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National Center For Equine Assisted Therapy (NCEFT)

GUARDIAN PROFILE - Last Updated: 06/07/2018

I. GOVERNANCE, MANAGEMENT & CONFLICT OF INTEREST

Staff:

Chief Staff Officer:  Gari Merendino

Employees:   Full-Time:  9  Part-Time:  14  Volunteers:  150

Does your organization utilize a management company for management and administration? No

Describe your training process for employees and volunteers and the types of human resource documents used in your organization including job descriptions, evaluations, etc. Staff: Staff policy manual, job descriptions, annual reviews, monthly staff meetings, weekly team meetings, periodic enrichment trainings.
Volunteers: Approximately weekly volunteer on-boarding training, one-on-one training ongoing.

Governing Body:

Board meetings per year:  12

Number of Board Members:  14  Number of Voting Board Members:  14

Board Compensation:

Is Board Chair compensated?  No  Is Treasurer compensated?  No

Are there any other Voting Board Members that are compensated?  No

Board Relationships:

Are any members of the Board or Staff related to each other through family or business relationships? No

Board Affiliations:

Are any Board members or Staff associated with and/or compensated by another organization with a relationship or business affiliation to your organization? Yes

If yes, provide the name, title, responsibility and family/business relationship of each Board and/or Staff member, and the name of the related organization. Board Member Wayne Browning, DVM, is NCEFT's vet. His veterinary business (Bayhill Equine) provides care for the NCEFT herd. Wayne is not compensated by NCEFT for his position on the board and we pay Bayhill customary fees for the veterinary services provided.

Conflict of Interest:

Does your organization have a written conflict of interest policy and regularly and consistently monitor and enforce compliance with the policy, including requiring officers, directors or trustees, and key employees to disclose annually interests that could give rise to conflicts?  Yes


II. PROGRAMS

1. What percent of your total programs and services are horse-related? 99

2. Describe your specific horse-related programs services or activities:
     We provide hippotherapy (physical, occupational or speech therapy done on/with horses), adaptive riding and other equine-assisted therapy programs to children, adults and military veterans with a variety of physical and cognitive disabilities. NCEFT is the only Northern California facility member of the American Hippotherapy Association, and differentiates itself from other equine-facilitated therapy centers by specializing in hippotherapy and offering the most extensive hippotherapy program in the San Francisco Bay Area.

NCEFT's programs fall into five major categories: Hippotherapy, Adaptive Riding, Veterans Programs, Equine-Assisted Mental Health and Learning Programs and School Programs.

Hippotherapy is specialized physical, occupational and speech therapy in which board-certified therapists use horses as dynamic platforms to deliver therapy. Patients receive medically prescribed PT, OT and SLP; they are simply on a horse instead of a cold, sterile piece of clinical equipment. The movement of the horse creates sensory input that helps the patient improve balance, core strength, sensory integration and self-esteem.

Adaptive Riding teaches horsemanship and riding, but instruction is adapted to meet the needs of someone with a mental or physical disability or injury. The unique combination of recreation and education facilitates cognitive, physical and behavioral rehabilitation.

Veterans programs, coordinated with local Veterans Administrations, make a profound difference for military Veterans and active-duty personnel suffering from post-traumatic stress or other mental or physical impairments. Our equine-assisted activities enable recovery, offer healing and the mastery of new skills, and restore strength, confidence and independence. NCEFT never charges Veterans for services, and we receive no governmental funding. Instead we rely 100% on donations to fund our Veterans Programs.

Equine-assisted psychotherapy and other mental-health exercises bring together teams of certified mental health professionals, qualified equine specialists and horses to benefit individuals emotionally, mentally and behaviorally.

School programs provide field-study learning for children in special education classes. We serve several local school districts as well as independent schools that specialize in educating children with disabilities.

3. Enter the total number of facilities/locations where the horses used in the conduct of your horse-related programs are housed and cared for: 1

4. Describe your non-horse-related programs, services or activities you provide, including those involving other animals. In addition to our horses and donkeys, we occasionally use dogs and chickens in programs such as our summer camp.

5. Does your organization operate programs involved with animals other than horses?  Yes



III. POLICIES

1. Describe your equine management philosophies, practices, policies and operations with respect to the use of the horses in your program, including the rehabilitation and retraining (if applicable), ongoing training, schooling and exercising plan for each horse and your policy as to the number and condition of the horses accepted by your organization. 
     As a general rule, NCEFT has 12 to 15 therapy horses working and in training. Our commitment to our horses is to create a safe and healthy environment where they can help our clients address physical and emotional challenges. Each horse is schooled daily to maintain condition and each of them has a minimum of two full days off each week. Every 9 or 10 weeks the horses have a week off from participation in hippotherapy sessions. We have 24/7 onsite care for our horses.

2. Describe how your horses are acquired (adoption, seizure, surrender, donation, purchase, auction sale, retirement). 
     Most of NCEFT's horses are donated, but we have also purchased horses that are considered ready and appropriate for our therapy program with little training. On occasion, we lease a horse from a private owner who retains ownership. In this scenario, we provide all care for the leased horses, including shoeing/trimming, regular vaccinations and dental work. Major veterinary expenses are shared with the owner.

