Medical Preparedness

Medical Preparedness

Aspiro's Approach to Medical Care

Comprehensive medical care by certified professionals is a priority at Aspiro. Our medical team consists of an MD with extensive emergency experience, a psychiatrist, a nurse practitioner, and two EMT’s. In order for students to begin their journey of healing and well-being, the team focuses on a combination of physical, mental, and emotional health. This holistic approach is important to the members of our multidisciplinary medical team who all play a big role in the overall care and safety of our students. 

Our medical team ensures that each member has the most current information on our students through regular communication with our therapists and our field team. This communication provides an awareness of evolving treatment goals, familiarity of the challenges faced, information on psychological concerns, and especially knowledge of the physical condition and needs of each student. This extensive approach allows the team to provide individualized and comprehensive care. This thorough approach to medical care also includes an in-depth, weekly medical assessment that is held face-to-face. As the medical team works closely with the risk management and field leadership team, they are able to create policies and procedures to ensure safety and quality care. 

Our medical team is available 24/7 and has direct contact with the field guides at least twice a day. In addition, the Aspiro medical staff members have combined training and experience in both wilderness and remote medical care, as well as hospital and emergency settings. This team has the knowledge and experience to provide the best possible care, thus allowing students and families to focus on the healing process. 

Meet Our Medical Specialist

  • Nathan Barusch, MD
    Nathan Barusch, MD
    Psychiatrist
  • Adam Balls, MD
    Adam Balls, MD
    Medical Director
  • Meagan McKean Taylor, FNP-C
    Meagan McKean Taylor, FNP-C
    Associate Medical Director
  • Sarah Sarfaty
    Sarah Sarfaty
    Medical Coordinator
  • Lizzie Madloch
    Lizzie Madloch
    Medical Coordinator

Aspiro's Ongoing COVID-19 Procedures

  • Aspiro is taking active measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
  • The Aspiro leadership team conducts regular meetings to review current regulations from the CDC and Utah Department of Health and implements any additional measures needed.
  • Staff members and students are actively monitored for fever, shortness of breath, cough, body aches, sore throat, and a decrease in the sense of smell or taste and asked to stay home if they have these symptoms. 
  • If a staff member is sick, their symptoms will be evaluated by Aspiro’s medical professionals. If they are COVID-19 related, they will be replaced for the duration of their shift, asked to visit a health care provider, and required to stay home if they test positive for COVID-19. 
  • Temperatures are taken upon arrival to work.
  • All staff members are required to wear masks.

Meet the
Therapists
& Field Staff

What makes Aspiro a truly unique and special experience is our highly trained and dedicated team.

Meet The
Therapists
& Field Staff

Research shows that our students report a 38% increase in self-confidence. When faced with success in their abilities, students begin to believe in themselves again.

COVID-19 Update

Aspiro Adventure Therapy is continuing to support families through this unprecedented time. We are closely monitoring information related to COVID-19 and have implemented additional safety precautions to mitigate risks. Our enhanced admissions screening and program guidelines are informed by the CDC and Utah department of health. To learn more, contact us at (801) 349-2740.

Nathan Barusch, MD
Psychiatrist

Dr. Nathan Barusch earned his medical degree at Creighton University and his Masters in Public Health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine where he did research on the impact of technology use on the mental health of adolescents. He completed his psychiatry residency at the University of California-Davis and is pursuing advanced training in integrative psychiatry at the Integrative Psychiatry Institute

Nathan believes in compassionate, holistic, and evidence-based care. He emphasizes environment, lifestyle, personal history, spirituality, and biology when developing a personalized treatment plan designed to prepare clients to reach their full potential.

He is a member of the Clinical TMS Society and has completed their training in the use of Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, a powerful tool for the treatment of depression and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. Dr. Barusch actively practices Zen medication, is an avid skier, and loves exploring the mountains with his dog Jasper.

Adam Balls, MD
Medical Director

Dr. Adam Balls is a board-certified emergency medicine physician who is actively practicing in the Salt Lake City area for Utah Emergency Physicians. He obtained his MD degree from Georgetown University in 2004. In 2007, Dr. Balls completed his residency in Emergency Medicine at Maricopa Medical Center in Phoenix, AZ where he also served as chief resident. After his residency, Adam and his family relocated to San Antonio Texas where he served on active duty for four years as an EM physician at Wilford Hall Medical Center, a Level 1 Trauma Center and EM Residency Program. During his time in the Air Force, he served as a team leader for a Critical Care Aeromedical Transport Team on deployments to Iraq, Germany, and Afghanistan.

Adam currently resides in Salt Lake City with his wife and three children. He serves as Medical Director for Intermountain Medical Center in Murray, Utah, a Level 1 Trauma Center and the largest ED in the state of Utah. He also works as Medical Director for Murray Fire Department. Adam is passionate about delivering excellent patient care in the Emergency Department and enjoys training and teaching. He is excited to support the needs of Pure Life in his Medical Director role. Outside of his clinical work, Adam enjoys the outdoors in Utah, supporting his children in their various sports and school activities, and living life through travel experiences around the world.

Meagan McKean Taylor, FNP-C
Associate Medical Director

Meagan is a board-certified family nurse practitioner who is thrilled to join the Aspiro team! She received her undergraduate nursing degree from the University of Arizona in 2008. She began her nursing career in a cardiac telemetry unit at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, Texas. From there, she worked in the surgical intensive care unit where she cared for all post-surgical patients as well as kidney/liver transplant patients. For the past four years, Meagan has been the medical coordinator for our sister company, Pure Life Aspiro. In 2019, she received her Family Nurse Practitioner degree from Maryville University. She is looking forward to providing a higher level of care to the Aspiro students.

Meagan currently resides in Salt Lake City with her husband and two young children. She has always had a passion for nature and at a young age recognized the power it had on enhancing her joy for life. She loves to snow ski, surf, hike, and travel. Her new favorite hobby is sharing her love for the outdoors with her twin toddlers.

Sarah Sarfaty
Medical Coordinator

Sarah Sarfaty grew up in the Colorado mountains and earned a degree in Biological Sciences from Colorado Mesa University. It was after that when she sought a change and moved to Utah to work for Aspiro as a field guide, where she worked for a year and a half. From there, she continued her medical education and exposure, teaching university-level outdoor classes, gaining knowledge and experience as an EMT, and utilizing her Wilderness First Responder certification while guiding in locations all over the world. She found herself unable to leave Aspiro behind, however and returned in the spring a few years later to join the medical team. She currently works at the Medical Coordinator where she works to maintain the physical health of all the students in weekly medical evaluations. Sarah also places emphasis on guide knowledge and training as well as focus on best medical practices. When not working, Sarah enjoys skiing, mountain biking, and anything that involves being outside!

Lizzie Madloch
Medical Coordinator

Lizzie’s experience as a field guide adds to her understanding and knowledge as she cares for Aspiro students. She has an Advanced Emergency Medical Technician certification with over four years of experience providing direct patient care in this role. She was a Crew Chief for the Skidmore College Emergency Services and served as a member of their board of directors. Lizzie has a degree from Skidmore College and graduated summa cum laude majoring in biology and chemistry. Lizzie has been an instructor for the Stop the Bleed program. This program is intended to teach people how to recognize life-threatening bleeding and how to intervene effectively. Lizzie enjoys being outside and reading. Some of her favorite activities include backpacking, hiking, climbing, and skiing.