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Our Team

Catherine Markosky
Founder & CEO - STAT Inc.

Cat Markosky is a certified Equine Specialist (ES) through EAGALA and the O.K. Corral Series, with 20 years' experience working with horses and humans utilizing and developing therapeutic alternative modalities. Cat is also the General Manager of the Ligonier Therapeutic Center and owner of Pleasant Meadow Farm LLC, along with being the Founder and CEO of STAT Inc. (a 501c3 est. 2007). 


With two of her own children having special needs, Mason with an extremely rare syndrome called Costello Syndrome and Maxwell with Autism, she completely understands the struggles families have in finding valuable services, both therapeutic and recreational, that focus on and actually produce meaningful outcomes. 

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      Melissa Jenkins-Fernández, Psy.D.

Dr. Jenkins-Fernández (“Dr. Mel”) is a licensed Clinical Psychologist with over a decade of experience helping clients, Veterans, and Soldiers heal from trauma. She believes in the therapeutic power of Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT), Equine Assisted Learning (EAL), and Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) with miniature donkeys and horses to facilitate post-traumatic growth. Dr. Mel values the experiential therapeutic approach that helps people discover their own solutions, make new insights, and develop adaptive and more balanced ways of thinking, feeling, and doing. She enjoys using the EAGALA and the O.K. Corral Series Models to provide EAL and EAP.

Dr. Mel is a member of the Pennsylvania Psychological Association (PPA) and the American Psychological Association (APA). She earned her Doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from APA accredited Regent University in Virginia Beach, VA and a Pre-Doctoral APA Internship in Clinical Psychology from Vanderbilt University-Dept of Veterans Affairs in Nashville and Murfreesboro, TN. She is certified in Eye-Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy, and is an EAGALA certified MH with an Individual Military Designation. She is also a third generation military Veteran and served honorably in the U.S. Air Force after enlisting as a teenager. Visit for more info about Dr. Mel. 


Lisa Schartiger, MPT

Lisa is a licensed Physical Therapist wtih a Masters in Physical Therapy from Chatham College in Pittsburgh. Lisa received advanced training from the American Hippotherapy Association and has been providing Equine Assisted Physical Therapy services for over 25 years. Hippotherapy is a medical treatement that can only be provided by a licensed PT, OT, SLP, PTA, or COTA, with at least Level I training. Lisa is certified in both Level I and Level II and will be taking the AHCB test to become Board Certified in 2022. She enjoys working in the outdoors and utilizing alternative strategies for her clients to include equine therapy, aqua therapy to reach a patients' treatment goals. Lisa has owned and operated her own private practice since 2000, Equine Magic Therapeutic Services, with great passion, to utilize equine movement to optimize patient performance capabilities, both mental and physical, with the ultimate goal to restore function for patients and prevent/lessen disabilities following disease or profound injury (such as loss of limb, TBI, stroke, cardiac, lymphoma and paralysis).   

Stephanie Roberts, OT

Stephanie is a licensed Occupational Therapist since 2012 and she is certified in Hippotherapy through the American Hippotherapy Association. Stephanie graduated from Saint Francis University in 2012 with a Masters in Occupational Therapy, with a Bachelors in Health Sciences and a minor in Psychology. She has worked at the Laurel View Village, Allstar Therapies prior to taking a position at STAT, while maintaining her work in home health, hospice, at the Bethlen Communities in Ligonier, PA since 2014.  Stephanie was involved as a child and young adult in the Laurel Mountain Horse and Pony 4H Club for 5 years and is an avid equestrian. Stephanie is certified in Part 1A and 1B through the AHA and is a fantastic addition to our team at STAT.

