Profiles Of Our Expert Staff

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The Bridge Recovery Center Staff
Daren Brooks, Founder, The Bridge Recovery Center
Founder & CEO

Daren Brooks, DO

Daren studied physical fitness and health psychology at BYU and graduated valedictorian with an MS degree, later attending medical school and practicing as a D.O.. He's developed his career as a multi-disciplined expert in gerontology, diet/nutrition, stress management and mind-body medicine. 

Daren started The Bridge with a mission to help people recover from debilitating mental and physical illness and along with his expert staff has produced amazing results for individuals for nearly 25 years. 

Daren spent much of his career teaching health science at universities and has held consulting contracts with IBM, Kodak, Cisco, Coca Cola and other corporate organizations. He's also consulted regularly with NASA to train astronauts and space center personnel in mind-body health. He has completed several iron man fitness competitions.

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Program Coordinator

Whitney Dalton

Whitney graduated from UVU in Health Education with a minor in community health. She loves being in the wellness field and making a difference and also enjoys helping others find true happiness within themselves by finding a natural way to feel better and developing a plan that works best for them. She enjoys being outside and soaking up the St. George sun in all outdoor activities and laughing with her family and friends.
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On-Site/ Staff Manager

Brad Crump, DC

Brad has spent the last 24 years in the health, wellness and hospitality industry. He has been with the Bridge Recovery Center since 2001, serving in various capacities such as lecturer, provider and currently as the on-site manager.

In his management role, Brad oversees the day to day services and activities offered at the Bridge, working with both support staff and providers to optimize each guests healing environment. In addition to his work with the Bridge, Brad served as the health services manager at the world renowned Red Mountain Resort her in Southern Utah, where he oversaw the health services department as well as providing numerous services including Chiropractic, Acupuncture, Biopuncture and metabolic testing.

In addition to patient care, Brad is an experienced lecturer, covering topics such as successful weight loss strategies, gut health and restoration, women’s health and hormones, diabetes prevention and management, diagnosis and management of thyroid disorders and instinctive eating.

 

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Intake Specialist

Christine Romero, LPN

Christine comes to The Bridge with over 25 years of nursing experience covering many areas of care. Most recently, prior to transplanting to St George, she was a Mentor/Trainer in Pediatric Home Health Ventilator, Trachea and Enteral Feeding for newly graduated nurses. Christine says “Teaching is one of the most fulfilling ventures I’ve been blessed to undertake. To be able to participate in one’s growth and learning is truly an honor. “

Prior to teaching, she worked for the State of California Department of Mental Health within the forensic population for over a decade. In addition, hemodialysis, pediatric oncology and geriatrics have been areas of experience. “I am so excited to be part of a Program Family that addresses each individual holistically. Every aspect of one’s health and being is embraced by the multidiscipline team in assisting guests to attain and maintain their goals “

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Psychologist

David B.Tate, PHD

Dr. David Tate is a psychologist in private practice in St.  George, Utah, where he works with adults integrating his professional training in clinical, counseling, health and transpersonal psychology.  He has provided counseling for guests and taught mindfulness classes at the Bridge Recovery Center for the last 20 years.

Dr. Tate has taught mindfulness classes (and mindfulness-based stress reduction or MBSR) for over 30 years in a variety of businesses, medical and resort settings, including Program Director at Mirival Life in Balance, as well as Nike, Ernst and Young, New Line Cinema, Abbott Laboratories, AT&T, the National Make-A-Wish Foundation and the NCAA.

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Counselor

Sue Judd, M.S.S., L.S.A.C

Sue 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.

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Support Staff

Jenn Haug

Jenn comes to the Bridge with extensive experience in working with those dealing with drug and alcohol addiction and has a passion for working with those  in addiction and mental health recovery.  She has functioned as a domestic violence advocate and loves to connect with people suffering from depression, anxiety, trauma and addiction.

Knowledge gained from her own personal recovery journey has been instrumental in establishing a women’s advocacy group, which continues to flourish today, blessing the lives of many.

