Meet Our Team of
Anxiety Therapists & Specialists

Executive Team

Mike Bulloch, L.C.S.W.

Mike Bulloch, L.C.S.W.

Executive Director, Co-founder
Bryan Wilde, LCSW

Bryan Wilde, LCSW

Associate Executive Director, Residential Director
Cheyenne Liang, CMHC

Cheyenne Liang, CMHC

Clinical Director
Jessica Hartman

Jessica Hartman

Director of Education
Emily Deeter

Emily Deeter

Admissions Coordinator
Jared U. Balmer, Ph.D.

Jared U. Balmer, Ph.D.

Co-founder

Mike Bulloch, L.C.S.W.

Executive Director, Co-founder

Mike has more than thirty years of direct clinical practice with adolescents and their families. He began his career as a therapist in a community-based psychiatric unit for kids and has built a diverse professional background that includes: serving as the clinical director for two prominent residential treatment programs and a therapeutic boarding school, as well as co-founding a specialty psychiatric hospital for teens with complex emotional and medical needs. While serving in these positions, Mike provided training and oversight to each program’s therapeutic team and added his experience, expertise, and vision to each facility. These programs treated youth who struggled with a wide range of disorders, such as substance abuse, eating disorders, behavioral issues, and mood disorders. These experiences propelled Mike to recognize both the needs and benefits of a more narrowly-focused treatment approach for kids who have severe anxiety that compromises their quality of life.In 2012, Mike co-founded WayPoint Academy, the first RTC in the nation that specializes in the treatment of anxiety disorders for youth. Since its inception, WayPoint has been featured on the Today Show, NPR International, in “Angst,” an independent film about anxiety disorders, and was named Educator Hero of the year by the American Red Cross (2015). His extensive background includes assessment, anxiety, depression, executive function, personality development, family dynamics, and individual, family, and group therapies. Mike is a leader in the field and has spoken across the country on numerous topics, such as: Exposure and Response Prevention, Emotional Contagion, and The Anxious Family. He has led workshops at national conferences and is published. Mike is creative, eclectic, and direct in his therapeutic approach and thoroughly enjoys the opportunity to work with such diverse and amazing youth.Mike studied Social Work at Weber State University in Ogden, Utah. Though he was initially interested in community organization, he shifted his focus to psychotherapy and earned an MSW from Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio, Texas. He has received specialized training in Exposure and Response Prevention through the Behavioral Therapy Training Institute.Mike’s interests include backpacking in Utah’s Escalante canyons, where he has spent decades exploring secret spots in remote areas of great beauty. He enjoys fly fishing, floating the great rivers of the West, and cooking Marcella Hazan recipes...or anything that includes New Mexico’s Hatch green chile. Mike loves to travel, especially in southern Italy. He enjoys listening to jam bands and live music. In his free time, he can be found hanging out with his wife, children, and friends or doting on his adorable granddaughter. Mike believes that during difficult times, we must focus on what is working in our lives, and feels the best therapy comes through helping others get in touch with what they already know.

Bryan Wilde, LCSW

Associate Executive Director, Residential Director

Bryan is a proud Utah native. He received a Bachelor of Science in Interpersonal Communication and a Master of Social Work from the University of Utah. He began his career in therapy as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) serving adolescents at Island View Residential Treatment Center. Bryan was the Co-founder and Clinical/Program Director of Pathways to Healing, a therapy clinic in Bountiful, Utah. He has also worked in private practice with adolescents and families where he treated clients with mood disorders, anxiety, obsessions and compulsions, trauma, and addiction. His approach is multi-faceted but grounded in a relational approach. Bryan’s foundational beliefs lie in establishing rapport and trust to help students and families regain their alignment. Students describe Bryan as genuine and fair, but firm. The gentlemen at WayPoint view him as an advocate who assists them in their journeys to health and well-being.WayPoint is fortunate to have Bryan as a gifted clinician and a hands-on administrator. He utilizes his relational approach while overseeing multiple departments, and his leadership, commitment, and unwavering support are woven into the heart of WayPoint.Bryan possesses an extensive administrative and operations background. He served as the Vice President of Human Resources for Franklin Covey for over 20 years. There, he led a team of talented professionals and together they developed strategies to provide the talent and human resources that contributed to the company’s success. Bryan also served as the Vice President of Human Resources for CallAssistant and Winder Farms.In his free time, Bryan enjoys spending time with his family and running to stay fit.

