Meet our team

Dean Nixon

CEO /President I Event Facilitator & Life Coach

Dean has a remarkable ability to connect with people and puts his heart and soul into making each session and event a life-enhancing journey. With more than 20 years’ experience in the mental health and addiction industry, Dean guides individuals in a safe, non-judgmental environment. His attitude helps create balance, provides personal development, and serves as a catalyst for success, growth, and healing. He values helping people connect with their true self, giving people the tools they need in order to move forward. Dean’s down-to-earth attitude makes him easy to identify with and his unconditional acceptance of people puts them at ease. Dean has been instrumental in the creation and success of several local treatment centers specializing in substance abuse recovery, emotional management, life coaching, and adolescent outpatient treatment. Dean’s desire to help others resulted in the creation of “The Value-Based Parenting” classes, workshops, and CDs, giving parents knowledge and tools to motivate their children by using love as a mindset; it is a positive and affirming way to teach healthy boundaries, which children will use to govern themselves as they get older. Visit the Seminars Department to learn more about the TurningLeaf Seminars he facilitates and a variety of other services offered. You can follow Dean by becoming a fan of his Facebook page. Born and raised in Utah, Dean enjoys spending time with his children, rock climbing, fishing, camping, longboarding or just hanging in a hammock.

Kate Semmens

Value Based Life Coach

Kate has worked in the mental health industry for 11 years. Her career has included parent coaching, helping families manage crisis in the home, facilitating youth groups and teen mentorship. She earned a Bachelors degree in Mass Communications from Dixie State University and loves putting her education to use in our venues, especially Monday Night Live, with her mentor Dean Nixon. Kate is a vivacious, charismatic lover of life with a big heart. She loves connection and communication and holds space for everyone she comes in contact with.

Laurie McBride, LCSW

CEO /President I Event Facilitator & Life Coach

Laurie comes from a varied background with a broad spectrum of personal and professional experience in everything from Healthcare to Mental Health to Substance Abuse issues. She brings compassion, humor, and caring to her work and believes that every individual has the answers within themselves; with the right support and assistance. Laurie was born and raised in Utah but has lived in many States and traveled widely. Laurie enjoys painting, literature, and hiking in the beautiful surroundings of Southern Utah.

Sydney Walden

Business Manager/ Seminar Coordinator

Sydney was first introduced to TurningLeaf in 2010 when she participated in our Emotional Growth Seminars as a teenager. She understands first hand how important and valuable TurningLeaf’s mission is, and is grateful to now be apart of it. Sydney attended Dixie State University for Business Management and is the Business Manager here at TurningLeaf, as well as our Emotional Growth Seminar Coordinator. Sydney has a very gregarious and kind personality. Her direct and loving approach makes people feel understood and heard. She loves getting to know the clients that come through TurningLeaf, and enjoys the connections she is able to make. Sydney’s goal is to make clients feel taken care of and valued as they go through their TurningLeaf journey. Sydney enjoys spending time and playing with her energetic little boy, painting, being outdoors, and crafting.

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