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A Treatment Team Focused On Your Child

More than 200 Years of Combined Clinical and Therapeutic Expertise 

Equinox Counseling and Wellness Center has held true to something very important—the team that serves your child and family. Intensive outpatient work is not just for anyone; it takes a special kind of commitment combined with finely tuned clinical skills. Because of this, we have assembled the very best mental health treatment staff for you and your child—a team that is the foundation of our unparalleled treatment program. Treatment teams are comprised of licensed therapists, master level therapeutic care specialists, wilderness therapy specialists, parent coaches, and a clinical administrator. Teams work collaboratively with your child’s psychiatrist and school support team.

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Founder, CEO, Parent Coach, Family Therapist

Mary Marcantonio

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Founder, CEO, Parent Coach, Family Therapist

Mary Marcantonio

As the founder and CEO of Equinox, Mary brings extensive insight, knowledge and experience with each of the various levels of treatment care available to parents seeking help for the complex mental health challenges their children are facing. More than 30 years of experience in the mental health field has led her to examine the treatment path that not only separates youth from their parents and family system but is also so readily recommended by many mental health professionals. Mary cares deeply about young people and their families facing complex mental health challenges and has dedicated herself to ensuring youth in need of intensive treatment experience safety, kindness, and compassion by a clinical team and system of care that delivers results.

Mary has become a prominent voice within the professional treatment community on the importance of parent and family involvement in the treatment process.  Her work centers on helping parents achieve a deep understanding that families that growlearn and change togetherheal together.   As a result, she has ensured that youth and their parents have another option; no longer do families have to move from provider to provider, be separated by treatment in wilderness or residential settings, or be in and out of psychiatric hospital settings to get the help they are seeking. In 2009, after 22 years in the mental health networks of Colorado, Nevada, and North Carolina, Mary developed an out-patient intensive level of care that combines the best of residential treatment, wilderness therapy and hospital settings to help keep youth and families together on the path towards healing. 

Additionally, Mary is the co-founder of the Parent Leadership Academy which is an integrated component of the Equinox program.  The Parent Leadership Academy has helped thousands of parents learn to parent with confidence, love, warmth, and compassion, while at the same time holding important boundaries necessary to improve their child’s functioning.  The Parent Leadership Academy teaches parents that alignment with family values and parenting a child with complex mental, emotional and behavioral health issues no longer are mutually exclusive of one another. 

Mary received her bachelor’s degree in business management and therapeutic recreation from Mesa State College and attended the University of Northern Colorado and Lesley College for master’s coursework in clinical psychology. She has over 30 years of experience in developing and delivering programs to youth and families struggling with complex mental, emotional and behavioral health challenges. With skillful expertise, Mary has developed specialized programming for youth who often present with combined complexities of anxiety, depression, OCD, mood disorders, ADHD, and executive functioning disorder.  This programming deals with the reality that these complexities create significant difficulty across a broad spectrum in their lives, parent relationships and overall functioning.  Utilizing her extensive background in developing and running residential treatment and wilderness therapy programs, she has successfully implemented intensive programming that allows these youth to remain in their home environment. 

Mary is a national trainer, speaker and clinical program evaluator. She speaks and trains on topics that include the following: Sexual Safety for Children; Developing Competent, Confident Children; How to Raise Responsible Teens; The Dangers of Using Rewards and Consequence Behavior Modification Systems. Additionally, Mary has been featured on the PBS NewsHour with Jim Lehrer and ABC’s Nightline for her work with military youth and families experiencing significant challenges as a result of their parent’s multiple military deployments


“If you are at sea, and you’re in a raft, and the swells of the sea are huge, when you are lifted to the top of the wave, you can see for an eternity. When you come down into the belly of the wave, you cannot see anything. Gratitude is not about denying the fact that you are in the belly of the wave and that wave may crash on you, but to never lose site of the horizon even though in this moment you are not seeing it.”-unknown
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Partner, Chief Clinical Officer, MA, LMFT, Parent Coach

Eileen Scheibe

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Partner, Chief Clinical Officer, MA, LMFT, Parent Coach

Eileen Scheibe

As managing partner and Chief Clinical Officer, Eileen provides oversight of all clinical/program services and processes, ensuring the highest standard of care is utilized to attain sustainable client outcomes.  She believes that each family comes to Equinox with their own story to tell, unique strengths and complex challenges, that deserve a compassionate and skilled approach to their clinical care. As CCO, Eileen oversees a system of care focused on integrating all aspects of Equinox therapeutic programming into the client's home, community, and day-to-day relationships. Most importantly, each professional interaction, clinical intervention, and treatment decision occurs with integrity and from evidence-based practice.

Eileen received a Bachelor of Science degree in Child Development from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. She then received a Master of Arts degree in clinical psychology, with specialization in marriage, family, and child counseling from Pepperdine University. She is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) in the states of Colorado and California, and has provided therapeutic services to individuals, couples, families, high-risk adolescents, and youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder for the past 30 years.

Eileen worked as a family therapist with family systems impacted by trauma, behavioral disorders, mental health issues, and chronic stressors that significantly disrupted family relationships. As a Parent Coach with Equinox, Eileen utilizes her skills and knowledge of complex family systems to work closely with parents who have faced unpredictable and difficult challenges raising adolescents and helping their young adults launch into independence.  Eileen teaches parents that they are an essential catalyst for the change they are wanting to see in their family, and even more importantly she provides the necessary guidance to get there. Parent Leadership Principles integrated within the Equinox System of Care is a sequenced learning method that develops skills for effective parent leadership while enhancing the connection between the parent(s)/child that is commonly disrupted as a result of the chronic distress.  

Eileen’s expertise includes guiding parents of young adults to effectively support the transition to independent living despite existing challenges that contribute to a failure to launch.  She understands the unique dynamics that exist in this stage of development within the parent/child relationship and common barriers that impact our young adults in this process.  She enjoys both the individual coaching process and the weekly parent group that combines psycho-education and therapeutic support. 

Eileen loves traveling with her husband and teenage son, has three beloved dogs, and relaxes through gardening, time outdoors, and cooking.


You are not your circumstances. You are your possibilities. If you know that, you can do anything.”
Oprah Winfrey
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Partner, System of Care Officer, Parent Coach

Tim Burke

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Partner, System of Care Officer, Parent Coach

Tim Burke

Tim is a Partner and the System of Care Officer at Equinox.   Working in this role is a natural fit for Tim after spending 25 years working in a variety of environments with an array of populations and families. He is passionate about the seamless integration of clinical, milieu, community, wilderness and parent coaching to produce the results families need and deserve.

Tim grew up in Western New York and earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Sciences from Niagara University. His passion for the outdoors brought him to Colorado in 1996 and he’s been combining the outdoors and behavioral healthcare ever since. He began his work with at-risk-teens in residential treatment and leading wilderness therapy trips as a field guide for 6-years before bridging experiential modalities with therapeutic milieu and community-based treatment in 2002.         

Since the inception of Equinox in 2009, Tim has developed a passion for, as well as an intimate understanding of, the unique system of care that exists at Equinox. His primary role is to ensure that the Equinox treatment teams have the skills, knowledge and operational understanding of how to effectively deliver services under our distinctive system of care. Tim’s expertise in milieu management, combined with his experience guiding the efforts of multi-disciplinary and clinical teams, make him a uniquely qualified leader, mentor and trainer at Equinox.

Tim is also a valued member of the parent coaching team. He has a particular interest in, and talent for, helping parents emerge as nurturing leaders in their family while assisting them in bridging the gaps that often exist in the parent–child relationship. Tim takes a principally based approach to leading his weekly parent coaching workshops as well as providing individual coaching. It’s no surprise that Tim has created Equinox’s “In Home Family Retreats” where he draws heavily from his experiential roots to facilitate a 3-day experience focused heavily on parent leadership in the home.

Tim also overseas all of the adventure and wilderness programming at Equinox and enjoys the training and mentoring aspects of his job. While Tim is growing up a new generation of outdoor behavioral health professionals at Equinox, he still loves his time in the field. Team spends countless hours in the field with his guides and when time allows, he still loves leading groups and families on therapeutic adventures. Tim enjoys the continuing education and maintains professional certifications including American Mountain Guide Association–Certified Single-Pitch Instructor, Association for Challenge Course Technology–Level II facilitator, The Climbing Wall Association-Lead Climbing Wall Instructor, American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education–Pro-1; and Wilderness Medicine Institute–Wilderness First Responder.

When not working, Tim enjoys rock and ice climbing, skiing, fly fishing, mountain biking and traveling adventures with his wife, Tanya, in their little camper.


Follow your PASSION, It knows where you should go.

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Chief Operations Officer, Executive MBA

Nathan Gabor

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Chief Operations Officer, Executive MBA

Nathan Gabor

Nathan, who has 20 years’ experience in operations and sales, has worked in varied organizations from start-up level to Fortune 500 corporations in retail, pharmaceutical, telecommunications, healthcare and early childhood education. His experience has provided him immense perspective and leadership skills which allow him to refine operational capabilities and create high-performing teams. He is always working on finding new and creative ways to make the world a better place, and his passion for business and self-growth is a great addition to the Equinox family.

Nathan holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from Virginia Military Institute as well as an Executive Master of Business Administration from Colorado State University. He continues to pursue higher education and is currently working on an additional master’s degree in Financial Management from Boston University.  

Nathan, who achieved the rank of Eagle Scout, spent the majority of his youth camping and teaching at summer camps where he gained a passion for the outdoors.  He combines his love of wilderness and spending time outside, with his professional and personal experiences to advance the life-changing work Equinox Counseling and Wellness Center does for youth, young adults, their families and their communities.

Nathan has lived in Colorado since 2007 and enjoys all that it has to offer.  When he is not helping to further the mission of Equinox, he can be found spending time with his wife and four children, finding new craft brews, and training for triathlons.  


What do you love about working at Equinox?
Seeing families grow and overcome the obstacles in their relationships.  When you can see the relief in a parents eyes when their kid has been transformed, there is nothing like that.

What is most fulfilling in your work?
Being part of a team that changes the course of a family for the better.  
 
Advice for kids.
Be open with your parents and the other kids in the program. You are not alone.
 
Advice for parents.
There is a light at the end of the tunnel. Trust and the process, we have seen the success of many families, and they started were where you are now.  It is possible.
  
Personal Quote 
  Enjoy the moment, do not worry about the future or the past.  If you focus on what’s in front of you, the future will take care of itself.
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Director of Administrative Services

Jen Lindstrom

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Director of Administrative Services

Jen Lindstrom

Jennifer has been with Equinox since it was founded in 2009.  She began working in a part-time capacity in accounts receivable and as the company grew, took on more and more responsibilities to include all of HR,  AR and AP.  Jennifer takes great pride in caring for our staff, and minding the “business of the business” so that our outstanding treatment teams can focus on providing excellent care to our families. She believes supporting the life-changing work Equinox Counseling and Wellness Center provides for youth, young adults, and their families is truly an honor.

Prior to coming to Equinox, Jennifer worked in brain injury rehabilitation and coached softball at the private, high school, and collegiate levels. Jennifer continues to coach part-time giving private pitching lessons to Denver area girls ages 9-22.  Her mission to build confidence is always at the heart of her work.

When not working, Jennifer enjoys spending time with her family and dogs, working on projects around the house, playing guitar and singing, and relaxing in the Colorado mountains or anywhere there is a beach.


What do you love about working at Equinox? 
Walking into our milieu and seeing kids laughing, connecting, learning and changing. Knowing that most of our patients have struggled to find and keep friends makes Equinox's milieu such a desperately needed place for these kiddos.  
 
What is most fulfilling in your work?  
When I hear the stories of life changing success families experience at Equinox, when they have found no results anywhere else, I know I am where I need to be.  Knowing that I support our staff to do this important work is extremely fulfilling.
 
Advice for kids. I know entering treatment can be scary or anxiety provoking, please know you are not doing this alone.  You and your parents will have hard work to do and you have the best team of helpers to lead the way. 
 
Advice for parents. 
There is hope for your child and your family here at Equinox. Your treatment team is exceptionally skilled, knowledgeable and compassionate.  They will guide, support, and yes, push you to make progress the likes of which you have not experienced before. 
 
Personal Quote- "You always pass failure on your way to success." - Micky Rooney
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Clinical Director, MA, LPC, Clinician, Family Therapist

Kristy Barr

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Clinical Director, MA, LPC, Clinician, Family Therapist

Kristy Barr

Kristy is the Clinical Director at Equinox and has been a valuable team member for over 5 years. Previously, she has held positions within Equinox including, Therapeutic Care Specialist, Clinician, Assistant Clinical Director, and Program Director. This experience gives Kristy unique perspective, exceptional knowledge, and clinical skill to lead our team working within the Equinox system of care. Kristy has a wealth of knowledge and love of the outdoors, with a variety of experiences in community mental health and residential treatment. Kristy holds a Master of Science degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Harding University and also brings five years of experience with rock climbing, yoga, somatic experiences, and facilitation of experience-based therapy. 

