Heather Ajzenman received her doctorate in occupational therapy from Washington University in St. Louis in December of 2012. She piloted a study on “The Effect of Hippotherapy on Motor Control, Adaptive Behaviors, and Participation in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders,” which was published in 2013 in The American Journal of Occupational Therapy. As part of her doctoral apprenticeship, she worked with a variety of American Hippotherapy Association, Inc. faculty members learning different research, business, and treatment approaches, and developing a toolbox, including hippotherapy as a treatment strategy, and practice model that she employs in her current practice. She also currently sits on the Horses and Humans Research Foundation Scientific Advisory Committee.
She currently lives in Southern New Hampshire, working full time as an occupational therapist with children from birth to 21 years old in the community setting, including using hippotherapy as a treatment strategy. Heather incorporates a variety of other evidence-based interventions into her practice such as DIR/Floortime, NDT/motor learning principles, sensory processing intervention, self-care, and executive functioning approaches. She is an active dressage rider with experience riding at the FEI level, now focusing on starting young dressage horses.