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CHECK-IN Thursday Evening November 8, 2012
November 9 - Sunday, November 11
Michael D. Allen, DC, NMD
Allen is an internationally recognized functional neurologist. He has
authored dozens of papers and taught various types of doctors techniques
that help diagnose and treat the physiologic impact of dysfunctional
posture, gait, and cortical release signs on the human nervous system.
Dr. Allen has over
35 years of experience with naturopathic medicine, but his expertise is in
using applied kinesiology (AK) as functional neurology to treat the
brain-heart disconnect, learning disabilities, movement and vestibular
disorders, and to deliver pain management. He understands what
chiropractic is all about, having been a chiropractic patient all his
In his professional
career, Dr. Allen has taught many different classes to multidisciplinary
groups on five different continents and he has personally produced both
written and video educational materials for speaking engagements, seminars
and conventions worldwide.
professional education includes graduating with honors from the Los
Angeles College of Chiropractic in 1977. He has received Diplomates from
the International Board of Applied Kinesiology (DIBAK) in 1980, the
American Academy of Pain Management (DAAPM) in 1991. Dr. Allen started
his specialized post-graduate neurology training with the Carrick
Institute for Graduate Studies in 1991 and received a Diplomate from the
American Board of Chiropractic Neurology (DABCN) in 1993, ultimately
becoming a Fellow of the American College of Functional Neurology (FACFN)
What Your Brain Might
Say If It Could Speak! - Because your brain has its own ideas and its
not afraid to speak. Lecture in four parts: Brain Speak #1:
"I Can't Breathe!" Brains require Oxygen. Brain Speak #2: "I Can't
Take it Anymore!" A toxic brain is sluggish; detoxification is one key to
a healthy brain. Brain Speak #3: "I Lost the Words!" Brain
centers require neurochemicals and neurotransmitters that are made up
largely of amino acids. Brain Speak #4: "Stop the Static!"
The brain craves its primary input from muscles and joints. Any
interference with the brain's primary input creates chaos and erroneous
Robert Bowker, VMD,
(Michigan), Dr. Bowker
grew up in northern
New England, before
going to undergraduate school in Massachusetts and then on to
veterinary school at the University of Pennsylvania, where he met his
wife, Barb. Following graduation, he continued his studies in
neurobiology, receiving his PhD and continuing on at several major
universities in the U.S.
research interest in horses began in the early 90's, when he began
focusing upon understanding how nerves aid and improve foot function,
how horses use the many sensations present in the foot to negotiate
within its environment, and how the foot dissipates energy and
supports the horse during health
conditions. He has presented his results to numerous international
and national audiences over the past
ten plus years. He
enjoys teaching interested groups about the foot as he believes that a
healthy foot translates to a healthy horse.
He continues his studies in understanding hoof function and
how we can better improve the health and condition of the foot during such
disease conditions as laminitis and navicular syndrome.
research with his duties as
Professor of Anatomy, Dr. Bowker also
online and in person with horse owners, hoof carers and vets from around
the globe. When not
out researching or teaching he shares his home with his wife, Barb and
their 10 horses, two dogs and 12 cats in
The Equine Foot
Equine Foot: perfusion as a means of support and energy dissipation
Navicular syndrome: Are we really sure we understand its causes?
Adaptability of the equine foot: its specialness rathar than uniqueness
Sensory nerves within the equine foot: what they are telling us about the
Karin-Susan Breitlauch, DVM
(Pennsylvania), an AVCA Certified Doctor, graduated from East
Stroudsburg University in 1982, where she earned a Bachelor’s of
Science in Chemistry and a Bachelor’s of Art in Biology. She
continued her education at Purdue School of Veterinary Medicine and
graduated in 1986. At that time, she was the youngest veterinarian in
the country, at age 22.
She opened Creature Comforts Veterinary
Service in 1987, initially as a house call practice. In January,
1991, the practice moved to its current location in Saylorsburg, PA.
The practice has been open 24/7 since 1993. The practice handles any
species and specializes in critical care, in addition to general
practice, and employs over 55 people. Dr. Karin was taught
manipulative medicine techniques in 1987 and completed formal
chiropractic training at Options for Animals in Moline, Illinois.
