AVCA HOSPITALITY - CHECK-IN Thursday Evening November 14, 2013

Conference: Friday, November 15 - Sunday, November 17

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Guest Speaker

Steve Adair, MS, DVM

Steve Adair, MS, DVM, Diplomate American College of Veterinary Surgery, Diplomate American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation, (Tennessee),

Dr. Adair earned his D.V.M from Auburn University. After receiving his D.V.M., Dr. Adair spent two years in private equine practice and completed a surgery residency at the University of Tennessee.  He is presently an Associate Professor of Equine Surgery, Department

of Large Animal Clinical Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Tennessee – Knoxville and is Director of the Equine Performance Medicine and Rehabilitation  Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation Center.

Dr. Adair is board certified as a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons and as a charter Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation.

Dr. Adair’s primary research areas include Equine Musculoskeletal conditions, Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy and Equine Rehabilitation. Dr. Adair has been conducting research since 1986 and has been published in numerous journals, including the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, American Journal of Veterinary Research, Veterinary Surgery Equine Veterinary Education and the Journal of Equine Veterinary Science. He is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and the American Association of Equine Practioners.

Lecture: Equine Lameness Evaluation - Basics to Advanced Techniques  This presentation will cover equine lameness evaluation. It will provide the steps to the basic lameness evaluation and progress to more practical gait evaluation. Kinematic gait analysis will be presented as well as the usage of the Lameness Locator®.

Lecture: The State of Equine Rehabilitation and the use of aquatic therapy for rehabilitation of tendon and ligament injuries.  This presentationn will cover the status of equine rehabilitation today and what techniques are efficacious and those that are not. It will also cover the use of Cold Salt Hydrotherapy and the Underwater Treadmill for rehabilitation of tendon and ligament injuries.


Patricia Bona, DC (Pennsylvania), an AVCA Certified Doctor, graduated from Logan College of Chiropractic in 1987, and completed formal chiropractic training at Options for Animals in Moline, Illinois.

She is a long-time member of the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association.  She has been certified in animal chiropractic by the AVCA since July 1994. Doctor Bona has spoken on various equine topics since 2010.

Lecture: Assess and Address the Horse’s Myofascial and Postural Imbalances -  This presentation is a specific visual and palpatory evaluation of the horse that the practitioner will use a pre-treatment evaluation and a tool to educate the horse owner on optimum posture and the importance of the myofascial system.  Evaluating and treating restrictions on

Patricia Bona, DC

the horse:  dents dings (areas of post traumatic muscle atrophy), scars and other myofascial restrictions. 

Lab:  Equine Myofascial and Postural Imbalances The evaluation of aberrant posture and biomechanics should include the myofascial system.  Dents, dings, bubbles, white hairs, areas of hair loss are indications of “healed” injuries with probable myofascial restrictions.  These should be seen as red flags that need to be investigated and appropriately addressed.  All to often they are overlook as a blemish.  Dr. Bona’s focus has always been on good posture to efficiently thrive under the unyielding force of gravity.  A basic yet powerful concept.


Gene F. Giggleman, DVM

Gene Giggleman, DVM (Texas), an AVCA Certified Doctor, is Parker College of Chiropractic’s Dean of Academic Affairs, 2000-present, professor; Systemic Anatomy, Pharmacology/Toxicology, 1994 – present and Parker College of Chiropractic Continuing Education Department, Program Coordinator, Animal Chiropractic Program, 2004 – present.

A Magna Cum Laude from Texas A & M Veterinary School where he was awarded the prestigious Cable Scholarship in small animal medicine. He has been awarded the Outstanding Teacher Award over 30 times, a testament to his passion for teaching and his belief in the students.

A practicing veterinarian who has been adjusting animals for over 20 years, he has run several successful small animal veterinary practices in the Dallas/Fort Worth area since 1981. In spite of his busy schedule, Dr. Giggleman manages to find time to lecture nationally at both chiropractic and veterinary venues.  Dr. Giggleman served on the AVCA Board as President-Elect, President, and continues to serve as a Past President.

