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.

Carrie Bartelme, OT
Manager, My Heroes at CHP
Carrie has been studying hippotherapy and equine assisted activities since 1999. She is currently a PATH Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor, PATH Registered Therapist in Hippotherapy, and AHA Level II Therapist. She is a graduate of Brenau University with an Advanced Master Degree in Occupational Therapy and is currently pursuing her Doctorate in Occupational Therapy at the University of St. Augustine. Carrie enjoys spending time with her horses and showing hunter jumper with her horse Ralphie through the American Quarter Horse Association circuit.

Sue Soha, PT
Sue grew up taking lessons and competing in English riding and jumping horses. When she learned of Hippotherapy, she couldn’t believe she could actually get paid working with both children and horses! In 2000, she moved from California Children’s Services to Atlanta, where she worked for the Scottish Rite Children’s Healthcare outpatient clinic. As an NDT certified therapist, she truly loves to work with children who have neurological disorders using the horse as a modality. When not “working”, Sue teaches religious education and sponsors couples for marriage preparation with her husband through her church, and works out doing Aerial Arts.

Rachel Grob, OT
Rachel completed her undergraduate studies at Goucher College in Baltimore, MD where she was the Co-Captain of the college’s elite Equestrian Team. She received her Master of Science degree in Occupational Therapy from Brenau University in 2014. Her main areas of practice and interest are in sensory processing disorders and developmental delay. Rachel is a member of the AOTA, PATH intl, the American Hippotherapy Association, the Georgia Hand and Upper Extremity Special Interest Group, and is certified to perform physical agent modalities. In her free time, Rachel enjoys competitive horse showing and spending time with family.

Phillip Shackelford, OT
Phillip graduated from Georgia Regents occupational therapy program in 2015. He trained with My Heroes under Carrie Bartelme for over a year prior to his graduation and became highly proficient and skilled in the realm of hippotherapy, making him a welcome addition to the team this past summer. Aside from providing occupational therapy in hippotherapy he also has spent time specializing in hand and upper extremity neuro rehab at Dekalb Medical Center. Phillip is highly outgoing and makes fast friends with both his adult and pediatric populations. He is quickly becoming a fan favorite at Chastain!

Michelle Winer, PT
Michelle earned her Masters of Science in Physical Therapy from Boston University in 1999. She worked in public schools in Maryland and Massachusetts for 12 years providing therapy services to children with a wide variety of special needs. After leaving Massachusetts, Michelle spent a few years being a full-time mom to her 4 children. Growing up in NJ, Michelle regularly went on trail rides and riding vacations with her family and has always had an interest in hippotherapy. She is thrilled that she now has the ability to do both traditional pediatric physical therapy in an outpatient clinic as well as hippotherapy at Chastain Horse Park.