Meet Our Team!

 

“Horses don’t think the same way as humans.
Some things that’s most unique about the horse, that I love, is not what he possesses, but what he doesn’t possess. And that is greed, spite, hate, jealousy, envy, and prejudice. The horse doesn’t possess any of those things. If you think about people, the least desirable people to be around usually possess some or all of those things. And the way God made the horse, He left that out.”
— Buck Brannaman

 

Kent Crumpley,

CTRI-Executive Director

Kent is the guy who started this amazing organization! If you don't see Kent working the grounds or helping with therapies, you'll find him in his office making this big dream happen! Kent has 10 years of experience with Equine Assisted Activities/therapy and has served 3 years as the Executive Director and Founder of Equi-Librium Therapy Center. He is also a PATH Intl. Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor.

 

Alex Putthoff,

Office Administrator

Alex is the Office Administrator here at ETC! She has 7 years of experience working with individuals with disabilities, and a passion for horses as well! She loves ETC and the kids we serve here! You will most often find her in her office, helping make the magic happen from there. She's usually sipping on a cup of coffee, typing away on her computer, or chatting with a parent on the phone. Come by and say "Hi!" next time you're in!

Therapists

April Dodrill, MS, SLP/CCC: April is a Speech-Language Pathologist, as well as the mother of a 10-year old daughter who has multiple disabilities. Her daughter, Gracie, has been receiving ETC Hippotherapy services for the past seven years! April was born and raised in Kansas, where she received her B.S. in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Kansas State University. She then went on to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln for her M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology.

Cathy Larino, PT: Cathy is a Physical Therapist with 22 years of experience. She is a Level 1 certified therapist through the American Hippotherapy Association.

Jacki Christman, PTA:  I began my career as a therapist 19 years ago working in pediatrics.  Being a mom and grandma, I love children, and working with kids was something I greatly enjoyed.  I began to volunteer for a therapeutic horseback riding program in my hometown of Valparaiso, Indiana called Reins of Life.  Seeing the joy and excitement on the kid’s faces as they enjoyed riding on their horse was priceless.  They don’t know just how helpful it is to their little bodies and young minds – that is the hidden positive of what a horse can give to a child.  When I moved to Missouri one of the first things I did, was look for a therapeutic riding facility, and I was fortunate to find Equi-Librium and am very happy to join the “family” here.

Kristen Wells, COTA/L: Kristen received her education at Penn Valley Health and Science Institute in Kansas City, MO and moved to Springfield, MO after marrying her husband, Kyle. She currently works full time at Cox’s Meyer Orthopedic and Rehabilitation Hospital.  She has experience with multiple therapeutic riding programs in the Kansas City area, as well as, experience training horses and teaching riding lessons.

Lexi Sneed, PT: Lexi graduated from Southwest Baptist University in 1999, with her Physical Therapy degree. She has had experience with both pediatric and adult populations.

Lydia Holland, PT: Lydia received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Missouri State University.  She currently lives in Ozark, MO with her husband and her three dogs Lucy, Tucker, and April.  She works full time at Cox Outpatient Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine treating both adults and children with neurological disorders.  Lydia loved her previous volunteer experience with the therapeutic riding and hippotherapy, so she jumped on the opportunity to work as a therapist for Equi-librium Therapy Center.    She is very excited to be part of the team!

Mychelle McGlynn, PTA: Mychelle received her Associate’s Degree in Physical Therapy from Ozarks Technical Community College.

Tammi Allen, PTA: Tammi graduated from Ozarks Technical College in 2000.  She lives with her husband Justin, and 3 children Morgan, Titus, and Jace.

Teresa Gray, PT: Teresa graduated from the University of Missouri – Columbia in 1986 and has worked as a Physical Therapist at Cox Outpatient Rehabilitation at the Meyer Center for 23 years, specializing in adult neuro.  Teresa was very excited to combine her love for horses with the knowledge and experience she has developed over the years as a PT.  Teresa has advanced certification in NDT, vestibular therapy, Parkinson’s Disease treatment, and is an Assistive Technology Practitioner specializing in Wheelchair Evaluation.  Teresa lives just outside Springfield with husband Paul and daughter Andrea.