The Team

Our team consists of three highly trained, educated, and certified members designed to make you process safe, personalized, and efficient.

Daniel Giers, MBA, EAP, LCPC – CEO

Daniel is a masters level psychotherapist and an unrestricted Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in Illinois. He holds a Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology and a Masters in Business Administration from Southern Illinois University. Daniel is a veteran of the United States Air Force and as a professional, he specializes in PTSD, sexual assault, complex PTSD, anxiety, and phobia treatment. As the Clinical Director of Healthy Strides, Daniel brings his 7 years of psychotherapeutic practice to Central Illinois in the hopes that clients can find healing and coping outside of his traditional office. Daniel maintains a private practice with Compass Counseling and Consulting in Champaign, Illinois. Daniel is a practitioner of analytic psychology and believes in the healing power of finding the patterns of unhealthy behaviors and masks we play and wear in day to day life. Combined with more modern cognitive practices, his dual therapy model offers the best in depth psychology and behavior modification.

Daniel has a long history of personal attachment to horses. As a child and teenager, he showed on an amateur circuit for hunter-jumper and dressage in Naperville, IL. After leaving for basic training and Air Force duty, he continued to teach lessons in riding to beginner and intermediate students in Minot, North Dakota. He has a wealth of experience in working with youth and teenagers and won the Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal for over 900 hours of youth volunteer service in a two year span. When not working in the therapy office, Daniel can be found at the barn or on the tennis court. He is a blogger, writer, speaker, adjunct professor, and soon to be author and can be found on mental health and positivity sites such as The Stability Network and Having Time. Daniel believes that stigma and self-hatred are the cruel enemies of healing and he spends free time talking to academic and professional audiences on his efforts to eradicate the myths of mental illness. He welcomes you to Healthy Strides and hopes you are ready to take the most significant journey of your life!

Kim Brown, BA, EAL – CFO

Kim is a substitute teacher who has taught in the local districts for several years. She has a Bachelor’s in English from the University of Illinois. Kim has over 20 years of personal riding experience in stock horses alongside 10 years of equestrian showing with paints and quarter horses. Following her in depth personal riding knowledge, she became a trainer and instructor at Stout Farm in Argenta, IL. She specializes in starting colts and working with horse development. Kim has forged her career out of natural horsemanship and has trained in communication on the level of the herd and the individual.

Kim’s riders are known to develop alongside their horses into a natural and genuine relationship. She has a deep passion for work with horses and believes that the genuine nature of their communication directly mirrors the difficulties of the rider, handler, and owner. Kim is certified in equine-assisted learning through the OK Corral Series and is the Operations Director of Healthy Strides, LLC. She believes that safe and unobstructed work with horses offers the greatest chance for a look into behavior of riders and the anxieties and stresses of life. She is a strong proponent of safety and understands horse and herd language. When she is not in the arena, Kim can be found nursing and weaning rescue cats, playing with her dogs, and enjoying her family. She welcomes you to Healthy Strides and is ready to serve and assist you in finding healing and coping through the power of horses.

Brittney McVey, MSW, EAP, LCSW – Psychotherapist

My name is Brittney McVey and I graduated from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville in 2013 with my master’s of social work degree. My work history includes youth suicide prevention, adult crisis intervention, and working with teens involved in the juvenile justice system. I have experience providing individual, couples, and group counseling.

I specialize in working with teens and really enjoy connecting with youth to help them set goals, work through trauma, and provide support as they transition into adulthood. I utilize cognitive behavior therapy and dialectical behavior therapy techniques to create a unique treatment plan for each client.

Fun facts: I was given an opportunity to travel the world for 12 months in 2015 and visited six continents and over 20 countries! I am certified to teach English as a second language and I have volunteered my services within the Champaign public school district. One goal I have for 2020 is to complete my first half marathon in April.