I have a broad range of experience in the social work field. As the spouse of a (retired) Navy Veteran, I have worked with military families in a variety of settings, including in the community, as well as in a military hospital setting. I have also worked in palliative care (also in a hospital setting), psychosocial rehabilitation, community mental health and integrated health care. Over the years, I have been involved in SHARE, a support group for pregnancy/perinatal loss. My experience includes work with all ages, individuals, and families. I am passionate about an integrated mind/body/spirit approach to health and the potential of Green Care, in general, and animal assisted interventions, in particular.
I have a bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Master’s degree in Applied Sociology from Virginia Tech and a Masters of Social Work from Norfolk State University. In 2015, I also earned a Certificate in Human and Animal Interaction from the University of Denver Graduate School of Social Work Institute for Animal and Human Connection. In 2021, I completed a certificate in Equine Assisted Mental Health practitioner program, also through the University of Denver. I am currently enrolled in The HERD Institute’s Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy certificate training, scheduled for completion in January 2024. In addition, I completed training in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing in 2020.
I enjoy spending time with my four adult daughters, their partners, and my grandchildren. I am also mom to three foreign exchange adult daughters and their families. I live with my partner, three dogs, a cat, a pig, and a few koi. I find the time I spend in nature and with animals helps me to recharge and find joy.
Our Office/Billing Manager is Connie Frazier. She joined our team in 2019. Her responsibilities are wide and varied. She manages our (remote) business office and is responsible for client billing, insurance billing, records management, quality assurance and bookkeeping. Connie and her family live in the New River Valley with their Australian Shepherds and tabby cat. If you have a question or concern, feel free to contact Connie.
Piper is a female black Labrador Retriever originally from Richmond, VA. She loves to greet everyone that comes into the office and is a big fan of walks, car rides, belly rubs, and kibble.
Solly is a male chocolate Labrador Retriever that is also from Richmond. He’s a sweet boy and almost ready to give Piper a day off from time to time.
Paco is a 16 year old Medicine Hat Appaloosa gelding. He’s pretty mellow, easy going and is helping to teach me about equine management, welfare, and connection.