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Meet  the Team

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Nancy Hernandez Riggs

Founder and Program Director

Trauma Informed Coach, Spiritual Mentor, Equine Professional, Trained Natural Lifemanship, EAGALA & PATH

Haloranch is a gift, a beautiful blessing that I would like to share with you all. Being a life long equestrian and trauma survivor myself, I have first hand experience of the healing power of horses and their innate ability to hold space, to be authentic and to live in the moment, the exact moment that I am in.

 

Horses have taught me that healthy connections based on trust, understanding and compassion are the foundation of all my relationships. Their teachings have been a catalyst for my own healing.

My hope is that you too will find your own healing journey, co-creating with others (and horses) in a safe environment outside in nature, connecting to your inner, true authentic self, because healing is the medicine that lives in us All!

 

Haloranch Wellness Center was created for you. 

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Hannah Leigh Livers

Therapist/Life Coach

As a trauma informed therapeutic coach, it is my purpose and desire to meet you along your journey and guide you towards finding your inner healing. Anxiety, depression, struggling relationships and so many other symptoms are all deeply rooted nervous system patterns that live within the body. I take my clients on a journey through embodied healing using a variety of modalities. I can tell you that while modalities have purpose and are beneficial the underlying factor that contributes to embodied healing is a felt sense of safety both in your environment and in relationship. It is my highest priority to create safety as I guide you within yourself to discover protective parts of you that were developed out of unmet needs and begin to uncover the nervous system patterns that have been holding you back from experiencing the freedom and joy you are longing for.

I am a masters level counselor, licensed in the state of Texas. However, what is more beneficial to my clients than degrees and licensure is the continual engagement in my own learning and healing journey. I have engaged both as a client and as practitioner in numerous trauma informed trainings for both therapists and coaches. Most recently, I have been involved in programs and certification processes that have added to my healing and deepened my repertoire of tools to use to inform my healing practice with clients. Getting to the root cause of nervous system patterns continues to result in the most impactful healing for both myself and my clients.

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Tracy Sanna

Therapist

Tracy Sanna received her Masters of Science in Clinical Counseling with a focus on spiritually integrated psychotherapy from Loyola University Maryland. She began her career as a therapist at two different acute care facilities, helping teens and adults work through issues including substance abuse, self-harm, depression, anxiety and PTSD.

 

Since then, she has worked as an out-patient private practice therapist in Maryland. In addition to counseling, she finds joy in teaching. Tracy taught middle school and high school for ten years and currently teaches undergraduate Psychology. Tracy moved to San Diego from Baltimore, Maryland in the beginning of 2022 and deeply enjoys exploring the beauty of the west coast.

 

At a young age, Tracy felt the power of being in the presence of horses. Shortly after becoming a therapist, she sought to understand the connection she experienced with equines. Tracy completed training in equine assisted psychotherapy through EAGALA and Natural Lifemanship. Since then, she has facilitated groups and individuals as they also discover the benefits of the horse and human relationship.

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Kristina Sandstrom

Equine Specialist

Kristina as a young girl grew up surrounded by horses. Having them live in pastures next door, she had a deep connection to their natural rhythms and way of being.

 

This intuitive knowing has given Kristina the ability to connect with horses on a much deeper level then most and it is this ability that makes her an integral part of our therapy team.

Kristina is certified with Natural Lifemanship as a trauma informed Horse Professional.

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Tanner Phillips

Equine Specialist

 Upon retiring from the army in 2021, I went on a search for opportunities to pursue my passion for working with horses and incorporating the healing energy they embody. I was introduced to Nancy at Haloranch and immediately felt connected to her passion and vision to create a space of healing and peace. I bring my expertise as an equine professional and hope to help facilitate connection between horses and humans within the safe and calming space at Haloranch.

 

I have worked in some capacity with horses for twenty years. I started working with and training horses when I was 12 years old and I have held various positions at camps for children and retreats as an equine director. Most recently I was a vet tech for the army for 7 years.

 

I look forward to growing and connecting with everyone that chooses Haloranch as a space of healing.

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