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Canine Orthotics, Complementing Daily PracticeLab: Canine Orthotics and You, Making the Perfect Impression
- 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
How to Effectively Communicate and Grow Your Animal Chiropractic PracticeHow to Create a Lasting Impression Using Fascial Techniques and Kinesiology Taping Canine
Impacts of the Chiropractic Adjustment on the Neuron, Cellular Gene Responses and Potentiation
Treatment of the Complex Chiropractic Equine Patient Using Receptor Based Therapies and the Hemispheric Model
The Role of Dietary Carbohydrates in the Inflammation Cascade and Impacts on the Chiropractic PatientLiterature Review of the Current Research in Energy Medicine and the Integration of those Modalities into the Traditional Chiropractic Practice
Graduated cum laude, BS Zoology, University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin, 1974. Attended University of Wisconsin, School of Medicine, Madison, Wisconsin 1974-1976. Doctor of Chiropractic, Logan College of Chiropractic, Chesterfield, MO, 1985, graduated magna cum laude. Options for Animals, Hillsdale, IL, certified in Animal Chiropractic by the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association, (SharonWilloughby, DVM,DC) Certification active 1998 to present.
Affiliations are AVCA member 1998 to present, chairman Education Committee, AVCA Chairman Accreditation commission, Board of Directors, AVCA, 2004-2009. North Carolina Chiropractic Association member 1985 to present.
Work experience includes private practice, chiropractic office 1985 – 2017. Adjunct professor, University of North Carolina Asheville, department of Health and Fitness, (Kinesiology) 1999-2001. Animal chiropractic practice (since October 1998) and affiliated with Charlotte St. Animal Hospital, Asheville, NC 2001 to present and Avery Creek Pet Hospital, Asheville, NC 2016-present.Currently working independently with 2 veterinary clinics weekly to see small animals, equine independent chiropractic practice (and goats and llamas and donkeys from time to time) and attending monthly agility competitions to provide chiropractic care for dogs.
Chiropractic and the Wonderful World of Canine Agility Trials
Juan Carlos Garcia de Brigard, D.V.M., (Colombia) an AVCA Certified Doctor. Dr. García de Brigard is an FEI Official Veterinarian who specializes in equine physical therapy and rehabilitation.
He currently runs, in his native Colombia, a private practice for high performance horses where he acts as the Therapist for the Colombian Equestrian Team, as well as several horses from other international teams (Venezuela, Guatemala, Honduras, Bermuda, Salvador and USA).
He has undergone practitioner certificate studies in equine sports massage, animal chiropractic, equine KinesioTaping, equine rehabilitation and equine/canine manual lymphatic drainage, and Equine KinesioTaping.Dr. García de Brigard has been a member of the veterinary team at Central American and Paralympic Games, and was the Head Physiotherapy Expert for the World Equestrian Games in Tryon, 2018. He has been involved with horses as every part of the sport (breeder, owner, rider/competitor, veterinarian and FEI Official) and currently rides and jumps for pleasure.
Chiropractic and physiotherapy assessment of the sport horse – variations between disciplines and competition levelsLAB: Soft tissue techniques for the Equine Chiropractor
Here kitty, kittyLab: Feline
Introduction to Homotoxicology
Essential Oils: Safety and Use in Conjunction with Chiropractic CareAdjustment Interference-Gut & Endocrine System Contributes Toxins
Dr. Holl is a licensed chiropractor living in Montana, and is the staff chiropractor at the Yellowstone Naturopathic Clinic in Billings, Montana. She is an extension faculty member of the Intern Preceptor Program through Palmer Chiropractic College, Davenport, lA. Her longstanding love for animals led her to become an animal chiropractor. She is certified in Animal Chiropractic by the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association (AVCA) Dr. Holl is also the instructor of the Animal Chiropractic courses at Southern California University of Health Sciences in Los Angeles and the newly created Bozeman Veterinary College. She is currently pursuing a Diplomate in Functional Neurology through the Carrick Institute of Functional Neurology. She lectures throughout the country on the benefits of animal chiropractic.
- Doctor of Chiropractic—Los Angeles College of Chiropractic, California
- BA, Psychology (with honors)—Rutger's University, New Jersey I
- Licensed Doctor of Chiropractic — Montana Board of Chiropractors
- Certified in Animal Chiropractic — American Veterinary Chiropractic Association (AVCA)
Functional Neurology of the Chiropractic Adjustment
Human Induced Equine Imbalances
Methodology for Combining Instrument Assisted Neuromodulation and Kinesiotaping for the EquineLab: Equine Scrape and Tape
Dr. Gary Marr received his undergraduate education at the University of Georgia, and Chiropractic education at the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in Toronto, Ontario, Canada and Palmer Chiropractic College in Davenport, Iowa where a Doctor of Chiropractic degree was bestowed in December 1978.
His interest in animal chiropractic began in 1985 when several of his patients asked him about adjusting their horses. In 1988, when one of his own dogs required additional care, he was led to Dr. Sharon Willoughby and Options for Animals.
He began classes at Options in 1990, was certified in Animal Chiropractic by the AVCA (certificate #13) in 1992 and was in the second graduating class from the Options' Advanced Program in Animal Chiropractic in 1996. He is a Lifetime Member of the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association (AVCA) and an Honorary Member of the International Veterinary Chiropractic Association (IVCA).
