Meet Therapist

Meet Our Therapists

Lee is the founder of the Equine Partnership Program and is joined by Mary Slouka, Debra Baty,  Júlia Ódor, and Brooks Eddy as EPP’s therapists.

Lee Dudley M.A., LPC

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Lee holds a master’s degree in psychology and is a Licensed Professional Counselor. Lee specializes in working with kids with behavioral issues. She has been certified to practice equine assisted therapy by the Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association (EAGALA) since 2001. Lee developed the Animal assisted therapy program for the Human Passages Institute, worked with the Equine Facilitated Grief Group at the Emily Griffith Centers for Children, and has written an EAP curriculum for Douglas County’s Schools at risk program. Lee focuses on behavior change and the building of healthy relationships while working with an equine partner. The insights and personal growth gained in this type of therapy carry into all aspects of her client’s lives outside of the ranch for long-term change.

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Lee has been a professional in the horse industry for 24 years. She has been showing hunters and jumpers in the state of Colorado since she was in the 11 & under Short Stirrup Division and spent all of her formative years on the back of a horse.   As a coach and professional rider, she has developed horses and riders that have won at a national level. This includes both Congress and World Championships in the AQHA and APHA associations as well as many top-ten finishers in the Colorado Medal Finals and year-end high point horses in the Colorado Hunter Jumper Association. Lee’s experience as a long-time professional in the horse world allows her to bring all that she knows of horses and horse behaviors to her therapy practice.

Júlia Ódor, Therapeutic Riding and Vaulting Instructor

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Julia is a therapeutic riding and vaulting instructor from Hungary, Europe. She specializes in
special needs development for children using horses by doing activities both on the ground and
under saddle. She is a certified therapeutic riding and vaulting instructor from the Hungarian
Equine therapy Confederation (Magyar Lovasterápia Szövetség). This Confederation is part of
the HETI-Horses in Education and Therapy International. She trained under Octavia Brown a
NARHA founder (North American Riding for the Handicapped Association) now called PATH
(Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International)
She is trained in both show jumping and dressage.
Julia believes the positive mental, physical and psychological effects of horseback riding and
activities around horses. Children can learn responsibility, self confidence, success and social
skills during the therapy sessions.
Julia has experiences with kids who has mental problem, autistic disorder, learning disabilities,
hyperactivity, behavioral and sense perception (see, hear, speak) problems

Mary Slouka, CTRI, ES

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Mary has been a Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor (CTRI) for 25 years. She works within the Equine Assisted Learning (EAL) model. This model is an experiential learning approach that promotes the development of life skills for educational, professional and personal goals through equine-assisted activities. Mary has worked with many types of disabilities though many of her students are on the Autism Spectrum. Through the years, she has continuously seen the value of a horse for therapy. Equine Assisted Therapy with Mary is a fun, laid-back activity where clients learn responsibility, communication, confidence, problem solving skills and so much more. She also assists Lee Dudley with groups and is a trained Equine Specialist in Mental Health (ES). Mary is also a trained Stephen Minister. Mary has a BS in Agricultural Business with a concentration in equine sciences. Mary has ridden horses for most of her life and has dabbled in most disciplines, but her primary passion is trail riding.

Debra Baty, MA, LPC, CAC II


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Debra Baty’s professional roles span over two decades and includes the provision of psychotherapy services, professional training; equine assisted psychotherapy for adults, adolescents and groups. She has specialized in working with people with behavioral problems and victims of personal and sexual trauma. She values the role horses play in the facilitation of the healing of humans. She is thrilled to become part of the Equine Partnership Program Team. Currently she provides contract services on a part-time basis.