Mental Health Counselors
Cheryl Kehl, LCSW
Co-founder and Partner
Cheryl has a 20-year history of founding and managing treatment programs for adolescents, in addition to providing therapy for them and is now excited to be working with adults at Corner Canyon Recovery. Her own treatment experiences informed the development and implementation of the foundational components of Corner Canyon, and she enjoys directing a program that meets all the expectations she had while in treatment and includes all the therapeutic practices that she has found to be effective throughout her career.
In 1998 Cheryl co-founded Second Nature Wilderness Program, which grew to be the largest private wilderness therapeutic program in the United States and included 5 separate locations. Cheryl also helped found Gateway Academy, a pre-eminent residential treatment program for adolescent boys, and looks forward to working with the Gateway Academy owners at Corner Canyon.
In 2003, Cheryl was elected by her colleagues throughout the United States to serve as a board member for the National Association for Therapeutic Schools and Programs. Cheryl works clinically with addiction, mood disorders, anxiety, trauma, family systems problems, and other co-occurring issues. She loves working with clients the most out of all the different roles she has played. Cheryl completed her education at Brigham Young University where she received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Sociology in 1991 and her Master’s Degree in Social Work in 1993. Her clinical training included CBT & DBT, Motivational Interviewing, Assertive Communication, and providing individual, family, group therapy and marriage counseling.
Cheryl is the oldest of ten children and has two adult children, a daughter and a son. Her interests include water sports, photography, interior design, household projects, and spending time with her family and friends. She loves house boating on Lake Powell, but her favorite pastime is spending time with her 5 wonderful grandchildren.
Cheryl Barton, L.C.M.H.C.
Clinical DirectorRead Bio
Cheryl Barton, L.C.M.H.C.
Cheryl was born in California, and has lived on the east coast, the Midwest and now resides in Utah for the past 14 years. She has her Bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University in Interior Design and a Master’s degree from the University of Phoenix in mental health counseling.
Cheryl learned at an early age to “make your mess your message,” a value instilled by her grandma and was a direct motivator for Cheryl’s work. She has a deep passion for addiction recovery as her youngest brother struggled most of his life with addiction and died from his disease three years ago. Cheryl identifies with the family members of those who struggle with addiction as two of her four children have battled the disease as well. She draws on these experiences, which have shown the important role family plays not only in addiction but in recovery too.
Cheryl has extensive experience at the adult Residential Treatment level of care, having worked as a clinician and Clinical Director for a variety of excellent programs. Cheryl’s experience extends to Day Treatment and Intensive Out Patient programs as well. Her philosophy of treatment includes a humanistic approach; seeing the person as a whole individual and not just an “addict”. Her personality is a great fit for this work as she is highly direct with her compassionate boundaries and is deeply invested in the progress and healing of clients. These same attributes contribute to her relationships with people both in treatment and those in the community.
Cheryl uses her influence to help educate and enlighten on topics, such as shame and resiliency, as a means to lift the burden that is addiction. For her, it’s a privilege to work with these beautiful souls and help them learn how to love themselves again and create purpose and meaning in their own lives.
When she’s not at work, she loves spending time with her family and close friends. She enjoys time in the mountains, sitting by any beach, and traveling all over the world experiencing other cultures and people.
Director of Business DevelopmentRead Bio
Director of Business Development
Outreach DirectorRead Bio
Corner Canyon is excited to have Chris on our team and to learn from him as we grow our program. He adds a depth of knowledge of systems of care in Residential Treatment, has an organizational focus, and many years of helping programs grow by providing excellent and caring work with clients and their families as they enter treatment, often for the first time.
Chris has a wealth of experience working in our industry in many capacities, including Admissions and Outreach, Residential care, Nursing, and Wilderness. In addition to working with Corner Canyon he is also continuing work towards a doctorate in Psychiatric Nursing and maintains an intense outdoor adventure schedule!
He has a wide array of knowledge and expertise in outdoor areas like rock climbing and canyoneering, skiing, snowboarding, peak bagging, trail running, photography, motocross, and boating (Lake Powell is a favorite destination).
He is an amazing teacher of these skills to staff, clients, Educational Consultants and friends, sharing his time with them eagerly. Chris has two children, a boy and a girl, they are his world. He practices yoga, the mindfulness component grounds him, and his religion is Love.
Chris enjoys travel as long as it includes new cultures and people, otherwise it is just “travel”. Chris has managed a humanitarian clothing donation program for the last 12 years, gathering and donating clothing to single parent homes and immigrant communities.
Psychiatric Nurse PractitionerRead Bio
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Janet graduated from the University of Utah as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 2011, and received her undergraduate degree from the University of Iowa in 1981. She is currently working on her Clinical Doctorate at Rush University. She has worked in the mental health industry for over thirty years, specializing in the treatment of children, adolescents and young adults.
Janet has extensive experience in residential treatment centers as well as inpatient and outpatient psychiatry settings. She routinely gets rave reviews from clients, families and co-workers due to her warmth, genuine caring and personal connection. She utilizes detailed assessment and diagnostic skills to inform prescriptive practice and coordination of care, to best support the needs of each client.
