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Our Therapists

Choosing the right therapist is essential in making progress and major life changes. All the research points out that it is the therapeutic relationship that makes the difference in making positive changes in one’s life. We have a variety of therapists with different life experiences and backgrounds which helps us to match a client’s needs with the right person to facilitate change.  Feel free to interview our therapists to see if the match is right for you and your issues. Meet our therapists below.

Our therapists offer a variety of clinical approaches to match the therapeutic needs of the people we serve.


Karen Malm

Karen Malm, PhD

Karen Malm is a licensed psychologist with over 20 years of experience as a psychologist working in a variety of settings from inpatient facilities to schools to working with families in their homes and with a wide array of psychological issues and behavioral concerns. As the executive director of Summit Community Counseling, Karen fulfills a lifelong dream of developing a team of experienced therapists who are like minded in offering high quality services to individuals and families with an attachment perspective and strong behavioral skills. Karen has worked with a variety of clients from very young to geriatric, with a host of issues, and with a variety of disabilities and needs. She shows a flexibility in her approach to work with each client as an individual who deserves to be treated with respect and dignity. Karen provides thorough psychological and neuropsychological assessments to understand the person and their strengths and barriers. She is skilled in working with children with reactive attachment disorder, adults and children with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, and with therapy issues related to day to day life issues. Karen is also certified in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).

Karen provides psychological assessments statewide.


Andrew Alder

Andrew Alder, CMHC Intern

Andrew is finishing his work to become a licensed therapist through the Clinical Mental Health Counseling, M.Ed. program at the University of Utah. Currently, he provides therapy for students and community clients at the University of Utah's Student Support Clinic. His methods focus on therapeutic treatments and psychoeducation for at-risk youth and their families for over three years while working at Primary Children's Inpatient Psychiatry. Prior to that he worked closely with young adults for over two years helping them learn how to manage communication and interpersonal skills.

Through the use of interpersonal and acceptance-based practices, Andrew seeks to help others discover greater acceptance of themselves, others, and how to commit to a healthier and happier life. Additionally, he loves educating people about family and relationship dynamics and processes. He believes that relationships, both with others and with oneself, are where people find their greatest experience in the journey toward fulfillment. Andrew also speaks Spanish fluently, and provides therapeutic services to Spanish-speaking clients.

Music is Andrew's biggest interest. He owns a few guitars and has played in several bands. Playing guitar and writing music is one of his favorite things to do. He also enjoys hiking, camping, and being in the outdoors. During the colder seasons of the year, Andrew spends a lot of his time watching comedy and thrilling movies and television.

Ingrid Boveda

Ingrid Boveda, M.Ed

Ingrid Boveda, M.Ed.  Ingrid grew up in Miami, Florida, and moved to Utah for graduate school. She is a doctoral candidate in the Counseling Psychology Ph.D. program at the University of Utah, and joined Summit as a Practicum Counselor. Ingrid earned her Master Degree in Licensed Professional Counseling from the University of Utah in 2012. In that program, she gained experience working with substance abuse, assessments and testing, the elderly, and adults in individual and group therapy.   In her doctoral program, Ingrid gained experience working with college students in individual therapy with a variety of presenting concerns, as well as couples. She is Gottman trained at level 1 and enjoys helping her clients understand their relationships.

Ingrid works primarily from an Interpersonal and Attachment perspective, and tailors her therapy to her clients concerns. She often incorporates Interpersonal therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Dialectical Behavior Therapy into her work. 

At Summit, Ingrid sees both adults and children for psychological evaluations and does individual and couples therapy.  Ingrid believes in a strengths-based model, and looks for the client's own resources that they can use in meeting their therapy goals. She particularly enjoys working with identity issues, relationships, LGBT issues, and mood disorders. She enjoys travelling, camping, snowshoeing, and spending time with loved ones. 

Kayla Atkin

Kayla Atkin, CSW

Kayla is a Certified Social Worker with experience in working with children, adolescents and adults. Most of her work in social work has been with children in the traumatized and abused populations. She received her master's degree in the Spring of 2016. Kayla has experience in working with trauma, abuse, attachment parenting, and relationship-enhancement based therapy with parents and children. Kayla's approach to therapy includes, but is not limited to, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Play Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Sand Tray Therapy and therapy based on Theraplay principles.

In her spare time, Kayla is an avid movie-goer, a softball coach, and an aunt to 26 nieces and nephews! Kayla loves to spend free time doing jigsaw puzzles, being outside with her dogs, reading, and spending time with family.

