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Seasoned Professionals – Our Clinical Team

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Meet Our Clinical Team

Dave Archer, Dave Archer MA, LMFT – Clinical Director

Dave Archer, Ashcreek Ranch Academy
Dave graduated from Utah State University with a degree in Communications, and later continued his education at Argosy University, where he completed a Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy.
Dave has worked as a Clinical Director and Primary Therapist in both residential and outpatient settings, and was a live-in family teacher. With a decade of experience in the mental health treatment field, Dave has been certified in multiple treatment modalities, such as Brainspotting and the Teaching Family Model, and has been able to help countless numbers of individuals and families work through difficult and traumatic experiences. He has an exceptional ability to compassionately and expertly support and guide individuals through the challenges of life, and has also served as a mentor to others in the field.
In his free time, he enjoys golf, soccer, baseball, watching movies, traveling, and spending time with his wife Kris, three daughters, and two dogs.

Fotu C. Soliai, MSW, LCSW – Executive Director

Fotu did his Doctoral Studies at the University of Utah.  He received his Master’s of Social Work Degree from Brigham Young University of Utah.  He is a Board Member and Clinical Certifier for the National Independent Private Schools Association (NIPSA).  Fotu overseas all the clinical and operations services for Ashcreek Ranch and Sedona Sky Academies

Fotu is a talented clinician who brings a great spirit of collaboration, innovation and Clinical Sophistication to both academies.  Fotu has extensive experience in providing therapy to adolescents, families and couples as well as training staff and developing effective programming. Before joining Ashcreek and Sedona, Fotu has worked in positions including, but not limited, as an Executive Director, Clinical Director, Clinical supervisor, Clinical consultant, adjunct professor and board member for various non-profits.

Fotu’s clinical expertise, education and unique cultural background has allowed him to develop programs designed to quickly identify systemic dis-functions within all systems, identify strengths and creatively implement solutions that are specific to each system. He expertly weaves differing modalities together with creativity and fun, which allow our students, families and staff to re-establish healthier relationships across systems

Dan Afualo, MSW, LCSW – Primary Therapist

Dan received his Master of Social Work Degree and his Bachelor of Science Degree in Sociology at Brigham Young University.  He then became a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.  After graduate school he spent five years working as a therapist at the Utah State Prison, working with inmates in maximum security.  Dan moved to Southern Utah in 2001and began working with adolescents in residential treatment.

Since moving to St. George Dan has worked with adolescents in both residential treatment, wilderness therapy, and outpatient settings.  He specializes in mood disorders, self-esteem, addiction, and anger management issues.

As a youth Dan lived in American Samoa with his family for almost 10 years. When he’s not at work, Dan enjoys spending time with his wife and 5 boys, playing the ukulele, eating good food, and working on his tennis game.

Ray Forrester, MSW, LCSW – Strength and Fitness Director, Therapist

Ray received his Master of Social Work Degree and his Bachelor of Science in Psychology Degree from Brigham Young University.  His is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.  While working towards his bachelor’s degree in Psychology he took an internship at the Utah County Juvenile Detention center, Slate Canyon.  This was the beginning of his professional path towards helping wayward teens. Over the next few years he worked as a direct care staff at various programs and his University rugby coach convinced him to become a full-time therapist.

Ray loves being active, so he uses an experiential client centered, systems approach to therapy. He combines this with CBT, Motivational Interviewing, and mindfulness techniques.  Ray is also a Crossfit® Level 1 Coach and is working towards a second master’s degree in Sports Performance and Conditioning.  He specializes in experiential therapy and finds innovative ways to combine physical fitness with therapeutic approaches.

Ray moved to America from New Zealand in 2008 to play rugby for BYU (National Champions 09,12,13,14,15).  He and his wife Cara enjoy being outdoors, eating pizza, and seeing new places. They try to get back to Cara’s home state of Alaska as much as possible to visit her family, have outdoor adventures, and fishing.

Philip Winch, MSW, LCSW – Primary Therapist

Phil received his Master’s in Social Work from Arizona State University and his Bachelor of Science in Psychology degree from Brigham Young University.  Phil is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.  He began working in wilderness therapy programs and residential treatment centers in 2006. Phil is an Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP). Most recently he has spent the last few years working with adolescents as an outdoor wilderness therapist.

Phil believes the most affective approach with adolescents is using mindfulness therapy in conjunction with physical activities and exercise.

Phil is native to Utah and grew up ranching with my family in central Utah.  He is married with four children. Phil spends part of his time training to be an American Ninja Warrior and qualified for the regional competition.  In his free time, he especially enjoys spending time with his family, exercising, reading, playing his drums, or engaging in any outdoor activity. He also likes horsemanship and working at his family’s ranch.

Jacob “Jake” Roberts, APRN – Medical Services

Jake received his Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner Degree from the University of Utah.  He is also licensed in the State of Nevada where he serves the under privileged population in Southern Nevada.  Jake worked at the behavioral health unit at the IHC Hospital in St. George Utah and the LDS Hospital in Salt Lake City Utah.

Jake has worked in multiple levels of behavioral health treatment settings including inpatient, outpatient, wilderness and a number of residential programs. He has grown to love treating the adolescent and young adult population and customizes every treatment plan to their situation.

Jake’s theory on medication management is to use the least amount of medication possible to stabilize the individual. This in turn allows the patient to develop appropriate coping skills and to not always have to rely on medication to solve the problem at hand.

While he’s not treating patients, Jake spends his time outdoors, either hiking, mountain biking, or boating. He especially enjoys spending time with his children and especially his grandchildren.

Katherine Christiensen – Registered Nurse

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