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Vicky Carregal
Executive Director/Physical Therapist

Vicky Carregal, MSPT serves as the Executive Director of Horseplay Therapy Center. Vicky graduated from University of North Florida in 2002 with a Masters of Science in Physical Therapy and has spent 15 years working with children.  She lives in St. Augustine, FL with her husband and two boys.  Vicky loves running Horseplay Therapy Center, but she is a therapist at heart and continues to treat patients.  Once she discovered the effectiveness of hippotherapy in 2014, she strived to make it available to all who would benefit from it.  Vicky is proud to be the founder of Horseplay Therapy Center and hopes that lives will continue to be changed through the therapy  they provide and the love and care that goes along with it!

Beth Olson
Physical Therapist

Beth graduated from the University of St. Augustine with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy in the Spring of 2011.  She has worked in outpatient and home health settings. Once she was introduced to the specialty of hippotherapy she was hooked!  Beth grew up riding horses and is excited to now combine her love for horses with a career that she is passionate about.  She has also discovered  that she absolutely loves working with children!  Beth feels blessed to be a part of this program and is looking forward to growing with Horseplay Therapy!

Mary West
Speech Therapist

Mary West, SLP, graduated from Loyola College with both a Bachelor and a Masters degree in Speech Pathology in 1974. During her career, she has worked in many different settings including hospital based home health, Hospice home health, Early Intervention, and had an independent outpatient clinic.  She has specialized in pediatric therapy for 30 years. Her focus is working for ASD (autisim spectrum disorder), childhood apraxia of speech, and sensory motor and oral motor feeding disorders. Mary comes to us with more than 15 years of horse experience. She is excited to be able to combine her career passions to work with horses and children!

Melinda Clark
Occupational Therapist

Since receiving her Master’s in Occupational Therapy from the University of St. Augustine in 2008, Melinda has worked in the pediatric field, providing services to children with a wide variety of diagnoses in home, clinic and preschool settings.  She has been working in hippotherapy since 2013.  Additional special interests include early intervention and sensory integration. Melinda is a trained Therapeutic Listening and Integrated Listening System (iLs) provider. Besides working as an OT, Melinda is a volunteer and parent advisor at the Florida School for the Deaf and Blind in St. Augustine, FL, where she works with visually impaired 0- to 6-year- olds and their families in the home. Melinda lives in St. Augustine with her husband and two sons.

Melissa “Missy” Moon
MOT R/L

Missy was introduced to hippotherapy at the age of 14 when her love for horses drew her to volunteering.  She continued her work in hippotherapy through high school and while attaining a BS in Health Sciences from UF.  She worked in all aspects of the hippotherapy program including horse handling, barn management, program coordination, and fundraising, in addition to daily hands on patient interactions during therapy sessions.  Before returning to school for Occupational Therapy, Missy was a full time teacher of kindergarten, 4th, and 6th grades in Sarasota County. Missy graduated from the University of St. Augustine with a Masters Degree in Occupational Therapy in 2014.  She completed internships in outpatient pediatrics, acute care, and has completed Level 1 Certification with the American Hippotherapy Association.  Since graduating she has worked in outpatient pediatrics and is currently enjoying life as a full time mother to her 2 children, Owen (19 months) and Cora (2 months). Missy is excited to embark on this new chapter of hippotherapy in St. Augustine!

Lorianne Lewis
Admin and Support Staff

Lorianne Lewis Assistant Program Director: After graduating from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University with a Bachelors of Science, Lori traveled the world while working as a safety manager in the safety department of two different commercial airlines. In December of 2010 Lori’s daughter was born with Translocation Down Syndrome and a heart condition. Lori made the decision to step away from the aviation industry to ensure that she could be with her daughter for every doctor appointment and therapy session. When her daughter entered the public school system in St. Johns County, Lori worked as a paraprofessional in an ESE classroom. Her time spent there was invaluable because it taught her how to better serve each child with special needs so that they may succeed to their full potential.  Lori was asked to join the Horseplay Therapy Center family in May of 2016 as Assistant Program Director. Joining Horseplay Therapy Center has allowed her to use her knowledge of how to run a beneficial program while applying her experience as a parent of a child with special needs, who has been participating in hippotherapy since 2015. Lori has traded in her suitcases and airplanes for cowboy boots and horses and she wouldn’t have it any other way.

Carolyn Kimble
Lead Volunteer

Carolyn Kimble has worked with horses pretty much forever! She is our lead volunteer, as well as the assistant barn manager at The Good Beginning Riding Centre.  Carolyn was born in Northern Virginia and moved to Florida in 1989. She loves helping with hippotherapy treatment sessions and is loved by the horses and staff alike due to her never ending supply of carrots and goodies!! We are very grateful for all of Carolyn’s hard work to help our therapy program to run smoothly! We couldn’t do it without her!

Ken Mixon
Assistant Lead Volunteer & Thomas’ Best Friend

Ken Mixon retired in  from Sea Star Lines in 2012 and decided that his real work needed to begin! He is one of the original volunteers at Horseplay Therapy.  Known by all as “Mr Ken”, he is willing to do anything needed to help a hippotherapy session be successful. This often means talking like cookie monster, or singing the requested song of the day over and over and over and over again.  Mr Ken is loved by our families and staff, and adored by our patients. He loves watching the kids progress and is always ready to celebrate when they do great things! We are so thankful for Mr. Ken!