Carol Huegel – President
FL PT License 2449


1984 NDT 8-week Certification Course Gainesville, FL

1978 The University of Florida, Gainesville, FL BHS – Physical Therapy

1976 Valencia Community College, Orlando, FL AA Degree


Employment History

2012-Present — Malcolm Randall VA Medical Center Brain Rehabilitation Research Center – Research therapist

2012-Present — ReQuest Physical Therapy – Neuro/Vestibular/Balance consulting therapist

2006-2012 — ReQuest Physical Therapy – Outpatient PT for neurologically and physically   impaired patients including balance, vestibular and aquatic therapy Currently provide consultative   physical therapy

2004-Present — Self employed, providing physical therapy, including hippotherapy and aquatic   therapy to primarily pediatric patients

1991-2004 — It’s GREAT! (Gainesville Riding through Equine Assisted Therapy)
Owner and director, providing physical therapy, hippotherapy and aquatic therapy primarily to pediatric patients. Clinical Educator for PT, OT and PTA students

1995-1996 — North Florida Rehabilitation and Specialty Care Center, Gainesville
Outpatient, primarily aquatic PT for neurologically/physically impaired patients

1984-1994 — The Physical Therapy Center/Alachua County Schools, Gainesville
Contracted PT services for physically impaired students
Pre-school to High School

1982-1985 — Florida Horsemanship for the Handicapped, Gainesville
Provided PT evaluations and input as requested for Therapeutic Riding Facility

1981-1983 — Children’s Medical Services (HRS), North Florida
Assessed infants discharged from Shand’s Hospital NICU in Newborn Clinic
Provided PT home visits for qualifying patients in eight counties

1979-1981 — Sunland Training Center (Currently Tacachale), Gainesville
Director of hospital PT services for mentally and physically impaired residents

1978-1979 — Marion Community Hospital, Ocala, Florida
Staff physical therapist


Professional/Related Memberships

APTA American Physical Therapy Association
APTA Pediatric Section
APTA Aquatic Section
APTA Neurology Section
ATRI American Therapeutic Rehab Institute
PATH (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship, International)
AHA (American Hippotherapy Association)


Professional Activities

AHCB American Hippotherapy Certification Board member 2006, Chair 2009 – present
GREAAT! Gainesville Riding through Equine Assisted Therapy, Founder 2010 – present
HOPE – HOrses helping People of N. Florida, Founder, President 1999-2007
AHA First Vice President 2001 – 2003
AHA Faculty Coordinator 2001 – present
AHA Secretary, 2000-2001
AHA Adjunct Faculty 1999 – 2001
Editor, AHA News, 1999-2001
AHA Second Vice President, 1999-2000
AHA Pre-Conference Workshop Coordinator 1998-2002
AHA Board of Directors, 1997-present
PATH Annual Meeting and Conference Committee, 1996
PATH Region V Florida State Representative, 1994-1995


Professional Credentials

Board Certification in the Clinical Specialty of Hippotherapy – 1999 (First available examination in the U.S.)
APTA Certified Clinical Educator – 1996
PATH Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor – 1995
AHA Registered Therapist – 1994
Neuro-Developmental Therapy Certification – 1984
Registered Physical Therapist, Florida – 1979


