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Clinical Advisors

Jared U. Balmer, Ph.D.

Jared has a wealth of knowledge and experience in the behavioral health arena. Jared holds a B.S in Microbiology, a M.Ed. in Educational Psychology and a Ph.D. in Marriage and Family therapy. Recognized as a pioneer in the multidisciplinary approach to residential therapy, Jared has over 30 years of experience working with adolescent and adult populations. On the weekends you will often find Jared enjoying the outdoors and spending time with his wife, children and grandchildren.

Kimball DeLaMare, LCSW

Kimball comes to BestNotes with 30 years of experience in the mental health and substance abuse fields including outpatient, intensive outpatient, residential and acute care. Kimball strives to create meaningful therapeutic interventions through effective and efficient tools. Compassion lies at the heart of Kimball’s therapeutic approach. In his free time, Kimball enjoys the company of his wife, three children and three grandchildren.

Jaime Goffin, LCSW

For over the past decade, Jamie has helped children, adults and families overcome the cycle of addiction, trauma, grief/loss, anxiety, depression and ADHD. Jaime has over 12 years of experience in the drug and alcohol field and uses a variety of evidence based treatment modalities in her work. Beyond her success as a mental health professional, wife and mom, Jaime is helping to guide the next generation of therapists’ as an adjunct professor in Social Work with Boise State University. Jaime plays a critical role in the formation of treatment plans and assessments used in BestNotes. Her clinical efficacy is second to none and we are very fortunate to have her as an advisor for the BestNotes team!

Dr. Brett Talbot, PhD

Dr. Brett Talbot, PhD is a licensed psychologist and CEO at Videra Health, a digital healthcare technology company. Prior, Dr. Talbot has been a Chief Clinical Officer, Chief Quality Officer, Executive Clinical Director, and Executive Director at behavioral healthcare organizations. He has worked clinically in several hospitals and residential care settings. Brett’s private practice has focused on behavioral health services, healthcare technology consultation, and he currently sits on several healthcare related advisory boards.
Dr. Talbot received his doctorate degree in psychology from the University of Houston specializing in health service psychology. Brett is certified in both Lean Six Sigma Healthcare Management and Healthcare Project Management. Administratively he has specialized in program development, performance and process improvement, quality assurance, and risk management. Clinically, he has focused on working with healthcare providers to develop systems and interventions for patients requiring specialized services.
Brett’s research has focused on program design and effectiveness studies for behavioral healthcare, emphasizing the integration of specific interventions, progress monitoring, and long-term outcomes. Dr. Talbot has published various articles, been a guest editor for a scientific journal, has done editorial reviews for children’s healthcare books, and speaks nationally and internationally on many topics.
Brett is an adjunct faculty member at Utah Valley University teaching Psychology and Behavioral Science courses. He is an avid outdoorsman, enjoying hiking, camping, backpacking, fly fishing, and anything that gets him out into nature. Brett is married and has 3 children.

Ellen Behrens, MA

Ellen Behrens received her M.A. in Counseling from Marquette University and her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Michigan State University. She has been a Utah licensed psychologist and an Associate Professor in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Master’s Program at Westminster College in Salt Lake City. She teaches graduate courses in Group Therapy, Ethics in Counseling, Tests & Measurement, Internship, and Clinical Assessment and provides supervision for master’s level counseling trainees working in a variety of treatment settings. Ellen has worked with teenagers and families at many levels of care, including outpatient, inpatient, and residential treatment, as a therapist, clinical director, and consultant. She serves on the Board of the Utah Mental Health Counselors Association. She is the Chief Editor for the Journal of Therapeutic Schools and Programs, a founding member of the research committee for the National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs, and a Research Scientist for the Center for Outdoor Behavioral Healthcare at the University of New Hampshire.She has authored numerous articles on clinical outcomes for youth in residential and transition programs.

Michael Higbee, LCSW

Michael is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) from Maryland. Michael worked as BestNotes’ Chief Clinical Officer from 2016-2019. He was instrumental in helping BestNotes launch the ‘behavioral health profile’ to better meet customer needs.
Michael has been a licensed clinician for over twenty years. He earned his Social Work degrees from the University of Maryland and Brigham Young University. Michael has enjoyed worked in a variety of clinical treatment settings (e.g. Employee Assistance Programs (EAP), Rural Outpatient Community Behavioral Health, Residential Treatment, Hospice, Private Practice). He currently works as a counselor in residential treatment. Michael loves spending time with his wife and children in South-Central Idaho.

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