From an early age, Dana had a strong interest in anything horse related. She took riding lessons for many years and participated in 4-H for one year. Dana also attended her younger brother’s therapeutic riding sessions, where she first saw the healing abilities of horses. For many years Dana was not involved with horses, however she took riding lessons in college, which is where she discovered that counseling and horses could be combined. Dana completed her undergraduate internship at Take Heart and returned for her graduate practicum and internship. She graduated in May 2019 from Lancaster Bible College with her bachelor and master degrees in counseling. Dana is working towards her Pennsylvania counseling licensure, and has obtained certification in equine assisted psychotherapy. She is passionate about making an impact in the new field of equine assisted therapy. In her free time, Dana enjoys spending time with friends, traveling, reading, and learning German. Dana counsels a variety of clients at Take Heart as well as offers horsemanship lessons to teach individuals how to partner naturally with a horse.
Take Heart began with a desire to combine passion with service. Meagan has been fascinated with horses since her first childhood riding lessons. She rode in 4-H for several years and in 2005, purchased her first horse, Charley. As a shy teenager, working with horses built Meagan's confidence, provided a place of peace, and taught life-lessons such as patience, goal-setting, and the value of hard work. She hoped to one day pair her passion for horses with her desire to help people in some way, and felt a specific calling to do just that through equine assisted therapy. Meagan earned her master's degree in Professional Counseling from Lancaster Bible College in Lancaster, PA. She obtained her state license as a professional counselor and her certification in equine assisted psychotherapy. She is fascinated by trauma-focused equine assisted therapy and strives to provide the best quality care possible. Meagan opened Take Heart in 2014 with one horse and the blessing of a generous dairy farmer who allowed her to use his horses and property. She is passionate about empowering clients and families through their healing journeys. She and her husband live on and care for the Take Heart property in Mohnton, PA. When they are not working on the farm, they enjoy exploring nature, kayaking, and campfires with friends and family.