Administrative Team

Shawn Brooks

Shawn Brooks

Executive Director
Todd Spaulding LCSW CSAT-S

Todd Spaulding LCSW CSAT-S

Clinical Director - CSAT Supervisor
Cindy Lindsay

Cindy Lindsay

Academic Director
Alan Kendall

Alan Kendall

Residential Director
Tiffany Silva, LCSW

Tiffany Silva, LCSW

Admissions Director
Brita and Tony North

Brita and Tony North

Equine Directors
Troy Abplanalp

Troy Abplanalp

Admission Counselor
Julie Anderson

Julie Anderson

Director of Human Resources

Shawn Brooks

Executive Director

Shawn is the Executive Director of Oxbow AcademyShawn earned a Bachelors degree in Psychology from Brigham Young University. He began his career in residential therapy in 1992 and since that time has served as program director to three facilities, two of which specialize in treating teen boys with sexual issues. A native of Utah, he spent two years living in South America before settling down to become a family man. He and his wife are the parents of three children. He loves coaching little league football, playing the guitar and working with wood. Shawn’s passion for life and personal excellence drive his determination to help his boys at Oxbow discover the same.

Education

  • BA Psycology - Brigham Young University

Interests

  • Little League Football coach, playing guitar, wood working.

Todd Spaulding LCSW CSAT-S

Clinical Director - CSAT Supervisor

Todd is our highly trained Clinical Director who has been with us for a number of years. Todd graduated from Utah Valley University with a Degree in Behavioral Science and earned his Masters in Social Work Degree from Brigham Young University. He has extensive experience working with youth in a variety of treatment settings, including residential treatment centers, outpatient centers, as well as secure-care and detention facilities. Todd is EGALA Level 1 certified and will also work with students in equine therapy. Todd is a CSAT®(Certified Sex Addiction Therapist) setting him apart as a therapist with specific training in addiction education and treatment. Todd’s passion and drive are contagious, he has an amazing ability to lift and encourage others. In his “free time” Todd enjoys golf, motorcycles, fishing, cooking, and laughing. Todd is married and is the father of 3 children.

Education

  • Certified Sex Addiction Therapist Supervisor (CSAT)
  • EGALA Level 1 Trained- http://www.eagala.org/
  • Master of Social Work (MSW) - Brigham Young University
  • Bachelors of Integrated Studies, Business, and Behavioral Science - Utah Valley University
  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker
  • NOJOS Credentials
  • EMDR candidate

Interests

  • Golf
  • Riding ATV's and his motorcycle
  • Cooking
  • Playing games
  • Watching movies
  • Recreational shooting.

Cindy Lindsay

Academic Director

Cindy has played and coached basketball her whole life, which is what she anticipated always doing, yet realized that sometimes life takes you on a different path. A lot of it has to do with her family, and finding a job that was more suitable for her.  She has always been able to motivate the youth and enjoys working with them. She is known as a builder and has improved every program in her 20 year tenure. She has been a head and assistant basketball coach at the Division 1 and Junior College levels.  She has finished 5th place at the National Junior College Tournament and has been to the NCAA tournament numerous times as a coach and player. She has won region, conference and state championships.Cindy taught college courses at Idaho State University, Ricks College, Brigham Young University, and Snow College.  In addition she has spent 4 years teaching Spanish at Manti High School. She initially started teaching Spanish at Oxbow Academy for about two months and then was offered the position as our Academic Director.  Academics have always been a priority for her teams.  At Snow College her team maintained a team GPA of 3.6 and in High School her senior athletes graduated with a GPA of 3.8 or higher.  She has improved academic performance by implementing study halls for her student-athletes. In so many ways her coaching experiences mirror the skill sets necessary for this position.  As a top recruiter in athletics, she secured some of the top kids in the country.  Her student athletes went on to play in the WNBA and other Division 1 programs.  In addition to her coaching experience, she has been the marketing director for Snow College athletics and the assistant director for the first security games of Idaho.When asked about her experience working at Oxbow Academy, Cindy said, “I love being a part of an organization, Oxbow, which really is on the cutting edge of our industry and what we do. That is motivating to me. It is all about the students. Their success is our success. We have some of the best teachers that would be really hard to replace. They truly care about these boys and have bent over backwards to make sure they are on track to really progress. If we can help each boy progress, that is a championship win right there.  I have always felt like I don’t have a job, because a job to me is something you do because you have to.  I have always felt like what I do is a way of life. I do it because I love it and I enjoy it.  “It is with people that you win championships – it is not the strategy, or the curriculum, it is the people.”   We have a great administrative team that work together and actually enjoy being around each other.”When Cindy is not involved in being the Academic Director she enjoys spending time with her family, experiencing the fine arts, theatre, sports, being outdoors and reading. She of course loves learning!Education and Affiliations
  • Bachelors in Exercise and Sport Science from the University of Utah.
  • Currently working on her MBA at Western Governors University
  • Certified Teacher K-12

Alan Kendall

Residential Director

Alan Kendall is our Residential DirectorAlan was Born and raised in Moroni, Utah. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and Biology from Southern Utah University. Alan joined the RedCliff Ascent family of companies in 2004 because he was looking for a job working with youth. Alan enjoys the people he works and helping the students through their challenges. He is married and the father of two girls with one on the way. When he is not at work he is spending his time with his family and outdoors. He has a goal of getting a Masters Degree in Social Work. He has lived in many States in the U.S. while selling security systems and while he served an LDS Service Mission for two years. His dream is to build a home on a farm.

Education

  • Bachelor of Science in Pshychology and Biology from Southern Utah University

Interests

  • Loves spending time with his family and in the outdoors. Dream to build a home on a farm.

Tiffany Silva, LCSW

Admissions Director

Tiffany is the Admissions Director at Oxbow AcademyTiffany Silva was born in Utah but raised in California’s Bay Area. She returned to Utah to attend Brigham Young University, where she graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Marriage, Family and Human Development, Minor in Psychology, and a Masters Degree in Clinical Social Work.Tiffany’s career spans a broad spectrum of therapy environments. She has worked with teen girls in residential treatment settings, led experiential therapy for children, and conducted drug and alcohol rehabilitation groups. She has also specialized in trauma recovery work with adolescents and adults. She’s passionate about helping her clients heal, grow and learn.Tiffany loves visiting the beach, but that’s not easy when you work in Wales, Utah. She says she finds joy in simple pleasures like eating delicious food and laughing with friends and family. Her other hobbies include teaching aerobics and singing.

Education

  • Masters Degree in Clinical Social Work, Brigham Young University
  • Bachelors Degree in Marriage, Family and Human Development, Brigham Young University
  • NOJOS Certified
  • Trained in Sandtray Therapy
  • DBT Certified

Interests

  • Beach
  • Eating delicious food
  • Spending time with friends and family
  • Gym instructor
  • Hiking

Brita and Tony North

Equine Directors

Brita and Tony North are our very own Equine DirectorsIndividual-Therapy-trail-rideWith 16 active program horses and 4 more backup horses, we have a lot to handle in the Equine Department! As you can see from our Experiential Campus, Equine Therapy, and the horses are a large part of what we do. Brita and Tony North are an integral part of this successful program; we really could not do it without them! 