Continuing Education

January 22-24, 2013, APTA Combined Sections Meeting, San Diego, CA
June 29, 2012, Aqua Stretch, ATRI Aquatic Therapy Symposium Sanibel, FL
March 25-27, 2011 AHA Conference St. Louis, MO
February 8-9, 2011 Expanding Neurologic Expertise: Advanced Practice in Vestibular PT, APTA CSM pre-conference New Orleans, LA
January 15, 2011, Treatment of Dystonia & Spasticity, Gainesville, FL
February, 2010, APTA Combined Sections Meeting, San Diego, CA
May 1 – 3, 2009, AHA Conference, Atlanta, GA
February, 2009 APTA Combined Sections Meeting, Las Vegas, NV
November 22, 2008 World Congress & Expo on Disabilities, Jacksonville, FL
August 15-17, 2008 NARHA Region 5 Conference Orlando, FL
June 30-July 3, 2008 ATRI Aquatic Therapy Symposium Sanibel, FL
February 7-9, 2008 APTA Combined Sections Meeting Nashville, TN
November 29-Dec. 1, 2007 Sports Physical Therapy Section’s Team Concept Conference Las Vegas, NV
September 22-23, 2007 Vestibular Rehabilitation Jacksonville, FL
April 20-22, 2007 AHA Annual Conference Atlanta, GA
February 8-10, 2007 APTA Combined Sections Meeting Boston, MA
December 1-2, 2006 Sports Physical Therapy Section Team Concept Meeting Las Vegas, Nevada
November 11, 2006 Applications in Vestibular Therapy: A Neurophysiologic Overview
AHA Workshop Indianapolis, IN
November 8-10, 2006 NARHA Annual Meeting Indianapolis, IN
August 12, 2006 Geriatric Neurology: Rehabilitation Treatment Considerations 2006 FPTA Annual Conference Sanibel Island, FL
November 10-12, 2005 NARHA Annual Meeting Houston, TX
November 9, 2005 AHA Pre-Conference Workshop Houston, TX
February 23-25, 2005 APTA Combined Sections Meeting New Orleans, LA
August 20-22, 2004 NARHA Region 5 Annual Conference Brentwood, TN
February 6 – 7, 2004 APTA Combined Sections Meeting Nashville, TN
February 14-16, 2003 APTA Combined Sections Meeting Tampa, Florida
November 21-24, 2002 NARHA Annual Meeting and Conference Chantilly, Virginia
November 20, 2002 AHA Pre-Conference Workshop “Selecting and Maintaining our Equine Partner”
November 1 – 4, 2001 NARHA Annual Meeting and Conference Seattle, Washington
October 31, 2001 AHA Pre-Conference Workshop “Equine and Human Anatomy in Motion” Seattle, Washington
August 15, 2001 Introduction to the Interactive Metronome. Gainesville, Florida.
November 18, 2000 AHA Pre-Conference Workshop “Five Easy Pieces” Bloomington, Minnesota
November 18-21, 2000 NARHA Annual Meeting and Conference Bloomington, Minnesota
September 20-21, 2000, “The Neurology of Walking”, Gainesville, Florida
November 17, 1999 AHA Pre-Conference Workshop Alternatives to Backriding – “When Backriding Can Take a Back Seat”
November 18-20, 1999 NARHA Annual Meeting and Conference Cleveland, Ohio
July 26-28, 1999, “Every Move Counts: Developing Functional Technological Applications and Communication Systems for Individuals with Profound Differences”, Orlando, Florida
November , 1998 AHA Pre-Conference Workshop, “A Dynamic Approach to Clinical Problem Solving,” Danvers, Massachusetts
November,1998 NARHA Annual Meeting and Conference, Danvers, Massachusetts
September 17-19, 1998 “Play: The Work of Children” Orlando, Florida
March 6, 1998 “Sensory Integration and Self Regulation in Young Children,” Orlando, Florida
July 15, 1997 AHA Workshop “Hippotherapy: A Dynamic Approach” Denver, Colorado
July 15-19, 1997 Ninth International Therapeutic Riding Congress, Denver, Colorado
November 20, 1996 AHA Pre-Conference Workshop “Transdisciplinary Applications in Hippotherapy” Orlando, Florida
November 21-23, 1996 NARHA Annual Meeting and Conference Orlando, Florida
November 1, 1995 AHA Pre-Conference Workshop “The Missing Link to Function” Dallas, Texas
November , 1995 NARHA Annual Meeting and Conference Dallas, Texas
September 22-24, 1995 “Outcome Management in Orthopedic Rehabilitation,” Jupiter Beach, Florida
November 9, 1994 AHA Pre-Conference Workshop Current Rehab Theories
November 10-12, 1994 NARHA Annual Meeting and Conference Chicago, Illinois
April 22-23, 1994 “New Concepts in Pediatric Handling,” Gainesville, Florida
November 10, 1993 AHA Pre-Conference Workshop “Clinical Problem Solving in Hippotherapy” Lexington, Kentucky
November 11-13, 1993 NARHA Annual Meeting and Conference Lexington, Kentucky
October 2-3, 1992, “The Effect of Cerebral Palsy on Lower Extremity Biomechanics: Therapeutic Intervention,” Orlando, Florida
March, 1991, Introduction to Classic Hippotherapy, Coconut Creek, Florida
March 8, 1991, “An Introduction to CranioSacral Therapy,” Orlando, Florida
March 9, 1991, “Motor Control: Implications for Clinical Practice,” Orlando, Florida
March 10, 1991, “Specific Motor Control Deficits: Assessments and Treatments,” Orlando, Florida
December 11-13, 1989, “Myofascial Release and its Application to Neuro-Developmental Treatment Techniques,” Orlando, Florida
December 8-10, 1989 Gait Workshop, Orlando, Florida
June 11, 1988 “Hippotherapy Principles and Practical Application” Citra, Florida
October 24-26, 1986 NARHA Instructor Workshops, Gainesville, Florida
May 11-13, 1984 Adaptive Swimming Workshop, Gainesville, Florida


