Executive Director / Founder
- Master of Social Work, University of Denver, Denver, Colorado
- Bachelor of Social Work, Weber State University, Ogden, Utah
- Certified Trauma Therapist Level II
- Certified to provide clinical supervision
- Certified in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
Rod leads the Bridge House Team having decades of experience in the field of private residential treatment. A thoughtful and dynamic leader, he has previously served as Executive Director, Clinical Director, Program Director, and Primary Therapist at some of the most highly regarded treatment programs in the country. Rod brings to Bridge House not only his clinical verve, but also a unique, sophisticated approach to program oversight and management. He is passionate about delivering innovative and ethical mental health treatment in a nurturing and normative setting.
Rod received his graduate degree from the University of Denver. He is a licensed clinical social worker and certified trauma therapist with more than twenty years of experience in mental health, addiction treatment and program management. Since entering the field in 1992, he has delivered treatment to thousands of clients and their families, supervised hundreds of mental health professionals, led three successful organizations, and developed cutting edge programming now implemented in various treatment settings.
Director of Diagnostic Services / Founder
- Ph.D. Clinical Psychology, Magna Cum Laude, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah
- Bachelor of Psychology and Sociology, Minors in Statistics and Philosophy, Magna Cum Laude, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah
- Licensed Clinical Psychologist since 1999
- Member of the American Psychological Association since 1999
Dr. Chris McRoberts has been conceptualizing the Bridge House model and the prospect of one day providing a place of hope, health and healing for over 15 years. Dr. McRoberts began his mental health career in 1992 as a job coach for intellectually disabled adults. This and other service experiences sparked his desire to learn about and to serve people with mental health problems and cognitive differences. He subsequently committed his career and energy to helping others in need. Research and evidence-based practices have provided the structure for his studies and work with adults and adolescents. He has a love of research and has published several peer reviewed articles and presented research findings at many national conferences on education and mental health. During his university studies, Dr. McRoberts took part in internships and practicums that exposed him to the wide range of emotional and intellectual challenges individuals face. His doctoral program focused on the assessment and treatment of mental disorders and cognitive differences in both children and adults.
Dr. McRoberts worked at the Utah State Hospital, private practice clinics, acute hospital units, a large community mental health center, and in public and private schools leading up to his licensure as a Clinical Psychologist in 1999. Dr. McRoberts founded and built an assessment-based practice in 1998 in which he supervised fifteen psychologists specializing in educational, neuropsychological, and psychological evaluation of children, adolescents, and adults in Utah, Idaho, New York, and North Carolina. Through this process, he traveled throughout the United States and internationally conducting comprehensive psychological and educational evaluations. He has visited and examined well over 100 schools and therapeutic programs along the way. Dr. McRoberts has become a recognized expert and supervisor in the field of psychological and cognitive testing and evaluation. Dr. McRoberts has been on the founding team developing and/or serving as board president for eight prestigious residential treatment and wilderness therapy programs beginning in 2005.
Medical Director, Psychiatrist
- B.S., University of Washington, Seattle, Washington
- N.D., Bastyr University, Seattle, Washington
- D.O., University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey-School of Osteopathic Medicine, Stratford, New Jersey
- Adult Psychiatry Residency, University of Utah
- Board Certified by American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
Dr. Philippi began her professional journey with a diverse medical education. In the late 1980s she attended Bastyr University, a renowned naturopathic medical school in Seattle, WA. There, she developed innumerable skills focused on treating the whole person. After completing her naturopathic medical training, Dr. Philippi went on to pursue a traditional medical education at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey - School of Osteopathic Medicine. It was there that she was drawn to the field of psychiatry and following graduation she completed a psychiatry residency at the University of Utah.
Dr. Philippi has experience in various clinical environments and levels of care, including acute inpatient hospital, residential treatment units, and outpatient psychiatry. She has also served as clinical faculty at the University of Utah and as associate medical director at a major insurance company. The bulk of Dr. Philippi’s career has been spent as a psychiatrist at two of the largest community mental health organizations in Utah. In that setting, she found immense intrinsic reward in providing high quality and compassionate care to those disabled by serious and persistent mental illnesses. For over a decade (2008-2018) Dr. Philippi worked at Davis Behavioral Health where, in addition to managing an office-based clientele, she was the psychiatrist on the Assertive Outreach Team, a multidisciplinary team performing home visits and caring for people in the community by providing a high level of wrap-around services. In 2018, Dr. Philippi established her own private practice. The calling to make such a significant change came from a deep desire to help people with their mental illnesses in a more holistic way.
