Fran is the Founder/Director of Arise Equine Therapy Foundation, a 501(c)3 Nonprofit organization that provides therapy services which incorporate horses for mental well being and personal growth. Coming from a background as a PATH therapeutic riding instructor, Fran witnessed the emotional/behavioral advancement achieved by participants. This led to developing a program with the focus of Equine Assisted Psychotherapy/Equine Assisted Learning for youth and adults. Fran’s professional training/certifications as an equine specialist includes PATH, EAGALA, Natural Lifemanship and ARCH.
Hosting Arise Equine Therapy Fondation at Arise Ranch LLC has been one of the greatest joys. Sharing her love of horses and people for a greater good is a dream come true. The group of like minded professionals formed for this purpose are here to walk alongside your personal wellbeing journey.
Elisha has been at Arise since 2017. She is the Arise Ranch Manager and an equine specialist in the EAP program. She holds an MBA from Webster University and has a corporate background with Verizon. Elisha is an EAGALA certified equine specialist (ES) and has her EAGALA military designation. She is certified Level 2 in Natural Lifemanship. Elisha is trained in the Equilateral Protocol. Elisha has owned, raised and ridden horses most of her life and when combined with her undergraduate degree in psychology she has exceptional instincts as an equine specialist (ES) in the EAP program. Elisha's passion for all things horses has passed to her daughter who is an avid barrel racer and equine enthusiast.
Ian has worked as a therapist in the EAP program at Arise since 2018. He holds a Masters in Counseling (MAC) from Covenant Theological Seminary and is a licensed professional counselor (LPC) with the State of Missouri. He is a certified EAGALA practitioner and mental health professional (MH). He holds EAGALA's Military Services Designation and works with the Veterans program at Arise. Ian is certified level 2 with Natural LIfemanship and is trained in Equilateral: Equine-Assisted EMDR Protocol. Ian facilitates various workshops throughout the year. Ian works primarily with adults struggling with complex trauma, anxiety and depression.
Tia came to Arise in 2018. She holds two masters degrees from Lindenwood University, including Professional Counseling and School Counseling. She is a licensed professional counselor (LPC), certified school counselor, and certified EAGALA practitioner holding the Military Services Designation. She is a professional member of Natural Lifemanship and the American School Counseling Association (ASCA). Tia works with adolescents, teens, families and individual adults. Her love for horses began at an early age, as her grandfather and father trained and boarded horses. For fun, she enjoys spending time with her husband and teen boys at their family farm, and trail rides with her Belgian Draft horse Candy.
Renee has been working at Arise Equine Therapy Foundation since 2017. After relocating to Missouri and leaving the corporate world, she made the decision to pursue her passion for working with horses and helping people. She is an EAGALA Certified Equine Specialist (ES) along with EAGALA Military Services training, trained in Natural Lifemanship and a professional member of Natural Lifemanship. Working as an ES in the EAP program she has gained a depth of experience with individual adults, teens, adolescents, couples, families and groups. Helping people connect and heal with horses is her dream job. She also enjoys family, trail riding and spending time with her two horses, Ace & Pete.
Nick has been an avid rider for the past 20+ years and boards his two horses, Dolly & Hershey, at Arise. He is involved in the veteran's program at Arise as the Veteran Services Coordinator. He was a Staff Sergeant in the Army with an MOS of 11B40 (infantry) and served in Viet Nam. He has two masters' degrees and a corporate background in health care administration. He is a professional member of Natural Lifemanship and has a long history with his family showing
and trail riding horses. He enjoys his four children, their spouses and eleven grandchildren.