Having experienced the power of rock climbing for her own personal growth, Kristy continues to seek opportunities to share this therapy with youth and families at Equinox. Kristy brings her passion of rock climbing into the Strong Confident Girls Group which focuses on Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) skills in a local Denver indoor rock-climbing gym. Through this program, Kristy has seen rock climbing transform and guide teen girls in managing their emotions, increasing their distress tolerance, and working together with peers in the group to set and accomplish goals. 

Kristy and her husband can be found in the mountains hiking, rock climbing, and camping in their pop-up camper on the weekends. Together they also enjoy kayaking in lakes and rivers in the summer seasons. Kristy is a work-out enthusiast and practices her own daily and weekly routines of exercise and yoga. 


What do you love about working at Equinox?

Fast paced & challenging work, getting off the couch and getting outside.
 
What is most fulfilling in your work?
Client growth and the "ah" moments. Sustainable family change, team approach and always having support and ability to use one another.
 
Advice for kids?
Vulnerability will help you get to where you want to be. Trusting the people and process will give you more than you can imagine.
 
Advice for parents?
Sometimes it is just about listening and reflecting the experience of your child.
 
Personal quote:

"I've loved where I've been, but is my heart's where I'm going."- Anberlin

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Manager of Business Development

Eve Parker

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Manager of Business Development

Eve Parker

Eve’s variety of experience ranges from working for Tony Robbins in San Diego to managing marketing initiatives for Elements Massage and OrangeTheory Fitness. Eve is grateful and passionate about bringing awareness to Equinox’s family-level of care and healing to the community. She especially loves Equinox’s model of incorporating adventure, wilderness, and art and experiential therapy into programming. Experiential and art therapy played an integral part in her own personal healing process, and her main goal is to be a psychodrama therapist helping people through past traumas with expressive art therapy.

Having lost 150 pounds and maintaining her journey for more than 10 years, she has been featured in Shape magazine, Huffington Post, Huffpost Live, PETA, Mind Body Green and was on the show The Doctors. She has been published in three books including “Organized Obstacles: A Collection of Weight Loss Stories From Those Who Laughed In Impossible’s Face.” Her biggest passion revolves around mental health and the emotional resilience it takes to transform your life. Eve is currently finishing her undergrad at MSU Denver studying Psychology and Theatre. 

When Eve is not studying or reading a textbook, she loves to work out, sing, write, dress up in costumes, and paddleboard with her fiancé Chris. When they are not on the water, you can find them playing “Top Chef” in the kitchen, singing karaoke, or relaxing with their beloved dog, Chef. (Yes, he has his own Instagram page.)


What do you love about working at Equinox?

The fact that I work for a company that found a gap in the continuum of care and created the solution.
 
What is most fulfilling in your work?
Supporting those towards mental wellness can truly change the world and we do that every day.
 
Advice for kids?
Remember that the journey of 1,000 miles starts with one step.
 
Advice for parents?
This part of your journey doesn't have to be walked alone any longer.
 
Personal quote:

"All change is hard at first, messy in the middles, and gorgeous at the end."-Robin Sharma

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Program Coordinator, TCS III, MA

Martha Allen

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Program Coordinator, TCS III, MA

Martha Allen

An East Coast native, Martha holds a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Human Services from Old Dominion University and a Master’s Degree in Professional Counseling from Liberty University in Virginia. She has experience working in psychiatric in-patient hospitals, private practice, and summer programs for neurodiverse youth. 

As a mental health professional, Martha has extensive training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and a background integrating art, music, and nature into a therapeutic setting. Martha deeply believes that every person deserves to know, tell, and understand their story, and believes that this can best happen in a holistic treatment environment like the one at Equinox Counseling & Wellness Center. 

When not working, Martha, her husband, and their goldendoodle puppy enjoy all that Colorado has to offer by way of camping, hiking, playing tennis, and rock climbing. 


What do you love about working at Equinox?

The variety of activities we do every day! Workouts, outside experientials, nature, etc.
 
What is most fulfilling in your work?
Seeing clients succeed and learning new skills. Also, watching the clients form friendships in the program.
 
Advice for kids?
If you can fully open yourself up to the process. Your progress will be unstoppable.
 
Advice for parents?
Take some deep breaths, Equinox is here to help and support your family like no other!
 
Personal quote:

"Keep some room in your heart for the unimaginable."- Mary Oliver

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TCS III, MA

Alexander Traugott

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TCS III, MA

Alexander Traugott

Alexander brings a unique combination of outdoor adventure experiences and an education in Holistic Counseling Psychology.  His primary focus and passion are the healing and learning available—and inherent—in experiential wilderness immersions.  Alexander holds a Master of Arts in Holistic Counseling Psychology from John F. Kennedy University, combining all of the foundations of traditional psychology, with authentic transformative spiritual practice, mindfulness, Jungian depth psychology, indigenous wilderness vision-quests, trauma-focused psychotherapy, and somatic practices.  

Alexander’s attraction to Equinox’s overarching mission, is its underlying focus on experiential adventures in natural wilderness settings.  His primary avenues for wellness and healing is a culmination of over 25 years of skiing, eight years of traditional rock climbing, 20 years of mountain biking, and a lifetime of swimming, camping, and hiking in the natural settings including: New England, the Swiss Alps, the Sierra Nevada, and now in Colorado’s Rocky Mountains.  Alexander recently completed the American Mountain Guide Association’s Single Pitch Instructor Course in Colorado’s South Platte wilderness and continues to be an amateur student of fitness, physical therapy, and yogic practices.

Outside of wilderness adventures and his clinical work, Alexander can be found attending jazz, funk, and world music concerts with his fiancée, enjoying stand-up comedy, and practicing improvisational electric guitar at home with his two cats.  


What do you love about working at Equinox?

Mentorship, team culture, variety, adventure outings, client relationships, career development, mountain therapy.
 
What is most fulfilling in your work?
Being impactful with clients success and struggles, support of teammates and mentors.
 
Advice for kids?
This is your path, join us in helping you own and author your journey.
 
Advice for parents?
Trust the process, let go of the outcomes, set clear expectations, invite & encourage.
 
Personal quote:

"The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek."- Joseph Campbell

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CLINICIAN, MSW

Grant Aaron

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CLINICIAN, MSW

Grant Aaron

Grant brings to Equinox his experience in attachment issues, various levels of trauma, and neurodiverse conditions like Autism Spectrum Disorder and ADHD. He has worked with children and young adults in a variety of settings over the past seven years in the Denver area including young men in residential placement battling substance abuse, foster children with developmental disabilities, as well as individuals experiencing chronic homelessness. Through crisis management, group therapy, assessment and mentoring, Grant has worked to encourage positive change in these environments and is a huge proponent of providing trauma-informed care. 

Grant earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from the University of Wyoming and promptly made his way to Colorado to begin his professional journey. He acquired a Master of Social Work degree from Arizona State University and has since been enamored with the social work values and ideals. Grant was initially attracted to Equinox for its reputation as a holistic agency that provides services to families from every angle, unlike any he has encountered. He has been ecstatic to share his skills and perspective with the Equinox team and families. 

Colorado has proven to be a perfect home for Grant as he has expounded on his passion for the outdoors, including hiking, skiing, running, road-tripping, and frisbee days in the park. He has come to appreciate the residents of Colorado, valuing the connections he continues to make and the inspiring, warm sense of community.


What do you love about working at Equinox?

At Equinox I love that I can see so many pieces at work in every client's life.
 
What is most fulfilling in your work?
Establishing and strengthing a network of clinicians, coaches, family, and other supporters for each client.
 
Advice for kids?
Balance-it's difficult to achieve but important that you always strive for it. Set boundaries, exercise your willpower, and always practice compassion.
 
Advice for parents?
Be consistent. Don't allow your kids to power struggle.
 
Personal quote:

"Just because your path is different doesn't mean you're lost."

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Administrative Assistant

Lauren Kutner

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Administrative Assistant

Lauren Kutner

Lauren has more than 15 years of customer service experience in a variety of industries including fitness and wellness, hospitality, banking, sales, construction, and healthcare. Lauren’s expertise and passion lies in streamlining and organizing offices—everything from start-ups to long-established businesses.  

Lauren grew up outside of Philadelphia and moved to beautiful Colorado in 2009. Holding a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Colorado, she is a staunch supporter of mental health advocacy. She wholeheartedly believes in the power of positivity and helping things go right. Lauren’s intention is to return to academia to pursue a postgraduate degree in the field of Clinical Mental Health Counseling.  

In her free time, Lauren makes the most of the beautiful scenery Colorado has to offer by pursuing a variety of activities including walking, hiking, yoga, biking, rafting, and riding motorcycles. Lauren also enjoys reading, learning about new things—and when the weather isn’t cooperating—binge-watching favorite shows. Lauren currently resides in Lakewood with her two beautiful cats, Jackie and Bear.


What do you love about working at Equinox?

The coworkers and the fast paced environment. No two days are the same. Forming relationships with clients and families.
 
What is most fulfilling in your work?
Being apart of an organization that helps kids and their families heal from significant issues.
 
Advice for kids?
Your choices, big or small, WILL effect you and your whole life so try to think things through before making a reckless or impulsive decision.
 
Advice for parents?
Be a non judgemental ear for your child and remember you're a good parent since you're interested in EQ.
 
Personal quote:
"You can't have a rainbow without the rain."
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YOUTH & FAMILY COACH, MA, CFLE

Lee Doron

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YOUTH & FAMILY COACH, MA, CFLE

Lee Doron

Lee Doron works as a youth, family and parent coach and leads the somatic therapy group. With a Bachelor of Science in Health and Physical Education, and a Master of Arts in Human Services with an emphasis in Family Studies, his area of expertise is connecting the body and mind. Lee is a Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE) through the National Council on Family Relations and has experience in both residential treatment, as well as in-home therapy for at-risk youth and families. His Qualified Mental Health Professional (QMHP) designation and certifications in Adolescent Community Reinforcement Approach (A-CRA) and Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) have greatly complemented his education and experience. 

Lee believes Equinox is a perfect fit because there is such emphasis on providing a holistic approach to mental health. Being able to implement different treatment modalities is an incredibly advantageous component to providing the most effective treatment possible and helping people reach their true potential. Lee takes pride in his ability to build rapport, provide a safe place to share thoughts and feelings, and be an integral part in his clients process of growth. 

Lee, who was born in Israel and grew up in Portland, Oregon, is passionate about travel and connecting with different cultures. He also is a competitive rugby player, having played in college, abroad, and at a competitive club level. He appreciates the life lessons and skills beyond the sport itself that have helped shape him into the person he is today. 

A recent transplant to Colorado, Lee enjoys spending time in nature, playing drums, cooking vegan food, and practicing yoga and meditation. 


What do you love about working at Equinox?

I love that the kids and families are incredible engaged in the wide range of services we provide.
 
What is most fulfilling in your work?
When I am able to help the kids and families bridge the gap between what they are learning in individual therapy, parent coaching, and other therapeutic groups.
 
Advice for kids?
Embrace the opportunity to get out of your comfort zone. See it as an integral part of being able to learn and grow.
 
Advice for parents?
Trust the process and recognize that this will take the whole family to create positive change.
 
Personal quote:

"Believe you can and you're halfway there."-Theodore Roosevelt

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TCS III, MA, LPCC

Casey Ruch

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TCS III, MA, LPCC

Casey Ruch

Casey has more than six years of experience working with adults and children with developmental disabilities in middle and high school settings, as well as in home care. 

Her passion to bridge her experience working closely with families while gaining clinical experience using EQ’s system of care is crucial to seeing families and individuals restored.

Her genuine and intentional heart and desire to see families restored is what drew her to pursue her work at Equinox. Their holistic and unique approach to healing youth and families allows her to utilize her skills in multiple ways. Casey loves how intentional, sequential, and sustainable the system of care is at Equinox and how it puts into action in every part of the treatment process to ensure the family system is healthy and whole.

Casey holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Speech Pathology & Audiology from Marquette University, and Master of Arts degree in Mental Health Counseling from Trinity International University. In addition, she holds an LPCC and is working towards her LPC. 

Recently married in Beaver Creek, Colorado, Casey and her husband can be found walking around City Park, spending time at their favorite neighborhood restaurants on 17th street, exploring all the national parks, and camping with friends and family.


What do you love about working at Equinox?

I love working with a close knit community of innovators and flexible coworkers.
 
What is most fulfilling in your work?
I love seeing the client's and the families soak up the EQ language and tools right away and feel like they are finally exhaling.
 
Advice for kids?
Trust this process as overwhelming, scary as it may seem. You will grow and heal!
 
Advice for parents?
Things will get better as difficult as it may seem. You will be held, supported, and healed by this team!
 
Personal quote:

"Vulnerability is not knowing victory or defeat, it's understanding the necessity of both."- Brene Brown

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TCS III, MA

Kiani Mitchell

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TCS III, MA

Kiani Mitchell

Kiani Mitchell, who joined Equinox in March 2021, is passionate about helping teens and young adults thrive, guiding them to become the best version of themselves and encouraging them to shoot for the stars in making their dreams come true. He recently completed his Master of Counseling degree from Pacifica Graduate Institute in Carpinteria, California and is now working toward his LPC licensure.        