Lecture: Do We Really Need a Philosophy?  Will expound upon what having a philosophy is and why it is essential to have a sound philosophy to get the most out of working with our animal patients and out of our practice life.


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 training 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

Lecture:  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:  Canine - 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.


Guest Speaker

Jesse Green, JD

Jesse Green, Esq. (Texas) graduated from Southern Methodist University with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Bachelor of Business Administration in 1982; he graduated Doctor of Jurisprudence, with Honors from University of Texas School of Law in 1986.

An experienced general counsel and attorney Mr. Green has practiced law in Dallas, Texas since 1986, serving individuals, businesses, and non-profit organizations. Practice areas include Business Organizations, Contracts, Education, Employment Law, Family Law, Health Law, Landlord Tenant and Non-Profit Law.

General Counsel of Parker University from 1998 to 2011.  He teaches Ethics and Legalities in the Parker University Animal Chiropractic program.

Mr. Green is a member of the Texas Law Review, the State Bar of Texas, College of the State Bar of Texas, Dallas Bar Association, American Bar Association and American Health Lawyers Association.

Lecture: Regulations at the Intersection of the Veterinary Profession and the Chiropractic Profession - States struggle with the regulation of animal chiropractic care. This class provides an overview of the current regulations, offers suggestions for chiropractors and veterinarians to comply with those regulations, and makes recommendations on how those regulations could be improved.


Michael W. Hall, DC, CCST, DABCN, FIACN (Texas) is a chiropractic neurologist, and has been providing chiropractic care for nearly two decades, attracting patients from the Dallas/Fort Worth area and throughout the country.

He also is a well-known and highly admired educator focused on chiropractic neurology, which is a chiropractic specialty that uses a drugless, non-surgical means of addressing disorders of the nervous system.  Along with his wife, Cara, who is also a chiropractor trained in clinical neurology and therapeutic massage, they run the Hall Chiropractic and Family Wellness Center in Dallas.

Dr. Hall's passion for his practice comes from his commitment to helping people live better lives through better health. With his focus on neurology, Dr. Hall instills in his patients the importance of understanding how the brain works, especially as it relates to their achieving optimal wellness. Whether a celebrity, an elite athlete, or the neighbor across the street, Dr.

Guest Speaker

Michael W. Hall, DC

Hall believes that all are entitled to the best healthcare available.

In addition to his clinical practice, Dr. Hall also teaches clinical neurology and diagnosis at Parker Chiropractic College in Dallas, TX. He lectures both nationally and internationally with Parker Seminars about chiropractic neurology, clinical techniques, and clinical practice success. Dr. Hall has taught post-doctoral clinical neurology diplomate and certification programs since 1993.

A 1990 magna cum laude graduate of Parker, Dr. Hall currently serves on the board of directors of the Parker College Alumni Association, and holds memberships in the American Chiropractic Association, International Chiropractic Association, Texas Chiropractic Association, Foundation for Chiropractic Education and Research, and International Academy Chiropractic Neurology, where he was awarded a fellow in May 2008.

Lecture: Contemporary Concepts in Clinical Neurology for the Animal Practitioner 

This presentation will address contemporary research that centers around the vertebral subluxation as it relates to lameness of the animal. Dysafferentation, gait disorder, and muscle imbalance may well be attributed to dysfunction of the vertebral motion unit.  Receptor activation, tract facilitation, and labeled line theory application will be covered. Neuroplasticity, transneural degeneration, and hemispheric integration will be addressed. Joint mis-alignment and localization of neurologic dysfunction will be the primary emphasis of this presentation.

Attendees will be given a “refreshed” understanding of functional neurology, and will learn the importance of proper joint alignment as it relates to motion and neurologic dysfunction, how subluxation alters neural function, the concepts of diaschisis, neuroplasticity, and transneural degeneration, and will gain a greater understanding of the ramifications of vertebral subluxation and neurologic dysfunction.


