PATH Certified Therapeutic Riding and Driving Instructor
Leslie Paradise has been instructing therapeutic riding for the special needs community for over 14 years. She got her start when she herself had a therapeutic experience with horses during her own grief recovery. She then started volunteering at a therapeutic center learning much about those with special needs and then started an intensive learning program about horses riding and instruction. In 1998, Leslie completed her PATH therapeutic riding instructor training and certification and began instructing. Leslie also developed a passion for driving horses. In 2000, she purchased her beloved miniature horse Rebel and began driving with exhibition driving teams performing is several parades including the prestigious tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena California! In 2005, Leslie became a PATH certified driving instructor and looks forward to adding this activity to serve our special needs clients in the future.
Phone: (602) 971-1924
Lisa Péwé, CTRI, ESMH
Life Coach and PATH Certified Equine Specialist
Lisa Péwé (pronounced Pay-Way) has been an equine professional for over 30 years. She started out as a youth learning to ride and train and show Arabian horses. This led to a professional carrier of training showing and coaching hundreds of horses and riders to regional and national awards. Her success as a coach was based mainly on her ability to understand and read the horses at any given moment and be able to communicate to the rider how to “meld” or synchronize themselves with the horse. Her foundation for building champion riders was always based on helping the rider create a foundation of personal “centeredness” and emotional congruence” as well as identifying individual learning and motivational styles of the rider. Lisa brings all that skill and expertise now to facilitate not the winning of championship ribbons, but to facilitate the victory of inner growth and healing for individuals in all areas of life.
Lisa has been involved in the equine therapeutic community since 2007 when she became the Equine director and later the program director for a PATH Intl premiere therapeutic riding center. Guiding the program in volunteer training and development, Equine selection, training and care, and developing Equine assisted psychotherapy and Equine assisted personal growth and life skills programs. She has presented at a regional conference for PATH and received her certification in Therapeutic riding instruction in 2007. She also holds certification as an Equine Specialist in Equine assisted activities and psychotherapy in two organizations, PATH and EAGALA.
Lisa has been doing equine assisted therapeutic activities, life coaching and support group facilitating for several years. Lisa’s passion for helping others in achieving inner victory and growth began with her own personal journey of emotional freedom and inner healing and personal growth. Her journey has allowed her to gain extensive experience with trauma healing models and support groups as well as traditional 12 step recovery models. Her passion for healing led her to complete a degree in psychology and she continues to enrich her knowledge and understanding of recovery, trauma and building healthy life and relationship skills with professional seminars and workshops. She is a trained abuse recovery support group facilitator and has been facilitating groups for over 7 years. Her diverse experiences allow s her to walk alongside many different groups of people in their pursuit of personal growth and freedom. Including those who need a little help in relationship skills, are going through transitions of divorce, grief or just life’s challenges, to victimized and highly traumatized individuals helping them to regain a sense of wholeness, empowerment in relationships and confidence in their abilities.
Phone: (602) 571-1695
PATH Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor
Barbara loves helping people by teaching. She began assistant teaching middle school students when she was just a high school sophomore herself. Barbara began to ride and care for horses at age seven while growing up in California. She learned the value of their special abilities, and our relationships with them. Combining two loves – people and horses – just came naturally when Barbara got the chance. Along the way, she gained formal skills in training people and designing courses. With the horses she loved, she also kept learning new riding and horsemanship skills.
Barbara co-owned and operated Del Camino Equestrian Academy in Scottsdale Arizona from 1996 to 2007. There she designed and delivered horsemanship clinics, workshops and camps for youth and adults, gave private and group riding lessons and managed the care of more than 20 horses. The program emphasized “safety first” for the people, the horses, and the others around them. The curriculum combined groundwork and mounted work based on an evaluation of the client’s goals and physical abilities or challenges.
Students often came just wanting exercise or to learn a new sport, but some brought physical, cognitive, emotional or behavioral challenges with them. Often these were people who needed to get something more than exercise. They needed to relax, to clarify, and to heal. Barbara’s ability to make work and learning fun and to share her passion for horses in different ways for different students gets results. With her carefully chosen school horses, she taught them horsemanship, sensory observation, and non-verbal communication. By using posture, balance, rhythm and breathing to partner with the horse their dreams became achievements. Empowered by often simple skills, riders were thrilled with their accomplishments, not only with horses, but in other aspects of their lives. Some students became successful competitive riders, others found a core interest for their entire family that helped bind it together. But for all, a respect as well as love for the horses was quietly but firmly turned into lasting life skills.
Barbara is a PATH International Registered Level Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor since 2009, and was an early organizer of therapeutic equine activities for veterans and active duty military and their families in Arizona.
Barbara’s transition to teaching horsemanship and equitation to special populations in 2009 was another natural progression, building on a lifetime of insight into people and horses – the variety of ways they communicate and learn, and what they both need to be safe, secure, happy and productive.
Phone: (480) 262-3434
Michelle Raugust, CTRI, ESMHL
PATH Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor
Michelle grew up in Colorado with a passion for horses and a desire to help people. She spent years riding and learning everything she could about horses before beginning to teach riding lessons.
In 2008, Michelle began volunteering at a therapeutic riding center and quickly fell in love with the field. She saw the opportunity to combine her love of horses and her desire to help people. In 2010, Michelle became a PATH certified riding instructor and in 2011 became the Equine Program manger for a PATH Intl. Premier Accredited center.
After moving to Arizona in 2013, Michelle has continued her career in the therapeutic riding world. She obtained her PATH Intl. Equine Specialist in Equine Assisted Activities in 2016 and is working on her PATH Intl.. Advanced Level Riding Instructor certification.
Phone: (480) 262-3434
Melody S. Cohen, ESMH
PATH Certified Mental Health Equine Specialist
Melody Cohen has 45 years experience working with horses and barn management. Melody has been involved with Therapeutic Riding and Equine Assisted Activities since 2010. She began by volunteering in both programs as well functioning as barn supervisor. Melody became PATH Intl. certified as a Mental Health Equine Specialist in 2014. Her deep passion for horses and love for helping others with their challenges, found a perfect union working with people with special needs and within Equine Assisted Therapies.
As a youth growing up in Topanga Canyon California, Melody worked on a ranch to help pay for her horse’s board. She worked as a Trail Guide and feeding, doing barn maintenance for a herd of 30 plus Private,Sale and Trail horses. She got a solid foundation on caring for and handling horses.
Her family relocated to Scottsdale Arizona in the 60’s and Melody immediately fell in love with the Sonoran Desert and its beautiful trails.
Since then Melody has gone back and forth from desert to coast working as a Property Manager, Private Caregiver, Musician and being involved with horses.
Phone: (480) 262-3434
Dianne R. Boyse
Dianne Robinson Boyse is a dedicated professional with 18+ years of experience leading and supporting both large and small non-profit organizations. Prior to joining Envision Therapeutic Horsemanship in September, 2016, Dianne was Manager of Community Relations and Volunteer Services for Phoenix Rescue Mission. Her diverse skill set includes team building, volunteer management, business partner development, recruiting, administration and project management. From 1998 – 2013, Dianne was Minister of Worship for North Bible and Scottsdale Bible Churches, serving as Vocal Director for the Scottsdale Bible Sunday Nite contemporary services and developing and overseeing all aspects of the North Bible Church worship ministry from its inception.
Dianne is very happily married to Colin Boyse and they enjoy four grown children, their spouses and five grandchildren.
Phone: (480) 242-3434