Kiani has a wide range of experience working with varied populations.  In the past two and half years, he has gained priceless experience working directly with first-generation and youth of color to help them enroll and successfully complete college. Kiani also interned at Colorado Recovery, where he had the opportunity to work with individuals and groups with neurodiverse backgrounds. While there, he had a profound chance to witness wilderness therapy’s wonders and healing nature.  Kiani also has experience working with youth on the autism spectrum and other behavioral needs as a paraprofessional in school settings and in-home care. 

In his free time, Kiani enjoys spending time in the Rocky Mountains hiking, camping, and backpacking. He also enjoys reading, watching movies, dancing, and photography.


What do you love about working at Equinox?

I love the freedom to take the systems of care and the ability to make it my own.
 
What is most fulfilling in your work?
The ability to make even a small impact in one's day and in the field of mental health.
 
Advice for kids?
Seeking help/support for your struggles does not mean you are broken, sick, or stupid but in fact that you are strong and resourceful.
 
Advice for parents?
You have done all that you can on your own and seeking help for your family is the begging not the end. Trust the process.
 
Personal quote:

"Believe you can and you're halfway there."-Theodore Roosevelt

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Clinician, MA, MFT

Ben Strauber

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Clinician, MA, MFT

Ben Strauber

Ben works as an Individual and Family Therapist and as a Parent Coach. With a bachelor's degree in Special Education and Psychology from the University of Northern Colorado, and a master's degree in Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) from Argosy University, Ben understands the need to be the calm eye of the storm.

Ben has a robust background from working as a Special Education teacher in middle schools to running before and after school programs for neurodiverse youth. His most recent roles included working as a Registered Behavior Technician and Independent Living Skills Trainer. Specializing in systemic trauma he used in-home therapy techniques to ensure positive and sustainable outcomes.

Ben is a native of Colorado having grown up in the Park Meadows area. His passion for therapy started at a young age with both of his parents being therapists. Further, his MFT degree allows him the skills and expertise to provide true, family-level healing.

When he is not working, Ben brings his passion for community into his personal life and loves finding activities that introduce him to athletic challenges and new people. He enjoys being active and playing team sports including soccer, pickleball and volleyball. When he's not out on a field he can be found caring for his four-legged friends.


What do you love about working at Equinox?

The kind, compassionate staff bring exceptional value to clients and to each other.

What is most fulfilling in your work?

Allowing individuals, the safe space and guidance to be better and happier versions of themselves.

Advice for kids?

You might be surprised by how amazing new things can be, especially if they are scary at first.

Advice for parents?

Find moments to smile and validate your child a little more everyday:

Personal Quote

"One generation of deeply loving parents would change the brain of the next generation, and with that, the world." – Charles Raison

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Outreach Coordinator

Kat Slater

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Outreach Coordinator

Kat Slater

Prior to coming to Equinox, Kat worked in a variety of human service roles. These roles ranged from teaching assistant to behavioral health technician in an in-patient psychiatric hospital setting. At the age of 19, Kat founded an international non-profit, working to provide tools for sustainability to women running orphanages in Africa. Fueled by her passion for working in mental health, as well as her 14 years of experience as executive director of her non-profit, Kat is excited to be part of the Equinox team and sharing our mission of family level healing.

Kat grew up in Northern California and moved to Colorado in 2011. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Global Non-Profit Enterprise from Metropolitan State University in Denver, CO. She is passionate about meeting clients where they’re at and treating the whole individual. After working in a hospital setting with a one-size-fits-all approach to care, Kat is thrilled to be a part of an organization focused on individualized family care that achieves lasting and meaningful results.

Kat has a passion for family, the outdoors, nutrition, and fitness. She loves to spend time with her son and visit her family in California. Kat loves anything outdoors and spends most of her free time hiking, biking, paddle boarding, and working out!


What do you love about working at Equinox?

The passion of the people who work here. This team of individuals work so well together to create sustainable results for their clients.

What is most fulfilling in your work?

Providing family-level, individual care that meets a new standard in mental health.

Advice for kids?

If you want to see change in your life, you will.

Advice for parents?

In the difficult times, remember that lasting change comes with peaks and valleys; when you’re in the valleys look up and know a peak is coming.

Personal quote:

"Mental Health is not a destination but a process. It’s about how you drive, not where you’re going." -Noam Shpancer

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Program Service & Therapy Dog, Certified Service Dog

Riley

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Program Service & Therapy Dog, Certified Service Dog

Riley

Riley is a purebred Silver Labrador.  He's been a certified therapy dog for 9 years.  His original handler was a man named Dan, who experienced mental health issues and needed help emotionally as well as with daily tasks.  Riley was an integral part of Dan's life for several years, helping him feel safe, comfortable and well taken care of.  

When we first adopted Riley, all we really knew was he had an exceptional nature to him, was emotionally intuitive, and within seconds could find the person in the room who needed him most.  What we did not know was that he also, as part of his service responsibilities, could open doors and let himself in and out, even if the door was locked.  He opens the refrigerator and freezer doors, and helps himself to tasty treats when hungry.  He also has specific ways of communicating his needs to his human companions, one of which is getting into the pantry and grabbling a package of Top Ramen to carry around.

Riley is a loving companion to all the kids and young adult in the program.  When you come to the program he'll be sure to greet you with his gentle nature and a wagging tail.


What do you love about working at Equinox?

I love being at work everyday!  I know that I make the kids in the program feel calm, settled and unconditionally loved. Don't tell anyone, but they make me feel the same way.  Lucky me!

What is most fulfilling in your work?

Comforting the kids and young adults in the program.  Knowing that everyday I go to work I make everyone feel good.  

Advice for kids?

I'm a 70 pound gentle Silver Lab.  If your feeling sad, having a hard day or just need a little love, I'll lick you tears away, put my head on your lap, or be there to comfort you for as long as you need.

Advice for parents?

It's not what we have in life, but who we have in our lives that matters.

Personal quote:

"The best therapist has fur and four legs." - Riley

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Founder, CEO, Parent Coach, Family Therapist

Mary Marcantonio

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Founder, CEO, Parent Coach, Family Therapist

Mary Marcantonio

As the founder and CEO of Equinox, Mary brings extensive insight, knowledge and experience with each of the various levels of treatment care available to parents seeking help for the complex mental health challenges their children are facing. More than 30 years of experience in the mental health field has led her to examine the treatment path that not only separates youth from their parents and family system but is also so readily recommended by many mental health professionals. Mary cares deeply about young people and their families facing complex mental health challenges and has dedicated herself to ensuring youth in need of intensive treatment experience safety, kindness, and compassion by a clinical team and system of care that delivers results.

Mary has become a prominent voice within the professional treatment community on the importance of parent and family involvement in the treatment process.  Her work centers on helping parents achieve a deep understanding that families that growlearn and change togetherheal together.   As a result, she has ensured that youth and their parents have another option; no longer do families have to move from provider to provider, be separated by treatment in wilderness or residential settings, or be in and out of psychiatric hospital settings to get the help they are seeking. In 2009, after 22 years in the mental health networks of Colorado, Nevada, and North Carolina, Mary developed an out-patient intensive level of care that combines the best of residential treatment, wilderness therapy and hospital settings to help keep youth and families together on the path towards healing. 

Additionally, Mary is the co-founder of the Parent Leadership Academy which is an integrated component of the Equinox program.  The Parent Leadership Academy has helped thousands of parents learn to parent with confidence, love, warmth, and compassion, while at the same time holding important boundaries necessary to improve their child’s functioning.  The Parent Leadership Academy teaches parents that alignment with family values and parenting a child with complex mental, emotional and behavioral health issues no longer are mutually exclusive of one another. 

Mary received her bachelor’s degree in business management and therapeutic recreation from Mesa State College and attended the University of Northern Colorado and Lesley College for master’s coursework in clinical psychology. She has over 30 years of experience in developing and delivering programs to youth and families struggling with complex mental, emotional and behavioral health challenges. With skillful expertise, Mary has developed specialized programming for youth who often present with combined complexities of anxiety, depression, OCD, mood disorders, ADHD, and executive functioning disorder.  This programming deals with the reality that these complexities create significant difficulty across a broad spectrum in their lives, parent relationships and overall functioning.  Utilizing her extensive background in developing and running residential treatment and wilderness therapy programs, she has successfully implemented intensive programming that allows these youth to remain in their home environment. 

Mary is a national trainer, speaker and clinical program evaluator. She speaks and trains on topics that include the following: Sexual Safety for Children; Developing Competent, Confident Children; How to Raise Responsible Teens; The Dangers of Using Rewards and Consequence Behavior Modification Systems. Additionally, Mary has been featured on the PBS NewsHour with Jim Lehrer and ABC’s Nightline for her work with military youth and families experiencing significant challenges as a result of their parent’s multiple military deployments


“If you are at sea, and you’re in a raft, and the swells of the sea are huge, when you are lifted to the top of the wave, you can see for an eternity. When you come down into the belly of the wave, you cannot see anything. Gratitude is not about denying the fact that you are in the belly of the wave and that wave may crash on you, but to never lose site of the horizon even though in this moment you are not seeing it.”-unknown

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Partner, Chief Clinical Officer, MA, LMFT, Parent Coach

Eileen Scheibe

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Partner, Chief Clinical Officer, MA, LMFT, Parent Coach

Eileen Scheibe

As managing partner and Chief Clinical Officer, Eileen provides oversight of all clinical/program services and processes, ensuring the highest standard of care is utilized to attain sustainable client outcomes.  She believes that each family comes to Equinox with their own story to tell, unique strengths and complex challenges, that deserve a compassionate and skilled approach to their clinical care. As CCO, Eileen oversees a system of care focused on integrating all aspects of Equinox therapeutic programming into the client's home, community, and day-to-day relationships. Most importantly, each professional interaction, clinical intervention, and treatment decision occurs with integrity and from evidence-based practice.

Eileen received a Bachelor of Science degree in Child Development from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. She then received a Master of Arts degree in clinical psychology, with specialization in marriage, family, and child counseling from Pepperdine University. She is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) in the states of Colorado and California, and has provided therapeutic services to individuals, couples, families, high-risk adolescents, and youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder for the past 30 years.

Eileen worked as a family therapist with family systems impacted by trauma, behavioral disorders, mental health issues, and chronic stressors that significantly disrupted family relationships. As a Parent Coach with Equinox, Eileen utilizes her skills and knowledge of complex family systems to work closely with parents who have faced unpredictable and difficult challenges raising adolescents and helping their young adults launch into independence.  Eileen teaches parents that they are an essential catalyst for the change they are wanting to see in their family, and even more importantly she provides the necessary guidance to get there. Parent Leadership Principles integrated within the Equinox System of Care is a sequenced learning method that develops skills for effective parent leadership while enhancing the connection between the parent(s)/child that is commonly disrupted as a result of the chronic distress.  

Eileen’s expertise includes guiding parents of young adults to effectively support the transition to independent living despite existing challenges that contribute to a failure to launch.  She understands the unique dynamics that exist in this stage of development within the parent/child relationship and common barriers that impact our young adults in this process.  She enjoys both the individual coaching process and the weekly parent group that combines psycho-education and therapeutic support. 

Eileen loves traveling with her husband and teenage son, has three beloved dogs, and relaxes through gardening, time outdoors, and cooking.


You are not your circumstances. You are your possibilities. If you know that, you can do anything.”
Oprah Winfrey

 

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Partner, System of Care Officer, Parent Coach

Tim Burke

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Partner, System of Care Officer, Parent Coach

Tim Burke

Tim is a Partner and the System of Care Officer at Equinox.   Working in this role is a natural fit for Tim after spending 25 years working in a variety of environments with an array of populations and families. He is passionate about the seamless integration of clinical, milieu, community, wilderness and parent coaching to produce the results families need and deserve.

Tim grew up in Western New York and earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Sciences from Niagara University. His passion for the outdoors brought him to Colorado in 1996 and he’s been combining the outdoors and behavioral healthcare ever since. He began his work with at-risk-teens in residential treatment and leading wilderness therapy trips as a field guide for 6-years before bridging experiential modalities with therapeutic milieu and community-based treatment in 2002.         

Since the inception of Equinox in 2009, Tim has developed a passion for, as well as an intimate understanding of, the unique system of care that exists at Equinox. His primary role is to ensure that the Equinox treatment teams have the skills, knowledge and operational understanding of how to effectively deliver services under our distinctive system of care. Tim’s expertise in milieu management, combined with his experience guiding the efforts of multi-disciplinary and clinical teams, make him a uniquely qualified leader, mentor and trainer at Equinox.

Tim is also a valued member of the parent coaching team. He has a particular interest in, and talent for, helping parents emerge as nurturing leaders in their family while assisting them in bridging the gaps that often exist in the parent–child relationship. Tim takes a principally based approach to leading his weekly parent coaching workshops as well as providing individual coaching. It’s no surprise that Tim has created Equinox’s “In Home Family Retreats” where he draws heavily from his experiential roots to facilitate a 3-day experience focused heavily on parent leadership in the home.

