People

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Kreg Edgmon, PhD, LMFT

Executive Director
Therapist/Owner
Ph.D. Family and Human Development—
Utah State University
M.S. Marriage and Family Therapy—
Auburn University
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Kreg has worked with adolescents and their families for better part of two decades. He enjoys carrying a caseload at Catalyst as well as working with the leadership team to ensure the best possible treatment for every student at Catalyst. He loves spending time with his wife Maryn and four fun daughters. He also loves the outdoors, mountain biking, snow skiing, wakeboarding, and almost any other outdoor recreation. He likes endurance sports and has completed two marathons, Sprint and Olympic distance triathlons, and participated in other endurance races including Ragnar.

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Seth Geisler, LCSW

Marketing Director
Therapist/Owner
Master of Social Work—
Brigham Young University
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Seth has worked with adolescents for 22 years in various capacities. He has been a gang prevention specialist, group leader for day treatment, therapist, and administrator for children and youth programs. Seth has worked as a therapist and administrator in outpatient settings, residential treatment, and community mental health and substance abuse programs. Getting out of town is Seth's favorite free time event and he enjoys running amok in the mountains of Utah with his wife and four children.

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Adam Poll, LMFT, LSAC

Clinical Director
Therapist/Owner
Master in Marriage and Family Therapy—
Utah State University
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Adam has been working with youth for over 18 years. He has been both a Clinical Director and Program Director for an adolescent drug and alcohol residential treatment center. His focus is change within the whole family system. He thrives to find each client's theory of change and help use his or her strengths to become healthier. He specializes in substance abuse, anger management, family issues and conduct disorder treatment.

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Jordan L Larsen, LCSW

Admission Director
Therapist/Owner
Master of Social Work—
University of Utah
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For the past 20 years, Jordan has been working extensively with adolescents and their families in various therapeutic settings and schools. His style is straightforward and he has a caring and insightful approach to therapy and his relationships with others. Jordan graduated from the University of Utah with a BA in Psychology and a Masters degree in Social Work. Throughout school, Jordan's clinical experience included working with adolescents and adults involved in domestic violence, sexual perpetration and substance abuse. Prior to joining the Catalyst team, he was the Clinical Director at Academy at Canyon Creek (a clinical boarding school for adolescents), and prior to that, he was at Gateway Academy for 4 years and Lifeline adolescent Center in Salt Lake City for 5 years.

Jo Mitchell

Jo Mitchell

Admissions  San Diego State University read bio

Jo comes from a background in finance and banking. Working with people's finances was a great responsibility that she took pride in everyday. That being said, she understands the gravity of working we these young men and how important they are to their families. "A young man's placement can be the first step to effective treatment. It is important to me to look at all dimensions of our students to ensure that we are equipped to help them to the best of our abilities. Watching the change in these individuals has become such an amazing experience. Something happens with boys where it "just clicks" one-day ….and it is the most wonderful thing to witness. That, then initiates a chain reaction of therapeutic milestones. You watch them become young men before your eyes."

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Colleen Allie, LCSW

Primary Therapist Bachelor of Science—University of Utah Master of Social Work —University of Denver read bio

Colleen joined the Catalyst team in 2008 and brought 17 years of experience in working with adolecents in a variety of settings from outpatient therapy to residential treatment. Colleen specializes in treating addictive behaviors and difficulties related to attachment and adoption. Throughout Colleen's career, she has been known for her caring, no-nonsense manner that enables her to get in the "student's world" and connect with the families she serves. In her free time, Colleen enjoys being with her husband, daughter, and son in the great outdoors.

Steve Pritt

Steve Pritt, LCSW

Primary Therapist
Masters in Social Work- University of Utah read bio

Steve received his Master Degree in Social Work from the University of Utah in 2009.

Steve has worked extensively with children, adolescents, adults, and families in various capacities since 1995. Steve has experience working in Residential, Substance Abuse, Therapeutic Boarding School, Pain Clinic, and Acute Psychiatric Hospital settings.

Steve is primarily a cognitive behavioral therapist and has additional training in TFCBT (Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) and EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprogramming).

"I help students identify areas in their life that they would like to change or improve, we can then work together to develop ways to realistically start the process of change".

"I especially like working with teens and families, partially because of the challenge that teens present, and also the depth and insight that they are capable of. I love to see confidence, communication, and family relationships improve as part of this process".

"When I am not working I love to travel, four wheel, scuba dive, snorkel, basically anything that involves dust, water, and sand. I have also started to learn how to sail an old 16 foot hobi cat sail boat…which I am loving".

Melissa Nichols

Melissa Nichols

Primary Therapist Masters of Social Work- San Diego State University read bio

Melissa has had the opportunity to work with clients of all ages but her main passion has always been working with adolescents. She has worked with teens in several treatment settings such as home and school based, day treatment, acute care and outpatient. She has experience in working with teens facing issues with adoption and foster placements, substance abuse, depression and anxiety.

