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Paul Brumett
Paul Brumett

Dr. Paul Brumett has a BS degree in Animal Science and earned his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree at Auburn University. He has additional training in Dentistry, Emergency Medicine, Complementary therapy (Eden Energy Medicine for Animals and Healing Touch for Animals, Practitioner), and is Certified by the University of Tennessee in Canine Rehabilitation and the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association in Animal Chiropractic. He has worked in Mixed Animal Practice, Small Animal General Practice, Emergency Medicine, Canine Rehabilitation and as a representative and educator for Medivet Products/Hero Brace’s Custom Orthotics during his career. In 2013 he began his journey in Integrative medicine to help his patients further as he felt limited by traditional medicine. Dr. Brumett practices in Grand Junction, CO and is owner of Animal Tracks Rehabilitation and Fitness LLC.

Terri Brumett is a Master BodyMind Medthod© Coach. Having always wanted to help people, it isn’t a surprise that with her Bachelors in Psychology and being a licensed massage therapist for 23+ years, she found a way to combine all of her training and life experience to help people. BodyMind Coaching is a unique approach to supporting people by using the wisdom of their bodies in making decisions that support them – body, mind and spirit. One of her main themes is that by learning to speak up for yourself, you give yourself choices and feel good about it! Inspiring other’s to take the first step toward their desires is paramount. Terri enjoys hiking, biking, and trail running in the mountains and desert that surround her home.
Topics:
  • Avoiding Burnout – Setting and Communicating Boundaries
  • Canine Mobility Assistance Devices, Measurement and Use
  • Self-Care – Why we don’t do it! and How we can start!
  • Self-Care, Taking Care of Your Nervous System
Wendy Coren
Wendy Coren
  • Franklin and Marshall College Lancaster Pa graduated 1976
  • New York Chiropractic College, Greenvale, NY graduated 1980
  • Director Coren Chiropractic Care 1980-2009
  • Founded RealEyes Communications Inc /president 1997-2006
  • Serving on Board of Directors Parker Chiropractic 2000-2005
  • Partner Central Norwalk Complete Physical Therapy 2000-2003
  • Patent approved for ePavlov training software 2003
  • CEO Equalign Chiropractic Systems Inc 2006- current
  • Co- founder Equalign Chiropractic Systems LLC with David N Lundquist, DC and Dustin S Coren, DVM. 2006
  • Providing performance care for the performance athletes, equine and human as well as canine ranging from casual participant to recent Olympic medalists
Topics:
  • Light Heals Clinical Application of Red and Near infrared in Animals
  • Light Heals- The Science and Clinical Applications of Red and Near Infrared Light for Animals
  • The Method is YOU
Sandy Deary
Sandy Deary
My name is Sandy Deary. I am a practicing veterinarian in Hot Springs Ar. I earned my veterinary degree at Oklahoma State University in 2000. I met Dr Schmidt in my hometown in 2006. At that time, all certified animal chiropractors were required to practice under the supervision of a licensed veterinarian. This need spurred our working relationship. After 6 years of watching Dr. Schmidt adjust, I was convinced I needed to follow in his steps. I attended Parker College of Chiropractic and earned my AVCA accreditation in 2012. As Dr. Schmidt and I continued to work together we sponsored, organized and taught animal chiropractic techniques twice a year for 5 years. My chiropractic practice includes horses, dogs, cats, and occasionally wildlife species.
Topics:
  • From the ground up: Adjusting equine patients
Carl DeStefano
Carl DeStefano

Dr. Carl J. DeStefano graduated Cum Laude from the National College of Chiropractic in 1984. He is certified in Animal Chiropractic from the Options for Animals Veterinary Chiropractic Center and the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association. He has also completed all the educational requirements for the Diplomat program sponsored by the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association. Dr. DeStefano is board certified in Chiropractic Neurology through the American Chiropractic Neurology Board. He is a fellow of the American College of Functional Neurology. In 2007 he completed the Advanced Veterinary Spinal Manipulation program in Veterinary Chiropractic Neurology offered by the Healing Oasis Wellness Center.

