Johnny with horses

Johnny Urrutia

Bachelor of Science Mathematics Secondary Education

Johnny U. is a certified Level II equine specialist through EAGALA, a model of equine-assisted psychotherapy services which focuses on growth and learning.  He also trains in diaphragmatic breathing and movement and meditation.

Throughout his years the only constant in Johnny’s life has been horses. His love of horses helped him connect with his father, which led to Johnny becoming a professional rodeo cowboy.  After high school in Shoshone, Idaho, Johnny attended Idaho State University on a track scholarship. Following graduation, he became a high school math teacher. But it wasn’t the algebra or geometry that motivated Johnny. “My favorite part of teaching was the counseling,” he says. “Some kids have come back and said, ‘You saved my life because you let me spend time to visit with you.’ That is the best thing.”


In the fall of 1983, Johnny began down a new road and launched a successful music career. For 15 years Johnny U and the Dodge Country Band toured the nation 300 days out of the year. Throughout his music career Johnny recorded 10 albums, his first single, “He’s a Cowboy,” charted in 1984, and he had six top-10 songs in Europe.  If you ask Johnny he says he "dabbled" in music, however opening for Garth Brooks and Alan Jackson is a bit more than dabbling.


As country music evolved Johnny U always stayed true to his roots. “I’m very western and very cowboy. That’s who I am. That’s what I do best.” Working in the EAP field has provided a great opportunity for Johnny to combine his love of horses, desire to help youth, and even bridging in things he learned along the way through his music career. 


Of the work with the horses and youth Johnny facilitates and witnesses, he has this to say, “It is the most wonderful, powerful thing I’ve ever seen.”


Dr. Mark D. Colafranceschi, D.C.

Human Biology and Doctorate of Chiropractic

Dr. Mark Colafranceschi is a graduate of the National College of Health Sciences. He holds a degree in Human Biology and a Doctorate of Chiropractic. Driven by  the “Emotion Link” as the basis of true patient healing and recovery. 

His extensive study and use of functional food, along with clinical nutrition (whole food supplements), minerals, and enzymes have provided countless patients with the lasting results they seek when other treatments fail. 

As an educator and speaker, Dr. Colafranceschi’s expertise, success and unwavering commitment to nutrition and the fundamental principles of the Mind/Body Connection, is sought to educate, motivate and provide hope through his innovative approach to healthcare. Dr. Colafranceschi is an avid hiker, cross-country skier, and mountain biker, and also enjoys paddle boarding, playing hockey, pickleball, cooking, gardening, reading, and writing.  

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Janet Benjamin, PsyD.

Marriage and Family Therapy, Biopsychology, PsyD., Certified Equine Assisted Psychotherapist, California Board of Behavior Health Services. 

Janet Benjamin is a therapist specializing in individual, couples and family therapy, and maintains a private practice in Nampa, Idaho.

She is also a certified Equine Psychotherapist which is an interactive ground based (no riding) approach to therapy with horses as support in the therapeutic relationship.

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Dr. Keith Davis

Idaho Physician of the Year 2012, AAFP National Physician of the Year 2013.

Born and raised in Oregon, Davis earned his medical degree from George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences in Washington, D.C., and completed his family medicine residency at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry and a Bachelor of Arts degree in biology from Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Wash. Davis is board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine and has the AAFP Degree of Fellow, an earned degree awarded to family physicians for distinguished service and continuing medical education.

Keith was a founding member and is currently on the board of the Interfaith Volunteer Caregivers of the Magic Valley. He also has served on the board of the Shoshone Rotary Club, and was an active volunteer for the Boy Scouts of America.


Dr. Traci Patterson

Certified Instructor and Clinical Hypnotist - MD, MBA, CH, CI

Traci Patterson is the CSO for Intensive Healing Therapy, and Executive Director of Advanced Pathways.  She holds a MD, MBA, and is a Certified Instructor and Clinical Hypnotist through the National Guild of Hypnotists (NGH) specializing in the treatment of chronic pain patients.  She also holds additional certifications and credentials in pain management, cancer patient care and PTSD.  Traci, is helping individuals regain their lives with Hypnosis Combined Therapy (HCT) – a multi-modality, evidence based, non-invasive and drug free treatment protocol. 


Traci has a dynamic background from a perspective that few if any other physicians, clinicians or practitioners can offer. Her background as a chronic pain patient diagnosed with Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS), someone that is in long-term remission, and is now treating other chronic pain patients is rare. She has patients; pediatrics to geriatrics; which contact her globally searching for answers and relief.


Traci is well known within the CRPS and chronic pain communities as an expert and a patient advocate. Traci’s progressive view of pain control has created dramatic results in improving the lives of those who have often exhausted all other options, respect from physicians, and gratitude from patients.  In addition, she has been a Keynote speaker at a variety of international healthcare conferences discussing chronic pain, CRPS and integrative treatment options.


Dr. AJ Popky

Founder of EMDR Institute, Certified Ericksonian Hypnosis, Master NLP Practitioner

He developed the DeTUR Protocol (AAIP-Accelerated Adaptive Information Processing), which he has presented in workshops internationally.  His work can be found in “EMDR Solutions” by Robin Shapiro, PhD and in “Scripted Protocols” by Marilyn Luber, PhD. He also works at camps with our wounded warriors.

He presently has a private practice in Sherman Oaks, CA and trains and consults to DOD therapists at Military Bases around the globe along with several drug rehabilitation centers.  Dr. Popky is a charter member of DIV. 1277 of the Marine Corps League. Previously, he spent 30 years in High Technology Silicon Valley electronics, and computer companies.


Stephan Ammann


A Licensed Master of Social Work and a graduate of Northwest Nazarene University, Stephen provides individual, couple, family, and group counseling. He helps clients with addictions, trauma, and other mental issues. He is trained in EMDR and uses this effective process to help clients deal with trauma, addiction, and other concerns. He is also certified as a Certified Sex Addiction Therapist.


Karla Davis

Certified Equine Specialist, Marketing Director

The daughter of a doctor and a minister, Karla has always been motivated by the desire to help others.  She grew up in Southern Idaho and went to university in North Carolina, where she studied English and Psychology. 


She returned to Idaho in 2011 and has been involved with IHT since 2012.  Though relatively new to the world of horses, Karla had the opportunity to be changed herself in her interactions with them, and knew that being a part of bringing that peace to others was the best use of her skills and compassion.

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Ronald Kern

Certified Equine Specialist, PLT Therapy, Professional Behavior Analyst

In 2013, Ronald and his wife, Lisa, sold all of their companies and "retired."  In 2018 they sold their dream home and now live on a 42-acre ranch called Back Forty Farms, and subsequently, NeuroBalanced.  


In 2015 Ron and Lisa created Limbitless, a non-profit organization that helps combat wounded veterans and adaptive persons.  Through NeuroBalanced, they work extensively with IHT to provide after-care and other therapies when needed.

Ron is author of  Passion In Action and Love Your Work, Unlock Your Potential, Love Your Life.



Ronald has been certified in: TI-EAL (Trauma Informed Equine Therapy), PLT (Polychromatic Light Therapy), Professional Behavior Analyst, Driving Forces Analyst, Leadership & Development,  Marketing & Social Media, Business Strategy & Growth Expert, Go-Giver Life & Business, Christian Life and Business Development, and a Certified Expert in Assessments.


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