Helping Humans and Horses
As a human and equine therapist with over 15 years of experience working with clients in a therapeutic setting, Elisse brings a wide variety of modalities into her practice. She began her career working as an Exercise Physiologist having completed her Bachelors in Kinesiology then went on to obtain her Registered Massage Therapy Licence. She has since gone on to complete Diplomas in Equine Therapy, Equine Craniosacral, and currently in the process of completing both her Human and Equine Osteopathy Diplomas concurrently.
Elisse is also the owner and head instructor of EQ Therapeutics Online Continuing Education Courses, Instructor of RMT at the West Coast College of Massage Therapy, Certified Equine Assisted Learning Instructor, and guest speaker for The Whole Horse Apprenticeship, The Equine Connection, and Josh Nichol Horsemanship members site. Her current focus lies in research and development of standards of practice in the equine industry.
Where Did It All Start
As a child and young adult I was always passionate about horses. I started riding at age eight after my parents gifted me with a riding lesson for my birthday. I quickly became a horse lover and enthusiast. I continued riding through my elementary and high school years, taking lessons and leasing various horses. To offset the expense of my riding lessons I worked at a stable, grooming horses and cleaning stalls. It was always my dream that one day I would be able to work with horses in a professional capacity, but uncertain that I could make a viable living working with horses, I pursued a Bachelor’s Degree in Kinesiology with a focus on Exercise Science
After becoming successful in the field of Clinical Kinesiology, I subsequently went on to seek further clinical training as an RMT, my current profession. Over the past decade, I have worked with some of the top athletes in the world including Canada and all International Rugby Sevens, BC Lions, Toronto Argonauts, Curl BC’s junior high performance and Olympic training teams as well as multiple Ironman competitors.
I loved working in athletics and rehabilitation and quickly noticed that equestrians suffered many of the same pathologies as other professional athletes. Furthermore, I realized that their equine counterparts, coming as they often did with their very own set of imbalances and injuries, contributed hugely to the overall performance of the team. It was then that I began researching equine therapy and fortuitously met a very special horse named Sparky at the farm where I was riding.
A Twist of Fate
The Horse That Changed My Career
Little did I know that the relationship I would build with Sparky would be the determining factor in a change of direction in my career. Sparky arrived in my life in a severely injured state that appeared, at times, to be almost beyond hope. Suffering from multiple kick wounds and a fractured hind leg, for months, he was barely able to walk or even weight bear. These injuries caused him to lose an extreme amount of weight and develop scar tissue, which led to severe dysfunction in the mobility of his leg. I volunteered to treat Sparky’s injuries, travelling weekly from my home in Vancouver to Langley. I hoped to rehabilitate Sparky using all the skills and techniques I would have applied to my human patients. After a time the results were nothing short of incredible. But Sparky’s future was not yet secure so I purchased him in order to continue with his rehabilitation process. After many months of treatment, Sparky was able to make an amazing recovery and is now in the next phase of rehabilitation training, working to improve his endurance on the ground and under saddle.
Through Sparky’s healing process we developed an incredible partnership. It was this experience that motivated me to delve into the world of equine and equestrian therapy. At this same time I purchased an injured, older pony named Waco, who I also successfully rehabilitated. That was when I made a major change in my life and moved from Vancouver to live on a small rental farm in Langley with my horses.
It was because of my relationship with Sparky and Waco that I had a moment of enlightenment which brought my career full circle: my two passions, human and equine therapy, became one and my dream became reality.
Creating Harmony Within and Outside of The Body
My own journey taught me the power of education, research and experience that resulted in the successful rehabilitation of Sparky and Waco. I further committed to my life’s goal to continually seek training and to professionally develop my knowledge of therapies for horses by earning a Diploma in Equine Performance Therapy, Certification in Equine Facilitated Learning, and completing Equine Craniosacral and Osteopathy continuing education courses. I am also currently completing Diplomas in both Human and Equine Osteopathy.
I created Equilibria Therapeutics to address the challenges faced by horses and humans through knowledge-based yet creative solutions. Its vision is to improve and rehabilitate the physical capacity, form, and function of both horses and humans alike, creating harmony within and outside of the body.
My training in
Bachelor of Kinesiology (UBC)
Registered Massage Therapy Diploma (West Coast College of Massage Therapy)
Human Performance Diploma (Langara College)
Osteopathy Diploma - in progress (Canadian School of Osteopathy)
My training in
Certified Equine Facilitated Learning Instructor (Equine Connection)
Equine Osteopathy Level 1 & 2; Levels 3-4 in progress (Integrated Equine Therapies)
Equine NeuroKinetic Therapy (NeuroKinetic Therapy)
Equine Therapy Diploma (Kheiron College of Equine Therapy)