Brita North - Equine Director

Brita was born in Provo, Utah and raised in Salem, Utah. After high school, she attended two years of college and moved around teaching riding lessons. She is Level2 EAGALA (Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association) trained.She loves being able to share her passion for horses and the opportunity to use them for teaching.She has been with Oxbow since they opened in 2006.She is happily married to her soul-mate, they have two beautiful children. If she could doanything in the world she would ride horses, go fishing and watch Oklahoma football.

Education

 

Tony North - Equine Director

Tony was born in Heber City, Utah and raised on a working horse ranch. Tony attended Wasatch High School, Dixie College, and BYU. He played football in high school and in jr. college. Tony has his Level 2  EAGALA (Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association) training.Tony has been with Oxbow since the beginning in 2006. He loves working with the horses and especially the boys. He has worked in horsemanship in many ways throughout his life.He is married to the love of his life with two wonderful children. He loves Oklahoma football,riding and training horses. His goal is to one day own his own horse ranch. He was honored on our blog which you are welcome to read more about the wonderful work he does with the students at Oxbow Academy.

Education

  • Level2 EAGALA (Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association) certified
Equine Therapy Tony North

Troy Abplanalp

Admission Counselor

Troy Abplanalp Admissions Coordinator Oxbow Academy. He has a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Weber State University. Troy worked as a sales manager while going to college and enjoyed working with people. With that sales position, Troy was able to purchase a home and graduate college without any student debt. Troy enjoys building relationships and has found that working in admissions is a way to help people or families who have children struggling behaviorally / emotionally. He has had experience working in admission for Care Schools of Utah, Provo Rehab and Nursing and Therapia Addiction Healing Center. Troy has worked in youth corrections and law enforcement. He has also been a family coach and youth mentor. Troy has experience working with adolescents and adults with mental health issues. One of the main mental health issues for both adults and youth is addiction.Troy believes that people, youth in particular, can heal and make life changes. He has often seen that the Juvenile Justice system is overburdened and ineffective. Some of the issues with the Juvenile Justice System is the “warehousing” of youth VS treatment and evidence-based therapy. That is part of why Troy enjoys working with parents. Many of the parents that Troy comes into contact with are in crisis. They are struggling with the behavior of one or more of their children. Most parents do not know what to do.As Admissions Coordinator at Oxbow Academy, Troy is able to take a load off the parents' shoulders. Witnessing the parents’ relief is one of the most rewarding parts of his job.Troy prides himself on his integrity. To him, having integrity means doing things the right way whether or not someone is looking. He also values his strong work ethic, being honest, loyal, and accomplishing tasks on time or early.

Education

  • Bachelor of Arts from Weber State University
  • Current First Aid and CPR Certification
  • Previously held Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) Certification

Interests

  • Working out,
  • Hiking,
  • Camping,
  • Fishing,
  • Traveling,
  • Reading and
  • Being with family.

Julie Anderson

Director of Human Resources

Julie Anderson is our Human Resource DirectorAs the Human Resource Director, Julie is responsible for all things HR. If you have problems or questions, she’s quick to find a resolution. She works hard each day to recruit new staff and keep our current team happy! She can be found contributing in many areas across campus! Several years ago, Julie had a daughter at a residential treatment center, so she has a unique insight into some of the things our parents are experiencing. Julie said this about herself: "I am married to the love of my life; I have five incredible children, three awesome sons-in-law, and two amazing daughters-in-law. But the best part of all? I have 10 adorable grandchildren that have me wrapped around their little fingers! I love to play volleyball and make quilts. I recently served as a City Councilwoman for two terms and was a volunteer EMT for 13 years."

Interests

  • Loves to play volleyball and make quilts, volunteer EMT for 13 yrs., City Councilwoman for 2 terms, enjoys her family and grandchildren most of all!

Clinical Team

Todd Spaulding LCSW CSAT-S

Todd Spaulding LCSW CSAT-S

Clinical Director - CSAT Supervisor
Kristen Snow, RN

Kristen Snow, RN

Medical Director
Matt Call, LMFT, RPT, CSAT, NOJOS Credentialed

Matt Call, LMFT, RPT, CSAT, NOJOS Credentialed

Therapist
Theresa Lynn Limberg, LCSW, CSAT, EMDR Trained

Theresa Lynn Limberg, LCSW, CSAT, EMDR Trained

Therapist
Richard Newton,  LCSW, CSAT

Richard Newton, LCSW, CSAT

Therapist
Kevin R. Bailey, CMHC, CSAT

Kevin R. Bailey, CMHC, CSAT

Therapist
Troy Shore, LCSW, CSAT-Candidate

Troy Shore, LCSW, CSAT-Candidate

Therapist
Teancum Faumui, CSAT-Candidate

Teancum Faumui, CSAT-Candidate

Therapist
Chelsea Ross, CSAT-Candidate

Chelsea Ross, CSAT-Candidate

Therapist
Tyson Faumui, CSAT-Candidate

Tyson Faumui, CSAT-Candidate

Therapist

Todd Spaulding LCSW CSAT-S

Clinical Director - CSAT Supervisor

Todd is our highly trained Clinical Director who has been with us for a number of years. Todd graduated from Utah Valley University with a Degree in Behavioral Science and earned his Masters in Social Work Degree from Brigham Young University. He has extensive experience working with youth in a variety of treatment settings, including residential treatment centers, outpatient centers, as well as secure-care and detention facilities. Todd is EGALA Level 1 certified and will also work with students in equine therapy. Todd is a CSAT®(Certified Sex Addiction Therapist) setting him apart as a therapist with specific training in addiction education and treatment. Todd’s passion and drive are contagious, he has an amazing ability to lift and encourage others. In his “free time” Todd enjoys golf, motorcycles, fishing, cooking, and laughing. Todd is married and is the father of 3 children.

Education

  • Certified Sex Addiction Therapist Supervisor (CSAT)
  • EGALA Level 1 Trained- http://www.eagala.org/
  • Master of Social Work (MSW) - Brigham Young University
  • Bachelors of Integrated Studies, Business, and Behavioral Science - Utah Valley University
  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker
  • NOJOS Credentials
  • EMDR candidate

Interests

  • Golf
  • Riding ATV's and his motorcycle
  • Cooking
  • Playing games
  • Watching movies
  • Recreational shooting.

