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Conference Agenda

7:00 - 9:00
Welcome - Hospitality - Checkin Mixer
Tamaya Ballroom D
7:50 - 8:00
Presidents's Welcome
Tamaya Ballroom A-B-C
8:00 - 9:50
Primitive Reflexes and the Quadrupedal Patient; Important Tests You Should Know
Michael Allen, DC
Tamaya Ballroom A-B-C
9:50 - 10:20
Break in Exhibitor Area
Tamaya Ballroom D
10:20 - 12:10
Primitive Reflexes and the Quadrupedal Patient; APPLICATION of Important Tests You Should Know
Michael Allen, DC
Tamaya Ballroom A-B-C
The Two-Way Street - How proper trimming and animal chiropractic are interdependent for optimal horse health
Pamela Graves, DVM
Tamaya Ballroom E
12:10 - 1:20
Lunch on Own
1:20 - 2:20
AVCA General Membership Meeting
Tamaya Ballroom A-B-C
2:30 - 3:20
NPAIDSs - Non-Pharmaceutical Anti-inflammatory Devices and Techniques
Laurie McCauley, DVM
Tamaya Ballroom A-B-C
Tissue Talk
Donna Gigliotti, DC
Tamaya Ballroom E
3:20 - 3:50
Break in Exhibitor Area
Tamaya Ballroom D
3:50 - 4:40
Physical Rehabilitation Cases, Thinking Like a Rehabilitation Professional
Evelyn Orenbuch, DVM
Tamaya Ballroom A-B-C
Instrument Assisted NeuroSensory Modulation for the Equine
David Lundquist, DC
Tamaya Ballroom E
4:50 - 5:40
What is Animal ChiropracTIC? Sharon got it. Do You?
William Ormston, DVM
Tamaya Ballroom A-B-C
Instrument Assisted NeuroSensory Modulation for the Equine (cont)
David Lundquist, DC
Tamaya Ballroom E
7:00 - 9:00
Workshop - Animal Chiropractic Research and the Professional Practice Analysis
Doug and Maria Lawson
Hawk B-C
Workshop Limited - Pre-Sign Up Required
Pizza and Beverage 6:45 pm

Lecture Details

Michael Allen

Primitive Reflexes and the Quadrupedal Patient; Important Tests You Should Know

Brain function can dramatically improve and when the brain improves so does the patient. What used to be considered impossible is now a clinical expectation. Neuroplasticity implies new organization with new connections; a rewiring. Health and sickness are the extremes of neuroplasticity. A plastic brain can either develop its optimal performance, which engenders health or it can take a degenerative course that leads to functional breakdown. Dr. Allen will teach you innovative and functional neurological principles to apply every day to improve your patient's health and enhance their performance. Learn a new perspective to evaluate functional build up versus structural break down, which will change your practice for the better.
Michael Allen

Primitive Reflexes and the Quadrupedal Patient; APPLICATION of Important Tests You Should Know

Brain function can dramatically improve and when the brain improves so does the patient. What used to be considered impossible is now a clinical expectation. Neuroplasticity implies new organization with new connections; a rewiring. Health and sickness are the extremes of neuroplasticity. A plastic brain can either develop its optimal performance, which engenders health or it can take a degenerative course that leads to functional breakdown. Dr. Allen will teach you innovative and functional neurological principles to apply every day to improve your patient's health and enhance their performance. Learn a new perspective to evaluate functional build up versus structural break down, which will change your practice for the better.
Pamela Graves

The Two-Way Street - How proper trimming and animal chiropractic are interdependent for optimal horse health

Pertinent hoof anatomy, form and function will be presented as well as barefoot trimming concepts. Lecture will also cover the benefits of keeping horses barefoot with regard to physical rehabilitation (as the bare hoof provides ideal health, blood perfusion, shock absorption, proprioception, and traction). It will touch on commonly seen chiropractic issues in horses with poor hoof health and how a proper trim can improve not only the response to the adjustment but also the over movement of the horse.
Laurie McCauley

