Our Team

Our Late Founder, Sandy McCloskey, PT, HPCS:
Sandy, President and Founder of Quest Therapeutic Services, was a talented physical therapist with over 24 years of experience. Sandy was a rider herself, and succeeded in blending her love for horses with her career as a pediatric physical therapist. Her passion to contribute to the professional therapy community is reflected in Quest’s commitment to research and education. Providing a holistic, family-oriented approach to therapy is also a core value reflected in all of Quest’s programs.  When Sandy passed away in January of 2016, her loss was felt through out the community and Quest.  Her legacy lives on through the many children we serve and the powerful organization she helped build.  

  

Quest’s Team of Therapists:

Physical, Occupational, Speech and Language Pathology Therapists along with Special Education Instructors have an average of 15 years experience, primarily in pediatric therapy. Our staff is highly qualified and experienced in a pediatric evidence-based practice, and is actively involved in continuing education programs.  In addition, some of the following qualifications are found in the therapy team at Quest:

 
 

Doctorate-level physical therapists trained to design and carry out research, some of whom are actively involved in research studies measuring the efficacy of hippotherapy for children with special needs.

 

 

 

Physical therapists who hold advanced certifications as Hippotherapy Clinical Specialists, requiring advanced pediatric treatment skills and equine knowledge.

 

 

 

Staff with multiple specialties in their post-graduate training, including certifications in Early Intervention in Natural Environments.

 

 

 


Staff with advanced training and experience in working with sensory integration issues.

Speech/Language Pathologists and Occupational Therapists with specialized pediatric training.

 

 Volunteers:

 

Quest has a core team of over 60 volunteers, specially trained as either leaders or side walkers.  For each child, two volunteers are needed to either lead the horse or act as a side walker.  Volunteers also assist with grooming, tacking up, and cleaning up and barn chores.  We rely on our volunteers and we utilize volunteers for at least 238 hours a week.  Volunteers are asked to volunteer 4 hours per day on a set schedule.  Volunteers range in age from 12 to 80 years old and we will train you for your job.  Volunteers form friendships with the children and their families which is one of the most rewarding things about volunteering at Quest!  Thanks to our volunteers, Quest saves nearly $275,000 per year. If you are interested in Volunteering at Quest - please email Sam at volunteers@questtherapeutic.com or click on the link above.  Volunteers are always welcome!     
 
Staff:
 
Our Organization staff and Barn staff have extensive experience in their fields and are always available for questions.  
 
Therapy Horses:
 
Quest has a core team of wonderful therapy horses and ponies, specially trained for movement characteristics and tolerance to any situation.  Quest therapy horses and ponies are all-around athletes -participating in such activities as horse shows, trail rides, and on-going training. Our horses are an integral part of our program, and are the foundation for many transformations that have taken place in the lives of the children we serve.  
 
We are always on the look out for new ponies or horses for our program.  We have set criteria that our therapists are looking for, but please call us if you have a horse to donate. They should be sound, quiet, and healthy with good movement and temperment.