On a Mission: Our Big Hairy Audacious Goal
Our big hairy audacious goal is to lead the way in driving teen and young adult anxiety, depression, and suicide from the all-time highs of today to all-time lows by 2028.
We’re Glad You’re Here!
Embark Behavioral Health is a leading nationwide network of outpatient centers and residential programs offering premier mental health treatment for preteens, teens, and young adults. Our ever-growing locations are part of a continuum of care that provides a range of services built from over 25 years of specialization in serving youth.
We exist to create joy and heal generations.
To become the most respected, recognized, and valuable family behavioral health care company in the world.
Five key differentiators set Embark apart from other behavioral health care providers.
- We offer a robust continuum of care that provides different levels of service and programming based on an individual’s changing needs, from virtual counseling to residential services.
- We have a deep legacy of over 25 years serving youths, focused on preteens, teens, and young adults.
- We collect thousands of data points and share feedback with families so we can adjust treatment in real time to improve results.
- We treat the entire family using an evidence-based and relationship-focused approach.
- We offer the highest levels of quality care and safety standards, with all programs accredited by The Joint Commission.
Unique Clinical Model: CASA Framework
Embark uses the CASA Developmental Framework to inform all treatment and care. This proprietary framework’s purpose is to help developmentally heal and strengthen functional, mental, and physical health through commitment, acceptance, security, and attunement (also known as empathy in action).
Our core values guide how we work and interact with employees and clients.
How We Treat
- In-home therapy
- Embark Virtual Counseling
- Embark Virtual IOP (intensive outpatient program)
- Short-term residential treatment
- Residential treatment
- Therapeutic day treatment programs (also known as partial hospitalization programs, or PHPs)
- Therapeutic boarding schools
- Wilderness therapy
- Outpatient therapy clinics
- Young adult transitional living
Embark Behavioral Health is a leading network of outpatient centers and residential programs offering premier mental health treatment.
The Embark Difference
We use client data throughout the treatment process to customize care — and adjust it if needed — for each client and their family. This allows us to achieve the best results possible.
Our Stewardship Team
Darren Wight has nearly 25 years of experience in multi-site healthcare services. Most recently, Darren was the Chief Financial Officer for Cranial Technologies, the leading provider in the treatment of infant plagiocephaly (flat skull syndrome) through its cranial orthotic helmet and treatment plan at its various clinics. While at Cranial Technologies, Darren assisted in its effort to rapidly expand its footprint by opening roughly one de novo clinic per month over a four-year period. Prior to Cranial Technologies, Darren held the Chief Financial Officer position at American Vision Partners and Southwestern Eye Center (both eye care/ophthalmology providers) and at Simon Med Imaging. Darren received his bachelor’s degree in accounting from Brigham Young University and his MBA with an emphasis in Corporate Finance from the University of Southern California.
Jeremy Behling currently serves as the Group President for Outpatient Services for Embark Behavioral Health. He has more than 12 years of experience providing leadership and strategic support for multi-site healthcare organizations in public, private, and private equity-backed sectors. Prior to joining Embark, he served as the Chief Operating Officer for Next Level Urgent Care. Jeremy holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Florida and a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology from the University of Alabama.
Jamie Catlett currently serves as the Group President for Residential programs at Embark. He has more than 15 years of experience helping companies establish and execute growth strategies across a number of industries. Prior to joining Embark in 2020, he served as the Vice President of Finance for Taylor Morrison and previous to that he was the CFO for FastMed Urgent Care. He has also held positions with Goldman Sachs, Water Street Healthcare Partners and PetSmart. Jamie holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Chicago.
Michelle Kalz is the Senior Vice President of Growth for Embark Behavioral Health with more than 25 years of business development, marketing, admissions, and leadership experience. Prior to joining Embark, she served as Vice President of Business Development and Admissions at Rogers Behavioral Health, where she was responsible for building and developing high-performing outreach and admissions teams. Her personal mission is to lead others either by mentorship or connecting them to mental health care in order to help them achieve their goals. She has a Master of Health Administration from Webster University in St. Louis and a Bachelor of Arts in Corporate Communications from Lindenwood University.
Alec Dorman currently serves as Vice President, Finance and Strategy. Alec joined Embark in April 2020 as the Chief of Staff, a position that he held for almost two years. Prior to Embark, Alec held various positions in the finance industry where he focused on partnering with companies to unlock their full potential. He holds an MBA from UCLA and a B.A. from Claremont McKenna College.
Landon has devoted most of the past 20+ years serving children, teens, young adults, and their families. Landon began working in residential treatment in 2005. Unsatisfied by the lack of specialized treatment for adopted students, Landon began co-creating Calo in 2006. On January 1, 2007, Landon began full-time efforts to open Calo as the co-founder, Clinical Director, and Chief Operations Officer (COO). Over the years Landon has been part of the company growth including expansions of Calo Preteens, New Vision Wilderness, and Calo Young Adults. He has held positions of Chief Clinical Officer (CCO) and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Calo Lake of the Ozarks. Currently, Landon is helping all Embark programs fulfill the company’s Core Purpose of Creating Joy and Healing Generations by serving as the Chief People Officer (CPO). This position allows Landon to focus his energy around the “people” side of the business such assisting program leaders and hiring managers to improve employee processes and systems such as hiring, promoting onboarding, engagement, culture, development, communication, training, and much more! Landon is originally from Jacksonville, Florida and enjoys many sports and outdoor recreation including football, tennis, basketball, golf, camping, hiking, working out, and fly-fishing. Top on his list of interests is spending time with his beautiful wife, Jill, and their three children (Tanner, Kambrie, and Bryelle). The Kirk’s reside in Gilbert, Arizona.
As the son of missionaries, Alex grew up in Peru working, playing and living alongside the troubled youth and desolate orphans of Lima’s slums. Alex’s childhood shaped his professional and personal aspirations. Prior to joining InnerChange Programs, Alex lived in California and was the Managing Partner of an investment fund, which he founded, focused on acquiring and leading mission-driven businesses. Prior to Lia Capital, Alex lived in Boston and was the Associate Director of Firm-Wide Operations – working directly for the President and COO – of Cambridge Associates, the world’s largest global investment advisory firm to not for profit organizations. Alex also has experience in public service having worked at the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, a U.S. government agency that mobilizes private capital to help solve critical, global social and poverty challenges. And he worked on the Capitol Hill in Washington DC for a Minnesota Congressman. Alex has also earned a Certificate of Public Management from Stanford University. And, while at Stanford, was a Rising Fellow at the Hoover Institution, a world-renowned public policy think tank. Alex loves the ocean and is a certified open water diver. He has served as a Board Fellow at one of the most enchanting Aquariums in the world, California’s Monterey Bay Aquarium. Alex spends his free time reading up on foreign affairs and international politics. Alex graduated with Honors from American University with both an Economic Theory and International Relations degree and he earned an MBA from Stanford’s Graduate School of Business. Alex is on the Board of Peruvian Partners, a nonprofit established to connect North Americans in a real and significant way with Peruvian families that live in abject poverty. Alex lives in Phoenix, Arizona and is happily married to his wife, Maria-Paz, who has the most important job in the world, raising their two beautiful children.
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Words from Our Families
Embark has high standards of treatment at all programs and levels of care. Inherent in these standards is the assumption that children and youths thrive when they’re met with compassion and understanding and when given tools to navigate their struggles on their path to healing.