Who We Are

Escalante Springs Rescue and Rehabilitation, Inc. is a 501(c)3 charity dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation and re-homing of severely abused or injured equines. We provide EAGALA based equine therapy to many different groups, including but not limited to youth at risk and veterans. We are dedicated to providing service to our community. We are a green facility and organically compost manure and provide it to community gardens and individuals at no charge. We host youth groups for educational, fun days with the horses. We are the community campus for Pima Medical Institute’s equine vet tech program and have been approved by Pima College to host their equine classes as they are developed. We are open to new ways to serve at all times.

The Directors

Danitta (Dani) Gilbert, RN; Dani is a Tucson native who graduated from the University of Arizona with a BA in Psychology and Political Science. She completed her RN at the University of Arizona. She has worked in a wide range of clinical and case management settings.Dani is Certified to Provide EAGALA Model Services.

Mike Kuntzelman, MD; After serving as a medical corpsman in the U.S. Army, Mike graduated from Norther Arizona University with a BS in Physics in 1976, and from the University of Arizona College of Medicine in 1980. He completed residency training in Psychiatry at the University of Arizona in 1984. He has worked primarily in mental health since that time. Mike is Certified to Provide EAGALA Model Services.

Both Dani and Mike have studied natural horsemanship with Sherrie (Frighetti) Ward, one of Tucson’s most respected trainers of horses and their riders.

Jennifer Serling;

Katie Foust;

Yolanda Strickland Nixon;

Julia Jamison;

Others who make it all happen…

Equine Veterinarians: Dr. Lindsey A. Boone, DMV and Dr. Karla G. Lombana, DVM, cVMA from Jackpot Equine
Master Corrective Farrier: Chad Lunderville

Logo Design Artist: Robin Lassiter

IT and Technical Support: Sid Gilbert

Social Media: Ellen Gilbert

Jess Bettencourt ( Gabriel photograph for logo design)
Kelsey Leitel