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CEO & Founder of H.O.P.E. Ranch
Clinical Director and Psychotherapist
LICSW – Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker
EAGALA Certified Psychotherapist Horse Specialist
Education & Degrees:
Bachelor of Arts in Social Work, Business, and Spanish from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa
Masters (MSSW) in Clinical Social Work from the University of Wisconsin, Madison
Kit Muellner is well known as a stand out in her field. She specializes in working with children, adults, and families. Before starting H.O.P.E. Ranch in 1999, Kit worked with facilities such as Olmsted County, Omnia Family Services, Gerard Treatment Facilities, Mendota Mental Health Institute and Mayo Clinic.
When she started H.O.P.E. Ranch, Kit was able to combine her passion for healing people with her love of horses and incorporating the EAGALA Model of Equine Assisted Development. This approach is highly powerful and combines in office, play and/or EGALA Model Equine assisted psychotherapy.
Additionally, Kit has developed Equine assisted programs for companies and organizations for their staff retreats and staff development sessions.
Her goal is to make people feel at home on The Ranch and create a unique oasis to experience wonderful growth and healing through psychotherapy with the help of animals.
EAGALA Certified Equine Specialist with 22 years experience with horses. Kelly has an undergraduate degree in counseling and theology. She is a licensed learning disabilities special ed teacher. She co-facilitates EAGALA Model Psychotherapy and Horse Powered Learning.
Hometown: Rochester, MN – She relocated to San Diego CA for 2 years while her husband was in the Navy but we came back when he was discharged to be close to both of our families.
Pets: 2 senior cats, Ozzie and Eddie and a 2 year old Doberman, Dooley.
Favorite thing about The Ranch: I have always been passionate about mental health care services and taking care of people and animals. This job allows me to combine all of my interests.
What you do at the Ranch: I answer phones, open and prepare the office for the day, greet clients, take Sadie (our therapy in training dog) for walks as needed, process the daily mail and any packages that may come, order and retrieve office supplies, ensure Kit has what she needs to take care of her clients, file paperwork, schedule client appointments and in general, help make sure HOPE Ranch runs smoothly.
What I do when I’m not working: I love to spend time with my family, bake, cook, read, organize and find great bargains. I love scary movies and my favorite author is Stephen King.
Tom is a retiree with thirty-eight years in the computer industry as a software engineer and certified project manager, seven years as a K-12 licensed Business Education teacher, and EAGALA Certified Specialist. Tom earned BA and MBA degrees from the University of St Thomas. In addition to teaching business and computer content, Tom has taught CPR and Driver Improvement courses and has been Crisis Prevention Institute certified. Tom also has US Patents to his credit for his software work.
Tom assists at HOPE Ranch with co-facilitating Equine Assisted Development and course and program development.
H.O.P.E. Ranch is currently accepting and processing applications for mental health intern(s).
FARM CHORE HELPER
H.O.P.E. Ranch is currently accepting and processing applications for a farm chore helper. This person would be responsible for feeding and caring for animals. Duties may include items such as cleaning stalls, cleaning and filling water tanks, and assisting with garden areas around the farm. The ability to lift up to 50 pounds repeatedly is a requirement of the job. Weekday morning shifts are available. Each shift is approximately 2-4 hours. The position may expand in the fall to include some weekday evenings.
H.O.P.E. Ranch does not offer riding lessons or activities requiring mounting of a horse. Experiential activities are utilized to facilitate teamwork, problem-solving, communication skills, and more without mounting a horse.
The EAGALA model, EAP and EAL focus on interaction with the horse as part of the facilitation team. 100% of activities are done on the ground – no riding is involved.
Experience with horses is not required to benefit from the healing power of horses