About Us

Donna O’Connell

Donna is married with three grown children and several grandchildren. Donna is a retired police officer, who was employed with the RCMP for 32 years. She worked on the Joint Forces Penitentiary Squad for 6 years with the OPP, Kingston Police Service and Correctional Services of Canada. With a love for animals, Donna and family bought a horse farm in Enterprise and named it Charmed Stables. Together, Donna and her daughter Katie McKay have developed Charmed Horse Assisted Wellness Centre located at Charmed Stables. Donna has received her training through EAGALA and is a certified Equine Specialist. Coming from a policing background, Donna’s passion is to help first responders suffering with PTSD, as well as others who would benefit from healing or team building through horses.

Katie McKay

Katie is a co-owner of Charmed Horse Assisted Wellness Centre. She has received her training and certification as an Equine Specialist through EAGALA. Her love of horses began when she was enrolled in a local riding camp at age 9. In 2010, Katie’s parents established Charmed Stables, a horse boarding facility. Over the years, she has helped them manage and grow the stable business. In her years spent with horses, she has experienced and seen the bond that they can form with people, which is truly amazing. They get to know you on a deep and personal level, and can tell when you are having a bad day or are anxious. Knowing the power of this bond, Katie has seen how horses can change and heal us.

Dr. Marjorie Swarthout

Dr. Marjorie Swarthout is a registered psychotherapist with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario and a certified spiritual health specialist with the Canadian Association of Spiritual Care.  She received her doctorate in counselling psychology from the University of Dublin Trinity College, a Master of Education in counselling and human development from St Lawrence University, her Master of Theological Studies from Trinity College, University of Toronto, and a postgraduate certificate in cognitive behavioural therapy for psychological trauma from the University of Oxford.  She has nearly 20 years’ experience providing mental and spiritual health care in a variety of community-based, acute care, and military settings.  She has worked with individuals and groups of all ages from diverse backgrounds and is a mental health professional in equine assisted psychotherapy.  Her specializations include trauma, grief, and spiritual health care.

Anita Brown

I am a Registered Psychotherapist and Certified Hypnotherapist providing short and long-term counselling/therapy services for children, youth and adults; specializing in child, youth and adult mental health and adult hypnosis.  I operate a Private Practice in Belleville, ON and will be providing Equine Assisted Psychotherapy at Charmed Horse Assisted Wellness Centre 1-2 days/week.  I have provided psychotherapy/mental health services to children, youth and adults for over 17 years and am so pleased to be able to join the Equine Therapy team at Charmed Horse Assisted Wellness Centre.  I became familiar with Equine Therapy a few years ago and instantly felt how unique and impactful it was for me and how it can help people understand and deal with difficult issues in one’s life using metaphors and hands-on experiences!