3. Describe under what circumstances horses leave your organization. Please describe in detail your horse adoption/fostering practices and procedures including any recruitment initiatives you have to attract potential adopters. Please include your policies and practices with respect to horses that are no longer useful or manageable and horses that need to be retired. 
     A horse that is unable to work without pain is retired by finding them a suitable home. That may mean a horse is still OK for short trail rides, but not the level of work we require. In many cases, they become stable mates or pasture pals. If a horse is being leased, we ask to return that horse to the owner. If they do not want the horse, we keep it until we can find a suitable home.

4. For new horses, describe your initial assessment process for each horse (i.e. physical examination, test ride, health record, Coggins test, quarantine, veterinary consult, etc.). 
     Our barn manager and program director evaluate each new horse in the horse‚Äôs home environment. That evaluation takes into consideration both their physical and mental suitability for therapy work, as well as the horse's overall temperament. They may ride the horse as well. All horses come to NCEFT on a trial basis to determine their suitability for our programs. If there are physical concerns, we have our veterinarian do a full vet check of the horse.

5. Describe your overall horse health care plan and how you assess and monitor the health of your horses on an ongoing basis. Include a description of your vaccination and worming schedule. Include a description of your health/veterinary care plan for at-risk animals, geriatric horses and horses with serious issues. 
     Our horses are evaluated each day on their general health and temperament. All our horses are vaccinated on a regular basis (twice a year) and worming is done on a regular basis as well. Chronic issues such as lameness or soreness are evaluated by our veterinarian and treated with either a reduced work schedule, medications, or both. Supplements are provided for horses that require them for management.

6. What is the euthanasia policy? Please include specifically under what circumstances your organization will euthanize a horse and whether your organization will euthanize a healthy but difficult horse for space: 
     We only euthanize a horse in the case of catastrophic injury or if the horse has a medical condition or disease that causes disabling pain that cannot be effectively managed with rest and reduced work, medication or other treatments.

7. What is the breeding policy? Please include specifically if horses become pregnant while in your care, and if there is a no-breeding clause in the documentation your organization uses to adopt, donate, sell, etc. a horse: 
     This is not applicable.

8. Does your organization provide horses to any facility to use in research or medical training? 
     No

9. If your answer to Question 8 is 'Yes', please explain where and for what purpose horses are provided to use in research or medical training?  NA

10. Does your organization sell, donate or give a horse to an auction? 
     No

11. If your answer to Question 10 is 'Yes', describe under the circumstances where you have sold, donated, or given a horse to an auction, or where you would sell, donate, or give a horse to an auction. NA

12. Does your organization place horses in foster care? 
     No

13. If your answer to Question 12 is 'Yes', describe how foster homes are selected, screened, and monitored and address all the questions below for each foster home in the space provided: NA

14. What is the average equine adoption fee/donation received by your organization: Not applicable; None received

15. Adoption Fee Policies
  Not applicable.

16. What is your position regarding varying adoption fees vs. one set fee:
  Our organization has never considered this concept.

17. Provide any additional explanation to your answers if needed:



IV. FACILITIES

This section must be completed for each facility/location where the horses used in the conduct of your horse-related programs are housed and cared for. For example, if the applicant is involved with horse rescue and utilizes foster care facilities, the applicant must complete this section for each foster care facility. If the applicant provides equine assisted activities/services to the public at more than one location, the applicant must complete this section for each location that horse-related services are provided. If your organization uses the facility of another organization, please enlist the aid of that organization in answering the questions.

Total facilities at which our organization operates horse-related programs: 1

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Location 1 of 1
National Center for Equine Facilitated Therapy

880 Runnymede Road Woodside CA 94062

1. Facility General Questions

1. Name of Contact: Gari Merendino

2. Contact's Phone: 650-851-2271

3. Contact's Email: info@nceft.org

4. Does your organization own, lease or use a part of this facility? Own

5-8. Not Applicable.

9. Does your organization operate programs involving horses AT THIS FACILITY that serve individuals with special needs, including but not limited to equine assisted activities and therapies? Yes

10. Enter the total number of instructors/trainers (full-time and part-time) involved with your organization's horse-related programs at this facility: 17.


2. Facility Horse-Related Questions

1. Enter the total acreage dedicated specifically to the horses: 12

2. Describe the number and type of pastures and paddocks, fencing, enclosures, stabling including barns and run-in sheds. *Missing

3. Describe how you manage the use of your pastures/paddocks given the size and number of your pastures/paddocks and the number of horses you have at this facility. *Missing

4. How many hours of daily turnout do the horses get? (Estimate or Average) *Missing

5. Describe the area where your training, riding and equine related activities are conducted, including what type of footing/surface is utilized and what factors were considered to determine the suitability and condition of the area for the activities conducted. *Missing

6. Is the facility in compliance with the Care Guidelines for Rescue and Retirement Facilities prepared by the American Association of Equine Practitioners (whether or not your organization is directly involved with rescue and retirement)? No

7. If no, please explain and specifically describe the areas in which the facility is not compliant.
     We would need to review the requirements in detail, but we are not directly involved with rescue and retirement as a primary focus. However, we have been approved by Stanford University and San Mateo County as a facility to house horses from the community in an emergency.

