Our vision is to create a community-based equestrian center where every individual can be offered the opportunity to connect with horses or other animals in a therapeutic environment. We believe horses can help bring out the best in everyone, and help us connect with our natural joy, strength, and purpose.
We are excited to have the following individuals on our team:
Christina Douglass, LCSW, has been working in the field of equine therapy for over 15 years now and has witnessed firsthand the miracles that can occur when horses are part of the therapy process. She has focused much of her training and education in learning how to help individuals who have experienced severe trauma, sexual abuse, or are diagnosed with PTSD. In addition to her therapeutic background, Christy has an undergraduate degree in equestrian science and is skilled in horse training, riding and equestrian vaulting. Christy's unique background and experiences give her the combination of skills needed to help make Harmony Acres a safe and joyful place for horses and horse-loving humans alike.
Morgan Kareus is a PATH Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor. Her horse background began at the racetrack and led her to find a career working with horses. She went to college in Arizona, and graduated with a BS in Biology. Morgan volunteered for many equine assisted therapy programs, and in March of 2013, was accepted into the PATH Approved Training Course at Equest in Wylie Texas, where she received her certification.
Her goal as a therapeutic riding instructor for Harmony Acres is to enhance peoples lives through their connections with horses. Morgan works very hard to teach to each person's skill level and to help each rider gain strength, achieve their goals, and of course, have fun!
Kathy McLean has a history in the medical field and decided later in life to pursue her passion for horses. Kathy is a Level II EAGALA certified Equine Specialist who has been assisting with mental health sessions for 7 years. Kathy's gentle demeanor and love of all creatures makes her a great asset at our facility!
Dea Bridge, LPCC is an Army and National Guard Veteran and a Licensed Professional Counselor Candidate. While working at the Grand Junction Vet Center Dea received specialized training in veteran-related issues, such as PTSD, Depression, and Suicide Prevention. Dea came to our facility when facilitating a veterans group for the Vet Center, and decided she would like to be part of our team! We are very excited to incorporate her clinical history and experience working with veterans into our programming.
Deb Crooks is a USDF Silver Medal Dressage Rider who has over 25 years experience training horses and teaching riders. Deb began volunteering for one of our therapeutic riding sessions and became hooked! Deb offers a solid foundation for both horse and rider and is a wealth of knowledge and experience for our facility.