DAWN MCCASLAND M.A
Program Director / Counselor / Eagala Certified Equine Specialist
Dawn is a native of Nashville Tennessee and currently lives in Goodlettsville. Dawn has been married to Eric for 24 years and has two children, Jack and Abby. A farm girl at heart Dawn loves the outdoors and all of God‘s amazing creatures, especially Horses. Dawn received her undergraduate degree in art and psychology from David Lipscomb University in 1996. Dawn received her graduate degree in counseling psychology from Trevecca Nazarene university in 1998. Dawn has practiced counseling with children and families along with domestic violence work for over 20 years. In 2013 Dawn was introduced to equine therapy. Since then Dawn has worked alongside with farm owner, Hal Bowden building Unbridled Changes at Montgomery Hollow. It is Dawn’s privilege to share the amazing ability of healing and learning God has naturally given the horse with all of our clients.
Counselor / Eagala Certified Mental Health Professional
Bailee is a licensed counselor in the state of Tennessee, holds a master’s degree from Lipscomb University in Clinical Counseling, and has been a part of Unbridled Changes since 2018. Bailee is EAGALA certified and has a background in creative approaches to counseling including a specialization in Play Therapy and a certification as a Dancing Mindfulness facilitator. She has worked in multiple clinical settings with a variety of clients ranging from family issues to substance use, depression, trauma, and Autism spectrum.Outside of counseling, Bailee has an extensive background in ballet and currently enjoys directing a Christian dance program. Bailee has been a Nashville resident since 2014 and married her husband, Ryan in 2018. She enjoys being outdoors and spends time hiking and exploring the middle Tennessee area whenever possible. For Bailee, “creation is a reflection of our Creator and it’s beauty teaches me new things every day.”Bailee is most excited about walking with people on their healing journey by partnering with them in reconnecting to the great outdoors and integrating experiential approaches to therapy.
LMSW, LADAC II
Counselor / Eagala Certified Equine Specialist
Kimberly earned her Bachelors of Social Work from Eastern Michigan University (EMU), in Ypsilanti and
began her career as a clinician working in the field of Addiction, primarily homelessness due to
alcoholism and addition in 2007. She served as a member of the Out-Wayne County Homeless Coalition
playing in intricate role as Director of a homeless shelter with the mission to eliminate homelessness in
Out Wayne County through permanent supportive housing. Her MSW internship afforded her the
opportunity to work at an Elementary School leading social skills groups with littles from Kindergarten to
2 nd grade.
She would continue her education and gain her Masters of Social Work from EMU in 2015. Upon
graduation, she moved to Sumner County to help support her parents, primarily her mother who had
been diagnosed with ALS. She would volunteer full time at several Equine Rescues until securing
employment at a leading treatment facility in Nashville, as a Family Counselor. She would also gain her
LADAC II during this time. While working with adults, she had the opportunity to work with families,
adolescents and children through an Alumni Aftercare and Children’s program. While in that role she
provided individual therapy, family therapy and crisis intervention. Kimberly was promoted to Clinical
Director at the same facility in 2017, and still remains there full time, helping individuals who are
diagnosed with alcohol and drug addiction, walking with them every step of the way to sobriety, helping
to rewrite their story – a story of hope, healing, connection and purpose.
Kimberly became certified as a Mental Health Professional and Equine Specialist with EAGALA in 2018.
She would broaden this work with Unbridled Changes in August of this year. Despite being new to the
world of equine-facilitated psychotherapy, Kimberly has become a quick and passionate “convert” to the
world of therapy outside of the office. Her honest, compassionate, and kind approach pairs well with
guiding clients through developing a relationship with horses and nature to seek healing, connection and
Kimberly is truly an inspiration to others, leading by example as someone who has overcome many
obstacles in life, to include drug and alcohol addiction, and able to find her truth path and calling to help
others. Because of God’s grace, AA and direct sponsorship, she has been sober since 2007. When she is
not helping others, she can be found practicing self-care by spending time with her family, 3 horses and
2 Australian Shepherds (Cowboy and Sawyer) – or relaxing outside on a beautiful day trail riding, hiking,
or kayaking. Her favorite pastime is camping with all her animals and trail riding.
Eagala Certified Equine Specialist
Melanie works with Unbridled Changes as an Equine Specialist. Prior to joining the Eagala
team, Melanie spent nearly a decade working as a Series 7 licensed Investment Broker. Most
of her career was spent with J. C. Bradford and Co. here in Nashville prior to it selling to
Morgan Keegan. When her children came along, Melanie chose to quit her career to stay at
home with her family.
After her children were older, Melanie started teaching a four-year old preschool class at a
church operated program. Eventually she took over as Director of the preschool program.
During her time teaching, Melanie also went back to school to earn her Child Development
As an Equine Specialist, Melanie has completed the Eagala training and demonstrated over
6,000 hours of horse experience. In addition to attending many equine expos, demonstrations,
and lessons, Melanie also owns horses of her own. Growing up, she was involved with 4-H for
many years, showing horses competitively. In her extensive background she has bred, raised, trained,
and even taken in rescue horses. Melanie currently enjoys trail riding, camping with her horses, and learning team roping. Her primary role in our sessions is to keep all participants safe and advocate for the horses.