Brian Cherry

Brian Cherry, CMHC

Brian Cherry is a Clinical Mental Heath Counselor with over 15 years of experience assisting individuals, families and groups work through difficult life challenges. He is passionate about helping people overcome barriers leading to a stronger, happier and healthier sense of self. His specialties include substance abuse, domestic violence and trauma-focused treatments.

Brian is father to three children and finds this to be his greatest reward. He is an avid skier, runner, hiker and camper.

Maxwell Dahmen

Maxwell Dahmen, CSW

Max has been working in the mental health field for seven years and received his Master of Social Work in 2014. Max has worked in a variety of therapeutic settings. He is comfortable working with groups, individuals, families and couples. Max’s passion for empowering the people he works with to heal and grow is reflected in his approach to therapy. Change can be difficult to face! Max works to support his clients as they take these challenging steps to create better lives for themselves and the ones that they love.

Max has an expertise in Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy and Motivational Enhancement Strategies. Family therapy is passion for Max. He utilizes Emotion Focused Therapy to help families develop compassion and communication strategies with one another. An outdoors enthusiast, Max believes in the healing power of nature as well as taking care of the mind/body/spirit. In his free time, Max enjoys spending time with his family and friends, getting outside and reading a good book.

Meghan Elkins

Meghan Elkins, AFMT

Meghan is an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist. She received her Master in Counseling Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from California Lutheran University in 2013. She completed her undergraduate degree in Psychology with a minor in Child and Adolescent Development at California State University - Fullerton. For the past year and a half, Meghan has worked with autistic individuals and their families. She has also helped run social groups.

Meghan enjoys working with individuals throughout the life span. She has experience working with children, teens, adults, and families. Meghan’s approaches to therapy include, but are not limited to, a Client-Centered Approach, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Play Therapy, Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Solutions-Focused Therapy.

Meghan recently moved to Utah from Anaheim, California. Meghan enjoys spending time with her husband, friends, and family. She enjoys watching movies, baking, photography, and traveling. Meghan has enjoyed exploring Utah and is always up for trying new restaurants and finding fun things to do.

Kim England

Kim England, CMHC

Kim is a Clinical Mental Health Counselor who has worked with at risk youth for the past seven years. In 2004, she received a Bachelor Degree in both Political Science and History from the University of Utah. In 2012, she received a Master Degree of Mental Health Counseling from the University of Phoenix.

Kim has worked in both residential and outpatient settings. She has worked with individuals struggling with trauma, loss, LGBTQ issues, mood disorder, extreme anxiety, and with relationship issues. Her methodology focuses on the relationship above all else. Kim’s approach in therapy is through unconditional positive regard and integrates Dialectical Behavioral Therapy as well as Motivational Interviewing techniques with her clientele.

In her free time, Kim enjoys riding her Arabian horses, hiking, fly fishing, and spending time with her family.

Monica Florez

Monica Florez, LCSW

Monica is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (L.C.S.W.) and the Director of Youth Mentoring Services. She holds a Master of Social Work and a Bachelor of Psychology from the University of Utah. Monica's approach to therapy is strength's based and client centered. Her interests are in Attachment Theory and Psychodynamic Theory; specifically how our early relationships and experiences influence how we see ourselves and relate to others.

Monica utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing techniques. She is certified in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). She has experience working with children, teens, adults, and families. Monica particularly enjoys working with codependency problems, relationships, mood disorders, and helping people heal from trauma.

In her free time, Monica enjoys spending time with her family, friends, and cats. Her hobbies include dancing, reading, and cooking.

Leah Huhnke

Leah Huhnke, LMFT

Leah is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and the Clinical Director of our offices in Wasatch and Summit Counties. She received her bachelor's and master's degree from Alliant International University in San Diego, CA. She has a variety of experience working with children and adults including children with autism, teen parents, school-based counseling, and substance abuse inpatient treatment. Leah is also a NOJOS affiliate and works with juvenile sex offenders.

Leah’s utilizes an attachment perspective with individuals, and structural theory with families, and integrates Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Emotion Focused Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing techniques. Leah has completed Level 1 Training in Gottman Method Couples' Therapy.

Leah enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter, traveling, attending the performing arts, and being outdoors.

Leah sees clients in Salt Lake City, Summit County and Wasatch County.

