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About Us

Vance Creek Therapy currently offers Experiential Therapy and services, including Therapeutic Horsemanship, Equine Assisted Learning & Growth, Nature Therapy and Horticulture Therapy by appointment at our Vance Creek location.  With our flexible scheduling and idyllic location, we are popular with nearby county residents, as well as residents of the Twin Cities, Minnesota.


Meet The Team


Christine Mattila
Equine Therapist

Christine Mattila is a graduate from Adler Graduate School, an LPC in Wisconsin and EAGALA certified with years of equine experience.  Her experiential, solution-focused approach works primarily with horses in nature.  During the growing season, Horticulture Therapy is an option.  Nature Therapy is also offered year round.  Her passions include horseback riding, hiking, canoeing and gardening.  She enjoys time with her family and friends.  She is a mother of five and grandmother of eleven.


Karen (K) Lee
Equine Specialist

I'm Karen (K) Lee, and I am an equine specialist.  An equine specialist (ES) is responsible for the people's and the horse's physical safety at all times.


I have worked within and am certified in the areas of Mental Health 1st Aid Responder and Recovery Coach.  I have also worked In Sober living housing management, both in secular and faith based environments for women's health.


As a former horse owner, I understand the healing power of horses and have experienced it in my own life.  I learn and grow everyday through my work. I encourage you to come " Experience the magic" of equine therapy!


Kathy Sesser
Equine Specialist

Hi, my name is Kathy Sesser, and I’m an Equine Specialist. An Equine Specialist (or ES) is responsible for the physical safety of all the people involved, both two legged and four legged.


I am a retired high school English teacher with Bachelor’s Degree and a Master’s Degree. This is my “ retirement job”, and what a great job it is! I never knew I could combine my love of teaching with my love of horses!


I have been working on and off with horses since the 6th grade when I got a job with a Standardbred barn. I have experience driving, trail riding, and endurance riding. I have been around horses for many years, but there’s something new to learn from them everyday.

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