Aly Olson

Asst. to the Executive Director & Instructor 

How did you learn about/begin at Reins? 

While working for IU Health I helped trained staff members on how to utilize the organization's procurement system. During one of these training the Director of Cardiac Care told me about a non-profit therapeutic riding center she was the Board President of called PALS.  I then signed up for a workshop at PALS to see what therapeutic riding was all about. I fell in Love! I had found the perfect intersection for me between healthcare and equines. In our current healthcare atmosphere it's so important that patients find therapies that fit their needs and that they enjoy doing! That how patients successfully adhere and see results. 

You How long did you volunteer at Reins before joining the staff and what did you do?

I dove in deep as a volunteer and feel quite at home at ROL. I've been with ROL since Feb 2016 and a staff team member since July 2017.

What do you love most about Reins? 

Frowns that turn into smiles, whispers to shouts, improved core strength and balance... I love seeing riders progress.

How would you describe your experience at Reins?

Transfixing. I'm overwhelmed by the beauty of Reins of Life on a daily basis.

What are your qualities/characteristics/experience/degrees that help you in your role at Reins? 

With a Bachelor's of Science in Healthcare Administration from Indiana University (Hoo Hoo Hoo Hoosiers!) and 4+ years as a team member for a large hospital system, I think I bring a new prospective to ROL.  I also interned with, the state funded health insurance program, HIP. I performed community outreach and served as a resource for current and prospective members in Southern Indiana counties. 

During college and after moving back home I've worked as a hand at horse boarding facilities; a total of 3 in Indiana.

Do you do anything interesting in your spare time apart from Reins?

I love flowers and gardening, hiking with my dog Huckleberry, and reading everything from poetry in The Sun to memoirs and true crime novels. 


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9375 W. 300 N., Michigan City, IN 46360

Call us: 574-232-0853 (SB), 219-874-7519 (MC)

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