Our Staff

Our staff is comprised of world-class therapists as well as equine trainers. Please click on the images below to learn more about our individual staff members.

Anja Hagen

ESMHL (Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning) certified since 2014

I received my PATH instructor certification in 2001 and began teaching therapy classes at RMRT in January 2004. I teach classes on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays; however, I am at the barn almost daily as my horse Tucker lives there (check out our Horses tab, he’s the really handsome Palomino!)

Besides my full-time job being a mother of two, I am a certified respite care provider for the Autism Society and volunteer as a CASA (court appointed special advocate) for Voices for Children.


Betty Tobias

ESMHL (Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning) certified since 2014

I received my NARHA certification in 2009 and try to incorporate my experiences as a public school teacher, parent, and riding instructor into my therapeutic horseback riding instruction at RMRT.

I love to ski and hike with my husband and two daughters, and have two Quarter horses, Buddy and Scout.



Cheryl Cheryl Thompson

ESMHL (Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning) certified since 2014

I retired from Intermountain Neurosurgery and have been with RMRT for over 20 years. I am a certified Therapeutic Riding instructor and certified in Grief Healing with Horses.



Heather Heather McLaughlin

I started as an occupational therapist in 1998, and have been using horses as a therapy partner part-time form the beginning. I also specialized in early intervention (birth to 3-year-olds) for 14 years, and joined the team at Colorado Outreach Project, a non-profit therapeutic preschool in 2012.

I joined RMRT in 2001 and assumed the role of program director/board president as well in 2006. I am currently at the barn on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons.

I am also the mother of 2 children, Forrest and Megan.


Janine Janine Coughlin

ESMHL (Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning) certified since 2014

I started volunteering at RMRT in the spring of 2005 and received my PATH instructor certification in March 2007.

In spring the spring of 2010, I took a leave to work for the US Peace Corps, and returned to RMRT in June of 2012.

I'm glad to be back!

Pam Thode


I have been working as a PATH International Riding Instructor since 1998 and enjoy all ages of riders. My specialty is to bring each and every rider to a place of discovery and empowerment in what they can accomplish in partnership with their horse.

I am happy to be at Rocky Mountain Riding Therapy and believe that this is truly an organization that puts out heart. Everyone I have met at RMRT is dedicated to the adventure or riding therapy. We truly have the best volunteers and staff of any barn I have worked with over the years.

I studied horse training and management at Arapahoe Community College Equine Program and specialized in training horses for therapy work. I have 5 horses of my own and work from my home in private practice. Horses have such a gift to share with people.

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