Solstice RTC Leadership Team

Keoni Anderson, MS, ASUDC

Executive Director, Founding Partner

Keoni Anderson, MS, ASUDC

Keoni has a Masters Degree in Psychology, and is an Advanced Substance Use Disorder Counselor for the state of Utah. He has worked with adolescents for over 17 years and is experienced with many different skills for helping teens with addiction problems. Keoni has presented at several professional conferences about the many different approaches available for addiction treatment.
Keoni has been married for 25 years, and has one daughter and one son. He is fluent in the Spanish language and enjoys movies, fishing, hunting, singing, writing songs, and playing guitar.

Kami Black, MSW, LCSW

Executive Clinical Director

Kami Black, MSW, LCSW

Kami received her Master’s degree in social work from The University of Utah. She has over 17 years of adolescent treatment experience and her areas of expertise include trauma, attachment, identity, self-worth and promiscuity. She is trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). She utilizes this modality as one of her many tools to address the core issue that feeds the behavior. She’s also trained in Trauma Focused Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (TF-EAP) which she utilizes with the clients and training for staff. Kami strongly believes in the family therapy approach and loves working with the whole family to help improve relationships. Kami has a great love for camping with her 3 children and husband, biking, yoga and hiking in Utah’s beautiful mountainside.

Kirk Simon, MD

Psychiatrist

Kirk Simon, MD

Dr. Simon is a triple board certified psychiatrist in the areas of pediatrics, child/adolescent and adult psychiatry. He completed his undergraduate degree at Creighton University, then attended the Medical College of Wisconsin and the University of Utah. Dr. Simon has presented on topics including eating disorders, somatization disorders and difficult diagnoses in patients and families. In 2003, Dr. Simon was honored as nominee of the year. In 2005 and 2012, he was awarded teacher of the year by the triple board and child psychiatry residents. He approaches students in a holistic, strength based manner to foster greater resiliency. Although he used to enjoy mountain biking, snowboarding, hiking and photography, his time has now been replaced with raising two little boys.

Jenn McMurry

Admissions Director

Jenn McMurry

Jenn has over 16 years of experience working in residential programs—serving positions as a human resource director, as well as operations director. Her vast experience in the field, along with her exceptional relational skills, make her a great fit as our director of admissions. Jenn loves the warm family feel at Solstice and the relational approach we take with our students. Most of all, Jenn enjoys spending time with the families from the beginning (through all of the difficult emotions) to seeing healing unfold, and their child reach completion of their Solstice journey. Outside of Solstice, Jenn enjoys spending time with her daughter and son, along with her fur & feathered children.

Stacey Rosenberg, BS

Adventure Therapy Director

Stacey Rosenberg, BS

Stacey graduated from Boston University with a BS in Secondary Math Education. She has worked with adolescents in the outdoor and residential therapeutic program industry for the past 16 years. She believes that the outdoors provide a setting for individuals to discover their true strengths. She has lead trips in a variety of settings and found the power of nature as a building block to personal growth. Stacey is leading the way for our Solstice girls to get outside more with an understanding that they will become stronger in mind and body through each experience. Stacey both works and plays outside and especially enjoys skiing, mountain biking, and whitewater rafting.

Bridgette Hooton, RN

Nursing Director

Bridgette Hooton, RN

Bridgette received her nursing degree from Weber State University, as well as a degree in Criminal Justice. Throughout her professional career she worked in an adult county correctional facility for 5 years, youth detention centers, and in a trauma center as an Emergency Department charge nurse for 10 years. Bridgette was awarded the “Nurse of the Year” award for the state of Utah. Her varied experiences and educational background are a unique blend to add to our treatment environment. Bridgette and her husband Doug, have a daughter Tenley Ryan. She enjoys spending time with family, photography, craft projects, 4-wheeling and traveling.

Julie Sheppard

Director of Business Development

Julie Sheppard

Julie is new to both Solstice West and the residential treatment industry. She came from a large medical corporation where she worked for over 16 years and focused on Customer Service, Marketing & Sales. Julie was drawn to Solstice because of the warm, small, nurturing family environment it provides and is excited to be part of something so special.

Julie has been married for 16 years, has two teenage boys as well as a dog, Bruno that is very much part of the family. Julie likes to work hard but play harder. She loves spending time with her family & friends, traveling, biking and being outdoors. She loves going to the mountains with her boys to camp, ride four-wheelers or hike with her friends as often as possible.

Angie Michaelson

Operations Director

Angie Michaelson

Angie worked in insurance for fifteen years, before selling her business and staying home to raise her family. She has been married to her husband for 22 years and they have three wonderful children. Angie has been with Solstice since 2013, and is currently in Human Resources. She loves Solstice and the environment that it provides for its staff, residents, and families. Angie enjoys spending her spare time watching her son play football, camping with her family, sewing, and reading true crime novels.

Jamie Murphy

Academic Director

Jamie Murphy

Jamie is originally from north Georgia, but has spent most of her life in Utah. She graduated from Southern Utah University with a B.S. in Biology and a minor in Chemistry. After tutoring and substitute teaching at an RTC, she decided to obtain her secondary teaching license. Jamie has been teaching at RTC’s for 10+ years and loves the treatment setting. Working at an RTC allows her to do more than just stand in front of a class and teach science. She loves being involved in the whole treatment of the students and getting to know each one of them. Jamie loves spending time with her husband and three kids, ages 6, 12 and 16. Her hobbies include crochet, hanging out with her farm animals, and watching as much Atlanta Braves baseball as she can!

Kim Peterson, BS

Admissions Counselor

Kim Peterson, BS

Kim has a Bachelors of Science degree in Political Science & Criminal Justice with an emphasis in Corrections from Weber State University. She has been employed at Solstice since February 2011 as a Mentor and is now the Winter Team Director. She has traveled extensively around the world and has enjoyed calling various destinations home. This has given her the ability to empathize with the young ladies who may be at times homesick for home and family. Her hobbies include reading, writing, and socializing with friends and family.

Jamie Palmer, MSW, LCSW

Assistant Clinical Director, Primary Therapist

Jamie Palmer, MSW, LCSW

Jamie has enjoyed working with adolescents and their families for over 15 years. She believes in a therapeutic holistic approach that focuses on mind, body and spiritual healing. Jamie values and understands the importance of the therapeutic relationship. She recognizes that clients often forget what is said, but they will always remember how you made them feel. Jamie has had extensive training and experience in treating trauma, self harm, eating disorders and anxiety. Jamie received her Master’s degree in social work from the University of Southern California. She is EMDR trained and has completed the first year of Somatic Experiencing and level one of TRM (Trauma Resiliency Model). She is also certified in trauma focused cognitive behavioral therapy (TF-CBT).  Jamie is passionate about being in the moment while living life to the fullest. She finds balance by spending time with her family, traveling and being outdoors mountain biking or hiking.

Celebrating Long-term Success

“Solstice got me through one of the hardest times in my life. I had a support group that’s huge,
between the therapists and the mentors, the other girls–all helping each other”
Veronica, finding support for relationships and adoption issues.