Kristen Snow, RN

Medical Director

Compassionate, caring and dedicated adequately describes our nurse at Oxbow Academy. Oxbow feels very fortunate to have someone that is truly dedicated to her role in caring for and overseeing the medical needs of our young men.For several years, Kristen enjoyed the success that came from being an insurance and real estate agent. There was always a challenge, still, she felt she could do more to serve others. So, before becoming Oxbow Academy’s nurse, she was a peer mentor to the boys until she decided to go back to school to pursue her nursing degree. “I just felt that I could do something more for these kids,” she explained, “and nursing seemed to be a perfect fit for who I am and who I wanted to be for them.”When Kristen was asked to join the Oxbow family after she obtained her nursing license, she was thrilled, “Oxbow's has an amazing treatment team of highly respectable professionals.” She continued, “To be included in part of this team is a huge honor.”On the days she isn’t is not at Oxbow, Kristen enjoys being with her family and spending time together hunting, fishing, and camping. She also enjoys reading, baking, and puzzles.Education and TrainingLicensed Practical NurseAssociate of Science from Snow CollegeCandidate for Registered Nurse on May 2020Medical- Physical Therapy AidInterest Spending time with her family, hunting, fishing, camping, reading, baking, and puzzles

Matt Call, LMFT, RPT, CSAT, NOJOS Credentialed

Therapist

Matt's unique ability to work with complex families adds depth to our therapy team. He attended Brigham Young University and is a Marriage and Family Therapist. Matt’s primary focus throughout his career has been working with teenagers which comes naturally to him. Matt's focus of modality is Motivational Interviewing, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and his background is working with kids in the juvenile justice system. He is currently falling madly in love with experiential and sandtray therapy to use especially with students on the spectrum (Autistic Spectrum Disorder). Since he is trained in functional family therapy, his theoretical perspective is very systemic which leaves him to be highly skilled working with complex family systems. He constantly is looking for patterns and dynamics to better help the family system.  He finds the unique setting at Oxbow fulfilling and enjoyable. Matt has never worked for an organization where he has felt so well supported and connected to the clinical team. He loves the collaboration that occurs between clinicians and the level of experience and patience provided to students. Having grown up in Utah, Matt loves the outdoors and is an avid hiker. At home, he enjoys spending time with his wife and daughter. He also loves to read, write, listen to music and go to the theater.Education 
  • Bachelors of Science in Marriage and Families Studies, Brigham Young University
  • Masters of Sciecnce in Marraige and Family Therapy,  Brigham Young University
  • Utah Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (UAMFT)
  • NOJOS Credentialed Clinical Provider
  • Registered Play Therapist (RPT)
  • Certified Sex Addiction Therapist (CSAT)
  • Trained in Sandtray Therapy
Interests 
  • Loves the outdoors and hiking
  • Spending time with his family
  • Read, write, listen to music and watch movies
  

Theresa Lynn Limberg, LCSW, CSAT, EMDR Trained

Therapist

Theresa Lynn Limberg is a therapist at Oxbow Academy. She earned her Masters and Bachelors degrees in Social Work. Theresa was employed as an outpatient therapist prior to taking her position as a therapist with Oxbow Academy. She prefers working in residential programs. Residential programs are better suited to her goals of helping others because more productive work can be obtained from more intensive work.  Theresa uses her insight to help others. She is aware that students at Oxbow Academy belong to a vulnerable population. Because of this, she feels privileged to be an integral part of the process of change for our students. As a therapist, she uses a strength-based perspective. Her goals are to help her clients’ achieve their goals. In order to help students, she uses modalities such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, and Solution-Focused Therapy. She enjoys being outside working with her animals, gardening, camping, and golfing. Quilting and crafts are other hobbies she enjoys. Education
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work, University of Utah
  • Master’s Degree in Social Work, University of Utah
  • EMDR Trained
  • Certified Sex Addiction Therapist (CSAT)
  • Trained in Sandtray Therapy
 Interest
  • Her horses and dogs
  • Gardening
  • Quilting
  • Golf
  • Outdoors
 

Richard Newton, LCSW, CSAT

Therapist

Richard Newton has been a member of the Oxbow family for a number of years starting as a staff mentor, advancing to staff supervisor, a proctor and now transitioning flawlessly into our clinical team as an insightful therapist. From an earlier age, he always knew he would work with adolescents in need due to his natural talents and helpful personality. Richard's motto since starting with Oxbow has been "Life is about relationships." Richard has deep respect and understanding for his students because he knows that in order to grow they have to allow themselves to be completely vulnerable and trust in the healing process.Richard went to Snow College as a pre-med student and then transferred to Utah Valley University to study behavioral science family studies where he graduated summa cum laude. Richard was able to get his masters in social work from the University of Utah where he also graduated summa cum laude.Richard has a diverse clinical history. He's a certified school social worker and has worked for the Alpine School District in Utah. He has also worked at 4 different residential treatment centers, and at the local detention center in Utah. He loves working with the rest of the clinical team at Oxbow and feels the level of collaboration is unlike anything he has ever experienced before. His focus of modality is Motivational Interviewing, Mindfulness, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance, Commitment Therapy (ACT), Mind and Body Bridging (MBB), Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Jungian and have recently started doing a lot of work in Attachment-based therapy.Richard is from Utah and enjoys spending time with his family in the outdoors. He has three beautiful daughters and a devoted wife. While they love Utah and the surrounding mountain area in San Pete County, every spring, he takes his family to Dana Point in California to enjoy some time at the beach.Education 
  • Masters in Social Work, University of Utah, Summa Cum Laude
  • Bachelors of Science, Family Studies, Utah Valley University, Summa Cum Laude
  • NOJOS candidate
  • Trained in Sandtray Therapy
  • Certified Sex Addiction Therapist (CSAT)
Interests 
  • Outdoors
  • Beach time with his family
  • Skiing

Kevin R. Bailey, CMHC, CSAT

Therapist

Kevin R. Bailey is a wonderful addition to our therapy team with his genuine and kind demeanor. He has worked as a therapist since December 2014. He has been employed in residential treatment, outpatient, and aftercare services. He has great experience with at-risk teens since 2007. Kevin is personable and social, allowing him to connect with his students and families quickly. He typically uses solution-focused and client-centered approaches to treatment, such as, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Motivational Interviewing. EducationInterestsPlaying sports, visiting the outdoors, spending time with family, and learning new things. 

Troy Shore, LCSW, CSAT-Candidate

Therapist

Troy's many years of experience as a clinician and particularly working with adolescent makes him a great part of Oxbow Academy’s therapy team. He graduated from the University of Utah with his Masters of Social work, and with a Bachelor of Psychology with a minor in Criminal Justice from Weber State University. His experience ranges from working as a therapist in addiction recovery to at-risk youth in long term secure care with the Juvenile Justice Services.Troy loves working with adolescents. “I believe that they are insightful and need positive connections with people that care and are often more honest than adults,” he explained. “Adolescents can find solutions to their struggles if they have guidance from an adult that they can trust. The younger that people get help, the more quality of life you can help them attain.”His strengths are building rapport with his students and families and running insightful group therapy. His focus of modality is CBT, Motivational Interviewing, DBT, ACT. His goal is to help families find healing and purpose in their lives.Education
  • Master of Social Work from the University of Utah
  • Bachelor of Psychology with a minor in Criminal Justice from Weber State University
  • Associate Of Science Snow College
  • Certified Sex Addiction Therapist (CSAT) Candidate
InterestsIn his free time, he enjoys fly fishing, blacksmithing, playing and singing music, and riding his Harley.

