CONTRACT ASSOCIATES


Mission Statement:
It is the mission of Stable-Spirit to provide opportunities to the community that inspire positive mental, emotional, and physical health through professionally guided interaction with horses.

Katie Durio, LMSW
EAGALA Certified Equine Specialist
Stable-Spirit Success Coach
SpiritHorse Senior Equine Assisted Healthcare Instructor

Katie Durio is a retired Juvenile Probation Officer from Jefferson County Juvenile Probation Department in Beaumont, Texas, having served the community for 29 years in that capacity. She received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Sociology, with a Minor in Social Welfare, from Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas in 1976. She also attained her Master of Arts Degree in Criminology and Corrections from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas in 1985. She has been a Licensed Social Worker since 1984; currently holding the Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW). While working for the Jefferson County Juvenile Probation Department, Katie worked in many positions within the department; from being a Caseworker to her final position of Casework Manager. Through her work she was involved with many local and state agencies and organizations; such as Texas Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse (TCADA), Texas Department of Protective and Regulatory Services (TDPRS), Texas Youth Commission (TYC), Family Group Conferencing (FGC), Foster Grandparent Program (FGP), and the Texas Probation Association (TPA).  Since retiring from the Jefferson County Juvenile Probation Department in May, 2006, Katie is a certified Equine Specialist (since October, 2005) through the Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association (EAGALA).

Katie has been athletic throughout her lifetime, playing recreational soccer and softball in her adult years. She now enjoys playing with and riding her horses. She believes in volunteering and giving back to her community. Some of her current volunteer activities are being a Mediator with the Jefferson County Dispute Resolution Center (since 1988), a regular Apheresis Blood Donor through Life Share Blood Center, Advisory Council member for the Foster Grandparent Program, and Treasurer for the Leadership Advisory Board of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service - Orange County. Katie has a son, Michael, and four grandchildren -- Korben, Dylan, Rustin, & Kaelynne.

Darla Brown
EAGALA Certified Equine Specialist
Stable-Spirit Therapeutic Riding Assistant

Darla Brown, born and raised in Texas, joined the Stable-Spirit team in March 2018. She is an Equine Specialist and a regular Volunteer with Stable-Spirit. She graduated from Vidor High school in 2006 and attended Lamar College in Orange, TX. Married 2010, she and her husband enjoy living life to its fullest: kayaking, fishing, lake living, spending time with family, and doing church activities. Conquering a cancerous brain tumor in 1999, Darla continues to travel through life with a persevering, optimistic spirit enjoying all the blessings God continues to bless her with.

Jade Hollier
EAGALA Certified Equine Specialist

Jaymie Swallow
EAGALA Certified Equine Specialist
Stable-Spirit Success Coach
SpiritHorse Senior Equine Assisted Healthcare Instructor

Jaymie Swallow was born a lover of all animals in Port Arthur, Texas and raised in Groves, Texas. Volunteered previously at Friends of Animals and the American Red Cross at Fort Irwin, California. Studied at Barstow Community College. She moved to Vidor Texas in 2007. Wife and mother of three kids. Currently a Substitute teacher for all schools in the Vidor Independent School District. Jaymie spends her free time with family and friends, painting/art, cooking, gardening & caring for her pets including dogs, cats, parrot, bearded dragon and Jackson's chameleon.

Kimberly Loftin
EAGALA Certified Equine Specialist
Stable-Spirit Success Coach
Hippotherapy Assistant & Office Assistant

Kimberly Loftin was born in Galveston Texas and raised in Pine Forest Texas. She studied Business Administration at North Arkansas Community College. In December of 2014 she became the Office Assistant at Stable-Spirit, in July 2017 she became CPR/First Aid Certified, and in July 2018 she became EAGALA Certified. Her previous employment includes Sonic Drive Inn, -- Carhop, Walmart -- Cashier and Soft-lines, and Country Mart -- Deli Clerk in Hollister MO. Her hobbies include reading, gardening, fishing, and volunteering. Kimberly started Volunteering at Stable-Spirit in March of 2013 where her two disabled children received services.

