Lindsey Young, PT
Lindsey graduated from PT school in 2005 and has been working with children since 2008. She is currently working on her Cranial Sacral Therapy certification. Lindsey has always loved horses and considers herself lucky to have been able to use equine movement with clients and found so much value in the experience for the clients and for herself! She is very excited to be in the arena!
Kelsey McCleary, PTA
Kelsey McCleary has been a licensed Physical Therapist Assistant for three years. She first graduated from Arizona State University with her Bachelor’s degree in Exercise and Wellness. She then got her Physical Therapist Assisting degree from GateWay Community college. Her interest in physical therapy grew when her father had a stroke her senior year in high school and she had to watch him relearn how to walk and do basic tasks of daily living. She decided she wanted to help people just like the therapists helped her father. Kelsey loves working with neurological conditions and children because you have to be creative and think outside the box. She has gained a passion for pediatric therapy because she wants to help kids be able to just be kids and reach their potential. Kelsey has two kids of her own; a four-year-old girl, and a two-year-old boy. She has been married for almost 7 years and enjoys spending time with her family. Kelsey also loves horses and used to ride them as a child. She has seen how Hippo/Equine Therapy has benefited patients and is excited to start providing it as a treatment.
Amber Kozlowski, PT
Amber joined Manes and Miracles in 2020 with an excitement to bring equine-assisted therapy to the children she works with. Trained with the American Association of Hippotherapy, Amber is enthusiastic about the benefits of incorporating horses in the therapy she provides.
Jennifer Herbst, DPT
During her schooling with AT Still University of Health Sciences, Dr. Herbst fell in love with working with developmentally disabled children. During her education, Dr. Herbst was introduced to equine-assisted physical therapy and saw how incredibly beneficial (and fun!) it was to incorporate equines in a therapy program. She completed her training through the American Hippotherapy Association in 2010. She now works with AzOPT Kid’s Place which accepts DDD, ESA, and some private insurance and has been providing physical therapy at Manes and Miracles since 2019.
Sean Irwin, OT
Sean works with Arizona Autism (More information on them HERE) which accepts DDD and some other insurances. Sean has over 20 years of working with kids of all abilities, specializing in creating meaningful interventions for children that promote confidence and independence in their activities of daily living. His loves equine-assisted therapy and also specializes in aquatic therapy.
Nicole Earhart, DPT
Dr. Earhart has been offering physical therapy with equines at Manes and Miracles since 2019. She helps kids improve their range of motion, strength, flexibility, and movement patterns through unique and fun activities that look more like play than work! A Physical therapist specializing in pediatrics for over 10 years, Dr. Earhart first begin incorporating horses in 2010.
Wanette Wilson Volunteer Coordinator and Head Trainer
Wanette has taught Monte Foreman’s horse handling science for the past 20 plus years and loves bringing that knowledge to continue to improve and care for the herd at Manes and Miracles. She has served in equine assisted therapy programs for over 8 years as a volunteer or staff member. Her office skills and phenomenal equine knowledge make her an incredible asset to the Manes and Miracles team! As the volunteer coordinator, she handles the over 60 volunteers who have been specially trained to assist in therapy sessions or therapeutic riding sessions.
Matthew Pittman, Co-Founder, Director of Barn and Facilities
After retiring from his career in law enforcement, Matt was introduced to equine therapy when he signed up to volunteer at an equine therapy clinic. He had always loved horses and found a deep satisfaction and sense of purpose from being around the horses again. He relished the small but daily miracles he saw in the kids and adults whose lives were being changed significantly for the better through the therapy offered. Now, he is using his amazing natural gift with the horses, his immense knowledge of all things handy-man, as well as the same drive to help people that took him to law enforcement originally, and is applying it to once again serving others. Matt is on the Board of Directors, helps with riders, handles all the maintenance of the horses(Harley is his favorite!), track and property, AND does much of the fundraising. So much for retirement!
Lindsey Pittman, Co-Founder and Director of Operations
As a child, Lindsey was obsessed with animals, nurturing and caring for every stray that came her way, whether her parents approved or not! As she grew, her innate desire to nurture shifted to children. Lindsey spent several years volunteering with the Cub Scouts of the Boy Scouts of America. She also spent several years as the head of the children’s group of her church. Lindsey is thrilled to be able to combine two of the things she loves most to serve the children of the East Valley. Lindsey serves on the board of directors, runs the office, helps with volunteers and various projects, and wherever else she is needed.
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