Our therapists, equine professionals, and instructors understand the unique therapeutic value of the human-horse bond.
They have chosen to pursue additional training and certification with internationally recognized organizations, the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH) and the American Hippotherapy Association (AHA), in order to expand their professional skills and maximize the benefits for the wide variety of clients we serve.
Loryn attended Western Technical College and received her degree as a physical therapy assistant. She has always had a passion and mindset for wanting to help others live their best lives, and she has found that through physical therapy.
Loryn has been riding horses since she was eight years old and has always had her eyes set on working at Exceptional Equestrians. This job fulfills her dream of working with horses and using her skills to help others.
When Loryn isn't working at EE, she is working at one of her other three jobs, attending barrel races, trail riding with friends, playing with her chocolate lab or enjoying quality time with her husband and family.
According to Loryn, "Working with horses, changing the lives of others and seeing the smiling faces of clients as a reward? I can't think of a better job!"
Carissa is a graduate of Fox Valley Technical College with an associate's degree in occupational therapy. She has previously worked primarily with the geriatric population and looks forward to expanding her skill set to include children and teens.
In addition to her three children which keep Carissa on her toes, she and her husband own a small hobby farm where she can explore her passion for animals.
CERTIFIED RIDING INSTRUCTOR
Micah has worked with horses since she was eight years old, and she began volunteering with a therapeutic riding program in 2006.
Certified as a Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH) International Riding Instructor in 2013, Micah has worked with two other PATH International centers prior to joining the team at Exceptional Equestrians.
Micah is a woman of many talents but even with a B.A. in sociology, criminology and psychology from Marquette University as well as a degree in culinary arts from Le Cordon Bleu in Chicago, she still finds horses and teaching adaptive riding to be her true passion.
“Seeing the physical, cognitive, and emotional changes in a client as they work with horses and learn to ride has been so inspirational and moving for me. I cannot express how grateful I am to be able to be part of that process!”
When not working, Micah loves spending time with her own mare and seeking out new opportunities to study natural horsemanship techniques.