Douglas Huston

Douglas Huston, CMHC

Douglas is the Assistant Director and a Clinical Mental Health Counselor (CMHC) licensed in the State of Utah.  He has over seven years experience working with individuals with disabilities and their families.  He also has extensive experience working with adolescents and people with addictions. Douglas is also certified in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). He holds a Bachelor of Science with emphasis in Psychology from Utah Valley University in Orem, Utah, and he earned a Master Degree in Professional Counseling from Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia.

Douglas is a certified SOAR, CPR and First Aid Instructor.  He is married with four children.  He enjoys traveling and spending time with his family.  One of his greatest joys in life is helping people reach their goals.  He enjoys working with individuals with Autism and those with developmental disabilities.

Doug sees clients in Tooele, Salt Lake City and Orem.

Kendyl Leasure

Kendyl Leasure, ACMHC

Kendyl is an Associate Clinical Mental Health Counselor with experience in working with a diverse client population including, children, teens, adults and disabled individuals. She received her Master Degree in Transpersonal Counseling Psychology from Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado. During her career she has developed a therapeutic style that encompasses a holistic approach, recognizing the whole individual: body, mind and spirit.

Kendyl uses a client centered approach to therapy emphasizing open communication and authenticity. In addition to traditional talk therapy, she incorporates experiential therapies including: play therapy, sandplay, dream works and mindfulness awareness practices to help individuals move along their healing journey.

During her free time, Kendyl enjoys spending time with her two children and husband, being outdoors, yoga, and is generally up for anything spontaneous and fun.

Jacky McAlister

Jacqueline McAlister, CMHC

Jacky is a Clinical Mental Health Counselor in the state of Utah and a License Professional Counselor in the state of Wyoming (expiration June 2016). Jacky has over 14 years of experience in the human service field working with youth involved in the juvenile justice system, birth mothers, adoptive couples, seriously and persistently mentally ill individuals, and families. In the state of Wyoming Jacky was a mental Health Assessor providing emergency evaluations, managed a group home for SPMI individuals and provided therapy services.

Jacky’s approach to therapy is collaborative and trauma informed. She utilizes a variety of clinical and alternative methods to find what works best for clients in her care.  Jacky is trained in Dialectic Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and EMDR.  Jacky has also studied a variety of alternative modalities such as Emotional Freedom Techniques and Spirit Releasement Therapy. Jacky’s approach to therapy is straight forward, action oriented, and holistic.

In her spare time, Jacky enjoys studying alternative therapies for healing, spending time with her family, reading, golfing, and most recently has taken up snowboarding.


Clare Rakowski

Clare Rakowski, CMHC

Clare Rakowski is currently a Clinical Mental Health Counselor after receiving her Bachelor Degree in Child Development, and her Master Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Westminster College.  She has experience working with various backgrounds, including refugees and at-risk youth. Clare also has experience working with individuals and families who present with a variety of mental health issues. Clare approaches therapy from a client-centered perspective, which emphasizes the client’s needs, and aids building insight into their own lives. She is trained in Acceptance Commitment Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Child-Centered Play Therapy.

Clare is passionate about helping clients find safety, create insight, and improve interpersonal functioning which serves to make their lives fuller and provides empowerment throughout their therapeutic journey.

Rachel Ramos

Rachel Ramos, LCSW

Rachel received her Master in Social Work from the University of Utah with an emphasis in Mental Health. She has experience working with adults and children from diverse backgrounds and with various needs. Rachel had worked with individuals struggling with substance abuse, domestic violence, physical, emotional, and sexual abuse, dementia, trauma, and crisis. Rachel has worked with Hispanic populations and is one of our Spanish-speaking therapists. She also spent a summer teaching coping skills and using short-term therapy with children at a boarding school in Tamil Nadu, India.

Rachel uses an eclectic approach with therapy and has been trained in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Feminist Multicultural Therapy, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing. She also has completed Level 1 Training in Gottman Method Couples' Therapy. Rachel also uses other techniques in counseling such as Mindfulness, narrative techniques, EFTT and Gestault techniques, and expressive arts— with experience using music and visual art with individuals in therapy.

Rachel enjoys traveling, being in nature, being creative, collecting odd instruments, and playing with musical groups.

Rebecca Ruda

Rebecca Ruda, CMHC Intern

Becca is a Master's student in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at the University of Utah. She earned a Bachelor degree in Psychology from Southern Utah University, specializing in clinical work. She considers it a privilege to spend time with people who are courageously facing various life challenges. Her approach integrates the interpersonal process approach, existential therapy, mindfulness, and DBT. She has experience working with individuals throughout the lifespan, those dealing with trauma, spiritual issues for clients of any faith, LGBTQ issues, relationship issues, depression and anxiety. She is also a certified yoga instructor. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter, rock climbing, hiking, and enjoying the outdoors.