She is a Lifetime Member of the American
Chiropractic Association and has been
certified sinceJune 1999. According to patient records, she has
adjusted 1,100 patients, most of which are dogs and cats. She
was named the 2009 Pennsylvania Veterinarian of the Year by the
Medical Association. She is
currently working on her certification in veterinary
acupuncture at the Chi Institute for Acupuncture and Herbology.
Chiropractic Techniques in the Feline Patient.
This presentation is intended to familiarize the animal chiropractor
of any experience level of the unique anatomic aspects of the feline
patient and to then proceed to discuss adjusting techniques. Video
demonstrations will be used.
(Illinois), an AVCA Certified Doctor, graduated Palmer
College of Chiropractic in October 2001 and was certified in animal
chiropractic in June 2002. She has been an examiner for the AVCA on
and off since 2002. She has spoken to many different 4-H Clubs, and
Dog and Horse clubs in the attempt to help people better understand
how chiropractic can help their 4-legged friends. She has spoken at
Palmer College about animal chiropractic twice and also Black Hawk
College multiple times. She has had the privilege of mentoring some
wonderful people and sharing the things she has learned in classes
like Chicken Stew at the AVCA seminars. Her passion – to help as many
animals be as healthy as they can be and to educate their owners with
a greater understanding on how to do that!
Stifle Anatomy and
Hind Leg Adjusting on the Horse
Lab - Equine Stifle
and Hind Leg Adjusting
( Indiana), an AVCA Certified Doctor, graduated from the Purdue
University School of Veterinary Medicine in 1976. His father James
Fleck, DVM started the Noblesville Veterinary Clinic in 1953. In
1997, Dr. Tim Fleck became a partner in the practice, and since 1986,
has been the owner and resident veterinarian. He is certified in
animal chiropractic by the AVCA and is licensed to perform Veterinary
Acupuncture within the United States. At the Noblesville Veterinary
Clinic, he treats companion and large animals with traditional,
complementary and alternative veterinary medicine. Dr. Fleck lives in
Westfield, Indiana with his wife Rebecca, on their horse farm.
Together they own and operate Fleck Arabians, where they breed and
show National Champion Purebred and Half-Arabian horses.
Additionally, they have two
Austin and Ashley, who are both married.
Radiographic Evaluation of Small Animal Chiropractic Patients -
lecture will show positioning of the patient for radiographic evaluation.
We will show the normal radiographic anatomy and bony position. We would
then like to show some of the abnormalities that are seen in the
Radiographic Evaluation of Equine Chiropractic Patients -
lecture will show positioning of the patient for radiographic evaluation.
We will show the normal radiographic anatomy and bony position. We would
then like to show some of the abnormalities that are seen in the
(New York), an AVCA Certified Doctor, has been working on animals in
conjunction with local veterinarians since 1997 when she received her
basic certification in animal chiropractic from the AVCA. She then
went on to complete her advanced certification through the AVCA. Dr.
Gigliotti has completed a 700+ hour course in animal neurology which
will eventually lead to a master’s degree.
Over the years,
Dr. Gigliotti has completed numerous seminars and classes in
neurology, biomechanics and energy therapies. She has also trained
with leading practitioners in those fields to improve her knowledge
and skills. Dr. Gigliotti uses a combination of techniques and
modalities to help your animal achieve its maximum health potential.
SOT- Out in the
and demonstration, we will learn the basic concepts and indicators
used in SOT (Sacral Occipital Technique). We will watch video of
actual cases to see how I incorporate SOT into my animal practice. We
will learn how to think, evaluate and treat animals as interrelated
systems of systems.
Lab - Can You
The ability to
palpate (static and motion) is the keystone to being a good animal
chiropractor. Knowing what you feel is the basis for establishing a
treatment plan and carrying out an effective adjustment. Through
demonstration and hands on experience, we will learn new ways to
improve our palpation skills. We will challenge and improve our
abilities to locate landmarks, misalignments, and tissue changes
through static and motion palpation.
