American Fork Family Clinic
American Fork Family Clinic

578 East 300 South
American Fork, UT 84003
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Contact Us:
Phone: 801-763-5010
Fax: 801-763-0461

8am – 6pm
Monday through Friday

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Other Resources:
Department of Workforce Services (DWS)
Division of Child and Family Services (DCFS)
United Way
Utah County Substance Abuse 

Bryant earned his Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family therapy from Brigham Young University.  Through his years of work at Wasatch Mental Health, he has worked in a variety of settings including New Vista (sex-offender group home), Respite Care, Youth Case Management,  Vantage Point (run away and ungovernable youth), Family Preservation (DCFS contract), and Youth Outpatient.  Bryant enjoys working with families in their home and in the office.  He sees adults and youth in therapy on a limited basis due to his administrative role as a Program Manager.
Samuel attended Brigham Young University where he earned his Bachelor’s degree in Marriage Family and Human Development and his Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. Since graduation Samuel has worked for six years as a marriage and family therapist in an outpatient setting. Samuel enjoys working one on one with individuals as well as working with families together to try and improve their lives. Samuel is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. He is currently a supervisor at work, helping to direct and lead other therapists in the American Fork Family Clinic. Samuel is also an approved supervisor in the state of Utah for Associate Marriage and Family Therapists working toward their license. Samuel is married and has four kids of his own. He enjoys playing basketball, biking, playing the piano, reading, and doing puzzles.



Annesha is the newest member of our team, she came to us from Intermountain Riverton Hospital where she worked for 2 years in a duel role as a Health Unit Coordinator and a Certified Nursing Assistant.  Before working at Riverton hospital, she worked at Intermountain Alta View Hospital for a year and a half as a Certified Nursing Assistant.  Annesha graduated from Southern Utah University with her Associates degree in Science.  Annesha is trying to decide if she wants to continue working on becoming a nurse or if she wants to go back to her original major and become a Science teacher.  In Annesha’s spare time she enjoys traveling, spending time with her husband and family, being outdoors, and reading.


Brenda Christensen graduated from the University of Utah with a Masters in Social Work.  Brenda is licensed in Clinical Social Work with 20 years experience, including her work for LDS Family Services for ten years in Atlanta, Georgia as a family and marriage therapist. Brenda is a Dialectical Behavioral Therapist and usually works with adolescents, families, and couples. She works in many areas including mood disorder, couple's work, and trauma recovery. Brenda is a mother and grandmother. Family life is her favorite hobby. Brenda loves gardening, genealogy, and having fun with her family.


Dr. Arnesen earned his bachelor’s degree in psychology at the University of Utah.  He later earned a M.Ed. and later still earned a Ph.D. from Brigham Young University in Counseling Psychology.  Dr. Arnesen is a licensed psychologist.  He has worked at Wasatch Mental Health for over 21 years and enjoys working with adolescents and adults, particularly those with traumatic and dissociative issues.  He is very experienced in using EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing).  In all, he has over 31 years of professional experience.  He is married and loves his relationship with his wife and seven children. He also enjoys travel, music, and reading.

Lanice earned a bachelors degree in psychology at Southern Utah University.  She graduated from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas with a master’s degree in Social Work.  She has worked at Wasatch Mental Health for 12 years and specializes in sexual abuse issues with adolescents.  She also enjoys working with adolescents in the DCFS structured foster care program.  She works with adolescents, couples, families and adults.  Lanice has also worked part time for the last 15 years for the Center for Women and Children in Crisis with sexual assault victims. She has two boys and a great daughter-in-law who she loves to spend time with.  She likes to ride ATVs, travel and read.  She also enjoys photography and music.

Sheri attended Brigham Young University where she earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Social Work. She has worked for four years with children and adolescents in an outpatient setting.  Sheri is a play therapist and enjoys working with children and groups with the hopes of helping children heal from trauma experienced and to learn skills, along with their families, to be successful and happy in life.  Along with training in non-directive play therapy, Sheri has received training in child-parent relationship therapy, Adlerian play therapy, and trauma focused cognitive-behavioral therapy. Sheri is a licensed clinical social worker and is working toward being a registered play therapist (RPT).  She enjoys sports of all kinds, playing the piano, traveling, singing, collecting cool socks, and spending time with family and friends.
Robin Shepley
Robin has been working in the mental health field since returning to school in the mid 1990’s to earn a Master’s degree in human development with an emphasis in marriage and family therapy.  He received his therapist license in 2008 just after starting to work at Wasatch Mental Health.  Prior to that time he worked for a year in a private residential setting in Provo and for about four years as an in-home crisis therapist in Virginia. 
Robin graduated from Virginia Tech with an MS in 2001 and worked for about twenty years as a custom house painter prior to that.  He graduated from BYU in 1980 with a BS in Family Finance and worked in that industry for about five years prior to starting his own contracting business. 
Working now in School Based Services, Robin varies that routine by spending spare time hiking, gardening, reading, working on various home projects, playing with grandkids, and pursuing adventures with his wife who also works at Wasatch Mental Health.
Sarah earned her bachelor's degree at Utah Valley University (UVU) in Behavioral Science with an emphasis in Psychology after attending school on a part time basis for six years. She then went on to earn her Master's in Social Work from the University of Utah in May of 2012. She is currently licensed as a CSW (certified social worker). Sarah worked for two years as an intern for Wasatch and is excited to be working as a full time therapist in a school-based position helping families deal with the challenges of life. Sarah is a mother of four sweet boys. She enjoys running, yoga, and spending time with family and friends. 