Michelle Sanders

Michelle Sanders, CMHC

Michelle is a Clinical Mental Health Counselor and the Director of Marketing. She obtained her Master Degree in Mental Health Counseling at Capella University. While in graduate school, she was accepted into the prestigious Chi Sigma Iota, the Counseling Academic & Professional Honor Society International.

Michelle has worked with many couples and individuals, including teenagers. Her expertise lies in marriage/couples' counseling and treating mood and anxiety disorders. She also treats individuals with sex addiction, substance abuse issues, existential concerns, self-image disorders and trauma/abuse. Michelle also has done a lot of faith-based work with clients, many of whom are LDS. She is also our Spanish-speaking counselor and works with individuals who speak Spanish and/or have cultural-related issues.

Michelle is eclectic in her theoretical foundation, though has a preference for Choice Theory (Reality Therapy), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solutions-Focused Therapy, Gottman Method Couples' Therapy, Emotion-Focused Marriage Therapy, Existential Therapy and strength-based therapies. In addition, Michelle is certified in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). She also has completed Level 1 Training in Gottman Method Couples' Therapy. She also incorporates other therapeutic models dependent on her clients' individual circumstances and wishes.

As the Director of Marketing, Michelle produces advertising and marketing materials for Summit, in addition to maintaining its website.

Michelle is a Wisconsin native and enjoys spending time with her husband and their cats, working on their home, and finding new ways to express her creativity.

Derek Smith

Derek Smith, M.Ed

Derek is a doctoral candidate in the Counseling Psychology Ph.D. program at the University of Utah. He earned a Master Degree in Counseling and Human Services in 2010 from the University of Idaho - with subspecialties in professional counseling, school counseling, and school psychology. He gained counseling and assessment experience with preK-12 students in both general and special education programs. He joins Summit as a practicum counselor.

In his current program, Derek has focused on working with veterans and older adults. He specializes in diagnosis and treatment of clients with various dementias. However, he also appreciates working with a broad spectrum of clients who are experiencing academic, transition, stress, and grief issues. In his work, he utilizes an integrative approach to counseling in which he draws from interpersonal, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and humanistic therapies. At Summit, Derek sees children and adults for psychological and neuropsychological evaluations and he provides individual therapy.

Derek has a number of personal interests. He enjoys watching movies, playing games (board, card, and video), observing animals, stargazing, and spending time with friends and family. He spends much of his free time visiting the Hogle Zoo and hanging out with the animals.

Tamatha Smith

Tamatha Smith, CMHC

Tamatha is a Clinical Mental Health Counselor and recieved her Master Degree in Mental Health Counseling from the University of Phoenix in 2010. She has had over twenty years of experience working with people with developmental disabilities and her undergraduate degree is in Human Services. While a Professional Counselor Intern she worked with sex offenders who also had developmental disabilities as well as those with anger management issues.

Tamatha enjoys working with children, adolescents, and adults. She specializes in working with individuals with Autistic disorders, developmental disabilities, anger management, and trauma related issues. Tamatha is also certified in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).

Tamatha's approaches to therapy include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Play Therapy, Behavioral Therapy, and Solutions Focused Therapy. When not working Tamatha enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, and reading.

Tamatha sees clients in Salt Lake City, Tooele, Summit County and Wasatch County.

Kim Solomon

Kim Solomon, LCSW

Kim is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (L.C.S.W.) with experience in working with children, adolescents and adults. She received a Bachelor and Master in Social Work, with an emphasis in Clinical Mental Health, from the University of Utah. Kim has experience in working in home-based, residential and outpatient settings. She also has experience in working with diverse populations. Kim has also facilitated and co-facilitated groups regarding social skills, life skills and peer relationships. Kim’s approach to therapy includes, but is not limited to, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Behavioral Therapy, Play Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focused Therapy and Brief Therapy. Kim is also certified in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).

Kristina Talbert

Kristina Talbert, Psy.D

Kristina Talbert is a clinical psychologist whose primary focus is psychological and neuropsychological assessment. She has worked with a diverse set of populations including children and adults experiencing problems related to autism spectrum disorders, traumatic brain injury, attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder, posttraumatic stress, attachment disorders, depression, and anxiety.

