and completed the accredited culinary program.
Tessa Acker is a registered dietitian with a Master’s in Public Health Nutrition from the University of Minnesota, where she focused on underserved and disadvantaged populations. She pursued this field with the belief that nutrition is the foundation for a healthy life and wanted to help others obtain, learn about, and enjoy healthy foods. She began her career working on international nutrition issues with the United Nations and Clinton Foundation in Peru and Malawi, but has since returned to the United States to work with her brother, Ian Acker, at Fit To Recover (FTR). AT FTR, she is the founder and lead dietitian of the nutrition pillar, Food to Recover, where she aims to help people in recovery recognize the importance of proper nutrition during recovery and in their everyday lives, develop and maintain a healthy relationship with food through mindful eating, and gain skills and knowledge to make the best nutritional choices for themselves. Tessa is also a certified yoga teacher and enjoys all of the adventures that Utah has to offer.
Outpatient Clinical Director, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor
As a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor I have considerable experience helping clients with Dual Diagnosis. I have a lot of empathy and specialized treatment experience for those suffering with opiate dependence/addiction including methadone and suboxone as well as eating disorders, anxiety, and trauma. I started helping those struggling with addiction by first completing a Bachelors of Science in Psychology from Weber State University. Following this I graduated with my Master’s of Science in Mental Health Counseling. I have a deep enthusiasm for community and political service, hiking and camping in the beauty of the world and participating in various local athletic leagues. Encouraging others to explore and embrace their own passions and watching this help them in their recovery is very satisfying. Working in this industry has given me a profound respect for the struggles and pain our clients and their families experience as they work to overcome their addiction. Watching our clients work hard, embrace change, graduate and then work hard and succeed at staying stay clean and sober is tremendously satisfying.
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.
SUDC, Insurance Authorizations
I developed my passion for helping people struggling with addiction in 2002 while working as a support staff for the Parents with Children Residential Program. This gave me the confidence to make addiction treatment my career. I went to school and graduated with a Bachelors in Human Development and Family Studies in 2010. In 2012 I graduated from the University of Utah as a Substance Abuse Disorder Counselor. After school, I’ve used my training to help hundreds of people on their path to overcome addiction. My specialties include program/curriculum development, experiential therapy and insurance Pre-Authorizations. This means I work tirelessly with the insurance companies to make sure our clients and their families get the best reimbursements possible. When I’m not at work I enjoy spending time with my family and traveling.
Certified Social Worker - CSW
Through his degrees and experience as a Certified Social Work, with a dual concentration in Child and Family, and Mental Health, Creighton has helped many individuals and families. He has worked with individuals to overcome a wide range of addictions, and helped individuals make and meet goals. Creighton was born on the island of Kauai and has lived most of his adult life on the island of Oahu. He loves spreading the Spirit of Aloha with all. This means loving all, and feeling a deep sense of humility and desire to help and serve those around him. He has a strong belief that each of us has the ability to create the life we dream of. He believes that each person is innately their own expert – no-one else. Creighton has a humble and empathetic approach, starting from scratch with each individual. Creighton has been sober for over 10 years, and has a passion for helping those that struggle with addiction. He knows the ups and downs of recovery, and what it takes to live a successful and enjoyable sober life.
Outpatient Case Manager
In the past, I have worked with clients who have faced a lot of adversity in their lives. I worked for Activity Living as a Program Manager and disability service provider. I helped clients break the negative behavior cycles and create positive growth though helping them discover and foster their passions and interests. I am highly motivated to continue in this direction as my career path and to apply my skills to addiction recovery. I have a passion for helping people rise above their struggles and live life to the fullest through fostering personal growth, independence, and developing a strong support system. As a case manager, my goal is to help people discover their passions and learn the life skills necessary to live out those passions and thrive in life and in recovery. I feel very fortunate to have the opportunity to be a part of helping our clients reach their goals. When I’m not working, I can typically be found training for roller derby or on an adventure somewhere in the outdoors.
Family Program Manager, 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.
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.
Sober Living Manager, Equine Therapy Assistant
Throughout my life I knew I had an addictive streak. After getting hurt or having surgeries I would use my entire pain pill prescription whether I needed to or not. Years later it became clear I was an addict. I tried a treatment facility in another state, but I walked out and was back to abusing pills. In the spring of 2011 I came home to Utah for a visit and 2 days later I was in treatment at Cold Creek Wellness Center. I learned so much about myself; not only did I receive treatment for my addiction I also gained insight about what was fueling my addiction and how to cope with this. After completing the inpatient program and intensive outpatient program, I volunteered with Cold Creek’s Equine Therapy for 3 years. In the spring of 2014 I was hired full time. I work as the Sober Living Manager and help Dee with the equine therapy program. I have found my passion through working at Cold Creek. By sharing my success and letting the clients know they are not alone. I want them to know that even after addiction, they can still achieve any goal or dream they may have. Being part of this recovery process is why I love my job.
I have a love and passion for this work. I am in recovery myself and can’t think of a better way to give back then to help someone else in their recovery process. I had a long history of drugs/alcohol abuse for many years. I was incredibly blessed to be able to go into inpatient treatment and gain tools of recovery and receive the professional counseling that I so desperately needed. I know without a doubt that divine intervention occurred and it literally saved my life. My life before treatment was turned upside down. I was using pain pills to begin with, then it quickly turned into her heroine, meth, crack/cocaine. Because of my addiction I lost everything, including my marriage and children. I almost lost my life and everybody that I love. I feel so blessed to have my sobriety and my four beautiful children back in my life. I have truly never been happier.
