Sarah grew up on a farm on the coast of Maine. She started riding at the age of 10. In high school, she began riding hunter jumper, saddleseat, and carriage driving at a local Morgan horse farm and training horses including several regional and national champions. While pursuing a business administration degree at St Andrews Presbyterian College in North Carolina, Sarah competed on the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association Hunt Seat team and worked as the student barn manager. It was at St Andrews that Sarah was first exposed to therapeutic riding.
Upon graduation, Sarah worked for 5 years in business management while continuing to volunteer with the therapeutic riding program at the University of New Hampshire. In 2009, Sarah became a certified therapeutic riding instructor through the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH Intl.) and accepted a position at Sagebrush Equine Training Center for the Handicapped in Sun Valley, Idaho. In 2011, she became an advanced certified instructor through PATH. It was Sarah’s experience with the healing power of horses as a therapeutic riding instructor that inspired her to return to school to become an occupational therapist.
Sarah earned her Occupational Therapy degree for East Carolina University while continuing to teach therapeutic riding at a local facility in Greenville, NC. She completed her Master’s research thesis on equine assisted activities and therapies and was able to present her research at the 2015 American Occupational Therapy Association National Conference. Since graduation, Sarah has worked as the lead occupational therapist in Onslow County and Hillsboro School Systems and as an early childhood diagnostic therapist through Saint Louis Public School System.
When not at Dynamic Strides, Sarah enjoys spending time with her family and her therapy dog Mr. Gordon. She has a love for tacos, football, hockey, and country music.
Sarah looks forward to sharing her passion for horses and pediatric therapy with her clients at Dynamic Strides Therapy.