Brent Cunningham, L.S.U.D.C. Program Manager

Brent came to Copper Sage Recovery in January 2018 as the Program Manager. Brent is a licensed Substance Abuse Counselor and Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor in Idaho.  Brent has worked in the field of addiction since 1992 as a counselor and facilities manager in both Outpatient and Residential facilities. In 1995 he opened his private practice SpiritWalker Counseling Service in Twin Falls, Idaho which offered Intensive Outpatient Counseling throughout southern Idaho. He moved back to the Salt Lake Area in 2015. We are glad to have Brent join our treatment team with his 26 years of experience counseling and working in the field of addiction.


Travis Ritchie, License Clinical Social Worker

Travis came to Copper Sage Recovery in February 2018 as a L.C.S.W. therapist. Travis has 20 years of experience working as a social worker and with substance use disorder clients. His hobbies include spending time with family, anything outdoors, and traveling. Travis joins our team with valuable experience and expertise he will be a strong addition to our team.


Ronald L. Baird, D.O.

Medical Director

Dr. Baird did his undergraduate training at Brigham Young University. He received a bachelors of science in biochemistry. He then worked as a chemist for Natures Way testing herbal products for their potency and active ingredients. He did his medical training in Kansas City Missouri. After completing his internship and residency he became board certified in family medicine in 1998. He has practiced the full scope of family medicine for several years, including delivering babies, pediatrics and adolescent medicine. He has a special interest in skincare and has done additional training in laser and cosmetic procedures. Dr. Baird made a career shift to addiction medicine in 2013.  In addition to the training he has received in addiction medicine, he brings with him a wide variety of skills and experience to treat all of the basic medical needs of adult patients. Dr. Baird has the ability to explain complicated medical concepts clearly and guide the patient in helping them make decisions for their medical care. Dr. Baird believes complete medical care includes physical, emotional and spiritual well-being. He believes there are definite advantages to having one medical provider know all of the medical issues affecting the individual as well as their family.

Kevin Thacker

Director of Client Relations and Marketing

I am a person in long term recovery. I spent years battling and eventually overcoming my own substance abuse demons. I work in this field for one reason, to help people. I grew up in Utah and spent most of my life feeling separate, alone and different. My addiction got the best of me for years and it wasn’t until I spoke up about my problem that I found people who had gone through the same struggles as me, found a way through them and were willing to show me a new way to live. I call this recovery. When I was hopeless it was people in recovery that were able to show me that hope was possible. I try everyday to pass this along to the clients I work with. Hope is never lost and recovery is possible. Recovery is a lifestyle. I honor my recovery by speaking about it to anybody that may need to hear it.