Leah grew up around horses in Florida, starting in Horse Camp when she was 7-years-old. She then grew up spending afternoons at the race track with her father, which fostered her love and appreciation for horses. She later took riding lessons in English and Western, before becoming a part of the Hunt Seat Intercollegiate Equestrian Team for her Alma Mater, the University of Florida. Throughout her high school and college years, she volunteered with various non-profits to provide therapeutic riding to individuals with special needs.
After graduating college with her B.S. in Psychology and her B.A. in Criminology, Leah moved to McAllen, TX, in 2013 to teach 6th Science with Teach For America. While in McAllen, she stumbled upon an organization called Valley Trotters Youth Ranch, where she provided Hippotherapy to individuals with various abilities. Additionally, she worked with a trainer/breeder to assist in exercising/training young off-the-track Quarter Horses to help them find new homes.
Leah then moved to Southern California in August 2015, graduating from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology (Irvine campus) in August 2019 with her Psy.D. in Clinical Forensic Psychology. She currently provides evaluations and treatment to adults who file workers’ compensation psychological claims, as well as private therapy, biofeedback treatment, and pre-surgical psychological evaluations. She began volunteering with TRCHB in August 2017 and began teaching in January 2020. She holds a dual certification with PATH as a Registered Therapeutic Riding Instructor (RTRI) and Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning (ESMHL).
“Working with the horses and students at TRCHB has brought significant joy into my life. I have a passion for horses and helping others and TRCHB provides me a platform to pursue my interests and goals. One day I hope my experience here will transition into having my own equestrian center to provide therapeutic riding and other equine-facilitated services, particularly working with incarcerated populations.”