All Kinds of News for March 07, 2018
On April 1st, 2008 Dan Stuart, Kyle Gillett, and Keoni Anderson opened the doors to their new adventure at Solstice RTC. All three of them worked in residential treatment centers prior to opening Solstice and worked closely together for quite some time to brainstorm and create what Solstice is today. It all started with a vision to start a small, all-girls program focused on trauma, loss, and attachment with experiential components and an emphasis on the mind/body connection.
By the end of 2008, Solstice had twelve students enrolled. As Solstice was in its beginning stages, Dan, Kyle and Keoni worked in every aspect of the program. They were the therapists for the girls, worked as mentor staff, did admissions, marketing, etc. By the middle of 2009, there were around twenty students, and Solstice became full by its second year, with 36 students. In 2016 Solstice expanded to 44 beds, and it only took a few months for those beds to fill. To date, Solstice has had nearly 200 graduates.
As Solstice evolved and grew, Dan, Kyle and Keoni were approached several times about expanding to the East Coast. In late 2012, Kyle brought his family to North Carolina and opened Solstice East, taking with him Jenny Selent, the Solstice Clinical Director to further integrate the vision of Solstice as they opened the East campus.
Solstice opened The Journey Home, also in Layton in 2012, as an option for girls needing a transitional program after graduating RTC to further prepare them for next steps in their lives; as Journey Home West evolved, Journey Home East was opened in 2015. The newest expansion to the Solstice family came in 2017, when Equinox, a Residential Treatment Center for teenage boys was opened in North Carolina.
One of Kyle's favorite things about being a part of Solstice from the beginning is the privilege of working with five different teams now within the Solstice family and each team has truly felt like a family. The teams at the Solstice programs have taken the vision from 2008 and expanded with bigger and better ideas. The process of this has been breathtaking, and the longevity of the staff that stay at Solstice is proof that the vision has stayed a key part of the culture. The very first mentor that was hired at Solstice is still with Solstice today. She is a wonderful team member and her experience brings great stability to the milieu.
Dan, Solstice West's Executive Director, states, “This has been an amazing process, far greater than we ever expected at the outset. I couldn’t ask for better business partners or team members at Solstice. We have been blessed with incredible staff who have adopted the Solstice vision and have had such an incredibly positive impact on the lives of so many girls and families. It’s truly heart-warming.” Keoni loves being a part of a company that saves families every day with all the forces in the world trying to destroy families these days.
Solstice has worked with families from across the country as well as many International countries including Canada, Kuwait, Singapore, and others. Solstice is looking forward to many more years of supporting and healing families. Solstice thanks those who have traveled with them on this journey.
About Solstice West RTC
Solstice West RTC was founded in 2008 in Layton, UT. We serve females and transgender students aged 14-18 as a licensed residential treatment center focusing on complex diagnoses while using our clinicians' deep understanding of Trauma Based Therapy. As a clinically focused treatment provider, our clients receive individual, group and family therapy in conjunction with a variety of treatment modalities like Adventure Therapy and Equine Therapy program. All the different treatment modalities offered assist clients in learning new skills kinesthetically and get to their core problems quicker.