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Emily McWilliams

Family Care Coordinator

Emily was born and raised just outside of Oklahoma City, OK. Growing up, her family would frequently take trips to Durango and northern New Mexico to visit her grandmother. During these visits, she became enchanted with the magic of the southwest. After attending the University of Central Oklahoma for one year, she decided to move to Durango, Colorado to attend Fort Lewis College and to be closer to her family.

Emily started at Fort Lewis in the spring of 2017 and graduated in May of 2021 with a Bachelor of Arts in anthropology and a Bachelor of Science in biology. These sciences demonstrated the power of using knowledge to help other people, which drove Emily to find a way to also do so. Emily has worked in microbiology research, forensic anthropology, as well as at the Center for Southwest Studies at Fort Lewis College. She has a wide range of cultural and scientific experience that fomented her desire to join a space which utilizes both disciplines. Having been interested in holistic wellness throughout school, she was drawn to Open Sky for its unique approach to therapy and nature-centered treatment. At Open Sky, Emily’s goal is to facilitate meaningful connections to support the students and families at Open Sky. She is enthusiastic about the work Open Sky does and making a difference in the lives of others.

Outside of work, Emily enjoys painting, gardening, and cooking. You can find her in the mountains, enjoying a coffee downtown, or helping out in her grandmother’s garden.

About Open Sky

Since 2006, Open Sky Wilderness Therapy has been providing the premier family-centered wilderness therapy experience. The Open Sky approach transcends traditional wilderness therapy by emphasizing treatment for the whole family not just the adolescent or young adult, and the application of evidence-based clinical modalities with innovative, well-researched holistic healing practices such as yoga, meditation and mindfulness.