NPAIDSs - Non-Pharmaceutical Anti-inflammatory Devices and Techniques

So many times when we think about relieving pain we consider drugs, and yet there are so many other alternatives or additional modalities. Not to say drugs are bad, just that they are not the only pain relieving options we have. Learn about using devices and techniques for clinical pain relief. Understand the terminology of pain.
Donna Gigliotti

Tissue Talk

Tissue Talk integrates techniques and disciplines I have studied and practiced over the years. It is a multifaceted approach that utilizes the skills of observation, listening and gentle touch techniques to remove the strains and traumas as revealed in the tissues of the body thereby allowing the body's inherent innate intelligence to restore it to optimal function.

Every living thing strives to function at its optimal level and as close to the blueprint that it was born with to be in alignment with the universal intelligence. However, as a result of our inherited genetics, environment, toxins, physical stresses, emotional stresses and traumas that inevitably occur over the course of our lives, alterations of the body's tissues eventually lead to a state of Dis-Ease. When the proper stimulus is introduced to the body, the innate intelligence of that body uses the energy from that stimulus to correct itself. By doing so, each being can then carry out their life's plan and function at their optimal capacity.
Evelyn Orenbuch

Physical Rehabilitation Cases, Thinking Like a Rehabilitation Professional

I show 5 cases, their presenting signs, what was found in the exams, how I approached the cases and what their outcomes were. 1) post-op after LH amputation secondary to HBC. 2) IVDD dachshund, 3) Post-op TPLO, 4) 7 mo old pup with severe bilateral hip dysplasia avoiding surgery, 5) Post-op CCL repair that went very wrong, required multiple sx's and presented after infection and NWB lameness for over 4 months.
David Lundquist

Instrument Assisted NeuroSensory Modulation for the Equine

Instrument Assisted NeuroSensory Modulation is a new approach to soft tissue manipulation. Using some of the most up to date fascial research to help change the way we think and treat soft tissue dysfunction. The lecture will begin with a different perspective of Fascia and its functions and complexities. We will cover the use of the instrument assisted tool, how, when and where to use it. Case studies and video demonstration will be used.
William Ormston

What is Animal ChiropracTIC? Sharon got it. Do You?

This lecture will attempt to help define what Animal Chiropractic is. This will help the attendees market animal chiropractic to their clients in a way that resonates with both them and their patients owners. Defining something allows one to utilize it to it fullest potential and also helps us determine its weaknesses.
Doug Lawson

Workshop - Animal Chiropractic Research and the Professional Practice Analysis

The purpose of this workshop is to combine the two areas of interest. The attendees will have influence on 1) the final survey that will be sent to all animal chiropractors regarding the frequency and risk of animal chiropractic activities, and 2) the final survey that will seek feedback from clients of animal chiropractors.

Both surveys will be private and confidential, none of the participants will be tracked and will not be able to be identified. During the workshop, participants will be given the opportunity to participate in researching their personal practices. It is being proposed that those animal chiropractors who wish to research their practice provide their clients with a unique identifier. At the end of the client survey, clients will be given the opportunity to enter the unique identifier. If the animal chiropractor later contacts Mr. Lawson with the unique identifier, a professional practice report will be provided to that animal chiropractor. This activity will occur outside of the AVCA and no one within the AVCA will be able connect the unique identifier to any person or clinic.

