Meet Our Clinical & Student Life Team
Arthea Larson, LMFT, LCPC
Arthea has thirty years of post-master’s experience providing mental health services for special needs children, adolescents and adults. She is proficient in the assessment and delivery of evidence-based practices, cognitive behavior therapy with children and adolescents, parent training and family therapy, and crisis intervention. Arthea holds a certificate of proficiency in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy; is accredited in Triple P Parenting, Standard and Standard Teen; and is a graduate of Teen Wisdom™ Certified Life Coaching Program. She is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor. Arthea received her master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from West Virginia University and she received her undergraduate education from University of the Pacific where she graduated cum laude with a degree in Psychology.
Dr. Alan S. Unis, M.D.
Dr. Unis has focused his practice on utilizing opportunities to study the early stages of mental illness in children and to minimize the impact of such illnesses upon their lives. His expansive knowledge stems from his professional background and the experience he has acquired. He fulfilled a Mead Johnson Fellowship with the American College of Neuro-Psychopharmacology and earned the prestigious Thomas H. Holmes Scholarship, which he used at the University of Washington to enhance his knowledge of research and psychiatry practices. Dr. Unis is a member of the Society of Biological Psychiatry and the American Academy of Child Adolescent Psychiatry. His work has been recognized by his nomination as one of the Best Doctors in America. Dr. Unis earned his doctorate at the University of Pittsburgh. He fulfilled a fellowship program in Neuropharmacology at the University of Utah Health Care, and a residency and fellowship in general, child and adolescent psychiatry at the Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic (WPIC), University of Pittsburgh. In addition, he became accredited as a diplomate in child and adolescent psychiatry and as a diplomate in general psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.
Kim Carey, LMSW
Kim has been trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Functional Family Therapy, and Seeking Safety. She has worked as a therapist at an inpatient substance abuse treatment center and in both public and state run adolescent treatment centers. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University-Hawaii in Social Work and her master’s of Social Work from Eastern Washington University. Family time is the most important and rewarding for Kim and in her free-time can be found spending time in the beautiful outdoors of Northern Idaho, cooking, doing crafts and reading books with her son.
Cristy Kay, MSW
Cristy brings hard work, creativity, and enthusiasm to her work with Boulder Creek Academy students. She is an experienced counselor and has facilitated grief camps, trained other professionals in child development and behavior. She holds a master’s degree in Social Work from Walla Walla University and a bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Southern Adventist University. She is a member of the National Association of Social Workers and a member of Phi Alpha Honors Society. She is also a certified Wilderness First Responder. Cristy is a lover of all people, outdoor adventure, music, and play.
Nicole Klupenger, LPC, CADC II
Nicole has been working as a counselor since 1998. She is trauma certified and experienced with ADHD, Autism and Sensory Perception Disorders, Anxiety/Depression, Suicidality, Crisis Management, Eating Disorders, Developmentally Delayed, PTSD, and Traumatic Brain Injury. She uses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectal Behavior Therapy, Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy, and Assertive Community Treatment to reach students. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor in both Idaho and Oregon and is a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor. She holds memberships with the American Counseling Association and the National Association of Drug and Alcohol Counselors (NADAC).
Jared Sartell, LMSW
Jared’s approach with students is relationship-based. He builds on this connection to help students come to understand their own value and develop healthy skills and positive passions. His areas of specialty include anxiety, adoption/attachment, and sexual offending behavior. Jared has worked with children and adolescents in a variety of settings including therapeutic boarding schools, juvenile probation and parole, and individual and family counseling with a private agency. Jared holds a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in Social Work from Eastern Washington University. He is licensed in the State of Idaho in Social Work and is a trained Search and Rescuer. When not working with our students, Jared can be found playing with his wife and two daughters in the outdoors. Favorite activities include fly fishing, backpacking, mountain biking and archery.
Robert B. Wenzel,LCPC
Robert has more than 30 years of experience working with adolescents and parents. Licensed as a Clinical Professional Counselor he utilizes both traditional and non-traditional methods in addressing individual, family and blended family issues. Robert’s areas of specialty include: arrested development, relationship conflicts, family counseling / blended family issues, and self-esteem. He is a published author who travels throughout the United States teaching seminars helping to make positive change in people’s lives. He holds a master’s degree in Counseling from Colorado University – Colorado Springs, a bachelor’s degree in Criminology from Metro State College in Denver and an associate’s degree in Criminal Justice from Ononadga Community College in Syracuse, New York. He is actively participating in Post Graduate training with Dr. Doug Weiss, Ph.D. He is an active member of the American Counseling Association and the American Association of Christian Counselors. Robert rides a Harley Davidson Fat Boy and he and his wife are parents to four beautiful children.
Rob has been working in the outdoor education and recreation industry since 2004. He is passionate about facilitating therapeutic recreational experiences and enjoys watching students make emotional and physical health gains. His experience includes creating therapeutic outdoor recreational opportunities for autistic youth; designing and facilitating therapeutic experiences for individuals with chemical dependencies, physical and developmental disabilities, at-risk youth, and senior citizens. He also facilitates trainings on adaptive recreation principles and procedures while maintaining a safe and positive environment. Therapeutic recreational activities and adventures facilitated include white-water rafting, rock-climbing, team-building, high and low ropes challenge course, hiking, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, team sports, biking, fishing, wilderness survival, orienteering, disc golf, and skateboarding. Robb has an undergraduate degree in Experiential Education and will complete his master’s program from Prescott University in August 2015. He is certified in Wilderness First Aid, Leave No Trace Level 1, Avalanche Level 1, Wilderness Survival, Lifeguard and is a Level 1 Snowboard Instructor.
Wolves Team Manager
Jeremy has worked with adolescents for more than 10 years. He values the opportunity to witness our students as they begin to respond in a positive way to the structure clear boundaries we create for them at Boulder Creek Academy. Jeremy graduated from the University of Montana and also holds a wilderness first responder certification. When not working, you can find Jeremy fly fishing, hiking, camping, and playing racquetball. In the winter he enjoys cross country skiing and snowmobiling.