Brent Applegate, PT
Brent began his career at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, working in many different areas and gaining experience in many of the different phases of the rehab cycle. It wasn’t until he combined his history of horses with that rehab process that he found what he believes to the most efficient and most beneficial form of rehabilitation to date. He believes it is the combination of traditional techniques in this unique setting that have the most profound impact on his patients

Kim Lewis
Kim has been a PATH international certified instructor for 2 years. Kim enjoys teaching riding lessons as well as riding herself. Kim owns a horse named Dartanian! Kim graduated from CSU with a bachelor’s in psychology and sociology and focus in integrating therapy into horse riding!

Melissa Matthews
Melissa grew up in Northern California and moved to Colorado in 2013 to pursue a degree in Equine Science with a minor in Business Administration. She has been volunteering with My Heroes since January 2015. As a recent graduate from CSU in May 2017, she hopes to continue working in the equine assisted activities and therapies field. Currently, she is the administrative assistant and intake coordinator for all 3 of My Heroes locations. Her next goal is to become PATH certified as a therapeutic riding instructor.

Taryn Lesser
PATH Certified Riding Instructor
Taryn grew up in a family of large animal veterinarians in New York state. Taryn has lived on top of or in the company of horses for her whole life. In 2014 she moved to Fort Collins and completed her PATH instructor certification. Taryn joined the My Heroes CSU team in 2016 in the capacity of horse expert and volunteer coordinator and is currently in the process of receiving her degree through CSU to pursue her passion of equine assisted activities and therapies.

Liz Ampe, OT

Liz grew up in northern Michigan but moved in 2002 to Fort Collins to attend CSU’s Occupational Therapy Program. She has been working as an OT in the school district for 8 years and feels fortunate to combine her love of therapeutic services with her love of horses. Liz received her American Hippotherapy Association Level I certification in 2008 and her PATH Registered Instructor Certification in 2009. Liz loves the outdoors, especially when she can enjoy it with friends, family and furry animals.

Kelly Lynch, PATH Certified Riding Instructor

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