Lee is the founder of the Equine Partnership Program and is joined by Mary Slouka and Ciana Dodgion as EPP’s therapists.
Lee Dudley M.A., LPC
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.
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.
Mary Slouka, CTRI, ES
Mary has been a Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor (CTRI) for 25 years. She works with multiple physical and mental disabilities, but she specializes in Autism cases. Mary’s clients range from two years old to 65 years old. She specializes in clients with multiple disabilities, and she has seen over and over the value of a horse for therapy. Equine assisted therapy is a fun, laid-back activity and doesn’t feel like work for the clients. Mary has recently started working in equine-assisted mental health, assisting Lee Dudley and has been trained as an Equine Specialist in Mental Health (ES). She also as training and counseling experience as a 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 of the disciplines, but her primary passion is trail riding.
Ciana is a social worker, dedicated to serving individuals with special needs and their families, as well as an enthusiastic member of the equestrian community. She began riding at a young age and continues a life-long passion for horsemanship across English and Western disciplines. Ciana holds a Master’s degree in Social Work, with a focus in Child Welfare and Animal Assisted Therapy, as well as a Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor accreditation. Ciana has taught individuals with physical, behavioral and developmental disabilities through roles in therapeutic riding instruction, behavioral health rehabilitation, special education, and coordinating foster care placements. She managed a sizable Equine Assisted Activity and Therapy Program in Colorado for many years. Ciana is passionate about assisting individuals of all abilities to foster healthy, educational relationships with equine partners, focusing on therapeutic goals, horsemanship and developmental growth. Ciana also hosts the Western Sky Vaulters — an Equestrian Vaulting Team that combines gymnastics and dance on a moving horse, for recreational and therapeutic purposes.