Dr. Smith earned a bachelor’s degree in Family Science from Brigham Young University, a master’s degree in Counseling from Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri, and a doctoral degree in Counseling Psychology from the APA-accredited program at Brigham Young University. As part of her doctoral training, Dr. Smith completed an APA-accredited pre-doctoral internship at the University of Michigan where she was part of a campus-wide treatment team for eating concerns, which included outreach and advocacy efforts in addition to coordinated intervention. Dr. Smith earned an MBA at the University of Utah’s top-ranked business program, deepening her work at the intersection of psychology and business. She also became a Certified Dare to Lead™ Facilitator, which is based on the research of Dr. Brene Brown. Dare to Lead™ is an empirically based courage-building program designed to be facilitated by organizational development professionals. In addition to providing clinical services, Dr. Smith also provides executive coaching and business consulting to high-achieving leaders. To learn more about coaching services, visit drmelissasmith.com.
Dr. Smith has worked at three university counseling centers where she has focused on eating concerns in a college population. These efforts included developing and implementing group and individual interventions, working with a comprehensive treatment team, and presenting on the topics of eating concerns in a college population.
Dr. Smith worked with a highly- regarded specialized eating disorder treatment center for ten years during which time she provided intensive clinical services for those individuals requiring acute inpatient and residential eating disorder treatment.
During this time, Dr. Smith was also actively involved in leadership, program development, research, outreach, business development, and advocacy. Dr. Smith served as a Clinical Director and Program Director for the residential treatment program, where she provided clinical direction, program development, and worked closely with direct care staff to ensure the safety and security of individuals engaged in treatment.
Throughout her career, Dr. Smith has been passionate about group therapy, and has developed several group therapy programs and interventions focused on eating concerns. Dr. Smith is a gifted clinician and able to connect with individuals quickly, thus building trust which allows the important therapeutic work to be accomplished.
In addition to providing individual, couple, family, and group therapy, Dr. Smith provides clinical supervision to professionals new to the field and new to eating disorder treatment. She participates in professional consultation groups and strives to be a lifelong learner.
Dr. Smith has also been actively engaged with professional organizations, and is currently a member of the following organizations: Academy for Eating Disorders (AED), International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals (IAEDP), American Psychological Association (APA), Utah Psychological Association (UPA), and is a Certified Eating Disorder Specialist (CEDS) through IAEDP. Becoming a Certified Eating Disorder Specialist takes rigorous application and evidence of qualification through education, training, supervision, advocacy, and outreach. Membership in these professional organizations connects Dr. Smith with the leaders in the eating disorder field, which is critically important when considering program development, the latest in research and clinical interventions, and provides valuable access to ongoing consultation.
As part of her associations with professional organizations, Dr. Smith is a board member of the Utah Chapter of IAEDP, which is tasked with providing support, education, and advocacy for eating disorder professionals. Dr. Smith works closely with other board members to address the needs of eating disorder professionals in the State of Utah, and to provide educational seminars, advocacy events, and networking opportunities to eating disorder professionals and those affected by eating disorders. Dr. Smith presents locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally on the topic of eating disorders and addictive processes.
Women’s issues has been a long standing passion and interest for Dr. Anna Packard. After earning her Bachelor of Science degree in psychology from Brigham Young University in 2003, Dr. Packard worked for two years at the Stanford Treatment Research Center on a study exploring alternative treatments for depression during pregnancy. In graduate school, Dr. Packard pursued specialized training in women’s issues with a specific emphasis in the treatment of eating disorders. She worked as an extern at Center for Change, a highly regarded specialized eating disorder treatment center, and was trained and supervised by clinicians with expertise and many years of experience. Dr. Packard earned her PhD in clinical psychology from Brigham Young University’s APA-accredited program in 2010, finishing her pre-doctoral internship at Brigham Young University Counseling and Psychological Services.
After graduation with her PhD, Dr. Packard worked at the Center for Change where she provided intensive clinical services to individuals in inpatient and residential treatment for severe eating disorders and other co-occuring disorders such as depression, anxiety, PTSD, and OCD. She also developed and expanded group psychotherapy services offered to patients at the Center. While working at Center for Change, Dr. Packard collaborated closely with direct care staff and other treatment providers to maximize patient clinical gains.
In Fall, 2012, Dr. Packard began working at Brigham Young University’s Counseling and Psychological Services. Here she provided individual and group psychotherapy to BYU students presenting with a variety of concerns while also continuing to specialize in seeing clients struggling with eating disorders and body image concerns. She led trainings for fellow clinicians and supervised graduate students on treating clients with eating disorders. While employed at BYU CAPS, Dr. Packard collaborated with colleagues to initiate and run an eating disorder treatment team and also created and facilitated an eating disorder group psychotherapy program. Dr. Packard has presented several times at local and national conferences, leading training workshops on her group psychotherapy work.
