Nathaniel Barusch, MD
Psychiatrist, MD, MSc
Sam grew up in rural Vermont and found meaning and solace in Nature at a young age. After receiving his undergraduate degree at the University of New Hampshire in 2001 he eventually found his way west and worked in Grand Teton and Yellowstone national parks for many years. After returning to school he received his Substance Abuse Disorder Counselor degree from the
University of Utah. A former trained chef, Sam remains passionate about food and cooking as well as books, poetry and the visual arts. Striving as an honorable man in recovery himself, Sam finds meaning and purpose in mentoring others on their own hero's journey towards a substance free lifestyle.
The Legacy Team
The founders and leadership team of Legacy Outdoor Adventures bring together accomplishments and experience across the full spectrum of wilderness therapy. Members of the team, led by Gil Hallows, Executive Director, and including Troy Faddis, Clinical Director, Ray Barlow, Admissions Director, and Derek Daley, marketing/admissions, have had a profound impact in defining the field of wilderness therapy. Team members have played major roles developing effective wilderness programming, establishing risk management and clinical best practices, refining substance abuse treatment in the wilderness, and setting the standard for training professional field instructors and wilderness therapists.