Our Services & Our Team
Equine-Assisted PsychoTherapy (EAP)
Equine-Assisted Learning (EAL)
STAT's EQuine AffectTM:
12-Week Personal Development for
Men, Woman, and Veteran-Focused Groups
Coaching & Personal Development
(Trait Emotional Intelligence Quotient Testing/Assessments)
Let us add an EQ Assessment to help you set goals to improve your EQ
We specialize in:
Trauma Informed Care (children and adults)
Alcohol, Addiction & Recovery
Veteran Focus Groups (PTSD, Combat, MST)
Workshops (Let's design it together!)
1/2 Day Retreats
Hippotherapy (Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, and Speech Pathology)
Horsemanship Skills Building
Autism Life Skills Programs
Workshops & Seminars
Collaborative Projects with Schools & Districts
Collaborative Projects with County Agencies
Research (IRB and non-IRB) with Universities
Undergrad and Graduate Internships:
STAT has worked with: Chatham University, Slippery Rock, PITT, Penn State, Clemson, Ithaca College, Binghamton University, SUNY Cobleskill, and Marywood University
Founder & CEO
Cat Markosky is a certified Equine Specialist (ES) through EAGALA, with more than 18 years working with horses and humans in multiple alternative treatment settings. Cat is also the General Manager of the Ligonier Therapeutic Center and the Founder and CEO of STAT Inc. With two of her own children having special needs, Cat understands the struggles families have in finding valuable therapy services that focus on meaningful outcomes.
Here at the LTC, our professional team provides services to help people with various physical and emotional challenges. Veterans, children with physical handicaps or who have experienced trauma, at risk adolescents, children in foster care or out of home placement, and individuals challenged with substance use disorders. STAT can customize programs to meet specific needs, personal goals, or just to help one find healing and peace.
When you come to the Ligonier Therapeutic Center you will feel the difference, the love and compassion. STAT offers a serene environment where you can come to heal yourself with the help of our unique and compassionate equine herd; you can bring your family, heal and relax at your pace, work on specific goals,.
STAT is now offering corporate retreats. We offer corporate groups a retreat that pairs EAP/EAL with Emotional Intelligence Testing using a combination of EAGALA or OK Corral EAP and TEIQue methodologies.
More About our 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 Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association (EAGALA) Model 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. Additionally, she completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Psycho-Oncology from the Alvin J. Siteman Center at Barnes-Jewish Hospital at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, MO. She is certified in Eye-Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy through the EMDR-International Association (EMDRIA), is an EAGALA certified MH with an Individual Military Designation, and is a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP). 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.
Tammy Kogut, MA, SFW
Tammy brings more than 30 years of experience in mental health, addictions, adjudicated youth, and Christian counseling .She has worked with all ages; individuals, couples, and groups. Tammy is credentialed in Family Development through Cornell University, certified in Dialectic Behavioral Therapy for Clinical Practice, certified in Post Traumatic Stress Disorder curriculum as used in Residential Treatment Facilities and is an experienced group facilitator, supervisor, and trainer in multiple industries. Tammy is also a Veteran of Desert Storm, served as an Intelligence Officer for the USAF for 10 years.
Alyssia Marshall, MOT, OTR/L
Alyssia is an Occupational Therapist who has a special interest in utilizing equine movement as a treatment intervention. Alyssia earned her Master of Occupational Therapy in 2015 from Saint Francis University and received her American Hippotherapy Association Level 1 certification in May 2017. She is excited to have the opportunity to combine her passion of providing therapeutic services with her lifelong love of and her experience with horses.
Teresa Jerome, MS, BSC
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.