Meet the Staff at Strides Pediatric Therapy
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Elizabeth Lebrecht, MA-Leadership Studies
Co-Founder -- PresidentElizabeth graduated with a bachelor’s in Biology and Marine Science and a Master of Arts in Leadership Studies degree from the University of San Diego. She has experience in education and human resources departments, in assisting with starting and operating a small business, and in running a very busy family of six.
Elizabeth’s passion lies in being a mother and raising her children. A few years ago, Elizabeth’s oldest daughter fought and won a tough battle with stage four lymphoma. Through that experience, she learned just how difficult it is to watch your child struggle, but she also learned just how comforting it is to find a facility and a team that can help. This experience, as well as her passion for being a parent, led Elizabeth to start Strides, as she wanted to offer an organization that gives parents confidence and comfort that their child is receiving the best care available to them.
Elizabeth has ridden horses since she was a child and watched three of her children enjoy a passion for horses and the benefits that brought. She still enjoys riding to this day, and in her free time she is either watching one of her children’s sporting events or spending time outside.
Marley Juarez, ACMHC, CTRI
Co-Founder -- Director of OperationsMarley has years of experience working in the mental health field in a residential treatment setting. She graduated with a double bachelors degree from the University of Utah, and graduated with her Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling Degree at the University of Massachusetts Boston after completing her internship at Strides Pediatric Therapy. She is also a PATH certified therapeutic riding instructor.
She has ridden horses since she was five, has competed in the sport, and has taught riding lessons. She has seen the benefits that a relationship with horses had on both her own life, and the lives of her riding students and residential patients. She brings her passion for mental health and horses into her role at Strides, and is excited to see the joy the kids have as they build their independence and accomplish new things. Outside of work, Marley enjoys reading, traveling, and spending time with her family and toy Australian Shepherds, Nelson and Benson.