Tim also overseas all of the adventure and wilderness programming at Equinox and enjoys the training and mentoring aspects of his job. While Tim is growing up a new generation of outdoor behavioral health professionals at Equinox, he still loves his time in the field. Team spends countless hours in the field with his guides and when time allows, he still loves leading groups and families on therapeutic adventures. Tim enjoys the continuing education and maintains professional certifications including American Mountain Guide Association–Certified Single-Pitch Instructor, Association for Challenge Course Technology–Level II facilitator, The Climbing Wall Association-Lead Climbing Wall Instructor, American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education–Pro-1; and Wilderness Medicine Institute–Wilderness First Responder.

When not working, Tim enjoys rock and ice climbing, skiing, fly fishing, mountain biking and traveling adventures with his wife, Tanya, in their little camper.


"Follow your PASSION, It knows where you should go."

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Chief Operations Officer, Executive MBA

Nathan Gabor

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Chief Operations Officer, Executive MBA

Nathan Gabor

Nathan, who has 20 years’ experience in operations and sales, has worked in varied organizations from start-up level to Fortune 500 corporations in retail, pharmaceutical, telecommunications, healthcare and early childhood education. His experience has provided him immense perspective and leadership skills which allow him to refine operational capabilities and create high-performing teams. He is always working on finding new and creative ways to make the world a better place, and his passion for business and self-growth is a great addition to the Equinox family.

Nathan holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from Virginia Military Institute as well as an Executive Master of Business Administration from Colorado State University. He continues to pursue higher education and is currently working on an additional master’s degree in Financial Management from Boston University.  

Nathan, who achieved the rank of Eagle Scout, spent the majority of his youth camping and teaching at summer camps where he gained a passion for the outdoors.  He combines his love of wilderness and spending time outside, with his professional and personal experiences to advance the life-changing work Equinox Counseling and Wellness Center does for youth, young adults, their families and their communities.

Nathan has lived in Colorado since 2007 and enjoys all that it has to offer.  When he is not helping to further the mission of Equinox, he can be found spending time with his wife and four children, finding new craft brews, and training for triathlons.  


What do you love about working at Equinox?

Seeing families grow and overcome the obstacles in their relationships.  When you can see the relief in a parents eyes when their kid has been transformed, there is nothing like that.

 

What is most fulfilling in your work?
Being part of a team that changes the course of a family for the better.  
 
Advice for kids.
Be open with your parents and the other kids in the program. You are not alone.
 
Advice for parents.
There is a light at the end of the tunnel. Trust and the process, we have seen the success of many families, and they started were where you are now.  It is possible.
  
Personal Quote 

  Enjoy the moment, do not worry about the future or the past.  If you focus on what’s in front of you, the future will take care of itself.

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Director of Administrative Services

Jen Lindstrom

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Director of Administrative Services

Jen Lindstrom

Jennifer has been with Equinox since it was founded in 2009.  She began working in a part-time capacity in accounts receivable and as the company grew, took on more and more responsibilities to include all of HR,  AR and AP.  Jennifer takes great pride in caring for our staff, and minding the “business of the business” so that our outstanding treatment teams can focus on providing excellent care to our families. She believes supporting the life-changing work Equinox Counseling and Wellness Center provides for youth, young adults, and their families is truly an honor.

Prior to coming to Equinox, Jennifer worked in brain injury rehabilitation and coached softball at the private, high school, and collegiate levels. Jennifer continues to coach part-time giving private pitching lessons to Denver area girls ages 9-22.  Her mission to build confidence is always at the heart of her work.

When not working, Jennifer enjoys spending time with her family and dogs, working on projects around the house, playing guitar and singing, and relaxing in the Colorado mountains or anywhere there is a beach.


What do you love about working at Equinox? 

Walking into our milieu and seeing kids laughing, connecting, learning and changing. Knowing that most of our patients have struggled to find and keep friends makes Equinox's milieu such a desperately needed place for these kiddos.  

What is most fulfilling in your work?  
When I hear the stories of life changing success families experience at Equinox, when they have found no results anywhere else, I know I am where I need to be.  Knowing that I support our staff to do this important work is extremely fulfilling.
 
Advice for kids. I know entering treatment can be scary or anxiety provoking, please know you are not doing this alone.  You and your parents will have hard work to do and you have the best team of helpers to lead the way. 
 
Advice for parents. 
There is hope for your child and your family here at Equinox. Your treatment team is exceptionally skilled, knowledgeable and compassionate.  They will guide, support, and yes, push you to make progress the likes of which you have not experienced before. 
 

Personal Quote- "You always pass failure on your way to success." - Micky Rooney

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Administrative Assistant

Lauren Kutner

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Administrative Assistant

Lauren Kutner

Lauren has more than 15 years of customer service experience in a variety of industries including fitness and wellness, hospitality, banking, sales, construction, and healthcare. Lauren’s expertise and passion lies in streamlining and organizing offices—everything from start-ups to long-established businesses.  

Lauren grew up outside of Philadelphia and moved to beautiful Colorado in 2009. Holding a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Colorado, she is a staunch supporter of mental health advocacy. She wholeheartedly believes in the power of positivity and helping things go right. Lauren’s intention is to return to academia to pursue a postgraduate degree in the field of Clinical Mental Health Counseling.  

In her free time, Lauren makes the most of the beautiful scenery Colorado has to offer by pursuing a variety of activities including walking, hiking, yoga, biking, rafting, and riding motorcycles. Lauren also enjoys reading, learning about new things—and when the weather isn’t cooperating—binge-watching favorite shows. Lauren currently resides in Lakewood with her two beautiful cats, Jackie and Bear.


What do you love about working at Equinox?

The coworkers and the fast paced environment. No two days are the same. Forming relationships with clients and families.
 
What is most fulfilling in your work?
Being apart of an organization that helps kids and their families heal from significant issues.
 
Advice for kids?
Your choices, big or small, WILL effect you and your whole life so try to think things through before making a reckless or impulsive decision.
 
Advice for parents?
Be a non judgmental ear for your child and remember you're a good parent since you're interested in EQ.
 
Personal quote:

"You can't have a rainbow without the rain."

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Program Service & Therapy Dog, Certified Service Dog

Riley

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Program Service & Therapy Dog, Certified Service Dog

Riley

Riley is a purebred Silver Labrador.  He's been a certified therapy dog for 9 years.  His original handler was a man named Dan, who experienced mental health issues and needed help emotionally as well as with daily tasks.  Riley was an integral part of Dan's life for several years, helping him feel safe, comfortable and well taken care of.  

When we first adopted Riley, all we really knew was he had an exceptional nature to him, was emotionally intuitive, and within seconds could find the person in the room who needed him most.  What we did not know was that he also, as part of his service responsibilities, could open doors and let himself in and out, even if the door was locked.  He opens the refrigerator and freezer doors, and helps himself to tasty treats when hungry.  He also has specific ways of communicating his needs to his human companions, one of which is getting into the pantry and grabbling a package of Top Ramen to carry around.

Riley is a loving companion to all the kids and young adult in the program.  When you come to the program he'll be sure to greet you with his gentle nature and a wagging tail.


What do you love about working at Equinox?

I love being at work everyday!  I know that I make the kids in the program feel calm, settled and unconditionally loved. Don't tell anyone, but they make me feel the same way.  Lucky me!

What is most fulfilling in your work?

Comforting the kids and young adults in the program.  Knowing that everyday I go to work I make everyone feel good.  

Advice for kids?

I'm a 70 pound gentle Silver Lab.  If your feeling sad, having a hard day or just need a little love, I'll lick you tears away, put my head on your lap, or be there to comfort you for as long as you need.

 Advice for parents?

It's not what we have in life, but who we have in our lives that matters.

Personal quote:

"The best therapist has fur and four legs." - Riley

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Manager of Business Development

Eve Parker

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Manager of Business Development

Eve Parker

Eve’s variety of experience ranges from working for Tony Robbins in San Diego to managing marketing initiatives for Elements Massage and OrangeTheory Fitness. Eve is grateful and passionate about bringing awareness to Equinox’s family-level of care and healing to the community. She especially loves Equinox’s model of incorporating adventure, wilderness, and art and experiential therapy into programming. Experiential and art therapy played an integral part in her own personal healing process, and her main goal is to be a psychodrama therapist helping people through past traumas with expressive art therapy.

Having lost 150 pounds and maintaining her journey for more than 10 years, she has been featured in Shape magazine, Huffington Post, Huffpost Live, PETA, Mind Body Green and was on the show The Doctors. She has been published in three books including “Organized Obstacles: A Collection of Weight Loss Stories From Those Who Laughed In Impossible’s Face.” Her biggest passion revolves around mental health and the emotional resilience it takes to transform your life. Eve is currently finishing her undergrad at MSU Denver studying Psychology and Theatre. 

When Eve is not studying or reading a textbook, she loves to work out, sing, write, dress up in costumes, and paddleboard with her fiancé Chris. When they are not on the water, you can find them playing “Top Chef” in the kitchen, singing karaoke, or relaxing with their beloved dog, Chef. (Yes, he has his own Instagram page.)


What do you love about working at Equinox?

The fact that I work for a company that found a gap in the continuum of care and created the solution.
 
What is most fulfilling in your work?
Supporting those towards mental wellness can truly change the world and we do that every day.
 
Advice for kids?
Remember that the journey of 1,000 miles starts with one step.
 
Advice for parents?
This part of your journey doesn't have to be walked alone any longer.
 
Personal quote:

"All change is hard at first, messy in the middles, and gorgeous at the end."-Robin Sharma

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Outreach Coordinator

Kat Slater

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Outreach Coordinator

Kat Slater

Prior to coming to Equinox, Kat worked in a variety of human service roles. These roles ranged from teaching assistant to behavioral health technician in an in-patient psychiatric hospital setting. At the age of 19, Kat founded an international non-profit, working to provide tools for sustainability to women running orphanages in Africa. Fueled by her passion for working in mental health, as well as her 14 years of experience as executive director of her non-profit, Kat is excited to be part of the Equinox team and sharing our mission of family level healing.

Kat grew up in Northern California and moved to Colorado in 2011. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Global Non-Profit Enterprise from Metropolitan State University in Denver, CO. She is passionate about meeting clients where they’re at and treating the whole individual. After working in a hospital setting with a one-size-fits-all approach to care, Kat is thrilled to be a part of an organization focused on individualized family care that achieves lasting and meaningful results.

Kat has a passion for family, the outdoors, nutrition, and fitness. She loves to spend time with her son and visit her family in California. Kat loves anything outdoors and spends most of her free time hiking, biking, paddle boarding, and working out!


What do you love about working at Equinox?

The passion of the people who work here. This team of individuals work so well together to create sustainable results for their clients.

What is most fulfilling in your work?

Providing family-level, individual care that meets a new standard in mental health.

Advice for kids?

If you want to see change in your life, you will.

Advice for parents?

In the difficult times, remember that lasting change comes with peaks and valleys; when you’re in the valleys look up and know a peak is coming.

Personal quote:

"Mental Health is not a destination but a process. It’s about how you drive, not where you’re going." -Noam Shpancer

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Administrative Assistant

Lauren Kutner

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Administrative Assistant

Lauren Kutner

Lauren has more than 15 years of customer service experience in a variety of industries including fitness and wellness, hospitality, banking, sales, construction, and healthcare. Lauren’s expertise and passion lies in streamlining and organizing offices—everything from start-ups to long-established businesses.  

Lauren grew up outside of Philadelphia and moved to beautiful Colorado in 2009. Holding a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Colorado, she is a staunch supporter of mental health advocacy. She wholeheartedly believes in the power of positivity and helping things go right. Lauren’s intention is to return to academia to pursue a postgraduate degree in the field of Clinical Mental Health Counseling.  

In her free time, Lauren makes the most of the beautiful scenery Colorado has to offer by pursuing a variety of activities including walking, hiking, yoga, biking, rafting, and riding motorcycles. Lauren also enjoys reading, learning about new things—and when the weather isn’t cooperating—binge-watching favorite shows. Lauren currently resides in Lakewood with her two beautiful cats, Jackie and Bear.


What do you love about working at Equinox?

The coworkers and the fast paced environment. No two days are the same. Forming relationships with clients and families.
 
What is most fulfilling in your work?
Being apart of an organization that helps kids and their families heal from significant issues.
 
Advice for kids?
Your choices, big or small, WILL effect you and your whole life so try to think things through before making a reckless or impulsive decision.
 
Advice for parents?
Be a non judgmental ear for your child and remember you're a good parent since you're interested in EQ.
 
Personal quote:
"You can't have a rainbow without the rain."
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Program Service & Therapy Dog, Certified Service Dog

Riley

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Program Service & Therapy Dog, Certified Service Dog

Riley

Riley is a purebred Silver Labrador.  He's been a certified therapy dog for 9 years.  His original handler was a man named Dan, who experienced mental health issues and needed help emotionally as well as with daily tasks.  Riley was an integral part of Dan's life for several years, helping him feel safe, comfortable and well taken care of.  

When we first adopted Riley, all we really knew was he had an exceptional nature to him, was emotionally intuitive, and within seconds could find the person in the room who needed him most.  What we did not know was that he also, as part of his service responsibilities, could open doors and let himself in and out, even if the door was locked.  He opens the refrigerator and freezer doors, and helps himself to tasty treats when hungry.  He also has specific ways of communicating his needs to his human companions, one of which is getting into the pantry and grabbling a package of Top Ramen to carry around.

