Your Team

Administrative Staff

Brent Esplin, LMFT

Brent Esplin, LMFT

Executive Director
Janet Farnsworth

Janet Farnsworth

Associate Executive Director
Brian McDonald

Brian McDonald

Admissions Director
Marissa James

Marissa James

Admissions Coordinator
Allison Michelle Jenkins, LCSW

Allison Michelle Jenkins, LCSW

Clinical Director
Landon Horton, MHA

Landon Horton, MHA

Residential Director
Sandra Elggren-Farish

Sandra Elggren-Farish

Utilization Review Director
Michelle Pattison, RN, BSN

Michelle Pattison, RN, BSN

Nursing Director
Eric Ricks, BBA, MHR

Eric Ricks, BBA, MHR

Human Resource Director

Brent Esplin, LMFT

Executive Director

Brent has spent his career of almost 20 years working with teens and their families in a variety of different settings including long and short-term residential treatment, acute care, and home based services. He has served in various leadership capacities over the years including clinical director, utilization review director, admissions/business development director, and executive director. Brent relates comfortably and professionally with families and teens alike. He finds great joy in guiding families out of crisis situations and into peaceful solutions. Brent’s experience working within the field of mental health in admissions allows him to have a breadth of knowledge when assessing the needs of clients in acute situations, as well as less critical circumstances. He played an integral part in creating an operational psychiatric facility and most recently helped start a short-term residential treatment program. Brent is passionate about providing more families with quality mental health treatment by accessing their insurance benefits. Brent is an active member of his community and finds the most joy spending time with his family. His wife, Julie, and their three young adult/teenagers enjoy all sports along with hiking, camping and other outdoor activities. Julie is a competitive marathon runner and Brent rides his bike along side her to keep up.

Janet Farnsworth

Associate Executive Director

Janet Farnsworth joins the Oasis Ascent team as the Associate Executive Director, overseeing outreach, admissions, and the residential teams in providing short-term acute and residential care for teens and their families. For almost 30 years, Janet has been a noteworthy leader in the adolescent treatment field. She has worked in a variety of therapeutic treatment settings, always in key leadership roles, most notably as both executive director and outreach director. She’s been credited with contributions to many successful programs and currently serves on the NATSAP board, a member association of like-minded service providers. Janet specializes in creating residential treatment programs with heart and therapeutic sophistication. She honors her many years as a live-in treatment provider and residential supervisor and trainer for providing the foundational humanistic approach to the work she’s so passionate about.Janet is most proud of her family -- she loves being Landon's wife, mom to three wonderful young adults, bonus mom to three more awesome grown ups, and grandma to lots of spunky little ones. Janet spends her free time gardening in her backyard, caring for her growing flock of chickens, or out travelling the open road in an RV to find great live music events and fun places to explore.

Brian McDonald

Admissions Director

Marissa James

Admissions Coordinator

Allison Michelle Jenkins, LCSW

Clinical Director

Landon Horton, MHA

Residential Director

Landon comes to Oasis Ascent with close to 10 years of experience in behavioral health settings including acute care, outpatient services, and long term residential treatment. Landon started his career as a youth mentor and has since worked in various roles including recreation director, program manager, admissions director, and operations director. He loves working with teens and their families and helping them learn to cope and find joy through life's challenges. He is excited to join the Oasis team and help more families access these services. Landon has a bachelor's degree in psychology from Utah State University and a master's of healthcare administration from Weber State University. Landon enjoys spending time with his wife Alyssa and their family, playing sports, boating, watching Jazz basketball, and performing in musical theatre.

Sandra Elggren-Farish

Utilization Review Director

Michelle Pattison, RN, BSN

Nursing Director

Michelle has a passion for her role in the field of nursing. She has many years of clinical and management experience working with people and their families to provide individualized care. Michelle also brings valuable life experience which allows her to make a positive difference in the lives of our students and their families. She models compassion, resilience, and believes it is never too late to make changes in our approach to life. She loves to learn new things and teach them to others.Michelle received her training as a Combat Medic and Licensed Practical Nurse in the US Army as a member of the National Guard. She received her Associates and Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing at Nightingale College of Nursing.Michelle loves her family and friends and enjoys spending time with them. Michelle also loves animals and believes that they have a calming effect on people. She is proud to be a part of the Oasis Ascent team.

