Jan has practiced as a Marriage & Family Therapist in California for nearly 30 years, utilizing the expertise of Therapy Dogs as an integral part of her psychotherapy. In 2003, Jan moved with her husband from the Bay Area to the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains where she reestablished her practice. In 2005 Jan felt moved to pursue her love of horses. She started with riding lessons. Her profound, intuitive connection and ability to bond deeply with horses was immediately apparent. Looking to incorporate her new-found gift of “horse sense” into her practice, Jan was certified by the Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association (EAGALA) as a Level II facilitator. With that was born Horse Sense of the Sierra, a.k.a. Horse SOS — A Place Where Horses Help People. “The horses are the joy of my life,” says Jan, “they’ve brought my life new meaning.”
Tamara Dockstader, often referred to as “Mrs. Doolittle,” has a natural passion for animals and is a horse owner herself. Having raised four Guide Dogs for the Blind, Tamara believes in and has personally witnessed the power of animals and how they can make a difference in a person’s life. Tamara has been a member of Mid Valley Backcountry Horsemen for many years, which has served to enhance her already-intuitive understanding of how horses behave and communicate. Tamara brings her rich knowing to Horse SOS as a certified EAGALA Equine Specialist.