Riley is a loving companion to all the kids and young adult in the program.  When you come to the program he'll be sure to greet you with his gentle nature and a wagging tail.


What do you love about working at Equinox?

I love being at work everyday!  I know that I make the kids in the program feel calm, settled and unconditionally loved. Don't tell anyone, but they make me feel the same way.  Lucky me!

What is most fulfilling in your work?

Comforting the kids and young adults in the program.  Knowing that everyday I go to work I make everyone feel good.  

Advice for kids?

I'm a 70 pound gentle Silver Lab.  If your feeling sad, having a hard day or just need a little love, I'll lick you tears away, put my head on your lap, or be there to comfort you for as long as you need.

Advice for parents?

It's not what we have in life, but who we have in our lives that matters.

Personal quote:

"The best therapist has fur and four legs." - Riley

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Chief Operations Officer, Executive MBA

Nathan Gabor

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Chief Operations Officer, Executive MBA

Nathan Gabor

Nathan, who has 20 years’ experience in operations and sales, has worked in varied organizations from start-up level to Fortune 500 corporations in retail, pharmaceutical, telecommunications, healthcare and early childhood education. His experience has provided him immense perspective and leadership skills which allow him to refine operational capabilities and create high-performing teams. He is always working on finding new and creative ways to make the world a better place, and his passion for business and self-growth is a great addition to the Equinox family.

Nathan holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from Virginia Military Institute as well as an Executive Master of Business Administration from Colorado State University. He continues to pursue higher education and is currently working on an additional master’s degree in Financial Management from Boston University.  

Nathan, who achieved the rank of Eagle Scout, spent the majority of his youth camping and teaching at summer camps where he gained a passion for the outdoors.  He combines his love of wilderness and spending time outside, with his professional and personal experiences to advance the life-changing work Equinox Counseling and Wellness Center does for youth, young adults, their families and their communities.

Nathan has lived in Colorado since 2007 and enjoys all that it has to offer.  When he is not helping to further the mission of Equinox, he can be found spending time with his wife and four children, finding new craft brews, and training for triathlons.  


What do you love about working at Equinox?

Seeing families grow and overcome the obstacles in their relationships.  When you can see the relief in a parents eyes when their kid has been transformed, there is nothing like that.

 

What is most fulfilling in your work?
Being part of a team that changes the course of a family for the better.  
 
Advice for kids.
Be open with your parents and the other kids in the program. You are not alone.
 
Advice for parents.
There is a light at the end of the tunnel. Trust and the process, we have seen the success of many families, and they started were where you are now.  It is possible.
  
Personal Quote 

 Enjoy the moment, do not worry about the future or the past.  If you focus on what’s in front of you, the future will take care of itself.

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Founder, CEO, Parent Coach, Family Therapist

Mary Marcantonio

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Founder, CEO, Parent Coach, Family Therapist

Mary Marcantonio

As the founder and CEO of Equinox, Mary brings extensive insight, knowledge and experience with each of the various levels of treatment care available to parents seeking help for the complex mental health challenges their children are facing. More than 30 years of experience in the mental health field has led her to examine the treatment path that not only separates youth from their parents and family system but is also so readily recommended by many mental health professionals. Mary cares deeply about young people and their families facing complex mental health challenges and has dedicated herself to ensuring youth in need of intensive treatment experience safety, kindness, and compassion by a clinical team and system of care that delivers results.

Mary has become a prominent voice within the professional treatment community on the importance of parent and family involvement in the treatment process.  Her work centers on helping parents achieve a deep understanding that families that growlearn and change togetherheal together.   As a result, she has ensured that youth and their parents have another option; no longer do families have to move from provider to provider, be separated by treatment in wilderness or residential settings, or be in and out of psychiatric hospital settings to get the help they are seeking. In 2009, after 22 years in the mental health networks of Colorado, Nevada, and North Carolina, Mary developed an out-patient intensive level of care that combines the best of residential treatment, wilderness therapy and hospital settings to help keep youth and families together on the path towards healing. 

Additionally, Mary is the co-founder of the Parent Leadership Academy which is an integrated component of the Equinox program.  The Parent Leadership Academy has helped thousands of parents learn to parent with confidence, love, warmth, and compassion, while at the same time holding important boundaries necessary to improve their child’s functioning.  The Parent Leadership Academy teaches parents that alignment with family values and parenting a child with complex mental, emotional and behavioral health issues no longer are mutually exclusive of one another. 

Mary received her bachelor’s degree in business management and therapeutic recreation from Mesa State College and attended the University of Northern Colorado and Lesley College for master’s coursework in clinical psychology. She has over 30 years of experience in developing and delivering programs to youth and families struggling with complex mental, emotional and behavioral health challenges. With skillful expertise, Mary has developed specialized programming for youth who often present with combined complexities of anxiety, depression, OCD, mood disorders, ADHD, and executive functioning disorder.  This programming deals with the reality that these complexities create significant difficulty across a broad spectrum in their lives, parent relationships and overall functioning.  Utilizing her extensive background in developing and running residential treatment and wilderness therapy programs, she has successfully implemented intensive programming that allows these youth to remain in their home environment. 

Mary is a national trainer, speaker and clinical program evaluator. She speaks and trains on topics that include the following: Sexual Safety for Children; Developing Competent, Confident Children; How to Raise Responsible Teens; The Dangers of Using Rewards and Consequence Behavior Modification Systems. Additionally, Mary has been featured on the PBS NewsHour with Jim Lehrer and ABC’s Nightline for her work with military youth and families experiencing significant challenges as a result of their parent’s multiple military deployments.


“If you are at sea, and you’re in a raft, and the swells of the sea are huge, when you are lifted to the top of the wave, you can see for an eternity. When you come down into the belly of the wave, you cannot see anything. Gratitude is not about denying the fact that you are in the belly of the wave and that wave may crash on you, but to never lose site of the horizon even though in this moment you are not seeing it.”-unknown

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Partner, System of Care Officer, Parent Coach

Tim Burke

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Partner, System of Care Officer, Parent Coach

Tim Burke

Tim is a Partner and the System of Care Officer at Equinox.   Working in this role is a natural fit for Tim after spending 25 years working in a variety of environments with an array of populations and families. He is passionate about the seamless integration of clinical, milieu, community, wilderness and parent coaching to produce the results families need and deserve.

Tim grew up in Western New York and earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Sciences from Niagara University. His passion for the outdoors brought him to Colorado in 1996 and he’s been combining the outdoors and behavioral healthcare ever since. He began his work with at-risk-teens in residential treatment and leading wilderness therapy trips as a field guide for 6-years before bridging experiential modalities with therapeutic milieu and community-based treatment in 2002.         

Since the inception of Equinox in 2009, Tim has developed a passion for, as well as an intimate understanding of, the unique system of care that exists at Equinox. His primary role is to ensure that the Equinox treatment teams have the skills, knowledge and operational understanding of how to effectively deliver services under our distinctive system of care. Tim’s expertise in milieu management, combined with his experience guiding the efforts of multi-disciplinary and clinical teams, make him a uniquely qualified leader, mentor and trainer at Equinox.

Tim is also a valued member of the parent coaching team. He has a particular interest in, and talent for, helping parents emerge as nurturing leaders in their family while assisting them in bridging the gaps that often exist in the parent–child relationship. Tim takes a principally based approach to leading his weekly parent coaching workshops as well as providing individual coaching. It’s no surprise that Tim has created Equinox’s “In Home Family Retreats” where he draws heavily from his experiential roots to facilitate a 3-day experience focused heavily on parent leadership in the home.

Tim also overseas all of the adventure and wilderness programming at Equinox and enjoys the training and mentoring aspects of his job. While Tim is growing up a new generation of outdoor behavioral health professionals at Equinox, he still loves his time in the field. Team spends countless hours in the field with his guides and when time allows, he still loves leading groups and families on therapeutic adventures. Tim enjoys the continuing education and maintains professional certifications including American Mountain Guide Association–Certified Single-Pitch Instructor, Association for Challenge Course Technology–Level II facilitator, The Climbing Wall Association-Lead Climbing Wall Instructor, American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education–Pro-1; and Wilderness Medicine Institute–Wilderness First Responder.

When not working, Tim enjoys rock and ice climbing, skiing, fly fishing, mountain biking and traveling adventures with his wife, Tanya, in their little camper.


Follow your PASSION, It knows where you should go.

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Partner, Chief Clinical Officer, MA, LMFT, Parent Coach

Eileen Scheibe

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Partner, Chief Clinical Officer, MA, LMFT, Parent Coach

Eileen Scheibe

As managing partner and Chief Clinical Officer, Eileen provides oversight of all clinical/program services and processes, ensuring the highest standard of care is utilized to attain sustainable client outcomes.  She believes that each family comes to Equinox with their own story to tell, unique strengths and complex challenges, that deserve a compassionate and skilled approach to their clinical care. As CCO, Eileen oversees a system of care focused on integrating all aspects of Equinox therapeutic programming into the client's home, community, and day-to-day relationships. Most importantly, each professional interaction, clinical intervention, and treatment decision occurs with integrity and from evidence-based practice.

Eileen received a Bachelor of Science degree in Child Development from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. She then received a Master of Arts degree in clinical psychology, with specialization in marriage, family, and child counseling from Pepperdine University. She is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) in the states of Colorado and California, and has provided therapeutic services to individuals, couples, families, high-risk adolescents, and youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder for the past 30 years.

Eileen worked as a family therapist with family systems impacted by trauma, behavioral disorders, mental health issues, and chronic stressors that significantly disrupted family relationships. As a Parent Coach with Equinox, Eileen utilizes her skills and knowledge of complex family systems to work closely with parents who have faced unpredictable and difficult challenges raising adolescents and helping their young adults launch into independence.  Eileen teaches parents that they are an essential catalyst for the change they are wanting to see in their family, and even more importantly she provides the necessary guidance to get there. Parent Leadership Principles integrated within the Equinox System of Care is a sequenced learning method that develops skills for effective parent leadership while enhancing the connection between the parent(s)/child that is commonly disrupted as a result of the chronic distress.  

Eileen’s expertise includes guiding parents of young adults to effectively support the transition to independent living despite existing challenges that contribute to a failure to launch.  She understands the unique dynamics that exist in this stage of development within the parent/child relationship and common barriers that impact our young adults in this process.  She enjoys both the individual coaching process and the weekly parent group that combines psycho-education and therapeutic support. 

Eileen loves traveling with her husband and teenage son, has three beloved dogs, and relaxes through gardening, time outdoors, and cooking.


You are not your circumstances. You are your possibilities. If you know that, you can do anything.”
Oprah Winfrey

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Director of Administrative Services

Jen Lindstrom

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Director of Administrative Services

Jen Lindstrom

Jennifer has been with Equinox since it was founded in 2009.  She began working in a part-time capacity in accounts receivable and as the company grew, took on more and more responsibilities to include all of HR,  AR and AP.  Jennifer takes great pride in caring for our staff, and minding the “business of the business” so that our outstanding treatment teams can focus on providing excellent care to our families. She believes supporting the life-changing work Equinox Counseling and Wellness Center provides for youth, young adults, and their families is truly an honor.

Prior to coming to Equinox, Jennifer worked in brain injury rehabilitation and coached softball at the private, high school, and collegiate levels. Jennifer continues to coach part-time giving private pitching lessons to Denver area girls ages 9-22.  Her mission to build confidence is always at the heart of her work.

When not working, Jennifer enjoys spending time with her family and dogs, working on projects around the house, playing guitar and singing, and relaxing in the Colorado mountains or anywhere there is a beach.


What do you love about working at Equinox? 

Walking into our milieu and seeing kids laughing, connecting, learning and changing. Knowing that most of our patients have struggled to find and keep friends makes Equinox's milieu such a desperately needed place for these kiddos.  

What is most fulfilling in your work?  
When I hear the stories of life changing success families experience at Equinox, when they have found no results anywhere else, I know I am where I need to be.  Knowing that I support our staff to do this important work is extremely fulfilling.
 
Advice for kids. I know entering treatment can be scary or anxiety provoking, please know you are not doing this alone.  You and your parents will have hard work to do and you have the best team of helpers to lead the way. 
 
Advice for parents. 
There is hope for your child and your family here at Equinox. Your treatment team is exceptionally skilled, knowledgeable and compassionate.  They will guide, support, and yes, push you to make progress the likes of which you have not experienced before. 
 

Personal Quote- "You always pass failure on your way to success." - Micky Rooney

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Clinical Director, MA, LPC, Clinician, Family Therapist

Kristy Barr

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Clinical Director, MA, LPC, Clinician, Family Therapist

Kristy Barr

Kristy is the Clinical Director at Equinox and has been a valuable team member for over 5 years. Previously, she has held positions within Equinox including, Therapeutic Care Specialist, Clinician, Assistant Clinical Director, and Program Director. This experience gives Kristy unique perspective, exceptional knowledge, and clinical skill to lead our team working within the Equinox system of care. Kristy has a wealth of knowledge and love of the outdoors, with a variety of experiences in community mental health and residential treatment. Kristy holds a Master of Science degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Harding University and also brings five years of experience with rock climbing, yoga, somatic experiences, and facilitation of experience-based therapy. 

