Our Staff

“Please keep Mended Hearts in mind, we are a locally ran, non profit Therapeutic Riding and Counseling Center who has been helping families, adults, and children for over 15 years! We rely on donations to help our needy families and to support our therapy animals!”

We are a non for profit organization that provides a top notch staff.

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Julie Sellner

B.S.N., R.N, M.A., NCC, LCPC, Level 1 EFT Therapist, PATH Int. Member

Julie Sellner is the Executive Director of Mended Hearts and has over 20 years of experience in the mental health field.  Julie was a nurse for many years during which she worked on inpatient, adolescent, adult, and eating disorder units at OSF and Methodist hospitals.  During that time she earned her master’s degree in counseling from Bradley University and graduated with high academic honors.  Her medical background has contributed to her belief in a holistic approach to counseling.  This approach leads her to take body, mind, support systems, and spirituality into account when working with clients.  It is important to recognize that all components of the individual are interconnected and she believes to achieve optimal health one needs to care for each aspect.  Julie will help clients try to achieve healthy coping skills for their minds and bodies as they work together throughout the sessions.  Julie’s ultimate goal is for each unique individual that comes to Mended Hearts to reach a balanced state.


Julie has earned certifications and trainings in many areas such as: 


* Addictive Disorders

* Addiction Issues


* Anger Management

* Autism/Related Disorders

* Bipolar Disorder

* Body Image/Self-Esteem Issues

* Bullying/School Related Problems

* Child/Adolescent Mental Health (broad spectrum of disorders)

* CPR/First Aide

* Critical Incident

* Depression/Anxiety Management

* Developmental Disorders/Disabilities

* Divorce Issues

* Eating Disorders

* Equine (horse) Facilitated Mental Health Therapies

* Family Counseling

* Gender Identity Issues

* Individual Counseling

* Mood Regulation

* Marriage Counseling

* Personality Disorders


* Relationship Issues (family/couples)

* Sand Tray/Play Therapies

* Sexual Issues

* Sexual Trauma Issues

* Spirituality based counseling upon request

* Suicide Prevention

* Team building for Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

* Violence/Abuse Issues


Julie is also trained in psychiatric medication management and in conjunction with your physician, can help you manage your medications.

Our Staff

 Kevin- Ranch Manager/Volunteerkevin and bucky

                                                                   kevin gracie and daffy

Kevin is a full time supervisor at AECOM. Kevin has been volunteered at Mended Hearts for couple years. He keeps Mended Hearts grounds looking like a park, and does all of the maintenance and has helped with a several fundraisers for Mended Hearts. He’s also conceal carry instructor. A Huge thanks to Kevin for keeping Mended Hearts looking and running perfectly and we couldn’t do it without you!

Sami- Lead Stable Handler

sami and boone

Sami and Daffy

Sami has been working here at Mended Hearts over a year. Sami grew up in East Peoria, IL and graduated from East Peoria Community High School in 2013. Sami always had a soft spot for animals ever since she was a little girl. Sami enjoys being around and taking care the animals at Mended Hearts. Our facility looks nice because of Sami and our animals are well cared for with her love. We couldn’t do it without you!

bucky and will

William has been working here at Mended Hearts for over a year. He helps take care of the stables and the animals and we appreciate all he does.


Dr. Baker received his Bachelor’s degree with honors in Psychology from Bradley University in 1983 and his Master’s degree in Community/Clinical Psychology in 1986, also from Bradley. He received his Doctorate (Ph.D.) in Clinical Psychology from the Illinois Institute of Technology  in Chicago in 1992.

During his doctoral training in clinical psychology, Dr. Baker specialized in the treatment of medical and health-related issues. He was a research assistant at: Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago, The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, and Northwestern University Medical School Department of Psychiatry. Following completion of his doctoral coursework, he completed his Doctoral training at the University of Chicago Medical Center’s Department of PsychiatryDr. Baker is a Member of the American Psychological Association and a member of the divisions of: Clinical PsychologyHealth Psychology, and Psychotherapy.He has given presentations at conferences including: The American Psychological Association, the Society of Behavior Medicine,  and the Association for the Advancement of Behavior Therapy.

He is available at Mended Hearts please contact 309-383-4323 or 309-688-HRSE

    Our Board of DirectorsIMG_8185


Julie and Sue Barth one of our Board of Directors. Sue has a masters level in Nursing and has been a very active board member shes been responsible for sending us OSF and Wesleyan University nursing students for their mental health rotations, which we truly have been enjoying working with!

Julie Sellner R.N., M.A. Executive Director

Sue Barth R.N., M.S.N. Director

Sally Perry Director

Clifton Perry Director

Thank you to all of our staff and volunteers and Board of Directors for making Mended Hearts possible!

Please call to see if Mended Hearts staff is a fit for you and your family.  You may schedule a visit to see our serene, private country setting by calling 309-383-4323 or 309-688-HRSE (4773)





We are a non profit Therapeutic Riding and Counseling Center ~ Over 20 years Mental Health Experience

Serving Peoria and all of Central Illinois

309-383-4323 or 309-688-HRSE (4773)

1431 Lourdes Road Metamora, IL 61548 (click here for map and directions)

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