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 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

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 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 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.

Ally Jackson

Admissions Counselor

Ally Jackson

Ally joined Solstice after spending the past five years working in admissions roles in residential treatment centers and wilderness programs. Ally graduated from Utah Valley University with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. She has four years’ experience as a Court Appointed Special Advocate for abused and neglected children. Ally loves working in admissions because she is passionate about connecting with families and helping them find hope during a time of crisis. She understands the importance of finding the right program for each family and their child and is happy to offer her support and guidance throughout this process.

When not working, Ally spends time with her husband and their dog, Amber, usually exploring all the beauty Utah has to offer!

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.

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. Rod and his wife were “promoted” to grandparents in June 2016. They consider it to be one of their best promotions. His family consists of his wife, two sons, his daughter and son-in-law, and now grandson, Tatum. Maximus, the family cat, is still an active part of the family. Max tends to spend a lot of time outside when Tatum is visiting, as Tatum hasn’t learned the fine art of petting animals the correct way. Rod loves 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.

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

HR Coordinator

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.

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.