Florida Hippotherapy Professionals

What is Hippotherapy? Where Do I Find a Professional Here in Florida?

 

   

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hippotherapy

Dictionary Definition Of Hippotherapy:

"Hippotherapy is a highly specialized treatment that utilizes the multidimensional movement of the horse; the word is derived from the Greek word "hippos" which means horse. Specially trained physical, occupational and speech therapists use this medical treatment for clients who have movement dysfunction(s)."


Hippotherapy uses activities on the horse that are meaningful to the client. Treatment takes place in a controlled environment where graded sensory input can elicit appropriate adaptive responses from the client. Specific riding skills are not taught (as in therapeutic riding), but rather a foundation is established to improve neurological function and sensory processing. This foundation can then be generalized to a wide range of daily activities. The most predominant functions being core strength and balance.

Physically, Hippotherapy can improve balance, posture, mobility and function. Hippotherapy may also affect psychological, cognitive, behavioral and communication functions for clients of all ages. Clients who may benefit from Hippotherapy can have a variety of diagnoses: examples include Cerebral Palsy, Multiple Sclerosis, Developmental Delay, Traumatic Brain Injury, Stroke, Autism and it is also not limited to Learning or Language Disabilities.


Emotionally, Hippotherapy builds confidence through connection to spirit. Smiles on young children when they see a horse, shows that they also bring happiness. Just go to You Tube for a moment and you will see.

 

However, Hippotherapy is not for every client. Each potential client must be evaluated on an individual basis by specially trained health professionals and physical therapists. You can check with the American Hippotherapy Association Organization to learn more about Hippotherapy.

 

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Below is a List of Hippotherapy Professionals in the State of Florida

From AHA American Hippotherapy Association http://www.americanhippotherapyassociation.org 

 

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Clairese Austin
hippotherapy
Equine Assisted Therapy Programs
horsesisters@aol.com

http://www.horsesisters.org
Mims, FL

321-267-2929

Lynn Bankston, MPT

mlbankston@tampabay.rr.com

Tampa, FL

Tricia Coates, OTR/L, HPCS**

turningpttherapy@bellsouth.net

Wellington, FL

Carol Huegel, PT, HPCS**

hippopt@aol.com

Gainesville, FL

Linda C. Mitchell, PT, HPCS**

Pedsandcarrots@aol.com

Gainesville, FL

Sandra Wainman, OTR/L

sensory@earthlink.net

Winter Springs, FL

Cathi Brown, MOTR/L**

Level II

cathibrown.ot@gmail.com

Fort White, FL

C. Jane Burrows, DPT, HPCS

Level II

janeburrows@comcast.net

North Miami Beach, FL

Linda Frease, MHS, OTR/L**

Level II

lafrease@verizon.net

Sarasota, FL

Jo Kologlu, PT

Level II

jobabypt@aol.com

Melbourne, FL

Heike Reeves, MS, PT

Level II

heike65@comcast.net

Lake Wales, FL

Rebecca Reubens, PT

Level II

reubensr@comcast.net

Lake Worth, FL

Patricia Sheperd, PT

Level II

aransaspass@aol.com

Bradenton, FL

Susan M Bonagura, PT

Level I

midtfjell@yahoo.com

Citra, FL

Gail Ratliff, PTGail Hippotherapy

PT - with Level I AHA certification, process of  Level II AHA certification in 2011

gailreed@cfl.rr.com

Working in the Titusville, FL, area with Fox Lake Farms

 

321-267-7166

Heidi Spirazza, OTR/L**

Level I

heidi@paws4liberty.org

Lake Worth, FL

 

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Professional

Credentials E-mail Address/Website Location Your Phone Number

Clairese Austin

Equine Assisted Therapy Programs horsesisters@aol.com
http://www.horsesisters.org
Mims, FL 321.267.2929

Gail Ratliff

PT Level 1, Level II 2011 gailreed@cfl.rr.com

Working in the Titusville, FL, area with Fox Lake Farms

321-267-7166
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There are many places around the country that utilize hippotherapy!