Eric Ricks, BBA, MHR

Human Resource Director

Eric has returned to Behavioral Health after spending the last decade on wall-street managing the Securities Lending Department at Goldman Sachs. Eric has lived in Manhattan, Tokyo, and Bengaluru; but is a Utah native and feels there is no better place to raise a family. He has an associate’s degree in business management, a bachelor’s degree in business administration and finance from BYU, and a master’s degree in human resources from USU. Eric loves combining his education and experience in his current role as Human Resource Director. Eric considers his wife and four children his best friends. He loves spending time with his family, camping, hiking or “just hanging out” and playing video games with his kids. Eric has a passion for learning new things and a drive for perfection in everything he does.

Clinical Staff

Allison Michelle Jenkins, LCSW

Allison Michelle Jenkins, LCSW

Clinical Director
Marie Walsh-West, ACHMC

Marie Walsh-West, ACHMC

Therapist
Kelsey Stender

Kelsey Stender

Therapist
Yanni Gallagher

Yanni Gallagher

Therapist

Allison Michelle Jenkins, LCSW

Clinical Director

Marie Walsh-West, ACHMC

Therapist

Kelsey Stender

Therapist

Yanni Gallagher

Therapist

Residential And Management Staff

Landon Horton, MHA

Landon Horton, MHA

Residential Director
Jackie Vassar

Jackie Vassar

Residential Program Coordinator
Jayson Salesulu

Jayson Salesulu

Residential Program Coordinator
Camryn Shields

Camryn Shields

Residential Shift Supervisor
Shane Williams

Shane Williams

Residential Shift Supervisor
Vincenzo Makasini

Vincenzo Makasini

Residential Shift Supervisor
Ashley Thomas

Ashley Thomas

Residential Shift Supervisor
Steven White

Steven White

Kitchen Manager/Head Chef
Mikkayla Adams

Mikkayla Adams

Office Manager

Landon Horton, MHA

Residential Director

Landon comes to Oasis Ascent with close to 10 years of experience in behavioral health settings including acute care, outpatient services, and long term residential treatment. Landon started his career as a youth mentor and has since worked in various roles including recreation director, program manager, admissions director, and operations director. He loves working with teens and their families and helping them learn to cope and find joy through life's challenges. He is excited to join the Oasis team and help more families access these services. Landon has a bachelor's degree in psychology from Utah State University and a master's of healthcare administration from Weber State University. Landon enjoys spending time with his wife Alyssa and their family, playing sports, boating, watching Jazz basketball, and performing in musical theatre.

Jackie Vassar

Residential Program Coordinator

Jayson Salesulu

Residential Program Coordinator

Camryn Shields

Residential Shift Supervisor

Shane Williams

Residential Shift Supervisor

Vincenzo Makasini

Residential Shift Supervisor

Ashley Thomas

Residential Shift Supervisor

Steven White

Kitchen Manager/Head Chef

Chef Steve is a prime example of someone who has followed his passions. Throughout a highly successful career managing several regional departments of a national diesel manufacturing company followed by oversight of marine operations and repairs of large, ocean-going vessels, Steve could not get away from his true calling as a Chef. So, he went back to school, completed a four year culinary arts degree, and began refining his naturals talents into a career where he is noted for his versatility, professional knowledge, and for his unique ability to create delicious and nutritious meals that range from mouth watering American Regional to several variations of international cuisine. Working with our dietician, Steve is able to address the unique dietary needs while appealing to all of our staff and students with his rotating menu. Chef Steve is a great teacher who hopes to light the passions in our students when it comes to being more versatile, less fast food dependent, and more competent as they move into adulthood.

Mikkayla Adams

Office Manager

Medical Staff

Michelle Pattison, RN, BSN

Michelle Pattison, RN, BSN

Nursing Director
Amy Parry

Amy Parry

DNP Mental Health Specialist
Dr. Bill Bunn

Dr. Bill Bunn

Psychiatrist
Dr. Ben Belnap

Dr. Ben Belnap

Psychologist

Michelle Pattison, RN, BSN

Nursing Director

Michelle has a passion for her role in the field of nursing. She has many years of clinical and management experience working with people and their families to provide individualized care. Michelle also brings valuable life experience which allows her to make a positive difference in the lives of our students and their families. She models compassion, resilience, and believes it is never too late to make changes in our approach to life. She loves to learn new things and teach them to others.Michelle received her training as a Combat Medic and Licensed Practical Nurse in the US Army as a member of the National Guard. She received her Associates and Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing at Nightingale College of Nursing.Michelle loves her family and friends and enjoys spending time with them. Michelle also loves animals and believes that they have a calming effect on people. She is proud to be a part of the Oasis Ascent team.

Amy Parry

DNP Mental Health Specialist

Dr. Bill Bunn

Psychiatrist

Dr. Ben Belnap

Psychologist