Cheyenne Liang, CMHC

Clinical Director

Cheyenne is a native of Utah and grew up in the small community of Ogden, which has become the second-largest city in Utah. She is an avid learner and her educational journey has been an interesting one. She began college at age fifteen and is the first generation of college graduates in her family. Her love of learning is parallel with her strong work ethic. As a young child, she grew up observing and working in her family’s restaurant.Cheyenne received her bachelor’s degree in psychology at the University of Utah. After receiving her degree, she worked as a job coach for people with disabilities. This experience further fueled her passion for seeking a helping profession. She interned at a LBGTQ facility for several years while pursuing her graduate degree and received her Master of Education with an emphasis in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.Since graduation, Cheyenne has worked as a primary therapist in residential settings and has a unique understanding of the therapeutic environment and excels at building connections with her students. She is a passionate life-long learner striving to sustain a growth mindset in all her endeavors. Cheyenne’s energetic and authentic approach aligns perfectly with the gifted and inquisitive students we have at WayPoint Academy.Her primary treatment modalities are multicultural orientation, skill-building, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, (MBSR), and most importantly, Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP).In her free time, Cheyenne enjoys traveling, she has backpacked all over Europe and now enjoys exploring the wide array of outdoor activities Utah has to offer.

Jessica Hartman

Director of Education

Jess grew up in Pennsylvania along with her identical twin sister, who is a science teacher. Growing up near the Appalachian Mountains cultivated her interest in science and nature. She graduated from Syracuse University with a degree in geology and anthropology. Jess moved to Utah to attend graduate school at the University of Utah in the Department of Geography, where she enjoyed exploring the Uinta Mountains while completing field work for her Master of Science degree. Her research focused on using geochemical and biological analyses of lake sediments to evaluate a record of atmospheric pollution and climate change in Uinta Mountain lakes. While completing her thesis, Jess also discovered her passion for teaching. As a graduate student, she was responsible for teaching various undergraduate courses for the geography department. Since graduating from the University of Utah she has taught science, geography and AVID over the past eight years. In her free time Jess enjoys hiking with her dog, backpacking, hiking, camping, climbing and reading.

Emily Deeter

Admissions Coordinator

Emily was born and raised in Ogden. Along with her siblings, she inherited her father’s love of the outdoors and grew up visiting Utah’s amazing state and National parks, skiing and snowboarding at its incredible resorts, and hiking and mountain biking its extensive trail system. She attended high school at Weber High at the base of Ben Lomond and went on to receive her Bachelor’s degree in English, with a minor in history, from Weber State University.Over the years Emily’s love of the outdoors and outdoor sports has continued to grow, and is second only her to love for her family, including her beloved dog, whom she enjoys spending time with as often as she can. She also enjoys furthering her education by reading books and watching documentaries, watching movies, traveling, and enjoying a good conversation over hot beverages with good friends.

Jared U. Balmer, Ph.D.

Co-founder

Jared grew up in Switzerland where he completed his undergraduate studies in microbiology. After moving to the U.S., he completed a M.Ed. in Educational Psychology and a Ph.D. in Marriage and Family Therapy, both from Brigham Young University. His post-doctoral internship included extensive training with the late Milton H. Erickson, M.D., and Ray Becvar, Ph.D. in strategic therapy.Jared has taught as an adjunct faculty member at Brigham Young University, St. Louis University, and the University of Missouri at St. Louis (UMSL). He was a founding member of the St. Louis Family Institute. Courses he taught included: Parenting, Professional Studies, Family Law, Child Development, Parent-Child Relationships, Family Life Education, and Advanced Practicum in Family Therapy. Jared has published a number of professional articles and lectures on adolescent treatment-related topics to lay and professional audiences nationwide. He is the recipient of the 2004 National Leadership Award of the National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs (NATSAP). He is a member of the Behavioral Health Advisory Board of the Joint Commission of Health Care Organizations (JCAHO).Jared’s professional career centers on adolescents and their families. He is one of the pioneers of a multi-disciplinary approach in the private sector of the residential treatment arena, integrating education, milieu therapy, recreational therapy, psychiatry, and psychotherapy. While living in the mid-west, he founded two treatment centers that served students with severe conduct and related disorders. Since returning to Utah, Jared co-founded Rivendell Psychiatric Hospital, Island View RTC, The Oakley School, and the Aspen Institute for Behavioral Assessment. Drawing on his vast experience and passion for working with adolescents, he has joined forces with other seasoned professionals to create WayPoint Academy, a specialized residential treatment facility for males with anxiety and relation problems.Jared is the youngest of three children who found himself often in trouble with his teachers, much to the dismay of his parents. He is married with three children and has three grandchildren. He is passionate about mountaineering, skiing, trekking, canyoneering, mountain biking, and horsing around with his grandkids Gab, Greg, and Elliott.

