TurningLeaf Wellness Center's Owners

In 2005, TurningLeaf Wellness Center was formed. A commitment made to provide quality, affordable treatment with the best interest of individuals in mind was the motivation to open a multipurpose center which provides a variety of services. There are three areas to the company (Mental Health, Substance Abuse and Personal Development). All areas share the same mission and create TurningLeaf Wellness Center as a whole. Read more about each owner below or contact us here for more information.



Richard Moody, Ph.D.

Richard Moody, Ph.D.

Clinical Psychologist
Clinical Director and Supervisor

Richard Moody - also known as Doc - received a Masters Degree in Counseling and Physiological Psychology and a Ph.D. in in Clinical Psychology from Utah State University. Specializing in the assessment and treatment of adults and adolescents, Doc has been instrumental in establishing three residential youth treatment programs in Utah. His work at TurningLeaf focuses on depression, anxiety, and addictions recovery. He has developed four intensive emotional growth seminars, numerous workshops, and has been a featured keynote speaker around the country. Doc is also available for jury selection consultations, psychological evaluations, group counseling, and individual counseling. Contact him here to set up an appointment or visit our Mental Health Department to learn more information on the services he and others can provide. You can follow Richard by becoming a fan of his Facebook page.

Prior to co-founding TurningLeaf Wellness Center in 2005, Dr. Moody's career accomplishments encompassed working with the Department of Corrections in Southern Utah, the Board of Pardons, Fifth District Adult and Juvenile Courts, more than two decades of private practice, a two-year LDS Mission, and seven years with the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). His professional achievements include:

Doc keeps active by playing racquetball, hunting, working in his yard growing fruit trees, and spending time with his wife of 43 years, their 6 children, and 22 grandchildren.



Dean Nixon

Dean Nixon

CEO /President
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 using love for a mindset; it is a positive and affirming way to teach healthy boundaries, which children will use to govern themselves as they get older. Contact him here to set up a private coaching session or 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 wife and children, rock climbing, fishing, camping, and riding his motorcycle.



Ginger Sorensen

Ginger Sorensen

COO / General Manager

Ginger's strong management background and positive, optimistic attitude keep TurningLeaf organized. Her passion and beliefs in the TurningLeaf mission keep her dedicated to helping the Center grow. Over the years Ginger has watched clients come to TurningLeaf with heavy hearts and struggles, transform their lives for the better, and continue on with hope and joy. Ginger started working at TurningLeaf in 2005 and became an owner in 2014. Contact Ginger here with any questions or concerns

Ginger was raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and moved to Southern Utah in 2005. A compassionate person, Ginger has been involved with the Southern Utah Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS), American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) & a variety of local community projects. She spends her free time with her Husband, 1 year old daughter and friends rock climbing and hiking in Zion National Park.