8. If this facility is recognized as compliant with the published standards of another applicable organization, and/or accredited by another applicable organization, including any state licensure or registration process, please provide the details.
     We have a current professional stable license from the Town of Woodside. We are members in good standing of the American Hippotherapy Association and past members of PATH International. (We have chosen to focus our facility membership on AHA because our ability to offer hippotherapy as a treatment strategy is a key differentiator for us among other services in our area. Our adaptive riding instructors are all PATH certified.)

9. Describe the availability/accessibility of emergency horse transportation at this facility. *Missing

10. Do the horses have specific tack assignments? *Missing

11. Describe the plan, process and/or procedures to insure appropriate assessment of tack and the use for saddle fittings, tack, blankets, etc. *Missing

12. Describe the system used by your organization to help staff and volunteers readily identify each horse on the property. . *Missing

13. Describe your housing plan and the turnout process/plan for horses normally stall bound. . *Missing

14. Describe your feed, feed management plan and your guidelines for the use of supplements. . *Missing

15. How do you use the Henneke Body Conditioning Score to guide you in your hennekeing/exercising/use practices for each horse? . *Missing

16. Please describe your activities to limit or control the advent and spread of disease within your facility (Biosecurity plan). This should include but is not limited to your manure management and disposal procedures, your carcass disposal plan and your parasite control plan. Please indicate the role of your veterinarian in the development and implementation of your overall plan. . *Missing

17. Please describe your emergency preparedness plans that address weather related issues, fire safety procedures and/or any additional hazardous scenarios your facility could potentially experience. *Missing

18. Please describe the security in place at the facility or facilities to restrict public access and to keep horses safe. Do you have a security system and/or on-premises caretaker? *Missing

19. Provide the contact information for the individual or organization responsible for investigating abuse in the county where the facility is located, including mailing address, email address, and phone information.
     The 20 cities and towns in San Mateo County contract with the County to operate a countywide animal control program. San Mateo County Animal Control & Licensing, 225 37th Avenue, San Mateo, CA 94403. Program manager: (650) 573-3726. The County contracts with the Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA (PHS), a private non-profit organization, to enforce all animal control laws, shelter homeless animals, and provide a variety of other services. Services provided by the PHS, 12 Airport Boulevard, San Mateo, CA 94401; 1450 Rollins Road, Burlingame, CA 94010, (650) 340-8200

20. Other than the animal control authority noted above, provide the contact information for all local, state and/or national authorities with whom your organization engages to address issues impacting horse welfare, including mailing address, email address, and phone information.
     None


Veterinarian Information

View The Vet Checklist conducted on 02/08/2018

Veterinarian: Wayne N. Browning

Clinic Name: Bayhill Equine    Street: 123 Belmont Avenue    City: Redwood City  State: CA    Zip: 94061

Phone: 650-851-2300    Email: info@BayhillEquine.com


Instructors assigned to this Facility
(see Instructor Section)

     1. Instructor: Amy Hublou

     2. Instructor: Amy Kinion, Barn Assistant

     3. Instructor: Anna Lee, Adaptive Riding Instructor

     4. Instructor: Barbara Hill, Adaptive Riding Instructor

     5. Instructor: Brittney Nichols

     6. Instructor: Chris Swan, PT & Program Director

     7. Instructor: Cori Moesta

     8. Instructor: Darrell Le Blanc, Horse Handler

     9. Instructor: Dr. Angela Sherman, PH.D., Equine-Assisted Mental Health

     10. Instructor: Dr. Martha Monetti, PSY.D. Equine-Assisted Mental Health

     11. Instructor: Hannah Canevaro, Horse Handler

     12. Instructor: Heather Schilling, Adaptive Riding Instructo

     13. Instructor: Kim Desautels, OT

     14. Instructor: Lindsay Gendreau, PT

     15. Instructor: Marty Raynor, Barn Manager

     16. Instructor: Skylar Assaf, Barn Assistant

     17. Instructor: Wendy Funk


3. Facility Horse-Related Inventory Questions

1-a. Enter the total number of horses involved with your organization's programs that are currently housed at this facility: *Missing.

1-b. Enter the total number of horses housed at this facility: *Missing

1-c. Enter the maximum capacity of horses at this facility: 60

2017 Horse Inventory

1-d. Did your organization operate programs involving horses HOUSED AT THIS FACILITY during January 1-December 31, 2017? Please select Yes or No. Yes

15 2-a. Total number of horses housed at this facility involved with your programs on January 1, 2017.

           + 3 2-b. Total number of intakes other than returns including donated, purchased, surrendered or rescued.

           +  2-c. Total number of horses returned.

