David’s love for nature, adventure, and wild places was nurtured growing up in the coastal mountains and beaches of Southern California. Daily pursuits of exploring, riding BMX bikes, building forts, and boogie boarding were precious activities shared with siblings and friends as a youth. It was during this time that David began to recognize the profound healing power of nature, and the benefits of spending quality time outdoors.
While instructing Sea-kayak and wilderness courses for the National Outdoor Leadership School, David learned of wilderness therapy through a colleague. David’s curiosity led him to Second Nature where his wilderness therapy career began as a field guide in 2001. Since then David has worked for several different programs—both state and privately funded—and gained experience working with a wide range of clinical presentations and diverse adolescent student populations.
David came to Open Sky in 2009, working primarily with young adults. After several years working full time as a field guide, David was inspired to return to school to become a therapist. He received his MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling in 2018. Since then, David has worked as a high school counselor, and in the ACT program providing case management, teaching life skills to adults living with severe mental illness. David is proud to return to Open Sky in his new role as a therapist joining the family services team. David brings a very adaptive, personable, and integrative approach to his work with students and families.
When not in the field, David loves to spend quality time at home with his wife Charlotte and loves the challenge and quest of trying to master the beautiful arts of guitar, golf, fly-fishing, and martial arts.