Clinical Team

Cheyenne Liang, CMHC

Cheyenne Liang, CMHC

Clinical Director
Jordyn Jacobson

Jordyn Jacobson

Therapist
Bryan Shores, CMHC

Bryan Shores, CMHC

Therapist
Paige Brooks, BSN, RN, PMHNP-DNP

Paige Brooks, BSN, RN, PMHNP-DNP

Therapist

Cheyenne Liang, CMHC

Clinical Director

Cheyenne is a native of Utah and grew up in the small community of Ogden, which has become the second-largest city in Utah. She is an avid learner and her educational journey has been an interesting one. She began college at age fifteen and is the first generation of college graduates in her family. Her love of learning is parallel with her strong work ethic. As a young child, she grew up observing and working in her family’s restaurant.Cheyenne received her bachelor’s degree in psychology at the University of Utah. After receiving her degree, she worked as a job coach for people with disabilities. This experience further fueled her passion for seeking a helping profession. She interned at a LBGTQ facility for several years while pursuing her graduate degree and received her Master of Education with an emphasis in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.Since graduation, Cheyenne has worked as a primary therapist in residential settings and has a unique understanding of the therapeutic environment and excels at building connections with her students. She is a passionate life-long learner striving to sustain a growth mindset in all her endeavors. Cheyenne’s energetic and authentic approach aligns perfectly with the gifted and inquisitive students we have at WayPoint Academy.Her primary treatment modalities are multicultural orientation, skill-building, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, (MBSR), and most importantly, Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP).In her free time, Cheyenne enjoys traveling, she has backpacked all over Europe and now enjoys exploring the wide array of outdoor activities Utah has to offer.

Jordyn Jacobson

Therapist

Jordyn was raised in Utah by gritty parents who taught her the value of hard work. Her family motto is "You can do hard things."During her summers as an undergraduate, Jordyn worked as a youth camp counselor for Especially for Youth. She continued her studies and pursued a Masters Degree in Social Work because she wanted a meaningful career geared towards her love of helping others. While in her graduate program at Utah State University, Jordyn interned at Quality Youth Services, providing therapy services to youth in foster care. She also interned at Family Services, where she learned a wide breadth of therapeutic interventions and worked with a diverse population. Jordyn has worked with pre-teens, teens, young adults, couples, families, elderly, and men's groups.Jordyn is happy to bring her grit, humor, and empowerment approach to her work with WayPoint students. She utilizes an eclectic approach in therapy including Motivational Interviewing (MI), Experiential Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Solution-Focused Therapy (SLT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Structural Family Therapy (STF).Jordyn has a love of interior design, floral design, and collecting art and vintage pieces. She loves British period dramas and has nearly perfected baking scones. She enjoys running, traveling, family gatherings with her parents and three sisters, catching up with old friends, serving her neighbors, making memories with her husband and two kids, reading, podcasts, cleaning and organizing.

Bryan Shores, CMHC

Therapist

Bryan Shores graduated from Radford University in Virginia with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology, with a minor in Criminal Justice. Bryan then received a Master of Arts degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Adams State University in Alamosa, Colorado. He has worked extensively with clients suffering from severe mental health issues, including schizophrenia, personality disorders, trauma and PTSD, suicidality and self-harm, ADHD, depression, anxiety, and co-morbid substance abuse. Bryan most recently worked in the wilderness setting and then a Residential Treatment Center here in Utah working with teenagers and their families struggling with anxiety, depression, and other similar mental health issues. Prior to moving to Utah five years ago, Bryan worked as a traveling in-home therapist for families and individuals diagnosed with Autism spectrum disorder. Through this experience, he provided psychotherapy to teenagers and young adults, as well as their families. He has worked in a private practice setting, providing therapy and treatment for clients struggling with anxiety, attachment issues, substance abuse, and other mental health disorders. Bryan is trained in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Solution-Focused Therapy (SFT), Play Therapy, Equine Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR), and Brain Spotting, and utilizes therapy from a Person-Centered model. This has allowed him to cultivate a deeply humanistic approach that emphasizes connection, rapport, and care.Bryan is an avid snowboarder during the winter months, and enjoys rock climbing, mountain biking, camping, and hiking during the warmer months. He also enjoys attending live music events often, with his friends and family.