18 = Total of 2a-2c

           - 3 2-d. Total number of horses adopted during the year.

           - 0 2-e. Total number of horses transferred to another facility during the year.

           -  2-f. Total number of horses deceased during the year.

3 = Total of 2d-2f

15 2-g. Total number of horses housed at this facility involved with your programs on December 31, 2017.

            15 2-h. Total number of horses not retired including horses undergoing rehabilitation and/or retraining.

            0 2-i. Total number of horses permanently retired.


2017 Horse Care Costs

$     Feed (Grain/Hay).

$     Bedding.

$     Veterinarian.

$     Farrier.

$     Dentist.

$     Manure Removal.

$     Medications & Supplements.

$     Horse/Barn Supplies.

$     Horse Care Staff.

$     Horse Training.

$     Other direct horse-related costs not including overhead or other program costs.

$128773     2017 Total Horse Care Costs

$43621     2017 Total Donated Horse Care Costs

5,647     Grand total of the total number of days each equine was in the care of this facility during 2017.

Average cost per day per horse: $25,755
Question 3 ($128,773 ) divided by Question 4 (5,647).

Average length of stay for an equine: 0 days
Question 4 (5,647) divided by total of Questions 2a-c (18).


4. Self Assessment

I. Facility & Grounds
A.Operational

Missing


6. Public-Related Questions
(required if programs serve individuals with special needs)

1. How many clients participate in the programs at this facility? *Missing

2. How many hours per week do you operate the horse-related programs at this facility? *Missing

3. How many weeks per year do you operate the horse-related programs at this facility? *Missing

4. What is the average wait list time? 6 Months(Weeks/Months/Years)

5. How many hours per day does each horse work? (Estimate or Average)

    Mounted:   Un-Mounted:   Total: 0 *Missing/Error

6. How many days per week does each horse work? (Estimate or Average) *Missing

7. What percent of your programs and services at this facility are mounted (vs. ground-based)? %

8. Provide any additional explanation to your answers if needed.


V. Instructors/Trainers


     1. *Instructor: Amy Hublou

         *Facility Participation:

         National Center for Equine Facilitated Therapy

Is the instructor certified by an organization that provides training in the programs, activities and/or services conducted by the organization? Yes

Certification 1:

Provide the name of the certifying organization.Board of Behavioral Science Examiners

Enter the year that the certification was awarded. (yyyy)2000

Is the instructor's certification considered 'active' by the certifying organization? Yes

Briefly describe the nature/level of the certification.Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in state of CA

Please use the space below to share any additional information about this instructor. NCEFT Social Skills Group Facilitator LMFT, Co-Founder Gallop Ventures Amy is a licensed marriage and family therapist and co-founder of Gallop Ventures. Amy received her MA in Clinical Psychology from Pepperdine University and has been licensed for the past 15 years, with 10 years of pre-licensed training. She provides traditional therapy through her private practice based in Menlo Park and San Carlos. Amy also provides a variety of Nature-Based Therapies with a special emphasis on Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy through Gallop Ventures.


     2. *Instructor: Amy Kinion, Barn Assistant

         *Facility Participation:

         National Center for Equine Facilitated Therapy

Is the instructor certified by an organization that provides training in the programs, activities and/or services conducted by the organization? Yes

Certification 1:

Provide the name of the certifying organization.EAGALA

Enter the year that the certification was awarded. (yyyy)2017

Is the instructor's certification considered 'active' by the certifying organization? Yes

Briefly describe the nature/level of the certification.Amy is EAGALA Certified (level one).

Please use the space below to share any additional information about this instructor. Amy Kinion, NCEFT Barn Assistant After more than 20 years in the corporate world, Amy decided it was time to do something more meaningful. She joined her love of horses (she has seven!) with her desire to help others and came to NCEFT as a volunteer in 2016. In 2017, she became a Barn Assistant, completed her EAGALA Equine Specialist certification, and began working with the NCEFT Veterans Program.


     3. *Instructor: Anna Lee, Adaptive Riding Instructor

         *Facility Participation:

         National Center for Equine Facilitated Therapy

Is the instructor certified by an organization that provides training in the programs, activities and/or services conducted by the organization? Yes

Certification 1:

Provide the name of the certifying organization.PATH International

Enter the year that the certification was awarded. (yyyy)2014

Is the instructor's certification considered 'active' by the certifying organization? Yes

Briefly describe the nature/level of the certification.Therapeutic Riding Instructor, which means I'm trained to teach safe adaptive horseback riding lessons to adults and children with physical, cognitive, and/or emotional special needs in private or group settings.

Please use the space below to share any additional information about this instructor. Anna Lee, NCEFT Adaptive Riding Instructor Anna is a Bay Area native who learned to ride in Portola Valley and first started volunteering in adaptive riding sessions when she was in high school. Anna did her Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH Intl.) instructor apprenticeship while in grad school in Madison, Wisconsin. Anna returned to the Bay Area, Palo Alto, to start her Ph.D. in environmental science and found her way to NCEFT as a volunteer. She began teaching at NCEFT in 2015 and says she feels so lucky to have found such an amazing center with such talented horses, staff, and volunteers, and such a wonderful group of students and families. Anna enjoys baking, playing the viola, and long-distance trail running.