Amy Hayek, DVM
Carolina), an AVCA Certified Doctor,
was born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. She graduated from Iowa State
University (B.S., M.A.), and Colorado State University (DVM). During
her first life she taught college level English. Following 6 years of
that she attended veterinary school. After practicing for 3 months,
she enrolled in the Chi Institute for her Acupuncture certificate, and
later attended The Healing Oasis for both animal chiropractic and
advanced neurology. She currently lives with her husband, Dr. Bill
Dallas, TX, along
with their children, dogs, horse and cat. How many they have depends
on the day of the month. She is grateful for such a fine group of
people here in the AVCA.
This lecture and
lab will include anatomy and physiology of how the coupled adjustment
works. This lecture includes spinal and brain changes relative
to the coupled versus the single adjustment.
It also covers
addressing the facet angles and disparity of facet angles between
Gravity, the Effect
on the Animal and the Adjustment -
The lecture covers
earth’s gravitational forces on the animal, and the adjustment, as
they both benefit and add complications to the event. We will discuss
the elements at risk, and how the adjuster can use the effects of
gravity to enhance the benefits of the adjustment This physiological,
physical, philosophical discussion and explanation of the gravity of
gravity on the chiropractic diagnosis and adjustment will begin with
pure physics of F=ma and move into what brings client and patients to
their doors, and how using the forces of gravity can enhance the
adjustment techniques for animal patients.
Janice Huntingford, DVM (Ontario), an AVCA Certified
Doctor, graduated with Honors from the
College in 1984. She was AVCA certified in Animal Chiropractic in 2000
after graduating the Options for Animals program. In 2005 she was
certified in Acupuncture. She became a Certified Rehabilitation
Therapist in 2006. She is a Certified Veterinary Chinese Herbalist,
Tuina Practitioner and Veterinary Food Therapist.
practices integrative medicine in the Essex, Ontario Canada. In 2007
she opened Southern Ontario’s first Canine Rehabilitation Center. Dr
Huntingford writes a daily blog on integrative medicine for the Pet
Wellbeing Facebook page. She frequently lectures "The Technician's
Role in Rehabilitation in the Small Animal Practice" at St. Clair
College Veterinary Technician Program, and has presented
Rehabilitation" to the Essex County Veterinary Association, as well as
informational lectures to numerous dog agility and training groups.
She is married to
the wonderful Harold Wagner and has 3 awesome children and numerous 4
footed children including dogs, cats and horses. When not at work or
studying, Dr Huntingford enjoys writing, horseback riding and gardening.
Embracing the Tiger - Chiropractic
for Cats -
The feline is very under represented in the normal small animal
chiropractic case load, although more clients own cats than dogs. This
lecture will focus on the need to see more cats for chiropractic, common
handling techniques, common cat chiropractic problems, the differences
between cats and the lesser species and treatment of arthritic cats using
chiropractic and other alternative methods.
Bruce Jackson, DC
(Kentucky), an AVCA Certified Doctor is originally from
He maintained a human and animal practice treating patients from
across the country. Dr. Jackson practiced in Indiana from 1973 to
1997. Both Dr. Jackson’s father and grandfather were veterinarians.
Dr. Jackson is a 1973 graduate of National College of Chiropractic.
In 1975, he became a Diplomate of Applied Kinesiology. He was
certified by the AVCA in 1992. Dr. Jackson also lectured for the AVCA
through 1994. He now practices at Jackson Chiropractic Wellness
Center in Versailles, Kentucky.
Dr. Bruce and his
Anita, consult and treat based upon the fundamental premise of
dimensional aspect of health being affected by structural,
chemical, as well as electromagnetic disturbances. Form to function
and function to form is a necessary equation to achieve balance with
in the body. Dr. Jackson practices Cranial Sacral work, Clinical
Kinesiology, Total Body Modification, Neuro Emotional Technique,
Meridian Therapy (acupuncture), and Nutrition Ed. He also teaches
Personal Transformation and Breakthrough seminars. Dr. Jackson
practices with his wife, Dr.
and has six children. He raises Arabians and American Saddlebred
Horses and Rottweilers.
