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 Multi-Systemic Therapist, Clinical Director, Children’s Pastor, Camp Counselor and speaker. After serving as a Children’s pastor, he went on to obtain his Master or Arts in Clinical Counseling from Ashland Theological Seminary. Following seminary, Michael worked at The Buckeye Ranch in Columbus Ohio as a Multi-Systemic Therapist, working with individuals 12-18 and their families. The primary focus was to help change the family system to help assist the child change their delinquent and defiant behaviors.
Michael founded and leads Gateway Family Services of Illinois, providing trauma focused-equine assisted psychotherapy, Individual & Family Therapy. This team is working individuals and families across the lifespan who have experienced trauma. Michael has spent several years working with youth in the foster care system & post-adoption. Gateway Family Services is also working with the VA Illiana Health Care System to provide services to veterans. In addition to Gateway Family Services, Michael is currently the Executive Director of Hooves of Hope, a faith based mentoring program.
Michael is passionate about neuroscience and understanding the impact of trauma on the brain. Michael has begun Phase II/TTT with the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics course taught by the leading trauma expert Bruce D. Perry MD, PhD. A part of his training is to work with mentors and help Phase I participants from the Texas Juvenile Justice Department. Michael is also a trainer for Natural Lifemanship, the model of therapy that incorporates the Neurosequential model to understand human and horse brain development.
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!