The Bridge Health Recovery Center
Provider Bio List
This is a summary of the majority of our amazing providers. For more details of specialties please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dr. Daren Brooks, DO, MS
Founder, CEO, and Mind/Body SpecialistGroup and relationship therapy. Please click here to read more about the founder.
Guest RelationsWhitney received her Bachelor of Science degree from Utah Valley University in Health Education with a minor in Community Health. She enjoys dancing, 4-wheeling, fishing (anything outdoors), and spending time with her family and friends. She loves working with others and helping to make a difference.
Professional Consultation in Group Therapy and Individual Therapy
David B.Tate, PHD
PsychologistDr. David Tate has been in private practice in St. George, Utah for the last 15 years and has been with The Bridge Recovery Program since nearly its inception. Dr. Tate has taught Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction classes for 25 years in a variety of settings, including as the initial lead mindfulness teacher and the Program Director at Miraval, Life in Balance, as well as consulting and teaching at other resorts. He has also provided consultations and trainings for businesses including Nike, Ernst and Young, New Line Cinema, Abbott Laboratories, AT&T, the national Make-A-Wish Foundation, the NCAA, and many other businesses and health care groups locally and nationally.
Dr. Tate's doctoral dissertation research was done at Intermountain Health Care in Salt Lake City, Utah. The program he developed was one of the first of now hundreds of programs patterned after the world-famous University of Massachusetts Medical Center Stress Reduction Program. It was cited at the time by Dr. Tate's mentor, Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn, as "the oldest, largest and best replication of our program." Dr. Tate has taught thousands of people how to access their own internal resources for healing and growth, and how to cultivate greater self-awareness, self-acceptance and consciousness. Commenting on his teaching, Elizabeth Rapoport, executive editor at Times Books/Random House, observed: "Dave's remarkably aphorism-free approach is very winning...as Dave guides us with gentleness and good humor." Dr. Tate's teaching has been described as "exceptional," "inspiring," and "transformative."
Sue Judd, M.S.S., L.S.A.C
CounselorSue holds a Masters degree in Social Sciences from Utah State University. Her certifications include: NAADAC (National Association of Alcohol and Drug Counselors, NAADAC (National Association of Alcohol and Drug Counselors), AUSAP (Association of Utah Substance Abuse Counselors) and ICADC (International Certified Drug and Alcohol Counselor).
Sue's dedication to treating individuals with substance abuse issues spans more than two decades. She has been involved in administration, treatment review, and direct treatment for addiction recovery in both inpatient and outpatient settings as well as working on college campuses in education and prevention where she completed specialized training in dual diagnosis and mood disorders, pain and stress management, and holistic health.
Sue's belief in Holistic and alternative health led her to train with well-known Jon Kabat-Zinn, founding director of the Stress Reduction Clinic and the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, and a founding member of Cambridge Zen Center.
Kolene Granger, Ph.D.
PsychologistDr. Granger received her PhD at B.Y.U. in l981 in Counseling Psychology. She is a Licensed Psychologist as well as a retired school superintendent. She enjoys art (mostly gourds, mosaics, stained glass), hiking, photography, golf, family, travel and church.
Marriage and Family TherapistJonathan Decker is a licensed marriage and family therapist and CEO of Your Family Expert, providing numerous services for couples and families. He holds a masters degree in marriage and family therapy from Auburn University and a bachelor's in clinical psychology from Brigham Young University. Jonathan has over a decade of experience working in mental and emotional health. He lives in St. George, Utah with his wife and five children.
Physical therapy/ Instructed Strength and Flexibility Training
Nancy Sanchez, P.T.
I graduated from University of Utah with degrees in modern dance and physical therapy. I studied and participated in numerous courses including postural analysis, breathing techniques, orthopedic injuries and body mechanics. For nine years I owned and operated a successful orthopedic / sports medicine clinic in Salt Lake City. After selling the company I moved to Southern Utah. Since then, I have been involved with and committed to the goals of The Bridge Recovery Center for over 10 years. I am a devout believer in prevention of injuries by improving postural alignment, revisiting breathing techniques and reeducation muscle memory patterns. I also use numerous electrical modalities for chronic and acute injuries. I am a mother of two sons. My husband and I live in Rockville, Utah, near Zion National Park.
