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Chris Zink, DVM, PhD
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Dr. Zink is a Professor and Director in Molecular and Comparative Pathobiology at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland. She also is President of Canine Sports Productions and a Veterinary Sports Trainer at Veterinary Orthopedic Sports Medicine Group.
Dr. Zink received her DVM (summa cum laude) in 1978 from the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada. She also earned a PhD from the University of Guelph in 1985 and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Johns Hopkins University in 1988.
Dr. Zink consults with owners of canine athletes on a variety of sports medicine-related subjects including, retraining for performance after injuries/surgery, techniques for training and competing with dogs that have developmental/genetic disorders such as hip or elbow dysplasia, gait analysis, and lameness evaluation.
Dr. Zink teaches the Canine Sports Medicine course for the Canine Rehabilitation Institute. From 1993 to the present, Dr. Zink also has presented more than 100 two-day Coaching the Canine Athlete® seminars in the US, Canada, South Africa, Japan, and Australia.
Her research interests include canine gait and gait analysis in performance dogs, relationship of structure to canine performance, and effects of gonadectomy on structure and behavior of performance dogs.
In 2009, Dr. Zink was named AWVF’s Woman Veterinarian of the Year. She also received the DWAA Maxwell Award in 2005 for Best Series in an All-Breed Magazine and the DWAA President’s Award for Best Dog Publication of 2008. Dr. Zink has been featured in articles in Dog Fancy and Dog World magazines.
Kevin K. Haussler, DVM, DC, PhD
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Dr. Kevin Haussler is an Assistant Professor at the Equine Orthopaedic Research Center at Colorado State University and is involved in research into the objective assessment of pain, spinal-related disorders and the initiation of chiropractic and physical therapy/rehabilitation research for the management of musculoskeletal injuries.
His research interests are investigating the causes and treatment of musculoskeletal pain and injuries; developing objective assessment techniques of back pain and stiffness; evaluating spinal movement and the conservative (non-surgical) management of back problems and sacroiliac joint disorders; assessing spinal conformation in horses as it relates to saddle fit; and clinical research in the areas of veterinary chiropractic, physical therapy modalities, and musculoskeletal rehabilitation.
Dr. Haussler graduated from The Ohio State University, College of Veterinary Medicine and completed a small animal internship in Sacramento, California. To further his training in the conservative management of spinal-related disorders, he attended Palmer College of Chiropractic-West and completed the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association certification. In 1992, he began a private veterinary chiropractic practice for both equine and small animal patients.
He also attended the University of California-Davis to pursue a PhD in spinal anatomy and pathology in thoroughbred racehorses and completed post-doctorate training at Cornell University involving the evaluation of normal back mobility, back muscle pain and spinal flexibility in horses. While at Cornell, he directed the newly formed Integrative Medicine Service which provided chiropractic, acupuncture and physical therapy services to both small and large animals.
Michael Davis, DVM, PhD
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Dr. Michael Davis earned his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine at Texas A&M University in 1988, and following graduation entered private practice (equine ambulatory and resident veterinarian on a breeding farm) for 4 years before completing a residency in equine internal medicine at the Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center in 1995. Having developed an interest in research, specifically on athletes, he immediately completed a PhD program at the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, in which his dissertation demonstrated that an asthma-like syndrome can be created through repeatedly exercising in cold conditions. Since 1998, he has been a faculty member at the Oklahoma State University Center for Veterinary Health Sciences, where he was promoted Professor and awarded the John T. and Debbie Oxley Endowed Chair in Equine Sports Medicine in 2008.
Dr. Davis is the head of the Comparative Exercise Physiology Laboratory, a federally-funded program that studies the physiological extremes associated with exercise and the manner in which successful athletes adapt to these extremes. Specific areas of interest include metabolic plasticity of energy management during strenuous exercise and the impact of environmental extremes (heat, cold, and altitude) on exercise performance. The Comparative Exercise Physiology Laboratory includes fully-equipped laboratories in Stillwater, OK for the study of both canine and equine exercise, as well as satellite laboratories in Alaska for the study of canine exercise performance.
Nina Kieves, DVM
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Dr. Nina Kieves is an Assistant Professor of Small Animal Surgery at The Ohio State University and is involved in research of pain management protocols, objective canine gait evaluation, and the use of physical therapy and rehabilitation for the treatment of various orthopedic and sports medicine injuries. Dr. Kieves earned her veterinary degree from the University of Minnesota in 2009 and completed a rotating small animal internship at her alma matter. She gained specialized orthopedic and sports medicine training during a surgical internship at Veterinary Orthopedics & Sports Medicine Group in Maryland. Dr. Kieves completed a surgical residency at Iowa State University in 2014 and became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in 2015. Her interest in sports medicine lead her to complete a Fellowship in Canine Performance Medicine & Surgery at Colorado State University following residency, during which she conducted clinical research and became a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Therapist (CCRT). She became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation in 2016.
