Dr. Ken Huey

Founder & CEO at Kokua Recovery


After completing his BA in English, Ken Huey received a Masters degree in Counseling Psychology from Florida State University. He then earned his Ph.D. in Marriage and Family Therapy from Purdue University.

Dr. Huey has been working with troubled youth since 1994. He started his career in the helping professions as a therapist in community mental health. He then spent time in a private practice focusing on family preservation/in-home therapy. As part of that practice he also worked on custody evaluations and provided expert witness testimony for courts in Indiana. Dr. Huey moved to Utah and began work with troubled youth in a residential treatment setting. He joined Provo Canyon School at the beginning of 2003 and was named as their Director of Business Development in June of 2004. He left Provo Canyon in July of 2005 and joined West Ridge Academy as their Director of Clinical Services.

Being adopted himself, Dr. Huey was always drawn to the large population of other adoptees in treatment. He ultimately became convinced that this population needed specialty care and in November of 2006, Dr. Huey helped launch Calo. Calo grew to become a multi-site company servicing preteen and teen boys and girls in wilderness and residential settings. In 2015, Dr. Huey sold his interest in Calo and retired from full time employment.

In 2017, Dr. Huey was convinced to come out of retirement to form Kokua Recovery. Kokua Recovery is backed financially by the Family Help and Wellness group. Kokua is headquartered in Colorado and provides residential drug and alcohol recovery services to teens and young adults with a trauma history.

Dr. Huey has presented at conferences around the country on issues of trauma and residential care. He has served on the boards of the Attachment and Trauma Network (ATN), the National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs (NATSAP), and the Association for Treatment of Trauma in the Attachment of Children (ATTACh). He and his wife, Jo, live in remote Linn Creek, Missouri, and are the parents of 6 children. Prior to the Huey family arriving in Linn Creek, the population was 280. The Huey family increased the Linn Creek population by 3% (288). Chiggers and ticks are their only neighbors.