Kristina’s education and professional development have taken her on a journey from the University of Texas at Austin to the Clinical Psychology Doctoral program at Indiana University of Pennsylvania before landing in Salt Lake City. An avid hiker, she quickly fell in the love with the city’s mountain setting. Since 2012, she has completed a one-year internship with Valley Mental Health and a one-year residency at the Neuro Assessment and Development Center.

In August 2014, Kristina joined Summit Community Counseling. Since that time, she has performed a wide range of assessment services including psychological evaluations, neuropsychological assessments, and forensic services. To further her professional development and to keep her clinical skills sharp, Kristina also provides therapy services and enjoys working with adolescents and adults. In therapy, she focuses on using interpersonal, cognitive-behavioral, and dialectical-behavioral interventions.

Marilee Tuifua

Marilee Tuifua, LCSW, CCI

Marilee Tuifua is an LCSW with 14 years of hospice experience, 1 year of counseling teens in a proctor home setting, and 13 years involvement as a professional parent.  While working in the hospice setting, Marilee has assisted individuals and families of all ages to cope with terminal illness, loss, and grief.  Her strengths lie in empowering those with losses and with bereavement to cope in a healthy way, assisting individuals and their families in coping with illness, and with individuals with disabilities, who have behavioral struggles.  She graduated with her Master’s Degree from the University of Hawaii in 1998 with a concentration in Gerontology.  The University of Hawaii incorporates the teaching of cultural sensitivity into all courses offered. 

Marilee’s approach to therapy is supportive, client-centered and finally solution-focused.  She will utilize practical means to help individuals deal with their emotional distresses and problems in living a healthy way.  This may include, but isnot be limited to, comforting, advising, encouraging, reassuring, listening and then moving into building upon one’s insights which empowers change.  In addition to talk therapy, she may also instill a variety of alternative techniques like mindfulness, holistic approaches to healing, and aromatherapy.  Marilee has also completed Level 1 Training in Gottman Method Couples' Therapy.

Marilee is trained in SOAR.  She is also a Certified CARE Instructor (CCI).  CARE stands for Center for Aromatherapy Research and Education.  CARE provides authorized training for professionals to obtain CEU hours and CE hours towards integrating aromatherapy into their healing professions. 

In Marilee’s spare time, she enjoys being a wife and a mother to 4 children.  Two of her children are college students, one is a teenager, and the other is an adult foster son, who struggles with behavioral and disability limitations.  She finds peace in gardening, hiking, and her two dogs (Spike & Sir William Googly Eyes).  She finds enjoyment in cheering her children on in their small and large accomplishments as well as in their sporting events.  

Nicole Wharton

Nicole Wharton, LCSW

Nicki received her Master of Social Work Degree from the University of Utah with an emphasis in International Social Work. She has over 10 years of experience working with youth and families, survivors of abuse, and immigrant and refugee populations.

Nicki’s interests in international social work led her on many adventures throughout Central America. In Costa Rica Nicki worked with troubled youth struggling with addictions, learning disabilities, and behavioral and family problems. She has also worked extensively with survivors of domestic violence, refugee and human trafficking youth, and individuals suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, mood, and anxiety disorders. Nicki has received training in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, but utilizes various treatment modalities in order to tailor treatment to the unique needs of each client.

Nicki enjoys working with individuals throughout the life span and is most passionate about helping clients own their stories and to find meaning, strength, and self-compassion through their struggles.

In her free time you will find Nicki gardening, rock climbing, skiing, and enjoying the outdoors with her husband and their little dog Tica.  

Paul Woolf

Paul Woolf, CMHC

Paul is a Clinical Mental Health Counselor and has worked in the substance abuse field since 2002.  He also has extensive clinical expertise in various areas of mental and emotional health. Paul has developed a passion for helping people understand and overcome the struggles and issues with in life.  He is committed to helping those who want to find the path to a healthy, joy-filled healthy life style.  

Andrea Young

Andrea Young, ACMHC

Andrea graduated with her Master in Mental Health Counseling in 2014 and she graduated with her Bachelor in Human Services in 2010. She has been working in the field of mental health for over 10 years, and truly enjoys assisting others become their greatest selves.

Andrea has a strong interest in expressive arts as therapy and enjoys utilizing artwork, creative writing, and role playing in her sessions.

In her spare time, Andrea can be found at the swimming pool with her three daughters, riding bikes with her husband, or marathoning shows on Netflix and snuggling with her family for hours on end.


Our Direct Support Staff

Our direct support staff (skills workers) are here to help those with Optum Medicaid in psychosocial rehabilitation, skills training, and respite work. They also provide services to at-risk youth in our Youth Mentoring Program.


