Meet the team
The team and why we’re doing this.
Work With Us
We’re growing! Are you a registered Psychologist or Occupational Therapist who enjoys working outdoors and is passionate about making a difference in children’s lives?
We have a number of junior and senior positions available at our Mornington Peninsula location and would love to hear from you. Horse experience is valued but not necessary. Click here to speak with us today.
Alisha Griffiths, a born horsewoman, destined to live and work with horses is the founder of Rehab4Rehab. Rehab4Rehab was an idea stemmed from Alisha’s strong need to help retired racehorses, where she could offer them a home and a new life post racing.
Clinical Psychologist / Head of Therapy
Joanna grew up in country Victoria and was fortunate to have her own pony at the age of 7, spending hours riding out in the national park, as well as attending pony club and gymkhanas. Joanna learnt the value of time spent with horses, and the special relationship you build not only through handling them but riding, training and learning together.
Sally has always loved animals and over the years has been a volunteer for the Delta Society (Delta therapy dog program) and various animal shelters. Her interest in animal assisted therapy began with dogs but she also loves to be around horses.
Rob has been involved with Rehab4Rehab since it was founded, and brings to the table over 30 years of experience in establishing and scaling major organisations.
Jo is a registered Occupational Therapist and came into the discipline later in life and became an area of interest after Jo started teaching children to swim and mature age adults to row – noticing there were differences in skill levels and this led to wanting to understand how to tailor programs to suit each individuals physical and learning needs to help their skills progress.
Hannah completed her degree in Occupational Therapy (Honours) at Monash University in 2018 and has experience working in Paediatric Occupational Therapy settings in private practice. Hannah works with children aged 4 to 18 years with a range of physical and cognitive challenges.
Maja always loved animals and dreamed of having horses in her life, but it wasn’t until her daughter became obsessed with horses from an early age that made it all happen. Attending pony clubs, school holidays programs and watching hours of riding lessons for years ultimately meant that she needed to find her daughter her very own horse.
Imogen is a provisionally registered psychological currently completing her Master of Professional Psychology and is a certified Equine Assisted Psychotherapist, having trained with the Equine Psychotherapy Institute.
While Aretha grew up in the city, she found every opportunity to spend time with animals as a child. After learning to care for animals and ride horses through the volunteer program at The Collingwood Children’s Farm, Aretha commenced pony club at age 11 with her first pony, Taj.
Maggie grew up in beautiful sunny Queensland and has always had an affinity with nature. To say Maggie loves animals is an understatement. She was originally drawn to animal-assisted therapy due to her keen interest in dogs although Maggie now incorporates miniature ponies, goats, cats and nature into her practice.
Why we’re doing this?
Rehab4Rehab was established to respond to the needs of our community and blend together equine and human health services with a powerful formula.
Located on the Mornington Peninusla at the home of Red Hill Equestrian, Rehab4Rehab offers an inclusive approach to the health and education of children and the health and education of retired racehorses.
Focusing on children with mental health issues /disengaged youth & retired racehorses, the Rehab4Rehab programs include working with horses in delivering their care, ground skills, training and mounted therapy.
“It is becoming increasingly accepted that horses assist children when included in therapeutic programs. Rehab4Rehab works with and will continue to expand our resources of therapists with in-depth equine facilitated therapy experience.”
Working on a planned collaboration with Monash University, we can research outcomes in Equine Assisted Therapy as evidence-based practice. Should it be confirmed as more successful than traditional therapy, we can train more horses and more therapists to make this available to thousands of children and retired thoroughbreds in need.