Teancum Faumui, CSAT-Candidate

Therapist

Teancum Tupuimatagi Faumui is a therapist at Oxbow Academy and excited to be a part of the amazing clinical team. He received his Master’s degree in Social Work from Brigham Young University. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Social Work from Utah Valley University. He also has an Associates’s degree through Snow College.Teancum has had a variety of experiences that prepare him for helping teens with sex-specific issues. He has worked as a mentor at a residential treatment center allowing him insight into how important and influential a mentor can be for the boys he now works with. He managed groups for adult sex offenders in the county jail. He also had experience working as a case manager for a crisis center. And he was able to intern at Oxbow Academy for a semester during his schooling as a therapist prior to being hired full time, which has allowed him to really learn and understand the therapeutic process at the program. Teancum has been trained in trauma-informed clinical social work practice. In his treatment process, he often uses a combination of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Solution-focused modalities. Teancum has always loved working with youth. He finds working with youth challenging but rewarding. Teacum considers being able to give a young man a second chance at life as the most rewarding thing someone can do. EducationInterests
  • Watching, playing, and coaching sports
  • Learning

Chelsea Ross, CSAT-Candidate

Therapist

Chelsea Ross is part of the experienced clinical team as a therapist for Oxbow Academy. Before coming to Oxbow Academy, she worked for an outpatient counseling center and has also worked as a therapist working with people who committed sexual offenses.Chelsea has both a Bachelor and a Masters degree in Social Work degree from Utah Valley University. She has experience working at the Center for Women and Children in Crisis. In that position, Chelsea learned to advocate for her clients. She helped to support her clients’ personal health and safety. She helped them to find job opportunities and stable housing.In addition, Chelsea also has experience working at the Psychiatric Unit of Mountain View Hospital. She helped patients transition to life outside the hospital. This included helping patients to find appropriate treatment.Chelsea has a unique ability to balance taking an objective view with helping others to feel comfortable. She is able to adjust the environment to meet individuals’ needs.Chelsea has experience using Cognitive Behavioral Interventions and Motivational Interviewing.Chelsea enjoys helping teens and their families. She also enjoys the collaboration between the staff at Oxbow Academy.Education:Interests:
  • Spending time with family
  • Camping
  • Running

Tyson Faumui, CSAT-Candidate

Therapist

Tyson Faumui, CSW, is a therapist at Oxbow Academy. Before becoming a therapist, he worked at Oxbow Academy as a Line Staff Member.Prior to coming to Oxbow Academy, Tyson worked at the Central Utah Counseling Center. During that time, he split his time as a school-based therapist between three different districts as well as working with clients who struggled with substance abuse and mental health. He also has experience working as a peer mentor for several residential treatment centers for adolescent boys.Tyson has a Master’s of Social Work degree from Boise State University. He is certified in Moral Reconation Therapy (MRT). In addition to MRT, he also uses therapeutic approaches such as Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Motivational Interviewing.Because he enjoys working with adolescents, Tyson has also coached high school sports. He is easy-going which allows him to connect with people from diverse backgrounds. He is also good at actively listening and being attentive to body language. He enjoys sports, coaching football, and spending time with his family.Education
  • Master’s of Social Work (MSW)- Boise State University
  • Moral Reconation Therapy (MRT)
  • Certified Sex Addiction Therapist (CSAT) Candidate
Interests
  • Coaching Football
  • Sports
  • Spending time with his family

Academic Team

Cindy Lindsay

Cindy Lindsay

Academic Director
Annette Davis, M.Ed

Annette Davis, M.Ed

Special Education Outreach Coordinator
Denise Milne

Denise Milne

Art Teacher
Trisha Munk

Trisha Munk

Teacher
Stephanie Nuttall, Special Education Paraeducator

Stephanie Nuttall, Special Education Paraeducator

Teacher
Craig Ogden, M. Ed

Craig Ogden, M. Ed

Teacher
Miriam Bean

Miriam Bean

Math/Science Teacher
Wendy Christofferson

Wendy Christofferson

English/History Teacher
Raymond Macinanti

Raymond Macinanti

History/English Teacher
Natashia Wulfenstein

Natashia Wulfenstein

Teacher
Brandee Tapp

Brandee Tapp

English & History Teacher
Holly Larsen

Holly Larsen

Math & Science Teacher
Rebecca Proper

Rebecca Proper

Teacher
Kara Adams

Kara Adams

Teacher
Kayden Thomas

Kayden Thomas

Music Coordinator
Chad Larson

Chad Larson

Fitness Coordinator

Cindy Lindsay

Academic Director

Cindy has played and coached basketball her whole life, which is what she anticipated always doing, yet realized that sometimes life takes you on a different path. A lot of it has to do with her family, and finding a job that was more suitable for her.  She has always been able to motivate the youth and enjoys working with them. She is known as a builder and has improved every program in her 20 year tenure. She has been a head and assistant basketball coach at the Division 1 and Junior College levels.  She has finished 5th place at the National Junior College Tournament and has been to the NCAA tournament numerous times as a coach and player. She has won region, conference and state championships.Cindy taught college courses at Idaho State University, Ricks College, Brigham Young University, and Snow College.  In addition she has spent 4 years teaching Spanish at Manti High School. She initially started teaching Spanish at Oxbow Academy for about two months and then was offered the position as our Academic Director.  Academics have always been a priority for her teams.  At Snow College her team maintained a team GPA of 3.6 and in High School her senior athletes graduated with a GPA of 3.8 or higher.  She has improved academic performance by implementing study halls for her student-athletes. In so many ways her coaching experiences mirror the skill sets necessary for this position.  As a top recruiter in athletics, she secured some of the top kids in the country.  Her student athletes went on to play in the WNBA and other Division 1 programs.  In addition to her coaching experience, she has been the marketing director for Snow College athletics and the assistant director for the first security games of Idaho.When asked about her experience working at Oxbow Academy, Cindy said, “I love being a part of an organization, Oxbow, which really is on the cutting edge of our industry and what we do. That is motivating to me. It is all about the students. Their success is our success. We have some of the best teachers that would be really hard to replace. They truly care about these boys and have bent over backwards to make sure they are on track to really progress. If we can help each boy progress, that is a championship win right there.  I have always felt like I don’t have a job, because a job to me is something you do because you have to.  I have always felt like what I do is a way of life. I do it because I love it and I enjoy it.  “It is with people that you win championships – it is not the strategy, or the curriculum, it is the people.”   We have a great administrative team that work together and actually enjoy being around each other.”When Cindy is not involved in being the Academic Director she enjoys spending time with her family, experiencing the fine arts, theatre, sports, being outdoors and reading. She of course loves learning!Education and Affiliations
  • Bachelors in Exercise and Sport Science from the University of Utah.
  • Currently working on her MBA at Western Governors University
  • Certified Teacher K-12

Annette Davis, M.Ed

Special Education Outreach Coordinator

Annette Davis offers students of the Discovery Academy system of academics many years of experience and leadership in residential treatment settings as well as private schools. Her Master's Degree in Education (M.Ed) focused on Leadership. Along with her bachelor’s in English and History, Annette has been well equipped over the years as she has led educators and influenced students.Annette has worked with numerous student populations in private and public settings. In her travels, she has had the opportunity to work with the Department of Defense Dependents Schools in Panama and Central America.Her Special Education Certification has influenced and contributed to her caring and compassionate demeanor. She loves to be personally engaged in the education of students who find themselves enrolled in a therapeutic environment with emotional and developmental concerns.Annette adores working with Junior high and high school students from different parts of the country as well as from around the world. She enjoys the interactions and personal engagement that accompanies their diverse talents and challenges. She believes as relationships develop, student confidence improves and academic proficiency increases. Throughout the years, hiring talented faculty and encouraging quality curriculum development have been two of her major priorities.