Dr. Philippi brings her career full circle by going back to her early education and integrating new functional medicine ideas into her practice. She believes her role as a psychiatrist is to promote and enhance optimal brain health for her patients, not just manage or strictly squelch symptoms.
- Ph.D. Clinical Psychology, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah
- Bachelor of Psychology, Minor in History, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah
- Licensed Clinical Psychologist since 1999
Growing up the son of a clinical psychologist, Dr. Chiles observed a tireless effort on the part of his father to help and support individuals and families faced with a range of difficulties. This instilled in him a deep interest in other people and a desire to help them find peace and harmony in their lives. Even as a teenager, Dr. Chiles believed he would one day be involved in helping others.
A foundation in research and evidence-based practices as part of his education at Brigham Young University and his training in the years since have both provided the basis for Dr. Chiles’ work with children, adolescents, and adults. Dr. Chiles was involved in research during his years in graduate school and continues to see the value of staying current in his knowledge of mental health study and its utility in approach to assessment.
During his time in graduate school Dr. Chiles took part in internships and practicums that exposed him to various profiles and clients with emotional and intellectual challenges. His doctoral program focused on the assessment and treatment of mental disorders and cognitive differences in both children and adults.
Dr. Chiles spent time training and working at the Utah State Hospital, Utah State Prison, private practice clinics, in a rural community mental health center, and in a large community mental health center leading up to his licensure as a clinical psychologist in 1999. Dr. Chiles worked for Psychological Testing Services with Bridge House’s founder Dr. McRoberts for several years. Subsequently Dr. Chiles founded his own practice, Psychological Evaluation and Assessment.
Dr. Jeremy Chiles has been working with children, adolescents, adults, and their families since 1995. Since 2003, his focus has been on providing evaluation and assessment in efforts to help individuals better understand intellectual, achievement, personality, emotional, social, and relationship patterns and challenges that impact their ability to grow and experience success.
Director of Admissions & Business Development
- Bachelor of Psychology, Middlebury College, Middlebury, Vermont
Carrie began her career working at a therapeutic boarding school in 2001. Watching young men and women gain insight and maturity while preparing for the next steps in their lives inspired Carrie to seek further career opportunities in the mental health field. The passion people possess once they are able to get a handle on their challenges is unmatched. Transitioning into a role as Admissions Director in 2004 was a natural move for Carrie. Being able to follow families from the first phone call all the way through to graduation is inspiring and fulfilling. In 2012, excited by the opportunity to work with a unique population and with a well-respected and energetic team, Carrie accepted a job as Director of Admissions at a prestigious residential treatment center, where she remained until 2017. Carrie is a member of the inaugural director team at Bridge House and is energized to be a part of this unique and innovative approach to assessment and treatment planning, the backbone to any successful outcome in mental health care. Carrie believes in a transparent and open admission process where all questions are fair game and decisions are explained with utmost clarity.
- Master of Social Work, The University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah
- Bachelor of Science in Human Services Management, University of Phoenix
- Trained in DBT - Dialectical Behavioral Therapy
- Trained in ACT - Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
- Trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Therapy)
- Trained in MBB (Mind Body Bridging)
- Certified in TFCBT (Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy)
James has been successfully engaging the most defended, therapy savvy, and treatment resistant individuals, along with their families, since 1999. He is recognized for his ability to create strong alliances with change resistant clients. His disarming authenticity and transparent approach allow him to build trusting alliances with both outwardly unwilling and reclusively avoidant individuals alike. In his counseling work, James employs experiential, relationship-based, interpersonal therapy approaches informed by family systems theory, motivational interviewing, third wave CBT, and mindfulness-based interventions. James began his career with a preeminent wilderness therapy program, where he spent over 11 years. He has designed and implemented substance use disorder programming for wilderness therapy programs, therapeutic boarding schools, and residential treatment centers. Evidence-based treatment and research has driven much of James’ philosophy in the work that he does, stemming back to his own graduate level research into the integration of evidence-based trauma and substance abuse treatments. James has served as a therapist with Utah Health and Human Rights, and designed and facilitated a men’s trauma group for Arabic speaking refugees who have survived torture and war trauma. James was the recipient of the Dr. Sharon Goodwill Memorial Award for Achievement and Promise in Mental Health from The University of Utah College of Social Work in 2014.
