Client Outreach Director
Amber has been with Utah Addiction Centers since 2019. She has a great passion for helping her community. Amber will invest her time and effort in assisting clients and their families to find answers in these very difficult and turbulent times.
Amber understands what path to take for success and will see it through. Amber is committed to finding solutions for people struggling with trauma and mental illness.
Amber also volunteers countless hours working for a great cause in Utah in the fight against human trafficking!
Emily received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Utah Valley University. She will begin
her Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling in 2022. Her long-term educational emphasis is to
specialize in complex trauma and multiple addictions. She has volunteered countless hours with several
women’s organizations, including Big Ocean Women, United Women’s Forum and Empowered Families
Coalition. Emily has worked legislatively on women’s issues and has volunteered with Operation
Underground Railroad (O.U.R); an organization that rescues survivors of human trafficking. Emily
currently assists therapists in the administration of Neurofeedback, teaches education groups, and helps
with house oversite.
Kelci Manis is a Licensed Advanced Substance Use Disorders Counselor (ASUDC). She grew up in Delta,
Utah and moved to Orem in 2011 to pursue her Bachelor’s degree in Behavioral Science at Utah Valley
University. She concurrently completed UVU’s ASUDC program during her last three semesters.
During her ASUDC program, she interned at Utah Addiction Centers for several months before being hired on as
a full-time clinician. Kelci has been a part of the treatment team at Utah Addiction Centers for five years
now. Her role at Utah Addiction Centers is to work with clients on treatment planning, substance abuse,
codependency, and transitional/aftercare planning.
Kelci also works alongside the doctor to ensure clients medical needs are met. She is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health
Counseling through the University of Phoenix. Kelci married her high school sweetheart, Jaden in 2013.
They live in Eagle Mountain and have two fur babies, Waffles and Bowser. They enjoy music, camping,
Netflix, and traveling together.
Michael was born and raised in Idaho. He came to Utah in 1985 and has been here ever since. He attended the University of Utah where he received his undergraduate in Sociology. A year later he returned to the University of Utah and completed his graduate degree in Social Work.
Michael spent 27 years after graduation working for an adolescent program in Salt Lake City. During this time he worked with adolescents and families with substance abuse issues, mental health issues and sexual trauma. He was invited to speak at social work conferences all over the United States and Canada and still presents today at conferences and workshops.He came to the Utah Addiction Centers in 2014 as the clinical director and continues to focus on addiction and trauma work. Michael for the past 22 years has also been an adjunct professor with the University of Utah school of social work and recently with Fordham Universities graduate school of social work.Michael during his career has received the “Sharon Goodwill Memorial Award” for outstanding promise in the field of social work from the University of Utah and the “Heart of Social Work” from BYU’s graduate school of social work.He married his wife Karyn who he met in college and they have 4 children, 2 grandchildren and 2 English Springer Spaniels.
Medical Supervisor: M.D.
Dr. Keep has been in healthcare for 41 years. He was an advanced life support medic in central
California for 5 years in the early 1980’s. After graduating from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, he
attended medical school at Albany Medical College in Albany, NY graduating in 1988. He
completed Internal Medicine Residency and Heart Failure/Cardiac Transplant Fellowship at the
University of Utah followed by Cardiology Fellowship at the University of Arizona. He worked as a
general and interventional cardiologist in Utah for 18 years. In 2008 his 7-year-old daughter
Alissa died in a motor vehicle accident. Dr. Keep had to overcome grief induced medical issues
as well as alcohol use while struggling to recover from the pain of his daughter’s death. Volunteer
work as well as research, writing, and speaking on the medical ramifications of grief and loss,
including adverse coping mechanisms such as substance abuse, were part of his recovery. He
has spoken locally, nationally, and internationally on the subject. It also led to working with
alcoholics and addicts and becoming a Board-certified Addiction Medicine specialist. Sharing his
experience, strength, and hope as well as his training, medical knowledge, and research are part
of his desire to “pay it forward” and help others to also recover from grief, loss, trauma, and
Co-Founder and Program Director
Darron has extensive experience specializing as an administrator in behavioral healthcare treatment, insurance billing, program development and implementation, licensing, and regulations. As Program Director, he maintains many day-to-day facility operations including staff management, insurance, and billing, orchestrating tours and admissions, directing local and national marketing, and scheduling family involvement and other resident needs. Previous to his work in the field of behavioral health he was a regional director of a Fortune 500 company. His professional background and skills create a professional and person-centered atmosphere.
Happily married since 1994, Darron and his wife have three teenagers that keep them active. Their family time includes mountain biking, outdoor hiking, fishing, camping, hunting, and traveling.
Founder and CEO: LCSW, ASUDC – EMDRIA, CMAT
With over 20 years in behavioral health and dual diagnosis treatment, Jeremy designed and founded the Utah Addiction Centers. Specializing and highly trained in the Othmer method of Neurofeedback; as well as in holistic and person-centered treatment for mental health and addictions.
As a clinical therapist, he specializes in the treatment of substance abuse, sexual/pornography addiction, and compulsive behaviors. He also specializes in Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Mood Disorders, and Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD). He completed his Master’s in Social Work at the University of Utah and is certified by the EMDR International Association (EMDRIA), is a National Interventionist II, National Chemical Addiction Counselor II, Equine Assisted Psychotherapist, and is a Certified Sex Addiction and Multiple Addiction Therapist (CSAT/CMAT) through the International Institute for Trauma and Addiction Professionals. He is a past president of the Association of Utah Substance Abuse Professionals and has served on multiple state and national boards for the treatment of mental health and substance abuse.
In 1995, he married his wife Emily and together they have four children. Cherished time with his family often includes outdoor activities including four-wheeling, hiking, hunting, and traveling. He is an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and may start golfing when he is too old to ride his mountain bike.