2017 in Review

As promised we are writing briefly today to talk about what 2017 brought to Healthy Strides. It’s really easy to see why this year was so important as it was the year of the company’s inception and official opening. Let’s take a look back and see what happened in 2017!

January – First and second meetings with Kim Dan about the mission of Healthy Strides.

February – Name is chosen as Healthy Strides. We wanted to make our name modern, fresh, and to the point. We built this practice to help empower our  clients and enable them to make forward progress. An upcoming article will explain the name in more detail. Keep your eyes open!

April – Kim and Dan attend the OK Corral training in Nashville and become certified in Equine Assisted Psychotherapy and Equine Assisted Learning in the Camouflage training. The mission was defined as helping veterans and deployed families.

April – Logo is finalized and website is taken live.

May – Healthy Stride’s mission expands into treatment of ADHD and Autism Spectrum Disorder.

May – Healthy Strides opens officially for clients on a private pay basis. Insurance credentialing begins.

June – Our professional open house was a smash hit. Representatives from Macon and Piatt county come to see what we are made of.

June – Donnette Beckett puts us on the front page of the Decatur Herald and Review. Our website hits saw a 6-fold increase from this article alone. (Link)

July – Healthy Strides launches their Autism Spectrum Disorder alternative treatment model. The mission changes!

July – Healthy Strides takes its first paying paying client.

August – Healthy Strides performs a massive update our their clinical tools to ensure focus on the client is top priority. Client portal, easy billing, and secure messaging are added.

August – Our first major breakthrough occurs when the Argenta Oreana School District invites the team to meet with the principals and social workers to discuss the needs of the district and the county.

August – Healthy Strides is accepted by Magellan and Magellan Employee Assistance Program

September – The team hit the road (a short road) to the Argenta Business Expo

September – Argenta Oreana High School teachers join the team on a blazing hot day to learn about responses to escalation of trauma, anxiety, and anger. reports were received that it was a smash hit.

September – Dan heads to the University of Illinois in Champaign Urbana to present Healthy Strides to students of Social Work and Entrepreneurship. One student interviews the staff and gives a poster presentation of the results. (Link)

September – Healthy Strides opens to a packed house for the first ever Wine and Whinnies Date Night. Horses, friends, romance, games, dinner, and smores. An amazing night!

October – Another major breakthrough! Dan secures a preliminary acceptance for 2019 for Healthy Strides to take on one intern from UIUC School of Social Work.

October – Healthy Strides announces it will accept Tricare Prime, Reserve, and Select starting January 1, 2018.

November – Healthy Strides is accepted by Blue Cross as a preferred provider.

November – Healthy Strides introduces the all-new Equine assisted Counseling program for short term counseling needs. (Link)

November – Blue Cross finalizes intentions and plans to take over Medicaid programming from Central Illinois.

December – Planning for the team’s first book is underway!

December – Dan accepts a part time position teaching college level psychology in Argenta Oreana High School


It seems like so much for one little year! Be on the lookout for the next post about what 2018 holds for Central Illinois!

Happy Holidays

Kim and Dan dropping by to offer you all a happy holiday! Stay tuned for New Year’s Eve for a blog post recapping 2017, the birth of Healthy Strides, and all we have accomplished.

Then, on January 2, The next post will give you a preview of everything 2018 has to offer. We are quite excited for that post as we have a lot to share.

See you soon!

A Healthy Strides Book?

That’s right! Dan and Kim have gotten clearance from OK Corral Series and Greg Keirsten and we have the green light. Dan and Kim will be working on coauthoring a book on the work of Healthy Strides in the new year. The book will include case studies as seen by the EAP (Dan) and the EAL (Kim) as well as basics of EAP and EAL. There will be enormous credit given to Greg as he taught us to use these magical and efficient methods to help our clients.

More to come as we figure out the structure.

Call Out to Military Spouses

Good afternoon from Healthy Strides.

We are looking for a spouse of a military member who has been deployed to take part in helping spread the word about a brand new service coming to Healthy Strides.

We are looking for 2-3 spouses who want to share their story so we can discuss the personal side of deployment alongside the statistics. If you are, or know someone who is a military spouse who has had a member deployed, and you want to take part in an interview, please email healthystrideseap@gmail.com

Our requirements are simple and listed below.

  • Must be a spouse of an active, reserve, or guard service member
  • The service member has been deployed at least once, for a period of three months or more in the past three years
  • The service member must be from the five main uniformed branches of the United States. This includes United States Marine Corps, United States Army, United States Navy, United States Air Force, and United Coast Guard (at this time, we are not taking applicants for the Public Health Service Commissioned Corps or the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Commissioned Corps)
  • Service member can be enlisted, warrant officer, or officer
  • All MOS, AFSCs, rates and ranks can apply
  • The service member does not have to be in front line or combat duty, however it is preferable if they served in a forward deployment
  • The spouse must be willing to work with Dan in a phone call or video conference via Skype, Discord, or Google Hangouts

Upon applying, Dan will look over the brief application and may ask follow up questions. If you are selected, Dan will contact you via email or phone to setup a time for the call or video conference.

The spouse HAS THE CHOICE to determine if their name will be used or if they will remain anonymous. Healthy Strides will honor either decision. The choice to remain anonymous will not effect your application nor Dan’s final decision.

Thank you for taking your time to help us spread the word!