About Us

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Natalie and Bubba

Natalie Runge, MA, LPCC is the founder and president of the Human Animal Wellness Center.  Natalie founded the Human Animal Wellness Center with a dream of helping bring awareness, resources, education, and advocacy to all things related to the human-animal bond. Natalie has 10 years experience participating in human animal bond advocacy work and works as a mental health clinical supervisor, a mental health crisis responder, and has a private practice where she specializes in animal assisted therapy. She is level 2 trained EMDR clinician and an EMDR consultant in training.. She is a contributing author to 2 books “Equine Assisted Mental Health Interventions” as well as “Clinicians Guide to Treating Companion Animal Issues”. Natalie enjoys spending time outdoors in nature and doing all things with her dog, Bubba. 

Kesha Anderson, MS, LMFT is the Secretary for the Human Animal Wellness Center. Kesha is a Licensed Marriage and Family therapist who is an administrator for a five county mental health consortium. Kesha has been working in the mental health field for the past 15 years and has experience working in both the metro and rural settings. Kesha is outnumbered by boys in her household including her first furry born child, Drake

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Molly DePrekel, MA, LP is the Treasurer for the Human Animal Wellness Center. She is a psychologist in private practice both at the Midwest Center for Trauma and Emotional Healing and Hold Your Horses.  She provides therapy and offers consultation for other professionals in AAI. She holds a certification in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, EMDR and Yoga. Ms. DePrekel received her Master’s Degree in counseling/psychological services from St. Mary’s University and her Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Husbandry from Michigan State University. She is a contributing author to 3 books, “Harnessing the Power of Equine Assisted Counseling: Adding Animal Assisted Therapy to Your Practice”, “Equine Assisted Mental Health Interventions” “Clinicians Guide to Treating Companion Animal Issues” and has co-authored six manuals on AAI. 
She is an EPONAQUEST approved instructor and has taught and facilitated workshops/trainings around the world. Currently she is a board member for the Horses and Humans Research Foundation and faculty at the University of Denver’s Institute for Human Animal Connection. Molly has provided services to tribal members and Rotta Love Rescue. She has participated in, Prouty Stretch Galapagos Environmental Service Project and World Team Sports Adventure Challenge.
Besides walking her therapy dogs Willow and Finnigan, you can often find Molly with her Morgan horse, Whisper. She can be reached at molly@mwtraumacenter.com
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Whisper and Molly