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FACILITATORS

DAWN SAMUELSON, BS, EAL/EAP

 Founder & Executive Director

Dawn's specialty is shaping behavior patterns, implementing positive reinforcement, keeping the horse and human safe, and treating everyone with dignity.  Her years of experience and equine behavior methodology skills make our programs unique and will continue to help our organization grow and succeed.

KIM WARNER, LCSW, CASAC-T, EMDR CERTIFIED

President & Equine Facilitator

Kimberly Warner is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of New York as well as a Credentialed  Alcoholism and Substance Abuse trained counselor, and has 8 years of experience as a clinician and a supervisor in the field of chemical dependency.  Kim also has credentials as a trauma certified therapist with use of Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) for four years.  Kim holds certifications in Equine Assisted Learning and Psychotherapy through the O.K. CORRAL as well as gaining a certification in PATHS International, ESMHL certification this fall.  Kim has a passion to give back to the veterans and works and volunteers for several organizations such as T.A.P.S. out of Arlington, Virginia as a Peer Mentor and Care Group Facilitator, and the NEIGH, Inc. organization. 
 
Kim is opening her own PLLC, private practice, to serve others who are dealing with challenges such as PTSD, depression, grief/loss, anxiety, and adjustment issues.  Kim is also a Gold Star Wife, and she volunteers for organizations to pay it forward and help those who have served our country.  Kim’s personal life experiences of being a caregiver of a war veteran, allows her to understand what the veteran and caregiver(s) are dealing with when working through their own trauma and/or secondary trauma, and has given her a better understanding of how to help others.

STEPHANIE SAWTELLE

Equine Facilitator

Stephanie Sawtelle is an expert on the dynamics of the horse-human relationship on the physical, emotional, and energetic levels.  Whether for the purposes of equestrian endeavors, personal growth, or healing, she facilitates meaningful horse-human interactions with a focus on the mind-body connection, emotional intelligence, and intuitive development. You can find more about her at StephanieSawtelle.com.

TAYLOR SAMUELSON

Certified Equine Behavior Specialist

Taylor is a full-time student at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford majoring in Psychology and minoring in Spanish. She plans to continue her education to receive her master's degree in Social Work. Taylor completed her certification in equine behavior through N.E.I.G.H University in 2017 and has been actively involved in the development of the N.E.I.G.H program since its beginning. 

Her facilitator role perfectly blends her dedication to bettering her leadership skills and her life-long love of horses. Only after her experience with N.E.I.G.H did she realize the importance of mental health and the effect Equine Assisted Psychotherapy has in bettering the lives of the people who experience it.

TYLER DYKSTRA

Equine Facilitator

EMMA HOLLENBECK

Certified Equine Behavior Specialist

KAYDANCE PALADINO

Certified Equine Behavior Specialist

SUE DYKSTRA

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PO Box 104, Gerry, NY 14740

National Equine Institute of Growth through Healing, Inc.
A 501(c)(3) Non-For-Profit