Your Team

Administrative Staff

Brent Esplin, LMFT

Brent Esplin, LMFT

Executive Director
Eric Ricks, BBA, MHR

Eric Ricks, BBA, MHR

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
Phillip McBride

Phillip McBride

Residential Director
Bre Englebrecht

Bre Englebrecht

Director of Utilization Review
Michelle Pattison, RN, BSN

Michelle Pattison, RN, BSN

Nursing 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.

Eric Ricks, BBA, MHR

Associate Executive 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.

Brian McDonald

Admissions Director

Marissa James

Admissions Coordinator

Marissa is excited to join the OASIS team as an Admissions Coordinator. She grew up dancing and teaching alongside special-needs populations and organizations on the east coast, initiating a love for genuine relationships with those in need of compassionate & sensitive care. She has spent time volunteering with local hospitals and virtual crisis lines to build therapeutic relationships with those in the midst of mental health crises. Marissa completed a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology at BYU. Her behavioral health experience continued as a peer mentor and psychiatric technician at both short and long-term treatment facilities. She’s worked closely with some of the most complex adolescent cases from across the nation to collaborate with treatment teams and create sustainable interventions. She has also spent time leading research teams and publishing work on international transgenerational trauma, as well as risk-factors against women, children, and other minorities. Marissa’s experience extends to teaching, training, and presenting on multicultural ethics, trauma & resiliency, and developmental psychology. She loves working with teens' resilience and adaptability in and out of treatment settings. Marissa believes that people need support above everything, and is eager to help provide that for families and teens in need of just that here at OASIS.

Allison Michelle Jenkins, LCSW

Clinical Director

Allison brings diverse clinical experience from outpatient therapy, day treatment, residential care, psychiatric inpatient, and volunteer work at the Refugee Center. Through these intensive exposures to complex patients, she found her passion of working with adolescents in residential settings, like OASIS. As our DBT guru, Allison strives to empower teens with DBT skills and family systems therapy work so that they can progress & thrive despite various challenges in their lives. Born and raised in Utah, Allison graduated from the University of Utah with her MSW in 2008. Growing up, her parents were both advocates of helping those in need which led her to dedicate her career to helping adolescents and their families in the healing process from trauma, attachment struggles, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, neurodiverse diagnoses, and more. Allison believes in the importance of taking in the entire family system picture to ensure sustainable and effective change. Suicide prevention is another important factor integrated into her therapy model. She is EMDR and DBT certified, and works to supervise rising clinicians as well. Allison remains close to her family residing in Draper, Utah where she enjoys riding her bike.

Phillip McBride

Residential Director

Bre Englebrecht

Director of Utilization Review

Bre has worked in Behavioral Health for over 15 years. She has an extensive Utilization Review background working with some of the leading mental health organizations nationwide such as Newport Academy and Embark BH. Bre has served in various leadership capacities over the years and took part in building multiple short- and long-term programs as well as assisted with Joint Commission accreditations, audits, etc. She finds great joy serving others and has a growth mindset. She is passionate about advocating for insurance coverage and being a voice for clients and families alike. She is an active member in her community and enjoys volunteering with her children when able. Bre and her partner have three children and spend most of their time outdoors, hiking, fishing, off-roading and camping. Her greatest joy is when they are spending time together.

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.

Clinical Staff

Allison Michelle Jenkins, LCSW

Allison Michelle Jenkins, LCSW

Clinical Director
Marie Walsh-West, ACHMC

Marie Walsh-West, ACHMC

Therapist
Kelsey Stender, CSW

Kelsey Stender, CSW

Therapist
Yanni Gallagher, AMFT

Yanni Gallagher, AMFT

Therapist

Allison Michelle Jenkins, LCSW

Clinical Director

Allison brings diverse clinical experience from outpatient therapy, day treatment, residential care, psychiatric inpatient, and volunteer work at the Refugee Center. Through these intensive exposures to complex patients, she found her passion of working with adolescents in residential settings, like OASIS. As our DBT guru, Allison strives to empower teens with DBT skills and family systems therapy work so that they can progress & thrive despite various challenges in their lives. Born and raised in Utah, Allison graduated from the University of Utah with her MSW in 2008. Growing up, her parents were both advocates of helping those in need which led her to dedicate her career to helping adolescents and their families in the healing process from trauma, attachment struggles, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, neurodiverse diagnoses, and more. Allison believes in the importance of taking in the entire family system picture to ensure sustainable and effective change. Suicide prevention is another important factor integrated into her therapy model. She is EMDR and DBT certified, and works to supervise rising clinicians as well. Allison remains close to her family residing in Draper, Utah where she enjoys riding her bike.