Amelia Gallegos

Amelia Gallegos

Amelia is from Salt Lake City, Utah. She is a senior at the University of Utah where she is obtaining a Bachelor Degree in Human Development and Family Studies. Amelia's future plans are to go to graduate school to obtain her Master Degree in Human Development and Social Policy.

Amelia is one of our senior respite workers and has been with Summit since July of 2013. She is our Skills Progam Administrator/Team Lead, and has seen what a difference our Respite Program has created in the lives of Summit's clients.

Amelia has several years of experience working with children and adults. Her focus in life is to help local communities strive for the better by helping those individuals in need. Amelia's motive is to be a positive influence and an advocate for youth groups.

Amelia enjoys an active lifestyle filled with trail running, outdoor adventures, and anything that can keep her moving in a positive direction.

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McKayli Abbe

Mckayli Abbe is a student at the University of Utah and is working on a BS in Psychology. She wants to become a doctor specializing in neurological diseases and disorders. She hopes to be able to be a health professional in the Doctors without Borders program.

Mckayli is incredibly passionate about people and her main goal is to make people feel supported and empowered to pursue their passions. She loves to read, rock climb, and explore new places.

Jessi Ayala

Jessi Ayala

Jessi is finishing her last semester for her Associate Degree in Social Work at SLCC. When completed, she plans to continue her education at the University of Utah to obtain her Master Degree in Social Work.

Jessi is passionate about working with and helping both children and adults. Jessi has experience working with children and youth who come from various backgrounds, including those affected by poverty and who are victims of crimes.

In her free timem Jessi enjoys running, reading, and spending time with her husband and young son.

Marisa Buchanan

Marisa Buchanan

Marisa grew up in Salt Lake City and has lived here most of her life. She completed a Bachelor of Science in Social Science and Bachelor of Art in Environmental Studies at Westminster College. Marisa enjoys working with people of all ages and abilities to help them lead happy, healthy, productive lives. She is a compassionate person who cares deeply about people, community and the environment. During her free time, she likes to explore outdoors, go biking, hiking, camping, and climbing. Marisa also enjoys cooking, reading and spending time with friends and family.

Michaela Carlin

Michaela Carlin

Michaela is originally from Westwood, Massachusetts. She is currently attending the University of Utah, where she is working toward a BSW in Social Work and a BS in Parks Recreation and Tourism. Michaela plans on using these degrees to pursue a career in adventure- based horticultural therapy.

Michela strives to use an intersectional perspective throughout her studies and in her personal life. She enjoys working and surrounding herself with all people. While she is not working or in school, she enjosy playing outside, gardening/farming, and spending time with her friends.

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Tayler Dean

Tayler is in her last semester at Salt Lake Community College, after which she will be transferring to the University of Utah to work toward her Bachelor in Social Work. She hopes to make a positive difference in the lives of youth and to help them live up to their ufll potential.

In her free time, Tayler enjoys spinning, going on walks, spending time with her family, camping, watching movies and her favorite tv shows.

Brian Flores

Brian Flores

Brian Flores is currently a sophomore at the University of Utah. He is working towards a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Political Science with an emphasis in Law and Politics. He plans to go to law school and receive his JD.

Brian has a passion for helping others and teaching them about things he has learned. He loves sports, especially basketball and soccer. He also loves to read books and do things outdoors.

Marissa Harris

Marissa Harris

Marissa is a senior at the University of Utah, currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. She was also recently accepted into the Applied Positive Psychology Certificate Program offered there. This program focuses on the application of positive psychology research to individuals to promote others to live happier and healthier lives. After graduating, she wants to obtain a Master Degree in Counseling. She hopes to be able to make a difference in individuals' lives as a therapist someday. She is compassionate and has spent time as a hospice volunteer. She loves being able to provide emotional and motivational support to others.

In her free time, she enjoys being outdoors with her significant other and 7 year-old labrador, camping in Southern Utah, traveling abroad, spending time with friends, listening to music, and reading.

Rebecca Hehnke

Rebecca Hehnke

Becky was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, but grew up in Rexburg, Idaho. She graduated with a Bachelor Degree in Social Work from Brigham Young University - Idaho in 2012. She has worked with children with behavioral issues in school settings and with children with autism one-on-one in their community and homes for almost two years.

Becky was married on June 4, 2016. After she married, she moved to Taylorsville, Utah. She was lucky enough to get a job with Summit shortly after. She will be working with children in the Youth Mentoring Program. She also has a case management job where she works with adults with disabilities.

