Meet Our Clinical & Student Life Team
Dr. Alan S. Unis, M.D. – Psychiatrist
Dr. Unis is our licensed independent physician who 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 diplomat in child and adolescent psychiatry and as a diplomat in general psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.
Dr. Todd McKee, Ph.D. – Clinical Director
Dr. McKee has created a legacy of helping children, adolescents and their parents overcome challenges and find the courage to reach for greater possibilities. He prides himself on his ability to connect with children and adults and to meet them with respect, empathy and understanding. He theorizes that the essence of good mental health is the extent to which you understand your relationship with others. He specializes in working with adolescents with co-occurring disorders, personality disorders, compulsivity, and relational issues. His career has spanned more than 40 years and during that time he has worked in a hospital setting, with a private psychiatric group, and he has facilitated psychological testing. Dr. McKee has trained mental health professionals on Crisis Prevention Intervention and a variety of other topics and his research has been published in a number of professional publications. He holds a doctorate and master’s degree from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln and his undergraduate degree in Psychology from Bellevue University. He is a licensed Clinical Psychologist. Todd and his wife have three children and in his spare time you’ll find him listening to and making music.
Kim Carey, LMSW – Senior Therapist
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.
Nicole Klupenger, LPC, CADC II – Senior Therapist
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 – Senior Therapist
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.
Deborah Beazley, LCSW, NCC – Clinical Therapist
Deborah has more than 20 years of experience working in the behavioral health field and in providing therapeutic interventions with young adults and their families. She uses an informed cognitive behavioral and experiential approach. Past experience includes working as a family court mediator, facilitating outpatient therapy at West Virginia University Carruth Center and as a primary therapist at a therapeutic boarding school in Montana. Career highlights include designing and implementing an outdoor experiential program for students mandated to treatment after receiving a citation for alcohol abuse, development of a sexual assault prevention curriculum for college freshman, expanding the use of animal assisted therapy for clients with trauma and founding the West Virginia Center for Dispute Resolution. She is also an accomplished speaker having presented on topics including the Intentional Use of Experiential Therapies and Sexual Assault Prevention. She holds two master’s degrees from West Virginia University – one in Social Work with a concentration in Direct Practice and the other in Counseling. She completed her undergraduate studies at State University of New York at Geneseo. She is a licensed Clinical Social Worker in the State of Idaho, Montana and West Virginia and is a National Certified Counselor.
Chris Johstoneaux, LCSW – Clinical Therapist
Chris has worked with adolescents in therapeutic boarding schools in Utah and Montana for more than 10 years. His experience includes individual, family, group and recreational therapy and he has done clinical supervision for his colleagues. He holds a master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Utah and an undergraduate degree in Recreation Management and Youth Leadership: Therapeutic Recreation from Brigham Young University. When not working with our students, Chris can be found coaching youth soccer, participating in a variety of outdoor activities and spending time with his family.
Cristy Kay, LMSW – Clinical Therapist
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.
Greg Watson, LPC – Clinical Therapist
Greg has focused his work on adolescents with pervasive social challenges and brings a client-centered approach to his work with our students. He uses rapport building, mindfulness techniques and play therapy as tools to reach students that are also challenged with ADHD, executive function disorder, defiance, depression and anxiety. When Greg observes a student move from Point A to Point B therapeutically, beginning to utilize their newfound coping skills and becoming more socially confident, he also sees a decline in depression and anxiety. It also is an indicator that the student has what he or she needs to create a happier lifestyle for themselves. Greg holds a master’s degree in Impact of Technology on Depression Levels from Northwest Nazarene University and his undergraduate degree in Psychology from Idaho State University. He is a Certified Professional Counselor. When not working with our students, Greg can frequently be found hiking with Jack, his Springer Spaniel. He also dabbles in photography, and enjoys golfing and playing pool.
Jeff Miller – Dean of Students
Jeff’s unmatched organization, warmth and unshakable calm assist him in directing students to their appropriate places throughout each day. Hope, purpose, meaningfulness, and strength that young people start to experience when they find their hook is what inspires Jeff in his daily work and he has been shaping the lives of teens for over 18 years. Jeff has an undergraduate degree in Criminal Justice from Boise State University. He is certified in CPR, first aid and motivational interviewing. When he’s not working, he can be found mountain biking, hiking and enjoying water activities with his wife and three sons.
Jeremy Huisentruit – 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.