Exceptional Equestrians is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization (tax ID 39-1959653).that provides hippotherapy, adaptive riding and equine-assisted learning services to children, teens and adults with physical, cognitive and mental health challenges.


Our mission is to better the lives of people of all abilities through the healing power of horses.

Exceptional Equestrians 
1130 Orlando Drive
De Pere, Wisconsin 54115

Phone: (920) 347-3174

Fax: (920) 347-3175


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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.



Lisa is a licensed occupational therapist with more than 25 years pediatric experience, a certified American Hippotherapy Association hippotherapy clinical specialist, and a PATH-certified riding instructor.

In addition to her clinical duties, oversees all programming at Exceptional Equestrians.

Contact Lisa at lkpediatrics@aol.com

Samantha is a certified occupational therapy assistant who received her occupational therapy assistant (COTA) associate’s degree at Fox Valley Technical College. She has also recently been accepted at Concordia University where she will be working towards both Bachelor of Science in Rehabilitation Science and Master of Occupational Therapy degrees. 


Samantha grew up riding and showing horses, and she likes working at EE because it combines two of her passions: horses and working with people. She loves seeing her clients work hard towards their goals and achieve them because she knows that it ultimately improves their quality of live. Of course, she enjoys the smiles and laughs shared with clients, volunteers and therapist in the barn.

Carol is a Registered Occupational Therapist with 30+ years of experience. A graduate of UW-Milwaukee in OT, Carol also has certification in Guidance and Counseling from UW-Whitewater and a Masters degree from St. Mary's University in Winona, MN.


Carol has been involved at Exceptional Equestrians for over 25 years and is also works in the Green Bay Area Public School District.


Carol has extensive experience in providing OT to individuals with autism, anxiety and children who have experienced trauma.She has also completed additional courses provided through American Hippotherapy Association and PATH, Int.


When not working, Carol enjoys spending time with family and friends, biking and walking her German Shepherd Shelby.

Contact Carol at cklak@exceptionalequestrians.org



Beth has more than 20 years of experience working with special needs individuals in schools and therapy programs.


She is a PATH Intl. Certified Adaptive Riding Instructor with many years of experience with horses.


Married with three children (one with autism), Beth is also employed at Hope Lutheran Church as a

Preschool Director.


Beth is very active in her community working at a special needs ranch and socializing service dogs. 

Loryn attended Western Technical College and received her degree as a PTA. 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!"


Elizabeth is a graduate of UW River Falls with a B.S. in Animal Science and an emphasis in Equine Science.

She started riding when she was 14 through 4H and is experienced in western and English riding styles, as well as some driving. Her favorite riding style is dressage.

Elizabeth has extensive experience with equine-assisted therapy. At 14, she began as a volunteer with Free SPIRIT Riders in Fond du Lac and eventually served as their equine manager for four years before joining Exceptional Equestrians. 


Elizabeth is in the process of becoming certified as a registered therapeutic riding instructor through PATH, Intl.

Contact Elizabeth at ekarrmann@exceptionalequestrians.org





Mark has over 30 years of accounting, management and human resource experience.  He has worked on several board of directors for various non-profits as well as working for a wide variety of private businesses.  


Mark has earned his bachelor’s degree in accounting, management and marketing from the University of Wisconsin Green Bay.  

Mark is married and has 2 children.  His son attends UW Stevens Point and his daughter is a senior at West DePere High School.  He loves to vacation in the south with his wife.  He is also very passionate about the non-profits he helps.  He is proud of how his children and wife volunteer at Exceptional Equestrians.  



Micaela is tasked with greeting our clients and families. 


Micaela holds a degree in business administration from St. Norbert College.