Eagle Rare Life Award Nominee

Sahika Riley

Date Added

July 29th, 2015


Horse Rhythm Foundation, Glendale, AZ






The voting for the contest is closed

“Founder of Horse Rhythm Foundation ”

Sahika Riley is Physician Assistant (PA-C) who is a 9-1/2 year Veteran of the United States Air Force. She served overseas during Desert Storm as a Communication/Navigation system specialist for the A-10 aircraft. She spent her second half of her military career as a Physician Assistant in Family Medicine and Internal Medicine where she was the Officer in Charge for Surgical Case reviews and the Assistant Director for the Acute Care Clinic. She holds both a Masters Degree in Physician Assistant Studies with a specialty in Family Medicine and a Bachelor in Medicine from University of Nebraska. She also holds a degree in Respiratory Therapy from Orange Coast College, CA. where she spent most of that career working at a Children’s hospital. PA Riley also began attending Law School while doing medical record reviews for Law Firms in wrongful death and accident law.

She brings to her position over 18 years in clinical practice in multiple fields of medicine. She has held faculty positions as Senior Instructor, Assistant Professor and Director of Clinical Education at Arizona School of Health Sciences, a Division of Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine. She has held faculty positions as Assistant Professor at Midwestern University, AZ, and Touro University, NV. She taught numerous courses from Internal Medicine to Psychiatry, and has received numerous awards for her teaching qualifications.

She was part of the Physician Assistant Veterans Caucus and Society of the Air Force Physician Assistants.

Sahika has set up Internationally Medical Disaster Preparedness Mash Units, and has provided International Humanitarian/Medical service.

She understands the results of war and not only physical but the emotional lasting affect it can have on our troops. Sahika is a disabled Veteran and has a compassion for those serving, to utilize Equine Assisted Services for those veterans in need. She fully supports the research and has seen firsthand the healing affect that horses have on people. It was her horses that kept her ”connected” after serving and it was Equine Assisted Psychotherapy that carried her through her mental challenges after battling Cancer. Sahika is a Survivor and opens her heart and experiences and is excited about introducing the successful world of Equine Assisted Therapy to her fellow Veterans.

Sahika is also the Founder of Horse Rhythm Foundation. She is a certified therapeutic riding instructor with PATH, Intl. and is EAGALA certified as both an Equine specialist and a Mental Health professional.