Kerra began her education at the Utah College of Massage Therapy in January of 2006, where she found her passion for bodywork. Desiring more knowledge and direct training she continued her education at The Prince Institute of Structural Integration where she was trained in the Ida Rolf method of Structural Integration and is a Certified Structural Integration Practitioner. This is where her love for the body and her purpose to educate others on the amazing impact of bodywork and massage therapy increased. Kerra currently works alongside the chiropractors of Advanced Health and Pain as well as maintains a private office and continually introduces the benefits of bodywork and the 10 session series to each individual client. Her belief is that everyone can benefit from bodywork and therapeutic massage, but the client must come ready for a life change. We must "un-do" the old patterns and "introduce" and "encourage" new habits. Whether you have chronic pain or want to increase athletic performance, each client receives bodywork specific to their needs. Kerra enjoys staying fit and appreciates discussing healthy lifestyles. She encourages her clients to eat right and exercise as part of their life change. Kerra enjoys spending time with her son, family, and friends camping, hiking, biking and being able to enter a few local running events! She is so thankful to be blessed with an amazing family and the gift to help others.
Massage Therapist and Yoga Instructor
Alisa Sacca is a current Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT), Nationally Board Certified in Bodywork and Therapeutic Massage and Certified Reiki Master. Her extensive credits and knowledge has given her numerous opportunities to travel and perform her skills with clientele worldwide. She is a consummate professional who is sought after and in constant demand. Due to Alisa's always personal attention to the clients needs, her client success rate and satisfaction is unequalled in the industry. Education & Training: LMT, B.S. Metaphysical Sciences, Reiki Master & Yoga Instructor
A.C.E. Certified Personal Trainer, Orthopedic Exercise Certification
Pete has over 35 years of experience. Pete has worked successfully with hundreds of clients presenting a variety of special concerns and goals.
Yoga Instructor and Counselor
Erin holds a Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and is a 200 hour certified yoga teacher. She is passionate about yoga and how it helps unite the body, breath, mind, and spirit. She views yoga as it is portrayed in the Bhagavad Gita; it can aid you in achieving the "supreme secret of life.”
Erin specializes in teaching trauma sensitive yoga and restorative yoga. She is also a certified mind/body bridging therapist.
She enjoys participating in anything outdoors-hiking, golfing, boating, and four-wheeling. She also paints and loves spending time with her family.
Individual Professional Medical Consultation
Sheri Fisher, PhD.Sheri earned a Master of Science degree in Psychology and Counseling, and a Ph.D. in Holistic Nutrition. She is certified in Women's Fitness, Sports Nutrition and Therapeutic Weight Management. Sheri is also a Lifestyle Fitness Coach and Certified Personal Trainer. She is an author of healthy vegetarian cookbooks and other natural health books, a formulator of Botanical Supplements, an Administrator in the Public School System, a lecturer and consultant for various health and fitness centers in Southern Utah and their own business "A New Hope for Health".
Philip Carter, PA-C
Physician's AssistantPhil received his Master's degree in Physician Assistant Studies from Idaho State University. He has since focused his medical practice in family medicine and corporate wellness administration.
Phil has spent most of his life in Southern Utah. He enjoys spending time with his family and friends. In his spare time he can be found coaching little league, helping on the sidelines at the Hurricane High football games, or bouncing from gym to field supporting his kids in their many ventures.
Additional Outstanding Providers
Brad Crump, DC
Dietary ConsultantGroup dietary consultation and supplementation training. He has been practicing chiropractic medicine since 1994 and over health services at Red Mountain Spa since 1999.
Dr. Marc Lyman, DC
ChiropracticDr. Lyman attended Parker College of Chiropractic in Dallas, Texas, for four years. He graduated in 2000, earning a Bachelor’s of Science in Human Anatomy and a Doctor of Chiropractic degree. He was trained in over 9 different adjusting techniques as well as advanced training in holistic therapies. He has enjoyed serving individuals in private practice at the Natural Healing and Wellness Center from 2000 to 2015, and opened Holistic HealthCare in November of 2015, in St. George Utah. Dr. Lyman is a specialist in helping people overcome chronic health issues, such as; low energy, stress, headaches, migraines, digestive concerns, skin issues, and arthritis and joint problems. Dr. Lyman continues to educate himself in the latest techniques by attending conferences to enable him to provide results when no other treatments can. He uses state of the art technology to help the body heal from the inside out! Many times he offers a second opinion for those whom want to avoid drugs and surgery. He currently hosts free bi-monthly health workshops at his office to help educate his patients and the public about enjoying good health. Dr. Lyman enjoys many hobbies such as; camping, fishing, shooting, racquetball and hanging out with his wife and kids.