Dr. DeStefano is the Founder of the Health Pioneers Institute of Veterinary Chiropractic that began classes in Animal Chiropractic certification starting in 2017.

An international speaker, Dr. DeStefano teaches post-certification classes to Veterinarians and Chiropractors in the specialized area of Applied Kinesiology and Neurology. He also teaches seminars on the diagnosis and treatment of allergies in animals.

Dr. DeStefano is married to Dr Dena Jersild, veterinarian and fellow animal chiropractor who also teaches in the field of Veterinary Chiropractic. Dr. DeStefano maintains a busy human and animal practice near Chicago, Illinois.
Topics:
  • Diagnosis of Lesions of the Peripheral Nnervous System
John Faherty
John Faherty

Dr. John C Faherty, DC of Asheville,NC, graduated from Logan College of Chiropractic in 1985, Magna Cum Laude. Previous degrees and studies: BS in Zoology University of Wisconsin, Madison WI 1974, graduated with distinction; attended Univ. of Wisconsin School of Medicine 1974-1976 post graduate studies.

Dr. John opened his human chiropractic office in 1985. He also was an adjunct professor, University of NC-Asheville, 1999-2001, Dept. of Health and Fitness, teaching Kinesiology. His private practice added animal care after his AVCA certification in 1998. Since 2016 he specializes in animals . Dr Faherty presented at the 2018 and 2019 AVCA annual conferences Dr John has held educational sessions at multiple training facilities and agility clubs in Asheville, NC. He was affiliated with 2 veterinary clinics in Asheville, NC 2000-2020, as part time staff. Is a member of the NCCA (since 1985) and the AVCA 1998 to present. He served on the AVCA Board from 2004-2009 and held the positions of Certification Committee Chair and Education Committee Chair. He was an examiner for AVCA Certification 2004-2009. He has been attending chiropractor at over 50 agility events in NC since 2012. Current active license in North Carolina.

Dr John is proud to have received appreciation plaques from the AVCA for service as a board member. He has also received certificates of appreciation from University of NC Chapel Hill affiliated Family Practice Residency program for his teaching services from 1990-1995, helping 3rd year residents understand chiropractic care.

He is particularly grateful to all of his animal patients, large and small.
Topics:
  • Assessing the Agility Dog at an agility Event
  • The Agility Dog and Common Findings
Rebecca Haddock
Rebecca Haddock
Rebecca Haddock is an equine kinesiologist specializing in equine kinesiology taping and owner of Equi-Tape Inc, Holding. She has multiple certifications in kinesiology taping and is a preferred education provider through IAAMB, RACE and NCBTMB. Rebecca is involved heavily in research of kinesiology taping with the primary goal of developing and expanding the modality. She works closely with Dr. Beverly Gordon the creator of the modality. She speaks at conferences, universities and accreditation associations and is considered the foremost expert in the field of equine elastic kinesiology taping.
Topics:
  • Using kinesiology tape for biomechanics
Steven Hebrock
Steven Hebrock
Steve Hebrock, a Certified Master Hoof Care Professional, began his hoof care odyssey in 1993 after acquiring his first horse. He soon became frustrated by what he perceived to be illogical ideas and practices that dominate traditional hoof care, and his engineering background prompted him to begin an intense study of trimming, shoeing, and movement theory. Mr. Hebrock spent many years as a member of the faculty at The Ohio State University Agricultural Technical Institute in Wooster, Ohio, where he taught hoof care and farriery; equine marketing and facilities management; and a number of engineering and technical classes. Mr. Hebrock now focuses his time and energy on his hoof care practice, ongoing hoof research, and his educational outreach efforts via "Enlightened Equine,” a blog dedicated to bringing science to horse management and hoof care. Mr. Hebrock holds a Master of Science in Engineering from the University of Wisconsin (2015), and is a certified hoof care professional and booting specialist in the Association for the Advancement of Horse Care Practices (AANHCP) and in Liberated Horsemanship. He is a former certification exam instructor, workshop leader, and field instructor for the AANHCP, and is currently an advanced trimming instructor and field instructor for Liberated Horsemanship, which regularly conducts hoof trimming training clinics both domestically and internationally for students from all over the world.
Topics:
  • An Equine Hoof Trimming Practicum
  • Counting Calories: Helping You and Your Equine Clients Reap the Benefits of a Healthy Horse Diet
  • Dissection of the Equine Foot: An Inside Look
  • The Listening Test: A Quick and Effective Tool for Evaluating Balanced Equine Hoof Trimming & Shoeing
Patricia Holl
Patricia Holl
Dr. Holl is a licensed chiropractor living in Montana. She graduated with honors from Rutger’s University in New Jersey, and graduated from the Los Angeles College of Chiropractic. She is the staff chiropractor at the Yellowstone Naturopathic Clinic in Billings, Montana. Dr. Holl frequently lectures to medical professionals and the public on the benefits of integrative health care, which extends beyond a single model approach, employing conventional and complementary medical disciplines. Dr. Holl also maintains a busy animal chiropractic practice, where she attends to horses, cattle, dogs, cats and an occasional rabbit. She frequently lectures to audiences throughout the country on the benefits of Animal Chiropractic.
Topics:
  • The Neurology of Movement
Donald Howard
Donald Howard

