Passionate, Caring Expert Staff
Trails is owned and operated by Graham Shannonhouse. We believe local ownership improves the quality of care and commitment.
Your family’s team will include your child’s primary therapist, a family therapist, a medical coordinator, a certified teacher, and an equine specialist. The team takes into account your child in the context of family, peers, school, recreation, and self. This provides a deeper understanding of each student and allows our team to customize your child’s treatment plan so that s/he can experience success throughout their varied aspects of life.
Executive Director, Founder
A graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Graham Shannonhouse has been actively involved in the wilderness therapy field for more than twenty three years. After receiving her degree in 1991, Shannonhouse spent 10 years working with a premiere wilderness-based therapeutic program in south-central Idaho. During her tenure, she served three years as a hands-on Field Instructor, three years as Field Supervisor, and the remaining time as Wilderness Program Director.
Our highly skilled clinical team individualizes treatment plans for each child and family. Therapists work with parents and educational consultants to intervene, provide primary treatment, and offer parents a thorough assessment of their child. The Primary Therapist and Family Therapist are the primary points of contact as your child achieves success at Trails.
Greg Ostler, MSW, LCSW, LCAS
Greg works closely with Trails Carolina families throughout the therapeutic process.
Our admissions team understands that the decision to send your child to a wilderness therapy program is a difficult one. You will be met with professionalism and compassion as our team works to meet the individual needs of your child and family.
Director of Admissions
Dottie works directly with families to help them make the decision and transition to Trails.
Admissions & Outreach
Julia began working in the therapeutic school and program field in 2000. Since that time, she has worked with countless families and witnessed the profoundly powerful impact wilderness therapy has had on their children.
Candace helps families successfully transition to Trails that are referred to us by, EC’s, Other Schools, and Previous Parents for Admission to Trails. She is also the Family Service Coordinator.
Expert wilderness and adventure camp staff for student success and safety
Our wilderness adventure camp team’s number one priority is your child’s safety. A dedicated team of field instructors provides direct care to students as they explore the beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Field staff also work with our medical coordinator to ensure the health and well being of your child are always tended to. Click to learn more about our Wilderness Team.
Our Residential team provides quality programming that will take your child from wilderness adventures to the classroom and the horse pasture. Our teachers design an engaging curriculum that provides transferable credits. Our equine specialist facilitates students’ connections with our herd of horses, helping students find greater connection to their emotions and non-verbal communication. Click to learn more about our Residential Team.
Ben manages all facilities at Trails Carolina.