Having experienced the power of rock climbing for her own personal growth, Kristy continues to seek opportunities to share this therapy with youth and families at Equinox. Kristy brings her passion of rock climbing into the Strong Confident Girls Group which focuses on Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) skills in a local Denver indoor rock-climbing gym. Through this program, Kristy has seen rock climbing transform and guide teen girls in managing their emotions, increasing their distress tolerance, and working together with peers in the group to set and accomplish goals. 

Kristy and her husband can be found in the mountains hiking, rock climbing, and camping in their pop-up camper on the weekends. Together they also enjoy kayaking in lakes and rivers in the summer seasons. Kristy is a work-out enthusiast and practices her own daily and weekly routines of exercise and yoga. 


What do you love about working at Equinox?

Fast paced & challenging work, getting off the couch and getting outside.
 
What is most fulfilling in your work?
Client growth and the "ah" moments. Sustainable family change, team approach and always having support and ability to use one another.
 
Advice for kids?
Vulnerability will help you get to where you want to be. Trusting the people and process will give you more than you can imagine.
 
Advice for parents?
Sometimes it is just about listening and reflecting the experience of your child.
 
Personal quote:

"I've loved where I've been, but is my heart's where I'm going."- Anberlin

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Eve Parker

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Manager of Business Development

Eve Parker

Eve’s variety of experience ranges from working for Tony Robbins in San Diego to managing marketing initiatives for Elements Massage and OrangeTheory Fitness. Eve is grateful and passionate about bringing awareness to Equinox’s family-level of care and healing to the community. She especially loves Equinox’s model of incorporating adventure, wilderness, and art and experiential therapy into programming. Experiential and art therapy played an integral part in her own personal healing process, and her main goal is to be a psychodrama therapist helping people through past traumas with expressive art therapy.

Having lost 150 pounds and maintaining her journey for more than 10 years, she has been featured in Shape magazine, Huffington Post, Huffpost Live, PETA, Mind Body Green and was on the show The Doctors. She has been published in three books including “Organized Obstacles: A Collection of Weight Loss Stories From Those Who Laughed In Impossible’s Face.” Her biggest passion revolves around mental health and the emotional resilience it takes to transform your life. Eve is currently finishing her undergrad at MSU Denver studying Psychology and Theatre. 

When Eve is not studying or reading a textbook, she loves to work out, sing, write, dress up in costumes, and paddleboard with her fiancé Chris. When they are not on the water, you can find them playing “Top Chef” in the kitchen, singing karaoke, or relaxing with their beloved dog, Chef. (Yes, he has his own Instagram page.)


What do you love about working at Equinox?

The fact that I work for a company that found a gap in the continuum of care and created the solution.
 
What is most fulfilling in your work?
Supporting those towards mental wellness can truly change the world and we do that every day.
 
Advice for kids?
Remember that the journey of 1,000 miles starts with one step.
 
Advice for parents?
This part of your journey doesn't have to be walked alone any longer.
 
Personal quote:

"All change is hard at first, messy in the middles, and gorgeous at the end."-Robin Sharma

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Riley

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Riley

Riley is a purebred Silver Labrador.  He's been a certified therapy dog for 9 years.  His original handler was a man named Dan, who experienced mental health issues and needed help emotionally as well as with daily tasks.  Riley was an integral part of Dan's life for several years, helping him feel safe, comfortable and well taken care of.  

When we first adopted Riley, all we really knew was he had an exceptional nature to him, was emotionally intuitive, and within seconds could find the person in the room who needed him most.  What we did not know was that he also, as part of his service responsibilities, could open doors and let himself in and out, even if the door was locked.  He opens the refrigerator and freezer doors, and helps himself to tasty treats when hungry.  He also has specific ways of communicating his needs to his human companions, one of which is getting into the pantry and grabbling a package of Top Ramen to carry around.

Riley is a loving companion to all the kids and young adult in the program.  When you come to the program he'll be sure to greet you with his gentle nature and a wagging tail.


What do you love about working at Equinox?

I love being at work everyday!  I know that I make the kids in the program feel calm, settled and unconditionally loved. Don't tell anyone, but they make me feel the same way.  Lucky me!

What is most fulfilling in your work?

Comforting the kids and young adults in the program.  Knowing that everyday I go to work I make everyone feel good.  

Advice for kids?

I'm a 70 pound gentle Silver Lab.  If your feeling sad, having a hard day or just need a little love, I'll lick you tears away, put my head on your lap, or be there to comfort you for as long as you need.

Advice for parents?

It's not what we have in life, but who we have in our lives that matters.

Personal quote:

"The best therapist has fur and four legs." - Riley

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Founder, CEO, Parent Coach, Family Therapist

Mary Marcantonio

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Founder, CEO, Parent Coach, Family Therapist

Mary Marcantonio

As the founder and CEO of Equinox, Mary brings extensive insight, knowledge and experience with each of the various levels of treatment care available to parents seeking help for the complex mental health challenges their children are facing. More than 30 years of experience in the mental health field has led her to examine the treatment path that not only separates youth from their parents and family system but is also so readily recommended by many mental health professionals. Mary cares deeply about young people and their families facing complex mental health challenges and has dedicated herself to ensuring youth in need of intensive treatment experience safety, kindness, and compassion by a clinical team and system of care that delivers results.

Mary has become a prominent voice within the professional treatment community on the importance of parent and family involvement in the treatment process.  Her work centers on helping parents achieve a deep understanding that families that growlearn and change togetherheal together.   As a result, she has ensured that youth and their parents have another option; no longer do families have to move from provider to provider, be separated by treatment in wilderness or residential settings, or be in and out of psychiatric hospital settings to get the help they are seeking. In 2009, after 22 years in the mental health networks of Colorado, Nevada, and North Carolina, Mary developed an out-patient intensive level of care that combines the best of residential treatment, wilderness therapy and hospital settings to help keep youth and families together on the path towards healing. 

Additionally, Mary is the co-founder of the Parent Leadership Academy which is an integrated component of the Equinox program.  The Parent Leadership Academy has helped thousands of parents learn to parent with confidence, love, warmth, and compassion, while at the same time holding important boundaries necessary to improve their child’s functioning.  The Parent Leadership Academy teaches parents that alignment with family values and parenting a child with complex mental, emotional and behavioral health issues no longer are mutually exclusive of one another. 

Mary received her bachelor’s degree in business management and therapeutic recreation from Mesa State College and attended the University of Northern Colorado and Lesley College for master’s coursework in clinical psychology. She has over 30 years of experience in developing and delivering programs to youth and families struggling with complex mental, emotional and behavioral health challenges. With skillful expertise, Mary has developed specialized programming for youth who often present with combined complexities of anxiety, depression, OCD, mood disorders, ADHD, and executive functioning disorder.  This programming deals with the reality that these complexities create significant difficulty across a broad spectrum in their lives, parent relationships and overall functioning.  Utilizing her extensive background in developing and running residential treatment and wilderness therapy programs, she has successfully implemented intensive programming that allows these youth to remain in their home environment. 

Mary is a national trainer, speaker and clinical program evaluator. She speaks and trains on topics that include the following: Sexual Safety for Children; Developing Competent, Confident Children; How to Raise Responsible Teens; The Dangers of Using Rewards and Consequence Behavior Modification Systems. Additionally, Mary has been featured on the PBS NewsHour with Jim Lehrer and ABC’s Nightline for her work with military youth and families experiencing significant challenges as a result of their parent’s multiple military deployments


“If you are at sea, and you’re in a raft, and the swells of the sea are huge, when you are lifted to the top of the wave, you can see for an eternity. When you come down into the belly of the wave, you cannot see anything. Gratitude is not about denying the fact that you are in the belly of the wave and that wave may crash on you, but to never lose site of the horizon even though in this moment you are not seeing it.”-unknown

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Partner, Chief Clinical Officer, MA, LMFT, Parent Coach

Eileen Scheibe

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Partner, Chief Clinical Officer, MA, LMFT, Parent Coach

Eileen Scheibe

As managing partner and Chief Clinical Officer, Eileen provides oversight of all clinical/program services and processes, ensuring the highest standard of care is utilized to attain sustainable client outcomes.  She believes that each family comes to Equinox with their own story to tell, unique strengths and complex challenges, that deserve a compassionate and skilled approach to their clinical care. As CCO, Eileen oversees a system of care focused on integrating all aspects of Equinox therapeutic programming into the client's home, community, and day-to-day relationships. Most importantly, each professional interaction, clinical intervention, and treatment decision occurs with integrity and from evidence-based practice.

Eileen received a Bachelor of Science degree in Child Development from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. She then received a Master of Arts degree in clinical psychology, with specialization in marriage, family, and child counseling from Pepperdine University. She is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) in the states of Colorado and California, and has provided therapeutic services to individuals, couples, families, high-risk adolescents, and youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder for the past 30 years.

Eileen worked as a family therapist with family systems impacted by trauma, behavioral disorders, mental health issues, and chronic stressors that significantly disrupted family relationships. As a Parent Coach with Equinox, Eileen utilizes her skills and knowledge of complex family systems to work closely with parents who have faced unpredictable and difficult challenges raising adolescents and helping their young adults launch into independence.  Eileen teaches parents that they are an essential catalyst for the change they are wanting to see in their family, and even more importantly she provides the necessary guidance to get there. Parent Leadership Principles integrated within the Equinox System of Care is a sequenced learning method that develops skills for effective parent leadership while enhancing the connection between the parent(s)/child that is commonly disrupted as a result of the chronic distress.  

Eileen’s expertise includes guiding parents of young adults to effectively support the transition to independent living despite existing challenges that contribute to a failure to launch.  She understands the unique dynamics that exist in this stage of development within the parent/child relationship and common barriers that impact our young adults in this process.  She enjoys both the individual coaching process and the weekly parent group that combines psycho-education and therapeutic support. 

Eileen loves traveling with her husband and teenage son, has three beloved dogs, and relaxes through gardening, time outdoors, and cooking.


You are not your circumstances. You are your possibilities. If you know that, you can do anything.”
Oprah Winfrey

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Clinical Director, MA, LPC, Clinician, Family Therapist

Kristy Barr

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Clinical Director, MA, LPC, Clinician, Family Therapist

Kristy Barr

Kristy is the Program Director at Equinox and has been a valuable team member with the Equinox Team. Kristy has a wealth of knowledge and love of the outdoors, with a variety of experiences in community mental health and residential treatment. Kristy holds a Master of Science degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Harding University and also brings five years of experience with rock climbing, yoga, somatic experiences, and facilitation of experience-based therapy. 

Having experienced the power of rock climbing for her own personal growth, Kristy continues to seek opportunities to share this therapy with youth and families at Equinox. Kristy brings her passion of rock climbing into the Strong Confident Girls Group which focuses on Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) skills in a local Denver indoor rock-climbing gym. Through this program, Kristy has seen rock climbing transform and guide teen girls in managing their emotions, increasing their distress tolerance, and working together with peers in the group to set and accomplish goals. 

Kristy and her husband can be found in the mountains hiking, rock climbing, and camping in their pop-up camper on the weekends. Together they also enjoy kayaking in lakes and rivers in the summer seasons. Kristy is a work-out enthusiast and practices her own daily and weekly routines of exercise and yoga. 


What do you love about working at Equinox?

Fast paced & challenging work, getting off the couch and getting outside.
 
What is most fulfilling in your work?
Client growth and the "ah" moments. Sustainable family change, team approach and always having support and ability to use one another.
 
Advice for kids?
Vulnerability will help you get to where you want to be. Trusting the people and process will give you more than you can imagine.
 
Advice for parents?
Sometimes it is just about listening and reflecting the experience of your child.
 
Personal quote:

"I've loved where I've been, but is my heart's where I'm going."- Anberlin

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Grant Aaron

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CLINICIAN, MSW

Grant Aaron

Grant brings to Equinox his experience in attachment issues, various levels of trauma, and neurodiverse conditions like Autism Spectrum Disorder and ADHD. He has worked with children and young adults in a variety of settings over the past seven years in the Denver area including young men in residential placement battling substance abuse, foster children with developmental disabilities, as well as individuals experiencing chronic homelessness. Through crisis management, group therapy, assessment and mentoring, Grant has worked to encourage positive change in these environments and is a huge proponent of providing trauma-informed care. 

Grant earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from the University of Wyoming and promptly made his way to Colorado to begin his professional journey. He acquired a Master of Social Work degree from Arizona State University and has since been enamored with the social work values and ideals. Grant was initially attracted to Equinox for its reputation as a holistic agency that provides services to families from every angle, unlike any he has encountered. He has been ecstatic to share his skills and perspective with the Equinox team and families. 

Colorado has proven to be a perfect home for Grant as he has expounded on his passion for the outdoors, including hiking, skiing, running, road-tripping, and frisbee days in the park. He has come to appreciate the residents of Colorado, valuing the connections he continues to make and the inspiring, warm sense of community.


What do you love about working at Equinox?

At Equinox I love that I can see so many pieces at work in every client's life.
 
What is most fulfilling in your work?
Establishing and strengthing a network of clinicians, coaches, family, and other supporters for each client.
 
