A force within the American Hippotherapy Association
As the equine assisted activities and the therapy services industry has grown and evolved over the years, one thing has remained constant - Mane Stream therapists’ involvement with the American Hippotherapy Association, Inc.
Over the years, our therapists have been involved on the national level in a variety of capacities. Gina Taylor, MS, OT, HPCS served as a member of the AHA, Inc. Board of Directors and in that role assisted the organization as the Education Chairperson. In 2008, Gina became a faculty member teaching numerous courses to therapists and therapy assistants about how to incorporate hippotherapy as part of an integrated plan of care for their clients. Gina has taught all over the country and will heading to Saudi Arabia this fall! In addition, Gina assisted with the development of the curriculum for AHA, Inc.'s The Sensory Connection: Sensory Concepts, Theory, and Applications in Hippotherapy course and is one of only 2 OT's in the country teaching about sensory integration and hippotherapy. When not teaching courses, Gina serves as the Committee Chair for the Online Education Sub-Committee. Gina is helping bring AHA, Inc. to the forefront of education by helping to develop online assessments, professional mentoring, and webinars. In recognition of her long-time involvement, Gina was presented with the President’s Award in 2013 for her dedication to the organization.
Melanie Dominko-Richards, MS, CCC-SLP, HPCS attended her first conference in 2015 and was excited to meet other professionals in the industry. Mel got to know any different therapists from around the country and she became eager to work with and help the organization in anyway that she could. In 2017, she was asked to be part of the newly formed Social Media and Marketing Committee. This committee was formed to assist AHA, Inc. in marketing through different digital platforms. Mel was later nominated to be the Committee Chair. Mel will also be working with the newly formed Editorial Team to help design and publish the organization’s biennial magazine. Excited to be a part of the organization on the national level, Mel was nominated to the AHA, Inc. Board of Directors and was excited to begin her 3 year term in May 2019.