Haylee Bladen, LCSW, Clinical Director
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.
Kari Yurth, CMHC, Therapist (EMDR)
Kari graduated from Weber State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology in 2007 and with a Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling from Argosy University in 2013. Kari has been trained in eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) and has been practicing as a mental health therapist for six years. She has a background working in mental health treatment facilities for a total of nine 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. Kari 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
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
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.
Kristin Johanson, CSW, Therapist
Kristin earned her Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Illinois and has focused her professional work on empowering youth and families. She has several years of experience working with children and families who have experienced domestic or sexual violence. She has provided academic counseling to students to increase socio-emotional and executive functioning skills. Kristin is passionate about empowering youth with confidence and tools to manage their emotions and thrive in their environment. Her hope is for all of her clients to know their worthiness and live their fullest potential. She specializes in working with youth who have experienced trauma or abuse, academic challenges, struggles with self-worth or social skills, and challenges with anxiety or regulating their mood. In her spare time, Kristin enjoys being outside, running, biking, hiking, painting, trying new things, and time with family and friends.
Stephanie Hunt, CMHC, Therapist (EMDR)
Stephanie graduated from Mesa State University with a bachelors in Counseling Psychology and earned her Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Argosy University. She has experience working with a broad range of populations including refugees, immigrants, survivors of human trafficking, individuals that struggle with substance abuse and substance dependence, young adults, children, and at risk youth. She has a passion for working with youth who struggle with the effects of trauma and /or abuse, depression, anxiety and self esteem. She is trained in eye movement desensitization and reprocessing, (EMDR) and trauma focused cognitive behavioral therapy (TF-CBT). In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her dog Sophie, exercising, and spending time with family and friends.
Jane Symkoviak, AMFT, Therapist
Sierra Barker, Group Mentor
Sierra earned her Bachelor of Psychology from Utah State University. 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.
Emilee Montini, Group Mentor & Clinical Assistant
Emilee recently graduated from BYU with a Bachelor’s in Human Development. She has experience in applied behavior analysis and has worked as a practicum student alongside multiple child life specialists. She has experience volunteering with Utah County Welcome Baby, Primary Children’s Hospital, Friday Kids Respite, Intermountain Hospice, and Disability Awareness through BYU. Emilee is specialized and Certified in advancing palliative care and child traumatic stress psychological first aid. She is passionate about helping young children and their families find resources to cope with loss and bereavement. Emilee plans to purse graduate studies in social work after completing her internship/certification to become a Child Life Specialist.
Heidi Perkes, CSW, Therapist
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.
Jay Bladen, MS, Business Director
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.