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Nature's Edge Therapy Center, Inc.

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Causes: Animal-Related, Animals, Health, Health Care, Rehabilitative Care

Mission: Nature's Edge Therapy Center provides the highest quality intensive rehabilitation by qualified and licensed staff to our patients and their families in a safe, natural and motivational setting, promoting the human-animal bond.

Results: Nature's Edge Therapy Center has helped more than 1000 families over the past 15 years! We continue to grow through your support.

Target demographics: Children and adults of all ages with disabilities in increasing their independence for everyday living

Direct beneficiaries per year: over 50 patients and their families

Geographic areas served: Intensive Medical Therapy for the patient and their family utilizing the ranch setting to progress goals significantly

Programs: Speech Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy incorporating animal-assisted therapy, horticulture therapy and hippotherapy on a 65 acre ranch

Community Stories

67 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

3 Seth R.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My daughter has Austism. I have taken my daughter Nature,s Edge for the last year or so. I love the staff and the philosopy they have. They are professional and very caring. They will find what works for the client. Not afraid to think outside of the box. Very positive and determined to help each and every client and meet them where they are at.

1 Kristin L.1

Donor

Rating: 5

The therapists take extra time to work with each individual kiddo and find what engages them best. My boyfriend’s son enjoys singing and music throughout his sessions. The theapriat and volunteers sing to him while he is riding!
I know another family who has two girls who have both been served by this program. They have both made major progress. It makes my heart happy to see these kids thrive.

1 muellnic

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I spent the last three summers volunteering and working at Nature’s Edge Therapy Center! This is an amazing nonprofit providing speech, occupational, and physical therapy with some phenomenal therapists! I highly recommend checking out Nature’s Edge if you’re seeking therapies or looking for a place to volunteer during your free time!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This summer was the first year I came to volunteer here and I have to say, it was one of the best decisions I have made. Everyone at Nature's Edge is so wonderful! They always let you know how grateful they are for everyone's hard work. I am super glad I came to Nature's Edge and I will definitely be coming back!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Natures edge is amazing! My son when there when he was younger for speech and OT. He had when to another fisility for speech but they really did work for our family. We found natures edge and it was amazing the change we saw in him right away. My son now volunteers in the summer.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

After not having a good experience with a different clinical speech office we heard about Nature's Edge. We were so impressed and happy with our time here. My children receiving help felt comfortable and have so much fun as they practice their sounds. We are given resources to take home and practice with as well as great encouragement. My kids love interacting with the animals, baking and food prep, and games. It is really an innovative way of learning the correct way to speak.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

My husband had been in the hospital and nursing home for over a year when we brought him home. He’d seen a dozen speech therapists and no one could get him to even make a sound, let alone speak. Becky drove an hour every week to our house and started working miracles with my husband. Within less than a month, he was starting to say words. Now, a few years later, we have traveled to Nature’s Edge for more therapy and have not been disappointed once again. Everyone at Nature’s Edge has so much compassion and creativity in treatment.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Nature’s edge is absolutely wonderful. From the environment, to the staff, to the animals.

Olivia P.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Therapists are experienced and fantastic to work with. Therapy animals are all well trained/certified and clients of all ages respond really well to the animal assisted therapy. Therapists use both traditional and functional settings for the sessions and work hard for progress and treatment with each client!

2 Katelyn Z.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been working for Nature's Edge for just over a month now, and it has been the best work experience I have ever had. I love spending time with the patient's, learning and hearing their stories, and most importantly getting to witness firsthand how the therapists at Nature's Edge are able to change the lives of these individuals. Nature's Edge is such an amazing place with an even more amazing staff and therapy animals. They all are such kind and loving individuals who I am proud to call my co-workers and friends.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My dad went to Nature's Edge for physical therapy and speech therapy last year. We noticed an increase in his balance, and with his speech intelligibility. More than that, my dad was excited and happy every time he had a therapy session. I am grateful for the work that Nature's Edge does. It's an incredible nonprofit.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Nature's Edge Therapy Center is an amazing organization with caring and knowledgeable staff. My dad, who was diagnosed with Huntington's Disease 12 years ago, attended Hippotherapy for speech and language, and occupational therapy last summer. Even though it was about an hour drive one way, every visit was worth it for the smile my dad would get! Nature's Edge changed our lives for the better. My family now fosters a rescue horse, Phoenix. We are forever grateful to have Nature's edge in our lives!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

To whom it may concern,

I would like to thank you for your donations to the Nature’s Edge Therapy Center. Without this opportunity and the help of the workers and volunteers my son wouldn’t be able to get the help that he needs for his speech. After being in the birth to 3 program and Head Start Sylas still wasn’t progressing much with his speech. I then took him to get further testing done and he was diagnosed with Apraxia. From there I was given the name and phone number to Nature’s Edge Therapy Center and gave them a call. I thought I would get an answering machine and simply leave a message. Much to my surprise Becky answered the call and took the time, about an hour or so, to talk to me about apraxia and the wonderful things that Nature’s Edge has to offer. I was more than impressed and more so I was comforted by the knowledge and kindness Becky had given me. I was then able to make the appointment to come and have Sylas do his testing. Since, continuing treatment with Becky and those at Nature’s Edge I am already seeing such an improvement in the way Sylas approaches speech. I am given great advice in helping continue his learning each week while we are at home, in between sessions at Nature’s edge. I look forward to seeing how far Sylas will come with everyone’s help. Again, I can’t thank you enough or those at the center! I am forever grateful.