Ethics approval has been sought for the professional practice analysis and client survey. Business cards will be provided to the participants with the link to the client survey so that participants can share them with their clients. It is our goal to publish the results in a peer reviewed journal.
8:00 - 8:50
Incorporating Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Manipulation in Canine Chiropractic Practice
Wendy Coren, DC
Tamaya Ballroom A-B-C
Show Steer Adjusting and Safety
Mindy Neal, DC
Tamaya Ballroom E
9:00 - 9:50
Incorporating Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Manipulation in Canine Chiropractic Practice (cont)
Wendy Coren, DC
Tamaya Ballroom A-B-C
How the Gut and Endocrine System Can Contribute to Toxins Interfering with Our Adjustments
John Hanover, DVM
Tamaya Ballroom E
9:50 - 10:20
Break in Exhibitor Area
Tamaya Ballroom D
10:20 - 11:10
Spinal Injury And Pain - How To Diagnose And Treat With An Integrative Approach
Laurie McCauley, DVM
Tamaya Ballroom A-B-C
Yep! I'm a woman, Yep! I'm short and YES! I can adjust your horse!
Jacqueline Doval, DC
Tamaya Ballroom E
11:20 - 12:10
The Mechanics and Body Stresses of Canine Agility or the Implications of Bar-Hopping with your Dog
Sandra Leonard, DVM
Tamaya Ballroom A-B-C
Yep! I'm a woman, Yep! I'm short and YES! I can adjust your horse! (cont)
Jacqueline Doval, DC
Tamaya Ballroom E
12:10 - 1:40
Lunch on Own
1:40 - 2:30
Using Myofascial Meridians in Dogs
Laura Lee, DVM
Tamaya Ballroom A-B-C
Dermatology and the Brain; We Got You Covered
Amy Hayek, DVM
Tamaya Ballroom E
2:40 - 3:30
Update on Veterinary Chiropractic Research
Rebecca Funk, DVM
Tamaya Ballroom A-B-C
Dermatology and the Brain; We Got You Covered (cont)
Amy Hayek, DVM
Tamaya Ballroom E
3:30 - 4:00
Break in Exhibitor Area
Tamaya Ballroom D
4:00 - 5:50
Canine Rehabilitation and Injury Part 1 and Part 2 (aka, he's limping, what do I do?)
Evelyn Orenbuch, DVM
Tamaya Ballroom A-B-C
Why doesn't the adjustment last?
William Ormston, DVM
Tamaya Ballroom E
7:00 - 11:00
Family Buffet and Fun Night
Cottonwoods Pavilion
Horse Labs (8:00am - 4:00pm)
Instructions
  • Check In at Registration Desk 1 Hour Before Lab for Instructions
  • Pre-Registration Required
  • Lab is Non-Transferable/Non-Refundable
Labs
  • Lab 1: Gigliotti - Technique
  • Lab 2: Lundquist - Instrument
  • Lab 3: Greenwald/Graves - Hoof
  • Lab 4: Neal - Show Steers

Lecture Details

Mindy Neal

Show Steer Adjusting and Safety

Basic introduction to Show Steer Adjusting and Safety around Large Show Stock. Lab will be hands on anatomical markers, safety and adjustments of Show Steers.
Wendy Coren

Incorporating Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Manipulation in Canine Chiropractic Practice

This session will discuss and demonstrate specific instrument assisted fascial techniques to address pain, inflammation, hyper and hypotonicity in the canine. Focus will be on ;Improvement to the body map through stimulation of various receptors, Investigation and addressing tissue tone issues, Distinguishing tactile acuity and providing pain reduction methods as well as Investigation and improvement of mechanical glide
John Hanover

How the Gut and Endocrine System Can Contribute to Toxins Interfering with Our Adjustments

Toxins contribute to many of the musculoskeletal problems we are trying to correct. A large majority of these toxins come from an unhealthy gastrointestinal tract (Dysbiosis, Leaky Gut Syndrome, IBD, Equine Gastric Ulcer Syndrome, etc) and/or endocrine dysfunction (IR, Cushing's, EMS, hypothyroidism) in our patients. These conditions result in similar health problems by creating a pro-inflammatory state, increasing toxins in the body, and affecting cellular health. If these conditions are not recognized and addressed, they will continuously interfere with the healing process and the resulting pathophysiology can be devastating to the health of our patients.
Laurie McCauley

Spinal Injury And Pain - How To Diagnose And Treat With An Integrative Approach

Special tests can aid our diagnostic skills in differentiating areas of pain including cervical segments, rotated ribs, rotated lumbar segments, and lumbosacral vs. sacroiliac pain vs iliopsoas injury vs hip pain. Once the diagnosis is uncovered many modalities including acupuncture, chiropractic and manual therapy, supplements, exercises, laser, ultrasound, PEMF, and others could be utilized. Learn how to make the best choices for each diagnosis.
Jacqueline Doval

The Animal Chiropractic Mentalist: How to have your clients and community market you!