Energy MedicineWith over 15 years experience in the field of Energy Medicine, Susan specializes in focusing on all five facets of the being. Through her lectures and sessions, you will learn about the physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, and energetic facets of your being, and how these areas correspond to your current health. You Will be introduced to several different healing modalities including an introduction to Energy Medicine 101, Energy Anatomy, Energy Psychology, Cymantics, Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), Kinesiology, Somatic Healing and more. With an emphasis in releasing emotional and spiritual trauma, Susan has worked with clients dealing with PTSD, Depression, Anxiety, Suicide, Fibromyalgia, Bi-Polar Disorder, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Lupus, Lymes Disease, Anorexia, MS, Sjogrens Disease, and various spectrums of ADD and ADHD
Dietary ConsultantApril has been studying nutrition for 25 years and has been preparing healthy plant based meals for her and her family for over 20 years. She has been teaching cooking class since 2005 and has earned a certificate in Plant Based Nutrition through Cornell University's e-cornell Nutrition Fundamentals coarse. She recently published her first cookbook Whole Food Goodness. Eat for Health so that you have Health for Life! Find out what's cooking at: www.health4lifecooking.blogspot.com
Lisa graduated from Dixie College in business and went on to become a cosmetologist and travel agent. She has since left the corporate world to raise her family.
Lisa spends her free time volunteering as a Board Member for the Vegetarian Society of Utah. She is passionate about learning, enjoys studying nutrition, loves to create healthy home cooked meals, as well as organize, read, hike, and spend time with her children.
I have been interested, creating, and preparing healthy food for others for close to 6 years. My passion lies in those that are suffering from chronic illnesses. I feel healthy food is a wonderful healer and a great medium for getting together with others.
Reiki Master Teacher, Soul Coach®Pam has been a Reiki Master for ten years and a Soul Coach® for four years.
Reiki means "universal life force energy" and is an ancient Japanese, non-invasive gentle system of natural healing. Reiki can balance our energy system, providing an opportunity for our bodies to heal on a physical, mental and emotional level. It is appropriate for chronic illness and can complement conventional medicine.
As a Soul Coach, Pam creates a supportive function to assist others in discovering their true self. Uncovering our authenticity, clearing away "clutter" to listen to our inner messages and regaining empowerment to shape our destiny is important for a healthy, loving, centered and balanced life.
Pam is also associated with the Equine Program. Through her work with the American Wild Horse, she has realized how creating a willing relationship with a mustang has impacted her and helped her to shape a purposeful life. She will assist you on your personal journey of discovery.
Inspirational Speaker/Life Coach
Oscar is currently the Program Director for RTC in Cedar City, Utah. He has been in the social work field for over 23 years and loves being an inspirational speaker nationwide. He is married to his beautiful wife and they have 4 amazing kids whom he adores.
LaDawn DeWitt is a Master Rapid Eye Technician and Certified Life Skills Coach who has been practicing in St. George, Utah since 2001. It was her success in healing her own depression with Rapid Eye Technology (RET) that lead her to become a RET Technician. She works with clients to help them release issues like stress, depression, anxiety, addictions, fear, phobias, chronic pain, self sabotage, PTSD, and results from abuse.
She is known for her "down to earth” personality, honest and direct coaching style, and her playful humor.
She is highly recommended by her clients,as well as her Rapid Eye Trainers and peers. Her clients often say after a session things like, "I feel lighter, less pain, more relaxed and more hopeful,” and, "This stuff really works!”
Using blinking, breathing and eye movement techniques, Rapid Eye Technology simulates a condition of sleep known as REM (Rapid Eye movement),which happens during dreaming and is our body’s natural discharge mechanism of stress and trauma. In a session, the client stays awake and alert, empowered to make conscious choices of positive beliefs.
