Masters of Social Work, Arizona State University
Bachelor of Family Science, Brigham Young University
McKenzie has worked with all ages during her career, with a special emphasis on children and teens. She especially enjoys working with adolescents, helping them through this difficult and challenging phase of life, while also helping cultivate tools to create rewarding futures.
McKenzie also had the unique opportunity to participate in an internship while living in Romania. She focused on restructuring and improving the orphanage system with hands-on experience that has shaped her career.
McKenzie is trained in Trauma-informed care, TF-CBT, DBT, and Play Therapy.
McKenzie enjoys being at the lake, paddle boarding, game nights with friends and family, performing, singing and dancing, hiking, and spending the weekends at her family cabin in the mountains. She can often be found with water in one hand and a Diet Coke in the other.
Comments on DRA
I am thrilled to be a part of the team at DRA and the opportunity to work with each individual. I believe the team approach that DRA offers, along with well-trained staff and a wide variety of specialties, is the key to a successful experience.
Bachelors of Social Work – Utah State University
Masters of Social Work – University of Central Florida
Case Manager/Therapist – Northstar Treatment Center
Culinary Assistant – Diamond Ranch Academy
My family holds the most interest and attention for me. I have a wonderful wife, a 3 1/2-year-old son, and a beautiful 2 1/2-year-old daughter who is my world. I truly enjoy helping others smile, be it from a good joke, doing or saying something kind, or just being a listening ear. When I have a moment to myself, I do enjoy anything that has an intriguing story: novels, movies, shows, video games, etc. I have quite the nerdy side so if anyone brings up anything Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, or Dungeons and Dragons, we’ll be fast friends.
Comments on DRA
The experiences I had at Diamond Ranch Academy were the motivation that I needed to continue my education in Social Work. Being able to start out in the kitchen and work with the students and develop relationships with them was so rewarding, it pushed me to see what more I could do as a therapist. DRA gives everyone the opportunity and capacity to learn and grow and strive to become their best selves, both students AND staff alike. I am excited and honored to be a part of an organization and environment that serves that purpose.
Masters of Social Work, University of Utah
Bachelors of Social Work, University of Utah
Associates of Science, Dixie State University
Adam spent the last 6 years as a Medical Social Worker spending time working with Trauma, grief, and loss. Prior to that, he spent 2 years working in Behavioral Health with St. George Regional Hospital both with their inpatient and Emergency Crisis Units. He teaches for the Utah State Courts in their Behavioral education system for teens and adolescents and assists with the Social work instruction at DSU. He has also worked as a private therapist specializing in behavioral and emotional difficulties in teens and adolescents.
Adam was born in Northern Utah and raised with 6 siblings spending a lot of time with family and friends hiking, camping, and playing sports. He moved to Southern Utah in 2004 with his wife and now three children. He has spent most of his career working with teens and adolescents and the difficulties and strain that strained or damaged relationships can have in family life. He enjoys working with his hands and spending time with his family hiking, camping, biking, and doing almost any outdoor activity.
Comments on DRA
Diamond Ranch Academy is a program that teaches youth the skills necessary to be successful in all areas of their lives. I am impressed with the unique and insightful way Diamond Ranch approaches the issues our students are dealing with. I have had experience with youth facilities, and in my opinion, the approach that Diamond Ranch brings is uniquely effective and has an approach that has proven highly effective with the students and their families. They have great respect for the students here and truly care about them. The process takes time, but the relationships that are strengthened and remade are worth the wait.
Master of Science – Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Grand Canyon University.
Bachelor of Behavioral Science – Psychology, Utah Valley University
CMHCI, Life Launch Centers
Youth Mentor, Diamond Ranch Academy
I really love anything outdoors, mainly hiking and kayaking, but don’t mind staying inside for a good book or movie. I love getting to explore new places and I’ve had the opportunity to travel a bit even living in Australia for 6 months.
Comments on DRA
I began working at DRA a few years ago as a youth mentor and the experience was life changing. Getting to work in the wonderful environment that is DRA where everyone is supportive and wants the best for the kids and the guided me into what I’m doing today. Building relationships with the kids and other members of the DRA team was the driving force behind me going back to school to become a therapist and getting to play a bigger role in the growth we get to see in our students.
Liberty University, MA in Professional Counseling
Weber State University, BA in Social Work
School-Based Therapist – Ogden, UT
Addiction Case Manager/ Therapist Intern – Minot, ND
Substance Abuse Counselor – Layton, UT
Residential Substance Abuse Treatment Coordinator – Salt Lake City, UT
Residential Staff – Syracuse, UT
When I am not busy chasing my passion for helping teenagers, I am busy chasing my four children 6 and under! We are originally from northern Utah but have lived in a lot of places including North Dakota and Virginia. Our family loves anything outdoors so St. George is a big hit so far for us. Our favorite activities together include backpacking, fishing, hiking, camping, and playing at the park. On the rare occasion I get a free minute alone I like to read and attempt to do crafts. I love dance and the performing arts and did my minor in dance in college.