     4. *Instructor: Barbara Hill, Adaptive Riding Instructor

         *Facility Participation:

         National Center for Equine Facilitated Therapy

Is the instructor certified by an organization that provides training in the programs, activities and/or services conducted by the organization? Yes

Certification 1:

Provide the name of the certifying organization.Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH) Certified Therapeutic

Enter the year that the certification was awarded. (yyyy)2012

Is the instructor's certification considered 'active' by the certifying organization? Yes

Briefly describe the nature/level of the certification.PATH Intl. was founded in 1969 as the North American Riding for the Handicapped Association (NARHA) to promote safe and effective therapeutic horseback riding throughout the United States and Canada. Today, PATH Intl. has more than 880 member centers and more than 8,000 individual members in countries all over the world, who help and support more than 66,000 men, women and children--including more than 6,200 veterans--with special needs each year through a variety of equine-assisted activities and therapies programs.

Please use the space below to share any additional information about this instructor. Barbara Hill, NCEFT Adaptive Riding Instructor Barbara, who is certified to teach adaptive riding by the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH), joined NCEFT in 2017. Formerly the Executive Director of Halleck Creek Ranch in Marin, Barbara began riding with 4-H as a youngster and has two horses of her own.


     5. *Instructor: Brittney Nichols

         *Facility Participation:

         National Center for Equine Facilitated Therapy

Is the instructor certified by an organization that provides training in the programs, activities and/or services conducted by the organization? Yes

Certification 1:

Provide the name of the certifying organization.National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy Certification

Enter the year that the certification was awarded. (yyyy)2012

Is the instructor's certification considered 'active' by the certifying organization? Yes

Briefly describe the nature/level of the certification.Licensed occupational therapist, state of CA

Please use the space below to share any additional information about this instructor. Brittney, who has been with NCEFT since 2012, is a California native. Following graduate school at Boston University, she completed her fieldwork as an OT student at NCEFT in 2010. Brittney works one day per week at NCEFT while working full-time in schools the remainder of the week. Brittney's background is in working with children in private practice, early intervention, and school-based treatment settings. Brittney says she truly enjoys working at NCEFT alongside a great group of dedicated staff and volunteers.


     6. *Instructor: Chris Swan, PT & Program Director

         *Facility Participation:

         National Center for Equine Facilitated Therapy

Is the instructor certified by an organization that provides training in the programs, activities and/or services conducted by the organization? Yes

Certification 1:

Provide the name of the certifying organization.PT Licensure by State of California Board of Certification

Enter the year that the certification was awarded. (yyyy)1996

Is the instructor's certification considered 'active' by the certifying organization? Yes

Briefly describe the nature/level of the certification.All applicants for licensure are required to take and pass the National Physical Therapy Examination (NPTE) (Physical Therapist or Physical Therapist Assistant Examination) and the California Law Examination (CLE), which relates to the practice of physical therapy in California.

Certification 2:

Provide the name of the certifying organization.Hippotherapy Clinical Specialist (R) certification by American Hippotherapy Certification Board

Enter the year that the certification was awarded. (yyyy)2010

Is the instructor's certification considered 'active' by the certifying organization? Yes

Briefly describe the nature/level of the certification.The American Hippotherapy Certification Board (AHCB) endorses the concept of voluntary, periodic certification by examination for all professionals who incorporate hippotherapy in their practice. This examination is specifically for professionals who utilize hippotherapy at an advanced level in their practice and meet the eligibility requirements to take this examination. Certification is one part of a process called credentialing. It focuses specifically on the individual and is an indication of current knowledge in a specialized area of practice. (However, AHCB does not warrant the performance of any individual.) Board certification in hippotherapy is highly valued and provides formal recognition of a high level of knowledge in the clinical specialty.

Please use the space below to share any additional information about this instructor. Chris Swan, NCEFT Program Director, MSPT, ATC, HPCS Chris has been with NCEFT since September 2007. Chris graduated with a BS in health education and athletic training before attaining her MS in physical therapy. In 1996, Chris trained with one of the pioneers of the treatment strategy of hippotherapy in the US, Barbara Heine, before going on to volunteer at NCEFT as a side walker and working as a per diem PT in 1998 and 1999. After that, Chris worked in out-patient orthopedic and home health settings before returning to NCEFT in 2007 and attaining her clinical specialist certification in 2010. Chris is mom to three boys, and she enjoys activities such as photography, kickboxing classes, hiking, dancing, jewelry making, and drawing. Chris loves her work at NCEFT because it represents a never-ending puzzle for her to solve and because she loves the interactions with patients who, although they are working hard, enjoy her playful and encouraging approach to their therapy.


