Melanie Dominko-Richards, MS, CCC-SLP, HPCS

Melanie is a New Jersey licensed speech-language pathologist with her Certificate of Clinical Competency from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. She is currently the Coordinator of Therapy Services at Mane Stream in Oldwick, NJ although she has been with the organization for close to 23 years! From a summer camp participant, to a volunteer, to an adaptive riding instructor, her experiences in the industry put her on the path to

Melanie graduated from Seton Hall University in 2011 with a Bachelor of Science in Education and in 2013 with a Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology. During her graduate studies, she completed clinical internships in an elementary school and a traumatic brain injury outpatient rehab and a clinical externship at two facilities that provided therapy services utilizing equine movement as part of an integrated plan of care. In addition to working at Mane Stream, Melanie also works at Our House, Inc. as a speech-language pathologist helping to improve the functional communication skills of participants in their day habilitation ​h​program.

Melanie has been recognized as a Board Certified Hippotherapy Clinical Specialist (HPCS) through the American Hippotherapy Certification Board since 2017. Her continuing education has included training in Hippotherapy, PROMPT, and providing evidence based treatment to pediatric clients. She is also a PATH Intl. Certified Registered Instructor, a PATH Intl. Registered Therapist, a PATH Intl. Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning, and a PATH Intl. Mentor as well as an EAGALA Certified Professional. Melanie also currently services the chair for the Marketing and Social Media committee for AHA, Inc.

In her free time, Melanie enjoys riding and competing in the Hunter/Jumper divisions, listening to Podcasts, reading, hiking, traveling, and spending time with Arnold, her Pembroke Welsh Corgi. Melanie is looking forward to working with AHA, Inc. and the rest of the Board of Directors on further educating others and promoting the use of equine movement as part of an integrated plan of care!