Jill Wagner, MS, PT
Jill’s practice, Progressive Pediatrics, specializes in aquatic and land physical therapy and hippotherapy. She graduated from Quinnipiac University with a B.S. in Physical Therapy and Johns Hopkins University with a M.S. in Education.
Jill worked with Corliss’ daughter in the pool for several years and kept hearing from Corliss about the benefits of riding horses in a therapeutic setting. Corliss’ passion for horses and for therapeutic riding inspired Jill to pursue coursework in the field of hippotherapy. After one course, she was hooked. Jill has been treating clients at Simple Changes for seven years.
Sophia Scott, MS, PT
Sophia graduated from Marymount University, in Arlington, VA with an MS in Physical Therapy in 2002. Sophia met Jill Wagner while volunteering during hippotherapy treatment sessions at Simple Changes. She became convinced that the organized movement of the horse is an ideal treatment strategy to use in order to improve function in children with neuromuscular dysfunction.
Sophia believes that the movement of the wonderful horses at Simple Changes, combined with the natural beauty of the surrounding fields, pastures, and woods provide an ideal therapeutic combination.
Connie graduated from Virginia Tech in 1992 with a BS in Biology and received her MS in Occupational Therapy from Shenandoah University in 1997. She began working with horses in a therapeutic capacity while in graduate school, first as a therapeutic riding instructor and later completing coursework in hippotherapy.
Connie feels hippotherapy is a unique form of therapy that brings amazing results due to the natural movement of the horse combined with therapeutic handling and planning while the rider focuses on the joy of riding. She enjoys horseback riding and finds it therapeutic for herself.