Fort Collins, CO
Jacqueline Tiley has a BS in Equine Sciences from Colorado State University. Jacqueline is currently volunteering at two local PATH facilities in northern Colorado. She is a PATH, Intl Site Visitor and PATH, Int Advanced Level Therapeutic Riding Instructor. While working for PATH, Intl as their Director of Education and Standards she facilitated the first PATH, Intl On-Site Workshop and Certification outside North America, South Korea. She has been working and volunteering in the field of equine assisted activities and therapies for over 12 years at centers in North Carolina, Texas and Colorado. Prior to equine assisted activities being a passion she directed summer riding programs for the Girl Scouts in both California and North Carolina.
Sharon A Gilbert,
Sharon holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and has more than thirteen years experience in the non-profit realm. She is a PATH, Intl Advanced Level Riding Instructor, and worked for ten years at one of the largest hippotherapy and adaptive riding programs in the US. She is a member of USEF, and USDF as well as Boulder Valley Dressage.
2010-2011 Board Of Directors
C. Jane Burrows, DPT, HPCS
C Jane Burrows, DPT, HPCS – As a graduate of Georgia State University physical therapy program Jane has been in active practice for 37 years. She completed her doctoral studies at Boston University in 2005 and is a board certified Clinical Specialist in hippotherapy. Raised on a farm in Michigan, she began work with horses under the guidance of her grandfather and his teams of Belgians at the age of two. Recognizing the unique qualities that horses bring to human interactions, she has spent decades learning about them. Combining horses with work in physical therapy provided the framework to explore new areas in biomechanics, sensory integration, and system organization. Along the way she has added to her horse experience with a thorough grounding in barefoot hoof care and natural horsemanship techniques which she feels are essential to consider for equines involved in hippotherapy. Jane is currently in private practice and is the Director of Hippotherapy Services for the Equulibrium / Equus for Humanity Foundation in Miami, FL. She has taught internationally in programs in Nicaragua as a representative of Florida Association for Volunteer Action in the Caribbean and the Americas (FAVACA). She has been a member of the American Hippotherapy Association Board of Directors since 2010 and is a member of the Insurance Task Force.
Steven McKenzie, MS, PT, HPCS**
Steve McKenzie has a Master of Science in Physical Therapy from Columbia University and is a Hippotherapy Clinical Specialist as well as a PATH, Intl Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor. Steve is the Therapy Services Director at Little Bit Therapeutic Riding Center in Woodinville, WA and also works part time at Cascade Children’s Therapy in Mill Creek, WA. He currently serves as a member of the AHA Board of Directors, AHA Region 9 and Washington State Representative and on the PATH, Intl Program and Standards Oversight Committee. His is a former Chair of the PATH, Intl Health and Education Committee and Co-editor of the Horse, Humans, and Health Department of Palaestra Magazine. Steve enjoys going on trail rides, team penning, and playing soccer.
Lori Sullivan, MS, OT
Lori B. Sullivan, MS, OT, is the director of Hearts, Hands and Horses, LLC. She is a former President of the Vermont Occupational Therapy Association and Representative to the American Occupational Therapy Association. She is SIPT certified and specializes in Sensory Integration based hippotherapy for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Lisa Harris, MSVS, PT, HPCS**
After graduating from Auburn University with a BS in Animal Science, Lisa received two degrees from the University of Kentucky: an MS in Vet Science, specializing in Equine Biomechanics and an MS in Physical Therapy. She has published an article on Equine Biomechanics in the Journal of Veterinary Science, and has presented in the US and Canada material from her MS Thesis. Lisa and her colleagues presented their MS PT Research Project comparing a human walking to sitting on a horse at the walk at the Ninth International Therapeutic Riding Congress in Denver in 1997. She currently practices physical therapy in an outpatient, private practice setting in Georgetown, Kentucky. She served on the AHA Board of Directors for 7 years as the Research Chair and the editor of HIPPOTHERAPY. She is a Hippotherapy Clinical Specialist and a PATH, Intl Advanced Therapeutic Riding Instructor. Lisa initiated and coordinates the PATH, Intl accredited hippotherapy program at Central Kentucky Riding for Hope which is partnered with Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Hospital. She teaches a hippotherapy lab each year at the University of Kentucky. Lisa is a graduate ‘A’ pony clubber. She has Evented through the Intermediate Two Star Level and has coached young riders through Preliminary Level.
Tim L. Shurtleff, MA, OTD, OTR/L
Villa Ridge, MO
Dr. Shurtleff received his BA in German language and Literature in 1974 from Brigham Young University. He received his MA in Organizational Behavior from the Marriott School of Business at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah in 1976. For 27 years he worked as a consultant in the field of organizational effectiveness and development. He worked for four Fortune 100 companies as an internal consultant and in 1993 became an independent consultant. In 1990 he and his wife founded a therapeutic horseback riding program and he became certified with PATH, Intl as a riding instructor in 1996 and a carriage driving instructor in 2001. He began working in the hippotherapy program in a large center part time in 1997 and because of that experience, decided in 2002 to make a career change. He entered the Program in Occupational Therapy in 2003 and completed a Doctor of Occupational therapy degree in 2006. He continues to work on a part time basis as an occupational therapist with children with disabilities using hippotherapy. Dr. Shurtleff was on the staff of the Motion Analysis Laboratory at Saint Louis University from graduation until Summer 2007 when the laboratory moved to the Program in Occupational Therapy at WUSM. He began teaching in the OT program in 2007 and received a faculty appointment 2008.
Susan Rehr, PT**
Susie received her bachelor degree in Physical Therapy from Thomas Jefferson University, in Philadelphia, in 1987. Initially specializing in adult rehabilitation with a focus on spinal cord injury and traumatic brain injury, she quickly fell in love with pediatrics and hippotherapy. She has been the co-director of Special Strides, in Monroe, New Jersey since 1999. Susie is the Vice-President of HRH of New Jersey, the new Treasurer for the AHA Board of Directors, and has written several articles for Hippotherapy Magazine. Susie loves sharing the excitement of physical therapy, pediatrics and hippotherapy with the many student physical therapists that have completed their clinical experiences at Special Strides. When not on the farm, you can find Susie on her snowboard with her husband, and two amazing daughters, Andrea and Melissa.
Deborah Silkwood-Sherer, DHS, PT, HPCS
She received her bachelor degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Kentucky in 1978, holds a masters degree in Rehabilitation Administration from DePaul University, and completed her Doctorate of Health Science degree in pediatric physical therapy from the Krannert School of Physical Therapy, University of Indianapolis in 2007. She became interested in hippotherapy after her daughters began riding at a local therapeutic riding program in 1995 and she saw how the horses’ movement improved movement and balance disorders in children. Debbie added hippotherapy to her treatment regime after attending an introductory hippotherapy course in 1997. As an assistant professor in the Graduate Physical Therapy program at Central Michigan University, she has completed several research projects with PT graduate students on the effects of hippotherapy. She works part-time as a contract therapist with CHUM Therapeutic Riding Center in Dansville, MI, a PATH, Intl premier accredited center. Debbie is a registered therapist with PATH, Intl, a member of AHA, as well as APTA.
Dr Roy Aldridge, PT, EDD
Standards and Practice Chair
Roy Aldridge, professor of physical therapy, is the head of the hippotherapy program at Arkansas State University. He became involved with hippotherapy, which involves working with horses for physical therapy, while working with a graduate student who had an interest in it.The program at ASU began in 2002 and has been at the equine center since 2005.
Aldridge has collected data on 25 veterans since the program began.