Meet our Staff

Michael Remole, MA LCPC, NCC, NLC-C, EP

Michael has nearly two decades of working with children and families in a variety of settings, including as a Children’s Pastor, Camp Counselor and speaker, VBS Director, Multi-Systemic Therapist & as a clinician.  He was the first male to graduate from Olivet Nazarene University with a degree in children’s ministry.  After serving as a Children’s pastor, he went on to obtain his Master or Arts in Clinical Counseling from Ashland Theological Seminary.  While finishing up his counseling degree, Michael worked with his parents, Stan and Mary Remole, with the start up of Hooves of Hope.  Following seminary, Michael worked in Columbus Ohio as a Multi-Systemic Therapist at The Buckeye Ranch, working with individuals 12-18 and their families.  A majority of these youth were court ordered and were given one more chance before being placed in a residential treatment facility or long-term juvenile jail.  The primary focus was to help change the family system to help assist the child change their delinquent and defiant behaviors.  

      Michael obtained his independent clinical license in Ohio and then moved back to Illinois to work hands-on with Hooves of Hope & to start a private clinical practice, Gateway Family Services.

  In May of 2017, the Hooves of Hope board voted Michael the CEO to help continue to lead the ministry.  In addition to assisting with Hooves of Hope, Michael leads Gateway Family Services.   

    The private practice, Gateway Family Services, has grown to a team of three clinicians, 3 equine professionals and 1 social work intern from the University of Illinois.  This team is working with youth in the foster care system & post-adoption, as well as students and families that have experienced trauma.  

         Michael is passionate about neuroscience and understanding the impact of trauma on the brain.  Michael has completed Phase I of the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics course taught by the leading trauma expert Dr Bruce Perry.  Through this coursework, Michael is able to provide Neuromaps for the clients of Gateway.  The neuromaps are critical in helping understand what areas of the brain that have been impacted by trauma and what science-based interventions can be utilized to help the individual heal from trauma.  

     Michael was recently inducted into the International Association of Health Care Providers, being recognized as a leader in his field.  

     In Michael’s spare time he enjoys spending time with his wife, Gabby & their twin boys, riding horses, photography, playing the piano & building projects.  



Gabby earned her MSSW from The University of Texas at Austin. She is certified as both a clinician and equine professional in the trauma-focused equine assisted psychotherapy model, Natural Lifemanship. She is also a trainer for the model. She is trained, and pursuing certification, in EMDR.  She has been practicing TF-EAP since 2013 and has had extensive experience in play, art and nature therapy. She has over a decade of experience working as an adoption caseworker.

Gabby employs a systems-based perspective to help children, teens & families who have experienced trauma. She prefers experiential therapy - including work with horses, art, music and nature - to traditional talk therapy, believing that movement and “doing” can often be more effective, particularly for children and adolescents.

She enjoys using humor, when appropriate, hoping that clients know that, while therapy can sometimes be really hard, it can also be fun.

Gabby was blessed to have been raised around horses. She loves that she is able to incorporate her connection with, and deep respect for, horses in her work.

Gabrielle Remole, LCSW, NLC-C, EP

Kristen Hammel LCPC, LPHA

Kristen is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor who has over ten years of experience in the mental health field working with adolescents who have experienced severe trauma and neglect in their life. She received her Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling from Harold Abel School of Social and Behavioral Sciences.  Kristen has experience providing individual and group therapy, administration and extensive experience in residential facility settings. She employs a person centered approach to provide unconditional positive regard and a supportive and safe environment to build a therapeutic and authentic connection with each client.  She employs Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy when working with both adolescents and families. She believes the years she has spent working in the mental health field have prepared her and led her to Gateway Family Services.

Kristen is trained in the Natural Lifemanship model and has experienced the connection and relationship between animals and humans and the healing powers that relationships can provide for people.  She feels blessed to have the opportunity to be part of the Gateway Family Services team and is grateful to be able to continue her journey in this field. 

Kristen has been around horses in a variety of settings for most of her life.  Through her adolescence into her young adulthood, she participated in equestrian sports including hunt seat and barrel racing competitions and, while living in Australia, she worked as a groom for over twenty eight horses on a polo farm.  She is excited to bring her love of both horses and working with children, adolescents and their families together at GFS.

Kristen prides herself on her work ethic, her relationships and connections with her family and friends, and her passion and drive to help others.

In her free time, Kristen enjoys trail riding and staying active and she has a love of live music. 

Debbie Kennedy, Equine Professional, Respite Provider, Mentor & Tutor

Debbie has always pursued her dreams of being coming an equine professional.  Debbie brings over 30 years of horse experience. She has worked with children as a state licensed day care provider, teacher, 4-H leader, and has organized & executed before & after school programs.  

Debbie is passionate about animals and has a natural heart for helping others.  She brings a great spirit to Gateway Family Services and provides respite, mentoring and tutoring when she is not out with the horses!  


Gateway Family Services of Illinois is a mental health agency providing a variety of services from Equine Assisted Psychotherapy to intensive home-based therapy to respite, mentoring and tutoring.  




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