Narissa Jenkins

Healing Hoof Steps, CEO/Founder

 2014- Present Healing Hoof Steps CEO/Founder

2014- Present EAGALA Certified Equine Specialist

2018-Present EAGALA Military Services Professional

2022-Present PATH  ESMHL Certification

​Equine Experience

  • Over 25 years of combined equine experience consisting of riding, lessons,  leasing, owning, rescuing and rehabilitating horses in the Florida panhandle and in Central Florida.  
  • Avid follower of the Downunder Horsemanship Training method by Clinton Anderson
  • Schooled in English Hunter/Jumper and Western Styles
  • Currently owns a herd of 5 horses


  • Nancy Lambert, EAGALA Certified Equine Specialist
  • Chelsie Braden, LCSW
  • Lindsie Zemanick, EAGALA Certified Equine Specialist

2023 Board of Directors

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Shannon Brannon, Prentice Thomas & Associates

Board President          Fort Walton Beach, FL

James Vechery, Lt Gen USAF Retired

Board Vice President       Pace, FL

Carol Missildine, CPA Self employed

Board Treasurer     Santa Rosa Beach, FL

Lee Thomas, KEMRON Environmental Services

Board Secretary        Atlanta, GA

Candie Arrowsmith

Fundraising Chair    Fort Walton Beach, FL

Susan Hammond, SMSgt USAF Retired

Healing Hoof Steps, Therapeutic Riding Program Director

 2023- Present      PATH CTRI

2022- Present      American Shetland Pony Club Show Secretary

2021-July  2023  Healing Hoof Steps Board of Directors, Secretary

2021-2023            Healing Hoof Steps Therapeutic Riding Volunteer

1997 -2020           United States Air Force

2022 BS  Applied Management, Grand Canyon University

​2004     AS, Mental Health Services, Community College of the Air Force

2007     AS, Instructor of Technology and Military Service, College of the Air Force

2008     Occupational Instructor Certification, Air University

​1998      AS,  Health Care Management, Community College of the Air Force



Hunter Norton, B.C.S., Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP

Sarasota, FL

Travis Peterson, MSgT USAF Retired

Veterans Services Chair

Jamie Wells, CEO Defenders of Freedom

Milton, FL

Julie Harper, PsyD   Forensic Psychologist

Crestview, FL

Deede Wayne, Cape Cod Broadcasting Group

Niceville, FL

Lee Glaser, Northwest Florida Real Estate

Baker, FL

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  • Kristin DeCorte, LMHC
  • Melissa Winn, RLMHCI

Meet Our Team

Healing Hoof Steps Equine Assisted Mental Health Counseling and Therapeutic Riding 

  • Dr. Nina J. Gawlik, PsyD

Located in Crestview, Florida

A 501(c)3 Organization. Text HOOFSTEPS to 850-757-2920 to make a DONATION today!

Connie Baldwin, MS, LMHC

Healing Hoof Steps, Clinical Director


2017-Present Healing Hoof Steps Clinical Director​​

2010-Present EAGALA Military Designated Mental Health Provider

2011-2017  Lone Survivor Foundation, Houston TX

  • Sr. Team Leader, Military Therapeutic Retreats

Professional Licenses
Licensed Mental health Counselor: #MH15223, Florida Department of Health

2005 Master of Science: Counseling and Psychology, Troy University
1998 Bachelorette of Science: Veterinarian Technology, Fort Valley State University

Equine Experience

  • Over 40 years of combined equine experience consisting of riding,  training, owning, managing equine resort facilities 
  • ​Schooled in Western Pleasure and Barrels