Equinox RTC

Equinox RTC is a residential treatment center for teen boys ages 14-18. Combining intensive therapeutic services, personalized academics, and fitness / activity options, Equinox helps teens mature into responsible young men.

Equinox is designed specifically to address the emotional and behavioral struggles of teen boys. The physically and emotionally safe environment of Equinox enables teens to learn in grown in a positive, uplifting setting. The philosophy at Equinox is that people, more than programs, make the difference. The inspiring environment allows a nurturing of competency, integrity, and balanced, healthy lifestyles.  

The therapeutic program of Equinox emphasizes family therapy, adventure therapy, physical fitness, and nutrition. Other important aspects of programming at Equinox include accredited academics, psychiatric services, and outdoor adventures.

Equinox RTC uses the archetypal Hero’s Journey as a tool to guide students and families along a path towards success. By using the Hero’s Journey throughout therapeutic and academic programming, Equinox RTC helps families learn to believe in themselves and begin to have hope for the future again.


"We left Equinox feeling very blessed our son has the opportunity to be here. After all these years, I finally have hope our son will become the person I have always seen inside him."

Kyle Gillette Equinox
Parent of Equinox Student


Phone: (877) 279-8925

Email: bryan@equinoxrtc.com


City: Hendersonville, North Carolina

Closest Airport: Asheville Regional Airport


Average Duration:  9 -12 months.

Who we Help: Boys between the ages of 14-18.

Student Profile:

  • Grief & Loss
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Abuse and trauma
  • Impulse control
  • Low self-esteem
  • Poor relationship choices
  • Family dysfunction
  • Addictive behaviors

Learn More Equinox RTC

A Residential Treatment Center for Boys 14-18
  • Kyle Gillett
    Kyle Gillett
    Founder – Solstice, Solstice East, & Equinox
  • Bryan Tomes
    Bryan Tomes
    Director of Business Development & Founding Partner - Equinox RTC
  • John Moore
    John Moore
    Executive Director - Equinox RTC
Kyle Gillett
Founder – Solstice, Solstice East, & Equinox

Kyle has been a partner of the FHW team since 2010 and is one of three original founders of Solstice RTC. He was instrumental in creating an expansion of Solstice RTC on the east coast and currently serves as the executive director of Solstice East.  In January 2017, Kyle will take on the role of Executive Director at Equinox RTC, a Solstice program for boys, which he will launch with a small group of co-founders.

With a Ph.D. in marriage and family therapy, Kyle has a great deal of experience providing therapy to and operating programs for adolescents and their families. He has served in a myriad of leadership roles in programs for adolescent boys and girls including: primary therapist, clinical director, admissions director and program director.

Kyle’s leadership style can best be explained as relationship-based and principle-driven. He believes in the importance of teaching principles of leadership through instruction and example and allowing members of his team to apply those principles to their respective departments in their own way. Kyle is also known for being very playful and engaged with his team—hoping to make it fun to come to work every day.  His therapy dog, Shadow, a Miniature Australian Shepherd, can be found accompanying him to work every day.

Kyle’s favorite things include spending time with his beautiful wife and four wonderful little boys, playing all sorts of games, coaching CrossFit classes, hiking, camping, fishing, reading, watching movies and a variety of sports. In January 2017, Kyle and his wife welcomed their first daughter into the Gillett family!

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Bryan Tomes
Director of Business Development & Founding Partner - Equinox RTC

Bryan was one of the founding team members of Asheville Academy for Girls.  Bryan has overseen the development of accredited academies at both AAG and Solstice East, as well as designed and managed operational systems for all three business. His role has been instrumental in the startup of hit new program Equinox. With Equinox, he’ll be supporting yet another start up while adding Marketing and Business Development to his portfolio.

Bryan’s prior experience includes work in multiple therapeutic and traditional school settings – residential and day.  Bryan has taught classes, led schools, managed accreditation and developed therapeutic programs from the ground up, including marketing, budgeting, infrastructure development, systems and client referrals.

Bryan is married with one child. Having grown up in the area, he loves being close to his extended family while also having the ability to get lost in the mountains. Most of his free time is spent outdoors, either with sports or gardening.

Bryan’s education at the University of South Carolina and Western Carolina University focused on history, secondary education and school administration.

I love seeing the changes each one of our students goes through as they enter and exit our programs. Hearing back from families about the success their children are having at home is one of the greatest rewards this job can give me.

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John Moore
Executive Director - Equinox RTC

John Moore, LPC, earned a Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health from Western Seminary in Sacramento, CA. As a licensed mental health counselor with more than 10 years of clinical experience, John appreciates the transformational ability of individualized, relationship-based therapy and holistic programming unique to residential treatment centers. He also believes in the healing power of nature, supported by his own outdoor adventures growing up and now raising a family in Western North Carolina.

John has held a variety of roles in residential treatment programs including Therapist, Program Manager, Clinical Director, Operations Director, and Executive Director. Additionally, he has a diverse clinical background that encompasses outpatient, in-home, and school-based treatment. Throughout his career, John has worked with high-risk populations including Juvenile Justice, victims of sex trafficking, and clients with significant behavioral and developmental disorders. Through a trauma-informed lens, John pairs Cognitive Behavioral Therapy with Motivational Interviewing and EMDR to build resiliency in clients.

When John is off-campus, he enjoys spending time with his family, hiking, mountain and road biking, and building furniture in his woodshop.

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