Dr. Teri Murtha is a lifelong resident of Baltimore County. Ms. Murtha owns PsychNP Wellness Center, LLC, in Towson, Maryland, a thriving practice that meets the needs of numerous clients who would not otherwise have access to care. Ms. Murtha is a graduate of the Adult Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Program at the University of Maryland School of Nursing. She has a master’s degree from Johns Hopkins University and a post-master’s doctorate from the University of Maryland. She has a doctorate from the University of Massachusetts, where her primary research efforts were on adverse childhood experiences.
She has over 20 years of experience ranging from addictions to mental health, research, and education.
She owns Patty’s Haven Farm in Hampstead, Maryland, and is an experienced horse handler. Teri practices trauma-focused equine-assisted psychotherapy (TF-EAP) and utilizes creative approaches to develop successful interventions that will help meet the unique needs of each individual client and their family members.
She is fully certified in Natural Lifemanship (TF-EAP).
She has a passion for adopting and providing lifelong care for horses, giving them a second chance.
Lita has a diverse educational background, with degrees in pre-veterinary medicine, a minor in speech, and teaching secondary science. She is the director and developer of the Maryland SPCA humane education programs, where she provides extensive education on animal care.
Her passion for horses led her to offer horse care classes in schools and colleges in Maryland, as well as lectures in other states. Lita is also a gifted horse trainer and eventer.
Her inquisitive nature and desire for life-long learning led her to become proficient and certified in equine massage and myofascial release after one of her horses was injured.
Lita has a long history of charitable endeavors, including currently hosting equine learning sessions each month with a group of men struggling with addiction. She has also served at the Baltimore Humane Center for several years.
Lita's interest in becoming an equine specialist through Natural Lifemanship led her to work towards full certification. Currently, she is an equine specialist working with Teri Murtha, offering trauma-focused equine-assisted psychotherapy (TF-EAP) to a variety of clients.
Lita owns a beautiful farm in Northern Baltimore County, where she hosts a variety of horse-related activities.
Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Board Certified
Wendie Malkinski is a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner who is board-certified. She has been working as a nurse for over 28 years and has experience in various fields such as Labor and Delivery, Pediatrics, NICU, ICU, ER, and Psychiatry.
She specializes in treating ADHD, Bipolar Disorder, and PTSD. She obtained her Advanced Practice degree from Walden University.
Wendi has extensive experience in working with at-risk youth and is considered one of the finest practitioners at PsychNP Wellness Center, LLC.
Michael (Mike) is an active businessperson with over 30 years of experience in Logistics and Port Operations.
Mike developed a passion for mental health awareness and patient care after being the victim of a violent assault in 1993.
He is an 8-year US Navy veteran and current Member of the US Coast Guard Auxiliary. Mike is also a National Registered EMT and actively serves the community in Anne Arundel County, MD.
In my therapy practice, I firmly believe that everyone possesses the inherent ability to recognize their wants and needs, express their truths, and find the best path forward. As your therapist, my role is to support you on your journey, starting from wherever you are, and help you navigate the obstacles, clear the way, and celebrate the victories.
My areas of expertise include addiction recovery, EMDR/trauma therapy, anger management, conflict resolution, and equine-assisted psychotherapy. My primary focus is on helping clients recover from the effects of PTSD, including military and first responders, as well as individuals who have experienced childhood and adult trauma such as abuse, accidents, job or relationship loss, or death.
Using EMDR, sensory-motor psychotherapy, and equine-assisted therapy, I specialize in providing unmounted experiential therapy that offers honest feedback from the equine partner, which is uniquely nonjudgmental. This approach serves to encourage self-reflection and vulnerability in the client. My professional training and several years of experience around horses enable me to offer treatment modalities like EMDR for trauma, complemented by EAP, to help clients unblock avenues to significant growth and positive change.
Dr. Michael Harrison has been the owner of Willowdale Farm since 1983. He breeds, raises, and races Thoroughbred horses and has been a veterinarian specializing in equine medicine since 1982.
Dr. Harrison is a member of the Maryland Horse Breeders Association (MHBA) and the Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association (MTHA), supporting the Thoroughbred industry by being part of the Water Hay Oats Alliance (WHOA).
He has bred and owned successful horses and won several prestigious races. His primary goal is to develop first-class racing and training facilities that best suit Maryland's unique circumstances, as he is a member of the Racetrack Operating Authority.
He is determined to improve the future of the racing industry by safeguarding the well-being of horses and the people involved in their care.