Eileen Haworth, DC

Eileen L. Haworth, DC (California), an AVCA Certified Doctor has been in practice for more than thirty years.  She graduated from the Southern California University of Health Science in 1979.  Dr. Haworth practices with her husband, Dan Altchuler, D.P.M., a Podiatrist in Santa Monica, California.  Their practices specialize in injuries, and gait disorders of active (athletic) people (athletic) people. Her work with Dan and other Podiatrists has lead her to extensive knowledge and treatment of gait.

She entered the United States Olympic Team Medical selection process in 1982.  She was chosen to be a member of the United States Olympic Medical Team for the 1984 Summer Olympic Games in Los Angeles. She was honored as the FIRST Chiropractor to participate for the United States.

At the Games, she treated athletes from almost every Olympic sport.  She continued to work with the United States Olympic Committee for over seven years after the Games.  In 2002 Dr. Haworth was diagnosed with cancer. Everything is fine now. However, the threat of cancer and dying lead her to pursue a lifelong passion with animals.

In 2004 Dr. Haworth became certified in animal chiropractic by the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association.  She carries her interest in gait into her work with animals and dog sports.  She has been competing in dog agility for over fifteen years.

Lecture: Enhancing Performance for Agility Dogs Through Chiropractic  There is a lack of scientific study of injury or subluxation to dogs in agility. We will look at each group of obstacles, and biomechanically how the dog negotiates them. Through experience and knowledge of the dog’s mechanics, we can deduce where subluxations may occur in the agility dog. Listening to the owner complaints regarding their dogs agility performance, we will get ideas of areas to expect subluxations. By reducing the dog’s subluxations, we can affect performance.


Amy Hayek, DVM

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.

Dr. Hayek has presented regularly at the AVCA since 2009. She has also been invited to speak at Equine Affair, The Hoosier Horse Fair, The Horseman’s Council of South Carolina, and has taught at Parker University and co-hosted a television show called Harmonizing Your Horse’s Health. She currently teaches with her husband, Dr. Bill Ormston at Animal Chiropractic Education Source, the fourth school in this country to teach animal chiropractic to doctors of veterinary medicine and chiropractic where they offer CE and certification in animal chiropractic. 

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.

Lecture: Cellular Healing; the balance of chiropractic and chemistry   By exploring the intimate relationship between the effects of chiropractic on the sympathetic and parasympathetic balance and how nutrients apply to those categories, we will look at how they affect animals in our domestic and captive species.  I will categorize nutrients and hormone output in relationship to the nervous system functions and illustrate how animal chiropractic can aid in resolving the issues of imbalance. I will also address how elements of the environment can cause imbalance to sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous system and illustrate chiropractic’s role in managing those imbalances.  It is imperative that as animal chiropractors we address the nervous system of animals in a way that allows for their health, and that we do not simply as a band aid.


Julie A. Kaufman, DC (Wisconsin), completed the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association (AVCA) certification in the first certifying class in 1990, earning the second animal chiropractic certification in the world. She owns a 3-doctor integrative veterinary clinic, Animal Holistic Care Specialists of Wisconsin (AHCS).

Dr. Kaufman is an 89’ graduate from Cleveland Chiropractic College. From 1989-1993, Dr. Kaufman was a regular lecturer for the Options for Animals and the AVCA. Dr. Kaufman has two published books: Crossing the Rubicon: Celebrating the Human-Animal Bond in Life and Death, 1999, Xenophon Publications, and JointYoga for Animals: Strength, Flexibility, Balance, 2006, Xenophon Publications. Dr. Kaufman’s story “Celebrate the Sky” appears in The Well-Adjusted Patient,

Julie Kaufman, DC

Feel-Good Stories From the Heart of Chiropractic, With an introduction by Jack Canfield author of Chicken Soup for the Soul book series, October 2010, Parker Seminars Publications. Animals, Pet Loss, and JointYoga for Animals. She also teaches a JointYoga certification course, didgeridoo for sleep disorders, and equine-assisted learning courses for self-development, happiness and success.