- Master of Social Work, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah
- Bachelor of Sociology, Minor in Criminal Justice, Weber State University, Ogden, Utah
- Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Trainer of Trainers, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, Wisconsin
- Suicide Prevention Instructor
- Certified in QPRT Suicide Assessment
- University of Utah Practicum Supervisor
- Certified Grief and Bereavement Therapist
Sue received her graduate degree from the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. She is a licensed clinical social worker with more than 20 years of experience in program management, mental health, and addiction treatment. Since entering the field in 1997 she has passionately worked with families from around the world and has refined her clinical skills in a variety of complex settings. Sue brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to her compassionate approach with clients.
Director of Human Resources
- Bachelor of Science: Geography: Travel & Tourism, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah
Katie’s obvious welcoming energy perfectly suits her to be the first smile that many Bridge House residents and families see upon arrival. Katie enjoyed her work with the Salt Lake Convention & Visitors Bureau where she served as the Media Relations Manager and eventually Director of Tourism. Her introduction to the mental health field came as she worked as a typist, transcriptionist, and Operations Manager for a psychological evaluation transcription company, allowing her opportunities to interface with countless psychologists and mental health professionals. Katie’s passion is in organization and she has maintained a small professional organizing business of her own.
- Masters of Social Work, University of Utah
- Bachelors of Science in Parks, Recreation, and Tourism with emphasis in Experiential Education, University of Utah
- Trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy
- Trained in Dialectic Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
- Trained in Mind Body Bridging (MBB)
- Trained in Motivational Interviewing
- Trained in Equine Assisted Psychotherapy
Anna has been in the mental health and substance use disorder fields for over a decade. Her professional career has taken her across the nation to programs in Florida, New Mexico, and Utah. She has held roles as clinical and program director across these three states in mental health, addiction, and dual diagnosis treatment. Anna’s extensive training in trauma-informed therapy allows her to explore deeper issues that are often overlooked. Anna’s specialty areas include trauma, personality disorders, grief and loss, depression, anxiety, gender identity, transgender issues, cognitive disabilities, and addiction.
- Master of Education and Counseling, University of Phoenix
- Bachelor of Science in Psychology, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT
- Board Certified Expert in Traumatic Stress, Invited Speaker and Diplomate with The American Academy of
- Experts in Traumatic Stress in conjunction with The National Center for Crisis Management - BCETS
- Experienced DBT Practitioner
- Certified Advanced Grief and Bereavement Facilitator through the Association for Death Education and Counseling (ADEC)
- Trained in Critical Incident Stress Debriefing - CISD
Marie Rushforth holds a Master of Arts in Education and Counseling, is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, a Diplomate/Board Certified Expert in Traumatic Stress with the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress and an Advanced Bereavement Facilitator. She also had the opportunity to certify under a one-time federal grant issued to a local police department to train, educate and promote domestic violence prevention and advocate for domestic violence victims.
Marie has been working in the field of trauma since 1988. Her first experience with trauma survivors was as an undergraduate intern in psychology at the Utah State Hospital on a forensic unit for convicted sex offenders. The effect of this experience was profound, and since then Marie has explored many facets of trauma, including its effects on the professionals who are immersed in working with traumatized clients, sparking her interest in secondary traumatic stress.
From her initial experience as an intern, Marie has branched out and accepted many opportunities ranging from provision of extensive individual, group and family therapy for both in-patient and out-patient clients to provision of supervision of 15-17 independently licensed clinicians in a 153-bed residential psychiatric treatment center setting for severely traumatized adolescents whose trauma reactions led to behavioral challenges so severe they were unable to remain in un-secured settings.
- Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, University of Phoenix
- Trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
- Twice certified in the Teaching Family Model
Ryan has spent over seven years working in behavioral health. He began his work in residential treatment working with at-risk youth and eventually moved onto work as an intensive in-home specialist with adolescents and their families. He spent three years as a supervisor of in-home workers while obtaining his graduate degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. He has completed a clinical internship in a comprehensive DBT clinic and has surrounded himself with experienced clinicians with a multitude of experiences throughout his studies.
Director of Nursing
- Associate in Applied Science, Weber State University, Utah
- Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Studies, University of Utah
- Associate Degree in Nursing, Salt Lake Community College, Salt Lake City, Utah
- Registered Nurse License, Salt Lake Community College, Salt Lake City
- Applicable trainings including: Advanced Wound Care, IV Therapy, Diabetic Management, Fall Prevention, Blood Borne Pathogens, Infection Control, BLS and AED
Having entered the healthcare field in 1997 as a Certified Nursing Assistant, Tawnie has always had a desire to give back. She served as a Medical Assistant in a pediatric office, and after receiving her nursing license in 2008, Tawnie worked in Home Health and Hospice. There, Tawnie managed patients with medication management, IV therapy, diabetes, wound care, chemotherapy, mental health needs, congestive heart failure, and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. Tawnie has always been aware that she is not only providing care, counsel, and comfort to her patients, but to their families and loved ones as well. She is compassionate, kind, and approachable, and believes that Bridge House residents find the nursing office to be a healing space.
- Bachelors of Social Work, Weber State University, Ogden, Utah
- Masters of Social Work, Boise State University, Boise, Idaho
Austin holds both a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Social Work and, having completed his Master’s practicum at Bridge House, is now a therapist here. Before completing his graduate degree, Austin gained experience working in a residential treatment setting at a local therapeutic boarding school as a dorm counselor for five years. There, he supported adolescent boys predominantly struggling with anxiety disorders, depression, and OCD. Austin has found that this experience has provided him with insight and skills that he has been able to readily apply to his current work with the diverse population that Bridge House serves. Having worked in a different treatment setting, Austin appreciates the unique and thoughtful approach that Bridge House takes in its methods to stabilize, assess, and diagnose people struggling with mental illness. He finds that the individualized, yet inclusive programming found at Bridge House allows for a diverse group of residents to live, heal, and grow together.
Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Anthropology, Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, Pennsylvania
Vija began working in the mental health field in 2016 as a field staff for a wilderness therapy program for teenage boys. She found that wilderness therapy provided a profound environment for supporting vulnerability, challenge, and openness within the teenage boys with whom she worked. Over the course of two years, Vija gained invaluable experience working directly with these teenage boys for eight days at a time, teaching them skills based in Dialectical Behavior Therapy. As a lead staff Vija also gained experience managing a staff team in the Utah desert. Before accepting the position of Admissions Associate at Bridge House Vija spent six months working as a Psychiatric Technician at Bridge House, which has provided her first-hand experience of the care and compassion with which staff treat each resident. Her knowledge of the program allows her to speak clearly with prospective families and residents about what they might experience when joining the community at Bridge House.
Nutritionist, Registered Dietitian
- Registered Dietician Nutritionist & Certified Dietician, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah
- Registration and Certification, American Dietetic Association
- Bachelor of Science in Food, Science, and Nutrition, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah
Becky has worked in Medical Nutrition Therapy since 1997. She served as Director of Nutrition at Mountain West Medical Center where she was head of the Clinical Nutrition Program and Dietary Services. She spent over a year as an Oncology Dietitian at Primary Children’s Hospital where she assessed and treated high-risk and severely malnourished children. She has two nationally recognized weight management certifications from the American Dietetic Association and has received Life Coach training through Franklin Covey.
- Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy, A.T. Still University, Mesa Arizona.
- Bachelor of Human Development & Family Studies, Minor in Psychology, The University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah
- Certification from the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy
Britney has primarily worked with patients in an inpatient rehab hospital setting. While finishing her Master's degree, she completed a number of affiliations at the state hospital, hand therapy clinic, and an adolescent residential treatment center. Brittney brings warmth and compassion to her work and enjoys connecting with residents while they are tackling challenges, both physical and emotional.
