Our Focus with OT
1. Equine-assisted Pediatric OT
This equine-assisted, therapeutic approach is both fun and motivational, especially for children. It engages sensory, neuromotor, and cognitive systems in a unique and healing way.
2. In-clinic Pediatric OT
A more traditional therapeutic approach, this form of OT also focuses on helping children strengthen and develop fine motor, sensory motor, and visual motor skills, but one-on-one with a licensed therapist in an office setting vs. a therapeutic, horse-based team.
Both services are conveniently provided on site at Courage Reins, giving our therapists the option of a singular course or treatment or a two-pronged approach. As a result, our skilled OT team can best provide individualized treatment plans and an optimal therapeutic experience for every person we serve.
Meet Our Occupational Therapists!
Growing up in a small Utah town, one of Justin’s first loves was horses. He was continually drawn to them. Riding, training… any excuse to spend time with his family’s beautiful appaloosas. Camping, hunting, and fishing trips always included them. A highlight of every year was the family High Unitas trip. Packing in 30 miles on horseback for two weeks, surrounded by the mountains and family he loves, remain some of his fondest memories.
Due to his love for helping people and a desire to see them reach their potential, Justin found a career in Occupational Therapy, graduating from the University of Utah with a Master’s degree. He has more than 15 years of experience working with people of all ages, but his emphasis has been in work with children, where he’s spent more than 10 years working in the Alpine School District. He’s driven to help children and adolescents with special needs learn skills to increase their confidence and independence. Justin is thrilled to combine his passion for horses with that of helping others as a member of the Courage Reins team.
Nate has always been drawn to helping people realize their potential and become the best version of themselves. He has never stopped looking for new and more effective ways to do this. This drive to help others reach their goals eventually led to Colorado State University and a degree in Occupational Therapy. Since then he has worked with children as a pediatric occupational therapist at Alpine School District for the past 17 years. Nate has also worked as a neurological occupational ttherapist for the past six years at Cognitive FX (a cutting-edge brain treatment center). He has become passionate about helping children and youth with a wide range of both physical and mental disabilities with a diversified scope of diagnoses. Nate grew up with horses and experienced the joy of riding into no man’s land and packing with horses into the Uintah mountains for a week or more. He found that horses can afford you opportunities to do many other amazing things. So naturally, when presented with the concept of using horses as a means to helping children and youth reach their occupational therapy goals, Nate was very excited. He is greatly looking forward to this new adventure as part of the Courage Reins family.
Gina has been involved with horses most of her life, competing as a hunter jumper and three-day event rider. She owns her own horses in her backyard in Sandy, Utah, and still competes at local and national levels. She first learned of Courage Reins when she did an internship for its Occupational Therapy program 20 years ago.
Gina has a BS in animal science from Utah State University and an associate degree in occupational therapy.
We have extensive experience treating children of all ages. Common disabilities known to benefit from OT include:
Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
Autism Spectrum Disorders
Failure to Thrive
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders
Fine Motor Delays
High Muscle Tone
Low Muscle Tone
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Sensory Processing Disorders (SPD)
Specific Learning Impairments (SLI)
Spinal Cord Injury
Stroke/Cerebrovascular Accident (CVA)
Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
Upper Extremity Deformities
And many others
“My daughters love going to Courage Reins for Occupational Therapy. We noticed improvement with just 1 session — one daughter went from standing 10 seconds to 20 seconds to taking 3 steps consistently. Core balance for both of my girls has improved tremendously. I also see improvements in their attention spans and sensory abilities. I am so glad we're able to do this special therapy.”
NOTE: All clients at Courage Reins benefit from donor sponsorships. We want this to be a place of healing for all, and we do not discriminate based on ability to pay. As you can see from the full cost breakdown below, there is much to cover financially with every therapy session, but the total cost is not what we ask our clients to provide. Instead, we offer a lesser rate to keep this experience affordable and rely on donations from sponsors to make the difference. As a nonprofit, every contribution received helps with this cause. If, as a client, you find yourself in a position to pay for your sessions in full, please let us know so we can reallocate sponsorship funds and offer further support to families in need.
- Private, 60 minute session: $150
- Group, 60 minute session: $220