Dr. Kaufman has had the honor or presenting animal chiropractic for varied audiences including CNN news, Equus magazine, Doris Day Animal Guardian, In Flight Magazine, Agriview magazine, Alternative Medicine, International radio shows, Midwest Horse Fair, Purdue Veterinary School, Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine, Parker Chiropractic College, Farm Show Magazine, AVCA, and various animal rescues and humane societies.

Lab: Low-Force, Pain-Free Chiropractic Techniques Equine  Will add some low-force chiropractic tools to your technique toolbox. Based on Rehabilitative research from major universities, these techniques are designed to speed proprioceptive restoration while correcting subluxation complexes. These techniques are useful and effective when Treating acutely or chronically painful or highly sensative equine patients.

Lab: Low-Force, Pain-Free Chiropractic Techniques Canine   Will add some low-force chiropractic tools to your technique toolbox. Based on Rehabilitative research from major universities, these techniques are designed to speed proprioceptive restoration while correcting subluxation complexes. These techniques are useful and effective when Treating acutely or chronically painful or highly sensative canine patients.


William K. Kruesi, MS, DVM


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).

Lecture: Assessment and Treatment of Cervical Disorders  Participants will see applications of diversified technique to address anterior cervical, posterior-lateral, and inferior subluxations; superior scapula, cervical dyskinesia, oculomotor palsy, torticollis, trigger points, and brachial plexus avulsion. Photographs, videos, and case studies will be presented to illustrate the methods.


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

Guest Speaker

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

Doug Lawson, DC, MSc

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.


Julie Mayer, DVM (Arizona), an AVCA Certified Doctor, is a native of Chicago, has been practicing veterinary medicine since 1991.

A 1991 gradudate with honors from University of Illinois Veterinary Medicine.  She has dedicated most of her career to holistic medicine and rehabilitation.  Dr Mayer was named one of "Chicago's Best Vets" by Chicago Magazine, the business that she co-founded, Integrative Pet Care, was voted “Best Pet Rehab” in Chicago Magazine, she received the 2010 Iams Eukanuba AARV Award for excellence in the field of Veterinary Rehabilitation, and most recently she co-authored the book The Country Vet’s Natural Cat and Dog Care.

Dr. Mayer is certified in veterinary acupuncture, chiropractic, and canine rehabilitation, and is a Reiki practitioner.  Dr. Julie practices at two veterinary rehabilitation clinics and one indoor dog gym in Arizona.

Julie Mayer, DVM

Lecture: How To Help The Patient “Hold” Your Chiropractic Adjustment by Treating Hypotonic and Hypertonic Muscles  Tense muscles and spasms or flaccid, toneless muscles can get in the way of the successful outcomes of our adjustments. In this lecture you will learn some easy take home techniques to help you manipulate the hypertonic muscles to relax and cooperate with your adjustment or to tonify the hypotonic muscles and help hold your adjustments.


Denise Michel, DC

Denise Michel, DC (New Mexico), an AVCA Certified Doctor, a 1991 graduate from Northern Illinois University with a major in Biology and a minor in Chemistry. Dr. Michel received her Doctor of Chiropractic in 1995 from National University of Health Sciences.

Dr. Michel is an experienced and dynamic team-building facilitator and educator. Due to severe allergies to pharmaceuticals, Dr. Michel has been implementing alternative healing modalities into her lifestyle and practice since 1995. She has worked with various organizations and individuals that range from a holistic rescue horse ranch in the midwest to Olympic trainers, large, and small animals in the southwest to directing a bachelor of science degree program at a college in New Mexico. Dr. Michel’s extensive and diverse background allows for unique, thought-provoking, and efficacious discussions and outcomes.

Lecture-Workshop: No Health No Practice  Several self-healing and team-building exercises are highlighted in order to promote good health in practice. Side effects may include heightened endurance, increased mental focus, better camaraderie, and laughter. Challenge your reasoning skills and apply them to cases with difficult symptomotology. As health care professionals, it literally pays for us to be a picture of health!


