Meet our staff

There are a considerable amount of people needed for our programs to function. On average, three people are directly required to put on just one session for one child. Considering how many participants we serve a week that means a lot of people are involved. Depending on the program, two of the three people involved any given session are either a certified riding instructor and/or a licensed therapist.

All of our therapists are board certified in their specialty (Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, and Speech Therapy) and have received training in hippotherapy treatment principles by the American Hippotherapy Association. Our riding instructors, working with those with special needs, are certified with the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International.

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Leadership & Administration

Milinda Kirkpatrick

Milinda Kirkpatrick

Executive Director, PATH Registered Instructor

 

Jessamyn Farrell

Jessamyn Farrell

Assistant Director

 

Leslie Lytton

Leslie Lytton

Office Manager

Rose Ann Putnam

Rose Ann Putnam

Billing Specialist

Dr. Kelly Coney Pacious

Dr. Kelly Coney Pacious

Therapy Supervisor, Physical Therapist, AHA Level 2 Therapist, HPCS Certified Therapist, PATH Intl. Registered Instructor

Kimberly Deal

Kimberly Deal

Program Director - Conover

Kristen Spencer

Kristen Spencer

Conover Barn Manager

Gabby Truett

Gabby Truett

Program Director – Mt. Holly location, Volunteer Coordinator, PATH Intl. Certified Riding Instructor

Elisabeth Larson

Elisabeth Larson

Program Director – Charlotte location, PATH Intl. Registered Instructor

Therapists

Dominique Bostic-Arrington

Dominique Bostic-Arrington

Occupational Therapist, AHA Level 2 Therapist

Dr. Delane Clark

Dr. Delane Clark

Physical Therapist, AHA Level 2 Therapist

Dawn Hancock

Dawn Hancock

Occupational Therapist, AHA Level 2 Therapist, HPCS Certified Therapist

 

Allison Josilin

Allison Josilin

Physical Therapist, AHA Level 1 Therapist

Ellen Key

Ellen Key

Occupational Therapist, AHA Level 2 Therapist

Lynne Knox

Lynne Knox

Occupational Therapist, AHA Level 2 Therapist

Carolyn Lindsay

Carolyn Lindsay

Physical Therapy Assistant, AHA Level 2 Therapist, Specialization Certification/Developmental Disabilities

Rachel Walker

Rachel Walker

Occupational Therapist Assistant, Level 1 Therapist

Stephanie Piatt

Stephanie Piatt

Occupational Therapist, AHA Level 2 Therapist

 

Ashley Seal

Ashley Seal

Occupational Therapist, AHA Level 2 Therapist

 

D. Leslie Weatherhead

D. Leslie Weatherhead

Physical Therapist, AHA Level 2 Therapist

Dr. Amber Costello

Dr. Amber Costello

Occupational Therapist, AHA Level 1 Therapist

Donna Dell

Donna Dell

Psychologist, Natural Lifemanship Certified

Allison Parkes

Allison Parkes

Occupational Therapist

Riding Instructors

Debbie Cloy

Debbie Cloy

PATH Intl. Registered Riding Instructor

Carmen Costa

Carmen Costa

PATH Intl. Registered Riding Instructor

Madison Hood-Bowker

Madison Hood-Bowker

PATH Intl. Registered Instructor, and CHA Level III Certified Instructor

Sarah Lafone

Sarah Lafone

PATH Intl. Registered Riding Instructor

Verena Stock

Verena Stock

PATH Intl. Registered Riding Instructor

Facilities & Equine Staff

Christine Barna

Christine Barna

Horse Handler

Cindy Demers

Cindy Demers

Barn Manager

 

Barbara DiNicola

Barbara DiNicola

Horse Handler

Hayden Lytton

Hayden Lytton

Horse Handler

Destynee Sanders

Destynee Sanders

Horse Handler

Hannah Mullis

Hannah Mullis

Horse Handler

Karen Niess

Karen Niess

Horse Handler

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