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.
More About the STAT TEAM:
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 www.withinrangecounseling.com 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 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