Dr. Packard joined Balance Health & Healing in the Spring of 2016. She is passionate about individual and group psychotherapy. Dr. Packard is warm, compassionate and a skilled clinician. She actively collaborates with clients to set and meet treatment goals. Her psychotherapy work is individualized to meet client needs, however her style of therapy is based on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Relational Therapy, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy principles. Dr. Packard specializes in the treatment of eating disorders and body image concerns, but also welcomes seeing clients with a variety of presenting concerns.
Beyond being a licensed psychologist in the state of Utah, Dr. Packard actively engages with professional organizations to facilitate her continued development and growth as a clinician, and also to provide trainings and presentations to other mental health providers. She is currently a member of the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals (IAEDP), the American Psychological Association, (APA), the Utah Psychological Association (UPA) and the American Group Psychotherapy Association (AGPA).
Eric Ghelfi is a fourth year clinical psychology Ph.D. candidate at Brigham Young University. He holds a master’s degree in psychology from Brigham Young University and a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and psychology from Southern Oregon University.
For the past three years, he has conducted psychological assessments, individual, couple, and group psychotherapy. At BYU’s counseling center, he conducted individual and group psychotherapy for undergraduate and graduate students. There, he treated depression, anxiety, trauma, eating disorders, marital distress, perfectionism, and many other concerns. He also treated students struggling with faith transitions and with their sexuality. Since beginning his graduate program, Eric has worked in BYU’s Comprehensive Clinic conducting assessments and individual therapy with a range of ages and difficulties, often for members of the community without health insurance. He remains at this site supervising graduate student trainees.
Eric completed his master’s thesis in 2018. It explored why many clinicians fail to incorporate the latest psychotherapy research in their work with clients. His dissertation focuses on the experience of clients in therapy who disagree with standardized outcome measures. He is interested in improving the field’s understanding of the therapeutic process from clients’ perspectives. Ultimately, he hopes his work will inform how psychotherapists understand and track client progress in therapy.
As a clinician, Eric is firmly committed to creating a safe, warm environment where clients feel free to be themselves without judgment. He values collaboration and client agency in the creation and maintenance of the therapeutic relationship. All races, genders, faiths, and sexual orientations are welcome. Eric keeps himself apprised of the latest clinical research. It is important to him to provide treatment well supported by scientific evidence. His primary goal as a therapist is to apply empirically-supported principles to facilitate values-based living.
In his non-professional life, Eric enjoys distance running, playing music, and writing. He ran cross country and track in college and continues to race on the roads and trails. You might find him playing drums at local churches or cruising around the Wasatch Range on foot.
Jen Wight, CSW, is a graduate of Brigham Young University’s Master of Social Work program and an ASWB Board Certified Clinical Social Worker. Jen earned a bachelor’s degree in social work from Utah Valley University, where she was named Valedictorian of the College of Social Sciences and Humanities.
As part of her graduate work at BYU, Jen pursued gaining clinical skills to help those impacted by trauma, earning certification in BYU’s Trauma Informed Practice program as well as completing additional training in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Jen is passionate about helping individuals and families heal and intentionally define their lives after experiencing difficulty and trauma.
While at BYU, Jen was the recipient of the BYU School of Social Work Scholarship, BYU Advocate Scholarship, and the Marjorie Pay Hinckley Chair Scholarship. Her research focus at BYU was OCD and religiosity in early returned LDS missionaries.
During her graduate training, Jen completed internships at LDS Family Services and at the Utah State Prison. While at LDS Family Services, Jen provided therapeutic interventions for men, women, children, couples and families,
utilizing modalities of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Internal Family Systems. She gained experience treating depression, anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorders, bipolar disorders, eating disorders, recovery from sexual abuse, grief, and pornography addiction. Jen also conducted pre-mission evaluations assessing an LDS missionary candidate’s emotional readiness to serve a full-time mission. While at the Utah State Prison, Jen provided therapy for inmates enrolled in the Excell inpatient women’s substance abuse treatment community. There, she utilized modalities of Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Internal Family Systems and Solution Focused Therapy. During this time, Jen also developed and ran a specialized bereavement group for women incarcerated for negligent homicide.
Jen is an active member of the National Association of Social Work (NASW).
Kylee Marshall completed a Master’s degree in Marriage and Family therapy at Brigham Young University in August of 2019. Kylee graduated from Brigham Young University with a Bachelor’s degree in Family Life in 2017. During her undergraduate career, Kylee enjoyed serving as student body vice president and as a counselor for Camp Kesem, a summer camp for children whose parents have or have had cancer.
Kylee has been working as a therapist at the BYU Comprehensive Clinic for the past two years. During her time there, Kylee has worked with clients on a wide range of issues including anxiety, couple conflict, parenting difficulties, trauma, eating disorders, sexual issues, family struggles and self-esteem issues. Kylee works with families, couples, and individuals and considers systemic therapy to be her specialty.
During Kylee’s Master’s program she was involved in running a parenting group for parents of young children. She also grew to love group therapy through co-facilitating a group for women who had ended serious relationships (engagements, marriages, etc.).