Catrin Atonka Zambella
Atonka is boundless love, endlessly giving to create new life. She believes that everything should be done in a sacred manner, with sincerity, love and devotion, with a firm conviction that true living means virtually perfecting ones soul, ones spiritual existence in tune with life, the people, the animals, the trees, the water, the rocks and the universe.
By helping nurture the growth of her dream, Atonka endeavours to inspire through living by example. In the soulful depth of her eyes she describes her way in the realization that:" Being yourself holds the quintessence of all healing, language and heart knowings, at all levels of consciousness and understanding. By being who you are truly, it awakens ALL of you, it awakens you to the existence of true life, where there is no beginning and ending, but a rhythm, a oneness of a complete embrace, where boundless love, energy and infinite sharing is possible.”
Atonka shares with you, because she believes in you.~
Medicine Wheel Facilitator
Duztin has worked as Culture director and Medicine Wheel Facilitator for a residential at risk Native American Youth program. He received Sweat Lodge Rites from Dan Old Elk of the Crow Nation and has been facilitating the Sweat Lodge for 22 years. Duztin has also been employed as a professional entertainer involving Native American Drumming, Singing and Dancing.
For all the people of the earth, the Creator has planted a Sacred Tree under which they may gather, and there find healing, power, wisdom and security. The fruits of this tree are the good things the Creator has given to the people; teachings that show the path to Love, Compassion, Generosity, Patience, Wisdom, Justice, Courage, Respect, Humility and many other wonderful gifts.
Through the teachings of the Medicine Wheel you will be given the tools to achieve balance- Physically, Emotionally, Mentally and Spiritually. At the Bridge you will be given the opportunity to experience the Journey to the Medicine Wheel through various activities with Duztin.
Diana Dokos M.Ed, CPC
DIANA H. DOKOS, M.Ed, CPC is in service to the wholeness, happiness, and thriving of individuals, families, groups, teams, organizations, and communities. She recognizes that each person holds their own innate wisdom and capacity to thrive in body, mind, heart, and spirit. She has a keen understanding and compassionate heart for the impact of life-altering illness, trauma, chronic fatigue, pain, anxiety, depression, uncertainty, stress and loss. At the same time, she knows the power and possibility of recovery, of living a fulfilling, purposeful, abundant, and joyful life that often transcends and heals conditions.
Diana has over 25 years of experience inspiring and empowering youth and adults to actualize the Greater Possibilities of their lives ~ consciously & creatively. She is a gifted workshop facilitator, intuitive transformational coach, supportive consciousness teacher and mentor, adept energy healer, and a caring and committed guide through the wilderness of human awakening. Diana integrates ancient wisdom and modern science into her lectures and sessions, applying the best of both worlds through mindfulness, meditation, quantum physics, neuro-science, consciousness principles and spiritual practices across diverse faith traditions. She holds certifications in education, energy medicine, transformational coaching, music & sound healing, and specializes in philanthropy and transformational leadership.
Clients often report, "working with Diana has that feeling of grace or destiny," "I am blown away by the effects of just one session," "the insights I got are awe-inspiring", and "I feel lighter ~ purified, relaxed, centered in a whole new way." Clients often discover break-throughs, healing, and miracles happen when they come into more harmonious alignment (or "right relation") with who they Truly Are and with the Higher Possibilities of Life.
Erik graduated Magna Cum Laude with his B.S. and M.S. in Human Nutrition from Arizona State University. Additionally he received a graduate certificate in Gerontology, focusing on disease prevention through diet and exercise. He loves food, basketball, cycling and triathlon. He is a three-time Ironman finisher. He has been a teacher and consultant specializing in personal and leadership development. Most of all, he loves being a family man, happily married with six children.
Mindful Meditation Guide
My journey and passion has long been to discover and live from a true spiritual depth within, and to allow that connection to support deep healing and transformation in the quality and experience of my life. iRest Yoga Nidra is ideally suited to support both of these fundamental quests. In my work with groups and individuals using the many modalities I offer, the emphasis is on creating an environment where healing, clarity and inspiration can emerge naturally from within.
Pat Matthews is licensed acupuncturist who lives and works in the St. George area. She studied acupuncture at The International Institute of Chinese Medicine in Albuquerque and Santa Fe, New Mexico. She completed her first internship at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Santa Fe, NM, working with post-surgical and stroke patients. She also completed another internship at the Chengdu University Hospital of Chinese Medicine in Chengdu, Sichuan, China. Pat enjoys spending time with her horses and helping others develop their creative abilities through art.
