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September 4, 2020

Written by:

Emma Burrows, MA

Emma is an Expressive Arts Therapist who received her BA in Psychology from Wesleyan University and her master’s degree in Counseling Psychology with a concentration in Expressive Arts Therapy from the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco. With over ten years of experience working with children, adolescents, youth with special needs, and young adults in therapeutic, educational, and recreational settings, Emma brings a creative, strengths-based, and person-centered approach to her work with students that incorporates aspects of yoga, mindfulness, nature-based expressive arts therapy, and depth-oriented sandplay therapy.

September 10, 2019

Written by:

Chris Kaiser

Chris Kaiser co-founded Pacific Quest after over 15 years of outdoor education and therapeutic program experience. After graduating from Regis University in Denver, Chris began his extensive career focusing on wilderness therapy and Rites of Passage. Chris served as a field guide for several prominent outdoor therapeutic programs schools in Idaho, Utah, Nevada American Samoa and Oregon, facilitating groups of 13-24 year olds in the outdoors

March 11, 2019

Written by:

Sarah Blechman, LSW, MSSW

With over 10 years of experience working with adolescents and young adults in outdoor educational, behavioral, and mental health settings, Sarah brings a host of expertise into her role as a Therapist at Pacific Quest. Sarah earned her Master’s of Science in Social Work with an emphasis in Mental Health through the University of Louisville, and her Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Florida State University.

Prior to joining the Clinical Team, Sarah served on the Field Leadership Team as a Program Supervisor, Autism Specialist, and Rites of Passage Facilitator, thereby developing a remarkable level of proficiency in creatively utilizing each of the elements of PQ’s Integrative Model to meet the unique needs of the students and families served. Clinical Director, Dr. Lorraine Freedle, states, “Sarah has an exceptional talent for creating experiences for students that lead to real and lasting change. She is our ‘go-to’ team member for creative ideas in the most challenging situations.”

January 22, 2019

Written by:

Jeanson “Jay” Duong, RN

Jay is a Registered Nurse from Hawaii. He received extensive training at Hilo Medical Center and local outpatient clinics around the island. Prior to Nursing, Jay earned his Bachelor of Business Management which he utilized to operate a family-owned restaurant in Hilo. Nurse Jay is a dedicated professional and makes good use of his management skills.

January 17, 2019

Written by:

Chris Kaiser

Chris Kaiser co-founded Pacific Quest after over 15 years of outdoor education and therapeutic program experience. After graduating from Regis University in Denver, Chris began his extensive career focusing on wilderness therapy and Rites of Passage. Chris served as a field guide for several prominent outdoor therapeutic programs schools in Idaho, Utah, Nevada American Samoa and Oregon, facilitating groups of 13-24 year olds in the outdoors.

December 26, 2018

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Doug Emch, MD

Dr. Doug Emch is a Child, Adolescent, and Adult psychiatrist who received his medical degree at Vanderbilt University and completed his internship and residency at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. In addition to running an integrative psychiatric clinic, he has maintained an active role in community-based mental health clinics. His child and adolescent psychiatric fellowship brought him back to Vanderbilt, where he also served as a chief resident.

December 26, 2018

Written by:

Doug Emch, MD

Dr. Doug Emch is a Child, Adolescent, and Adult psychiatrist who received his medical degree at Vanderbilt University and completed his internship and residency at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. In addition to running an integrative psychiatric clinic, he has maintained an active role in community-based mental health clinics. His child and adolescent psychiatric fellowship brought him back to Vanderbilt, where he also served as a chief resident.

September 19, 2018

Written by:

Suzanne McKinney, MA

Suzanne earned her BA from the University of Colorado at Boulder and her MA in Special Education from San Francisco State University. She worked as an elementary school teacher and private tutor for six years in the Bay Area. In 1999, she moved to Idaho and began work at a wilderness program in Idaho as Director of Continuing Care, and met her husband, Mike.

September 2, 2017

Written by:

Mark Storey, MA, LMHC

With a passion for finding a student’s authentic self, Mark Storey brings dynamic long-term wilderness therapy experience to Pacific Quest. Since 2005 Mark has worked in outdoor behavioral health. Mark worked as lead field staff and as family program guide at a wilderness therapy program in the Blue Ridge Mountains . After completing his Master’s Degree he worked as the sole clinical therapist at a residential facility in Puerto Rico before finding his home at Pacific Quest.

January 3, 2017

Written by:

Camille Bourcier, MSW, LSW

Camille is a licensed social worker, psychotherapist and behavioral specialist who received her Master’s Degree in Social Work with an emphasis in Mental and Behavioral Health from the University of Hawaiʻi at Manoa. With over ten years experience working with adolescents, young adults, and families in outdoor, educational and therapeutic settings she brings a dynamic style, utilizing a strength-based approach.

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