     7. *Instructor: Cori Moesta

         *Facility Participation:

         National Center for Equine Facilitated Therapy

Is the instructor certified by an organization that provides training in the programs, activities and/or services conducted by the organization? No

Please use the space below to share any additional information about this instructor. Cori Moesta, NCEFT Horse Handler Cori came to NCEFT in 2003 after a life-changing September 11th in NYC led her to flee her suit-wearing and long hours in a skyscraper. She followed her dream to be a wrangler on a horse ranch, became a small-airplane pilot and an equine veterinarian technician, and found her passion volunteering at NCEFT. More than a decade and two beautiful daughters later, she still loves sharing her love of horses with people of all ages.


     8. *Instructor: Darrell Le Blanc, Horse Handler

         *Facility Participation:

         National Center for Equine Facilitated Therapy

Is the instructor certified by an organization that provides training in the programs, activities and/or services conducted by the organization? No

Please use the space below to share any additional information about this instructor. Darrel Le Blanc, NCEFT Horse Handler Darrel, who has an educational background in animal science, has been an NCEFT horse handler since March of 2014, but first came to the organization in 2013 as a volunteer side walker. In fact, Darrel kept his own horse here when the property was a boarding stable known as Charter Oak. Darrel was born and raised along the Mississippi River in southern Louisiana where most of his large extended family still resides. After a few years enduring the winters of Minneapolis, Minnesota, Darrel elected to move to California where he established himself as an IT quality assurance and load testing specialist for large corporations such as Delta.net, GAP, and HP. When Darrel isn't riding or horse handling, you'll find him using his magnificent voice to sing the blues with a band of friends or gardening at his home in Redwood City, which he shares with his beloved dog, Reddy.


     9. *Instructor: Dr. Angela Sherman, PH.D., Equine-Assisted Mental Health

         *Facility Participation:

         National Center for Equine Facilitated Therapy

Is the instructor certified by an organization that provides training in the programs, activities and/or services conducted by the organization? Yes

Certification 1:

Provide the name of the certifying organization.California Board of Psychology Licensed Clinical Psychologist - license # PSY23689

Enter the year that the certification was awarded. (yyyy)2010

Is the instructor's certification considered 'active' by the certifying organization? Yes

Briefly describe the nature/level of the certification.California Board of Psychology Licensed Clinical Psychologist - license # PSY23689

Certification 2:

Provide the name of the certifying organization.Eagala (Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association) Dual mental health practitioner

Enter the year that the certification was awarded. (yyyy)2006

Is the instructor's certification considered 'active' by the certifying organization? Yes

Briefly describe the nature/level of the certification.Eagala (Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association) Certified as dual mental health practitioner and equine specialist

Certification 3:

Provide the name of the certifying organization.Previously certified through PATH (then NARHA) as a therapeutic riding instructor

Enter the year that the certification was awarded. (yyyy)2002

Is the instructor's certification considered 'active' by the certifying organization? No

Briefly describe the nature/level of the certification.Previously certified through PATH (then NARHA) as a therapeutic riding instructor from about 2002-2007 or so.

Please use the space below to share any additional information about this instructor. Dr. Angela Sherman, NCEFT Consultant, Clinical Psychologist Co-Facilitator of NCEFT Equine-Assisted Mental Health Sessions Dr. Angela Sherman is a licensed clinical psychologist with a long-standing interest in human-animal interactions and incorporating animals into therapeutic work. She has extensive experience working with individuals with emotional and behavioral difficulties and has worked in a variety of settings including community mental health, inpatient psychiatric hospitals, schools, and residential treatment and correctional facilities. She currently serves as the Chair of EAGALA's Research Committee. At NCEFT, Dr. Angela co-facilitates EAGALA-model groups designed for First Responders.


     10. *Instructor: Dr. Martha Monetti, PSY.D. Equine-Assisted Mental Health

         *Facility Participation:

         National Center for Equine Facilitated Therapy

Is the instructor certified by an organization that provides training in the programs, activities and/or services conducted by the organization? Yes

Certification 1:

Provide the name of the certifying organization.EAGALA Mental Health Specialist

Enter the year that the certification was awarded. (yyyy)2012

Is the instructor's certification considered 'active' by the certifying organization? Yes

Briefly describe the nature/level of the certification.In my Equine assisted work, I am certified in the EAGALA method, which is a co-facilitator model, using horses that are unmounted. In this co-facilitation model, there is a Mental Health Specialist, and an Equine specialist.

Certification 2:

Provide the name of the certifying organization.CA Board of Psychology Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Enter the year that the certification was awarded. (yyyy)1994

Is the instructor's certification considered 'active' by the certifying organization? Yes

Briefly describe the nature/level of the certification.Board certified licensed clinical psychologist

Please use the space below to share any additional information about this instructor. Dr. Martha Monetti, NCEFT Consultant, Psy.D. Lic. Psych. EAGALA MH, NCEFT Equine-Assisted Mental Health and Learning Co-Facilitator Dr. Martha is a licensed clinical Psychologist and Certified School Psychologist with extensive experience working with children, families, and adults in a variety of settings. She is certified as a Mental Health Specialist thru EAGALA. Dr. Monetti's experience includes working with individuals who are facing challenging life circumstances, including grief and trauma, as well as working with staff as a consultant, and with the aim of addressing staff self-care. She fell in love with horses later in life and now is bringing her passion for them to her professional practice. In her work at NCEFT, Dr. Monetti and NCEFT staff facilitate supportive mental health groups with Veterans utilizing the EAGALA model of equine-assisted intervention. In addition to direct clinical work, Dr. Monetti is currently teaching at Alliant International University and is assisting in developing curriculum for use in university and professional training programs.


