A Bend, OR native, Lori has enjoyed returning to her hometown, where she loves trail running and exploring the great outdoors. She loves spending her free time with her new baby, family and friends.
She has always had a passion for horses and kids and became a PATH certified riding instructor in 2004, teaching riding lessons to children with disabilities. As she saw the benefits of equine movement as an treatment tool she went on to get extensive training in Hippotherapy. In 2005 Laurie started a therapy clinic at Forward Stride, a premiere therapeutic riding center in Beaverton, Oregon. Over the next several years she grew the practice to included physical therapists, occupational therapists and speech language pathologists, all incorporating equine movement as an effective treatment strategy within their plan of care. Laurie is currently the only Board Certified Hippotherapy Clinical Specialist (HPCS) in the state of Oregon.
Laurie is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and the APTA Pediatric Section, American Hippotherapy Association (AHA) and the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH). Laurie enjoys using a holistic approach toward treating kids and adults. She loves collaborating with other therapists, providing family education and incorporating a variety of treatment tools and approaches to help each individual reach their goals.
Laurie’s other passions include exploring the outdoors thru hiking and backpacking, skiing, traveling, reading and spending time with her two kids, husband and dog.