Jenn is excited to be part of the Bridge Recovery Center team, assisting people in their healing and recovery.  

Jenn is from northern Utah, having attended Brigham Young University.  Along with a loving and supportive husband she is is also a mom of 4 children, 4 step kids and 8 grandchildren.

Jenn is also a fourth generation photographer, happily capturing memories for 30 years.

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Massage Therapist

Maria Soto

Ria graduated from Dahan Institute of Massage and Bodywork in 2000 and also became Nationally Certified as well as continuing her education to become certified in the following modalities: Cranial Sacral, Reiki, Muscle Testing, Ashiatsu, Gua-Sha, Sound Therapy, Deep Tissue Massage, Hot Stone Massage and Cupping. Ria can also realign and clear chakras using Therapeutic touch and her intuition, she is also known for using crystals, instruments and chanting to guide her clients on their healing journey.

Ria has spiritual training in the Shamanic Traditions under Don Oscar Miro-Quesada founder of the Pachakuti Mesa tradition from Peru. Ria has traveled to many countries doing humanitarian work which is one of her passions. When Ria isnt working you will find her outdoors or creating art. Ria believes “Everything we do in life is ART”

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Mental Health Counselor & Meditation/Sound Healing

Erin Boorman

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 and also paints and loves spending time with her family.

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Psychologist

Kolene Granger, PHD

Dr. 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.

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Counselor

Angela Shields

Angela received her Bachelor's degree in recreation therapy at Brigham Young University, where she was privileged to run the hurdles on the Track and Field team.  She has her Master's degree in Marriage and Family therapy from Utah State University and is passionate about working with couples and families. Certifications and licenses include Certified Therapeutic Recreation Therapist (CTRS), and Associate Marriage and Family Therapist (AMFT)

Angela is grounded in humanism and believes that people do the things they do for a reason and therefore employs a non-judgmental and compassionate approach to therapy.  She loves working with individual's to increase their sense of self and overall well-being.

Angela is passionate about the outdoors and loves utilizing Mother Nature's healing properties in her therapeutic work.

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Exercise, Yoga & Movement Instructor

Teniesha Williams

Teniesha grew up in Santa Clara Utah.  She loves the red desert and enjoys the great weather.  She attended Southern Utah University (SUU) where she received her bachelor's degree in nutrition, Magna Cum Laude.

Teniesha loves health/fitness and emotional education and started teaching nutrition and emotional health courses at a developmental center for the mentally disabled while attending SUU, where she educated individuals and assisted them in creating healthy nutrition, exercise and emotional life balance.  She has held positions as a personal health developer for large corporations and has led personal health lectures for a divers group of audiences. She is a certified Exercise Therapy Specialist and Certified Yoga instructor and has held positions at world renowned health and fitness resorts, developing and implementing individual self help programs.  Throughout her journey, Teniesha has a deep passion for what she does and loves to extend her own life experiences and education to all who seek to grow and develop their own dreams of finding and maintaining their own health and happiness.

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Support Staff

Corbin Booth

Corbin was born and raised in St. George.  He married is first grade crush and raised 4 children here in St. George as well.  Corbin has lived a life full of trials and tribulations that he brings with him to the Bridge Recovery Center and is open and willing to help those who are going through similar circumstances.  When he is not working at the Bridge, he has a videography business on the side and loves to golf or spend time with his family in Pine Valley.

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Personal Trainer

Pete Wagner

Pete is an incessantly positive and motivating fitness instructor. He is proud to have been a part of the Bridge team since 2003! He graduated from Chico State in California with a degree in Humanities and has been an A.C.E. certified trainer since 2002. He has worked with hundreds of clients exhibiting all manner of health impairments. Known for his jovial and energetic personality, he is certified and experienced in many fitness fields including Aquasize/Pool Therapy, Group Fitness, Individualized Program Design, Kinetic Anatomy, Orthopedic Rehab, TRX, Stability Ball, Kettlebell, Functional Weight Training, and of course, Life Coaching. He specializes in developing fun yet effective exercise routines, using little or no equipment.