Paige Brooks, BSN, RN, PMHNP-DNP

Therapist

Paige is a doctoral student at the University of Utah. She is pursuing her clinical doctorate in psychiatric and mental health care nursing to become a Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She is specializing in the treatment of anxiety-related disorders, including eating disorders and attachment disorders. Paige has worked in the mental health care field for over six years, excelling as a youth mentor to support adolescents with anxiety disorders, substance use disorders, and eating disorders. She has extensive experience in recreation therapy and equine therapy in residential treatment programs.Along with her previous experience working with adolescents, Paige has earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing (BSN), and her registered nursing (RN) license. The combination of nursing and mentoring helps Paige see the client holistically and acknowledge the connection between mental and physical health. This holistic approach to client care is supported by education in psychodynamic therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, and motivational interviewing.Outside the office, Paige enjoys backcountry snowboarding, trail running, and mountain biking with her family, friends, and dog Ollie.

Academic Team

Jessica Hartman

Jessica Hartman

Director of Education
Sheri Burnett

Sheri Burnett

Substitute Teacher
James Spencer

James Spencer

Math Teacher
Caleb Herman

Caleb Herman

Science Teacher
Eldon Reed

Eldon Reed

Social Studies Teacher
Ericka Rountree

Ericka Rountree

Art Teacher
Gentry Peppin

Gentry Peppin

Education Specialist, Special Education, Math Teacher
Brittani Wilson

Brittani Wilson

English Teacher

Jessica Hartman

Director of Education

Jess grew up in Pennsylvania along with her identical twin sister, who is a science teacher. Growing up near the Appalachian Mountains cultivated her interest in science and nature. She graduated from Syracuse University with a degree in geology and anthropology. Jess moved to Utah to attend graduate school at the University of Utah in the Department of Geography, where she enjoyed exploring the Uinta Mountains while completing field work for her Master of Science degree. Her research focused on using geochemical and biological analyses of lake sediments to evaluate a record of atmospheric pollution and climate change in Uinta Mountain lakes. While completing her thesis, Jess also discovered her passion for teaching. As a graduate student, she was responsible for teaching various undergraduate courses for the geography department. Since graduating from the University of Utah she has taught science, geography and AVID over the past eight years. In her free time Jess enjoys hiking with her dog, backpacking, hiking, camping, climbing and reading.

Sheri Burnett

Substitute Teacher

Sheri grew up in the small town of Oakley, Idaho. She graduated from Idaho State University with a degree in biochemistry. She is currently working on her Masters of Education at Western Governors University. Sheri has worked at Waypoint Academy since September 2013. Originally, she was a part-time science teacher and moved into an as-needed substitute teacher since 2016. Sheri loves the WayPoint community and the opportunity to genuinely make a difference in each student's life. Sheri’s interests outside of school include artisan bean-to-bar dark chocolate (and sharing it with everyone), nature, gardening, reading, and hiking.

James Spencer

Math Teacher

James grew up in Utah and has deep love for the outdoors and the rich offering of the mountains along with all outdoor activities Utah has to offer. He attended Weber State University initially to become an engineer. However, while attempting the math classes he noticed that he loved math and the challenges it presents along with having the ability to solve complex problems. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Mathematics, and a minor in Computer Science from Weber State University. Following graduation, James worked for various professional organizations that allowed him the opportunity to travel throughout the US, along with various countries abroad. He eventually decided to do what he loves most and that is to teach math. He went back to Utah State and graduated with his teaching certificate. James has taught in various private and public schools for ten plus years and he loves to help students overcome math barriers they might have. James enjoys visiting his five grown children that are now spread out throughout different states. When at home he loves to tinker with his motorcycle as well as other DIY projects.

Caleb Herman

Science Teacher

Originally from northwest Iowa, Caleb now lives in Salt Lake City, Utah. He graduated from Dordt University in 2019 with bachelor’s degrees in Biology and Spanish. After graduating, Caleb worked as an assistant track and field coach at Dordt University while he earned his Master of Education degree. Caleb believes in the importance of science education for making informed decisions that impact our health, our community, and our planet. Passionate about all things science, Caleb enjoys caring for plants and spending time outdoors. He also enjoys running, swimming, cooking, and spending time with his wife, Mikaela

Eldon Reed

Social Studies Teacher

Eldon is a native of Cache Valley Utah and a graduate of Utah State University. He received his bachelor’s degree in History Teaching with minors in Geography and Russian. he has had many experiences teaching in his community and in Russia prior to teaching history at WayPoint. While teaching, Eldon enjoys seeing the progress students can achieve and the growth that happens over time. Eldon enjoys any sports, hiking, biking and being outside in his spare time.