Denise Milne

Art Teacher

Denise Milne has an Associate of Arts degree in Psychology from Snow College. She has completed college-level Art courses at Southwest Missouri State University and Brigham Young University. She is also pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree and a secondary school teaching credential. In addition, Denise has an Art and Play Certificate.Denise has more than twenty-five years of experience teaching studio art classes which allows her to provide an awesome art class experience for students at Oxbow Academy. She has taught art to children, teens, and adults. She is a professional artist who creates art for commissions, gallery shows, and public art shows. She is skilled in using watercolor, oils, and all kinds of drawing.Denise enjoys making and teaching art. She understands the therapeutic benefits art can have on young people. She loves to see the boys blossom as they immerse themselves in creative activities. Denise’s greatest strength is that she loves her students and easily accepts them for who they are. She is a passionate educator who works hard to incorporate CORE standards in her classroom. Education:Associate in ArtsArt and Play CertificationInterests:Reading, Sewing,Cooking,Canning, Gardening

Trisha Munk

Teacher

Trisha is currently a Mathematics Teacher at Manti High School in South Sanpete School District and at Oxbow Academy. Prior to working at Oxbow Academy, she spent time as the Mathematics Teacher at Pleasant Creek High School in North Sanpete School District. She gained experience working with youth at an all-boys home in this area. She has also spent a lot of time throughout high school helping in elementary classrooms with students and tutoring peers. Trisha is best at simplifying complicated math concepts and helping students succeed.Trisha believes in a gentle but firm approach. She believes that it is important to build a good relationship with the students. Trisha explains, "The more they like you and respect you the more willing they will be to do what you ask them. With that though, you have to know where the line is. If you are too friendly with them then you lose their respect and they will walk all over you."

Education

  • Bachelors in Mathematics Education and Minor in Physics, Southern Utah University

Interests

  • Teaching math, science, and learning new things to help students succeed

Stephanie Nuttall, Special Education Paraeducator

Teacher

Stephanie currently teaches English, History, and PE at Oxbow academy. Her patience and positive attitude help her work with the students at Oxbow Academy who often need extra attention and care as they go through their treatment. “I love that the classes are small,” she explained, “because it helps to get to know each student and their needs better.”She graduated with her Associate of Science degree from Snow College and is currently working on her Bachelor's in Special Education and Elementary Education. She really enjoyed teaching PE at a local high school and when she learned about a teaching position at Oxbow Academy, she was excited to apply. Said Stephanie,“I hope to help the boys and their families by supporting them academically so they can stay on track when they leave the program”Stephanie has enjoyed being here because she feels it is a great opportunity to help others by teaching subjects she enjoys while making a difference in a boy’s life. “I also get to work with great people!” Stephanie uses a cognitive and constructive approach to teaching which helps her work with many students at Oxbow. Stephanie loves living in the country working on their family ranch. She also enjoys cooking and sewing for others.

Craig Ogden, M. Ed

Teacher

Craig Ogden teaches math and computer science at Oxbow Academy. He has been a teacher for 16 years. He earned a bachelor’s from Southern Utah University in Mathematics, Computer Science and Education. He earned his Master’s degree from Concordia University in Mathematics Education. Prior to becoming a teacher, he was employed as a software engineer for six years. Craig enjoys working with students who want to overcome their trials and become better people which is why he enjoys working at Oxbow. He has a one-on-one teaching approach that fits well with Oxbow’s competency-based learning. His goal is to help “the boys graduate with a diploma before they leave Oxbow or at least stay [up] with their classmates, then I have accomplished what I would hope.”In his free time, Craig loves anything outdoors. He said, “If you can do it outdoors, I like it.”

Miriam Bean

Math/Science Teacher

Wendy Christofferson

English/History Teacher

Raymond Macinanti

History/English Teacher

Raymond Macinanti Jr. teaches history and English at Oxbow Academy. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Framingham State University. He also holds an Associate Educators License from the Utah Board of Education. Raymond relates well to youth which enables him to build strong relationships based in trust and respect. Having these strong relationships allows him to push the boys harder academically because they trust him when he tells them it is important. As a teacher, Raymond likes to provide students with multiple paths of unbiased material for them to choose, allowing students to come up with their own opinions which they can discuss.Roles that allow Raymond to act as a mentor such as coaching or volunteering have always especially appealed to him. He enjoys working at Oxbow Academy because it gives him the opportunity to mentor kids from around the country in a small group setting.The most important thing in Raymond’s life is being a dad. He is from New England and is an avid Boston area sports fan. He loves tapping trees and making maple syrup. He also makes excellent pizza that he would put against anyone’s.

Natashia Wulfenstein

Teacher

Natashia Silya Wulfenstein teaches English and History at Oxbow Academy. She has a Bachelor of Arts in English from Brigham Young University (BYU). Natashia was a teacher at Aspen Academy for more than fifteen years. She taught English, art history, history, Shakespeare, and drama. Mentoring young people has been Natashia’s life's work. That is why she is proud to be part of Oxbow Academy. She is impressed with what Oxbow Academy is all about, and feels excited to be part of something so important. Natashia’s greatest strengths include her ability to build relationships with her students, and her passion for the subject she teaches. She loves passing on her love for English which includes writing, grammar, and literature. Natashia admires the classical approach to education taught by Charlotte Mason and other great educators. She believes students learn best through studying the great minds of this world through reading great literature, writing, and discussion.Natashia loves to travel, read, garden, and spend time with her family.

Brandee Tapp

English & History Teacher

Brandee Tapp is an English and history teacher at Oxbow Academy. She is licensed by the state of Utah. She currently teaches second grade at Ephraim Elementary. She worked for South Sanpete School District as the Reading Specialist since 2009. She has also taught at Ephraim Elementary and in the Special Education department at Manti Elementary.Brandee earned an Associate of Science degree from Snow College and a Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies for Education from Western Governors University. She specializes in reading instruction, and has participated in several workshops that have focused on dyslexia.She loves working with students at Oxbow Academy. She recognizes that the students are great people with so much to offer. Her favorite thing is to watch them progress as they are learning and to watch how their confidence grows.Brandee especially enjoys working one-on-one with students, and particularly in the subject of language arts. Most of her teaching experience is in reading and language arts. Her favorite subject to teach is history.She loves spending time with her family, playing games, and traveling. She also enjoys reading. Brandee wants students to know that they can do hard things. Having a growth mindset and a positive attitude is the most important thing students can bring to class.