Let’s look at
categories with weight bearing and function considered!
bearing and postural balancing of the equine has not been considered
in category classification. After forty years of using category work
in humans and almost twenty years in animals, I have come to the
conclusion that we may be looking at this wrong, in animals of primary
weight bearing on the front legs. Conditions and symptoms of that
result or facilitate this will be pictured and discussed. This
lecture will not be another explanation of human SOT. It will show
how to correct and maintain these problems. How to prioritize and how
to recheck so that one knows neurological balance is being obtained.
Lab - Let’s look
at categories with weight bearing and function considered!
Kruesi, M.S., DVM
(Vermont), an AVCA
Certified Doctor, received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Degree
from Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine, graduating with
honors in 1997. He holds a B.S. degree, summa cum laude, in Plant
Science and an M.S. degree in Horticulture from Rutgers University,
with post graduate studies in Animal Science at
In 1997, he received the Veterinary Pathology Award, and the Amelia
Peabody Award for proficiency in farm animal medicine, both from Tufts
University. Dr. Kruesi owns
River Veterinary Center, a small animal practice in North Clarendon,
with an emphasis in nutritional medicine. He is certified in
veterinary acupuncture by the International Veterinary Acupuncture
Society (2001-present), and in animal chiropractic through the
American Veterinary Chiropractic Association (2005-present).
Treatment of Pelvis Disorders -
illustrates diagnostic tests for sacroiliac disorders including shear,
flare, torsion, compression, and muscle and ligament injuries.
Determinates of a PI versus an AS ilium are compared, and new
applications of Diversified Technique will be demonstrated using video
recordings. Treatment of low back pain, lumbosacral instability,
pelvic limb lameness, and neuropathies are covered through case
DC, MSc (Alberta)
is the husband of the charming and intelligent Maria Lawson, a
volunteer with the AVCA. They have two delightful children, the older
a professor at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, and the
younger a team leader specialist with WestJet airlines. Doug and
Maria have over 40 years of experience in examination design and
implementation. Doug has a Master of Science degree from the
University of Calgary, Faculty of Medicine, and Medical Education
Research Unit. His area of special interest was in psychometrics.
As a second generation chiropractor, Doug has contributed as the Chair
of the Canadian Chiropractic Examining Board and Chief Executive
Officer. He was also the Registrar of the College of Chiropractors of
Alberta. For his service to the chiropractic profession he has
been recognized with a lifetime honorary member of the College of
Chiropractors of Alberta, an honorary member of the Canadian
Chiropractic Association, the Medal of Merit of the Canadian
Chiropractic Association, and Diplomate in the Specialty of
Chiropractic Radiology (Honoris Causa). He
has published over fifteen articles
in peer reviewed journals and sits on the editorial board of three journals. He is a long-time
volunteer of his time and expertise to the animal chiropractic
profession working with the American Veterinary Chiropractic
Association. Doug also is a long-time volunteer for The Arthritis
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AVCA Certified Doctor, is a chiropractor from
where she grew up. Every summer, she helped her father and learned
the trade of farrier except for the summers that she worked for her
uncle, the veterinarian. She received a full ride basketball
scholarship to Texas A&M University, where she received her bachelor’s
degree in Biomedical Science. While at A&M, she was fortunate enough
to get the honor of being part of the GTE Southwest Conference
Academic Honor Team. After graduation, and 4 years in genetic
research, she attended Parker College of Chiropractic and graduated in
August of 1999.
Dr. Neal took
her first animal adjusting seminar in March of 2000 from Dr. Kamen and
then attended the Parker College Animal Chiropractic Program in 2010.
In September of 2010, she sat for and passed the AVCA certification
examination and then attended her first AVCA Conference in November.
passion for Chiropractic is as strong as ever for all creatures, great
and small. Her human practice has two satellite offices, one in
Hereford and one Ft. Sumner, which she and her partner cover. She
travels and maintains an animal practice with her other partners, and
is a wife and mother in her spare time.
Show Stock -
This lecture is
to improve our understanding of show stock for the animal
chiropractor. We want to keep a safe environment while increasing the
show stock’s mobility and symmetry with chiropractic adjustments.
Also, to show adjusting technique adapted to the animal at hand. Show
stock species to be discussed are Bovine, Porcine and Ovine.