Heidi has a passion for the healing arts. She received her Bachelors of Science in Health Promotion and subsequent certifications in an effort to help individuals in their journey to better health and to experience peace. She is a St. George native and also loves to share her passion for the outdoors and the surrounding area with the guests. As a former firefighter/EMT and world traveler she brings a love of life and compassion you are sure to feel as soon as you meet her.
StaffTeniesha Williams grew up in Santa Clara Heights, UT. She received a full ride scholarship to Dixie State University where she obtained her Associate’s Degree with honors and then went on to Southern Utah University where she received her Bachelor’s degree in Nutrition Magna Cum Laude.
Teniesha loves health and fitness education and started teaching Nutrition and emotional health courses at her father’s development center for the mentally disabled while attending SUU, educating them and assisting them to create their own programs for nutrition, exercise and life balance. She has held positions as a personal health developer for large corporate companies and lead personal health lectures. Teniesha has worked as a health and fitness professor at the collegiate level developing new life health and fitness assessments systems and student involvement in those programs. Teniesha has held the positions at several health and fitness resorts where she developed and implemented individual nutrition and fitness/self help programs for a variety of groups and individuals as well as work as a health counselor for a diverse group of individual’s where she creates individual and group menus for clients with specific medical and dietetic needs. She focuses on living in the reality of findng personal well-being in each and every program created. Throughout her journey in her various positions, Teniesha has a deep passion for what she does and loves to extend her own life experiences and education to all seeking to grow in and develop their own dreams of a positive attitude in how they layout and maintain their own health and happiness.
Staff & Catering
Shannon has worked in the food management business for over 20 years. Recently, having catered for the Bridge her love of food and nutrition has grown and she enjoys feeding people good whole foods. Her passions are spending time with her husband and 2 daughters, being outdoors, running, being active and sharing that with the Bridge guests.
Music SpecialistSam Lutui is a singer/songwriter with over 20 years of experience as a creative writer and performer in the music industry. His unique way of blending different backgrounds of music and his distinctive gift for arrangements has won him the adoration of fans from all walks of life. In addition to his music career, Sam has worked as a mentor/counselor for youth and adults for a majority of his adult life. Coaching football in high school as well as the collegiate level, has also been a great tool in his endeavors in human services. Sam’s own experiences of great tragedy in his personal life, and his experience in overcoming grief and sorrow through therapeutic musical methods have been instrumental in developing his perspective and his counseling processes. He has overcome this dark period in his life, and credits his discoveries in music, as well as the football field. Through his journey, Sam has combined his discoveries in music, with his passion for the betterment of the human condition to bring forth a sense of peace and love to the wounded soul. “I fought for Love with Melodies as my Sword”. These lyrics from his album “A Thousand Moons” gives you a sense of his journey and understanding, that “Music is The Food of Love”.
Music TherapyDan is passionate about growing people to their full potential. He has degrees in percussion and music therapy and is a state and board-certified music therapist. Dan specializes in improvisation and songwriting as well as the music and mood connection.
Dan loves hiking, experiencing new cultures, eating, watching college football, connecting with new people and having fun!"
StaffBrad has been an athletic coach in High School sports for over 20 years. He loves working with people and pushing them to their fullest abilities and potential. He enjoys being outdoors, cycling, and competing in Ironman triathlons. Brad is married with 2 beautiful daughters and his motto’s are “Live Strong” and “Never give up!”
StaffHeath was born and raised in Southern Utah. He is a husband and father of 4 kids and one german shepherd. His passions include mountain biking, wakeboarding, snowboarding, and hiking. After spending ten years working with youth in residential treatment centers, heath began working at The Bridge in 2008. He attended Dixie State University and Utah State University where he received his BS in Physics and attended University of Nevada, Las Vegas as a graduate student in Medical Physics.
StaffJayson graduated with his bachelor's degree in psychology with a concentration in substance abuse. He has worked with teens aging from 9-21 for over 8 years in a variety of different settings. Jayson enjoys helping people feel better and helping them to progress their life in a healthier direction. In his spare time, he enjoys photography, hiking, skiing, baseball and listening to books and spending time with his future wife.
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