Holly Larsen

Math & Science Teacher

I have been a teacher for the past 20 years. I taught 6th-grade math and science from 2000-2017 at Moroni Elementary School in Moroni, Utah. I taught for one year at Cherry Hill Middle School in Elkton, Maryland in a behavior support classroom for students whose traumatic life experiences and behavior patterns made them unable to be highly successful in a regular classroom. I taught for one year at Capistrano Elementary School in El Paso, Texas, working with English language learners. Now I teach 8th-grade math and science at North Sanpete Middle School. I have been here for two years.I started studying pre-med at Snow college right after high school. Then, I decided that teaching was what I was most passionate about and I transferred to Utah State University to study education. I graduated with a bachelor’s in education, found my first job, and continued to take classes. I am currently working on finishing a level III math endorsement and getting a master’s degree in secondary biology from Western Governors University.I have wanted to work at Oxbow Academy for a long time. I like the idea of helping to provide a great education to our students while they are here so that they get the most out of their time here and their education is uninterrupted. I like the idea of providing safe connections and developing rapport with our students and helping them achieve their goals and their potential.I am able to develop rapport and form relationships with others and I highly value the relationships I have with those around me. I am an excellent communicator, both verbally and in written form. I know my subjects and have taken recent classes in these subject areas. I know how to teach my subjects in a way that helps people understand.I enjoy reading, hiking, walking in nature, cooking, traveling, and spending time with my family--especially my grandsons.I believe that every student can learn and achieve if they have someone who believes in them and can provide the support they need. I try to help support students and get them to believe in themselves.Credentials
  • Utah Teaching License

Rebecca Proper

Teacher

Rebecca Proper works as an English and Health teacher at Oxbow Academy. She has more than 15 years of experience working in education. Before coming to Oxbow Academy, she taught at a charter school in Utah County for 10 years and then taught for five years in the South Sanpete School District.Throughout her long career, Rebecca has taught multiple subjects including English, Spanish, Health, Yearbook, Student Government, Physical Education, Photography, Creative Writing, and Communications.Rebecca received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish Education with a Minor in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) from Brigham Young University. She attended Utah Valley University to receive a Health Endorsement and Snow College to receive an English Endorsement. In 2015, she returned to Brigham Young University to receive her Master's Degree in Spanish Pedagogy. Oxbow Academy appealed to Rebecca because she loves seeing students make progress. She sees the potential in every human being and chooses to see the good through difficult circumstances. She loves to see students succeed and feel self-worth. She believes that by small and simple means, life can change for the better.Rebecca's strengths include public speaking, singing loudly for fun, and enjoying life. She is always trying to improve and believes that each human also can improve if they so desire. She also teaches swimming to young kids and adults who are afraid of the water. She loves watching her students overcome their fears, and she herself thoroughly loves the water!

Kara Adams

Teacher

Kayden Thomas

Music Coordinator

Kayden Thomas is the Music Coordinator at Oxbow Academy. He is a professional musician and music instructor. He is pursuing a Bachelor's in Commercial Music with an emphasis in Guitar Performance and Music Education at Snow College.Making a difference through music and teaching is something Kayden loves. Oxbow Academy allows him to do exactly that. He is committed to providing a therapeutic and educational environment through music. His teaching style aligns the most with cognitive constructivism which means that he helps students build on what they know, chase their interests, and create an environment where they can discover things through their own learning. In Kayden's free time he loves the outdoors.

Chad Larson

Fitness Coordinator

Residential Team

Alan Kendall

Alan Kendall

Residential Director
Doris Brunson

Doris Brunson

Evaluation Center Program Coordinator
Kathy Harward

Kathy Harward

West Campus Residential Coordinator
Nick Ketron

Nick Ketron

East Campus House Coordinator
Kristen Hammond

Kristen Hammond

Oxbow Jr. House Coordinator
Melanie Anderson

Melanie Anderson

Family Service Director
Cameron West

Cameron West

Food Service Director
Darla Justesen

Darla Justesen

HR Coordinator
Deborah Dahl

Deborah Dahl

East Campus Office Manager

Alan Kendall

Residential Director

Alan Kendall is our Residential DirectorAlan was Born and raised in Moroni, Utah. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and Biology from Southern Utah University. Alan joined the RedCliff Ascent family of companies in 2004 because he was looking for a job working with youth. Alan enjoys the people he works and helping the students through their challenges. He is married and the father of two girls with one on the way. When he is not at work he is spending his time with his family and outdoors. He has a goal of getting a Masters Degree in Social Work. He has lived in many States in the U.S. while selling security systems and while he served an LDS Service Mission for two years. His dream is to build a home on a farm.

Education

  • Bachelor of Science in Pshychology and Biology from Southern Utah University

Interests

  • Loves spending time with his family and in the outdoors. Dream to build a home on a farm.

Doris Brunson

Evaluation Center Program Coordinator

Doris Brunson is our Evaluation Center Program Coordinator. Doris Brunson was born and raised in Moroni, Utah and now lives in Mt. Pleasant. She is married to her husband, David, and has three children, one of which passed away at the age of 11, due to developmental delay. He lived 8 years longer than the Doctors said he would. She has 2 grandsons that are the light of her life. Doris has worked in many different job venues but absolutely loves working with the youth here at Oxbow. She has been with us for almost 8 years and finds it so rewarding to see the changes in the boys as they grow and learn about themselves. She, along with her fantastic team of qualified and caring staff, puts in a lot of time and energy to teach the boys how to build positive relationships with family, peers, and staff. It is so important to work as a team and help out and work with the Therapist’s, Equine Directors, Cooks, Nurse and East Campus Residential Coordinator to coordinate and support one another.  Doris loves to cook for the boys when we have our camping trips and makes some of the best homemade salsa. She also enjoys seeing how much the boys love and appreciate the mountains and all it has to offer along with the chance it gives the boys a get away from the normal daily routine and experiences fun in the outdoors. "I truly love this Oxbow Family because we all work so well together to make this a life-changing experience for these boys."

Interests

  • Doris has many hobbies, such as crafts, decorating, making quilts, cooking, camping, riding ATV’s and anything spending time with her family and friends. 

Kathy Harward

West Campus Residential Coordinator

Kathy has been with Oxbow since 2008, and has played an important role in our residential program. Her witty sense of humor is endearing with the boys, and also brings a lot of smiles to those she works with. Her sense of humor allows her to connect quickly with her students, and be able to hold good boundaries with them at the same time. She has a special relationship with those she works with which allows her straightforwardness to help students to know what to expect from the very beginning, while her soft side gives them an opportunity to connect on a deeper level. She took a short break in 2014 from our Oxbow, yet realized how much she missed working with the boys here, and quickly returned. Recently, she has been able to step into a new role as East Campus Residential Coordinator and has helped establish a structured and safe environment for our Autism Spectrum Disorder Students.

Interests

  • Kathy enjoys chocolate, attending every North Sanpete Wrestling Tournament to watch her son play or any sporting even her daughter may be cheering at, anything to do with frogs, spending time with friends, and sending funny meme's to friends.
We were able to honor Kathy and all the work she has done for us here on our blog if you are interested in learning more about her.