Thank you,

Bryan, Megan and Sylas Schneeberg

1 Kristina27

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our family has been truly blessed by Nature’s Edge.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My daughter has made tremendous gains since starting HIPPO Therapy with Becky, Laura and Courtney. They have also been able to teach our family ways to understand and work with our daughter who has sensory processing disorder. We cannot THANK Nature's Edge Therapy enough for all of your dedication

1

Donor

Rating: 5

Nature's Edge is a top notch facility nestled into a beautiful setting. The staff are well trained and very loving. The amount of dedication put into each client is outstanding. I am pleased to be a part of this center.
The owner and founder of Nature's Edge is very passionate about helping others and educating the public. Becky is incredibly knowledgeable (SMART) gifted in her field and the results speak for themselves!
Nature's Edge is a place of healing. Watching the crew in action with a difficult client riding a horse and seeing a change happen within the client is fascinating.

Adam74

Client Served

Rating: 5

Nature's Edge Therapy Center, Inc. helped me have hope again.

On August 21st, 2015 my son, Marshall, was an articulate, intelligent, caring and independent 5 year old. The next day he was on the way to wedding with his sister and mother when their car was t-boned by a school bus. The girls didn't survive. Marshall spent the next 95 days in the hospital. He had a broken leg, fractured hip, broken ribs, contusions and lacerations and later, when the seizures started, he developed a traumatic brain injury affecting his sight and coordinated motor control.

The road to recovery is a winding and bumpy one. Sometimes you feel as if your stuck in the mud or just going in circles trying to find your way down the path. Until I hooked up with Nature's Edge I felt lost. It felt as if we were aimlessly wandering through this unfamiliar territory with no real chance of finding our way through. The wonderful staff at Nature's Edge help to make sure your moving in the right direction. They go above and beyond not just to treat my son but to care for him. They have a plan to move forward but M's needs (physical and emotional) are always a huge factor in the decision making process. Nature's Edge has the most knowledgeable staff in our area and they are continually searching out new techniques and technologies to improve their ability to help. With the help of Nature's Edge I started to believe that my son will be able to regain some of the independence he used to enjoy. They gave me hope again. And hope is the most powerful tool you can have with you on the road to recovery.

Adam

1 Kay_42

Board Member

Rating: 5

Nature's Edge Therapy Center utilizes a unique approach to therapy to reach individuals who may not respond to traditional therapy techniques. I especially love to hear the stories and see the photos of the positive impact the animals have in the care of our patients. We have an awesome group of dedicated and talented staff and volunteers who help us reach our mission.

1 Heidi84

Board Member

Rating: 5

As a board member I am always amazed at the success stories and changed lives of Natures Edge clients. Their unique approaches for treatment has seen great success. I appreciate that they treat regardless of ability to pay.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered for the past several years. I enjoy seeing the kids go through there therapy from start to finish.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer for 15 years so I have been involved in many aspects of the Nature's Edge mission. Working with Becky, the staff, and other volunteers is a very rewarding experience. The therapists unique and creative approach to treatment produces amazing results. Whether I am observing or participating I always learn something new or someway to contribute. Volunteering at Natures Edge is a learning experience that teaches me how to better help people. Nature's Edge Therapy Center is a special place for all of us.

1 Christopher94

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Years ago I worked for an agency that sent residents for speech therapy. The staff worked with me to teach me how to use the communication aides to not only help the resident but also to teach other staff on the proper use of communication boards. Since then I have become a respiratory therapist and work with people who have lost their ability to speak. With the training I received at Nature's Edge, I am able to show new staff at my facility how to effectively use communication boards to enable patients to effectively communicate.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

My nephew has a traumatic brain injury and started Nature's Edge therapy to gain his motor functions back. I have been so pleased with how much time and energy and care the staff at Nature's Edge put into sessions. My nephew loves getting on the horse, and I have seen so much improvement in his motor skills since he began therapy with Nature's Edge.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our son loved to go out there for therapy and has finished. They have helped a lot and very understanding and we're able to adapt and to help us and him at very short notice. He has since finished and is now volunteering out there. They are a lot of help and a blessing to our family. Thanks nature's edge.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Nature's Edge Therapy Center is a very relaxing place for people to receive treatment. While volunteering I've noticed that patients and their families feel comfortable being in the calm environment and enjoy seeing all the animals there. The staff is very friendly and helpful to all. The center is located on a beautiful property with some exceptionally made riding trails.

