Administration

Dr. Daren Brooks, DO, MS

Founder, CEO, and Mind/Body Specialist

Group and relationship therapy. Please click here to read more about the founder.

Whitney Dalton

Program Director & Coordinator

Whitney graduated from UVU in Health Education with a minor in community health. She loves being in the wellness field and making a difference. She 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.

Professional Consultation

Group Therapy & Individual Therapy

David B.Tate, PHD

Psychologist

Dr. 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.”

Meet David Tate

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

Counselor

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.

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.

Meet Sue Judd

Kolene Granger, Ph.D.

Psychologist

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.

Meet Kolene Granger

Jonathan Decker

Marriage and Family Therapist

Jonathan Decker is a licensed marriage and family therapist and Clinical Director of Your Family Expert. With a masters degree in marriage and family therapy from Auburn University and a bachelor’s degree in clinical psychology from Brigham Young University, Jonathan has over a decade’s experience treating issues of mental and emotional health, along with relationship struggles. He lives in St. George, Utah with his wife and 5 children. 

Meet Jonathan Decker

Physical Therapy

Instructed Strength and Flexibility Training

Nancy Sanchez, P.T.

Physical Therapist

I graduated from the 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 Waters

Massage Therapist

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.

Camie Allen

Massage Therapist

Camie graduated from The Utah College of Massage Therapy in 1999. She’s been doing massage for many years and still loves it! Camie has experience with chronic pain conditions such as fibromyalgia and scoliosis and feels that massage can help heal us emotionally and physically. Camie lives in Washington, Utah and has five amazing children.

Meet Camie Allen

Katie Paredes

Massage Therapist

Katie is a Licensed Massage Therapist. After experiencing and overcoming Fibromyalgia, Katie decided that she wanted to help others heal through massage therapy. She graduated with honors from the Utah College of Massage Therapy in 2011. Katie has experience with a wide variety of modalities, from light energy work and massage to deep tissue and structural bodywork. She has always had a natural gift for massage and loves helping others heal physically and emotionally through massage and energy work. Katie’s clients frequently remark on her ability to find troubled areas and tailor the massage to meet their needs. When Katie isn’t giving massages, she enjoys spending time with her family. She loves outdoor activities with her family such as swimming, bike riding, and nature walks / hikes. She also enjoys doing yoga and Zumba.

Meet Kaite Paredes

Pete Wagner

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.

Meet Pete Wagner

Erin Boorman

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.

Meet Erin Boorman

Individual Professional Medical Consultation

Philip Carter, PA-C

Physician’s Assistant

Phil 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 Consultant

Group dietary consultation and supplementation training. He has been practicing chiropractic medicine since 1994 and over health services at Red Mountain Spa since 1999.

Meet Brad Crump

Jacque Heaton

MELT Instructor

Meet Jacque Heaton

Dr. Marc Lyman, DC

Chiropractic

Dr. 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.

April Ashcroft

Dietary Consultant

April has been studying nutrition for over 30 years and has earned a certificate in plant-based nutrition from Cornell University. She has been preparing plant=based meals for her and her family since 1991 and has been teaching cooking classes in her community since 2005. She is the author of two cookbooks, Whole Food Goodness and Whole Food American favorites. She has a passion for helping others find optimal health through a whole-foods plant-based diet. Find out what April’s got cooking at www.health4lifecooking.com.  

Meet April Ashcroft

Lisa Mickelson

Catering

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.

Meet Lisa Mickelson

Anne Jones

Catering

My interests and passions lie in nurturing those around me with nutrient-dense foods. Having creative experience in vegan/vegetarianism for over a decade, I feel comfortable and confident accommodating those who desire healthy and home cooked goodness.
I am honored and so very grateful to be of service to those ready to explore plant based cuisine.

Here’s to happy and healthy eating.

Meet Anne Jones

Pam Russo

Reiki Master Teacher, Soul Coach®

I am the Reiki therapist at the Bridge Recovery Program, with the certification of Reiki Master Teacher.  Reiki is energy work that assists the healing process by bringing your energy centers, called chakras, into balance and removing stuck energy.  It is a deep relaxation that encourages your body to heal on a physical mental, emotional and spiritual level.

     I am also a certified Soul Coach®  having studied with Denise Linn.   Soul Coaching is an opportunity to journey within and discover your soul’s mission.  You will clear away physical, mental and emotional clutter and allow your purpose and passion to rekindle.  We tend to hang on to thoughts and items that no longer serve us. With chronic pain and/or emotional burdens from trauma, we allow ourselves to be stuck in negative routines, thoughts and behaviors.  Sometimes our judgments about ourselves and decisions we make are based not on our true value but on how we react to past hurts. Change the meaning of the experience and you can change the outcome.