Becky loves making a difference in people’s lives. She loves helping people reach their full potential in life.

Becky enjoys being with family and friends. She likes to play both card and board games and go swimming. She would love to have a big family of her own someday.

Nathan Kramer

Nathan Kramer

Born and raised in Salt Lake City, Nathan graduated from the University of Utah with a Bachelor in Psychology and is currently working on obtaining his master’s degree with hopes of ultimately becoming a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. From a young age, Nathan has had a keen insight and passion for helping others and has a strong belief in the powers of therapy.

Nathan has a deep love of sports, and is an avid basketball fan. He enjoys playing with his 2 dogs (Harrison & Chester) and loves using them for therapy. His favorite activities include playing golf, biking, ping pong, & Frisbee golf.

April Magelby

April Magleby

April is a senior at the University of Utah where she is majoring in Anthropology and Human Development & Family Studies. She finds enjoyment in helping others and works with both children and adults. She has a respectful, non-judgmental attitude towards people regardless of religion, culture, sexual orientation, or mental health issue. Her hobbies include time spent outdoors, trail walking, backpacking, road trips, embroidery, beadwork, and cooking.

Christopher Montague

Christopher Montague

Christopher Calvin Montague was born in Salt Lake City and has lived here his entire life. He just recently graduated from the University of Utah with his Bachelor of Science in Psychology. He is planning to continue his education at the University of Utah by earning his Master in School Counseling. He has been working with Summit Community Counseling since April of 2014, and has also started working as an Academic Aide at Albion Middle School. He has always felt that the childhood and teenage years are the most important to our development, which is why he has chosen a career tailored to that field. He also feels that he really connects with that age group and that he can really empathize and understand the trials and tribulations today's youth have to endure.

Christopher lives a very active lifestyle: he is an Eagle Scout, has a Red Sash in Hung Gar Kung Fu, and enjoys hiking, snowboarding, long boarding, biking, and other activities.

Christian Ruske

Christian Ruske

Christian is from South Jordan, Utah.  He will be graduating from the University of Utah in May 2016 with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology.  After graduation, he intends to complete a Master in Clinical Mental Health Counseling or Master in Marriage and Family Therapy.  He loves to work with children and youth, and hopes to be able to make a career out of helping them. 
Christian has a passion for music.  He enjoys singing in the University of Utah Chamber Choir which recently won the Florilege Vocal European Grand Prix in Tours, France, beating out ensembles from around the world.  He loves to play the piano.  He also enjoys traveling, movies, spending time with friends and family, learning new things, and going to concerts.  Christian is fluent in Spanish.

Shelby Woolf

Shelby Woolf

Shelby Woolf is from Provo, Utah and loves to be outdoors, especially to enjoy the mountains so close to home. She is an avid reader, a figure skater and an artist. She is a freshman at Utah Valley University, and is majoring in Psychology. She plans to pursue a career in counseling. She loves working with youth and children. She is passionate about making a difference in the lives of others, one by one. She spent 18 months living in Chicago and serving and teaching individuals and families there, specifically among the Hispanic community. She reads, writes and speaks fluently in the Spanish language.

Camille Young

Camille Young

Camille is a recent graduate of Utah Valley University. She has a degree in Behavioral Sciences - Family Studies. Most of her experience has been volunteering through CASA and providing parent teen mediation in local schools, which has played a crucial part of her social work experience. She is currently in pursuit of a Master Degree in Family Studies (MFT) and finishing in 2016.

As a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) volunteer, Camille has been sworn in and appointed by a judge to watch over and advocate for abused and neglected children. The program makes sure these children do not get lost in the overburdened legal and social service system or languish in inappropriate group or foster homes. For many children in the system, their CASA volunteer will be the one constant adult presence in their lives.

Camille's mediation skills consist of helping parents and teens who often find themselves in conflict with each other. Parent Teen Mediation is a helpful alternative that promotes healthy communication between parents and teens about their issues. Parent Teen Mediation offers a family system faced with conflict with an opportunity to promote understanding in order to resolve the issues within the system. Families faced with Parent Teen Conflict are potentially faced with high-risk behaviors from the youth who live within them. High-risk behaviors may include running away, breaching rules and breakdown in relationships, sloughing school, and poor grades.

Camille's education/volunteer experience and work experiences have all given her a much broader understanding of culture, diversity and interpersonal relationships that will help her as a skills worker. She values diversity and the richness it brings into our communities. Becoming a Skills worker allows her to work within her community to help individuals, regardless of their circumstances, reach and maintain a better quality of life.


