Our Team

Our Team

Kari Whatley, LPC     Owner / Equine Therapist

Kari Whatley has experience as a mental health professional in private practice and is currently the bereavement coordinator for Gentiva Hospice.  While coordinator for both the Juvenile Anger Management Program and Strengthening Families Program at Lifelines Family Counseling Center, she provided therapy for at-risk youth as well as the families of those children.  During her time at Lifelines, she worked primarily with court-ordered youthful offenders.  Kari has also coordinated equine therapy programs for youths with behavioral issues, ADHD, depression, anxiety, OCD, anger management, and eating disorders.

Kari has been a lifelong rider, successfully competed at the national level, and has trained under world-renowned instructors including Olympic rider Denny Emerson.  Kari is a sought after instructor for several local U.S. Pony Club and riding associations and has instructed students through the championship level.  Kari combines her experience as a trainer and skills as a counselor to create successful EAP sessions.

Credentials

Licensed Professional Counselor – State of Alabama
EAGALA Certified Equine Specialist

Education

M.S., Professional Counseling – Liberty University (Lynchburg, VA)
B.S., Theology – Liberty University (Lynchburg, VA)

Jason Whatley     Business Director / Marketing

With a background in finance and marketing, Jason coordinates the business operations, financial management, and facilities of Equine Therapy Group. Jason was previously the owner of Whatley Productions, an advertising agency that assists small to mid-sized businesses in developing successful marketing and sales strategies.  He is currently the Director of Marketing for a connected home device manufacturer.

Education

B.S., Finance – University of South Alabama