This lecture will address many issues certificants face upon becoming an ACCC certificant: You have attained your certification and now what? Do you believe in "Build it and they will come" or "Fake it till you make it"? How do you find your niche? What will make you stand out? How do you market yourself? What about legalities in your state? Do the legalities help or hinder your outreach? Who do you want as your client? Will you practice in a clinic? Will you provide mobile services? What days of the week? Times? Will you go to tournaments? Shows? Trials? Will you do volunteer work? Will you work for non profit organizations? Should you give your services for free (at least till you gain more experience)? Will the owner, trainer, handler be present while you are working on their pet? How will they know what I have adjusted helped? Educate!
Sandra Leonard

The Mechanics and Body Stresses of Canine Agility or the Implications of Bar-Hopping with your Dog

This lecture will cover basic differences in several agility venues and styles, descriptions of various agility equipment, and how agility performance may be affected by said equipment or particular subluxation complexes. This includes statistical analysis of likely subluxation complexes with particular agility-related complaints. Extensive use of photographs and video clips will aid the practitioner in understanding how the canine body is used in agility performance.
Laura Lee

Using Myofascial Meridians in Dogs

Using myofascial releases (MFR) can make adjustments easier and give better results. As a receptor-based therapy, MFR can affect change in the central nervous system through neuroplasticity, re-wiring the brain and changing muscle memory to correct abnormal function. Using myofascial meridians causes change along the entire length of interconnected longitudinal muscle groups, which helps integrate the front and rear of the body, left and right, and diagonally. MFR can be used locally at a specific muscle, regionally for a limb, and globally to balance the whole body. As it uses slow and low force changes to the fascia over muscles or bone, it is an easier technique for adjustments in fragile patients. Each myofascial meridian has specific muscles or areas that facilitate access. The lecture will illustrate entry points that the author has found useful in her canine practice, using videos and photos of patients.
Amy Hayek

Dermatology and the Brain; We Got You Covered

This lecture if part 3 of the series that is exploring the relationship between the organ systems and the nervous system with particular emphasis on how the animal chiropractor affects these relationships.
Rebecca Funk

Update on Veterinary Chiropractic Research

The current literature related to animal chiropractic will be summarized. I would like to follow this with a panel discussion on how to increase veterinary chiropractic research.
Evelyn Orenbuch

Canine Rehabilitation and Injury Part 1 and Part 2 (aka, he's limping, what do I do?)

In these 2 lectures, we discuss some of the typical injuries seen in a busy rehabilitation practice. We begin by discussing how DCs and DVMs with chiropractic training can work together with their local rehabilitation professionals and what the various certifications mean, etc. W review the phases of healing and their time lines. We discuss the following injuries: Medial Shoulder Syndrome, Bicep Tendonopathy, iliopsoas strain, CCL tear, carpal hyper extension. We review anatomy for each injury, discuss the areas affected, how to diagnose it and the basics of how to treat it these injuries.
William Ormston

Why doesn't the adjustment last?

This lecture will look at why Animal Chiropractic fails. It will help the attendee understand some of the complex mechanisms involved in healing the body.

Lab Details

Donna Gigliotti

Tissue Talk - Equine

Intention of the lab is to help doctors improve their palpation and technique skills so that they can better determine what , how and when to adjust.
David Lundquist

Instrument Assisted NeuroSensory Modulation Lab - Equine

In this lab the participant will learn to detect areas of dysfunction, use the tool properly and safely and get a hands on learning opportunity and see the results.
Heather Greenwald

Form and Function of the Equine Hoof

This lab will walk the practitioner through the form and function of the equine hoof, focusing on how to recognize pathology and dysfunction and how it can affect the spine and movement.
Mindy Neal

