AVCA HOSPITALITY - CHECK-IN Thursday Evening November 8, 2012

Conference: Friday, November 9 - Sunday, November 11

Conference Schedule


Guest Speaker

Michael D. Allen, DC, NMD (California), Dr. 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 life. 

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.

Dr. Allen's 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) in 2009.

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 movement patterns.


Robert Bowker, VMD, PhD (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.

Dr. Bowker’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 and disease conditions. He  has presented his results to numerous international and national audiences over the past

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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.

Combining his research with his duties as Professor of Anatomy, Dr. Bowker also consults 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 Central Michigan.

The Equine Foot

The 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 horse


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 Veterinary

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 Pennsylvania Veterinary

Medical Association.  She is currently working on her certification in veterinary acupuncture at the Chi Institute for Acupuncture and Herbology.

Anatomy and 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.

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Shanie Cahill, DC (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


Tim Fleck, DVM ( 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

children, Austin and Ashley, who are both married.

Radiographic Evaluation of Small Animal Chiropractic Patients - This 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 radiographs.

Radiographic Evaluation of Equine Chiropractic Patients - This 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 radiographs.


Donna Gigliotti, DC (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.

Donna Gigliotti, DC - Sacral-Occipital Technique

SOT- Out in the Field - Through lecture 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  Feel it?  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 (South 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 Ormston, in Summerville, SC and 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.

The Coupled Adjustment - 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 spinal areas.

Lab - The Coupled Adjustment

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 Ontario Veterinary 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.

Dr Huntingford 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

"Canine 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 Indiana. 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 wife, Dr. Anita, consult and treat based upon the fundamental premise of the three

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. Anita and has six children. He raises Arabians and American Saddlebred Horses and Rottweilers.

Let’s look at categories with weight bearing and function considered!  The weight 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!



William K. 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 Cornell University.  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 Cold River Veterinary Center, a small animal practice in North Clarendon, Vermont 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).

Assessment and Treatment of Pelvis Disorders - This presentation 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 studies. 


Doug Lawson, 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

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Douglas M. Lawson, DC, MSc - Professional Practice Analysis

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 Society.

Question Writing Workshop  Dr. Lawson is making sure that you the AVCA Certified Doctor is defining your profession. Get a head start, DOWNLOAD Question Writing Booklet and go to work.  Questions?  Contact AVCA office for Dr. Lawson.


Mindy R. Neal, DC, (Texas), an AVCA Certified Doctor, is a chiropractor from Bovina, Texas 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.

Dr. Neal’s 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.

Chiropractic for 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.


William Ormston, DVM (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 animals.

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.

Gait Analysis.  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 to contribute.


William L. Schmidt, DC (Arkansas), AVCA Certificant, a National 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 Convalescent Care.

He and his wife Kristen live on a mountaintop near Hot Springs 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.


David Smolensky, DC (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. Vern Pierce, "Pierce-Stillwagon" 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.

Adjusting the 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.


Warren Wilson, DC (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. Shubby.

Networking Your Passion through Social Media - In this 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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