Advice for kids?
Balance-it's difficult to achieve but important that you always strive for it. Set boundaries, exercise your willpower, and always practice compassion.
 
Advice for parents?
Be consistent. Don't allow your kids to power struggle.
 
Personal quote:

"Just because your path is different doesn't mean you're lost."

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YOUTH & FAMILY COACH, MA, CFL

Lee Doron

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YOUTH & FAMILY COACH, MA, CFL

Lee Doron

Lee Doron works as a family and individual therapist and also leads the somatic therapy group. With a Bachelor of Science in Health and Physical Education, and a Master of Arts in Human Services with an emphasis in Family Studies, his area of expertise is connecting the body and mind. Lee is a Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE) through the National Council on Family Relations and has experience in both residential treatment, as well as in-home therapy for at-risk youth and families. His Qualified Mental Health Professional (QMHP) designation and certifications in Adolescent Community Reinforcement Approach (A-CRA) and Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) have greatly complemented his education and experience. 

Lee believes Equinox is a perfect fit because there is such emphasis on providing a holistic approach to mental health. Being able to implement different treatment modalities is an incredibly advantageous component to providing the most effective treatment possible and helping people reach their true potential. Lee takes pride in his ability to build rapport, provide a safe place to share thoughts and feelings, and be an integral part in his clients process of growth. 

Lee, who was born in Israel and grew up in Portland, Oregon, is passionate about travel and connecting with different cultures. He also is a competitive rugby player, having played in college, abroad, and at a competitive club level. He appreciates the life lessons and skills beyond the sport itself that have helped shape him into the person he is today. 

A recent transplant to Colorado, Lee enjoys spending time in nature, playing drums, cooking vegan food, and practicing yoga and meditation. 


What do you love about working at Equinox?

I love that the kids and families are incredible engaged in the wide range of services we provide.
 
What is most fulfilling in your work?
When I am able to help the kids and families bridge the gap between what they are learning in individual therapy, parent coaching, and other therapeutic groups.
 
Advice for kids?
Embrace the opportunity to get out of your comfort zone. See it as an integral part of being able to learn and grow.
 
Advice for parents?
Trust the process and recognize that this will take the whole family to create positive change.
 
Personal quote:

"Believe you can and you're halfway there."-Theodore Roosevelt

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TCS III, MA, LPCC

Casey Ruch

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TCS III, MA, LPCC

Casey Ruch

Casey has more than six years of experience working with adults and children with developmental disabilities in middle and high school settings, as well as in home care. 

Her passion to bridge her experience working closely with families while gaining clinical experience using EQ’s system of care is crucial to seeing families and individuals restored.

Her genuine and intentional heart and desire to see families restored is what drew her to pursue her work at Equinox. Their holistic and unique approach to healing youth and families allows her to utilize her skills in multiple ways. Casey loves how intentional, sequential, and sustainable the system of care is at Equinox and how it puts into action in every part of the treatment process to ensure the family system is healthy and whole.

Casey holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Speech Pathology & Audiology from Marquette University, and Master of Arts degree in Mental Health Counseling from Trinity International University. In addition, she holds an LPCC and is working towards her LPC. 

Recently married in Beaver Creek, Colorado, Casey and her husband can be found walking around City Park, spending time at their favorite neighborhood restaurants on 17th street, exploring all the national parks, and camping with friends and family.


What do you love about working at Equinox?

I love working with a close knit community of innovators and flexible coworkers.
 
What is most fulfilling in your work?
I love seeing the client's and the families soak up the EQ language and tools right away and feel like they are finally exhaling.
 
Advice for kids?
Trust this process as overwhelming, scary as it may seem. You will grow and heal!
 
Advice for parents?
Things will get better as difficult as it may seem. You will be held, supported, and healed by this team!
 
Personal quote:

"Vulnerability is not knowing victory or defeat, it's understanding the necessity of both."- Brene Brown

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Clinician, MA, MFT

Ben Strauber

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Clinician, MA, MFT

Ben Strauber

Ben works as an Individual and Family Therapist and as a Parent Coach. With a bachelor's degree in Special Education and Psychology from the University of Northern Colorado, and a master's degree in Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) from Argosy University, Ben understands the need to be the calm eye of the storm.

Ben has a robust background from working as a Special Education teacher in middle schools to running before and after school programs for neurodiverse youth. His most recent roles included working as a Registered Behavior Technician and Independent Living Skills Trainer. Specializing in systemic trauma he used in-home therapy techniques to ensure positive and sustainable outcomes.

Ben is a native of Colorado having grown up in the Park Meadows area. His passion for therapy started at a young age with both of his parents being therapists. Further, his MFT degree allows him the skills and expertise to provide true, family-level healing.

When he is not working, Ben brings his passion for community into his personal life and loves finding activities that introduce him to athletic challenges and new people. He enjoys being active and playing team sports including soccer, pickleball and volleyball. When he's not out on a field he can be found caring for his four-legged friends.


What do you love about working at Equinox?

The kind, compassionate staff bring exceptional value to clients and to each other.

What is most fulfilling in your work?

Allowing individuals, the safe space and guidance to be better and happier versions of themselves.

Advice for kids?

You might be surprised by how amazing new things can be, especially if they are scary at first.

Advice for parents?

Find moments to smile and validate your child a little more everyday:

Personal Quote

"One generation of deeply loving parents would change the brain of the next generation, and with that, the world." – Charles Raison

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Program Service & Therapy Dog, Certified Service Dog

Riley

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Program Service & Therapy Dog, Certified Service Dog

Riley

Riley is a purebred Silver Labrador.  He's been a certified therapy dog for 9 years.  His original handler was a man named Dan, who experienced mental health issues and needed help emotionally as well as with daily tasks.  Riley was an integral part of Dan's life for several years, helping him feel safe, comfortable and well taken care of.  

When we first adopted Riley, all we really knew was he had an exceptional nature to him, was emotionally intuitive, and within seconds could find the person in the room who needed him most.  What we did not know was that he also, as part of his service responsibilities, could open doors and let himself in and out, even if the door was locked.  He opens the refrigerator and freezer doors, and helps himself to tasty treats when hungry.  He also has specific ways of communicating his needs to his human companions, one of which is getting into the pantry and grabbling a package of Top Ramen to carry around.

Riley is a loving companion to all the kids and young adult in the program.  When you come to the program he'll be sure to greet you with his gentle nature and a wagging tail.


What do you love about working at Equinox?

I love being at work everyday!  I know that I make the kids in the program feel calm, settled and unconditionally loved. Don't tell anyone, but they make me feel the same way.  Lucky me!

What is most fulfilling in your work?

Comforting the kids and young adults in the program.  Knowing that everyday I go to work I make everyone feel good.  

Advice for kids?

I'm a 70 pound gentle Silver Lab.  If your feeling sad, having a hard day or just need a little love, I'll lick you tears away, put my head on your lap, or be there to comfort you for as long as you need.

Advice for parents?

It's not what we have in life, but who we have in our lives that matters.

Personal quote:

"The best therapist has fur and four legs." - Riley

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Founder, CEO, Parent Coach, Family Therapist

Mary Marcantonio

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Founder, CEO, Parent Coach, Family Therapist

Mary Marcantonio

As the founder and CEO of Equinox, Mary brings extensive insight, knowledge and experience with each of the various levels of treatment care available to parents seeking help for the complex mental health challenges their children are facing. More than 30 years of experience in the mental health field has led her to examine the treatment path that not only separates youth from their parents and family system but is also so readily recommended by many mental health professionals. Mary cares deeply about young people and their families facing complex mental health challenges and has dedicated herself to ensuring youth in need of intensive treatment experience safety, kindness, and compassion by a clinical team and system of care that delivers results.

Mary has become a prominent voice within the professional treatment community on the importance of parent and family involvement in the treatment process.  Her work centers on helping parents achieve a deep understanding that families that growlearn and change togetherheal together.   As a result, she has ensured that youth and their parents have another option; no longer do families have to move from provider to provider, be separated by treatment in wilderness or residential settings, or be in and out of psychiatric hospital settings to get the help they are seeking. In 2009, after 22 years in the mental health networks of Colorado, Nevada, and North Carolina, Mary developed an out-patient intensive level of care that combines the best of residential treatment, wilderness therapy and hospital settings to help keep youth and families together on the path towards healing. 

Additionally, Mary is the co-founder of the Parent Leadership Academy which is an integrated component of the Equinox program.  The Parent Leadership Academy has helped thousands of parents learn to parent with confidence, love, warmth, and compassion, while at the same time holding important boundaries necessary to improve their child’s functioning.  The Parent Leadership Academy teaches parents that alignment with family values and parenting a child with complex mental, emotional and behavioral health issues no longer are mutually exclusive of one another. 

Mary received her bachelor’s degree in business management and therapeutic recreation from Mesa State College and attended the University of Northern Colorado and Lesley College for master’s coursework in clinical psychology. She has over 30 years of experience in developing and delivering programs to youth and families struggling with complex mental, emotional and behavioral health challenges. With skillful expertise, Mary has developed specialized programming for youth who often present with combined complexities of anxiety, depression, OCD, mood disorders, ADHD, and executive functioning disorder.  This programming deals with the reality that these complexities create significant difficulty across a broad spectrum in their lives, parent relationships and overall functioning.  Utilizing her extensive background in developing and running residential treatment and wilderness therapy programs, she has successfully implemented intensive programming that allows these youth to remain in their home environment. 

Mary is a national trainer, speaker and clinical program evaluator. She speaks and trains on topics that include the following: Sexual Safety for Children; Developing Competent, Confident Children; How to Raise Responsible Teens; The Dangers of Using Rewards and Consequence Behavior Modification Systems. Additionally, Mary has been featured on the PBS NewsHour with Jim Lehrer and ABC’s Nightline for her work with military youth and families experiencing significant challenges as a result of their parent’s multiple military deployments


“If you are at sea, and you’re in a raft, and the swells of the sea are huge, when you are lifted to the top of the wave, you can see for an eternity. When you come down into the belly of the wave, you cannot see anything. Gratitude is not about denying the fact that you are in the belly of the wave and that wave may crash on you, but to never lose site of the horizon even though in this moment you are not seeing it.”-unknown

 
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Partner, Chief Clinical Officer, MA, LMFT, Parent Coach

Eileen Scheibe

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Partner, Chief Clinical Officer, MA, LMFT, Parent Coach

Eileen Scheibe

As managing partner and Chief Clinical Officer, Eileen provides oversight of all clinical/program services and processes, ensuring the highest standard of care is utilized to attain sustainable client outcomes.  She believes that each family comes to Equinox with their own story to tell, unique strengths and complex challenges, that deserve a compassionate and skilled approach to their clinical care. As CCO, Eileen oversees a system of care focused on integrating all aspects of Equinox therapeutic programming into the client's home, community, and day-to-day relationships. Most importantly, each professional interaction, clinical intervention, and treatment decision occurs with integrity and from evidence-based practice.

Eileen received a Bachelor of Science degree in Child Development from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. She then received a Master of Arts degree in clinical psychology, with specialization in marriage, family, and child counseling from Pepperdine University. She is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) in the states of Colorado and California, and has provided therapeutic services to individuals, couples, families, high-risk adolescents, and youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder for the past 30 years.

Eileen worked as a family therapist with family systems impacted by trauma, behavioral disorders, mental health issues, and chronic stressors that significantly disrupted family relationships. As a Parent Coach with Equinox, Eileen utilizes her skills and knowledge of complex family systems to work closely with parents who have faced unpredictable and difficult challenges raising adolescents and helping their young adults launch into independence.  Eileen teaches parents that they are an essential catalyst for the change they are wanting to see in their family, and even more importantly she provides the necessary guidance to get there. Parent Leadership Principles integrated within the Equinox System of Care is a sequenced learning method that develops skills for effective parent leadership while enhancing the connection between the parent(s)/child that is commonly disrupted as a result of the chronic distress.  

Eileen’s expertise includes guiding parents of young adults to effectively support the transition to independent living despite existing challenges that contribute to a failure to launch.  She understands the unique dynamics that exist in this stage of development within the parent/child relationship and common barriers that impact our young adults in this process.  She enjoys both the individual coaching process and the weekly parent group that combines psycho-education and therapeutic support. 

Eileen loves traveling with her husband and teenage son, has three beloved dogs, and relaxes through gardening, time outdoors, and cooking.


You are not your circumstances. You are your possibilities. If you know that, you can do anything.”
Oprah Winfrey

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Partner, System of Care Officer, Parent Coach

Tim Burke

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Partner, System of Care Officer, Parent Coach

Tim Burke

Tim is a Partner and the System of Care Officer at Equinox.   Working in this role is a natural fit for Tim after spending 25 years working in a variety of environments with an array of populations and families. He is passionate about the seamless integration of clinical, milieu, community, wilderness and parent coaching to produce the results families need and deserve.

Tim grew up in Western New York and earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Sciences from Niagara University. His passion for the outdoors brought him to Colorado in 1996 and he’s been combining the outdoors and behavioral healthcare ever since. He began his work with at-risk-teens in residential treatment and leading wilderness therapy trips as a field guide for 6-years before bridging experiential modalities with therapeutic milieu and community-based treatment in 2002.         