     11. *Instructor: Hannah Canevaro, Horse Handler

         *Facility Participation:

         National Center for Equine Facilitated Therapy

Is the instructor certified by an organization that provides training in the programs, activities and/or services conducted by the organization? No

Please use the space below to share any additional information about this instructor. Hannah Canevaro, NCEFT Horse Handler Hannah, who has lived in the San Francisco Bay Area all her life, has been with NCEFT since 2015. Hannah's love of horses and her desire to help others originally brought her to the NCEFT community. Hannah has two siblings and is studying mechanical engineering. Her hobbies include running, fishing, hiking, and pretty much anything else in the great outdoors.


     12. *Instructor: Heather Schilling, Adaptive Riding Instructo

         *Facility Participation:

         National Center for Equine Facilitated Therapy

Is the instructor certified by an organization that provides training in the programs, activities and/or services conducted by the organization? Yes

Certification 1:

Provide the name of the certifying organization.PATH International

Enter the year that the certification was awarded. (yyyy)2014

Is the instructor's certification considered 'active' by the certifying organization? Yes

Briefly describe the nature/level of the certification.PATH Intl. was founded in 1969 as the North American Riding for the Handicapped Association (NARHA) to promote safe and effective therapeutic horseback riding throughout the United States and Canada. Today, PATH Intl. has more than 880 member centers and more than 8,000 individual members in countries all over the world, who help and support more than 66,000 men, women and children--including more than 6,200 veterans--with special needs each year through a variety of equine-assisted activities and therapies programs. PATH Intl. upholds its mission to promote excellence in EAAT through four primary program areas: instructor certification, center accreditation, educational opportunities and advocacy work. PATH Intl. is the credentialing organization that certifies instructors and accredits centers according to a set of field-tested standards designed to ensure the highest levels of safety, ethics and effectiveness in the industry. Instructors must attend workshops and pass both a written and practical exam to become certified to teach EAAT programs, and centers may undergo a voluntary site visit to become accredited service providers. The process is led by trained PATH Intl. members who volunteer their time and expertise to help teach, test and grade fellow professionals seeking certification or accreditation. To date PATH Intl. has more than 4,800 certified instructors and equine specialists in mental health and learning in several disciplines and 877 member centers who confidently provide EAAT services according to PATH Intl. standards. In addition to certification and accreditation, PATH Intl. offers many different educational resources to its members and other industry professionals, including hands-on workshops, educational publications and industry newsletters, online education, mentor programs and peer networking, and regional and national conferences. PATH Intl. conferences attract hundreds of attendees each year, who come to hear lectures by leading industry professionals, learn about the most recent developments in EAAT, earn continuing education to maintain the highest level of professional credentialing and participate in discussions about trends in the medical and equine fields. In addition to these educational opportunities, PATH Intl. also advocates for the application of professional standards in all realms of EAAT and partners with like-minded organizations to promote the use of EAAT in new and innovative ways.

Certification 2:

Provide the name of the certifying organization.EAGALA

Enter the year that the certification was awarded. (yyyy)2014

Is the instructor's certification considered 'active' by the certifying organization? Yes

Briefly describe the nature/level of the certification.Founded in 1999, the Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association (Eagala) is the leading international nonprofit association for professionals incorporating horses to address mental health and personal development needs.

Please use the space below to share any additional information about this instructor. Heather Schilling, NCEFT Adaptive Riding Instructor PATH-Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor, EAGALA Equine Specialist Heather, originally from Woodside, California, has been with NCEFT since November 2015, and was previously (roughly 10 years ago) associated with NCEFT as a Horse Handler. In addition to her Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH) and Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association (EAGALA) certifications, Heather has extensive experience in jumping, dressage, vaulting, carriage driving, cutting, and gentling young Bureau of Land Management mustangs. Along with her daily work with adaptive riding students at NCEFT, Heather manages and teaches NCEFT's Lava Lakes program for Veterans. In her time off, Heather enjoys fishing, hiking, snow sports, and just about anything else outdoors.


