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Susan Adams, Executive Director-Founder/EAGALA, Certified Equine Specialist, Magna Wave Provider

 

Susan has worked to fulfill a lifelong dream to use her love for horses to improve the lives of others in her community. Instrumental in developing the program and team, she has ten years of experience with Oasis Acres working with groups, families and individuals.

Catherine Lector, Admin

 

Catherine is a San Antonio native who graduated with her Associates degree in business management from San Antonio College and received her Bachelors in Business Administration from Wayland Baptist University.

Sam Adams, Facility Operations/Farrier Services

 

Sam grew up with horses and rodeo in his pre-adult years. After attending Southwest Texas in San Marcos, he joined the family business in construction and aviation where he ran the daily operations of the airport and flight school. He retired from the family business in 2014 and started another business. In 2015 he met Susan and joined forces with her and Oasis Acres! Sam oversees all the facility operations, keeps the horses in shape and healthy!

Marie Mason, LPC Counselor

 

Marie Mason was born in Toronto, Canada after her parents immigrated from Holland. Her dad became a farmer and she started riding when she was nine. She spent years doing 4-H and showing on the Arabian circuit. She moved to Texas in 1993 to teach horseback riding at Camp Stewart in Hunt, Texas and never left. Marie has now been working in education for twenty-eight years but her passion is equine therapy, which she hopes to do full time after retirement. Marie has been certified with EAGALA since 2010 and firmly believes in the power of the horses. She will be doing EMDR training in the fall and is hoping to also use horses as a tool in the regulation of trauma. Oasis Acres has been a wonderful place to work and we hope that you will come out to see what we do!

Lindsay Lorson, LCSW and BCBA

 

Lindsay earned her Master of Social Work (MSW) from University of Texas at El Paso in 2017 and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW). She began her career working with vulnerable populations within the US-Mexico border region. She then went on to earn her Master of Education (M.Ed.)/Applied Behavior Analysis from Arizona State University and has been a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) since 2019.

Lindsay is an Air Force Veteran with 13 years of honorable service. She has over seven years of experience working with children, adolescents and families in a variety of settings. For the past four years, she gained experience working with children on the Autism Spectrum, tailoring the science of Applied Behavior Analysis to each client with goals of independence, enhanced social skills, and overall life satisfaction. She has a wealth of volunteer experience working with military members and veterans, high-risk populations, and group facilitation. She is passionate about preparing her clients for situations both inside of the home and in their daily lives. When working with individuals and groups, she tends to use an action-based, values-driven approach with acceptance and mindfulness strategies to increase psychological flexibility, identify helpful and unhelpful behaviors and improve self-esteem so they can live a life that is meaningful and fulfilling to them.

Whitney Dee Reina, MA, LPC, LCDC, and NCC

Whitney has worked in the mental health field specializing in substance use since 2015. She is a graduate from St. Mary's University Clinical Mental Health Counseling program. She started her career working with at-risk youth and mandated adult populations in a non-profit setting, using self-disclosure and empathy to foster connection with clients. She has developed multiple interactive group curriculums based in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Emotion Focused Therapy, and Cognitive Processing therapy. Later, she honed her crisis intervention skills as a primary clinical counselor
in dual diagnosis residential treatments centers in San Antonio and Spring Branch. Whitney believes in the power of group therapy and works to hold space for an authentic experience. In her spare time, she enjoys saltwater fishing and playing baseball with her husband.

Latasha Teamer

 

Latasha comes to us with several years of experience as a
Licensed Professional Counselor and Marriage and Family Therapist Associate working with children, adolescents and adults. She is also a certified General Education Teacher (EC-6) and taught for several years as an elementary school
teacher. Born in Odessa, but raised in San Antonio, Latasha gained her Bachelor of Applied Science in Human Services from Wayland Baptist University and was awarded a Master of Science in Psychology from Our Lady of the Lake University. Latasha has always had a love for animals and is delighted to merge her passion
of counseling with the benefits of equine therapy. After learning about the EAGALA model, she is also committed to becoming a certified EAGALA provider. Balancing her professional and personal life, she enjoys spending time with her
husband and 3 children. When she's not in the office, Latasha is traveling with her family, enjoying fun and fellowship with friends, or engaging in Pinterest inspired crafting projects!

Lisa Gibson, EAGALA Certified Equine Specialist

 

Lisa joined Oasis Acres as a volunteer and developed a strong commitment to the EAGALA model as she witnessed first-hand the life changing benefits of the work. Lisa is now an EAGALA Certified Equine Specialist who greatly enjoys watching the amazing benefits equine mental health therapy provides.

Regea Llerenas, EAGALA Certified Equine Specialist

 

Regea brings her horse experience and youth to the program and does a lot of the “heavy lifting.” Regea is a EAGALA Certified Equine Specialist and has a degree in Public Health, her skills with horses and clients is a great asset to the Oasis Acres team.

Kenzie Anne Greer, Intern/Equine Specialist

 

From once was a dream to now a reality, Kenzie has always wanted to combine her love of horses with her desire to help others. Last year she came to the ranch looking for an opportunity to learn anything and everything about horses, this is when she was introduced to Equine Assisted Psychotherapy. Aside from caring for the horses, she is a full-time student preparing to graduate from Northwest Vista with her Associates in Business Administration. Kenzie will continue her educational endeavors by majoring in Mental Health to become an LPC, along with completing her EAGALA and Magna Wave PEMF training. When away from her studies, Kenzie enjoys spending her time feeding, grooming, and spoiling the horses! Among the other various animals she cares for at the ranch, Kenzie is a dedicated hard worker who strives daily to continue to learn and grow her love of horses.