The Ah-Ha Moment
26. Garron Dorr.

26. Garron Dorr.

August 31, 2022

Garron just finished his Horticulture degree in April of 2022.  He is now finishing his horticultural therapy coursework at the Horticultural Therapy Institute in the fall.   He is a newcomer to our field and would love to connect with others sharing the similar viewpoint.  "This profession is all brand new to me but theres got to be someone out there, seeing things through my lens".  Garron comes from the hospitality industry and is currently interning at the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens.  

Leigh Anne Starling

Leigh Anne Starling

June 27, 2022

Leigh Anne Starling is a registered horticultural therapist,
a certified rehabilitation counselor, and a licensed clinical
professional counselor. She received her B.S. in
Horticulture with a concentration in horticultural therapy
from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University,
her M.S. in Rehabilitation Counseling from San Francisco
State University, and completed a post-master’s clinical
counseling program at the University of Baltimore,
Maryland.
Leigh Anne has worked in the field of horticultural therapy
for over 30 years in therapeutic, rehabilitative, and
vocational programs serving individuals of all ages and
abilities. Leigh Anne has designed and implemented
several adaptive gardens for health care facilities. As a
professional therapist, she incorporates horticultural
therapy into her practice. She served on the AHTA Board
of Directors 2007-2021.

Markus Wullimann

Markus Wullimann

May 31, 2022

Markus grew up in Switzerland surrounded by plants immersed in his family's greenhouse business and obtaining a degree in Horticulture from Zurich University. Markus brought that passion to the United States in 1994 where he worked for a wholesale grower an a plant breeder before he began his career at CooperRiis, Healing Farm, in 2003. Markus worked in different capacities for CooperRiis and is now running Horticultural Therapy sessions and is HT supervisor. 

 

 

 

Richard Slayton

Richard Slayton

April 29, 2022

Richard’s career spans over four decades of service to the profession of
landscape architecture and the creation of environments for Healthcare
and Senior Living. He has served on the Uniform National Exam Review
Board; as American Society of Landscape Architects executive committee
member, including New York City Chapter president and Wisconsin Chapter
treasurer; as well as a board member on the American Horticultural Therapy Association.  As evidenced by a decade of service to the City of Madison Urban
Design Commission, Richard is passionate about improving the quality of
life in social environments. Following graduate studies, he has incorporated
the concept of biophilia to explore enhancements in the quality of our
interaction with nature.

Peg Schofield

Peg Schofield

March 29, 2022

Peg Schofield, MA, HTR, is an educator and Registered Horticultural Therapist working in the Philadelphia area. She is an Adjunct Professor and Program Director of the Horticultural Therapy Certificate Program at Temple University. Peg has served as President of the Mid-
Atlantic Horticultural Therapy Network, and as the Director of Horticulture at Cathedral Village Retirement Community. Currently she works as a Horticultural Consultant and Horticultural Therapist, serving communities of Breast Cancer survivors, individuals with PTSD, and those
coping with grief experiences.

Colleen Griffin

Colleen Griffin

December 22, 2021

" After a 25 year career in the health care field,  I decided a change was necessary.  I followed my heart and enrolled in horticulture classes at a local community college. From there I found HT and attended HTI in Colorado. I acquired my HTR in 2018 and have since worked with adults and children with special needs in vocational and developmental/ behavioral programs.  For the past 4 years, I have been affiliated with Dempsey Centers for Quality Cancer Care serving not only those with a cancer diagnosis but their families and caregivers as well. My work with Dempsey centers on Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction.

Recently, I became involved with teaching master classes through the University of Maine Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Program. 

I serve on the AHTA conference planning work team, and I am currently the membership coordinator for NEHTN and organize the quarterly newsletter for that network".  - Colleen 

Jennifer Smith-Simms

Jennifer Smith-Simms

December 1, 2021

Jennifer Smith-Simms is the Manager of Public Programs in the Education Division at the Missouri Botanical Garden.  Jennifer oversees Adult Education, Youth & Family, and Therapeutic Horticulture programs. Her background is in Horticulture, Therapeutic Design, and Accessibility and Inclusion. She began her career at the Garden as an instructor sharing the love of plants and nature with senior citizens living in senior facilities in the community and at the Garden. Now at the Garden for 20 years, she enjoys sharing her strong passion for accessibility and inclusion for all especially when it comes to access to our cultural institutions and connecting all to plants and nature in order to increase their well-being. She has been a Registered Horticultural Therapist with the American Horticultural Therapy Association since 2004 and has proudly served on the board of the AHTA. 

Trish Hildinger

Trish Hildinger

October 3, 2021

Trish has a BS in Horticulture and is a registered horticultural therapist. She is the owner of Horticultural Therapy Santa Cruz and founded the current California Horticultural Therapy Network. She works with a variety of populations including adults memory loss, dementia and stroke. 

 

 

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Christine Capra

Christine Capra

August 5, 2021

Christine L. Capra has coordinated horticultural therapy education for over 20 years as the program manager at the Horticultural Therapy Institute and previously at the Denver Botanic Gardens. She oversees all aspects of the accredited certificate program. Based in Denver, Colorado she and partner, Rebecca L. Haller, HTM, co-founded the institute in early 2002 and continue to offer horticultural therapy education to students from across the United States and abroad. She is the co-editor of two horticultural therapy books: “The Profession and Practice of Horticultural Therapy” 2019 CRC Press and “Horticultural Therapy Methods: Making Connections in Health Care, Human Service and Community Programs” 2006. She is also the editor of the on-line HTI newsletter, “Making Connections” has won numerous writing awards and has been published in a variety of publications.

Matt Wichrowski

Matt Wichrowski

July 1, 2021

Matthew J. Wichrowski MSW, HTR has been practicing horticultural therapy at Rusk Rehabilitation NYU-Langone Medical Center for almost 30 years and is currently Clinical Assistant Professor. He teaches in
the Horticultural Therapy Certificate Program at New York Botanical Garden, presents regularly at national and international conferences, and has won many awards for his work. Matt is also Editor-in-
Chief of the AHTA’s Journal of Therapeutic Horticulture. His research interests center around the effects of nature on human health and wellness and his work has been published in a variety of media,
including textbooks, journals, and magazines.

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