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Physical Therapist

Nancy Welti, PT

Nancy graduated from the University of Utah with degrees in modern dance and physical therapy. Nancy studied and participated in numerous courses including postural analysis, breathing techniques, orthopedic injuries and body mechanics. For nine years Nancy owned and operated a successful orthopedic / sports medicine clinic in Salt Lake City. After selling the company she moved to Southern Utah. Since then, Nancy has been involved with and committed to the goals of The Bridge Recovery Center for over 10 years.  She is a devout believer in prevention of injuries by improving postural alignment, revisiting breathing techniques and reeducation muscle memory patterns and also use numerous electrical modalities for chronic and acute injuries. She am a mother of two sons. She lives with her family in Rockville, Utah, near Zion National Park.

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Personal Trainer & Life Coach

Doug Beckstrand

Doug has spent most of his life in Northern Utah where he attended the University of Utah as well as earned his Nursing Degree in 2014. Doug is a certified Personal trainer and Life Coach. Doug has a deep passion for mental health recovery. He loves to connect one on one with people who are seeking help for depression, anxiety, chronic pain and trauma. Doug is excited to be apart of The Bridge team and can’t wait to benefit from all that it has to offer as well as help as many souls as possible with his gifts, training, and life experience. 

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Massage Therapist

Rosie Mansfield

Rosie began her lifelong love of learning with degrees in English Literature and History. This foundation taught her to look at the world as a whole and search for similarities between different disciplines like eastern and western medicine, psychology, nutrition, spirituality, and meditation. Massage therapy was a natural progression in her development. She used what she had learned of the human energy system as a Medical Qigong Practitioner to her massage therapy treatments. Each person is unique in their presentation of subtle and physical patterns, and Rosie is excited to help clients reach balance in their health by attuning to their individual needs. We all have the potential to become powerful healers in our own lives, and Rosie is humbled by the opportunity to help facilitate in this process.

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Acupuncturist

Yana Symonenko

Yana has a Master’s Degree of Science in Acupuncture and is soon to also have her Transitional Doctorate Degree in Acupuncture as well as her Advanced Cosmetic Facial Training & Certificate.

Following the vision of an “East meets West” environment, she applies the best of ancient medicine to a firm foundation in Western medicine. She is motivated by clear improvement in patients and applies the knowledge of clinical sciences from a traditional Oriental and Biomedical perspective.

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Fitness Instructor

Kristin Christensen

Yana has a Master’s Degree of Science in Acupuncture and is soon to also have her Transitional Doctorate Degree in Acupuncture as well as her Advanced Cosmetic Facial Training & Certificate.

Following the vision of an “East meets West” environment, she applies the best of ancient medicine to a firm foundation in Western medicine. She is motivated by clear improvement in patients and applies the knowledge of clinical sciences from a traditional Oriental and Biomedical perspective.

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Shamanic Energy Medicine Practitioner

Brittney Marie Stauffer

As a modern medicine woman and wellness guide, Brittney Marie weaves together the transformational healing arts of shamanism, stone & crystal medicine, and sound healing. Her practice is sourced from her own healing journey and the ancient wisdom traditions that teach grounded ways to transform pain and suffering into light and life force. Brittney Marie believes holistic wellness is a path of remembering and returning home to the brilliance and strength of who we are, at our core, beneath the layers of story, beliefs, and the traumas we experience.

Brittney Marie holds traditional degrees in Comparative Sociology and a M.A. in Peace & Conflict Studies. She is certified in Luminous Healing & Shamanic Energy Medicine and has received the rites on initiation of the Q’ero Inca lineage of Peru. She holds certifications in Stone & Crystal Medicine rooted in the Taoist Jade Purity lineage.

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Chef

Lisa Mickelson

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.

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Medicine Wheel Facilitator

Duztin Sorensen

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.

