Meet Our Team

  • Dr. Gordon Day
    Dr. Gordon Day
    Executive Clinical Director, Founder
  • J’Lene Alexander
    J’Lene Alexander
    Admissions Coordinator
  • Chad Sanders
    Chad Sanders
  • Dr. L. Kristen Shadow
    Dr. L. Kristen Shadow
    Psychiatrist
  • Cami Davis
    Cami Davis
    Program Director
  • Dr. Joshua J. Cluff, PsyD
    Dr. Joshua J. Cluff, PsyD
    Licensed Clinical Psychologist
  • Justin Manco
    Justin Manco
    Primary Therapist
Dr. Gordon Day
Executive Clinical Director, Founder

 

Seven Stars is owned and operated by founder, Dr. Gordon Day, whose presence is felt in every aspect of Seven Stars.

Since 2003, Dr. Gordon Day has passionately helped young people with a wide range of family, emotional, social, neurodevelopmental and behavioral problems. Gordon’s mission has been to help people find their strengths and their own passion for living a full and rewarding life.  He is particularly sensitive to the pressures, frustrations and disappointments that adolescents face that can sometimes cause them and their loved ones to want to withdraw and throw their hands up in despair.

Dr. Day knows that you really have to understand where a student is coming from and understand their patterns of strengths and needs. When we truly know an individual and their struggles, only then can we truly help.

Dr. Day has pioneered the use of outdoor therapy activities and outdoor living as a dynamic and effective therapeutic tool for learning, confidence building and skill building. His programs provide effective, supportive and encouraging environments that help students find their strengths and power.

outdoor therapy

Dr. Gordon Day

J’Lene Alexander
Admissions Coordinator

About

An avid lover of nature and outdoorsman, I spend my leisure time at my family cabin in the mountains, hiking, kayaking, fishing, and four wheeling.

Born and raised in Utah, I moved away for 12 years and served as a military veteran, spouse, and then a civilian.  I have lived around the world, and have known no place better to live than Utah.

“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” –Mahatma Gandhi

Service to others is a passion of mine that brings reward beyond measure.  It has been a driving force throughout my career.  Seeing the vast struggles that families endure, both military and civilian, inspired me to work in treatment.  I wanted to do more, so I went back to school focused on Psychology.  I earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Weber State University.   During my studies, I focused on counseling theories, attachment and attachment related disorders, abnormal psychology, struggles associated with LGBTQ youth, as well as conducting research and assessments.

It was during my studies that I found my passion for working with adolescents.  In general, there is less availability of treatment for youth than adults.  Yet, they are more vulnerable and at risk than the adult population.   In my time working as direct care staff at Elevations, I have learned so much from the kids.  Hard work, vulnerability, stepping outside of one’s comfort zone, as well as how to persevere through challenges that would knock down the best of us, are daily feats.  Seeing a student graduate their program, the pride in how far they’ve come, and having been a part of that journey is truly amazing.

With Seven Stars, I look forward to being able to assist families in navigating a very difficult situation and help them start down the road to healing.  Sometimes, the first step is the hardest.  We all struggle and need help from time to time and I am excited to be a part of such an amazing team of mental health professionals to help families rediscover their strength.

Chad Sanders

Chad has been working with this student population for a number of years.  He enjoys the recreational model at Seven Stars and how it is applied to real life experiences for the students.  He states, “I believe that Seven Stars has great balance between therapy, academics, and recreation and is why I really enjoy my time working in the program.”  When Chad is not practicing his trade at Seven Stars, he is spending time in the outdoors with his wife and three young children.

Dr. L. Kristen Shadow
Psychiatrist
Cami Davis
Program Director
Born and raised in Utah, Cami has been in the mental health field for over 17 years. She has worked with youth and adults with severe and persistant mental illnesses and substance abuse. The past 8 years have been with the criminal justice system and school based services.
Cami completed her BS in Human Services Management from the University of Phoenix. She is passionate about positively impacting lives and building a safe community where individuals can be successful, supported, and empowered.
When not at work, Cami can be found spending time with her 4 children. She enjoys doing crafts, wood working, fishing, hiking, and camping. Her favorite place to be is at their family cabin in Wyoming.
Dr. Joshua J. Cluff, PsyD
Licensed Clinical Psychologist

I received my Bachelors degree from The Evergreen State College with an emphasis on Trauma Studies and Multicultural Counseling. I subsequently obtained my Master’s and Doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from John F. Kennedy University. I have worked with a wide range of populations, including adolescent victims of sexual/emotional abuse, elementary-aged inner-city youth, at-risk adolescents and their families, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered youth and adults, adult perpetrators with developmental disorders, adults in a community mental health setting, and university-aged students, faculty, and their families.

Passionate about crisis intervention I worked for nineteen months as both a phone-based crisis counselor and a clinical member of the Berkeley Mobile-Crisis Team, providing field-based and on-site crisis intervention, response, assessment, de-escalation and mediation for the city of Berkeley, California. I then completed a pre-doctoral internship with the American Psychological Association accredited Counseling and Psychological Services at Oregon State University, providing psychotherapeutic and outreach services to students, faculty, and their dependents. I also worked in a private community counseling center working with adults, adolescents, and families.

I returned to wilderness therapy in 2007, working with adolescent and young adult clients before committing to a full-time assessment practice, providing psychological evaluation and consultation for clients in both wilderness and residential programs. While continuing my assessment practice, I served as the clinical director of a therapeutic boarding school treating adolescent boys with Asperger Syndrome, Non-Verbal Learning Disorder, and other neurological impairments impacting executive functioning, emotional regulation, and social/interpersonal functioning.

Throughout my clinical career, I have had the opportunity to design and lead parenting seminars, couples intensives, and workshops supporting adolescents and young adults struggling with life transitions. I also conduct comprehensive psychological assessments locally and nationally.

To my work as a psychologist, I bring a wide variety of unique life experiences and consider myself a partner to my clients seeking to navigate and find balance and peace in life’s journey. I live in Salt Lake City with my wife of 21 years and our two children.

Justin Manco
Primary Therapist

Justin is a Primary Therapist with years of experience in residential programs.  As a previous manager of an acute neurodevelopmental program, Justin understands that treatment on all levels should be tailored to the individual for optimal outcomes.  Using Positive Psychology, and an endless amount of compassion, Justin utilizes the individual’s strengths as a source for overcoming their weaknesses.