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

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.

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.


Mandy Culver

Mandy is a Colorado native who has always had a passion for working with horses and the community through the avenue of therapeutic riding. Mandy has been riding horses for as long as she can remember, and she started volunteering at therapeutic riding centers at the young age of 9 years old. She made it her lifelong goal to become a certified therapeutic riding instructor, and she is extremely excited to now be a part of such an amazing team. Mandy graduated from Colorado State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Equine Sciences in 2016 and received her PATH International Therapeutic Riding Instructor Certificate in August of 2019. In her free time, she enjoys training and competing in horse shows and hiking with her Labrador retriever, Remi.


Sydney Bennett, OT

Sydney grew up in Michigan and moved to Georgia in 2015 to attend Brenau University’s Master of Science in Occupational Therapy program. She graduated from her occupational therapy program in 2017 and has worked as an occupational therapist in the school system, private practice pediatrics, home health pediatrics, and hippotherapy. She moved to Fort Collins, Colorado in September 2019 to pursue her love for hippotherapy at My Heroes and continue working in home health pediatrics. Sydney received her American Hippotherapy Association Level I certification in June, 2019.