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  attended the Parker College Animal Chiropractic

Mindy R. Neal, DC

Program in 2010.  In September of 2010, she sat for and passed the AVCA certification examination and then attended her first AVCA Conference that 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.

Lecture: Chiropractic for Show Stock – Bovine This lecture is to help identify boney landmarks on the bovine and show modified adjusting technique for the restrained bovine.  It will also stress safety when working with the bovine during motion palpation, watching them walk and adjusting them in many settings.

Bovine Lab: Chiropractic for Show Stock – Bovine


Paul D. Rowan, DVM

Paul D. Rowan, DVM (Virginia), an AVCA Certified Doctor, has been practicing animal chiropractic since 1998.

Dr. Rowan is a graduate of the University of California, Davis.  He was an intern and surgical resident at the Animal Medical Center in New York City and followed that with a Fellowship in CardioThoracic Surgery at Mount Sinai School of Medicine also in NYC.  He established the first feline only veterinary hospital in New York City.

After moving to Virginia, he served as Hospital Director for the Animal Clinic of Williamsburg and then Owl Creek Veterinary Hospital in Virginia Beach. He was certified in animal chiropractic in 1998 and completed the professional course in

veterinary Homeopathy in 1999. He began an exclusively chiropractic and alternative therapy clinic in 2002 in Virginia Beach where he continues to practice. He has advanced training in cold laser therapy and is one of only 2 veterinarians in the world certified in Frequency Specific Microcurrent Therapy.

He was the Chairman of the Board of Directors for the AVCA from 2000-2006 and continued to serve on the board as past president thru-2008.

Lecture: Practical Techniques to Improve Your Daily Chiropractic Practice: This will be a combination of lecture, questions and answers of techniques and protocols to improve your abilities and enjoyment in diagnosis and treatment.


William L. Schmidt, DC (Arkansas), an AVCA Certified Doctor, 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.

Lecture: Equine: Alteration from Normal Stance on Horses and Thoroughbreds in Slow Motion

Lab:  Equine - Hands-On with Dr. Schmidt: Observation and recognition of different forms of abnormal structure, motion and the correction of these problems.

Lab:  Canine - Hands-On with Dr. Schmidt: Observation and recognition of different forms of abnormal structure, motion and the correction of these problems.


Judith M. Shoemaker, DVM (Pennsylvania) an AVCA Certified Doctor, is an internationally known practitioner and educator, has been affiliated with premiere equine sports therapy centers, providing maintenance, therapeutic management and consultation to US and international equine competitors.

She has taught anatomy at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine and has regularly instructed for several universities including University of Pennsylvania, University of North Carolina, University of Minnesota, and Tufts University.

Dr. Shoemaker graduated from the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine in 1980.  Dr. Shoemaker is currently licensed in 17 states, and is an international instructor and consultant in complementary veterinary therapies. She is a certified veterinary acupuncturist and lecturer through IVAS (International Veterinary Acupuncture Society) and AAVA (American Academy of

Judith Shoemaker, DVM

Veterinary Acupuncture) and is certified through AVCA (American Veterinary Chiropractic Association) of which she was a charter/founding member.Dr. Shoemaker conducts a complementary medicine mixed practice with a focus on sports medicine, acupuncture, chiropractic, farriery, dentistry, and adjunctive therapies for difficult conditions.

Her patients include top-level competitors of many disciplines and wonderful companions as well.

Lecture: Animal Handling with Five Element Theory - Five Element Theory offers a profound insight into the personalities and often the pathologies of our patients and accurate direction for our interactions with them. Each of us has experience and habits that have served us in our daily practice; however, refinement of our observations of our work and the results we achieve, and willingness to change our habits, can make our relationships with everyone in our lives more effective and enjoyable.

Lab:  Equine - Animal Handling with Five Element Theory

Lab:  Canine - Animal Handling with Five Element Theory


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.

Lecture: 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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