Melissa takes an eclectic and well-rounded approach specializing in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and Solution Focused Therapy and has training in Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR). Melissa works to utilize the family system to help drive treatment and emphasize and grow the strengths and competencies of each individual.

Melissa was born and raised in Utah, but spent some of her life in southern California where she met her husband. She loves spending her free time relaxing with her husband and their two daughters. She enjoys various outdoors activities such as camping, fishing, and time at Bear Lake.

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Blake Altom, LMFT

Primary Therapist  Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy Utah State- University read bio

Blake is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. He received his Masters degree from Utah State University, and has been working with adolescents for the past 7 years in a residential setting. He lives in Logan, UT with his wife and 3 kids and has been there for 11 years. Originally from Reno, Nevada, Blake enjoyed growing up by Lake Tahoe and loves mountain biking, skiing, long-boarding, basketball, soccer, football, baseball and any manner of adventure that comes his way. He enjoys the outdoors and loves to have his family along with him for hikes, camping, etc. Blake uses a holistic approach while working with adolescents and their families, and believes that a well-rounded program helps facilitate change.

Steve Stringham

Steve Stringham, MS, AMFT

Primary Therapist  Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy- University of Louisiana read bio

Steve graduated from Weber State University with a B. A. in Child and Family Studies. He then moved his family to Louisiana where he received his Masters degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Louisiana at Monroe. While studying for his degree, he worked with the Juvenile Drug Court and helped many families from various backgrounds. He also worked with the university's psychological services as a therapist for college students. Although he enjoyed his time in Louisiana, he is originally from Utah, and missed the mountains so much he had to come back. Some of his favorite activities include: snowboarding, golfing, wakeboarding, mountain biking and hiking. He loves to bring his wife and kids with him for all of his adventures. Steve has a holistic approach to therapy and resolves issues by co-creating solutions and inducing change within the entire family system. He has worked at many treatment centers and has found great joy in working with adolescents and exploring their difficulties right along with them.

Holly Montano

Holly Montano, M.Ed

Academic Director Bachelor of Science-Weber State University
Master of Education-Weber State University
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Holly came to Utah from San Diego to play volleyball at Weber State and has been in the area since. She guides students in their college and career plans, aligns high school classes to meet requirements for graduation, prepares students for the ACT, and works to help students overcome academic challenges and see themselves as scholars. She firmly believes in the power of education to empower and enlighten the human life and is driven to help students maximize their academic potential. This is what she strived for in her time before Catalyst as a high school math teacher and continues to pursue this goal with the amazing people and students at Catalyst.

She has come to love cruising the local mountains on a snowboard, mountain bike, or running trails, but her first love will always be swimming in the ocean waves and playing volleyball on the sandy beaches of California. Holly loves traveling, reading, and learning, but most of all spending time with her four daughters.

Matt Gardiner, MD

Matt Gardiner, MD

Director of Psychiatric & Medical Services M.D. — University of Utah read bio

Dr. Gardiner has had an interest in medicine since his youth. His fascination with the brain and psyche led him to pursue psychiatry. He completed his psychiatric internship and residency from Good Samaritan Medical Center in Phoenix, Arizona in 2000, and has been board-certified in general psychiatry since 2002. Dr. Gardiner has been employed with a community mental health center; has been involved in the part-time private practice of psychiatry since 2001 where he has treated general psychiatric problems in adult and adolescent outpatients. Dr. Gardiner has taken a particular interest in treating adolescents in long-term care residential treatment centers given the intensity of treatment, the team approach, and the length of time allowed which all work together to effect true behavioral change in these patients. He believes in a holistic approach to practicing psychiatry which addresses biological, psychological and social causes of "dis-ease" in patients. He has a particular interest in treating mood, anxiety, and addictive disorders and has expertise in treating those that have been refractory to previous treatments. Dr. Gardiner strongly believes in an integrated approach to treatment and regularly provide both the psychotherapy and medication management for his patients. He prides himself in providing comprehensive, competent, compassionate, and respectful care for each patient that enters his practice.

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Blake Petrick, PMHNP-BC

Medical Director University of Utah read bio

Blake graduated from the University of Utah, and has worked in a number of settings over the years. He has directed mental health in Box Elder County for children, adolescents and adults. Prior to that, he supervised an inpatient psychiatric floor for 5 years. Blake considers himself a "passionate and determined," provider of mental health/substance services, knowing from a young age he would always work in this area. Blake joined Catalyst 5 years ago, in his words, "I love being part of Catalyst…I agree wholeheartedly with the philosophy of a conservative medical approach, a balanced healthy lifestyle, treating the whole person within the family system by integrating all facets of what constitutes a truly healthy individual." He also enjoys getting to know and working closely with parents, making himself available by phone for consultations on a frequent basis. Blake and his wife Suzanne, live in Perry, Utah, 5 minutes from Catalyst. He enjoys spending time on vacation with their five children, exercise, and the outdoors.