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9722 Southwest 153rd Avenue Archer FL, 32618
Cathi Brown, MOT, OTR/L, Director of Therapy and Adaptive Programs
Cathi Brown is a native Floridian who describes herself as having “an ongoing love affair with horses.” Her first spoken word was “horse”. While obtaining a Master of Exercise and Sport Science with a specialty in Adapted Physical Education and undergraduate courses in Animal Science with a Equine Specialty, Cathi discovered the wonders of equine-assisted therapy. Seeing firsthand how these wonderful and magical animals, the horse of course, form partnerships with the entire team and help all individuals reach their therapy goals inspired Cathi to continue her education; graduating from the University of Florida with a Master of Occupational Therapy. Cathi was able to then fulfill her dream of combining her profession and her passion. Since that time Cathi has been providing equine-assisted therapy and activities at HOPE HOrses helping PEople.
Cathi is a nationally registered and state certified Occupational Therapist, is a Registered Therapeutic Riding Instructor through Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship, Intl., and is a registered therapist with the American Hippotherapy Association. Cathi has extensive experience working with children and adults with physical, developmental and mental health disabilities. She also has training in Sensory Integration, Ocular Motor Skills, Bilateral Integration and CranialSacral Therapy. Cathi is a co-founder of HOPE, serves on the Board of Directors and is HOPE’s volunteer Director of Therapy and Adaptive Programs. Cathi’s desire to help others and a long time love of horses continues to fuel her commitment to HOPE to provide high quality services and excellence in programming and have a lot of fun and laughter!
Originally from Hudson, Florida, James is a graduate of the University of Florida and has lived in Gainesville for more than a decade. James began volunteering when he was thirteen years old and spent many years involved with Habitat for Humanity. James originally became a volunteer for HOPE because he was interested in learning about horses. After learning more about HOPE’s mission and its impact in the community, James decided to accept administrative duties in order to help expand the organization so that HOPE can reach more people in need of therapeutic riding services. James accepted a position on the board on the Board of Directors in February of 2017 and was elected Board Chairman in August of 2017.