Clinical Team

Rich McDonald, MS, CMHC

Executive Director

At the forefront of Wasatch Crest since its founding, Rich has created a culture of quality and compassionate care 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.”

Jordan Gardner, CSW

Clinical Lead – Men's Wasatch Residential Treatment Program

As Wasatch Crest's clinical director, Jordan leads clinical operations as well as conducts individual and group therapy sessions for clients who are beginning their recovery journeys. He’s driven by the opportunity to help individuals envision better lives for themselves and empower them with the necessary tools to create those lives.

Jordan earned his master’s degree in clinical social work from Utah Valley University. He’s an avid horse rider and has been competing in horse shows across the country since childhood. He recently welcomed a new horse named Harris and a new puppy named Darla to his family.

Jamie Belnap, CSW

Clinical Lead – Women's Jupiter Residential Treatment Program

Dr. Derry Brinley, DO

Medical Director

Dr. Brinley earned his undergraduate degree from Weber State University and medical degree from Kansas City University's School of Medicine and Bioscience.

Following his graduation, Dr. Brinley completed residencies in family practice and general psychiatry at the University of Kansas School of Medicine. He is board-eligible in both general psychiatry and child and adolescent psychiatry.

Jerry Graves, NP-C

Medical Provider

Jerry graduated as a registered nurse from Utah Valley University. He also earned an advanced degree as a family nurse practitioner from the University of Utah.

Throughout his medical career, Jerry has served as an active-duty Navy hospital corpsman, treated clients with chronic mental health disorders, and worked in the emergency room as an RN.

Katie York

Medical Technician

Katie manages medications for both the men’s and women’s residential treatment clients.

By reliably administering their medications, she works to develop trusting relationships with clients as they navigate the unfamiliar experience of recovery. She loves coming to work every day, surrounded by staff that truly cares about helping others.

In recovery herself, Katie strives to show clients that sobriety is achievable and that they can create better lives for themselves. She enjoys sharing her experiences with clients, helping motivate their healing, and inspiring them with hope for their futures.

Katie’s hobbies include going to the gym with her husband, watching movies, playing Hacky Sack, and shopping. She also enjoys participating in sports and watching her children engage in athletics. She’s a proud mother to a thirteen-year-old boy who is an amazing athlete and a twelve-year-old daughter who loves to sing. She’s also a proud wife to a hard-working husband. Katie is extremely terrified of spiders.

A quote by Albert Einstein inspired Katie’s early recovery and continues to resonate with her. It reads, "You cannot solve a problem at the same level of thinking you were at when you created it.”

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Sean Priest, LPN

Director of Authorizations

Sean brings over two decades of experience in mental health nursing to his role as director of authorizations at Wasatch Crest. Rooted in advocacy and service, Sean works closely with insurance partners to ensure individuals receive the treatment they need. With a specialized focus on securing authorizations for chemical dependency and mental health treatments over the past decade, his expertise guides clients through the substance use treatment authorization process seamlessly. As a U.S. Army Veteran, Sean also brings an invaluable sense of dedication and discipline to his work.

Inspired by a personal vow to assist those in need, Sean embarked on a journey in addictionology following the loss of a dear friend to addiction. His commitment to helping individuals access treatment extends beyond professional duties, reflecting a deep-seated passion for making a meaningful difference in the lives of others.

Beyond his professional endeavors, Sean is devoted to his wife, four children, three grandchildren, and beloved dog. He also enjoys indulging in hobbies including music and gaming.

In the words of Ferris Bueller, "Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it." This sentiment encapsulates Sean’s belief in the importance of seizing every opportunity to make a positive impact.

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