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Second Chances in Southern Utah

Helping Your Daughter Find a Second Chance

Here at Second Chances in Southern Utah, we know that sometimes great young women find themselves heading down the wrong path pursuing a life that clearly was not meant for them.

Parents, are you struggling to help but feel lost and confused with why your promising young daughter? Is she filling her life with dishonesty, skipping classes, disobeying authority, depressed & full of negativity, angry, abusing drugs and alcohol, hanging out with the wrong group of friends?

If your daughter is involved in any of the above issues we want you to know that we can help!

Adam AhQuin

Owner & CEO

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Adam grew up in Southern Utah just outside of the St. George area. In high school, he was an accomplished athlete in track, football, wrestling, and gymnastics. After graduating from Hurricane High School in Southern Utah, Adam volunteered his time for two years in serving an ecclesiastical mission in the Philippines and learned to speak Tagalog proficiently.

Upon returning to the United States he accepted a full ride scholarship to Southern Utah University in Cedar City, Utah as a Gymnastics Coach.  While at the University Adam started his first treatment center for troubled boys. Before finishing his last year of college he was given a chance to fulfill a lifelong dream of performing with the World Entertainment company mainly with Sea World in San Diego. He reluctantly sold his successful treatment center but looked forward to performing with World Entertainment.  While in San Diego he continued to coach gymnastics during the day and performed in the evenings. After several years of performing, he came back to SUU and finished his Degree in Psychology and once again coached the Universty’s women’s gymnastics team.

Once he finished his Degree he moved to Virginia to coach the private gymnastics club of GMS in Mananas for three years. Gymnastics has always been a passion, but so has influencing others for better and changing lives. It was in Virginia that Adam was able to really hone in on the true PASSION of his coaching. This PASSION is simply that; “I love to help people GROW!” It was in Virginia that Adam had the privilege of working with an amazing group of young women and their families. The strong connection with these young ladies and the success that followed changed Adam forever and shaped what is now The SCINSU GROWING PRINCIPLES: Open Mind, Hard Work, Positive Attitude, Integrity and Passion Interest Mapping!  Because of these relationships coaching has been so fulfilling!  After this incredible time in Virginia Adam then came back to Salt Lake City, Utah to be the Director and Principal for The Mana Academy K-12, a charter school with an emphasis in Polynesian culture.  It was this experience that sparked Adams INTEREST and PASSION once again in starting a treatment center to help troubled young women gain control of their lives and CREATE a PASSION FILLED LIFE!

Lisa Lee

Executive Director

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I have worked in a variety of settings from severe mental illness, addiction to
at-risk teens. My experience is vast in areas of anxiety, depression, trauma,
sexuality, addiction, attachment, abandonment, adoption, abuse as well as
grief and loss.

With my life experience and education I bring a unique presentation to the
therapeutic experience that sets me apart from other professionals. Using a
mindful approach to healing has been proven to be extremely effective with
most issues of concern. I have witnessed a lot of miraculous change in clients,
when they apply it in their lives. I believe in a collaborative relationship, where
you and I work together on your goals and what you hope to accomplish.

I specialize in working with adolescents and their families, those suffering from
addiction; couples struggling to communicate and single individuals divorced,
widowed or never married yearning for peace and contentment. I am
passionate about life and empowering others toward positive change. My
approach to therapy includes cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical
behavioral therapy, motivational, person centered and Trauma therapy.

Jessica Hogan

Office Manager

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Jessica is the best!

Kathrine Whittekiend

Headmaster of Academics

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Katharine is Awesome!

Brent DeMille, LCSW 

Clinical Director

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Born in Cedar City, Utah Brent moved with his parents and 3 brothers to Las Vegas, Nevada at age 6.  He grew up in Las Vegas and was very active in church and Scouting. He and his brothers all became Eagle Scouts.  After graduating from high school and turning 19, Brent volunteered as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Seoul Korea.  While there he learned to speak the Korean language. After his mission experience, Brent attended Brigham Young University and graduated from BYU with a BS in Psychology.  He also met his wife Colleen and they started their family of 7 children. Later, Brent attended the University of Utah where he earned and M.Ed. in Special Education and an MSW in Social Work.

In 1991 Brent and Colleen moved their family to Leeds Utah, a small community in southern Utah in order to begin employment with Southwest Behavioral Health.   He worked at this community mental health center as an administrator and a therapist for 28 years. After retiring from Southwest Behavioral Health in July 2019, Brent accepted a full-time position as Clinical Director with Second Chances in Southern Utah.  Brent had also been working part-time as a therapist at Second Chances and had really grown to love the program, the staff, the philosophy and especially the girls.

Throughout his life, Brent has been active in his community, church, the scouting program.  He served on term as Mayor of Leeds and for many years was an active volunteer with the Leeds Fire Department, driving fire trucks and ambulances.  “I love working with the youth, that has always been my passion”. “My other passion is spending time with my family”. Brent’s hobbies include fishing, gardening, singing and acting, camping and watching science fiction and super- hero movies with my kids and grandkids.

Tonya Horlacher

Admissions Director

Tanner Burdick

Residential Director

Alberto Souza, APRN, FNP-C, PMHNP-BC

Medical Director

Second Chances

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