Our Facilitators

Sarah Janosik, LCSW

Sarah Janosik with Doll

Sarah Janosik is a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) in private practice for more than 20 years. She holds a Master of Science in Social Work (MSSW) degree from the University of Texas at Austin, and completed a post-graduate internship at the University of California Medical School, San Francisco, in Human Sexuality. She is the co-founder of the Relate Center in Austin.

Sarah is an Epona-approved instructor, trained in an Equine Facilitated Learning Program at the Epona International Study Center in Sonita, Arizona. She facilitates equine-based awareness and growth workshops and equine psychotherapy.

Lynne Silver, MA, LPC

Lynne and Persia

Lynne Silver, MA in Psychology, is a Licensed Professional Counselor. She works with an integrative approach with individuals, couples and groups to facilitate personal, professional and spiritual development. She has specialized training in trauma resolution, somatic psychology, spiritual practices and equine assisted therapy.

Lynne is a Certified Advanced Instructor with Eponaquest International, and a co-founder of Equine Assisted Therapy Center. She is also trained in Equine Integrative Bodywork and Equine Touch.

Julie Puentes, MS

Julie Puentes Facilitator

Julie Puentes is the founder and director of HorseLink. She received her Master of Science degree in Organizational Leadership & Ethics from St.Edward’s University and her BA in Psychology from the University of Texas.

Julie is a lifelong horse person and rider with fourteen years’ experience facilitating Equine-Assisted Learning programs. She is a trained facilitator in the Epona Method, completing a comprehensive 14-month program at Leadership Outfitters in Bozeman, Montana and several workshops with Linda Kohanav of Eqonaquest.

Theresa Pugh, MD

Theresa’s love for horses started at an early age in Virginia, where she grew up riding hunters, jumpers and dressage horses. When she’s not at the barn pampering her horse, Hazel, she can be found at Central Family Practice where she practices family and functional medicine. Theresa was a member of the first graduating class in the Facilitator Training Program in Equine Assisted Learning at HorseLink.

Patricia Belleno, MS, LPC-S

Patricia Belleno is a Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor and a Certified Master Life Coach with more than 20 years of experience partnering with people in helping them lead more satisfying and inspired lives. In her private practice she works with individuals, couples, and groups and has specific advanced training in somatic psychology, couple therapy, and stress/trauma resolution. In addition to private practice, her organization Avenues For Inner Work  provides experiential inner work opportunities for mental health practitioners who value personal growth as a way to grow professionally. As a lifelong lover of horses, she enjoys spending time with everyone else’s horses any chance she can! Patricia is a member of the first graduating class in Equine Assisted Learning in the Facilitator Training Program at Horselink.

“It’s difficult to find an adjective strong enough to convey the effect Saturday had on me but words like profound and transformative come to mind. I feel a shift in my world view occurred though I am still processing the experience. I know for sure Ricky Ricardo touched a wounded part of me in a gentle and healing way that years of human therapy have not been able to touch.  I would 100% recommend this program to anyone. I am quite sure I will remember this all of my life.” –C.E.