Haylee Bladen, LCSW, Clinical Director

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Haylee earned her Master's Degree in  Clinical Social Work from the University of Utah. She is enthusiastic about prevention and inspiring youth to reach and own their full potential through skills based workshops and therapeutic interventions. She enjoys program development and has created several healing and transformative workbooks for teens. She specializes in anxiety disorders, depression and self esteem issues. Haylee has been in the social work field for over ten years. She has worked in many areas such as school based mental health, youth in custody, foster children, step families, substance abuse, hospice patients, refugees, victims of trauma and more. She is proud to be the founder of WholeKids Emotional Wellness and currently serves as the Clinical Director. She enjoys spending time with her husband and daughters, soaking up the sun and traveling. 

Heidi Perkes, CSW, Therapist

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Heidi earned her Bachelor's Degree in Social Work from Utah State University and her Master's Degree in Social Work from the University of Utah. Through her education and work  experience Heidi has had the opportunity to practice in hospital settings, a foster care agency and a teenage residential treatment center. Through this experience Heidi has gained a love and passion for working with children and teenagers. This passion has led her to become specialized in working with youth that struggle with mood disorders, attachment difficulties, substance abuse and self-harm issues. Heidi loves empowering others, and believes that each individual deserve to feel safe, loved and important. Heidi was born and raised in Logan, Utah where she found a love for hiking, camping, and all things "summer." She loves spending time exploring with her husband and two little boys.

Danielle Tanner, CSW, Therapist

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Danielle began working in the mental health industry in 2012.  She quickly developed a passion for working with youth and their families when she worked as a youth mentor. She has several years of experience working in a residential treatment setting with teenage boys and girls. Danielle earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and a Master’s Degree in Clinical Social Work from the University of Utah. Danielle is enthusiastic about working with youth who struggle with a variety of challenges including depression, anxiety, spirituality, self-esteem, substance use, grief and loss and trauma. She believes that as children and adolescents learn the tools to build healthy relationships, they will develop the skills necessary to overcome these challenges and be successful in all aspects of life. In her free time Danielle enjoys traveling, reading, bowling and spending time with her friends and family. 

Kari Yurth, CMHC, Therapist

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Kari graduated with a Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling from Argosy University in 2013 and with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Weber State University in 2007. She has been practicing as a mental health therapist for 5 years and has a background working in mental health treatment facilities for a total of 8 years. She specializes in working with children and adolescents who have experienced trauma and/or abuse, have difficulty managing anxiety and emotions, have trouble engaging with others socially, and who aren’t performing well academically. She also enjoys working with adults who battle with mood and anxiety related disorders. When she is not working, she fills her time working on creative projects, attending live music festivals and concerts, singing and learning how to play the piano, shopping, and spending quality time with her family and friends.

Makenzie Combe, LCSW, Therapist

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Makenzie graduated with her Masters in Social Work from the University of Utah. Since graduating, she has worked with clients dealing with a variety of issues including substance abuse, sexual abuse, sexual reactivity, troubled youth, trauma, domestic violence issues, sexual addictions, anxiety and depression.  Makenzie specializes in trauma with children and adolescents. She is very passionate about her clients and strives to help them see their full potential and make positive changes in their lives. In her free time she loves baking, reading, and eating popcorn.

Jessica Wells, CSW, Therapist

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Jessica graduated from BYU with a bachelors in Human Development and earned her Masters in Clinical Social Work from the University of Utah. She has experience working with at-risk teens, kids who have behavioral problems, individuals with disabilities, and people who struggle with addiction. One of Jessica’s main goals is to empower youth to live meaningful and purpose-filled lives. She is an advocate of self-acceptance and being able to find a balance between that and self-improvement. Jessica has a passion for working with youth who struggle with depression, anxiety, spirituality, self-harm, perfectionism, and self esteem. In her spare time she enjoys writing and performing music, participating in social dance, backpacking the countryside, and spending time friends and family.

Sierra BarkerGirls Group Mentor

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Sierra is earning her Bachelor of Psychology from Utah State University and graduates May 2018. She has been working and volunteering in a variety of mentor capacities for four years. Prior to joining the WholeKids team, she worked with the Betty Marler Youth Services Center in Denver, Colorado to provide incarcerated youth with valuable life skills and a positive adult role model. Sierra is a certified martial arts instructor who specializes in women and youth self defense. She created a 'Self-esteem Through Self-defense' program for women and youth in the Denver area. She is passionate about helping youth realize their personal best through empowerment and self love. Sierra enjoys the outdoors, reading, traveling, and living an active lifestyle.

Heidi Pace,  BS, Girls Group Mentor

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Heidi completed her Bachelor's Degree at Brigham Young University-Idaho, majoring in Marriage and Family Studies. She is currently a student at Argosy University-Draper working towards her Masters Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. She is very passionate about working with adolescents and teens and has over eleven years of experience working with them in various daycares, camps, and child care positions. She is passionate about helping each person see their potential and how amazing they are! In her free time she likes to read, cook, sew, and workout.

Jay Bladen, MS, Business Director

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Jay earned his degree in Family Consumer Human Development from Utah State University, as well as a Master's Degree in business management. He is passionate about his current work in program development and helping kids and teens to realize their full potential through his tranformative workshops. Jay is the Co-Founder of WholeKids Emotional Wellness and serves as the Business Director. Jay grew up shy, reserved and terrified of heights. He learned to conquer his fears and finds happiness in empowering others do the same so they do not miss out on life's opportunities. He loves climbing, soccer, enjoying the wide outdoors and spending time with his family.