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

Professional/Corporate Development

Coaching & Personal Development

STAT has (2) accredited practitioners

who utilize TEIQueTM  

(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)

Additional Options:
Equine Encounters
Mindfulness Experience
Adaptive Lessons
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:


Physical/Occupational Therapy

Recreational Education

Animal Studies

STAT has worked with: Chatham University, Slippery Rock, PITT, Penn State, Clemson, Ithaca College, Binghamton University, SUNY Cobleskill, and Marywood University

Catherine Markosky
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. 

Allison Bednash, LBS
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 5 years. Allison is a Mental Health provider certified in the EAGALA model.
Michael Markosky
Mike is our Executive Consultant/Coach working with our EAGALA Corporate Groups as an expert in multiple fields of work. His resume includes a 40 year career with ownership positions with companies such as Lockheed Martin, DRS, and JWF Industries 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 leaders, teams, and corporations. Sessions with Mike are designed specifically for the unique needs of corporate groups.  These non-riding sessions can cut quickly to the core of how people think and respond in day-to-day situations. We have worked with clients who simply want to focus on personal development or something more intense like a 1/2 day retreat to assist your firm in enhancing the wellbeing and health of your business by utilizing the STAT's own EQuine Affect™ to yield concrete and substantial mental health and financial benefits for your company and its employees 
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
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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