Kloe Woosley
EAGALA Certified Equine Specialist

Kloe' was born in Houston, TX and has had a love of animals from a young age. She spent time volunteering at animal shelters, veterinarian offices, and even the Houston Zoo while in high school. In June of 2015, she moved to Jasper, TX and was married in August. Currently, Kloe' is enrolled in classes at Lamar University in pursuit of a bachelor's degree in Nursing and an RN license. She is a member of the Honors college and has conducted undergraduate research on the impact of hippotherapy of therapy outcomes. She started volunteering at Stable-Spirit in September of 2015 and became a therapeutic riding assistant in 2016 and an equine specialist intern in 2017. Kloe' spends her free time caring for her animals at home including three dogs and four fancy rats, reading, or playing video games.

Michall Broussard & Rand Vaudt
SpiritHorse Equine Assisted Healthcare Instructor
Equine Dentist

Michall Broussard and Rand Vaudt live in Dequincy, LA and travel all of LA and Southeast TX as mobile Equine dentists. We make a visit to Stable-Spirit at least once a month to give 2 to 3 of their amazing Horses dentals as well as bring a horse skull to explain to anyone who has questions about dentistry. We also have our Therapeutic Riding Instructor Certification that we received at the SpiritHorse Center in Corinth, TX in March of 2017 Our motto is when working with horses and individuals with special needs one must have patience, compassion, and consistency.

Alan Apperson
LPC, LCCA

Alan Apperson is a board certified Licensed Professional Counselor in Texas, practicing as a therapist in Beaumont, Texas. His education and professional background gives him a unique and effective approach to counseling. He works to provide clients with tailored treatment plans that can be integrated into their daily lives. His primary focuses are acceptance of the individual, having honest communication with his clients and providing quality resources. Alan knows that we all hurt and we can all heal. He believes that people seeking counseling are strong people, as they are taking the responsibility/power to improve their lives through change, growth and healing.

Alan has over fifteen years counseling experience with a wide range of patients in a variety of treatment settings. Outside of private practice, Alan has served as a treatment director in a non-profit group residential facility housing females in the foster care system, provided psychological services for bariatric candidates, developed and facilitated suicide prevention groups, and worked in equine assisted therapy with Stable-Spirit. His practice includes counseling for individuals, families, couples, children/adolescents, adults and geriatric clients with diverse backgrounds and ranges of concerns. Alan has an additional focus of training in trauma focused cognitive-behavioral therapy and the Child and Adolescent Strengths and Needs (CANS) assessment.

Rebekah "Beka" Schaper
PT,DPT
Doctor of Physical Therapy

Rebekah Schaper, PT, DPT has been a practicing physical therapist since 2006. She received her Bachelor's Degree in Health Science Studies with a pre-physical therapy emphasis from Baylor University in May 2004. She then received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree from Hardin-Simmons University in December of 2006. She graduated with honors from both programs. Dr. Schaper performed her clinical affiliations in Phoenix and Scottsdale, Arizona, where she practiced for several months in the area of sports medicine before moving to Texas. In early 2007, she moved to Waco, Texas where she practiced outpatient and home health pediatrics for Kids Therapy, LLC. Her involvement included services such as hippotherapy, aquatic therapy, ballet, softball, basketball and cheerleading for children with special needs. At this time, she also assisted in the opening of an outpatient orthopedic physical therapy clinic in the Waco area.

Dr. Schaper and her husband moved to Beaumont in late 2009 and brought the established pediatric company, Kids Therapy, LLC, to the Beaumont and surrounding areas to offer physical therapy services for children with special needs. In early 2010, Dr. Schaper partnered with Stable-Spirit to offer hippotherapy services to those in the Golden Triangle area.

She is currently licensed and has practiced in both Arizona and Texas. She specializes in pediatrics, but has also practiced in outpatient orthopedics, long term and rehabilitation care and sports medicine.