Meet The Team

Leann Hiebert – Behavior Interventionist

Leann has been supporting individuals living with autism for over six years. She has four years experience working full time as a behavior interventionist. She currently works as an Educational Assistant for the Abbotsford School District. Leann enjoys creating new and fun activities to help students achieve their goals. She has worked extensively in modifying and adapting material to meet the individual needs of others. Bringing horses into the mix creates exciting opportunities for people to connect with themselves, as well as those around them.

Leann has a Certificate in Behavior Intervention and a Diploma in Classroom and Community Support from Douglas College. She is currently working toward her Bachelors Degree in Community Rehabilitation through the University of Calgary. Leann has volunteered with group programs at Empowered By Horses for over two years.

Leann is very passionate about animals and has a strong background in working with horses. Leann also has two dogs, Morgan and Jack, whom she spends a great deal of time with. Leann and her husband Christopher live in Abbotsford. 

Kylie Bartel – Canadian Certified Counsellor

Kylie is a Canadian Certified Counsellor (CCC) who has been working with children and youth for over ten years.  She has her masters degree in counselling psychology from Trinity Western University and is passionate about integrating traditional and non-traditional therapeutic approaches to help clients who are struggling to reach their goals.  Kylie has witnessed how the hands-on approach of working outdoors with horses helps to uncover strengths and abilities in youth that might be missed in traditional, office settings.  She has found that equine facilitated psychotherapy can be particularly helpful for children and teenagers who struggle with anxiety, depression, attention, emotion regulation, trauma, grief, attachment disruption, social skills, and low self-esteem.

Kylie loves being around animals and enjoys exploring the local trails with her horse.  Kylie used to compete in horse jumping and three-day eventing but she has spent the past few years learning about western riding, liberty work, and natural horsemanship.  She also enjoys other outdoor activities such as hiking, snowboarding, and kayaking.  Kylie gets excited about connecting with nature and animals in order to help youth grow, heal, and thrive.