OUR INSTRUCTORS AND STAFF

Chris

Founder and Executive Director of Miracles Therapeutic Riding Center

Registered PATH Intl. Instructor

After a successful career in high tech sales, Chris needed a change. She was offered the opportunity to follow her love of horses and that led to the world of therapeutic riding. She was finally where she was always supposed to be. That was in 2003 and she has never looked back. Chris received her Registered Therapeutic Riding Instructor certification in 2006 and started Miracles shortly thereafter. Miracles was formed to serve the special needs community by providing a small and personal approach to helping students better navigate the world around them.

Cathy

Registered PATH Intl. Instructor

M.A, CCC-SLP Certified Pediatric Speech-Language Pathologist

Specialty training from the American Hippotherapy Association

Cathy is thrilled to support children’s speech-language therapy goals through equine-assisted environments, and hippotherapy (movement of the horse). Cathy’s approach values input from caregivers and other therapy providers, developing strategies that support children in their everyday lives. Cathy's background includes coursework from the American Hippotherapy Association; she has over 10 years or experience working with children in therapeutic equine settings, and over five years of experience specifically using hippotherapy. As a lifelong equestrian, Cathy enjoys teaching riding lessons and training horses across multiple disciplines. Her therapy practice in Boulder county supports infants, young children, and their families in the areas of: speech, language, learning and play, and feeding.

To learn more about how hippotherapy is used in speech-language therapy sessions, contact Cathy at Cathy@CreativeStrategiesTherapy.com, or visit www.CreativeStrategiesTherapy.com/hippotherapy/.

Terry

 

Registered PATH Intl. Instructor

Terry grew up in Stone Mountain, Georgia, where she spent her days riding bareback through the woods. She was a summer camp counselor in North Carolina and a wrangler in Vail, and Gold Lake, Colorado. Terry loves spending time around animals of all shapes and sizes, and has worked as a pet store manager,  Veterinary Technician,  and in natural foods. She enjoys art, creating custom desserts, nature, and music.

Lori

 

Registered PATH Intl. Instructor

Lori is a Colorado native who grew up reading every horse book she could find, and collecting Breyer horses, until she finally got her own horse at 14. She has competed in shows and rodeos, but mostly enjoys quiet trail rides now. In 2006 she started volunteering at LifeStriders Therapeutic Riding Center, in Wisconsin, where she became a PATH Intl. Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor in 2008, combining her love of children and horses. In 2010, she left a long career in IT to become the Program Director for LifeStriders. In 2013 she moved to Cody, Wyoming to start the non-profit, One Step at a Time Therapeutic Riding Program. After serving special needs clients in the Cody area for four years, she decided she missed her family too much and moved back home to Colorado. She is happy to be back home with her family, and happy that she has found a new family at Miracles. 

Mollie

Registered PATH Intl. Instructor

Music Therapist, Board Certified

Mollie has worked with people with developmental differences since 1999, has been a Music Therapist since 2006, and has been an extreme animal lover since 1979. Being a Therapeutic Riding Instructor merges all of Mollie’s passions and she feels so lucky for the opportunity to do this work. Mollie loves helping riders feel the rhythm of the horse so they can move in balance and harmony together. Not only does Mollie love to help others learn and grow, she loves to learn and grow herself! She learns something new every time she is at Miracles from the horses, riders, volunteers, families, and other instructors.

Meghan

Registered PATH Intl. Instructor

LCSW

Meghan Morrissey is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Licensed Addiction Counselor and is a PATH Certified Riding Instructor.  She achieved her B.S. in Psychology from Fordham University and M.S.W. from New York University, where she continues to hold a Clinical Instructor Position and is actively engaged in research of human-equine interactions. Meghan is a creator of the Reining in Anxiety protocol, an Equine Facilitated Group Therapy with Cognitive-Behavioral Components for Youth with Anxiety. She also completed her post-masters certificate in Equine Assisted Mental Health at Denver University. Meghan has a background in working with children and adolescents, neurodiverse populations, and crisis work.

Janet

Volunteer Coordinator

A 3rd generation Colorado Native, Janet grew up loving horses and consuming every known book about horses she could get her hands on. Her love of horses gave her an indomitable spirit to overcome her riding clumsiness. If Janet didn’t fall off of her pony 3 or 4 times while racing around the corral, she hadn’t been riding long enough that day. Sheer determination drove her to “get back up there” and try it again. Horses have always been a source of happiness for her. Janet is a retired elementary school teacher who taught for 17 years in Jefferson County Public Schools in grades 1-4. After reading a news story about Miracles and their work with children and adults with special needs, she thought what a wonderful place that would be. As she kept reading and discovered they needed volunteers and were located so close to her, Janet knew she had to contact them immediately! The Miracles staff and students create a truly magnificent, magical place that feels like home; the perfect place to work with children and horses. 

Miracles Therapeutic Riding Center

Lafayette, CO

phone (303) 883-4667

miraclestrc@yahoo.com

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