She served as the BYU Marriage & Family Therapy Student Association president and found joy connecting students to faculty and maintaining a positive atmosphere for students to thrive. her academic and research pursuits involved her master’s thesis about resilience in African American families and a paper that is in the process of being published about treating anorexia in teenage girls using family therapy.
Kylee’s therapeutic philosophy is heavily influenced by Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Emotion Focused Therapy, and Narrative therapy. She has a deep desire to be a witness to both client’s painful and triumphant experiences and use her knowledge and training to benefit her clients and their families. Kylee believes that healing is possible and is honored when she can be with clients as they find peace and balance. Overall, Kylee considers herself to be a research-informed, client-centered therapist dedicated to providing high-quality care and affirming client’s value and worth.
Kylee is a part of two main professional organizations: American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) and the Utah Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (UAMFT).
When not seeing clients, Kylee enjoys quilting, going on walks, kickboxing, reading, and baking/cooking. She feels the most like herself when she is out in the sunshine. You can also catch her spending time with friends and trying out Crumbl’s new cookies of the week.
Rylee Metcalf joins the Balance Health & Healing team as our Client Services and Executive Assistant. Rylee began her post secondary educational endeavors at Southern Virginia University in Buena Vista, VA. During her freshman and sophomore years, she was a member of the Women’s Cross Country Team and was named captain of the team her sophomore year. She was also elected to student office where she served as the Vice President of Arts and Athletics where she was responsible for marketing and attendance efforts.
Rylee continued her education at Brigham Young University where she pursued a degree in Human Development. She was named Vice President of the student section, known as the BYU ROC, in 2017. In that role, Rylee was responsible for hosting student tailgate parties, organizing cheering section efforts, and creating promotional material and campaigns. During her senior year, Rylee was commissioned by a tenured professor to write a short book on her social findings and is waiting on a publishing notice. Rylee graduated with Bachelor’s Degree in Human Development in April of 2018. In her spare time, she enjoys playing just about any sport and learning how to bake new treats. She is also an avid runner and has completed several marathons including the Boston Marathon.
Josee Edwards graduated from Utah Valley University in Communications with an emphasis in Public Relations in May 2017 and wraps up the integration team as the Project Manager. In the process of getting her degree, she also spent time studying graphic design at Brigham Young University-Hawaii. She also completed a semester-long internship at Utah Valley Hospital as a part of their communication team.
Josee has been working for Balance Health & Healing since early 2016, when it was just her and Dr. Melissa Smith. She was a part of the growth process which has lead to four therapists and a bigger office, and has been dubbed as the “know-it-all” around the office.
When she’s not working, Josee enjoys reading, playing any card or board game, exercising, napping, and spending time outdoors. She is a big fan of her family, and gets her competitive nature from both parents (meaning there is never a dull moment in her home). She also loves traveling, heart-to-heart conversations, and believes there is no such thing as too much laughter. Oh, and Josee will never turn down a brownie or one of her mom’s cookies.
Jackson assists with all digital media and marketing efforts here at Balance Health & Healing. He recently returned from a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints to England and Wales, where he discovered his love for Brit’s and fish & chips. Jackson is working towards the Marketing Major in the Marriott School of Business at Brigham Young University and is hoping to eventually pursue an MBA degree.
When he is not studying or working at the office, he loves being on the lacrosse field. He volunteers as a coach for lacrosse clinics and loves learning about the players and how to improve their skills. In addition to being out on the field, Jackson loves to spend time out in the mountains and with his family.
We are passionate about helping you pursue what matters. We transform lives through providing the tools, training, and treatment you need for personal growth and purpose-driven living grounded in health and balance.
At Balance Health & Healing, we are guided by seven values in all we do. They are Abundance, Balance, Growth, Connection, Gratitude, Honesty, and Simplicity.
We believe in an abundance mindset & that as we give we also receive. We believe there is an abundance of hope & that we have unique skills, gifts, & perspectives to share with those we serve.
We believe balance is essential to happy & fulfilling lives. We integrate our most important roles & believe we are better professionals as we respect & cultivate our personal lives. We work hard & strive to be good examples of balanced self-care.
We embrace growth by whatever means it may come. We are lifelong learners & pursue knowledge, understanding & specialized skills. We believe we have much to offer & are committed to developing our competencies.
We believe in the power of authentic connection to transform lives. We speak candidly & respectfully & consider honest & direct feedback a gift essential to connection. We give good intent & trust the good intent of others in our interactions.
We cultivate gratitude & don’t take life or our work for granted. We express gratitude through the excellent care we provide & strive to give back through meaningful contributions to our community.
We are honest in all we do. We are vigilant about providing outstanding care & hold ourselves to the highest ethical standards. We do what is right. Always.
Though life is complex, we believe in the power of simplicity in our approach, practices, & processes. We strive to simplify & streamline all we do.