Show Steer Adjusting and Safety Lab

Basic introduction to Show Steer Adjusting and Safety around Large Show Stock. Lab will be hands on anatomical markers, safety and adjustments of Show Steers.
8:00 - 8:50
Forelimb Injury And Pain - How To Diagnose And Treat With An Integrative Approach
Laurie McCauley, DVM
Tamaya Ballroom A-B-C
Multimodal treatment for chronic laminitis in horses. Part I: Sensory receptors in the equine distal limb
Lisa Lancaster, DVM, PhD
Tamaya Ballroom E
9:00 - 9:50
Rear Limb Injury And Pain - How To Diagnose And Treat With An Integrative Approach
Laurie McCauley, DVM
Tamaya Ballroom A-B-C
Multimodal treatment for chronic laminitis in horses. Part II: Case studies
Lisa Lancaster, DVM, PhD
Tamaya Ballroom E
9:50 - 11:20
Break in Exhibitor Area
Tamaya Ballroom D
Exhibitor Bingo Drawing at 11:00 am, Must Be Present to Win
11:20 - 12:10
Treating Inflammation and Degeneration Effectively and Safely
John Hanover, DVM
Tamaya Ballroom A-B-C
The Animal Chiropractic Mentalist: How to have your clients and community market you!
Jacqueline Doval, DC
Tamaya Ballroom E
12:20 - 2:10
Aligning Applications of Integrative Healing
Denise Michel, DC
Tamaya Ballroom A-B-C
Chiropractic and Neurology...an Indissoluble Union
Patricia Holl, DC
Tamaya Ballroom E
Dog Labs (8:00am - 2:00pm)
Instructions
  • Check In at Registration Desk 1 Hour Before Lab for Instructions
  • Pre-Registration Required
  • Lab is Non-Transferable/Non-Refundable
Labs
  • Lab 1: Gigliotti - Technique
  • Lab 2: Coren - Instrument (must attend corresponding lecture Saturday, 8:00am, Room 1)
  • Lab 3: Lee - Myfascial Meridians (must attend corresponding lecture Saturday, 1:40pm, Room 1)

Lecture Details

Laurie McCauley

Forelimb Injury And Pain - How To Diagnose And Treat With An Integrative Approach

Special tests can aid our diagnostic skills in determining the cause of forelimb pain or lameness. Learn easy techniques to find jammed toes, medial compartment disease of the elbow, OCD of the shoulder, and more. Once the diagnosis is uncovered many modalities including acupuncture, chiropractic and manual therapy, supplements, exercises, laser, ultrasound, PEMF, and others could be utilized to treat it. Learn how to make the best choices for each diagnosis.
Lisa Lancaster

Multimodal treatment for chronic laminitis in horses. Part I: Sensory receptors in the equine distal limb

Understanding sensory reception in the equine foot can help clinicians design effective treatment plans for laminitis pain control and rehabilitation. This talk will include a review of laminitis pathophysiology followed by presentation of ongoing research on blood flow and sensory reception in the equine foot. Our research findings suggest that proprioception in the equine foot may be an under appreciated component of chronic pathology and also provide a clinical focus for rehabilitation.
Laurie McCauley

Rear Limb Injury And Pain - How To Diagnose And Treat With An Integrative Approach

Special tests can aid our diagnostic skills in determining the cause of rear limb pain or lameness. Learn easy techniques to rule in or out hip luxation, cranial cruciate disease (rupture vs sprain), tarsal hyperextension, and hip muscle vs hip joint associated pain. Once the diagnosis is uncovered many modalities including acupuncture, chiropractic and manual therapy, supplements, exercises, laser, ultrasound, PEMF, and others could be utilized. Learn how to make the best choices for each diagnosis.
Lisa Lancaster

Multimodal treatment for chronic laminitis in horses. Part II: Case studies

Clinicians agree that successful treatment of chronic laminitis requires a multimodal approach. However there is no agreement on which modalities are the most effective, and there is limited research to guide us on the specifics. Practitioners use clinical judgment and therapeutic trials on a case-by-case basis to find clinically effective solutions for laminitis and other causes of chronic foot pain in horses. Using cases from my practice, I will explain how my approach to patient care is informed by chiropractic in combination with other physical medicine and pharmacologic modalities.
John Hanover

