Nature’s Edge Therapy Center – where we come together with the common goal of achieving maximum therapeutic progress through quality, comprehensive therapy that incorporates nature and animals. Click on one of the links below to learn more. 

Our Mission

Nature’s Edge Therapy Center, Inc. was founded in June 2001, with the mission of providing more effective, innovative therapeutic treatment for patients with special needs.

Initially, the center provided only speech and language therapy three days a week.  In the spring of 2002, Nature’s Edge became a full-time rehabilitation center, operating five days a week and expanding its services to include physical and occupational therapy.

Nature’s Edge was incorporated on July 23, 2001, and received a determination of its 501(c)(3) status from the IRS on December 10, 2001.  We receive no funding from the state or federal government.  Our work is made possible solely through donations, program-related and fundraising events, and grants.

Our Mission Statement

Our mission is to provide the highest quality of intensive rehabilitation by qualified and licensed staff to our patients and their families in a safe, natural and motivational setting, promoting the human-animal bond.  Our ultimate goal is to facilitate our patients’ independence and integration into family, school, and society.

Our Therapists

Our Staff

Our Board of Directors

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Full Time WI Licensed Occupational Therapist Position

Nature’s Edge Therapy Center is seeking a licensed Occupational Therapist at our year round facility. Creativity is a must!

New graduates Welcome to apply -Licensed OTR to join the team at a unique nonprofit therapy center. Responsibilities include assess, plan, organize and participate in rehabilitative programs to improve or restore living skills and general independence. Our patients-pediatric, adult and geriatric- can include Autism, Brain Injury or Cerebral Palsy. We utilize Animal Assisted Therapy, Horticulture, and Hippotherapy as well as conventional therapy. Sensory integration interest/experience preferred. The position is located in Barron County on a beautiful 65 acre ranch- a nature lover’s paradise. Nature’s Edge Therapy Center is open year round providing Occupational and Speech Therapy services. Hours are 8am to 5pm Monday through Friday. Please see our website or call 715-859-6670. We require a cover letter, resume and 3 professional employment references in order to apply. 

Job Type: Full-time

If you are interested, please contact us via email or submit hard copies of required documents to: 

Nature’s Edge Therapy Center, Inc.
2523 14 3/4 Ave.
Rice Lake, WI 54868

Full Time Summer Groundskeeping/Horticulture/Landscape Position

If gardening/landscape is your therapy, we could use your help . . .

We are searching for a competent and reliable gardener/landscaper with an eye for detail and garden development to maintain our horticulture therapy gardens/setting at Nature’s Edge Therapy Center. This includes grounds keeping including mowing and trimming of the 65 acre property. This outdoors position is open from May 15 to September 15 for full time. Our horticulture therapy program includes a vegetable garden, flowerbeds, pond and woodland sites, and a butterfly garden. Responsibilities include plant installation, basic plant cultivation, trimming and pruning, weed removal, mowing and watering to maintain a pleasant appearance and to provide opportunities for Nature’s Edge clients to participate in horticulture therapy. A cover letter and references are required in order to apply. 

Job Type: Full-time

If you are interested, please contact us via email or submit hard copies of required documents to: 

Nature’s Edge Therapy Center
2523 14 ¾ Avenue
Rice Lake, WI 54868


The professional staff of Nature’s Edge includes Speech, Occupational and Physical Therapists, all of whom are licensed and credentialed in Wisconsin and by the professional associations for their respective disciplines.  All of our therapists have also successfully completed their AHA Level I certifications and are working toward their Level II certifications.  Their full resumes are available below.

Resume of Becky Payne, Speech Language Pathologist

Resume of Brittany Meyers, Occupational Therapist, OTR

The Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International ( fosters safe, professional, ethical and therapeutic equine activities through education, communication, research and membership standards.  Today, many medical professionals, including the American Physical Therapy Association and the American Occupational Therapy Association, recognize the therapeutic value of equine-assisted activities.  PATH International ensures its standards are met through an accreditation process for centers and a certification process for instructors.  Nature’s Edge Therapy Center is a PATH International member center.


The professional staff of Nature’s Edge is registered with the American Hippotherapy Association Inc. (AHA) (  AHA promotes the use of the movement of the horse as a treatment strategy in physical, occupational and speech-language therapy sessions for people living with disabilities.  AHA is comprised of medical professionals (physical, occupational and speech-language therapists) and others who are interested in the use of equine movement as a treatment strategy.


Nature’s Edge is also an affiliate member of Pet Partners ( and is a Licensed Provider of Pet Partners AAT Training.  The mission of Pet Partners is to help people live healthier and happier lives by incorporating therapy, service, and companion animals into their lives.