Chris was born and raised in Miller Creek, Utah. Chris comes from a family of eight consisting of his mother and father, four sisters and one brother. As a young man growing up, Chris loved the outdoors and baseball. When he was eleven years old he ran away from home with his best friend to live in the mountains. Along the way, his friend lost control of a pistol and Chris was shot. He became paralyzed from the waist down. This changed his life. He spent three months in Primary Children’s Hospital recovering and learning how to manage life from a wheelchair. After returning home, he began having problems with his body and became angry. By the time Chris was in sixth grade, he had started using drugs. He continued to use for the next six years. Chris finally got sober in May 1998. He hurt his family, friends, and himself in the process. However, Chris wouldn’t change his experiences because he has learned so many things that empower him to help others.
After completing high school, Chris met the love of his life, Jennifer. He and Jennifer have been married for 14 years. They love to hunt, camp, fish, and go on walks together. Shortly after getting married, Chris returned to school and received an Associates of Science from the College of Eastern Utah. He then moved to Logan, Utah where he completed a Bachelor’s Degree in Recreational Therapy from Utah State University. Upon graduation, Chris became a Recreational Therapist with youth at risk. During this time, he fell in love with treating mental health and substance abuse. Chris later worked at the Utah State Hospital while he pursued a Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. He graduated from the University of Phoenix in 2014. It was then that Chris decided to dedicate his career to treating substance abuse disorders. Chris says, “The more I work with addictions and with the families and individuals if affects, the more passion I have for it. I believe people need to be treated with love and respect and I intend to continue to provide and teach this to people who need it most.”