    Forgiveness and healing go hand in hand.  It does not mean that the damage didn’t exist.  It means the damage no longer controls our lives.  

    In addition I will assist you in an experiential training with mustangs, wild American horses,  at Windhorse Relations in their “Where Heart Meets Horse” program. There you will have the opportunity to create a willing relationship where trust, harmony and respect with your horse partner may help you discover your inner truth.  I know personally how life changing this experience can be as I was able to process further on my journey through loss and often see many aha moments from guests.

    I am honored to be a part of the Bridge team and to provide a safe environment for you to face your fears, explore and welcome a change in your life.  I look forward to having you join us.

Meet Pam Russo

Oscar Fakahua

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.

Duztin Sorensen

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.

Meet Duztin Sorensen 

Pat Matthews

Acupuncture

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.

Meet Pat Matthews 

Heidi Loveland

Foot Zoning/Craniosacral

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.

Meet Heidi Loveland

Teniesha Williams

Staff

Teniesha 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.

Meet Teniesha Williams 

Sam Lutui

Music Specialist

Sam 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”.

Meet Sam Lutui

Daniel Adams

Music Therapy

Dan 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!”

Meet Daniel Adams

Heath Apo

Staff

Heath 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.

Kendall Whiting

Staff

“Hi, my name is Kendall Whiting and I recently graduated from Brigham Young University with a Bachelor of Science in Family Life; I am currently working toward earning a Master of Social Work from Boise State University. I enjoy learning about and strengthening families and relationships. I strive to help others live meaningful, happy, and fulfilling lives. I help others with their struggles, personal well-being, and future goals. Things I enjoy are the outdoors, hiking, camping, rock climbing, four wheeling, swimming, sports, and almost anything recreational. I also like reading self-help books and listening to uplifting music in my downtime.”

Kami Mitchell

Staff

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.

Meet Kami Mitchell

Liz McQuarrie

Staff

Liz was born and raised in Virginia Beach, Virginia and recently moved to St. George. She is currently studying Population Health with a Public Health emphasis at Dixie State University, with the hopes of becoming a Physician Assistant. After coming to The Bridge for her own serious struggles with chronic pain and chronic depression, Liz is excited to be able to pay it forward and share her experiences with those coming through the program. She is very excited to be a part of this healing community. When not at work or school, Liz loves hiking, movies, and hanging out with friends.

Catrin Atonka Zambella

Staff

There is a vibratory frequency that corresponds to everything in the Universe. ~

We humans are made of light, sound and vibration. When harmonized we awaken to our True Nature/Pure Creative Consciousness. When we awaken to our True Nature, we get to experience our true value, our true character and get in touch with the gifts and purpose of our lives where we can gain and re-gain a vision, a direction how we can best bring forward the inherent beauty that is in us ALL.

By helping nurture the growth of her dream, Atonka endeavors 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 truly are, it awakens ALL of you. It awakens the existence of true life, where there is no beginning and ending, but a oneness of a complete embrace where boundless love, energy and infinite sharing is possible. With a background in Traditional Chinese Medicine, Tao Holistic Healing and Qigong, Atonka actively shares a library of Mantra-Medicine with you,  as a tool for you to use, to experience purification, healing, harmony, faith, courage and strength, to help awaken potential and possibilities at your own levels of consciousness and understanding. Atonka shares with you because she believes in you and inspired to help you embody your True Nature, for everyday happiness and wellbeing.

Meet Catrin Atonka

Eduardo Ballesteros

Sound Therapy Specialist

Eduardo is a licensed master massage therapist who found his true calling when he was introduced to crystal bowl therapy. He believes that crystal bowls are a quantum tool that will assist in creating a blissful, abundant, and harmonious life for individuals and the entire human race. Eduardo holds the highest available certification in crystal bowl therapy, an emerging field of energy work. He has a unique gift for creating harmonic sound bath experiences that activate and balance the senses and chakras, and release energy blockages.

Eduardo is trained in meridian work, acupressure, and reflexology, and is a Level 3 Reiki Master. He is also a certified fitness instructor who loves HIIT, mindful breathing, stretching, and yoga—and hiking with guests at WellFit Zion. He also holds a BA in business administration from the University of Utah.

Eduardo came to St. George because he loves the warmth and beauty of the desert. He enjoys stargazing and exploring the incredible natural parks and monuments in and around St. George. He’s one of ten children, and he truly believes that a smile and a hug can fix anything! Eduardo also believes that everything is energy, and that to truly understand the universe we must begin to recognize the frequency and vibration that makes up everything around us.

Channing Beynon

Staff

Channing is a long-time resident of Southern Utah. While her affinity for travel has taken her to many places, Southern Utah remains her home. She has many years of experience in the medical field helping others and providing specialized care. Her passions include nature and anything outdoors.