Meet Our Staff
Founder & Director
Bonny brings a lifelong love of horses, a passion for education and public service, and more than 30+ years of experience in equine-assisted therapies and activities to Equine Reflections. She previously served as Program Director for a local therapeutic riding center and Deep South Regional Director of the Black Stallion Literacy Program. She was also one of five people in the U.S. appointed to the first Sports Rules Committee to promote the Equestrian Division of the Special Olympics, for which she was Director and judge in Louisiana.
As Owner/Manager of Carousel Farms for over 20 years, Bonny is regionally known and sought after for her training and instruction expertise, which includes equine safety and confidence-building clinics for horse and rider, safety/balance seat riding instruction, and natural horsemanship and liberty training (she trained under Chris Cox). She has even supplied horses and taught actors to ride for two "Hollywood South" movies. Bonny is a certified American Association of Horsemanship Safety Riding Instructor, certified EAGALA Equine Specialist, and Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship member. She has been chosen to perform with her horse Baron Von Vendaval at Equine Affaire, the largest equestrian event in the U.S., representing the Georgian Grande breed throughout the Southeast. Bonny volunteers generously, appearing with her horses annually at Fishin’ Galore for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and other charity events, as well as numerous regional hospitals, community centers and care facilities.
Dr. Boze, licensed clinical psychologist and certified sport psychologist, brings her lifelong horsemanship skills and two decades of psychology expertise to serve as a credentialed mental health professional for the EAGALA model psychotherapy program, Horses4Healing.
In addition to her work with Equine Reflections clients, she provides psychotherapy services to youth and their families through private practice at Brighton Psychological Services LLC, as well as consultation and psychological assessments to geriatric rehabilitation center patients through Psychological Care Services LLC. She has previously served as a psychologist for Mercer Family Center and Southeastern Louisiana Hospital in Mandeville, La. She was a teaching assistant in Sport Psychopathology at Arizona School of Professional Psychology (Argosy), and Assistant to National Football League Psychologist for the New Orleans Saints. In the spring of 2016, she was voted Northshore’s Best Psychologist in Sophisticated Woman Magazine for the third year.
Michelle Boze, PsyD
Mental Health Director
Kristi Gassen, M.E.d, NCC, LPC
Kristi is a National Certified Counselor, Licensed Professional Counselor and an Eagala Certified Professional. She currently works in Tangipahoa School System as a Counselor and is the founder of North Star Counseling, LLC.
Kristi obtained her bachelor’s degree in psychology to pursue her dream of being a dolphin trainer. After working with dolphins, she spent several years as an exotic trainer before returning to school to obtain her masters in counseling. Post-graduation she obtained her licensure and discovered Equine Assisted Counseling to be the perfect marriage between her two passions of working animals and counseling. She completed her Eagala Professional Certification and is excited to pursue a specialty in Equine Assisted Counseling. She feels so blessed to be able to have an equine as part of the therapy team.
Kristi has an innovative approach to the counseling process which is influenced by behavioral, cognitive, and humanistic therapies. By using a client-centered approach, she offers an unbiased perspective on your unique journey. It is her belief that while our past influences the person we are today, focusing on the here and now offers the opportunity to shape the present and future. Kristi has extensive experience with children using play therapy and doing group work.
Kimberly earned a Bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education from Louisiana State University followed by a Master of Arts degree in American Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. Upon graduating from LSU and until 2004, Kimberly worked as a travel photographer and photo editor.
In 2008 Kimberly earned a Master of Arts degree in Counseling Psychology at Dominican University of California and began her career working in community health before moving into private practice dedicated to individuals 18 years old and younger and their families.
Kimberly is an accomplished equestrian having raised and trained her own horses. This love of horses adds an extra element to her working partnership with horses as part of her psychotherapy practice. I am thrilled to join the Equine Reflections team and hope to bring forward, connect and enhance my deep commitment to be of service to clients and their families by encouraging therapeutic collaboration that is innovative and wholehearted.
Kimberly Parsons, MA
Licensed Mental Health Provider
Patricia Putnam Phillippi, MS
Outreach & Education Director
Patricia earned her BA in Psychology from Loyola University in New Orleans and her MS in Psychology from Divine Mercy University’s Institute for the Psychological Sciences. Her versatile skill set is built upon a diverse work history in the fields of behavioral research, medical primatology, education, and mental health & wellness.
As Outreach and Education Director, Patricia works to advance the mission of Equine Reflections through program development and delivery, administrative oversight, and community outreach. Patricia’s love for the great outdoors and her passion for helping others drive her support of equine-assisted and equine-related services as pathways to self-awareness, inspiration, personal growth, and healing.
Patricia lives on a 10-acre hobby farm with her four children and their many animals. The healing power of horses has blessed their lives abundantly.