I am a graduate from WSUn1968, DVM Degree. I entered private equine practice in 1968 to date. I am a Charter member, Past President of Northwest Equine Practioner Association, Salem, Oregon. I became certified IVAS in 1997, studied through Options for Animals and received AVCA Certification 1999. I served on the AVCA Board from 2000, to 2004 and chaired Certification for three years. I am now semi-retired limiting my practice to Veterinary Acupuncture and Chiropractic Medicine. I currently live in Prineville with my Lovely Wife Joan 49 years. We have 2 children, Jodi, and Holly. They are both married. We have 3 Grandchildren, Nathan, Adam, and Olivia.

Ron Leick, DVM - Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree, Ohio State University, 1975. Mixed animal practice specializing in Equine Reproduction. Options for Animals Basic Animal Chiropractic Program 1998. Certified in animal chiropractic by the Animal Chiropractic Certification Commission of the AVCA 1999. Attended IVAS, Certified 2000. Chi Institute Chinese Herbal Medicine, Certified 2003. Moved to all Complimentary Veterinary Medicine in 2000, active to date.
Topics:
  • Horses can't talk, or do they? Employ Acupressure Diagnostic Points to Improve Your Chiropractic Skills.
Christine Jurek
Christine Jurek
Dr. Jurek received her DVM from Purdue University and spent 6 years in general practice seeing small animals and equine patients before joining the staff at TOPS Veterinary Rehabilitation in Grayslake, IL. She received her certification in animal chiropractic from the AVCA in 2000 and completed her Masters in Integrative Veterinary Medicine – Canine (MSIVM-C) at Chi University in December 2023. She has numerous published works on rehabilitation and integrative medicine and is passionate about early detection and preemptive management of mobility disorders as well as teaching and mentoring. In her free moments she can be found training her Labradors, enjoying nature, and spending time with her family.
Topics:
  • How to be a Wellness Guru: Early Detection and Management of Mobility Disorders
Kaitlyn Lackey
Kaitlyn Lackey

Kaitlyn Lackey DC is an AVCA certified chiropractor that practices in Dallas, TX. She underwent her doctorate at Parker University (graduate as of April 2017) where she received her animal chiropractic training simultaneously.

Dr. Katie was the President of Parker Animal Chiropractic Club and received an Outstanding Student Association Leadership award during her time at school. Upon graduation, Dr. Katie briefly taught at her alma mater, as well.