Meg Ferguson, MS, AT

Meg is an Art Therapist, with three Bachelor's degrees from Seton Hill University and a Graduate degree from Eastern Virginia Medical School. She has 25 year's of experience working in the field of mental and behavioral health. Meg works with children, adolescents and adults with various diagnoses in various domains; particularly trauma. She has worked in private practice, residential treatment facilities, schools and private residences. Additionally, Meg is qualified as an expert witness, giving testimony in court proceedings. She is a credentialed Art Therapist and Behavioral Specialist. Meg holds certifications in AAT (Animal Assisted Therapy), Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD), Dialectic Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and Trauma Based Therapy with children and adolescents. She has a life long passion for animals and it has always been her belief and experience that treatment assisted with animals holds a strong therapeutic benefit, unique to any other practice or discipline.

Sarah Junod

Sarah graduated with a Bachelor degree in Psychology and a minor in Equine Studies. Sarah became a PATH International Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor in 2011 and enjoys working with special populations, children and adults.   

Charlotte Cox, MSW, LCSW

Charlotte is a social worker with experience in Behavioral Clinical Services, Addiction, Trauma, Crisis Intervention, Investigation of Child Abuse and presentation of cases in court, and equine assisted therapy services. She has extensive experience in in-patient, outpatient and in home services. Charlotte has owned her private practice for 10 years, functioning with interdisciplinary treatment teams. She has experience in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Psychoecucation, Behavioral Therapy, Crisis Intervention, Trauma Therapy for Combat Veterans, as well as case management and patient advocacy services. Her certifications include Cognitive Processing Therapy (2016) and Equine Assisted Therapy (2000, 2020). 
Allison Vasinko, LBS, BCBA
Allison is a licensed BCBA with a background in Applied Behavior Analysis and Early Childhood Education, with a special interest in children and teens who are challenged with a variety of physical disabilities, cognitive impairments, and/or behavioral challenges. She earned degrees from the University of Pittsburgh and Juniata College and has been Board Certified Behavior Analyst for 7 years. Allison is a Mental Health provider certified in the EAGALA model.

Teresa Jerome, MS, LBS

Teresa is a licensed Behavioral Specialist, with her MS in Developmental Psychology. Teresa has a background in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and holds more than 30 certifications from the National Child Traumatic Stress Network, to include: Trauma-Focused CBT with Childhood Traumatic Grief, Attachment, Self-Regulation and Competency (for Complexly Traumatized Youth), Family Resilience, Integrative Treatment of Complex Trauma with Children to name only a few. Teresa is not only a professional in the field of pediatric mental health but she is also a parent of 3 children she adopted who have experienced childhood trauma; she has first hand parental perspective along with her clinical experience. 
Michael Markosky
Mike is an Equine Specialist and STAT's Executive Consultant/Coach working with Corporate and Veteran Groups. His resume includes a 40 year senior level career with companies to include the FAA, Lockheed Martin, and other military support services in areas of program management, supply chain, integrated systems, consulting, architecture and engineering. Mike is integral to our team in helping provide highly professional service and skill building to teams and corporate leadership. Sessions with Mike are designed specifically for the unique needs as determined in a pre-session interview and group analyses. Equine-assisted learning (EAL) sessions can cut quickly to the core of how people think and respond in day-to-day situations and can help build the focus for learning during equine sessions. STAT offers many options, all focus on personal growth and development to help enhance the wellbeing and health of the whole business by utilizing STAT's own EQuine Affect™ emotional intelligence strengths and skills set training (12 topics) along with TEIQue Analyses to yield concrete and substantial benefits for your management team and your company as a whole.  
STAT is a willing partner and collaborator with independent contractors and practitioners who serve in the mental and physical health and wellness fields of work
STAT Program Partners/Collaborators
Valley School of Ligonier
Westmoreland County Children's Bureau
St. Vincent Bearcats B.E.S.T.
Westmoreland County Juvenile Probation
Westmoreland County Drug Treatment Court
White Oak Vet Center
Fayette County Veteran's Affairs
and more.
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Parents and Caregivers, too: Ask your Therapist or Counselor if he/she would be willing to team with us. We would be happy to meet with him/her, with you, and discuss your recovery and rehabilitative needs.
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