Founder: Melissa Child, LMSW, CTRI
Melissa grew up in Central Washington, showing horses in 4-H and team penning. She left her home and horses to find a new career path and found Little Bit Therapeutic Riding Center in 2008. She became a Certified Registered Instructor through NARHA, now known as Path International, in 2009, Certified Mentor through Path Intl. In 2012 and completed the process to become a Credentialed Therapeutic Riding Instructor in 2019 through PATH International. Melissa has had the opportunity to work at some great therapeutic riding facilities in Washington and Idaho. In 2017 she finished her B.A. in Special Education Studies. In 2020, Melissa earned her Master’s in Social Work through Northwest Nazarene University and obtained her license as a Licensed Master of Social Work. During Melissa’s master’s program, her research consisted of determining the effectiveness of equine-assisted services treating veterans with PTSD symptoms. She is currently attending Grand Canyon University’s Doctor of Philosophy in General Psychology: Performance Psychology program to continue her research in the AAI field. Melissa enjoys sharing her passion for life in assisting people in finding solutions to their problems. Melissa When she is not busy with work, she enjoys spending time with her family, friends, and animal friends. Hobbies include horseback riding, motorcycle riding, 4-wheeling, camping, fishing, and other outdoor activities.