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Foot Zoning / Craniosacral

Heidi Loveland

Heidi has a passion for the healing arts. More than a decade ago, in a course, titled Art of Emotional Wellness, she discovered Foot Zone Therapy.  Fascinated, she instinctively knew it was a tool would use to seek deeper understanding and insight to help others achieve success in their journey toward greater health, balance and peace.

After completing her degree, she certified at the Foot Zone Therapy Academy and later trained at the Wellness Life Zone Academy to advance her skills.

As a St. George native, former firefighter/EMT and world traveler, she brings love of life and compassion you are sure to feel as soon as you meet her.

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Life Coach / Self Love

Kami Rhoades

Kami Rhoades Mitchell is the 3rd of 8 children. Growing up in her home facilitated her ability and confidence to shine in a way that allows and invites all around her to shine too! Kami has a love of learning- she studies from the best books, seeks to attend the best classes, and follows the path of the best mentors. This knowledge and experience, combined with her gift for teaching inspiring concepts and loving others with her whole being, are the elements that make her an effective facilitator for change. Kami has presented over 1000 times, created retreats for 16 years, runs two businesses, has 3 children, and loves to assist people in the transformation of self love.

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Life Coach / Energy Healer

Amanda Nelson

Amanda Monroy Nelson is a gifted Coach, Facilitator, and IHP Energy Medicine Practitioner who is committed to supporting people in coming into their wholeness, happiness and thriving life. She has a background in conscious communication, conscious engagement, emotional release therapy, energy medicine, integrative healing, quantum physics, neuroscience, and mindfulness.

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Rapid Eye / Deep Sleep Coach

Kim Cluff

Kim is a master Rapid Eye Technician and life skills coach. She helps people process stress and trauma, while simulating R.E.M. sleep, in an awake state. R.E.M. is the bodies natural way of processing negative emotions, old beliefs and patterns. Simulating R.E.M. while the individual is awake is key for allowing one to consciously choose to release negative emotions and re-pattern new positive ones.

Kim has successfully helped many people with the Rapid Eye model. Depression, anxiety, feelings of low self worth and hopelessness are a few of he common issues Kim has helped individuals with. She has a degree in Psychology and spent much of her time studying attachment theory in relationships.  She loves Rapid Eye and even more so, loves helping others heal.

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Music & Sound Therapy

Hollie Hope

Hollie Hope, The Intuitive Emotion Coach, is an author and has taught for 13 years how to identify and clear self-sabotaging negative perspectives through kinesiology and utilizing intuitive healing gifts.

Her passion in life stems from discovering clarity and wholeness after much loss, abuse and trauma throughout her life. She has made it her life mission to aide in identifying and releasing negative perspectives we hold about ourselves and others. Through her books, drum making workshops and individual sessions, she teaches how to connect the conscious and unconscious to “clear emotional crap” as her clients phrase it, and create emotional & spiritual alignment.

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Support Staff

Melissa Boles

Melissa graduated from the University of Utah in 2018 with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and really enjoys helping others. She has a strong love of people that began as a young adult when she volunteered at an orphanage in Ecuador. Her drive to help those around her were further solidified as she served as a missionary to the people of Bulgaria. Melissa is married with three children and loves to spend her free time with them. Since being married she has lived in Mississippi and North Carolina while her husband was in the military and has since returned home to Utah. While finishing her degree at the University of Utah, Melissa had the opportunity to intern at CAPSA, a local domestic violence, sexual assault, sex trafficking, and rape recovery center. Her passion to help those around her has led her to work with people in a professional environment and she hopes to continue her education into a master’s program soon. Aside from work and family, Melissa loves being active and regularly participates at a local crossfit gym. She loves the outdoors, playing tennis, eating new foods, and spending time with those she is closest to.

Next Session: November 29th - December 19th

Space Is Limited - October Session Is Full

We limit our class sizes to ensure the best experience for each guest. If you have questions or are interested in attending the retreat this year, we recommend you get in touch with us early to apply and reserve your spot. 

The Bridge Recovery Center

98 N 6680 W
Hurricane, UT 84737

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