Nick Ketron

East Campus House Coordinator

Nicholas Ketron is the East House Coordinator. He has worked with young adults for close to a decade.Nicholas graduated from Monticello High School in 2005. Afterward, he attended Mount San Jacinto Community College in San Jacinto, California. He began working as a mentor in July 2019. He worked his way up to supervisor before becoming coordinator. Prior to coming to Oxbow Academy, he served as a young adult pastor for people between the ages of 18 and 25. He also ran an outreach program for young adults. He worked predominantly with the minority community leaders.While working with young adults in need, Nicholas often found himself wishing that he had been able to help the person earlier in their lives. At Oxbow Academy, Nicholas has the opportunity to do just that. Nicholas has always known that he wanted to work a job that helps others. Given his background, with working and ministering to young adults he knew Oxbow Academy was the perfect job for him. Nicholas enjoys working one-on-one with students, and especially with language arts. Most of his teaching experience is in reading and language arts. However, his favorite thing to teach is history. Like many of the students at Oxbow Academy, Nicholas struggled in his teen years. His greatest strength is empathy. He has the ability to identify with or understand the perspective, experiences, or motivations of another individual. That ability has proven useful at Oxbow Academy. Another attribute that he has worked on and strengthened is compassion. Empathy is understanding. Compassion is putting understanding into action. Nicholas loves spending time with family, playing games, and traveling. He likes to read. He has a large family. His life revolves around his children and their numerous activities.

Kristen Hammond

Oxbow Jr. House Coordinator

Kristen Hammond is the coordinator for the Oxbow Jr. House. She previously served as a Youth Mentor and Shift Supervisor. Before coming to Oxbow Academy, she worked for Wasatch Academy. Kristen enjoys working with kids and helping them succeed. She also takes pride in being able to be a part of a program that truly cares for each individual client that comes through the doors. Her kindness, compassion and sense of humor are an asset to her work. Aside from being with her kids and attending any sporting event or activity they may be participating in at the moment, Kristen enjoys hunting big game and camping, and shopping. She also enjoys getting together with her mother and sisters during their once a month crafting days.

Melanie Anderson

Family Service Director

Melanie Anderson is the Family Service Director. She was previously employed as the day shift supervisor at West Campus. Prior to her supervisor position, she worked as a youth mentor. Before coming to work at Oxbow Academy, Melanie worked with adults with disabilities at Sanpete Community Training. She also served as a live-in house parent in the crisis nursery at the Family Support and Treatment Center in Orem.Melanie is working toward earning her bachelor's degree in social work from Snow College and Utah State University. At Oxbow Academy, Melanie is able to use some of the same skills she developed during the fifteen years she spent working as a stay-at-home mother to five children. She is kind and compassionate. She has a genuine desire to help other people. Melanie is an advocate for those who feel misunderstood. The experiences she has had in her own personal life have allowed her to gain greater empathy for those who are struggling and dealing with trauma.Melanie enjoys cooking, baking, and crafting. She also loves history and documentaries. Many activities she does now revolve around her children, such as helping with sports, dance, karate, and music.

Cameron West

Food Service Director

Cameron West is the Food Service Director for Oxbow Academy. He was previously employed as the Assistant Manager at Wing Coop in Salt Lake City. In addition to earning his ServSafe Manager Certificate, Cameron has more than 12 years of experience working in various restaurants.Cameron was drawn to working at Oxbow Academy due to his desire to help people succeed. He can perform well in his position because he has excellent attention to detail, the ability to work well under pressure, as well as good organizational skills and communication skills. He is a great part of our team and even takes the time to make personalized birthday cakes for our students.Cameron enjoys watching NFL football games, singing karaoke, playing video games, hiking, and baking.

Darla Justesen

HR Coordinator

Darla Justesen is the Human Resources Coordinator at Oxbow Academy. She previously worked at Oxbow Academy as a Youth Mentor and Office Manager.Before coming to Oxbow Academy, Darla held a variety of positions including Financial Service Representative, and Head Paraprofessional in the Special Education Department. Oxbow Academy is an appealing place to work for Darla because she loves working with youth, and helping other people overcome their struggles. She also enjoys working in an office. She is efficient, personable, and organized. Darla likes spending time outdoors, and spending time with her family.

Deborah Dahl

East Campus Office Manager

Accounting

Suzy Moon

Suzy Moon

Account Manager
Lindsey Robertson

Lindsey Robertson

Controller
Cheryl Meibos

Cheryl Meibos

CFO

Suzy Moon

Account Manager

Suzy attended Brigham Young University and has been with Ascent Companies since 2013. She has five children ranging in ages from 11-25 years old. Suzy also has a child on the Spectrum and can relate to our parents in a very unique way. Suzy’s family enjoys vacationing together. They are a very close-knit group and enjoy spending time at home doing various projects. Suzy was also recommended to Ascent by a fellow staffer and truly enjoys her position. She knows that the finical responsibility of having a child in a program can feel a little overwhelming. Suzy enjoys helping parents understand our policies and procedures and making it a very positive experience for them.

Lindsey Robertson

Controller

A graduate in Accounting at Utah Valley University, Lindsey handles the daily cash flow and manages the assets of Ascent. She has been with Ascent Companies for 6 years and married for five. Lindsey and her husband are outdoor enthusiasts. They enjoy camping, fishing, and snowboarding to name a few. Lindsay loves participating in Parent Days and watching the progress students make as a result of being at one of our programs. She is so grateful to be part of an organization that truly changes lives.

Cheryl Meibos

CFO

Cheryl has worked with Oxbow Academy since the beginning as an accounting manager and now the CFO. She brings great insight to the team and has a wonderful team to help with parents and their financial questions when it comes to taking care of their son and his stay at Oxbow Academy.Cheryl graduated from Brigham Young University in Accounting. She has been with Ascent Companies for 13 years.Cheryl grew up in Southern Utah and enjoys a very active family life. With three sons, including a set of twins, Cheryl keeps up by running marathons. She and her family are also avid boaters and visit Lake Powell multiple times a year.Cheryl is a professed nerd at heart and has a passion for accounting and numbers. She also loves going on location to our different programs and supporting those staff members that are directly involved in making a difference in our student’s lives. She is so proud to work for an organization that helps families become whole again.

Equine Team

Brita and Tony North

Brita and Tony North

Equine Directors
Annie

Annie

Equine Therapy
Henry

Henry

Equine Therapy
Flicka

Flicka

Equine Therapy
Chip

Chip

Equine Therapy
Ranger

Ranger

Equine Therapy
Pinky Sue

Pinky Sue

Equine Therapy
Max

Max

Equine Therapy
Fun Size Snickers

Fun Size Snickers

Equine Therapy
Whiskey

Whiskey

Equine Therapy

Brita and Tony North

Equine Directors

Brita and Tony North are our very own Equine DirectorsIndividual-Therapy-trail-rideWith 16 active program horses and 4 more backup horses, we have a lot to handle in the Equine Department! As you can see from our Experiential Campus, Equine Therapy, and the horses are a large part of what we do. Brita and Tony North are an integral part of this successful program; we really could not do it without them! 

Brita North - Equine Director

Brita was born in Provo, Utah and raised in Salem, Utah. After high school, she attended two years of college and moved around teaching riding lessons. She is Level2 EAGALA (Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association) trained.She loves being able to share her passion for horses and the opportunity to use them for teaching.She has been with Oxbow since they opened in 2006.She is happily married to her soul-mate, they have two beautiful children. If she could doanything in the world she would ride horses, go fishing and watch Oklahoma football.

