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.
Dustin Cash, MS – Clinical Director
Dusty brings compassion, empathy, honesty and leadership to his work with adolescents. He admires the energy of adolescents and their adaptability to change. He has devoted his career to helping guide teenagers through a process of self-awareness, character development, and insight through experiential and therapeutic experiences that provide them with the tools to make a fresh start. Dusty began working with adolescents in 2003. His experience includes working in a therapeutic boarding school, at a wilderness therapy program, and a residential treatment facility. As an avid outdoorsman, fly fisherman, and former college soccer player, Dusty believes strongly in incorporating experiential activities and other team building activities to facilitate transformative growth in adolescents and their families. He holds a master’s degree in Industrial and Organizational Psychology and a bachelor’s degree in Psychology with an emphasis in Child and Family Development. Dusty lives in Sandpoint with his wife and daughter. When not working you can find him pursuing his passion for the outdoors through fly fishing, biking, backpacking, and hunting.
Kim Carey, LCSW – 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.
Jared Sartell, LCSW – 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.
Rob Rossi, LCSW – Clinical Therapist
Rob’s approach to working with students is solution focused. He frequently utilizes DBT skills, mindfulness trainings and creative interventions in expression such as dramatic arts or sculpture to reach students. Prior to joining the Boulder Creek Academy team Rob worked at a therapeutic boarding school in Montana. He has also spend a good portion of his career working in the wilderness therapy arena where he worked as a wilderness therapist, assistant lead field mentor and guide. Rob holds a master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Minnesota where his clinical focus was on non-voluntary clients, adolescents, and the wilderness milieu. His undergraduate degree is in Theatre from Morehead State University. He is a licensed Clinical Social Worker. He is an accomplished speaker and trainer. Recent presentations included “Improvisation as a tool for meeting clients where they are at and getting out of your own way.” And, “Therapy slam: using creativity and self-expression to build autonomy and emotional IQ.”
Lynn Marshall, Psy.D. – Clinical Therapist
Lynn draws on her extensive experience in child and adolescent development and brings optimism, passion, humor, and kindness to her work with Boulder Creek Academy students and their families. She specializes in clinical assessment and diagnosis, anxiety, depression, self-harm and childhood trauma. She has participated in trainings on Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), parent-child psychotherapy and suicide assessment. Lynn holds a doctorate and master’s degree in Clinical Psychology. She received her undergraduate degree in Psychology. Inspiration: She appreciates the challenge of understanding each student’s unique life story and finding the key components that can support them in building a life they want to live. Passion: When not working Lynn can be found playing with her son and daughter. She enjoys taking the family hiking, climbing, camping and skiing and basically doing anything that involves being outside. She also loves reading and learning about new things. Favorite Morning Beverage: Chia Tea or decaf coffee with LOTS of creamer! Guilty Pleasure: Dark Chocolate Milky Way candy bar. Quote to Live By: “Love the life you live. Live the life you love.” – Bob Marley
Jeanne Racer, LMSW – Clinical Therapist
Jeanne is energetic as well as patient and has years of experience working with adolescents in therapeutic residential settings. She specializes in helping children and families to achieve safety and stability in the reunification process as well as with families that have dual diagnosis within the family unit. She began her career working with teenagers at a wilderness therapy program. In addition she has worked in therapeutic group home settings as well as therapeutic boarding schools. Most recently she worked with children and families at the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare. Jeanne received her master’s degree in Social Work from Boise State University and her undergraduate degree in Social Work from Lewis Clark State College. She is a licensed Master Social Worker. Relevant trainings include: Truth Based Relational Intervention, Family Centered Service Planning, Motivational Interviewing, Family Group Decision Making, Cultural Humility, Substance Addiction and Treatment, and Non-Violent Crisis Intervention. She is a member of the National Association of Social Workers and the Phi Alpha Honor Society. Jeanne possesses an Eagala certification for Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy.
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.