Clinicians & Instructors

Expedition Therapy instructors and clinicians are dedicated professionals with a passion for sharing their knowledge in the wilderness. Adept at facilitating group processes and supporting self awareness initiatives in the field, the experienced members of our field staff are excellent mentors with a wealth of practical experience. Many are active members of the Wilderness Medical Society, American Mountain Guides Association, American Avalanche Association, American Canoe Association, Leave No Trace® and American Alpine Club.

Beth J. Fogel, MSW, CSW, Primary Therapist  Beth is a licensed therapist in the state of Utah and has worked with adolescents and young adults since 1994 in wilderness therapy, residential and inpatient hospital settings. Beth’s eclectic, holistic, hands-on clinical style uses the open space of the wilderness to help students re-create their personal identities and gain confidence. She enjoys sharing her passion for the outdoors through poetry, photography, mountain biking, hiking and environmental advocacy.

“Beth Fogel is the consummate professional in the most down-to-earth and creative way. Her clinical expertise and treatment of both participants and families is top tier and she treats people from all walks of life with dignity, respect and compassion”. -Consultant Referral Source, Northeast USA

Raini K Outdoors edit2Raini J. Knaeble, MSEd, LPCC, Primary Therapist  Raini is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor. She received her MSEd degree from the University of Wisconsin. Raini was most recently a Clinical Supervisor in a school-based mental health program, and has been deeply involved in adventure therapy and wilderness-based programming with young people in the lake country of Minnesota. She has participated annually in Therapeutic Adventure Professional Group (TAPG) Conferences, and is committed to continuing education and maintaining the highest level of professional competence. Raini is passionate about adventure therapy and the healing power of both relationships and experiences.

Raini’s approach to the therapeutic process is to build a strong relationship, to bring in techniques that help young adults to look at their “problems” in a new light, and to solidify change by presenting them with experiences that will show them that anything is attainable.

In Raini’s words, “I believe that the therapeutic relationship is the foundation to any possible growth. It is with this belief that I begin a relationship from a person-centered perspective, with unconditional positive regard and empathy. Through solution-focused and cognitive behavior techniques, combined with adventure and experience, I help Expedition Therapy students to grow and change in ways they may not have thought possible.”

Bridger R. Ogden, LSUDC, Substance Use Disorder Counselor  Bridger is a Utah State Licensed Substance Use Disorder Counselor who has enjoyed working in the field of addiction treatment since 2000. He is a graduate of the University of Utah College of Social Work’s Alcohol & Drug Abuse Treatment Training Program. Bridger recently received his “Treating The Addictions” Certification through the Harvard Medical School. He has worked with adults in an intensive outpatient setting as well as adolescents in residential treatment.

Bridger believes that success in recovery grows from the motivation that is maximized when young adults are encouraged to define their own version of success and happiness. Then, through counseling, treatment planning, and family involvement, they can gain the tools necessary to recover and achieve their goals.

Aaron Wilson, Executive Director  Growing up in the Pacific Northwest, Aaron developed an early passion for the outdoors. After backpacking on Mt. Rainier at age eleven, he was hooked. Aaron received a B.S. in Outdoor Recreation Management with an emphasis in Experiential Education from Brigham Young University. He is a certified Wilderness First Responder, a survival skills instructor and is certified in PCS. He has mentored young people for over twenty years, focusing on young adults in a therapeutic wilderness setting since 2007. As a wilderness guide, Aaron has led trips all over the United States, most extensively in the wildly varied topography of southern Utah and northern Arizona. He believes strongly in the mentoring relationship as a powerful force that underpins everything at Expedition Therapy. Aaron considers it an honor and a privilege to be part of the highly skilled, passionate team that has been created to help young adults improve their lives and relationships in a positive, supportive environment.1

Wes Light, Director of Adventure Education  Wes has been guiding and instructing outdoor leadership, wilderness medicine, and outdoor technical skills courses for nearly a decade. He has worked in the backcountry areas of Alaska, Utah, Washington, Nevada and Mexico. Wes’ current training and certifications include Wilderness EMT training, Wilderness First Responder certification, and Avalanche Level 2. He is a National Standards Program Instructor with the Wilderness Education Association. Wes is also a Wilderness First Aid, CPR and AED Instructor for the American Red Cross, Emergency Care and Safety Institute and Utah Wilderness Society.

Brian Bistolfo, Director of Expedition Field Services  Brian received a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Williams College and then spent two years traveling the world, making wine and backpacking. For almost a decade, he has worked with youth and young adults as a counselor, coach, mentor, and instructor. Brian earned his Wilderness First Responder certification through Wilderness Medical Associates. He believes strongly in the power of the outdoors to change lives.

D Lynch final e1David Lynch, Expedition Field Instructor  David earned a B.A. in Adventure Education with a minor in Psychology from Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado. David first realized the humbling power and awe-inspiring beauty of nature during a backpacking trip in Wyoming nearly twenty years ago. He now enjoys backpacking, canyoneering, rafting, bicycle touring, snowboarding, building igloos, Ultimate Frisbee, and motorcycling. A former funeral home manager, David is pursuing a second career in therapeutic adventure with a focus on grief therapy. He is a Wilderness First Responder and Leave No Trace® trainer.

M Kramer 2 edit2Moshe Kramer, Expedition Field Instructor  Moshe was born in New Jersey and grew up in Israel. After leading the wilderness program at a large summer camp in the Northeast US for many years, Moshe earned a B.A. in Adventure Education from Prescott College. He has led youth courses that combined canyoneering, backpacking, and service in Native American communities. Moshe’s outdoor certifications include Leave No Trace® Master Educator, Wildland Firefighter Training, Level 1 Avalanche Training, Utah Whitewater River Crew License, and Wilderness First Responder. Moshe is also a CPR and First Aid Instructor with Emergency First Response, as well as a PADI Divemaster.

Joe Taylor, Expedition Field Instructor  Joe has a B.A. in Anthropology and a Masters in City and Metropolitan Planning, both from the University of Utah. He has extensive experience in mountain and desert backpacking, canyoneering, river running, fly fishing, rock and ice climbing, and backcountry skiing. Joe has been an Eagle Scout, an elementary educator, an archaeologist, a rafting guide on the Colorado River, and a city planner. He is a Wilderness First Responder and is Leave No Trace® certified.

Julie Royall, Expedition Field Instructor  Julie received a B.S. in Philosophy from Vassar College, and is currently pursuing a Masters in Counseling at the Wright Institute, with the objective of becoming a clinical therapist. She earned her Wilderness First Responder certification through the National Outdoor Leadership School. Julie received her 200-hour Yoga Teacher certification from  Sonic Yoga in NYC and has been teaching yoga in therapeutic settings since 2007. She has worked in wilderness therapy with adolescents and adults for several years. Julie believes wholeheartedly in the tough and compassionate teaching of the wilderness. Playing on the rocks and mountains from the Adirondacks to Yosemite, she has discovered a wisdom in nature that makes her feel more alive and present each day.