Dr. Katie now practices full time on animals and runs an animal chiropractic podcast and coaching platform, known as Making Strides for Animal Chiropractic. She is also pursuing advanced certification in canine rehabilitation.

With her certification in Fascial Distortion Model (FDM), she has learned to assess not only the joints, but the muscular and fascial system as well. Dr. Katie has identified a unique approach to clinical assessment of the muscles in addition to the spine and joints.
Topics:
  • Building value so that clients continue to choose you
David Lundquist
David Lundquist
Graduated National College of Chiropractic 1982 and moved to Winter Haven, Florida where he ran a successful practice. He was a principle speaker for Parker Chiropractic Seminars from 1988 to 2004 after logging more than 100 seminars. Dr Lundquist married Dr Wendy Coren and after earning our AVCA degrees we began Equalign, a performance care practice designed to care for the equine athletes, both human and equine.
Topics:
  • Equine Hind Limb Adjusting
Emily McLeod
Emily McLeod

Animals have always been part of Dr. McLeod's life. She's rescued too many strays to count, has always cared for furry friends, and has a heart to help those who can't always help themselves.

A graduate of Cleveland Chiropractic College in 2000, Dr. McLeod earned both the Clinic Service and Clinic Excellence awards while completing her clinicals. She opened a family wellness center in 2001 and joyfully served hundreds of people each week with chiropractic care. In 2004 Dr. McLeod returned to school to earn her National Certification in Equine and Small Animal Chiropractic Care through the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association.

In 2013, Dr. McLeod left her 2-legged practice to pursue a full time animal practice. Working for and alongside wonderful veterinarians for the last two decades has opened her eyes to her passion for some particular areas of veterinary medicine. Since August 2023, Dr. McLeod has spent her days as a student in the College of Veterinary Medicine at Kansas State University! Dr. McLeod continues in her role as the Assistant Director of the Parker University Animal Chiropractic Certification Course for DVMs and DCs in Dallas, TX. During school breaks (primarily holidays and summers), she will continue to be available to provide excellent chiropractic care for your best friends.

When she's not working and studying, Dr. McLeod loves spending time with her very favorite human and husband, Dr. Dave Jennings (a chiropractor for humans), and their motley crew of able-bodied, special needs, and hospice foster animals.
Topics:
  • Come Swine With Me! The art and joy of adjusting pigs.
Bill Ormston
Bill Ormston

Dr. O began speaking about Animal Chiropractic at the annual AVCA conventions in 2004 and it has become one of the highlights of his year. It was in 2009 at the AVCA convention that he would meet the woman who would rock his world. Dr. Amy Hayek continues to challenge and frustrate him more than anyone he has ever met. She also allows him to reach levels that he never thought possible.

Dr. O explains to people that Dr. Amy has forgotten more stuff than he will ever know. She doesn’t always like the way he translates (dummy down) her information so that he can understand it. This allows him to own the information so that he can then explain it to other people. The clients in their practices have always responded positively when Dr. Amy and Dr. O have asked them to enter their animals into a study. That is how the data for the canine movement study, the canine whiplash study, and the dachshund study were gathered. Dr. Amy and Dr. O continue to utilize their client base in the advancement of animal chiropractic. Each animal they adjust teaches them something new and exciting. Dr. O is looking forward to many more years of animal chiropractic, both adjusting and teaching others how to adjust.

He and Dr. Amy practice at All Creatures Every Spine in Meridian, Tx and run Animal Chiropractic Education Source.
Topics:
  • Do Your Clients Know Why?
  • Finding and Removing Dural torque
  • What is dural torque? Can you explain it to a fifth grader so they understand it?
Sharik Peck
Sharik Peck

Sharik is the Founder and CEO of Rezzimax® LLC, a Utah corporation. Sharik obtained his degree in physical therapy from University of Utah in 1994 and later, a Master’s degree in Counseling from USU. He spent the last 30 years helping people and animals eliminate pain from their lives. Sharik suffered a stroke, broken neck, broken back, and years of chronic pain. These experiences provided an intense desire to help many others in chronic pain.

