Nature’s Edge Therapy Center – where we come together with the common goal of achieving maximum therapeutic progress through quality, comprehensive therapy that incorporates nature and animals. Click on one of the links below to learn more.
Nature’s Edge Therapy Center, Inc. was founded in June 2001, with the mission of providing more effective, innovative therapeutic treatment for patients with special needs.
Initially, the center provided only speech and language therapy three days a week. In the spring of 2002, Nature’s Edge became a full-time rehabilitation center, operating five days a week and expanding its services to include physical and occupational therapy.
Nature’s Edge was incorporated on July 23, 2001, and received a determination of its 501(c)(3) status from the IRS on December 10, 2001. We receive no funding from the state or federal government. Our work is made possible solely through donations, program-related and fundraising events, and grants.
Our Mission Statement
Our mission is to provide the highest quality of intensive rehabilitation by qualified and licensed staff to our patients and their families in a safe, natural and motivational setting, promoting the human-animal bond. Our ultimate goal is to facilitate our patients’ independence and integration into family, school, and society.
Barn Manager/Equine Specialist Position
Nature’s Edge seeks a Barn Manager/Equine Specialist for full-time employment, Monday-Friday, 8 am to 5 pm – with benefits. Barn Manager MUST be able to pass PATH certification; pathintl.org (professional association of therapeutic horsemanship). Salary increases once PATH certification is obtained during employment.
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 their 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.
The Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (www.pathintl.org) 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) (www.americanhippotherapyassociation.org). 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 (www.petpartners.org) and is a Licensed Provider of Pet Partners AAT Training. The mission of Pet Partners is to help people live healthier and happier lives by incorporating therapy, service, and companion animals into their lives.