Our Staff

Dr. Richard Mickelsen

Medical Director / Psychiatrist

Dr. Richard Mickelsen is a Board Certified Psychiatrist specializing in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. He joined the Youth Care team in 2004, following over 20 years of experience working with patients in mental health settings. His career includes vast experience in many different clinical settings such as inpatient care, outpatient care, residential care and correctional facilities.

To ensure that all of our students receive the highest quality of care, Dr. Mickelsen works closely with the medical and clinical teams at Youth Care. His extensive and broad expertise allows students and their families to begin and continue the healing process.

Dr. Mickelsen received his undergraduate degree at the University of Utah and quickly followed up his education with a Doctor of Medicine at the University of Utah Medical School. From there, he completed his internship and residency in General Psychiatry at the University of Vermont, Fletcher Allen Health Care and a fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in New Hampshire.

Outside of work, Dr. Mickelsen enjoys the theater, University of Utah football, tennis, and spending time with his family.

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Marks of Quality Care
  • American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM)
  • Cognia
  • National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs (NATSAP)
  • The Joint Commission (JCAHO) Gold Seal of Approval

I'm very thankful for the staff at Youth Care. Our son's therapist and his other counselors were fantastic. Everyone we dealt with was caring and very professional. They challenged our son just enough and knew when and how to encourage him and to push him just the right amount. If it wasn't for Youth Care, the chances are great that our son would have overdosed or be in jail by now.

– Melissa H.