Our History

The roots of Green Hill Therapy stem from a love of horses and the knowledge of how they enhance physical therapy.

Green Hill Therapy, Inc. was founded in Louisville, Kentucky, by Shirley M. Jerkens, M.S.P.T., P.C.S., pediatric physical therapist. Shirley was a lifelong horsewoman and professional rider for more than 15 years. She was first exposed to hippotherapy in graduate school, learning how beneficial the gait and movement of a horse are to an impaired person’s neuromuscular system. Her experiences led to an intense passion for combining the healing power of the horse with classic therapeutic principles. So in the spring of 2000, Shirley began Green Hill Therapy in her backyard with three children and she witnessed amazing results.

Today, Green Hill Therapy is able to provide its clients with the opportunity to experience therapy in two unique settings. The hippotherapy program is operated out of a 10,000 square foot facility that encompasses both clinical treatment space and an indoor, year-round riding arena. Green Hill Therapy’s licensed therapists also provide aquatherapy to pediatric clients at the state-of-the-art Kay & Jim Morrissey Advanced Therapy Center at Home of the Innocents.