Theresa Major has been an occupational therapist for 26 years. She has worked in a wide variety of therapy settings including hospitals, nursing facilities, rehab clinics and home health care. In 2007, she started a hippotherapy business in which she treats children and adults with special needs. Her clientele present with a wide range of functional levels, with diagnoses including, but not limited to, cerebral palsy, traumatic brain injury, Angelman’s syndrome, genetic disorders, autism, and a wide range of sensory integration dysfunctions and developmental delays.
Theresa is a member of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) and the Occupational Therapy Association of Colorado (OTAC). She is also registered with the American Hippotherapy Association (AHA) and is a Level 1 therapist through the AHA.
Theresa lives in Littleton, Colorado. She is married with five children. She enjoys quality time with her family and friends and all the outdoor activities that Colorado has to offer. She has a special empathy for her clients, as she, herself, has two children with chronic disabilities.
Sarah Long is born and raised in Littleton, Colorado where she received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2016 from the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. Sarah comes from a lifelong passion for pediatric physical therapy and an interest in helping individuals reach their fullest potential. She has
participated in a number of volunteer and work experiences including Aurora Public Schools, Camp Paha, Adam's Camp, and The Healthy Me Project. Sarah currently works as a full time employee at KidsCare Home Health providing physical therapy services to kids in the Denver Metro area. Sarah is spending her
Monday's and Saturday's at Carynne4Kids. She is very excited to be here! Sarah is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and registered with the American Hippotherapy Association (AHA) as a Level 1 therapist. During her free time, she enjoys training her horse, Astro, as well as hiking, running, raising her stepdaughter and new baby son Daniel!
Gwen Hanna has been a volunteer with Car-ynne 4 Kids since the summer of 2015. As horse leader and side walker, she was known to sing a crazy song or offer a "happy dance" along the way! She has spent much time in the last 15 years at the barn gate as she supported her daughters in their life challenges. She knows first-hand what powerful things happen when people and horses share space!
As Chaplain at the ranch, she offers a listening ear to families and caregivers and is available
for counsel and pastoral care. Operating under her own non-profit, Under His Wings, she offers her time and care on a donation basis. Gwen looks forward to walking with you through life and its challenges. Please see the Gwen's Calendar section on the About Us tab to view her schedule at the ranch.
If you have a special need for encouragement, counsel, or a hospital visit, Gwen is available at 303.520.1314.
To read more about Gwen and her story, click here.
Kerrin Larson joined us in 2018 as a volunteer and quickly decided Car-ynne 4 Kids was her happy place. She has been riding ever since her fifth birthday when her aunt took her to see the horses at the therapeutic riding program at which her aunt volunteered. Kerrin went on to compete regionally and nationally in high equitation. Her background in natural horsemanship has propelled her into the Horse Trainer position at Car-ynne 4 Kids, while her lifelong experience working with people who have special needs has earned her a volunteer position with the clients that love her so much. Kerrin is originally from New York and moved to Colorado in 2013, where she lives with her husband and two dogs.
Gwynne Jones grew up in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont with a sweet spot for maple syrup. She attended Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA where she double majored in biology and dance. Her love of movement and mountains lead her to Regis University’s Doctor of Physical Therapy program in Denver from which she graduated in 2019. During this program, she gained clinical experience treating children and adults in various locations and settings including acute care, outpatient orthopedics, and outpatient neurological physical therapy. She now works full time at an outpatient clinic in Fort Collins, but always looks forward to her occasional Saturday at Car-ynne 4 Kids. Gwynne started volunteering at the ranch during PT school in 2017 and now hopes to contribute to research regarding the efficacy of hippotherapy as an intervention for individuals with neurologic conditions. In her free time, she loves dancing, exploring in nature, and spending time with her horses, Misty and Nitro