Education

 

Tony North - Equine Director

Tony was born in Heber City, Utah and raised on a working horse ranch. Tony attended Wasatch High School, Dixie College, and BYU. He played football in high school and in jr. college. Tony has his Level 2  EAGALA (Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association) training.Tony has been with Oxbow since the beginning in 2006. He loves working with the horses and especially the boys. He has worked in horsemanship in many ways throughout his life.He is married to the love of his life with two wonderful children. He loves Oklahoma football,riding and training horses. His goal is to one day own his own horse ranch. He was honored on our blog which you are welcome to read more about the wonderful work he does with the students at Oxbow Academy.

Education

  • Level2 EAGALA (Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association) certified
Equine Therapy Tony North

Annie

Equine Therapy

Annie is a big part of our Equine Therapy team! Much of our success with our students in the Equine Therapy program is a direct result of our great horses! Annie has been a big part of our program from the beginning. Annie is one of our broodmares (pronounced Br-ew-d, m-air), kept for breeding, and has been the mother of some of our foals (baby horses) we have used in our yearly imprinting experiences (see our video on imprinting below!). Annie works well with stubborn boys because she’s not phased by much, she's a very level-headed horse and simply not reactive. Working with these intelligent animals becomes a valuable tool for our therapists and equine directors who strive to help our young men. There is a science behind this type of therapy and we enjoy sharing new research and insights into why horses are an integral part of our program.Some horses, like Annie, are less reactive to emotions which can be a valuable tool when working with highly anxious boys...We love working with Annie and invite you to come out and meet her in person!

Henry

Equine Therapy

Henry, Oh Henry! What a cool horse...Henry is an old timer, but a perfect trail riding horse. This is the horse you can put two children on and send up the trail and Henry will just keep on walking calmly. This is the horse that I like to choose for the not-so-good-horse-rider!As many of you may know by now our program is NOT simply a ranch where you get to ride horses and enjoy the wonderful Utah mountain scenery! However, getting out on a trail ride with your therapist and our Equine team is a part of the process and can be a rewarding and positive learning experience. Some of our students who are new to working with animals or who have not ridden a horse before will enjoy a horse that will just walk along and keep things un-exciting so they can focus on the ride and their conversations with the team!

Flicka

Equine Therapy

Flicka is one of our most beautiful horses, and as you can tell from the golden color of her coat (hair) she is a true Palamino!Flicka is one patient horse, and the perfect horse for the parade, the rodeo or just riding down the road to impress your neighbors! Flicka is a trusted horse and has even been used by Britta and Tony's daughter in various rodeo settings. Because of their beautiful golden coat and long flowing hair, Palaminos like Flicka often get used on TV or in the movies! However, with Flicka, we enjoy her humble nature and willingness to pass on Hollywood and spend her time working with the boys in the program, in hopes that she can have a positive impact on your son!

Chip

Equine Therapy

If there is a star of the show, a leader of the pack, or the servant of all, it is Chip. He is a wonderful horse and because of his high level of training is used in most of the equine therapy sessions that happen on campus. He is a particular standout on trail rides and typically is found leading the pack with the other horses falling in line behind him. So much goes into training a horse to operate smoothly with a human-owner but the added requirements of working with many boys, their therapist and daily challenges that are part of an effective equine therapy program make horses like Chip an invaluable component to the success of our program. You may even spot Chip in a local competition or two with some of our Oxbow students! Here is a shot of Chip and a student training for a local competition!Oxbow equine competition training

Ranger

Equine Therapy

Ranger is one of our yearlings and as such is still in training. This provides a unique opportunity for students to gain a "parent/instructors" perspective of what it's like to teach a child or teenager! Various techniques are used to work with the horse and require trust and patience of our student-trainers as the young horse learns and grows. (For a general idea of what training a young horse may include, click here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Horse_training )I remember watching Tony work with a young horse like Ranger on campus one day. Tony had placed a blue tarp out on the ground in a circular pen and was working with the horse to build up the confidence to come close to the "scary" blue tarp crackling in the wind as it lay on the ground. Over and over Tony led the horse up to the tarp and with fear in its eyes the young horse jumped back and would run back to the safe side of the round pen. With patience, Tony continued to familiarize the young horse with the tarp and eventually was able to get the horse to trust that there was no real danger and even walk over the tarp as it wrapped thunderously under its feet below! This simple lesson observed by the few of us there that day became the perfect visual incentive to face our own fears with caution and progress until we reach the point where all fear is gone and we have done what seemed scary and impossible. Equine Therapy horse training

Pinky Sue

Equine Therapy

Pinky Sue is also one of Oxbow Academy's broodmare mothers! She gave birth to one of our foals named "mini" which was one of the lucky foals to participate in our imprinting program. You can learn more about imprinting from the following video:
Pinky Sue is one strong willed mama! What does this strong will do for the boys and our therapy program? By working with a strong-willed horse the boys begin to understand parents and authority figures and the frustration that can occur when you are trying to get the horse to do something it simply refuses to do! This insight is a common occurrence and a very important observation to make for an adolescent boy! We love when Pinky Sue obeys and the boys celebrate a victory with patience and perseverance when they accomplish the task placed before them and our stubborn but lovely horse Pinky Sue!

Max

Equine Therapy

Max, one of our favorite horses on campus, and Britta’s personal horse! Max has been working with boys and Oxbow Academy since the beginning, like Chip. When it comes to running a successful and SAFE equine therapy program you rely heavily on great horses like Max! Most of the parents who tour Oxbow will begin to see the value of equine therapy sessions and realize quickly that it is not just a horse ride or a fun break from the day, but an intense experience with the therapist and equine directors working with the boy, often one-on-one in an arena with a good horse. By setting up a scenario and working on a focus treatment area the boys are able to learn core modalities and skills that can be valuable assets for the rest of their lives! This type of program requires a horse that is patient and skilled leaving the focus on the boy and their progress. Max is a leader on trail rides and a wonderful horse to ride, making him a house favorite! You will find Max involved in almost all the equine sessions with the boys.Here is a trail ride shot of Max leading the way with Britta in the saddle!Oxbow-Individual-Therapy-trail-ride

Fun Size Snickers

Equine Therapy

What? Who is the cute little guy running around with its hair in its eyes? That would be Fun Size Snickers! This cute miniature horse is NOT A PONY (although you can call him what you will, he doesn't mind as long as you offer a handful of grass!) and serves our nervous students as he is a manageable size, very calm, and a patient animal! Being good natured like FunSize Snickers is a key to making introductions to boys who have never been on a horse in their life. We also love to use this little guy as a backup lawn trimmer and week killer! He will eat anything green! Having a working horse family requires many different personalities and options and FunSize fills a gap we enjoy so much in the equine program!

Whiskey

Equine Therapy

Whiskey is a unique horse and has a special place in the program at Oxbow Academy is one of the horses trained by the boys in the program! This is a result of many hours of patient work and time spent with each boy and our horse professionals leading him to where he is today! Whiskey is one of our lungeing horses and is used during equine sessions where we work on a variety of skills including communication and confidence. It is an interesting experience being at the end of the lungeing rope with an animal that weighs well over 1000 lbs. on the other end. There is a feeling of confidence that can come from guiding the horse and creating a working relationship through proper communication and skill. Often boys will enter our program with fears and reluctance to work with the horses but through the help of their therapist and specialized training from our horse professionals they can complete the program with confidence and skills in the areas they needed help the most.