The north coast of California is home to the world’s tallest trees. A walk through a virgin old-growth redwood forest can be one of the most awe-inspiring experiences you’ll ever have. These trees sometimes live to be over 2,000 years old and can reach heights of 300 feet and more. The tallest redwood tree ever recorded was 367 feet in height. That is taller than a football field. The gigantic redwoods dwarf their other softwood and hardwood neighbors, thus becoming “the Mount Everest of all living things.”
However, there is another feature of these towering giants that is truly remarkable and somewhat unknown to most of us. Even though they grow up to heights of 300 feet and can weigh more than one million pounds, these trees have a very shallow root system. Their roots only go down three to six feet but can spread out several hundred feet. As these roots extend out, they intertwine with their brother and sister redwoods and other trees as well. This intertwining of roots creates a webbing effect. Most engineers would tell you this shallow root system still would be impossible to keep the redwoods intact and protected against strong winds and floods. However, the interconnecting root systems are the secret of their strength and teach us a great lesson.
First, let’s acknowledge that these magnificent giants simply could not make it alone. Without being connected to other family members and helpful neighbors, they would not survive.
Thus the idea behind Redwood Therapy and Youth Services was born. “Working together to achieve new heights.”
Meet Our Staff
Clinical Director, LCSW
I was born and raised in American Samoa, an island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. There I was raised with 12 of my siblings and parents who taught me the value of hard work and caring for those in need. After completing high school, I left American Samoa to pursue a college degree here in the US.
Prior to pursuing my Masters, I worked two years at a local residential facility as a front-line staff. Upon completing my undergraduate work and while pursuing my Masters and immediately following it, I was able to gain experience in the following areas. For two years I worked with the Provo School District in their gang prevention program and HOPE (suicide prevention) program. I also gained experience working with adults at Wasatch Mental Health. I was able to work as a therapist at a local residential treatment center and as a clinical director for a local foster placing agency.
Program Director, MPA
I grew up in a small town in Southern Louisiana. I grew up with my 4 siblings as the son of a small town doctor. That is where I watched my dad provide service to people at all hours of the day and night. I learned the value of relationships and people. I moved to Utah in 1995, where I met my wife. She and I enjoy spending time with our 5 children.
I received my Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Brigham Young University. I was a program manager at a residential treatment center for over 10 years. I have also worked in a foster care agency as a program director while completing my Master’s Degree. I have worked with youth for over 15 years, and I have found a passion in watching the positive changes take place in their lives.
We believe that it is our calling in life to provide outstanding service to others especially those that need help. We are always looking for the best families to make a great change in the lives of many struggling youth in today's society. Let's work together to make our world a better place.