Equine and Clinical Director
Phil is a Certified Social Worker who has been serving adults and children with mental illnesses since 2006. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in psychology from Brigham Young University, and attended Graduate school at Arizona State University where he earned his Master’s Degree in Social Work. Phil Graduated from ASU Summa Cum Laude with an emphasis in the therapeutic treatment of children and families. He has worked in a wide variety of treatment settings including wilderness and residential therapy programs, community mental health agencies, the Veteran’s Administration, and the public school system. In these settings Phil has worked with at-risk adolescents struggling with mental and behavioral illnesses, adults with serious mental illnesses, and military veterans with serious mental illnesses. Phil’s experiences have helped him develop skills in the use of psychotherapy to treat various disorders in the areas of substance abuse, anxiety, mood, and personality. Phil especially likes using outdoor therapies such as wilderness experiences and equine therapy to treat mental illnesses. Phil grew up working at his family’s ranch in central Utah, and he loves the western setting of Falcon Ridge and its capacity to provoke positive change in individuals and families. His amiable personality and ready smile add to the ranch’s atmosphere of acceptance and respect. He loves the outdoors, and in his free time likes to work at his family’s ranch, swim, hike, exercise, laugh, read, and spend time with his wife and two young children.