Amanda is an Occupational Therapist and the PFP Program Director. She received her BS in Occupational Therapy from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. She completed her field work in Hand and Upper Extremity rehabilitation and pediatrics. She holds NBOCT (National Board for Certification Therapy) licenses in both Illinois and Wisconsin. She has a Level I Certification with The Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association (EAGALA), specializing in the horse as an intervention tool and facilitator of mental health patients. Amanda holds a Level 2 Myofascial Release certification through John Barnes courses.
Amanda began riding horses at the age of 5 and showing competitively at the age of 9. She has represented the State of Wisconsin at the American Quarter Horse Youth World show and won numerous awards including American Quarter Horse Congress (AQHC) Grand Champion and Hunter Under Saddle, Hunter Hack, and Equitation Over Fences Grand Champion.
In addition to being PFP Program Director, she has worked within schools for over 5 years as an occupational therapist and assists families through the IEP process. Amanda is an active advocate in the equine therapy world. She developed Therapeutic Goal Writing and first presented it at the 2007 North American Riding for the Handicapped Association (NARHA, now PATH International) Region 7 Conference. She has presented numerous times at industry events on the Importance of Documentation to Therapeutic Riding and Effective Horse and Rider Pairing. “The use of equine therapeutic intervention is second to no other treatment modalities in the therapeutic world, the use of the horse is a critical tool that allows for the greatest challenges to be overcome and promotes engagement in everyday life for our clients. It is a privilege to be part of such an effective therapy on a daily basis.”