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the team










Marie Stephenson is the Lead Assessor for EMA, she also lectures on the professional career courses and is the main lecturer on the Equine Nutrition Management professional career course.

Marie has a BSc Equine Therapy & Rehabilitation and BSc Equine Science.  She also has a distinction in the EMA Advanced Practitioner in Equine Integrative Support Therapies.

Marie’s passion is the welfare for all animals.  Horses, cats, dogs and rabbits take up her spare time as she just loves being around animals.


Millicent Sword is the EMA Administrator.  She has a first-class degree in BSc (Hons) Equine Therapy and Rehabilitation and a distinction in the EMA Advanced Practitioner in Equine Integrative Support Therapies.

Millie’s role is administration, she manages the enrolment process for new students and bookings for our CPD training.

Millie is passionate about all animal welfare and loves her guinea pigs and rabbits.  She has also spent a lot of time working alongside Vets and has a good all-round knowledge of many animal species.


Tara Price is a fully qualified Equine Integrative Support Therapist having completed her qualifications with the Equine Massage Academy.  She is also a qualified Equine Herbal Therapist and has progressed on to study a huge range of CPD in all areas and as a result, has recently qualified as the EMA’s first Master Practitioner.

Tara teaches for the Horse Owners Training Academy in the South West area and is the EMA’s Botanical Assessor.

Tara’s passion is to increase awareness for the welfare of horses – she has four horses of her own but in addition loves all animals and has dogs, cats, chickens, goats and 3 children to fill her time!


Olivia Whitfield-Heap is an assessor and student liaison officer for the EMA Practitioner in Canine Massage & Rehabilitation course. She has completed canine massage & rehabilitation training with EMA and is currently undertaking further training in small animal rehabilitation. She is a true professional with a thirst for knowledge.

Olivia is passionate about improving dogs' health and wellbeing. She works with companion dogs as well as those working in many different disciplines, and supports Aces High flyball team .

She enjoys spending time with her energetic Labrador Ruby, her cat Filo and her friendly chickens.

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