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About

WB Therapy is a complete, high end therapeutic and rehabilitation center located at Willow Brook Ranch near the base of Yosemite National Park in Catheys Valley, CA.

Owned by life-long friends Lark Nakazaki and Pattie Hieber, WB Therapy offers regenerative therapies both onsite and mobily to clients across California. Each horse, canine, or person is evaluated as a unique individual with a unique set of concerns. A complete history as well as an assessment of performance goals will determine the best course of treatment to heal and support holistically.

The WB Therapy team offers expert husbandry and restorative care for horses who require:

  • Injury prevention for high performance athletes
  • Long term rehabilitation of soft tissue injuries
  • Post surgical care
  • Pre-competition conditioning
  • Supportive maintenance for older injuries or age related issues
  • Retirement with an emphasis on therapeutic care

In addition to their regenerative therapeutic technologies, WB Therapy also offers layup and retirement services on site at their 65-acre facility beneath the magnificent Sierra Nevada mountain range.

Whether for a high performance athlete, pleasure horse, canine companion, or equestrian in need of supportive care, WB Therapy believes consistent, high quality care results in optimum health and performance.

Whether for a high performance athlete, pleasure horse, canine companion, or equestrian in need of supportive care, WB Therapy believes consistent, high quality care results in optimum health and performance.


Our Team

Lark Nakazaki

Co-Owner/Therapist

A hands-on horse owner for over 40 years, Lark Nakazaki has seen first hand the positive benefits of regenerative therapies for horses with a number of performance needs. Her years of experience rehabilitating soft tissue and lameness issues in her own performance horses have left her with an appreciation for the overall transformation each client experiences with high quality rehabilitation methods. Lark passionately believes the benefits of holistic therapies make for a happier equine, canine, and human athlete. In addition to therapy work, Lark enjoys breeding Welsh Cobs and riding her retired Half-Andalusian gelding, Tejano.

Pattie Hieber

Co-Owner/Therapist

Pattie is a second generation horse-woman, owner of Willow Brook Ranch, and lifelong enthusiast of horse racing. Pattie witnessed first hand the power of equine athleticism growing up on the backsides of Santa Anita, Del Mar, and Hollywood Park which influenced her drive for performance excellence in her own breeding program of Welsh ponies and Quarter Horses. Over the years, her performance and breeding program has benefited from the newer technologies such as PEMF, TheraPlate, and Game Ready to result in National Championships. Pattie strongly believes horses who are treated as athletes will perform at higher levels. Pattie shares her love of showing and breeding performance horses with her children, Brock and Hannah.

Brock Hieber

Assistant Farm Manager

Brock is a third generation horseman, competes nationally with reining cow horses, and has a passion for farm management and rehabilitation of high performance horses. Brock’s interest in curative therapies really took hold after treating his competition mare, Shining Rose Bud, who required PEMF, Game Ready, TheraPlate and cold laser therapy to maintain peak performance. He went on to win Reserve Champion titles with Shining Rose Bud at the NRCHA championships in 2015.

Hannah Hieber

Therapist

Hannah is a third generation horse-woman with a passion for breeding and rehabilitating sport horses. Growing up, Hannah showed hunters across the country to earn several titles including a top 10 at the USEF Pony Finals and the Virginia Pony Breeders Association circuit champion. Currently a student at Fresno State, Hannah rides on the equestrian team and competes reining cow horses. Her varied experience gives her a unique insight to the common curative therapies universally beneficial across multiple breeds and disciplines.