Staff

Katie Fallon – Founder and President

Katie Fallon is a PATH, Intl. Advanced Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor with nearly twenty years of experience in facilitating sessions for clients with a wide range of physical, cognitive, psychological, and emotional challenges. She is certified as an Equine Specialist through EAGALA, and is a PATH, Intl. Certified Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning. Katie also is certified as a Masterson Method Equine Specialist. She holds a certification in Equine-Facilitated Learning from the HERD Institute, where she has recently joined the faculty. She has presented on various aspects of equine-assisted services at national, regional, and local conferences. She holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in international relations from Georgetown University and Columbia University.

Beth Ratchford LCSW, MA – Therapist

Beth Ratchford is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a Masters in Social Work from Virginia Commonwealth University and a Master of Arts in Counseling from Western Seminary. She has a private practice in Leesburg and specializes in treating adults who have experienced childhood trauma. 

Beth is an EAGALA certified mental health specialist and provides Equine Assisted Psychotherapy services.  Beth has trained with Pia Mellody in the Post Induction Therapy model of treatment and uses it as the primary framework in her work with clients.  She is also trained in the use of EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) for treating trauma and other difficult life experiences.

Dr. Jacqueline Cleland – Therapist

Dr. Cleland has devoted her life’s work—spanning over three decades—to supporting the health and wellbeing of a broad range of service populations.  She has held administrative and direct service positions in local, state, and federal governmental agencies including the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, U.S. Department of Justice, and the State of Iowa Office of the Attorney General. She completed a doctoral program in clinical psychology at The George Washington University and founded an independent psychotherapy practice in Leesburg, Virginia in 2005 where she currently provides strength-based collaborative psychotherapy with adolescents and adults.  

Dr. Cleland has served as a staff psychologist at the Martinsburg VA Medical Center’s Hope Center, and has also served as a mental health consultant with public and private schools, community nonprofits devoted to health and well-being, and equine-assisted therapy programs

Jennifer Entwistle LCSW – Therapist

Jennifer Entwistle is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), an EAGALA certified mental health professional, and is currently working toward a Registered Play Therapist certification. She has been hanging out with horses since she was little and facilitating EAP since 2018. Jennifer got into the mental health profession because she loves finding creative solutions to tough problems. She believes that people shouldn’t have to face life’s complications on their own. When not in the arena, Jennifer and her wife are checking out new hiking trails, taking their Australian Shepard to the lake, or watching a good movie.

Mairin Fallon – Volunteer Coordinator

Mairin Fallon is a senior nursing student at The Catholic University of America with a minor in psychology, expected to graduate with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Nursing in May 2022. She wishes to work in pediatric psychiatry after graduation. She has volunteered at Bridle Paths since 2010,  and became Bridle Paths’ volunteer coordinator in 2014. 

Mairin has had a lifelong love of horses and started riding at the age of 3. She has assisted Bridle Paths in training, supervising, and orienting new volunteers to the program as well as with horse handling and stable management. She has extensive experience with working with clients with physical, emotional, cognitive, and behavioral challenges.

Betty and Wilma – Pest Control Engineers

Betty and Wilma come to us courtesy of Wolf Trap Animal Rescue. This dynamic duo works hard to maintain a pest-free environment. In their leisure time, they enjoy bird watching, watching over the horses, and napping in the sun.