Healthy Strides Now Accepts Health Alliance!

As of today, 4/4/18, Healthy Strides is now accepting clients who use Health Alliance as their insurance carrier. Health Alliance has always been a wonderful program and easy to work with on our side. We are pleased to be able to accept this and grow our potential client base!


We are currently finalizing the steps needed to accept Blue Cross Medicaid clients as well. Updates coming

We are back!

Good Morning to all friends of Healthy Strides!

We are pleased to announce that after 10 days off, Dan is on the mend and ready to get back to it. As of this week, we are opening limited hours on Thursday’s in order to accommodate our major influx of clients. Be on the lookout for some potentially major changes coming!

Insurance and Hours and Programs, Oh My!

As expected, the executive meeting went very well. Better than expected. In the coming weeks we have major announcements coming. Five in total.

For now, you get four of the announcements. All of them are delightful!

First, we have a major announcement for insurance. As of April 1st, Healthy Strides will be accepting Health Alliance. Because we will be fully credentialed, your copays and deductibles will be considered in-network. This helps to pass savings on to you. Health Alliance will open up a large portion of Macon and Champaign County for services.

Second, as of next week, Healthy strides will begin evening hours on Thursdays only. We have been absolutely swamped with new clients. In effort to avoid going to a wait list, we are expanding by one evening for the time being. Kim and Dan will be discussing future openings as well. Be on the lookout for future openings.

Third, as of March 1st, we have brought on a dedicated biller to help streamline our process. Please welcome Sarah Giers to the team. In the future she will be taking EAL training. We will be placing her on our team page soon!

Finally for today, our next Wine and Whinnies date is open for registration! Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with us on May 5th from 6-9 PM with relaxing but engaging horse fun. Then relax by the fire pit while we serve you delectable Mexican dishes and wine. All of these services will be included in one price for each couple. We will have the registration page open shortly. If you can’t wait for the page to open, call 217-383-0065 or email to reserve today!

Here Comes 2018!

Hopefully Dan’s New Year’s resolution wasn’t to be on time with updates! So ten days late, here we are with 2018.

We had a great 2017 which you can see at this link.

Here is what 2018 has in store for Healthy Strides and Macon and Piatt Counties

  • The team plans on doubling offered service hours by April. We have more clients coming in as we speak
  • Dan will be starting his job at Argenta-Oreana High School in January teaching college level psychology to high school seniors. This helps keep Dan in the mix alongside Kim who has served the school districts for years
  • Kim and Dan plan on hitting three new school districts before 2018 ends. These districts will include Moroa-Forsyth, Cerro Gordo, and Decatur
  • The team will reopen talks with the Region of Education once the weather warms to work on potentially free services backed by secondary grants
  • We will host another in-service for AO School District this year.
  • Wine and Whinnies is returning! The team aims for a return in May. Dates will be announced well in advance. Keep an eye out. Our trial run was extremely fun.
  • During the spring and summer of 2018, Healthy Strides will run a needs and potential report. If it passes muster, we will be insulating the entire barn and adding pull heaters. Doing so will assure we rarely miss a session for cold temperatures
  • In May the team will be setting up a meeting with local social workers to describe all we offer and what we do
  • Plus many more little things to help

We are quite glad to have this little company as our own. We are blessed with a great county and good school districts to back us every step of the way. See you soon for more updates.

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.