I understand the experience of recovering from the disease of alcoholism first hand. After an extensive sales and marketing background directing an international real estate division for the largest master planned community in Baja Mexico, as well as managing one of the nation’s fastest growing finance companies in Utah, I found myself wanting to help others in their path to recovery. My passion for helping others, as I was helped to overcome this deadly disease, prompted this change. Now I have years of experience working with addicted individuals in the recovery community. My two beautiful daughters remind me how powerful recovery can be for the family unit. In 2013 I graduated with a Bachelors in Business and Marketing and considers myself blessed to be able to work in a profession that I feel so passionate about.
I believe that life is a gift…and that gift gives us as individuals unique life experiences. Life experiences which shape and mold us and these experiences, whether good or bad, are indeed positive. If we can STAND after a hardship, we will grow. We will become better for that experience, and we will move forward with courage and touch the life of another who may be suffering. Cold Creek has provided me with such an opportunity.
I know that the old saying, “What doesn’t kill us, makes us stronger” is true. I lost my oldest child very suddenly when he was a teenager. He took his life. It was a devastating, traumatic blow and I fell down the Black Hole. I wanted to stay in that dark, wretched place, but instead I inched out of that hole until eventually I could stand again.
And now I watch. I watch for the opportunity to assist a fellow traveler. I know that people come into our lives for a reason…some stay and some are with us for only a moment. If I can touch a life with the hope to heal, to rise and face the day…I am filled with joy. Cold Creek has given me the opportunity to touch peoples’ lives and help them see the beautiful light of hope.
My passion is the work I do at Cold Creek…because it is that “labor of love”, the amazing opportunity to assist in helping another stand again, grow strong and heal.
In 2001 Tyler graduated from the David Eccles School of Business at the University of Utah. He has a strong background in business management and public relations. After several career and life experiences from Wall Street to Main Street and leadership positions in his church Tyler and his partners decided it was time to give back and help those struggling with addiction by opening a comprehensive rehabilitation center. He has experienced the devastating effects of drugs and alcohol on his family and friends and personally understands the powerful changes rehab can facilitate. Tyler also has a passion for community service and currently sits on the non-profit boards of The Greater Salt Lake Chapter of the American Red Cross, The Utah Nonprofits Association, Utah Business Week and the English Skills Learning Center as well as volunteering his time at the United Way, Utah Food Bank and Boys and Girls Club.
After 20 years of addiction, I was ready for a change. I had attended two other treatment programs with mixed results. My experience at Cold Creek was completely different than anything I had experience before. The individual counseling and attention was superior to anything I had experienced. Now working on the other side I really value the feedback I received from the people we help. Working as the Admissions Director for Cold Creek gives me the opportunity to use my sales and relationship management experience to help others get the treatment they need. My motivation is to help people who are suffering just like me. My job is easy because I fully believe in Cold Creek’s programs and treatment models.
Working in the addiction treatment industry is personally rewarding. When I tell the clients I want to go through Cold Creek’s complete inpatient and outpatient addiction treatment program they always eye me suspiciously and ask WHY?! I tell them, who wouldn’t want to spend 5 months getting healthy, receiving personal and family counseling to identify and overcome some of the personal issues we all struggle with. I love my job because every day watch people overcome addiction and make substantive personal progress. I also have a tremendous respect for our counselors and therapists. They have all earned advanced degrees, completed tens of thousands of hours of additional training and then they use this knowledge every day to help others overcome addiction. I graduated from the University of Utah with my Bachelors in Political Science. I also studied Business Management and Public Administration. I use my organizational and project management skills to improve the program for our clients and staff. I have a passion for helping individuals and families struggling with addiction experience the benefits of addiction treatment and the joy of sustained recovery. For the past two years I have studied integrative functional medicine and the ways our individual biochemistry impacts our addiction vulnerability. I am working to use this knowledge to make Cold Creek’s programs even more comprehensive.
Clinical Intake Director, Insurance Billing Manager, Associate Clinical Mental Health Counselor
**RECOVERY BRINGS A NEW BEAUTY TO EVERY LIFE**
Elsie is a licensed Associate Clinical Mental Health counselor assisting with therapy and insurance coordination for clients at Cold Creek Behavioral Health. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Human Services in 2012 from University of Phoenix and has recently completed her Master of Science Degree in Mental Health Counseling. Elsie has worked for and with several facilities in the Salt Lake Valley as an advocate and therapist for those struggling with chemical dependency. She found her passion for helping others with substance abuse as she is also in recovery. Elsie believes that everyone deserves a first, second, third….and every chance possible to reclaim their lives. Elsie has also experienced loss from addiction, and witnessed the dramatic effects that mental health disorders can have on individuals and families. She hopes to share strength and offer service to those seeking sobriety and recovery in their lives. Elsie enjoys working closely with our admission team as new clients enter treatment and follows clients throughout their programming needs through individual and group therapy sessions. When not at work, Elsie enjoys movies, outdoors, family time, exercising, traveling, and will be enrolling in a doctoral program to obtain her PhD in Behavioral Health Management.
Dave Rosen has been in the Recovery Community for 4 years. Dave started working at Sol Scholarship Foundation as the Executive Director in 2012. Sol gives scholarships to financially disadvantaged individuals seeking Sober Living. Dave made his move to Cold Creek Behavioral Health in 2016, where he manages all marketing from Social Media, website marketing campaigns, and community marketing outreach. He is extremely passionate about helping others work towards their full potential. David loves to connect others with his life long passions for snowboarding, traveling and the outdoors. Working with others in the recovery community, building self-esteem, getting life back on track, and connecting to others that are also in the same situation, is the very core of David’s personal mission.