Ericka Rountree

Art Teacher

Ericka, a Utah native, graduated from Weber State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Secondary Art Education. Ericka has taught art for several years, and in addition to teaching, works with the community organizations Nurture the Creative Mind, Ogden Arts Festival, and We Grow Art. Ericka is a passionate creator first, adventurer second and friend of animals everywhere third (unless they are snakes). Ericka is a Utah local with a love for creating experiences for others to unleash their inner talents while having fun and bonding with others. With a laugh that fills the room like sunshine, Ericka uses her knowledge from her Bachelors of Art Degree to lead instruction in innovative ways. In her free time, Ericka enjoys adventures with her French Bulldog, Goose.

Gentry Peppin

Education Specialist, Special Education, Math Teacher

Originally from Seattle, Washington, Gentry now lives in Ogden, Utah. She graduated from Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado, with a degree in Mathematics for Secondary Education. Gentry has taught math in numerous states since graduating, and most recently taught 9th grade math in Ogden. She enjoys teaching math and helping students build confidence in their abilities as well as helping them further develop their logical thinking skills. Gentry enjoys playing sports, hiking, boating and snowboarding in her free time.

Brittani Wilson

English Teacher

Brittani graduated from Weber State University—earning a Bachelor of Arts in English and ESL teaching, along with a second minor in Spanish. She has a passion for teaching, as she has taught in various private and public Montessori schools for the past seven years. Brittani believes that an enthusiastic and knowledgeable teacher has the greatest impact on student learning and motivation. Brittani is a positive and tolerant human being who has chosen to make a difference through educating others. She is a proud mother to a beautiful, spirited daughter, Xiola. Some of Brittani’s interests include: music, travel, literature, yoga, health, and spending time with family and friends.

Medical Team

Dr. Richard Davidson

Dr. Richard Davidson

Psychiatrist
Megen Avner

Megen Avner

Nurse
Bart Sanders, PMHNP-BC

Bart Sanders, PMHNP-BC

Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner

Dr. Richard Davidson

Psychiatrist

Richard Davidson, MD is a Board Certified Psychiatrist who received his medical degree from George Washington University in 1978. Following his internship, he spent his first six years as a physician providing primary care. Dr. Davidson returned to his schooling to complete his psychiatry residency at the University of Utah. He has spent over twenty years providing psychiatric care to children and adolescents in both the private and public sectors. He served as the first medical director of the inpatient child and adolescent psychiatry program at McKay Dee Hospital. In addition to consulting at Waypoint Academy, he is currently serving as the medical director at Weber Human Services in Ogden, Utah. Dr. Davidson is a retired flight surgeon from the United States Air Force Reserve. He enjoys bicycling, hiking, and spends a great deal of time with his wife and twelve grandchildren.

Megen Avner

Nurse

Megen was born in Driggs, Idaho and grew up in beautiful Alta, Wyoming. She later moved to Northern Utah where she graduated from Weber State University with an Associates of Arts in General Education and an Associates of Science in Nursing. Megen has worked as a Nurse for over 20 years. Prior to working here at WayPoint Academy, Megen worked in Women's Health, Gastroenterology, Geriatric care and Pediatric Psych. Megen and her husband have 4 amazing children and 2 dogs who love living in the Ogden Valley. They enjoy all of the outdoor activities such as snow skiing, water skiing, hiking, biking, and riding dirt bikes. They also love the sport of lacrosse and spend much time as a family traveling and playing.

Bart Sanders, PMHNP-BC

Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner

Bart was born and raised here in the beautiful state of Utah. He attended Weber State University for his undergraduate work and then attained his graduate degree as a psychiatric nurse practitioner from the University of Utah. Bart has worked for many years in the adult inpatient setting attending to various treatment aspects and has developed a greater understanding of mental illness. He presently enjoys working with adults and teens on an outpatient basis. Bart finds pleasure in helping them work through their challenges and adversities in life. As a local of this beautiful valley, he enjoys spending his free time with his amazing wife and three wonderful children. Bart grew up enjoying sports and the outdoors, but his true passions include fishing, hunting, and spending time in the mountains.