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, MS, CTRI, ES
Mary has been a Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor (CTRI) for 20 years. She works with multiple physical and mental disabilities, as well as veterans. 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). 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. She has been a Horse Show Mom for the last 10 years, traveling to Hunter/Jumper shows in CO, CA, KY, PA, MD, AZ, NM.
Ciana Dodgion, MSW, CTRI
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.
Temry Jenks, MSW, LCSW, SSW
Temry is a licensed clinical social worker and earned her master’s degree from the University of Central Florida. She also holds a special services license in school social work from the Colorado Dept. of Education and a certification in Child and Adolescent Services. She has provided care to children, adolescents, and families in a variety of settings including residential treatment, therapeutic foster care, intensive in-home crisis intervention, and outpatient clinics. She spent 10 years as a school social worker for the Cherry Creek School District helping children with social/emotional disabilities, mental illness (depression, anxiety, bipolar disorders), autism, behavioral challenges, and other special needs develop the skills they need to be successful in their learning environment.
Temry has a passionate love for horses that reaches farther back than she can remember. She grew up in Central Oregon and was riding in the saddle with her dad before she could walk. From trail riding and pack trips in the mountains to moving cattle to competing in the dressage and hunter/jumper ring, Temry has never been without horses. Her beloved horse Rocky even traveled with her to and from college. In 2000, Temry had the opportunity to create an equine program at an adolescent residential treatment facility in Montana. It was then that she first realized the incredible power of the horse-human partnership to help clients achieve personal change. She believes that experiential learning in conjunction with specific therapy techniques and a positive therapeutic relationship is the best way to help clients reach their treatment goals.