     13. *Instructor: Kim Desautels, OT

         *Facility Participation:

         National Center for Equine Facilitated Therapy

Is the instructor certified by an organization that provides training in the programs, activities and/or services conducted by the organization? Yes

Certification 1:

Provide the name of the certifying organization.National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy Certification # 001064

Enter the year that the certification was awarded. (yyyy)1989

Is the instructor's certification considered 'active' by the certifying organization? Yes

Briefly describe the nature/level of the certification.National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy Certification # 001064

Certification 2:

Provide the name of the certifying organization.State of California Board of Occupational Therapy License # OT16410

Enter the year that the certification was awarded. (yyyy)2016

Is the instructor's certification considered 'active' by the certifying organization? Yes

Briefly describe the nature/level of the certification.State of California Board of Occupational Therapy License # OT16410

Certification 3:

Provide the name of the certifying organization.American Hippotherapy Association Registered Therapist #628

Enter the year that the certification was awarded. (yyyy)2002

Is the instructor's certification considered 'active' by the certifying organization? Yes

Briefly describe the nature/level of the certification.American Hippotherapy Association Registered Therapist #628

Please use the space below to share any additional information about this instructor. Kim Desautels, NCEFT Occupational Therapist, OTD, OTR/L Kim first visited NCEFT in 2007 and has been on our full-time staff since September 2016. She has 29 years of extensive clinical experience with a specialty in pediatric neurology, and has completed her doctorate in occupational therapy with an emphasis in pediatric science. Kim introduced Utah to utilizing hippotherapy as a treatment intervention in 2000 after training with two therapists who first brought the practice to North America. She also studied and worked at several equestrian centers in Germany where the treatment strategy first originated. Kim is impassioned about incorporating research-based evidence into her daily practice of utilizing hippotherapy as a treatment intervention to make a meaningful difference in the lives of the children and adults she treats.


     14. *Instructor: Lindsay Gendreau, PT

         *Facility Participation:

         National Center for Equine Facilitated Therapy

Is the instructor certified by an organization that provides training in the programs, activities and/or services conducted by the organization? Yes

Certification 1:

Provide the name of the certifying organization.PT Licensure by State of California Board of Certification

Enter the year that the certification was awarded. (yyyy)2015

Is the instructor's certification considered 'active' by the certifying organization? Yes

Briefly describe the nature/level of the certification.PT Licensure by State of California Board of Certification

Please use the space below to share any additional information about this instructor. Lindsey Gendreau, NCEFT Physical Therapis, DPT, PT Lindsey has worked at NCEFT since 2016, starting as a volunteer and moving into a part-time role shortly thereafter. Lindsey was born and raised in Monterey, CA. Throughout her life, she has had a passion for horseback riding. While completing her doctorate degree in physical therapy from UCSF, she was involved with research and volunteering in settings that utilized the hippotherapy treatment strategy. Lindsey is drawn to using equine movement in her physical therapy practices because it combines her fondness for horses with the opportunity to help improve the lives of others. As a PT at NCEFT she sees how powerful and effective the horse's movement can be in helping patients reach their full potential.


     15. *Instructor: Marty Raynor, Barn Manager

         *Facility Participation:

         National Center for Equine Facilitated Therapy

Is the instructor certified by an organization that provides training in the programs, activities and/or services conducted by the organization? No

Please use the space below to share any additional information about this instructor. Marty Raynor, NCEFT Horse & Barn Manager Marty has been with NCEFT since 2015. Marty was born and raised in southern New Jersey where she rode throughout her childhood (learning to ride at Winnie Stables, no less!) and went on to compete on the Lehigh University equestrian team. Marty relocated to California in 1984 and began riding and competing in hunter/jumpers and eventing. While raising three daughters, Marty managed the Woodside Junior Riders and was Joint District Commissioner for Woodside Pony Club for 10 years. In addition to her full-time work at NCEFT, Marty is currently a member of the San Mateo County Horsemen's Association and a Member of the Board of Governors for the Horse Park at Woodside. Marty holds a BS in Finance and Marketing from Lehigh University and an MBA in Finance and Marketing from the University of Chicago. Marty enjoys horseback riding, hiking, cooking, and family.


     16. *Instructor: Skylar Assaf, Barn Assistant

         *Facility Participation:

         National Center for Equine Facilitated Therapy

Is the instructor certified by an organization that provides training in the programs, activities and/or services conducted by the organization? No

Please use the space below to share any additional information about this instructor. Skylar Assaf, NCEFT Barn Assistant Skylar, who joined NCEFT in 2017, is a college student. Skylar grew up in the local horse community volunteering at a nearby therapeutic riding program and advancing through pony club. She has a heart for horses and people and is very excited to be at NCEFT. When she is not at the barn, you can find her in class designing and sketching fashion illustrations.


     17. *Instructor: Wendy Funk

         *Facility Participation:

         National Center for Equine Facilitated Therapy

Is the instructor certified by an organization that provides training in the programs, activities and/or services conducted by the organization? No

Please use the space below to share any additional information about this instructor. Wendy Funk, NCEFT Horse Handler Wendy, who was born and raised in Menlo Park along with two brothers-one her twin-first came to NCEFT in 2014 after learning about the program from the parent of a patient. Wendy studied and played soccer at UC Santa Cruz, where she earned her BA in Psychology. Today, Wendy is happily and energetically working on prerequisites for Physical Therapy at De Anza College. In her free time, you can find Wendy busy with the best dog in the world, Finn, or playing soccer for a semipro team.