The professional staff of Nature's Edge includes Speech, Occupational and Physical Therapists, all of whom are licensed and credentialed in Wisconsin and by the professional associations for ther respective disciplines.  All of our therapists have also successfully completed their AHA Level I certifications and are working toward their Level II certifications.  Their full resumes are available below.

Resume of Becky Payne, Speech Language Pathologist

Resume of Laura Dietsche, Occupational Therapist, OTR

Resume of Wendy Champion, PT


The Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International ( fosters safe, professional, ethical and therapeutic equine activities through education, communication, research and membership standards.  Today, many medical professionals, including the American Physical Therapy Association and the American Occupational Therapy Association, recognize the therapeutic value of equine-assisted activities.  PATH International ensures its standards are met through an accreditation process for centers and a certification process for instructors.  Nature’s Edge Therapy Center is a PATH International member center.


The professional staff of Nature’s Edge is registered with the American Hippotherapy Association Inc. (AHA) (  AHA promotes the use of the movement of the horse as a treatment strategy in physical, occupational and speech-language therapy sessions for people living with disabilities.  AHA is comprised of medical professionals (physical, occupational and speech-language therapists) and others who are interested in the use of equine movement as a treatment strategy.


Nature’s Edge is also an affiliate member of Pet Partners ( and is a Licensed Provider of Pet Partners AAT Training.  The mission of Pet Parnters is to help people live healthier and happier lives by incorporating therapy, service, and companion animals into their lives.