1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Nature's Edge continues to amaze me with their caring & educated staff and with the highly effective work they do with so many youth in Barron County! I appreciate the level of collaboration that staff put in to make sure that their established treatment goals for youth are implemented across all settings and in line with the overall treatment planning for the child and family. Nature's Edge has made every effort to ensure that children, regardless of funding availability, have access to needed services. This organization is a wonderful asset to the community!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a professional, I have referred several children with severe needs to Nature's Edge Therapy Center. I am so amazed by the impact their unique services have on children who have struggled to respond to more traditional therapies. The staff and volunteers are very friendly and welcoming. They do a great job of making children and families comfortable and relaxed at their facility. I highly recommend Nature's Edge to others!

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Absolutely love the feeling you get just driving down the driveway. The center has a way about it that makes you feel so comfortable. Beautiful scenery, wonderful animals, and an amazing group of staff/volunteers.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

We are very pleased with Nature's Edge and their style of speech therapy. Using nature as a base has helped give our 4 1/2 year old grandson the enthusiasm to participate and to learn, and we are happy to see progress. At Nature's Edge you will find friendly and knowledgeable staff using animals and a rural setting to deliver therapy. We see this as very positive and are happy to recommend Nature's Edge.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Nature's Edge was first brought to our attention in June 2016, in hopes for my 9 year old to start therapy at the center. What a wonderful place!! The staff and volunteers are awesome, caring people. They make you feel welcome as if you are family. My daughter has been in speech and OT therapy since July and I can already see the improvement. She loves the animals, Peppy the ferret being her favorite. She actually looks forward to going to therapy on a weekly basis. I would recommend this place to anyone looking for a great therapy experience.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

love this place cant thank them enough. My son has SPD, SMD, and ELD. Since my son has been recieving treatment at Natures Edge he has accomplished so much. When he first started he only spoke a few words at a time now he us able to talk in full sentences. The hippo Therapy is great my son is more aware of his body and can look at you when you speak to him. Could go on and on about them but I really think you should see for yourself just how wonderful they are.

THANK YOU SO MUCH!

1 Elizabeth223

Client Served

Rating: 5

We have not yet been to Natures Edge, but we are very much looking forward to it. We have worked with some of the therapists and love them. They do awesome work. Excited about our visit next month, Hope it inspires my daughter to be a therapist and help these children with so many needs. And working with the animals would be an added bonus.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Natures edge was a wonderful place for our son to receive therapy! Our son went from 2 word phrases to 4-5 word sentences over a summer of therapy from April to November. All of the staff we worked with were caring and professional. We highly recommend this place for therapy.

1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

They are knowledgeable, dedicated, and compassionate. All ingredients for helping their clients reach their highest potential.

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I got the honor and privilege of working as a volunteer intern this summer at Nature's Edge Therapy Center, Inc. for university credit. I am an undergraduate student at Colorado State University studying Equine Science and Business Administration with a Pre-Occupational Therapy focus. I hope to one day work as an Occupational Therapist specializing in Hippotherapy.

When I began my internship, I was immediately given great trust and responsibility; the staff is incredibly friendly and function like a well-oiled machine. The teamwork demonstrated among this group of professionals is unparalleled. As a volunteer, I was welcomed as part of this family-minded team and was constantly encouraged to challenge myself and share my ideas. Nature's Edge feels safe and comforting, providing an excellent atmosphere for therapy and an engaging environment for learning.

The experiences and wisdom I have gained from my time as an intern with Nature's Edge can only be described as life-changing. I was not simply "the intern"; I was a member of the team and part of the Nature's Edge family. I was given the tremendous opportunity to make meaningful connections with both staff and the clients I worked with throughout my time at Nature's Edge. In seeing the hope and happiness this center brings to its clients and their families, I have found passion and motivation to provide the same level of expert care in my future career in Hippotherapy. Truly an inspiring place!

3 Khristeen L.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My son is going to Natures Edge for speech therapy and we are so glad we found such a wonderful organization. He is progressing and reaching all his goals. I am so thankful for all the wonderful people who work and volunteer at Natures Edge. We are also thankful for all the animals and especially the horses, who with Hippotherapy, have also helped my son with his speech.

4

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our daughter received speech therapy at Nature's Edge Therapy Center the past 6 months. We are thrilled with her progress! We thoroughly enjoyed working with Becky Payne and the entire staff. We loved all the therapy animals and the beautiful setting. I believe our daughter responded much better to a non-clinical environment and felt more relaxed, thus could focus on the task at hand. We had a very positive experience and would recommend Nature's Edge to anyone!

6

Board Member

Rating: 5

It is truly heart warming to witness the amazing results that transpire from the professional, determined, dedicated and caring staff of Nature's Edge Therapy Center.

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

What a great experience it was at Nature's Edge! The combination of the staff working one on one with our son (diagnosed with selective mutism) and the use of nature / animals for therapy is amazing! Thank you for giving us the opportunity .

Dave and Janelle Lieder