(Texas), an AVCA Certified Doctor, received a BS in animal science in
1982 and then in 1984 he returned to Iowa State University to pursue a
veterinary degree. Since graduating in 1988 Dr. Ormston has worked in
or owned mixed animal practices. In 1998 he attended Options for
Animals and became certified in animal chiropractic care. In 2004 he
completed his degree in Veterinary Homeopathy from the British
Institute of Homeopathy. He currently practices in Dallas metroplex
or Charleston, South Carolina area where he uses a blend of
traditional and alternative therapies to treat both large and small
Dr. Ormston is
an instructor in the Parker Chiropractic College’s Post Graduate
course in animal chiropractic. Bill and his partner and wife,
Amy Hayek have a television show that has aired on 4
continents and airs
up to 12 times per week here in the US. The main focus of the program
is horse health through the use of alternative therapies, mainly
chiropractic. Dr. Ormston has authored three books on alternative
therapies in animals and is a regular contributor to several
publications. He has teamed with Sports Motion, Inc to bring
economical video gait analysis to the animal world. He has helped Erchonia Medical bring their class 3 laser into the veterinary
market. Their four children, Riley, Philip, Jessica and Robert
consider their place home when not at college as do a varying number
of pets in Celina, Texas.
Understanding it and maximizing its potential as a practice builder.
This lecture will discuss quadrupedal gait, ways to subjectively and
objectively measure gait and how to use this both, as a tool for
increased patient visits and increased revenue per visit.
AVCA Chicken Stew – Animal Chiropractic Technique - Allow multiple doctors the opportunity to explain how they
have modified techniques to fit their body and practice style.
Lab - Gait Analysis - Equine and Canine
Lab - Doctor's Rounds - Equine and Canine -
This interactive lab will increase confidence of the participating
doctors. Small groups enable intense discussion and allow everybody
William L. Schmidt, DC
(Arkansas), AVCA Certificant,
College of Chiropractic graduate,
has been adjusting animals over 20 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 Techniques 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 and one Fellowship in Human Acupuncture.
He is current 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
He and his wife Kristen live on a mountaintop near
National Park, Arkansas.
Lab - Equine and
Canine - Hands-On
with Dr. Schmidt:
Observation and recognition of different forms of abnormal structure,
motion and the correction of these problems.
(Pennsylvania) an AVCA Certified Doctor, received his Chiropractic
Degree from Sherman College of Straight Chiropractic in 1986. He was
certified in animal chiropractic in 1997. He worked with Dr.
Technique. He maintains a full time
human and animal practice. He sees both large and small animals
daily, he also specialized in Avian care. He works with a local Wild
Bird Rehabilitation and Recovery Center that treats multiple varieties
and species of birds, including Birds of Prey. He also works with
many local DVMs and specialty care practices.
Agility Dog: The Nuts and Bolts! A
“how to” discussion regarding the Agility dog and it’s sport.
Specifically addressing the unique causes and corrections of the
vertebral subluxation complex relating to the nature of the agility
course itself. Discussion will focus on each obstacle of the agility
course, and how to address specific issues which allow or prevent the
dog from successfully navigating each obstacle, relative to the size
and conformation of the individual breed. Finally, recommendations
for the prevention of injuries and the maintenance of corrective
stability of the athlete, including basic stretching exercise, and
post trial follow up care.
(Texas), an AVCA Certified Doctor, was certified in Animal
Chiropractic in 2004 and is now an AVCA instructor at Parker
University. He is involved with Canine Connection, a training
facility for Narcotic, Search and Rescue and Cadaver dogs along
with the Military Working Dogs program. Dr. Wilson has worked
with horse clients throughout Texas along with Kentucky, at
Churchill Downs (Derby week) and Keeneland racetracks. He is
currently the equine chiropractor for both Southern Methodist
University (SMU) and Texas Christian University (TCU). Dr. Wilson
currently lives in Euless, Texas with his border collie, Sgt.
Your Passion through Social Media -
session, you will be introduced to how you can use Facebook and
blogs to increase your clients and followers and make your website
and business cards more of a resource.
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