Treating Inflammation and Degeneration Effectively and Safely

With recent headlines touting the many harmful side effects of NSAIDs, holistic care offers safe alternatives to conventional medicine to treat animals from horses to house pets. Homotoxicology medications combined with chiropractic care, appropriate joint supplements and dietary changes can alleviate acute and chronic pain, inflammation, and musculoskeletal degeneration. Also, many animals have unhealthy gastrointestinal tracts (Dysbiosis, Leaky Gut Syndrome, IBD, Equine Gastric Ulcer Syndrome, etc) that complicate allergies and musculoskeletal disorders. Correcting the gastrointestinal problems and implementing a detoxification program will help reduce systemic inflammation and balance the immune response in our patients thereby aiding healing and improving patient response to chiropractic care.
Jacqueline Doval

Yep! I'm a woman, Yep! I'm short and YES! I can adjust your horse!

"There is no way you can adjust a horse!" This is the most common non-discriminatory sentence I have heard throughout my 25 year career practicing animal chiropractic. Both female and male participants will learn the importance of health, fitness, safety, focus, awareness, intuition, communication skills, sequence and repetition as the key to career longevity. Shortcuts and impatience may prove to be very costly! The participant will learn how to adjust a horse using proper and safe biomechanics for her/himself, for the horse and for the handler. It is OK to ask for help be it from the handler or from the treating veterinarian; it is OK and under certain circumstances to ask for the horse to be sedated; it is OK speak horse, "chain-ese" and know when enough IS enough. Only good behavior is rewarded. Be in charge! Stay in charge and Be Safe!
Denise Michel

Aligning Applications of Integrative Healing

Bring art to the science of the practice of animal chiropractic and incorporate science with the art of your practice. We will note how trends in allopathic tests from a holistic perspective may be useful in difficult cases, relate anatomy and physiology to Five Element Theory in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), and identify how these practices complement one another when used together with an aligned perspective. Review and discussion of a case study where this integrative perspective and alignment of TCM; patient history, symptomatology and behavioral patterns; and allopathic findings will be shared to help shed light on the application of this integrative perspective. Recognize how the rule of three's and your patients' responses to treatments may help refine course of treatment with complex cases. Self-care and team-building will be incorporated to add a playful, kinesthetic understanding to the presented material.
Patricia Holl

Chiropractic and Neurology...an Indissoluble Union

Attendees will discover the principles of neurology as they relate to the vertebral subluxation, immobility and chiropractic medicine. They will learn why physical deformation of tissue is key to optimizing neurology and restoring and maintaining health.Topics covered will include a discussion of receptors and classifications, and how motion and movement directly affect the neurology of your animal patient.

Lab Details

Donna Gigliotti

Tissue Talk - Canine

Intention of the lab is to help doctors improve their palpation and technique skills so that they can better determine what , how and when to adjust.
Wendy Coren

Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Manipulation - Canine

This lab will demonstrate specific instrument assisted fascial techniques to address pain, inflammation, hyper and hypotonicity in the canine. How to position the canine, the handler and the practitioner will be addressed and demonstrated providing hands on time to apply the taping techniques to the most common areas and for the most common issues will be the focus
Laura Lee

Using Myofascial Meridians in Dogs

Myofascial releases (MFR) can make adjustments easier and give better results. As a receptor-based therapy, MFR can affect change in the central nervous system through neuroplasticity, re-wiring the brain and changing muscle memory to correct abnormal function. Using myofascial meridians causes change along the entire length of interconnected longitudinal muscle groups, which helps integrate the front and rear of the body, left and right, and diagonally. MFR can be used locally at a specific muscle, regionally for a limb, and globally to balance the whole body. Using slow and low force releases to the fascia over muscles or bone, it is an easier technique for adjustments in fragile patients. Each myofascial meridian has specific muscles or areas that facilitate access.

A one hour lab for a maximum of 6 people provides hands-on experience in MFR techniques, finding myofascial meridians, and seeing and feeling the strain patterns when imbalance occurs. Attendance at the associated lecture is recommended.