Rich McDonald, MS, CMHC

Clinical Director

As the leader of Wasatch Crest's clinical program, Rich has created a clinical culture that empowers clients to rewrite their stories and develop meaningful lives. Rich brings over 25 years of leadership experience and ten years working in the recovery community.

Leading with respect, accountability, and acceptance, Rich embodies Wasatch Crest’s human-centric treatment approach. He’s passionate about incorporating nature into recovery and is dedicated to helping clients build lives worth staying sober for.

Rich is an avid trail runner, and has successfully competed in many marathons, ultra marathons, and 100-mile trail races.

“Recovery is a miracle; why not have a front-row seat to watch it happen.”

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Chad Christiansen, MD

Medical Director

Chad is a graduate of the Medical School of Wisconsin and has been a practicing physician for 12 years with a deep connection to addiction work and the WCR team. He completed a residency at the University of Utah and is a certified buprenorphine prescriber for sub-acute detoxification. He has an abundant knowledge of addiction and co-occurring illnesses and practices medicine with compassion, empathy and great care.

“Dr. Chad” has served as Medical Director of Wasatch Crest for three years.

“I feel very privileged to work with the remarkable team at Wasatch Crest. I have seen first-hand what a team of caring and dedicated professionals can do to help those who suffer from the disease of alcoholism.”

“As a physician, I have treated many diseases and have witnessed, personally and professionally, the often-devastating effects of addiction. I have also seen the amazing transformation of recovery in people’s lives."

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Jamie Merrell, RN

Director of Nursing

Jamie is the Director of Nursing at Wasatch Crest, where she works with the medical team to formulate and implement care plans for each client. She enjoys being part of the unified team at Wasatch Crest. Jamie is fulfilled by being able to keep clients safe and provide them with care during some of their darkest, most difficult moments.

Jamie has a breadth of nursing experience within the fields of substance abuse treatment and behavioral health, including working at Cirque Lodge, Nexstep Medical Detox, Shadow Mountain Recovery, and Dixie Regional Hospital in the behavioral health unit. Jamie studied nursing at Dixie State University and Provo College, and completed her preceptorship at Nexstep Medical Detox.

Jamie has four children and two grandchildren. She played roller derby for a few years, under the roller derby name of Harley Quinn. Jamie has also lived in Okinawa, Japan.

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Adelinn Cook, BS, TRS, CTRS

Director of Recreational Therapy

Adelinn is the curator of Wasatch Crest’s robust Recreational Therapy program, which includes Adventure Therapy outings, Experiential group therapy, Expressive Therapy, and mindfulness interventions such as yoga and meditation. She works closely with clients to create personalized Recreational Therapy treatment and aftercare plans. Using evidence-based therapeutic methods, she guides clients to discover their passions, develop resilience, and ultimately develop meaningful lives in sobriety.

Adelinn received her Bachelor’s degree in Recreational Therapy from Indiana University, Bloomington. Prior to coming to Wasatch Crest, she worked as an Adolescent Guidance Specialist at a substance abuse treatment center in Indianapolis. She also facilitated Recreational Therapy activities such as ropes course initiatives, canoeing and equestrian therapy at an organization that served adults and children with varying disabilities.

Frequently going on solo backpacking trips for days at a time, Adelinn has a breadth of knowledge about outdoor survival skills. In her leisure time, Adelinn enjoys rock climbing, fly fishing, disc golfing and painting. Adelinn is also working toward her yoga instructor certification.

Adelinn’s calm and gentle demeanor is almost constant, but when she does get upset, her favorite coping method is throwing knives and hatchets. She also incorporates hatchet-throwing into Wasatch Crest’s Recreational Therapy program as a way to empower clients and introduce them to a fun, stress-relieving activity.

Adelinn is profoundly gratified when she witnesses clients overcome their fears by stepping out of their comfort zones and find inspiration to live life to the fullest.

“I’m convinced that if you encourage addicts and alcoholics to find a clean & healthy recreational activity to engage in, that positive use of leisure time can replace the negative behaviors and energy associated with using.”

Lindsay Fenton, CMHC

Director of Utilization Review and Primary Therapist

As the Director of Utilization Review, Lindsay advocates for clients to obtain authorizations from insurance companies, so that they can receive the life-saving help of substance abuse treatment. She also specializes in treating trauma, and facilitates individual and group therapy sessions at Wasatch Crest.

Lindsay holds a Master of Science degree in clinical mental health counseling. She has nine years of experience working in the substance abuse treatment field and six years of experience working as an authorizations manager. Lindsay is trained in the trauma treatment method of Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR).

For Lindsay, the clients are her favorite part of working at Wasatch Crest. She enjoys working behind-the-scenes on clients’ behalf to obtain ongoing authorizations, so they can focus on their recovery. Lindsay feels fortunate to work within a collaborative clinical team that makes sure all clients are receiving personalized, holistic treatment.

Lindsay’s hometown is Los Angeles, and she loves to travel.

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Lisa D’Agostino, MSW, CSW, 200 RYT

Clinical Therapist

As a clinical therapist, Lisa facilitates individual and group therapy at Wasatch Crest. She holds a Master of Social Work degree from Fordham University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology from the Catholic University of America.

Lisa has interned as a middle and high school drug and alcohol prevention and intervention counselor in Croton, NY. She has also worked as a clinical therapist at Family Services of Westchester in Yonkers, NY. Lisa has completed mediation training at the Ackerman Institute for the Family in New York City and Utah Dispute Resolution. She has also practiced pro-bono mediation for individuals in small claims court.

Lisa has been sober for over 27 years and draws on her long-term sobriety to guide individuals in early recovery. She enjoys helping clients gain insight and discover new perspectives on their lives.

In addition to a clinical therapist, Lisa is a yoga and ski instructor. In true Wasatch Crest spirit, Lisa loves outdoor adventure. She enjoys road and mountain biking, trail running, hiking, and camping. She’s also an alpine and cross country skier. An avid runner, Lisa ran the New York City Marathon twice, once as a Achilles International guide for her brother who has MS. Her longest race was 50 kilometers in the Tillamook Forest outside of Portland, OR. Lisa grew up in Manhattan.

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