Jeff is an Occupational Therapist that started his a private practice in 2016. Sundance Therapy is focused on providing animal-assisted therapies to individuals of all backgrounds and needs, located in Elizabeth, CO. Since graduating from Louisiana State University with his graduate degree in OT in 2005, Jeff worked for almost a decade at University of Colorado, in acute rehabilitation. While maintaining this, he spent his free time living on a large ranch in Conifer, CO, and training his horse, Sundance. He began working in Hippotherapy in 2012, and has also created programming in Vocational Rehabilitation with Douglas County Open Space Parks, focused on agriculture and horticulture. Last summer, he led trail rides for the Highlands Ranch Community Association for up to 12 people at a time. He currently offers clients opportunities to interact with chickens, pigs, cows and of course, horses, at his small ranch in Elizabeth.
He has taught Physical Rehabilitation for Occupational Therapy Assistant Students at National American University and most recently been recruited to assist the Temple Grandin Equine Center at Colorado State University, in research focused on Equine-Assisted Activities and Therapies (EAAT).
He is a devoted husband to his wife, Desi, a national consultant in housing for people with disabilities. John Schaffner (another board member) has become a hero and mentor, showing the kindness, honor and tough love that the Western lifestyle values, in any generation. Jeff and his wife got to experience this first hand on a small cattle drive with John, during their honeymoon, as they trailered their horses and rode in beautiful canyons and expanses across the country.
Although a rare disorder, Jeff has worked with two clients with Rett Syndrome in the past, and has become familiar with symptoms and treatment through Occupational therapy. He is devoted to helping the families that deal with this daily.