Professional Presentations

Finding and Keeping your Balance August 7, 2012 Oak Hammock Gainesville, FL
Integrating Hippotherapy with Recreational Therapeutic Riding August 4, 2012 PATH Region 5 Conference Bakas Equestrian Center Tampa, FL
Hippotherapy as a Treatment Strategy August 1, 2012 University of Florida Occupational Therapy Program Gainesville, FL
Finding and Keeping Your Balance June 12, 2012 North Florida Regional Hospital Gainesville, FL
A Review of the Vestibular System, it’s Interaction with other Sensory Systems, and Considerations for Hippotherapy March 27, 2011 AHA Conference St. Louis, MO
AHA Level I Equine Skills & Treatment Principles, Faculty, April 29 – May 2, 2010, Mebane, NC
AHA Level I Equine Skills & Treatment Principles, Faculty, Oct 29-Nov 1, 2009, McGregor, TX
AHA Level II Equine Skills & Treatment Principles, Faculty, Sept 10-13, 2009, Mt. Holly, NC
World Congress & Expo on Disabilities, “Hippotherapy – Making Strides in Helping Children with Disabilities” November 22, 2008
AHA Level I Equine Skills & Treatment Principles, Faculty Sept. 25-28, 2008
NARHA Region 5 Conference, Selecting the Hippotherapy Horse, August 16, 2008, Orlando, FL
AHA Level I Equine Skills & Treatment Principles, Faculty June 5-8, 2008 Atlanta, GA
AHA Level I Equine Skills & Treatment Principles, Faculty, May 1-4, 2008 Jonesboro, Arkansas
AHA Level I Equine Skills & Treatment Principles, Faculty, August 23-26, 2007, Nokomis, FL
AHA Level 2 Equine Skills & Treatment Principles, Faculty, November 16-19, 2006 Atlanta, Georgia
AHA Level 1 Equine Skills & Treatment Principles, Faculty
July 7-10, 2005
AHA Introduction to Classic Hippotherapy: Principles and Applications:
April 16-18, 2004, Faculty Coordinator, Orlando, Florida
December 5-7, 2003, Faculty Coordinator, Miami, Florida
December 6-8, 2002, Faculty Coordinator, Atlanta, Georgia
April 5-7, 2002, Associate Faculty and Host
March 23-25, 2001, Associate Faculty and Host,
March 31-April 2, 2000, Assistant Faculty and Host, and
April 9-11, 1999 Assistant Faculty and Host
Wheelchair Clinic, Faculty
October 27-28, 2003 Dzerzshinsk, Ukraine
April 8-9, 2001 Sochi, Russia
AHA Intermediate Hippotherapy; Clinical Problem Solving, Faculty, September, 2003 Atlanta, Georgia
Incorporating Hippotherapy into Private Practice, presented at NARHA Region V Annual Conference, August, 2002, Atlanta, Georgia
FPTA (Florida Physical Therapy Association) Conference, March 26, 2000, Orlando, Florida,
NARHA Annual Meeting and Conference, November 1998, Danvers, Massachusetts, and
NARHA Region V Annual Conference, September , 1998, Tampa, Florida
Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy NARHA Annual Meeting and Conference, November 3, 1995



Getting the Most from your Equine Therapy Partner, a 2-part series, co-authored; STRIDES, Fall 2001 and Winter 2002 issues
Passions for the Profession, PT Magazine June 2001
Therapeutic Riding and Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, STRIDES, April 2000
Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, Therapeutic Riding II Strategies for Rehabilitation, Barbara Engel, Editor



GREAT Postural Scale development assistance, 1996


Community Involvement

8th Judicial System Judicial Committee member August, 2010 – present
Florida Physical Therapy Association, Northern District
Co-founder – GREAAT! – Gainesville Riding through Equine Assisted Activities and Therapy, a not-for-profit organization, 2010
Co-founder – HOPE – Horses helping People, a not-for-profit organization 1999

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