Meet our Camp Resilient Practitioners

Stefanie Summers, LCSW: For over 25 years, Stefanie has been helping clients to transform their lives in meaningful and impactful ways. Her vast experience and education will help you to transform your life as well. Bachelors Degree, Social Work: University of Alaska, Fairbanks, Masters Degree, Social Work: University of Denver, Colorado, Reiki Master, Level 1 Certified Sound Healer and Level 2 Diploma Student: Sound Healing Academy Energy psychology and wellness is a way of living and being for me. Many energetic and natural healing concepts are woven organically into the therapeutic process and are an integral part of how I practice psychology.

Dr. Megan McDonnell practices a collaborative, relational, and holistic approach aimed not just at alleviating the most immediate and obvious symptoms, but also at helping clients lead healthier and happier lives. Her sessions combine cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), mindfulness, psychodynamic, and eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR).

Christy Hinnant is Executive Director/ President of V.O.I.C.E.S. Against Sexual Assault. Christy is an 8-year US Army Veteran, rape survivor, activist, advocate and 3x Mrs. Universal (2019, 2020, and 2021). In 2005, she was sexually assaulted by a stranger at Fort Jackson, South Carolina. Through the years she struggled with the aftermath of the assault; the PTSD, the shame, feeling alone, and not knowing what was next. She struggled with ineffective counselors and the justice’s system not doing their job.  Although there are certain resources available to sexual assault victims after an assault there isn’t a place for them to go and heal. Christy’s passion to help others and create that healing safe space grew.

Andrea St.Hilaire: From riding and horsemanship for all ages and levels, through equine-assisted learning for children, and working alongside the psychologists and counselors on the Camp Resilient team (e.g., equine-assisted psychotherapy), I believe there are innumerable possibilities and benefits for the equine side of Camp Resilient. My realm is about a return to being human and connecting with “self” and nature. My PhD and writing are geared towards terminally ill children, dying/grief, “total pain,” and military “operator syndrome”. I am intimately familiar with unique benefits of horse, animal, and nature engagement.  My niche tends to be with children and spouses, but I also work extensively with the service members and veterans. A United States Hunter Jumper Association Certified Trainer since 2008 and Massachusetts-licensed riding instructor, Andrea has regularly taught since 2002. 

Andrea Bridger: Om Shanti Sound Healing. Tibetan sound massage is profoundly relaxing and is an acoustic sound healing journey that relaxes the body, calms the mind, and activates the body’s natural healing systems. A sound bath can bring you effortlessly into a deep state of relaxation.Andrea’s training includes: 200 hour and 300 hour RYT  Yax Yoga Concepts; Katherine Roberts Yoga For Golfers Level 1 and Level 2 Certified; First Degree Reiki Practitioner; Yoga For Kids Asheville Yoga Center; and Academy of Sound Healing (Level I and II).

Ben Stennett Horsemanship: Ben has been tirelessly in pursuit of a more knowledgeable way of working with horses since first truly embracing horses as a fixture in his life while in college. It has been an unorthodox road at times but each step has yielded improved understanding of horse behavior and an ability to share that knowledge with horses and people alike. Ben currently provides equine assisted therapy services for Intrepid Spirit Center Return to Forces program.

Kate Smith is a certified clinical herbalist and holistic health coach. She left her career in wildland firefighting and trailbuilding in Alaska to study functional herbalism, and in 2020, opened her practice in her hometown of Southern Pines, N.C. Kate helps military, athletes, and high performers get to the root cause of their symptoms, and heal themselves with medicinal herbs, functional nutrition, lifestyle, and mindset. Kate believes that when you take full ownership of your health, you take ownership of your life, and therefore, your impact. Kate’s training includes: The Eclectic School of Herbal Medicine: 2019 to 2020, completed over 2000 hours of training; conducted or assisted over 100 client consultations; Dr. Aviva Romm’s Botanical Medicine for Women’s Health: 2019 to Present; The Chestnut School of Herbal Medicine: 2018 to Present; Certified Wilderness First Responder

Jason Smiley is a U.S. Army Veteran, and teaches Yoga for Trauma Recovery, Mindful Resilience for Veterans, and Adaptive Yoga. His education and training include: Mindful Yoga Therapy Certification; Yoga for Trauma Recovery; Mindful Resilience Yoga Teacher Training, Level I &amp II; and 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training, Sivananda Lineage. Jason leads therapeutic and mindful resilience classes for veterans, active duty service members and their families who are dealing with post traumatic stress, as well as adaptive yoga for people with physical and developmental disabilities.

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