Solstice RTC Leadership Team

Dan Stuart, MS, LMFT

Executive Director, Founding Partner

Dan Stuart, MS, LMFT

Dan received his Masters degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Brigham Young University and has been a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist since 1994. He has worked in a variety of clinical settings, including acute hospital based mental health services, community mental health and substance abuse treatment programs, group homes and outpatient services for adolescents. Prior to starting Solstice, Dan worked in intensive, adolescent residential treatment programs for over 10 years in various capacities, including Primary therapist, Team Director, and Clinical Director. Dan loves the small, personalized, family-centered program at Solstice that allows him to stay involved and connected to the residents and families.

Dan enjoys spending time with his family and sharing in many activities including bicycling, crossfit, dirt-biking, motorcycling, SCUBA diving and a variety of other outdoor activities.

Keoni Anderson, MS, ASUDC

Addictions Program 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 16 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 24 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

Clinical Director, Primary Therapist

Kami Black, MSW, LCSW

Kami received her Master’s degree in social work from The University of Utah. She has over 12 years of adolescent treatment experience and her areas of expertise include trauma and women’s issues including body image, self-worth and promiscuity and is EMDR trained. 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 the outdoors and spends much of her free time biking through Utah’s beautiful countryside.

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 ten years of experience working in the residential treatment industry-serving in positions that range from operations director to regional HR director. Jenn’s 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 in the milieu. Most of all, Jenn enjoys the interaction she has with our students and families.

Carissa Hill, BS

Academic Director

Carissa Hill, BS

Originally from Seattle, WA, Carissa is a transplant to Utah. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Weber State University in 2011, with a Bachelor’s degree in English Teaching and a minor in Psychology. While in school, Carissa served as Managing Editor for the university’s literary journal, and had a few short stories published, winning the Grand Prize at the National Undergraduate Literature Conference. Carissa began her teaching career here at Solstice before moving to public school for three years.

Returning to Solstice as soon as she could, Carissa has been the Academic Director of the Academy at Solstice since July 2014, and loves working closely with students who need individual academic plans to succeed, whether that may be extra one-on-one help or a more rigorous curriculum, according to each students’ needs. When she is not teaching, Carissa enjoys spending time with her husband of more than 10 years and their three children: Tayley, Gannon, and Kallen. Her hobbies include reading, writing, watching movies and/or tv, playing anything with the kids that makes them smile, dancing, and anything involving music.

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 14 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.

Rod Russell, MS, SUDC

Residential Director

Rod Russell, MS, SUDC

Rod has extensive background in working with adolescents in educational and residential treatment settings. He spent seven years in Asia, teaching at the American Village International Institute, working as an Education Director for the largest private language school in Taiwan, and acting as an English Advisor for the Kaohsiung City Secondary Education System. He received several awards for his teaching methods and service to education. Before taking over as Solstice’s Residential Director, Rod worked as a Team Manager, Substance Abuse Counselor, and Program Director. Drawing on his clinical knowledge, milieu management skills, and pedagogic background, Rod has affected a climate for change for troubled adolescents.

Rod loves to vacation in Barbados, where he met his Bajan wife.  His family consists of his wife, two sons, his daughter and son-in-law, and the family cat, Maximus.  He enjoys spending time with his family, swimming in the Caribbean Sea, and reading mysteries and westerns.

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.

Alysa Stuart, B.S

Operations Director

Alysa Stuart, B.S

Alysa joined Solstice in January of 2014. She has a background of bookkeeping and administrative duties in the grocery business, and welcomed the change of a new work environment. She received her Bachelors degree in Sociology from the University of Utah in 2012. Her areas of interest in school included public health, especially AIDS research. She spent time working as an AIDS risk counselor for the Utah Aids Foundation and interned with Safe Kids at the Utah State Health Department. She intends to go back to school to get her Masters of Public Health. Her future goals include working in Africa to assist with AIDS prevention education and then to return to manage a local nonprofit or join the health department.

After joining Solstice as the HR and Administrative assistant, Alysa found she loves the atmosphere of getting to meet and talk to new people all day. She loves the equal balance of working with the Solstice customers and the Solstice employees. She takes pride in her job of assisting her co-workers in their duties so that Solstice can achieve the ultimate goal of providing the best care and treatment of the girls who reside here.

Aside from work, Alysa is also a mother and wife. She loves playing pretend with her energetic 3-year-old daughter, who keeps her on her toes. Her and her husband are considered “foodies” and love to try new food. She loves to travel to warm places where she can play on the beach with her daughter and scuba dive with her husband.

Julie Sheppard

Director of Business Development

Julie Sheppard

Angie Michaelson

HR Coordinator

Angie Michaelson

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.