Years ago, Sharik awoke with a distinct impression that vibration can be used to aid in healing the nervous system. He dove into clinical research and found limitations with existing vibration sources. Not finding the right tool, Sharik decided to create it, bringing about Rezzimax®. Since the launch of version 1.0 in early 2016, Rezzimax® is now enjoyed by nearly 20,000 users in over 68 countries. Initial research performed at BYU shows the Tuner has great potential for the treatment of headaches and jaw pain. Still, the initial success was just not good enough. We knew perfecting the Tuner could help many more individuals learn to live our motto: “Tune Out Pain. Tune Into Life.”

The Rezzimax medical devices are produced at Freeform Polymers FDA certified facility in Utah! It also received the Coolest Thing Made in Utah Award in 2020. Producing our invention in Utah benefits 9 local companies and over 700 local jobs! The Tuner Pro has preset continuous play programs to tap gently into the nervous system. Our Tuner Pro tools have "scraping" wings to allow sustained pressure into the Myofascial connective tissue, to eliminate pain, increase blood flow and restore motion. This “gua sha” massaging technique combined with our patented algorithms provides one of the most gentle and effective ways to get you or your pet into an advanced healing mode.
Topics:
  • Beyond the Lab - Benefits of Vagus Nerve Stimulation for Animal Chiropractic Care Using Resonance Therapeutics
  • Using Vagus Nerve Stimulation through Resonance Therapy to Aid in Canine Chiropractic Care - A Hands On Approach
  • Using Vagus Nerve Stimulation through Resonance Therapy to Aid in Equine Chiropractic Care - A Hands On Approach
Robin Robinett
Robin Robinett

Dr. Robin Robinett grew up in Houston, Texas and always had a love of animals. At 3 years old after getting her first puppy, she decided to become a veterinarian and worked toward that goal throughout her education. She has a Bachelor of Science Degree from Texas A&M in Biology and graduated in 1989 from Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine with a doctorate in Veterinary Medicine.

Robin has ridden and shown horses in hunter shows, dressage and combined training/eventing while in high school and college. Dr. Robinett worked for the Houston SPCA for a year after graduation. Then was a co-owner of a veterinary hospital in Pearland. Starting in 1997, she did small animal relief work and had veterinary chiropractic mobile practice, after being certified in Animal Chiropractic by the AVCA in 1996 and was certified in Acupuncture by the Chi University in 2009.

Dr. Robinett owns and works at Veterinary Chiropractic and Rehabilitation Clinic since October 2008, located in Houston. VCRC provides Chiropractic, Acupuncture and Rehabilitation services for dogs, cats, and horses and has an underwater treadmill for dogs and one for horses.

Dr. Robinett is certified in Equine Rehabilitation by the Animal Rehab Institute in Florida and has done a practice-based residency for board certification by the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation (ACVSMR) and will take board exams in 2025. Dr. Robinett is a member of many professional veterinary organizations, and has been a speaker at many international, national, and local conferences. Dr. Robinett was a finalist for the IAVRPT International Rehabilitation Therapist of the year for 2020 and 2021. When not working Dr. Robinett enjoys playing with her 3 dogs, cycling, working out, traveling, and spending time with friends and family.
Topics:
  • Can it Walk?
David Starmer
David Starmer
Dr. David Starmer is a Director of Education at the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College (CMCC). He is the past Education Coordinator for CMCC’s simulation lab and was an instructor in the departments of Clinical Diagnosis, Clinical Education, and Chiropractic Therapeutics at CMCC. His primary instructional roles were teaching technique, therapeutic modalities, and providing students with clinical simulations. Along with completing a chiropractic degree at CMCC, he has earned a master’s degree in Health Studies from the University of Athabasca, as well as completing a certificate program in health care simulation education. He is known for his leadership qualities and has served as chair of the Faculty Council at CMCC, and has served multiple terms as an elected member to his provincial regulatory college and one year as President. In addition to his instructional workload he is an active researcher involved in spinal manipulation training, and simulation education. His research activities have led to several awards, grants, keynotes, presentations, publications, and workshops internationally. His research has also contributed to the invention of a simulation training and quality assurance system for chiropractors which is now used around the world by many chiropractic institutions. After receiving a grant in 2019 to investigate the forces used in canine adjustments, Dr Starmer has been an ally for manual therapy research in animal populations. He hopes the results of this work will lead to ongoing research and funding for using force sensing technology during the treatment of animals with a focus on enhancing education, quality control, improving our understanding of dose-response relationships, or optimizing patient safety that parallels the work that has already been done in the chiropractic treatment of the human population.
Topics:
  • Force Sensing Simulation Workshop: Capacity and Adaptability Competence for Canine Adjusting
  • Integrating video replay from your mobile device into your practice for patient analysis and patient education
  • Research Revolution: Leading the Way in Manual Therapy for Animals
Brooks Swift
Brooks Swift