Janet’s treatment philosophy is founded on holistic healing practices, positive psychology, and diagnostic precision. Interventions utilize evidence-based strategies along with holistic guidelines to lead patients and their families to optimum wellness. Because of this perspective, she sees the whole person; considering each person’s story and how that story shapes behaviors. She believes anyone can learn new ways of being as they learn new skills and capitalize on their strengths, which ultimately invites change. A Chicago native, Janet enjoys spending time with her family. She appreciates art, music and the outdoors.
Nurse PractitionerRead Bio
Anne is an expert addiction sciences medical provider at Corner Canyon Recovery.
Rick Buxton, ACMHC
Primary TherapistRead Bio
Rick Buxton, ACMHC
Rick graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Utah. He continued his education and received his Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling from the University of Phoenix. He has worked in the mental health field since 2009, including vocational counseling in Utah and Oregon. He specializes in bi-polar disorder, depression, anxiety, borderline personality disorder, drug & alcohol addiction, vocational counseling, working with people with disabilities, and those dealing with personal addictions.
He began working at Copper Hills Youth Center working with troubled adolescents and teens. He then began working for Covenant Employment Services as their Coordinator for the state of Utah. Rick helped people with an array of disabilities find and maintain gainful employment. He continued with his journey and became the Executive Director of Employment for RISE Services, Inc. in Utah and Oregon. He was able to build a successful employment program that helped over 1200 Utahan’s with disabilities find and maintain gainful employment. He worked as a Mental Health Therapist at Wasatch Recovery in their Residential program working with those struggling with addiction, as well as with Pathways Real Life Recovery in their intensive outpatient program.
Rick is now working with Corner Canyon Recovery, and absolutely loves his job and his co-workers. He has a lot of fun with the other staff members, and that makes for an excellent, cohesive clinical team. He truly believes in the model which is used at Corner Canyon and is very passionate about his clients and seeing them succeed in the real world. He uses a combination of evidenced-based practices to help his clients progress in their lives. Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) are the models he relies upon most to help his clients be successful. Rick enjoys spending time with his friends and family when he is not working. He enjoys spending time with his 29 nieces and nephews, floating at the lake, scary movies, golfing and a good Sunday brunch.
Dr. Todd Corelli
Clinical PsychologistRead Bio
Dr. Todd Corelli
Dr. Corelli received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Brigham Young University and completed a residency in Pediatric Psychology at Michigan State University Medical School. He has worked in a variety of settings, including therapeutic boarding schools, residential treatment centers, homes, and therapeutic wilderness programs. He administers psychological and psychoeducational evaluations to in order to clarify each individual’s psychological functioning, learning profile, and any learning difficulties. This testing assesses a wide range of potential problems, including AD/HD, executive functioning, learning disorders, depression, Bipolar Disorder, anxiety disorders, trauma and PTSD, personality disorders, behavioral disorders like drug and alcohol addiction, sexual addiction, other process addictions, and many other diagnostic issues.
Dr. Corelli has extensive experience working with children, adolescents, young adults, and families through his private practice in both community-based treatment settings and spending years with students in outdoor wilderness settings. His self-stated passion is working with families. For the past 18 years, Dr. Corelli has worked across the country as an independent consultant for referring professionals, therapeutic wilderness programs, clinicians, and residential treatment centers. Todd’s ability to connect with adolescents and young adults is central to the outcomes of his comprehensive testing, his rapport with clients helps them to open up and get to the heart of their difficulties and strengths.
Todd has been married for 28 years to his best friend, Valerie, and they have four wonderful children, ages 12-24. He loves to travel, read, golf and spend time with his family. He speaks Chinese near fluently, is a basketball aficionado and loves to write. His website is DrToddTalks.com.
Dr. Timothy Schaat MD ABAM ABFM is board-certified in both Addiction Medicine and Family Practice Medicine. He completed his residency in Grand Junction, CO after first graduating with his medical degree from the University of Utah School of Medicine. Dr. Schaat has practiced medicine in the Salt Lake City area for the past 10 years with a particular interest in treating chemical dependency. He has wide-ranging experience in treating patients suffering from the disease of addiction and has dedicated much of his professional life to those suffering from drug and alcohol dependency. Dr. Schaat has extensive experience treating patients at various levels of care, including acute detoxification and residential care. He is a caring physician who has a commitment to safe, effective approaches to detoxification and comfortable symptom management in the residential environment. His devotedness to all facets of addiction medicine motivates his ongoing interest in the latest research and new therapies in substance abuse management, detoxification, and medical stabilization.
Dr. Schaat is committed to the idea that when an individual is ready to begin treatment, he or she should be compassionately and professionally evaluated for all relevant medical, as well as psychiatric disease, and offered a comprehensive treatment plan to best develop and support successful recovery. Dr. Schaat remains involved in the newest advances in medical research, helping to contribute to the creation of best practices in both the diagnosis and treatment of a range of medical conditions associated with the disease of addiction. Dr. Schaat is an experienced, compassionate, and skilled physician, as well as a loving father and husband.