Since the inception of Equinox in 2009, Tim has developed a passion for, as well as an intimate understanding of, the unique system of care that exists at Equinox. His primary role is to ensure that the Equinox treatment teams have the skills, knowledge and operational understanding of how to effectively deliver services under our distinctive system of care. Tim’s expertise in milieu management, combined with his experience guiding the efforts of multi-disciplinary and clinical teams, make him a uniquely qualified leader, mentor and trainer at Equinox.

Tim is also a valued member of the parent coaching team. He has a particular interest in, and talent for, helping parents emerge as nurturing leaders in their family while assisting them in bridging the gaps that often exist in the parent–child relationship. Tim takes a principally based approach to leading his weekly parent coaching workshops as well as providing individual coaching. It’s no surprise that Tim has created Equinox’s “In Home Family Retreats” where he draws heavily from his experiential roots to facilitate a 3-day experience focused heavily on parent leadership in the home.

Tim also overseas all of the adventure and wilderness programming at Equinox and enjoys the training and mentoring aspects of his job. While Tim is growing up a new generation of outdoor behavioral health professionals at Equinox, he still loves his time in the field. Team spends countless hours in the field with his guides and when time allows, he still loves leading groups and families on therapeutic adventures. Tim enjoys the continuing education and maintains professional certifications including American Mountain Guide Association–Certified Single-Pitch Instructor, Association for Challenge Course Technology–Level II facilitator, The Climbing Wall Association-Lead Climbing Wall Instructor, American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education–Pro-1; and Wilderness Medicine Institute–Wilderness First Responder.

When not working, Tim enjoys rock and ice climbing, skiing, fly fishing, mountain biking and traveling adventures with his wife, Tanya, in their little camper.


"Follow your PASSION, It knows where you should go."

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YOUTH & FAMILY COACH, MA, CFLE

Lee Doron

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YOUTH & FAMILY COACH, MA, CFLE

Lee Doron

Lee Doran works as a family and individual therapist and also leads the somatic therapy group. With a Bachelor of Science in Health and Physical Education, and a Master of Arts in Human Services with an emphasis in Family Studies, his area of expertise is connecting the body and mind. Lee is a Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE) through the National Council on Family Relations and has experience in both residential treatment, as well as in-home therapy for at-risk youth and families. His Qualified Mental Health Professional (QMHP) designation and certifications in Adolescent Community Reinforcement Approach (A-CRA) and Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) have greatly complemented his education and experience. 

Lee believes Equinox is a perfect fit because there is such emphasis on providing a holistic approach to mental health. Being able to implement different treatment modalities is an incredibly advantageous component to providing the most effective treatment possible and helping people reach their true potential. Lee takes pride in his ability to build rapport, provide a safe place to share thoughts and feelings, and be an integral part in his clients process of growth. 

Lee, who was born in Israel and grew up in Portland, Oregon, is passionate about travel and connecting with different cultures. He also is a competitive rugby player, having played in college, abroad, and at a competitive club level. He appreciates the life lessons and skills beyond the sport itself that have helped shape him into the person he is today. 

A recent transplant to Colorado, Lee enjoys spending time in nature, playing drums, cooking vegan food, and practicing yoga and meditation.


What do you love about working at Equinox?

I love that the kids and families are incredible engaged in the wide range of services we provide.
 
What is most fulfilling in your work?
When I am able to help the kids and families bridge the gap between what they are learning in individual therapy, parent coaching, and other therapeutic groups.
 
Advice for kids?
Embrace the opportunity to get out of your comfort zone. See it as an integral part of being able to learn and grow.
 
Advice for parents?
Trust the process and recognize that this will take the whole family to create positive change.
 
Personal quote:

"Believe you can and you're halfway there."-Theodore Roosevelt

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Program Service & Therapy Dog, Certified Service Dog

Riley

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Program Service & Therapy Dog, Certified Service Dog

Riley

Riley is a purebred Silver Labrador.  He's been a certified therapy dog for 9 years.  His original handler was a man named Dan, who experienced mental health issues and needed help emotionally as well as with daily tasks.  Riley was an integral part of Dan's life for several years, helping him feel safe, comfortable and well taken care of.  

When we first adopted Riley, all we really knew was he had an exceptional nature to him, was emotionally intuitive, and within seconds could find the person in the room who needed him most.  What we did not know was that he also, as part of his service responsibilities, could open doors and let himself in and out, even if the door was locked.  He opens the refrigerator and freezer doors, and helps himself to tasty treats when hungry.  He also has specific ways of communicating his needs to his human companions, one of which is getting into the pantry and grabbling a package of Top Ramen to carry around.

Riley is a loving companion to all the kids and young adult in the program.  When you come to the program he'll be sure to greet you with his gentle nature and a wagging tail.


What do you love about working at Equinox?

I love being at work everyday!  I know that I make the kids in the program feel calm, settled and unconditionally loved. Don't tell anyone, but they make me feel the same way.  Lucky me!

What is most fulfilling in your work?

Comforting the kids and young adults in the program.  Knowing that everyday I go to work I make everyone feel good.  

Advice for kids?

I'm a 70 pound gentle Silver Lab.  If your feeling sad, having a hard day or just need a little love, I'll lick you tears away, put my head on your lap, or be there to comfort you for as long as you need.

Advice for parents?

It's not what we have in life, but who we have in our lives that matters.

Personal quote:

"The best therapist has fur and four legs." - Riley

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Program Coordinator, TCS III, MA

Martha Allen

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Program Coordinator, TCS III, MA

Martha Allen

An East Coast native, Martha holds a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Human Services from Old Dominion University and a Master’s Degree in Professional Counseling from Liberty University in Virginia. She has experience working in psychiatric in-patient hospitals, private practice, and summer programs for neurodiverse youth. 

As a mental health professional, Martha has extensive training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and a background integrating art, music, and nature into a therapeutic setting. Martha deeply believes that every person deserves to know, tell, and understand their story, and believes that this can best happen in a holistic treatment environment like the one at Equinox Counseling & Wellness Center. 

When not working, Martha, her husband, and their goldendoodle puppy enjoy all that Colorado has to offer by way of camping, hiking, playing tennis, and rock climbing. 


What do you love about working at Equinox?

The variety of activities we do every day! Workouts, outside experientials, nature, etc.
 
What is most fulfilling in your work?
Seeing clients succeed and learning new skills. Also, watching the clients form friendships in the program.
 
Advice for kids?
If you can fully open yourself up to the process. Your progress will be unstoppable.
 
Advice for parents?
Take some deep breaths, Equinox is here to help and support your family like no other!
 
Personal quote:

"Keep some room in your heart for the unimaginable."- Mary Oliver

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TCS III, MA

Alexander Traugott

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TCS III, MA

Alexander Traugott

Alexander brings a unique combination of outdoor adventure experiences and an education in Holistic Counseling Psychology.  His primary focus and passion are the healing and learning available—and inherent—in experiential wilderness immersions.  Alexander holds a Master of Arts in Holistic Counseling Psychology from John F. Kennedy University, combining all of the foundations of traditional psychology, with authentic transformative spiritual practice, mindfulness, Jungian depth psychology, indigenous wilderness vision-quests, trauma-focused psychotherapy, and somatic practices.  

Alexander’s attraction to Equinox’s overarching mission, is its underlying focus on experiential adventures in natural wilderness settings.  His primary avenues for wellness and healing is a culmination of over 25 years of skiing, eight years of traditional rock climbing, 20 years of mountain biking, and a lifetime of swimming, camping, and hiking in the natural settings including: New England, the Swiss Alps, the Sierra Nevada, and now in Colorado’s Rocky Mountains.  Alexander recently completed the American Mountain Guide Association’s Single Pitch Instructor Course in Colorado’s South Platte wilderness and continues to be an amateur student of fitness, physical therapy, and yogic practices.

Outside of wilderness adventures and his clinical work, Alexander can be found attending jazz, funk, and world music concerts with his fiancée, enjoying stand-up comedy, and practicing improvisational electric guitar at home with his two cats.  


What do you love about working at Equinox?

Mentorship, team culture, variety, adventure outings, client relationships, career development, mountain therapy.
 
What is most fulfilling in your work?
Being impactful with clients success and struggles, support of teammates and mentors.
 
Advice for kids?
This is your path, join us in helping you own and author your journey.
 
Advice for parents?
Trust the process, let go of the outcomes, set clear expectations, invite & encourage.
 
Personal quote:

"The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek."- Joseph Campbell

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TCS III, MA, LPCC

Casey Ruch

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TCS III, MA, LPCC

Casey Ruch

Casey has more than six years of experience working with adults and children with developmental disabilities in middle and high school settings, as well as in home care. 

Her passion to bridge her experience working closely with families while gaining clinical experience using EQ’s system of care is crucial to seeing families and individuals restored.

Her genuine and intentional heart and desire to see families restored is what drew her to pursue her work at Equinox. Their holistic and unique approach to healing youth and families allows her to utilize her skills in multiple ways. Casey loves how intentional, sequential, and sustainable the system of care is at Equinox and how it puts into action in every part of the treatment process to ensure the family system is healthy and whole.

Casey holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Speech Pathology & Audiology from Marquette University, and Master of Arts degree in Mental Health Counseling from Trinity International University. In addition, she holds an LPCC and is working towards her LPC. 

Recently married in Beaver Creek, Colorado, Casey and her husband can be found walking around City Park, spending time at their favorite neighborhood restaurants on 17th street, exploring all the national parks, and camping with friends and family.


What do you love about working at Equinox?

I love working with a close knit community of innovators and flexible coworkers.
 
What is most fulfilling in your work?
I love seeing the client's and the families soak up the EQ language and tools right away and feel like they are finally exhaling.
 
Advice for kids?
Trust this process as overwhelming, scary as it may seem. You will grow and heal!
 
Advice for parents?
Things will get better as difficult as it may seem. You will be held, supported, and healed by this team!
 
Personal quote:

"Vulnerability is not knowing victory or defeat, it's understanding the necessity of both."- Brene Brown

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TCS III, MA

Kiani Mitchell

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TCS III, MA

Kiani Mitchell

Kiani Mitchell, who joined Equinox in March 2021, is passionate about helping teens and young adults thrive, guiding them to become the best version of themselves and encouraging them to shoot for the stars in making their dreams come true. He recently completed his Master of Counseling degree from Pacifica Graduate Institute in Carpinteria, California and is now working toward his LPC licensure.        

Kiani has a wide range of experience working with varied populations.  In the past two and half years, he has gained priceless experience working directly with first-generation and youth of color to help them enroll and successfully complete college. Kiani also interned at Colorado Recovery, where he had the opportunity to work with individuals and groups with neurodiverse backgrounds. While there, he had a profound chance to witness wilderness therapy’s wonders and healing nature.  Kiani also has experience working with youth on the autism spectrum and other behavioral needs as a paraprofessional in school settings and in-home care. 

In his free time, Kiani enjoys spending time in the Rocky Mountains hiking, camping, and backpacking. He also enjoys reading, watching movies, dancing, and photography.


What do you love about working at Equinox?

I love the freedom to take the systems of care and the ability to make it my own.
 
What is most fulfilling in your work?
The ability to make even a small impact in one's day and in the field of mental health.
 
Advice for kids?
Seeking help/support for your struggles does not mean you are broken, sick, or stupid but in fact that you are strong and resourceful.
 
Advice for parents?
You have done all that you can on your own and seeking help for your family is the begging not the end. Trust the process.
 
Personal quote:

"Believe you can and you're halfway there."-Theodore Roosevelt

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Program Service & Therapy Dog, Certified Service Dog

Riley

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Program Service & Therapy Dog, Certified Service Dog

Riley

Riley is a purebred Silver Labrador.  He's been a certified therapy dog for 9 years.  His original handler was a man named Dan, who experienced mental health issues and needed help emotionally as well as with daily tasks.  Riley was an integral part of Dan's life for several years, helping him feel safe, comfortable and well taken care of.  

When we first adopted Riley, all we really knew was he had an exceptional nature to him, was emotionally intuitive, and within seconds could find the person in the room who needed him most.  What we did not know was that he also, as part of his service responsibilities, could open doors and let himself in and out, even if the door was locked.  He opens the refrigerator and freezer doors, and helps himself to tasty treats when hungry.  He also has specific ways of communicating his needs to his human companions, one of which is getting into the pantry and grabbling a package of Top Ramen to carry around.

Riley is a loving companion to all the kids and young adult in the program.  When you come to the program he'll be sure to greet you with his gentle nature and a wagging tail.


What do you love about working at Equinox?

I love being at work everyday!  I know that I make the kids in the program feel calm, settled and unconditionally loved. Don't tell anyone, but they make me feel the same way.  Lucky me!

What is most fulfilling in your work?

Comforting the kids and young adults in the program.  Knowing that everyday I go to work I make everyone feel good.  

Advice for kids?

I'm a 70 pound gentle Silver Lab.  If your feeling sad, having a hard day or just need a little love, I'll lick you tears away, put my head on your lap, or be there to comfort you for as long as you need.

Advice for parents?

It's not what we have in life, but who we have in our lives that matters.

Personal quote:

"The best therapist has fur and four legs." - Riley

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