Founding Partner Brooks became an entrepreneur in 2001 at 22 years of age when he founded a low-voltage home theater company called Home Connections in Topeka, KS. In 2005 the company expanded to Kansas City, MO with a second store. To meet the need of organizing and managing the Home Connections staff, Brooks built the systematic business management software known today as iPoint Control. He quickly saw a global need for this solution amongst his peers in the audio/video industry. In 2014 he established his new company iPoint Solutions LLC to meet this need. iPoint Solutions has thousands of users in the US and globally and provides two software systems: iPoint Control for AV Industry and iPoint Touch EHR for the Integrative Veterinary Medicine practices.

When not working Brooks can be found playing his guitar, scuba diving, spear fishing, reading, hanging out with his beautiful wife Kelli and their children Zoie, Gavin as well as their Golden Retriever Covi Jake.
Topics:
  • Assessing and Embracing Risk While Overcoming Arduous Stressors of Daily a Practice
Jon Zeagler
Jon Zeagler

Dr. Jon Zeagler has been a chiropractic physician for nearly 23 years. He graduated from Logan University in December of 2000 with his Doctorate in Chiropractic. He also has a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from Louisiana Tech University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Northwestern State University. He received his certification in animal chiropractic through the AVCA in 2010.

Currently he is the owner of Trinity Integrated Health and Wellness Center in Natchitoches Louisiana where the clinic combines the use of Chiropractic, Regenerative Medicine, Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy and Rehabilitation to help patients achieve their optimal wellness. He also owns Champion Animal Chiropractic where he has adjusted both large and small animals ranging from dogs, cats, goats and sheep to show cattle, PBR bucking bulls and horses.

Dr. Zeagler is currently serving as the Immediate Past President of the AVCA. He was President of the AVCA from November of 2020-2021. He has also helped give the AVCA Certification Exam from 2017-2023. In addition to serving on the AVCA Board, Dr. Zeagler served on the board for The Chiropractic Association of Louisiana from 2005-2009. He also served on the Louisiana State Board of Chiropractic Examiners from 2009-2021. He helped develop the National Board of Chiropractic Examiner's Parts II, III, and IV Board Exams as well as being an Examiner for the Part IV Boards at Logan University. In 2022 Dr. Zeagler was given The President's Award by the Chiropractic Association of Louisiana for his service to the chiropractic profession while serving on the state board of examiners.

Dr. Zeagler has been married to his beautiful wife Sarah for 26 years. They were married and moved two weeks later to St. Louis for him to attend Logan Chiropractic College. They have 3 wonderful boys: Cole, Brock, and Luke as well as a future daughter-in-law Addison. Dr. Zeagler enjoys fly fishing and baseball.
Topics:
  • Logan Basic Technique in Equine Patients
  • The Science and Use of Acoustic Compression Therapy (Shockwave Therapy) in Practice