Our Mission

Our mission is to provide long term recovery to young men whose lives are afflicted by addiction such as drug and alcohol.  By offering the latest in evidence-based clinical care combined with real-life success stories and professionally licensed knowledge, these young men will awaken a new self-worth and confidence in themselves to start them on the path of reaching their full potential and aspiring to be the best in all they do as they learn to live a life free from the burden of addiction

About Us

Kellie Christensen


Owner / Admissions Coordinator

I was born and raised in a small town by a single mother who raised 5 girls. My mother was a low-income school teacher who suffered from severe depression. Due to my mother's mental illness, I was forced to help raise my sisters and work for everything I had all while attending high school. This taught me the value of hard work and it also prepared me for life at a young age. I also learned that mental illness is a serious problem that affects many people and it taught me patience and compassion toward others.

For the last 6 years I have worked closely with young men suffering with addiction related problems. I am a Certified Life Coach and I have found that I am very passionate about this work and I am vested in all the patients that we treat. I meet with each of them individually on a regular basis to review their treatment plan an help them to set and reach their goals and potential.

I truly love helping these young men learn to live a healthy, happy and successful life.

Judd Christensen


Owner / Director of Operations

I was born and raised on a family farm and ranch operation where, at an early age, was taught to work hard and that nothing worth working for came easy. I value myself as a hard worker and I live by the motto that if you want something, you've got to work for it.

My story like so many others in todays world took a wrong turn when I was in my late teenage years. I started to occasionally use drugs and alcohol. My usage progressed rapidly and before long I had become a slave to my own addiction. It controlled my life and drastically changed my priorities and the person I was. My life continued to spiral out of control as I lost many jobs and ruined all relationships with my family and friends. I finally hit rock bottom and it was then that I reached out for help because I knew I could not overcome this on my own. I entered an intense inpatient long-term treatment program which I successfully graduated from after 18 months of treatment. It is without a doubt the most important thing I have ever done. I learned so much about myself and how to live a sober and happy life.

Now, my life couldn't be better as I have 12 years sober and am fortunate enough to raise my family of 5 kids along with my amazing wife, Kellie, here in the country on our beautiful Mountain Valley Ranch that we call home.

I am passionate about helping others who are struggling with drug and alcohol addiction to overcome that burden and learn to live a quality life free from addiction and the misery that it is.

Austin Pederson


Operations Coordinator

Being in recovery himself Austin's experience allows him to coordinate our clients daily activities in the proper manor to help them achieve long term recovery,  and an enjoyable life.

Austins experience as the house manager at Project Recovery and the head Recovery Consultant at Life Skills Recovery Ranch has given him a passion for helping others. His success as a certificated peer support specialist gives him  perspective with every aspect  of the recovery journey. 

Thurmon Thomas, LAMFT, MA


Clincal Director

Thurmon Thomas is a Utah native with deep roots in Central Utah near MVR.  He and his wife Maria are the proud parents of six children and they enjoy spending time together every chance they get.  Thurmon and Maria have run over 40 marathons together and love traveling and seeing new places as a family.  

Thurmon began his career as a therapist in residential treatment and has many years of experience working in the residential treatment environment with an emphasis in addiction recovery.  Thurmon specializes in cognitive-behavioral therapy, and solution focused therapy techniques and helps those in addiction get to the heart of their challenges and move toward healing and recovery.  

In addition to his work at MVR, Thurmon is also a partner in The Center for Couples & Families in Delta and Cedar City, UT.  He is a master's level marriage and family therapist, fully-licensed to practice therapy in the state of Utah.  He received a bachelor's degree of science in Psychology from Dixie State University and a master's of art in Marriage and Family Therapy from Northcentral University.

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Tyler Teuscher


House Manager

Tyler is a graduate of our program and chose to stay on as staff to help pass on his experience, strength and hope to the newcomers. Tyler often is heard telling the guys "If you're willing to put in the work for your sobriety then I'm all in but I will not carry the whole load, you have to do your part." Sobriety is not gained easily and nothing about the ranch is easy.

Tyler is currently on the Board of Directors for Recovery Soldiers. Was a former board member for, The Haven, in Salt Lake City, Utah. He worked at First Step House fulfilling the roles of Client Advocate, Medical Technician and finally as House Manager. 

What Sets Us Apart

What sets us apart is the fact that we not only offer the latest in evidence based  therapy, we also incorporate our one of a kind Job Skills Training Program where these men will have the opportunity to learn trades and job skills from successful licensed professionals in various trades.  Some of these include; Auto Mechanics, Butchering, Concrete and Masonry, Plumbing, Carpentry and General Construction, Welding and Fabrication, Heavy Equipment Operating, Electrical, Ranching, Farming, and many other aspects to Agriculture.  In addition, we also offer Recreation Therapy where we teach these men how to have fun and recreate without drugs and alcohol.