Massage Therapist & Yoga Instructor
- Licensed Massage Therapist since 1996, Utah College of Massage Therapy, Salt Lake City, Utah
- Certified Yoga Instructor since 2010, Infusion Yoga
- Registered Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance
Sarah is trained in meditation, injury rehabilitation massage, deep tissue massage, and trigger point therapy. Her specialty is in stress reduction techniques and anatomically-based modalities. She has worked in the massage field since 1996 and currently owns a private practice. She has collaborated with chiropractors regarding spinal injuries and worked with spas incorporating different massage modalities. Sarah’s aim is to help residents achieve their own goals, whether those involve stress reduction and mental peace, or relieving physical discomfort though a focus on specific muscle groups.
Sarah believes that Yoga and massage complement each other and achieve maximum benefit with coordinated practice. She assists residents by strengthening their core, as well as improving sore or weak muscle groups through poses, stretching, and massage. While strengthening the muscles, she includes restorative and Yin yoga, which introduce a meditative element to her sessions. Sarah believes that consistency is key to any healing process.
Assistant Program Director
- Associate Degree in Health Science, Weber State University, Utah
- Medical Assistant License
- Certified Nursing Assistant License
Miranda is passionate about caring for people and making them feel welcome. She is organized and friendly and makes Bridge House Residents feel right at home. She has experience managing events and working as an office manager; organization comes naturally to her. Miranda is a Farmington local and perfectly equipped to help plan activities and outings that are meaningful, fun, and growth-inspiring for residents and staff alike. Miranda is also a Medical Assistant and trained as a nursing assistant and brings that awareness to all that she plans and organizes at Bridge House.
- Associate of Applied Science Culinary Arts, University of Alaska Anchorage, Anchorage Alaska
- Certified Food Safety Manager
Ryan has worked as a culinary professional since 2010 in many prestigious venues in Alaska and Utah. Starting out as a prep cook in 2010 in a Mediterranean restaurant in downtown Anchorage, Ryan quickly learned about what worked and didn't work in a commercial kitchen. After his commercial inauguration he became a contract cook on an island in the Aleutian chain for the United States Air Force. He learned about bulk cooking, buffet service, and banquet cookery as he served the men and women assigned to the base. After moving back to the mainland, Ryan work as a chef team leader in passenger services on the Alaska Railroad. There he learned about serving people from all different ethnic and cultural backgrounds. Before moving to Utah in 2014 Ryan assisted a longtime associate in opening a new restaurant in his hometown of Anchorage. Ryan has worked in fine dining both in Alaska and Utah, and most recently taught cooking classes at a local venue before joining the team at Bridge House. He has a passion for food and the artistic appeal of a well-cooked meal plated beautifully. Ryan loves fusion cuisine, which is the mixing of ingredients and cooking techniques from all over the world. When he cooks, Ryan attempts to take his diners on a culinary journey around the world through his many self-developed recipes.
Executive Sous Chef
- A.S., Culinary Arts, The Art Institute of California - Orange County, California
- Manager Level Serv-Safe Certified
- Current Member, Kansas City BBQ Society (KCBS)
Susan is a seasoned chef, having started her career in the culinary industry in 1998. Her decades of experience have left her well-versed in the nutritional needs of those ranging in age from 5 to 55. Before coming to Bridge House, Susan spent the majority of her career in California as a Central Kitchen Chef/Food Service Supervisor for Garden Grove Unified School District, where she developed the skills and creativity needed to prepare food for a diverse population. She has also performed the duties of an Executive Chef for several well-known amusement parks and restaurants. Susan brings a great deal of knowledge, sensitivity, mentoring, and compassion to the residents she serves at Bridge House. Susan’s care for the residents at Bridge House goes beyond simply serving healthy food, as she also makes sure to stay current research relating to topics such as Autism Spectrum Disorder, diabetes, and dietary deficiencies. Susan has, herself, been in treatment, and realizes how hard it is to work on yourself without proper nutrition.
- Home Inspection Certification
Bruce’s professional experience with property management and maintenance has always had an underlying theme of family and relationship. From 2002-2015 he managed his own home repair and handyman business. He found enjoyment in connecting with his clients and their families, and helping them with their repairs and renovations.
Prior to 2015, he served as a safety coordinator and on-site EMT for a printing company, where he started in 1980. Bruce is on campus most days, and while his primary focus is on the property, he always has a welcoming smile for the residents and employees at Bridge House.