Comments on DRA
My first time on campus I knew this is the place I wanted to be and where I would choose for my child if they were struggling. Every staff face had a welcoming smile and couldn’t talk enough about their love for the job and the passion they had for helping the youth. The amount of opportunities given to the youth to grow and get help while still being teens with a “normal” life is amazing. The therapeutic environment, the hard-working passionate staff at all levels, and beautiful well-equipped facilities really stand out compared to other places I have had experience with.
California Southern University, MA in Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy
University of California, Irvine, BA in Economics
Therapist at Red Rock Canyon School, St. George, UT
Staff at Abundant Life Academy, St, George, UT
Monitor for Supervised Visitations at F.A.C.E.S, Fullerton, CA
Anne has a passion for the arts that she tried to incorporate in her work with adolescents and their families. She has performed in a number of community theater productions throughout Southern Utah and Southern California. She is also a founding member of Improv Dixie, an improv comedy group in St. George. Anne has found that through improv, individuals can develop communication skills, build confidence, and gain deeper insight into their relationships with others in a unique and fun way. When Anne is not working or performing, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two dogs.
– Purdue University Calumet with a M.S. in MFT
– Texas Tech University Ph.D. in MFT
– Dr. Graff has taught both undergraduate and graduate-level students pursuing careers in the Mental Health field. As a Marriage and Family Therapist, and Clinical Fellow of AAMFT
– He has over 15 years of clinical experience working with individuals, adolescents, couples, and families.
– He has worked with youth in residential settings for over 8 years.
Dr. Graff is passionate about empowering youth and their families. Dr. Graff understands the importance of relationships and their impact on adolescents and their families. He enjoys canyoneering, hiking, biking, and spending time with his family.
Associates of Art, Highland College, Kansas
Bachelors of Social Work, University of Wyoming
Masters of Social Work, University of Wyoming
Crisis therapist at Switchpoint, St. George, UT
Staff at a Lava Heights Academy, Toquerville, UT
Vocational Specialist, Cathedral Home for Children, Laramie, WY
Internships at Head Start, Summit Home Health, and University of Wyoming Family Medical Residency Center, Laramie WY
Mentor in an acting troupe for individuals with disabilities, Manhattan, KS
While walking through the favelas (ghettos) of Sao Paulo, Brazil, I encountered individuals that taught me the art of being happy, no matter the circumstances. Since that experience I have had a desire learn that lesson. Since then I have worked in the field of helping others, and pursued strengths-based work to help individuals achieve their potential. My wife and I moved our family to Southern Utah from Wyoming to get away from the cold, and who wouldn’t want to play in all the sunshine here? Our 3 young boys love being able to play outdoors any time of the year, and I love finding new adventures to go on. I am excited to embark on a new journey with Diamond Ranch Academy!
Associate of Art, Dixie State University
Bachelor of Science in Psychology, Dixie State University
Master of Social Work, University of Southern California
Therapist, Diamond Ranch Academy
Substance Abuse Therapist MSW Intern, Therapia Addiction Healing Center
I was born and raised in Southern California but have spent time in various parts of the country such as Nebraska, Colorado, Arizona, and now Southern Utah. I have live here for 11 years and although the summers are hot I enjoy watching the seasons change. I have 1 daughter who is now 18 and learning that age does not make someone an adult. I raised her as a single parent and have learned a lot of life lessons the hard way. Family connection is something that I hold dear to my heart. Besides my love for animals, I have a deep passion for people and helping those who cannot or do not know how to help themselves. I love that I have the opportunity to be that safe place and voice of reason for those in need.
Comments on DRA
I truly feel blessed to have this wonderful opportunity to work with such amazing people who all share the same passion. Diamond Ranch Academy has a phenomenal program that gets results. Walking around the campus it is evident that those who work here love what they do, the interactions with the students and with each other are genuine. There are firm boundaries where there needs to be, yet there is also compassion and empathy. This is truly a place for positive growth and healing. I look forward to spending many great years here.
MS degree in Marriage and Family Therapy also from Brigham Young University
BS degree from Brigham Young University in Human Development
Clinical and research interests have been on working with adolescents and their families. I have worked with adolescents struggling with depression, anxiety, substance abuse, sexual addiction, autism, attachment, and parent/child relationship problems. Genuinely enjoys working with teens and is a firm believer that the adolescent years are some of the most essential years to develop and maintain healthy habits that will lead teens to be successful and happy adults. My wife and I live in St. George, UT. and are the happy parents of three rambunctious children.