Managing Partners

Jared U. Balmer, Ph.D.

Co-founder/Executive Director

Jared grew up in Switzerland where he completed his undergraduate studies in microbiology. After moving to the U.S., he completed a M.Ed. in Educational Psychology and a Ph.D. in Marriage and Family Therapy, both from Brigham Young University. His post-doctoral internship included extensive training with the late Milton H. Erickson, M.D., and Ray Becvar, Ph.D. in strategic therapy.

Jared has taught as an adjunct faculty member at Brigham Young University, St. Louis University, and the University of Missouri at St. Louis (UMSL). He was a founding member of the St. Louis Family Institute. Courses he taught included: Parenting, Professional Studies, Family Law, Child Development, Parent-Child Relationships, Family Life Education, and Advanced Practicum in Family Therapy. Jared has published a number of professional articles and lectures on adolescent treatment-related topics to lay and professional audiences nationwide. He is the recipient of the 2004 National Leadership Award of the National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs (NATSAP). He is a member of the Behavioral Health Advisory Board of the Joint Commission of Health Care Organizations (JCAHO).

Jared’s professional career centers on adolescents and their families. He is one of the pioneers of a multi-disciplinary approach in the private sector of the residential treatment arena, integrating education, milieu therapy, recreational therapy, psychiatry, and psychotherapy. While living in the mid-west, he founded two treatment centers that served students with severe conduct and related disorders. Since returning to Utah, Jared co-founded Rivendell Psychiatric Hospital, Island View RTC, The Oakley School, and the Aspen Institute for Behavioral Assessment. Drawing on his vast experience and passion for working with adolescents, he has joined forces with other seasoned professionals to create WayPoint Academy, a specialized residential treatment facility for males with anxiety and relation problems.

Jared is the youngest of three children who found himself often in trouble with his teachers, much to the dismay of his parents. He is married with three children and has three grandchildren. He is passionate about mountaineering, skiing, trekking, canyoneering, mountain biking, and horsing around with his grandkids Gab, Greg, and Elliott.

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Mike Bulloch, L.C.S.W.

Co-founder/Clinical Director

Mike has more than 20 years of direct clinical practice as a therapist working with adolescents and their families. His diverse professional background includes serving as the clinical director for two prominent residential treatment programs and a therapeutic boarding school, as well as co-founding a specialty psychiatric hospital for teens with complex emotional and medical needs. While serving in these positions, Mike provided training and oversight for each program’s therapeutic team and further enhanced clinical services. His extensive background includes assessment, anxiety, depression, executive functioning, personality development, family dynamics, and individual and group therapies. He is creative, eclectic, and direct in his therapeutic approach.

Mike studied social work at Weber State University in Ogden, Utah. Though he was initially interested in community organization, he shifted his focus to psychotherapy and earned an MSW from Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio, Texas. He and his wife (a writer and public school teacher) have a daughter and two sons who all attend the same university, a beloved granddaughter, and a black Labrador. Mike’s interests include backpacking in Utah’s Escalante canyons, fly fishing, floating the great rivers of the West, cooking, and live music.

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