Tino Hopoate
I was born and raised in the Kingdom of Tonga.  I moved to the United State at age 17.  My main focus was to obtain higher education.  I accomplished it by attending BYU-Hawaii for a Bachelor of Social Work and the University of Hawaii-Manoa for Masters of Social Work.  I also got married to my lovely wife, Katie, while going for my master.  In 2003, we moved to California had our first child there.  Six months later, we moved to Utah.  I started working for WMH, had three more children and happily ever after, okay may be more like striving to be happy ever after...haha.


Roger earned his Bachelor’s degree in Behavioral Science with emphasis in Psychology at Utah Valley State College.  After graduation Roger worked for a year and a half in finance and then secured a position with the Division of Child and Family Services as a Foster Care Caseworker. He later received the opportunity to work for Wasatch Mental Health and Alpine School District as a case Manager in American Fork.  Roger hopes to one day go on to earn a masters degree in Social work and a Ph.D. in Neuroscience.  Roger has been married to his wife Leigh for five years and has three kids.  Roger loves to restore old cars, build furniture, grow a garden, work in the yard, play video games, camping, rocketry, spending time with his family and many other things.

Suzanne Jasper graduated from Brigham Young University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work. She began working for Wasatch Mental Health in 1995. Suzanne has worked with New Vista; the school based programs in Alpine and Nebo school districts; the STRIDE program; DHS case management; and was the USH liaison for about 10 years. She is currently working in the American Fork office providing case management services to adults, children, and families.
Staci earned her Bachelor's Degree in Social Work from Brigham Young University and is licensed as a Social Service Worker. She has been working with children with mental illness and behavioral concerns in the schools for over six years and loves helping children and their families see progress. Staci also helps with our Strengthening Families Program to help families improve relationships and communication. She loves to see the funny things in life. Staci recently went on a humanitarian trip to Thailand and enjoyed working with the kids there as well as riding an elephant and white water rafting in the jungle. Staci has played the piano for over 20 years and enjoys singing, dancing, reading, and helping people.
Kelly received her Associates Degree in 2008 from Utah Valley University.  She received her Bachelors Degree in Psychology with a focus in Adolescence from Utah Valley University in 2010.  She has been volunteering her time and skills  in adolescence youth programs for the last 7 years in her community.  She started at Wasatch Mental Health in 2011 in the Giant Steps Program before accepting the position at AFFC in January 2012.  Kelly has 4 wonderful children (especially when they are asleep) and a wonderful husband that supports and encourages her every day.  In Kelly's free time (if any) she enjoys reading, competitive shooting, eating ice cream, and napping.

Tim earned his Bachelor of Science degree from the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, VA.  He then went on to graduate school in Chemistry and earned a Ph.D. from Tufts University in the Boston area.  Following that, Tim did post-doctoral research in chemistry for a few years at the University of Oklahoma.  During those years there was also experience teaching chemistry and math at both the high school and college levels. Interest then shifted to medicine first at a Naturopathic Medical College in California, then back to the University of Oklahoma for a degree in medicine.  That was followed by a residency in psychiatry in Norman, Oklahoma.  Work experience has included over 20 years of psychiatric work in mental health centers, psychiatric hospitals and Gould Farm, a residential psychiatric center in Massachusetts.  Tim enjoys working with a wide range of adult psychiatric issues with an emphasis on chronic mental illness.  He helps encourage others to make positive changes in their lives from a more holistic perspective including nutritional and life style changes as well as psychiatric.  Tim is married with two children.  He enjoys taking advantage of the local mountains with hiking and winter sports. Tim is Board Certified in Psychiatry from the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology with recertification February, 2011 until December 31, 2021.

Sarah earned her LPN from UVSC.  Since her graduation she spent 14 years working at New Vista, a group home for Juvenile Sex Offenders where youth from the ages of 14- 18 years live for 18-24 months and receive intensive residential treatment. At New Vista Sarah ran several groups ranging from Healthy sexuality to Hobbies. In 2006 she came to Youth Outpatient where she works with the prescribers and helps them serve the medication needs of their clients.  Sarah grew up in Provo and is currently living in Pleasant Grove,  she is married and  is the proud Mother or 3 boys and 1 girl and you can catch her watching a Baseball, Football , Basketball or Soccer game year round!!!  She enjoys traveling and reading.

Stacey Hinckley graduated from Utah Valley University in nursing and has worked as an RN at Wasatch Mental Health for 15 years.  Stacey grew up in Utah County and enjoys spending time in outdoor activities with her family.  Her hobbies include gardening, walking, organizing her home and playing with her kids and attending their various sporting events.
Michelle graduated from Montana State University in 1992 with her Bachelor's of Science in Nursing and in 2002 from Arizona State University with her Master's of Science in Nursing as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner.  As an RN, Michelle's experiences included practicing in ICU, ER, residential treatment centers, and occupational health for UPS.  As a Nurse Practitioner, Michelle's experiences have included practicing psychiatry in a Psychiatric Emergency Room, residential treatment for adolescent girls and a residential treatment center treating substance dependence in young adults. In outpatient, Michelle has extensive experience treating mental illness in all age groups with a special interest and affinity in treating children and adolescents.  Michelle was born and raised in rural Montana.  Her practice has led her from Montana to Tennessee to Arizona and now to Utah.  She currently resides in Park City, Utah where she has immediate access to enjoying her personal passions including mountain biking, skiing, and backpacking.