Although they are not themselves medical professionals, David Kniffen Sr. and David Kniffen Jr. have been the catalyst for many recent advances in the treatment of drug and alcohol addiction. Undaunted by traditional programs claiming to offer services and treatment similar to Enterhealth Ranch (but don’t), this father and son team continues to do whatever it takes to ensure each Enterhealth patient receives the best possible care.
David Kniffen Sr.
Mr. Kniffen co-founded Enterhealth with his son after witnessing the devastation of a family friend who lost loved ones to addiction.
He has more than 40 years of experience in business operations and management, as well as product development. Having started his career in sales, Mr. Kniffen understands how to grow companies organically. His leadership experience ranges from development to operations and financial management, for companies ranging in size from start-ups to multi-million dollar corporations.
After graduating from the University of North Texas and serving in the United States Marine Corps, Mr. Kniffen began his civilian career in the early years of Electronic Data Systems (EDS) serving as a corporate recruiter. From there, he joined the University Computing Company, working his way up to vice president of Field Operations, then joined Kaneb, where he served as group vice president responsible for three of its subsidiaries and a software development team.
Having established a solid background in software applications, Mr. Kniffen then began a joint venture, Core Data Products, with Core Laboratories. Core Data was his first entrepreneurial venture. The company started with a single idea – develop a software application that consolidated and optimized coring data for the oil and gas industry. Burlington Northern later acquired the company, then Mr. Kniffen joined Tres Computing Systems, a subsidiary of Control Data, where he served as president. In 1984, he founded Utility Resources, Inc., a developer and distributor of application software.
Mr. Kniffen then acquired Point Communications in 1995, and began rebuilding the company – which he still owns today – from the ground up. Point Communications is now known as The Point Group, one of the leading marketing communications firms in the southwest, and one of the very few that remains independently owned.
Fundamentally believing that the right people can achieve anything when they are committed to doing the right things, David Kniffen Sr.’s specialty is recognizing good people and good ideas; this is what drew him to the Enterhealth concept.
David M. Kniffen Jr.
President and Chief Executive Officer
Under the leadership of David M. Kniffen Jr., Enterhealth Ranch and Enterhealth Outpatient Center of Excellence have, together, become the preeminent alcohol and drug addiction treatment program in the country. Prior to co-founding and leading Enterhealth, Mr. Kniffen served as senior vice president of corporate development and general counsel for The Point Group, a Dallas-based marketing communications firm. Previously, he was an attorney with the Dallas law firm of Meadows, Owens, Collier, Reed, Cousins and Blau.
An innovator in addiction healthcare, Mr. Kniffen is the recipient of numerous awards, including being named one of the “Who’s Who in Healthcare” in 2015 by the Dallas Business Journal, listed in Fortune’s “40 Under 40,” winning a Dallas Business Journal Healthcare Hero award and earning a Behavioral Health Champion award.
Mr. Kniffen earned an undergraduate degree in marketing from Southern Methodist University and is a graduate of the Southern Methodist University School of Law. He also holds a Master of Law degree from New York University School of Law.
Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
Scott Trout oversees the day-to-day operations for both Enterhealth Ranch and Enterhealth Outpatient Center of Excellence. After joining the company in 2009 as director of fitness and wellness, he moved into several operational roles, as well as an administrator. In those roles, Mr. Trout gained first-hand experience in many of the facets of the Enterhealth program such as fitness, nutrition and wellness, stress management, facilities and transportation.
Prior to joining Enterhealth, Mr. Trout served as the director of physical therapy at Theracare Home Health, an in-home rehabilitation services provider. He also was a physical therapist at Christus St. Michael Hospital.
Mr. Trout received his master’s degree in physical therapy from The University of Texas – Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, and he earned his bachelor’s degree in kinesiology from Texas A&M University.