Our Prescriber

Many clients may find that they need medication prescription and management along with their therapy. Our Prescriber provides those much-needed services.



Dr. Laura Croft Maw

Laura Croft Maw is a board certified Family Nurse Practitioner with over 20 years experience in family medicine and mental health treatment. She brings a unique perspective to psychiatric medication management because of her experience in family medicine. She is able to look at the person as a whole rather than only mental health. She has been a foster and respite provider specifically for medically fragile children.

Laura enjoys being with her three adopted children. She loves skiing, hiking, biking—pretty much anything involving the outdoors. She loves music and is an accomplished pianist and ballroom dancer. She has a great love for animals and she and her children are actively involved in volunteering and rescuing homeless pets. Her home often looks like a petting zoo. Although Laura received her doctorate degree from the University of Utah, she remains an avid BYU fan. Go Cougs!

Laura works with all ages providing medication management for a variety of mental health issues. She works closely with patients, therapists and caregivers to make appropriate clinical decisions regarding medications.

Laura loves being a part of the treatment team here at Summit Community Counseling.

Our Administrative Staff

Our administrative staff play an essential role in our everyday work at Summit Community Counseling.


Audrey Stone

Audrey Stone

Audrey received her Bachelor Degree in Clinical Psychology, with a minor in Sociology, from Westminster College in December 2015. Through her undergraduate education and experience working for Summit Community Counseling Center, she has realized her true passion for helping those around her, especially those who experience poverty and/or mental illness.  She hopes to continue her education in the fall of 2017 by attending a law school program focused on public service needs. In the mean time, she has started an effective case management program for Summit to aid clients in connecting with much needed resources in the community. When not working, Audrey loves to cuddle her cat, go to the gym, spend time with loved ones, and attend concerts.

Allison Tormondsen

Allison Tormondsen

Allison is the Quality Assurance Manger at Summit Community Counseling. She grew up in Colorado and pieces of her heart are still between there, New Mexico and Texas with family. She graduated from Western State Colorado University with a BA in Communications and Minor in Psychology. That has led to many opportunities from Radio Promotions to Non-Profit Management working with adults with Developmental Disabilities to aiding in Special Education at the High School level.

Even with life's curves, like moving from Colorado to Washington state, to recently moving here to Utah, Allison always seems to be able to come back to doing what she loves, which is helping others succeed. Her favorite things are seeing live music with her husband (anything from country to classic rock), camping and challenging herself on her CR85 dirt bike, hiking, road trips to any new, American, small town and helping her eight and nine year-old daughters genuinely laugh and learn.

Amy Wadsworth

Amy Wadsworth

Amy is an Administrative Assistant and the Intake Coordinator at Summit Community Counseling. She is the front person that clients will have contact with first. She does many things for Summit, including taking all intakes, verifying insurance, collecting data, and doing internal audits. She also manages the front desk and greets our clients as they come in.

In her spare time, Amy likes to spend time with her family and play with her dog.


Tammy Zaelit

Tammy Zaelit

Tammy is the Financial Controller for Summit Community Counseling. Tammy has worked in Administrative services, and billing for over 10 years. Tammy has an AS in Business Management from the University of Phoenix, and also attended Snow College. Tammy is the oldest of a blended family of 10 children. She has been married to her best friend for 22 years, and they have 4 children ages 18 to 12. In her spare time she loves, reading, camping, cooking, crafts and genealogy.

Our Therapists

Karen MalmAndrew AlderKayla AtkinBrian CherryMaxwell DahmenMeghan ElkinsKim EnglandMonica FlorezLeah HuhnkeDouglas HustonKendyl LeasureJacky McAlisterClare RakowskiRachel RamosRebecca RudaMichelle SandersDerek SmithTamatha SmithKim SolomonKristina TalbertMarilee TuifuaNicole WhartonPaul WoolfAndrea Young

Contact Us

Main Office: 5689 S. Redwood Road  Suite 27
Taylorsville, UT 84123
   Orem: 359 E. 1200 S.
Orem, UT 84058
   Park City: 1910 Prospector Ave Suite 201A
Park City, UT 84060
   Heber: 150 N. Main Street Suite 204 #6
Heber, UT 84032
   Layton: Arrowhead Stables
897 S. Angel Street
Layton, UT 84041
   Murray: 4991 S. Commerce Drive
Murray, UT 84107

Summit Community Counseling, Marriage, Family, Child, Individual Counselors, Taylorsville, UT