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O.A.T.S. Offering Alternative Therapy with Smiles,Inc

Cause Area

  • Animals
  • Children & Youth
  • Health & Medicine
  • People with Disabilities
  • Sports & Recreation


920 Groveland RoadOrtonville, MI 48462 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

Offering Alternative Therapy with Smiles was founded as a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization in 1997 by Nancy Lee Heussner. Located on 50 acres in Clarkston, Mich., O.A.T.S. and its crew of caring, dedicated and enthusiastic instructors and volunteers provide equine-assisted therapy and a lot of smiles on a weekly basis, to more than 100 children and adults with a wide variety of physical, mental and emotional challenges. Most of our clients live in Oakland County.


By supporting O.A.T.S. program, you are providing individuals with special health and developmental needs a unique form of therapy which allows them the opportunity to improve their quality of life through their interaction with our horses.


Would you recommend O.A.T.S. Offering Alternative Therapy with Smiles,Inc?
2 reviews Write a review
by Will G. from Magnolia, NJ (May 28, 2016)
Seems like a great organization. Had an initial interview, they said they'd contact me further but never contacted me again. However they kept me on their email list and I kept receiving email newsletters until I blocked their address almost a year later...which was a little irritating.
by Addison B. from waterford, MI (April 14, 2015)
O.A.T.S is a unique volunteer experience as it allows you to first hand interact with amazing people and animals. It is a very rewarding volunteer organization as you can see your work and effort in the smile of the people you help, although this program is rewarding and had great opportunity to be a successful program, it is truly brought down by it's staff. Staff is unprofessional, and really makes it difficult to be a part of this program. After putting in over a thousand hours of service, it pains me that the program and special needs individual and horses will suffer due to the unprofessional staff.

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