our staff

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Leah Awitan

Photo of Leah AwitanLeah Awitan is a Healing with Horses equine specialist.  She has been a financial manager for Thick As Thieves Global consulting firm for over fifteen years. She also holds a Bachelors of Science in Psychology from the University of Texas, Austin. Ms. Awitan has been a horse owner with over ten years of equine experience. She is bi-lingual and is EAGALA certified. She is a mother of two and an accomplished, published photographer.



Adrienne Pankowski

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Adrienne Pankowski is a Healing with Horses equine specialist.  She holds a Bachelors degree in Psychology-Behavioral Science from Wilmington University. Adrienne has served as a mentor to young girls, coaching basketball and working after school programs. She enjoys riding horses in her off time but it is Adrienne’s compassion and desire to help our youth in their recovery through equine assisted psychotherapy that makes her the perfect fit. Ms. Pankowski is EAGALA certified.



Shelby Wood, LPC

Shelby Whittet HeadshotShelby Wood is an Equine Facilitated Psychotherapist and a Nationally Certified Counselor through the National Board for Certified Counselors. Shelby received a Masters Degree and a CAGs in mental health counseling from Rhode Island College. She has her post-master’s certification in Equine Assisted Mental Health from Prescott College, an innovative program designed to foster dually competent practitioners. She then completed Equine-Assisted Growth And Learning Association (EAGALA) certification, becoming certified as both an equine specialist and a mental health specialist. Clinically, Shelby has experience working with children, adolescents and families struggling with trauma, substance use, depression, anxiety and attachment disorders.