Dina is a licensed clinical social worker with over 25 years of clinical experience. Her practice has encompassed a variety of modalities and interventions providing psychotherapy, coaching, case management and equine therapy to individuals, families and groups. She is certified in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), trained in Motivational Interviewing (MI), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and Equine Assisted Growth and Healing.
She has provided case management to individuals and families infected and affected with HIV/AIDS, provided comfort, resources and advocacy to hospice patients and their loved ones, and worked with veterans as a mental health liaison and case manager for those experiencing homelessness.
Since the age of four, when a photographer showed up on her doorstep with a Shetland pony, Dina has created opportunities to spend as much time with horses as possible. She begged to care for neighbors’ horses and mowed lawns to earn the money she needed to go riding. As an adult she was able to more fully embrace her love of horses, finally owning her own quarter horse mare, Missy.
It was through her fascination with horses Dina first began to understand the unique role they can play in healing. When she learned about equine therapy and healing, she knew she’d found her ultimate passion: Partnering with horses to facilitate the growth and healing of her clients. She is humbled and grateful for the opportunity to engage in such a powerful modality.
In addition to working full-time and then some, Dina is mother to three children, a dog, a cat and a leopard gecko named, Gigi. Running is her self-care passion, and she has run twenty-three (23) marathon distance races or longer. Her longest race was in Big Bear, CA where she hobbled through 33 miles in very thin air. Her favorite races are Mountain Mist 50k in Huntsville, AL and Wild West Marathon in Lone Pine, CA. Her favorite road marathon is Chickamauga Marathon in GA.
In her spare time she also enjoys reading, camping, hiking, snow skiing, mountain biking and an occasional game of golf.