Marie Walsh-West, ACHMC

Therapist

Marie graduated with a Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology from the Adler Institute and a BS in Psychology and Women's Studies from Loyola University in Chicago. She specializes in using creativity to help people heal from traumatic events. Her integrative approach combines creative arts therapies, positive psychology, Jungian psychology, cognitive and dialectical behavioral therapies, energy psychology, transpersonal & spiritual psychology, mindfulness and meditation as well as various other modalities. She strives to help her clients to find their voices and to express themselves in a way that feels right for them. Marie’s service dog, named Mila, is trained to be attentive to a person's needs. Mila has been so helpful in giving her client's unconditional love and stability- a healing and gentle companion in Marie’s therapeutic work for over 2 years. Outside of work, Marie is always seeking ways to enhance creativity, personal growth, intuition and spiritual development. She derives great joy from spending time with family. Being creative in some form every single day helps Marie to create balance and peace so that she can better connect to herself and the world. You can find her exploring all things a bit off beat happening in SLC!

Kelsey Stender, CSW

Therapist

Kelsey attended undergraduate school at Central College in Pella, Iowa where she majored in Psychology and Sociology. She then went on to receive her Masters degree in Clinical Social Work from the University of St. Thomas/St. Catherine University in St. Paul, Minnesota. Kelsey has 10 years of experience in the mental health field in different settings, including: correctional facilities, residential facilities, partial hospitalization programs, and outpatient therapy. Kelsey utilizes a person-centered approach and believes the client is the expert of their lives, where she walks side by side with them toward wellness. Kelsey is trained in the following therapy models: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Exposure and Response Prevention, and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). In her free time, Kelsey likes to go hiking with her dog, spend time with friends, sew, watch movies, and visit family in Minnesota.

Yanni Gallagher, AMFT

Therapist

Yanni comes to Oasis Ascent with 6 years of experience working in the adolescent treatment program and services industry. He has worked in therapeutic boarding school, wilderness, and short-term residential settings in multiple roles to include milieu staff, transporter, research coordinator, quality assurance, and now as a therapist. Yanni has a Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family therapy with an emphasis in child and adolescent therapy. Through the relational approach, Yanni helps adolescents feel they can entrust him with their deepest concerns and gain confidence in their therapeutic journey. Yanni's therapeutic approach is heavily influenced by Narrative Family Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, and Principles as taught by Arbinger Institute. Yanni loves spending time with his wife, his 1 ½ year old son, and dog. Yanni has a love for the outdoors, sports, and video games. He strives to have a life aimed towards equanimity, learning, and humility.

Residential And Management Staff

Phillip McBride

Phillip McBride

Residential Director
Shane Williams

Shane Williams

Residential Program Coordinator
Alana Luckart

Alana Luckart

Chef
Camryn Shields

Camryn Shields

Lead Shift Supervisor
Vahine (Vee) Kava

Vahine (Vee) Kava

Lead Shift Supervisor
Poli Tuigamala

Poli Tuigamala

Lead Shift Supervisor
Steve Martinez

Steve Martinez

Shift Supervisor
Nicolas Decker

Nicolas Decker

Shift Supervisor
Noa Toutai

Noa Toutai

Shift Supervisor

Phillip McBride

Residential Director

Shane Williams

Residential Program Coordinator

Alana Luckart

Chef

Camryn Shields

Lead Shift Supervisor

Vahine (Vee) Kava

Lead Shift Supervisor

Poli Tuigamala

Lead Shift Supervisor

Steve Martinez

Shift Supervisor

Nicolas Decker

Shift Supervisor

Noa Toutai

Shift Supervisor

Medical Staff

Michelle Pattison, RN, BSN

Michelle Pattison, RN, BSN

Nursing Director
Dr. Amy Parry

Dr. Amy Parry

DNP Mental Health Specialist
Dr. Bill Bunn

Dr. Bill Bunn

Psychiatrist

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.

Dr. Amy Parry

DNP Mental Health Specialist

Dr. Bill Bunn

Psychiatrist