Prior to closing his human chiropractic practice in December 1992, Dr. Marr received additional training in X-ray and in chiropractic techniques including but not limited to Sacro-Occipital Technique, Total Body Modification, Applied Kinesiology, Thompson, Activator, Nimmo Receptor Tonus, Acupuncture from National Chiropractic College and the Acupuncture Society of America, and completed over 400 hours in the Diplomat program in Chiropractic Orthopedics.
In January 1993, he elected to maintain an animal only practice consisting of approximately 90% horses and 10% small and other animals.
Dr. Marr was an instructor for Options for Animals from 1999 through January 2005, for the Gesellschaft fur Veterinar-Chiropraktik in Sittensen, Germany in 2004, and he began teaching in the Animal Chiropractic Program at Parker University in Dallas, TX in 2013 where he is currently an instructor.He lives and practices in a small rural community near Lexington, Oklahoma.
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Internationally recognized practitioner Lola Michelin has been providing massage for over 30 years to animals of all kinds, including people, horses, dogs and zoo animals. In 2001, she founded the Northwest School of Animal Massage, which provides professional certification in animal massage and acupressure in the US, Canada, Mexico and Japan. She adapted the Manual Ligament Therapy for Animals technique under the tutelage of its developer Arik Gohl. After graduating from the Animal Science program at Michigan State University, she worked as a zookeeper and conservation educator at Busch Gardens Tampa. Before pursuing animal massage full-time, she worked as a veterinary technician and as a histopathology technician for TSI Laboratories in Boston, MA. She studied massage at Seattle Massage School. Lola has been a frequent clinician and speaker at the IAAMB conferences and presented at the 2013 ACVIM Conference in Seattle, WA. She taught MLT and kinesiology taping at veterinary meetings in Guadalajara, Mexico in 2015 and Kyoto, Japan in 2017.
She is the author of ""A Guide to Equine Anatomy for Manual Therapists"" and ""A Guide to Canine Anatomy for Manual Therapists"". Her articles have been published in ModernDog, Animal Wellness, Practical Horseman and Massage Magazine.
In 2008, she received an award from Count Me In and American Express for Women in Business and she was the recipient of the WA AMTA Chapter Lifetime Achievement Award in Massage Education in 2013.When she isn't teaching or developing curriculum for NWSAM, she can most likely be found riding with the Woodbrook Hunt Club or chasing and being chased by her pack of Jack Russell Terriers.
Manual Ligament Therapy: A Soft-Tissue Tool for Support of Chiropractic and Osteopathic AdjustmentsLab: Manual Ligament Therapy - Canine
Using kinetic based applications of kinesiology tape to enhance clinical outcomesLab: Application basics for using kinesiology tape - Equine
Chiropractic Care of Rabbits and Guinea PigsLab: Chiropractic Technique in Rabbits & Guinea Pigs
Following his move to Texas he found himself in need of continuing education for the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association and sponsored a conference in Dallas, TX at Parker Chiropractic College. Soon after this endeavor he founded the Animal Chiropractic Program at Parker Chiropractic College with the sponsorship of the continuing education department.
In conjunction with his partner, Dr. Amy Hayek, he founded and currently teaches for Animal Chiropractic Education Source, the only online course with both AVCA approval and SCAV CE approval.
His speaking endeavors include the American Veterinary Medical Association, Equine Affair, the Hoosier Horse Fair, the Iowa Horse Fair, The Federation of Chiropractic Licensing Boards, the Southeastern Veterinary Conference and the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association. He has published in numerous trade journals regarding animal husbandry, including the Holistic Horse, Animal Wellness, Equine Wellness, Canine Wellness and Elite Equestrian.Dr. Amy Hayek and Dr. Bill Ormston cohosted the 2010 cable television show Harmonizing Your Horses' Health. The 26 episodes have aired on various stations within the United States, Australia, South America and Japan. Segments of the show have also been seen during the World Equestrian Games and various sporting events.
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William L. Schmidt, DC (Arkansas), National College of Chiropractic, AVCA Certified and has been adjusting animals over 30 years. The majority of his practice being thoroughbreds, though he has adjusted rodeo bulls to exotic birds.
He has published Instructions on How to Adjust Animal Sternums, the Costo-Sternal and Costo-Chondral Articulations and An Addendum to the Sternum and Rib Adjustment Technique, Animal Chiropractic: The Visual Workbook and Advanced Equine Chiropractic books. He lectures to interested groups nationwide. Dr. Schmidt's predominately visceral practice addresses a variety of acute and chronic conditions which includes blood chemistry and therapeutic nutrition. He holds certifications in Dr. Pettibon's Spinal Biomechanics Institute; Spinal Impairment and Disability rating; and the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association. He also holds two Certifications in Human Acupuncture and Fellowship in International Academy of Medical Acupuncture.
He is current member of the Arkansas Chiropractic Society and past President of the Arkansas Chiropractic Society, past AVCA Board of Directors member, American Chiropractic Association member, Council on Diagnosis and Family Practice, Council on Diagnostic Imaging, and Council for Chiropractic Hospital and Convalescent Care.He and his wife Kristen live on a mountaintop near Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas.
Lab: Equine TechniqueLab: Canine Technique
Manipulation Force-Time Characteristics across Spinal Regions of CaninesLab: The Force Within You: Using simulation methods and force sensing technology to enhanced education, quality assurance and research productivity in animal chiropractic programs