Melanie Dominko-Richards, M.S. CCC-SLP
Melanie is a Speech-Language Pathologist with her Certificate of Clinical Competency. She graduated from Seton Hall University in 2011 with a B.S. in Education and in 2013 with an M.S in Speech-Language Pathology. She completed internships in an elementary school, traumatic brain injury outpatient rehab, and also at two facilities that provided speech-language therapy services that also utilized equine movement. When not working at Mane Stream, Melanie works full time as the speech-language specialist at a vocational and technical school.
Melanie has been involved with Mane Stream for close to 17 years, starting out as a camper, then a volunteer, and finally a staff member! She completed her AHA Level I in August 2013 and her AHA Level II in August 2015. In her spare time, Melanie enjoys riding and competing in the hunter/jumpers, going to concerts, and spending time with her Pembroke Welsh Corgi, Arnold.
Susan Nemeth, MA, LPC, LCADC
Susan Nemeth, MA, LPC, LCADC is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor with a Master’s in Counseling from Seton Hall University. After attending an Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association (EAGALA) training and witnessing the power of including equines in the psychotherapy process, she became determined to incorporate equine assisted therapy (EAP) into her practice. Because EAP is experiential and solution-focused—clients are given the opportunity to find their own best solutions—this modality fits well with Susan’s belief that clients already possess the tools they need to promote self-healing. She is excited to provide this service to individuals and groups at Mane Stream.
Susan has experience working with clients with various mental health diagnoses including anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, and addictions to alcohol or drugs and specializes in the treatment of individuals struggling with addiction and dependency. She continues to work towards her EAGALA certification. Susan has also been a volunteer at Mane Stream for many years. In her spare time, Susan enjoys reading, horseback riding, cycling, practicing yoga, and ballroom dancing.
Gina Taylor, MS, OT, HPCS
Gina Taylor, MS, OT, HPCS is a New Jersey licensed occupational therapist. She is certified in Sensory Integration, including administration of the Sensory Integration and Praxis Test (SIPT). Gina has a strong interest in Sensory Integration and sensory based interventions, including Sensory Diets and home programs. She teaches the American Hippotherapy Assocaition Sensory Connections course to other therapists interested in using the horse to treat sensory issues in their clients. Gina has a Certificate of Mastery in Basic DIR Theory and Floortime. She feels strongly that the family knows the child best and can provide the best social interactions throughout the day. Floortime has given her a way to reach the most distant and withdrawn children. Gina has been an Early Intervention provider and enjoys working with Mane Stream’s youngest clients. Gina is a clinician dedicated to assisting families in finding holistic treatment strategies to improve the lives of their loved ones.
Outside of Occupational Therapy, Gina enjoys dancing, hiking and camping. She owns her own horse, Drifter, which she trains for lower-level Eventing. Gina also has a Chinese Crested dog and previously a Great Dane, both who have had special needs as they have aged. Gina has pursued continuing education in Canine Rehabilitation, including making custom splints through Thera-Paw.
Beth Weinmann, Physical Therapist