Sarah le Jeune, DVM
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Dr. Sarah le Jeune graduated from the University of Liege (Belgium) and became a board-certified equine surgeon after completing a residency in equine surgery at UC Davis. She has been a member of the UC Davis Equine Surgery faculty since 2003. Dr. le Jeune’s surgical expertise includes emergency surgery (mainly colic surgery) and general surgery.
Rosemary J. LoGiudice, DVM
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Dr. Rosemary LoGiudice is a veterinary rehabilitation and VSMT practitioner at Integrative Pet Care in Chicago and Hanover Park, IL (companion animals) and at Animal Rehabilitation and Therapy –“ART” (Equine) in SW suburban Chicago and outlying areas.
Dr. LoGiudice received her DVM from the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine in 1981. During the ensuing years she has amassed a tremendous variety and amount of experience in veterinary medicine predominately in equine and companion animal medicine and sports medicine as well as in practice and association management.
Dr. LoGiudice has extensive experience with agility and hunting dogs as well as geriatric dogs and dogs with neurologic problems. Dr. LoGiudice also has extensive experience with performance horses, including endurance and competitive race horses, Standardbred race horses, as well as show horses competing in various disciplines, including Dressage, Hunter-Jumper, 3-day eventing, and Western and English pleasure.
Dr. LoGiudice received her CCRT from the Canine Rehabilitation Institute in Florida and Colorado, as well as becoming a Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist through the Chi Institute for Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine in Florida and a Certified Veterinary Spinal Manipulation Therapist through the Healing Oasis Wellness Center in Wisconsin (Veterinary Spinal Manipulation Therapy is often referred to as Veterinary or Animal Chiropractic).
Dr. LoGiudice is currently a senior faculty member of the Healing Oasis Wellness Center, teaching in the VSMT and the VMRT (veterinary massage & rehabilitation therapy) professional curricula that address both horses and small animals (dogs and cats) and is also a member of the faculty of the Canine Rehabilitation Institute.
Dr. LoGiudice has made numerous presentations around the US about rehabilitation therapy, VSMT and integrative therapies in conjunction with traditional veterinary medicine. She has worked with hundreds of dog and horse owners to develop and implement conditioning and rehabilitation programs for their animals.
Dr. LoGiudice is a Past President of the American Association of Rehabilitation Veterinarians (AARV). In addition, she is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, Illinois State VMA (and past president), Kankakee Valley VMA, American Association of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine, American Canine Sports Medicine Association, International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management, College of Animal Chiropractors, and the American Association of Equine Practitioners.
In 2016, Dr. LoGiudice received the AARV – John J. Sherman III Award for Excellence in the Field of Veterinary Rehabilitation.
Robert L. Gillette, DVM, MSE
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Dr. Robert Gillette has joined the Red Bank Veterinary Hospital's Center for Integrative Veterinary Medicine in Red Bank, New Jersey. He was formerly the Director of Veterinary Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation Service at the Veterinary Specialty Center in Buffalo Grove, Illinois, and the Director of the Animal Health & Performance Program in the College of Veterinary Medicine at Auburn University. His general research interests are in the area of orthopedics, biomechanics, and muscle physiology of the canine and equine athlete. His specific research interests are in the areas of performance injury prevention, lameness, rehabilitation, and muscle conditioning.
Dr. Gillette's clinical interests include working with athletic and working dogs; breeding programs, training regimens, conditioning programs, and injury prevention for performance dogs; canine sports medicine problems, including medical related performance problems, injury repair, rehabilitation, and reconditioning; and equine soundness and injury prevention.
Dr. Gillette received his DVM in 1988 from Kansas State University. He also earned an MSE Biomechanics in 1998 from the University of Kansas.
Jacqueline Davidson, DVM, MS
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Dr. Jacqueline Davidson received her DVM from the University of Minnesota in 1986 and completed a small animal internship at Rowley Memorial Animal Hospital in Springfield, Massachusetts in 1987. She finished her residency and MS in veterinary surgery at Purdue University in 1990, followed by one year as a clinical instructor. She was a surgeon in a private specialty practice for three years, and then on faculty at Louisiana State University (LSU) School of Veterinary Medicine for 15 years. While at LSU, Dr. Davidson was instrumental in developing a program in companion animal rehabilitation, and an elective course in physical rehabilitation for veterinary students. Dr. Davidson joined the faculty of Texas A&M University as a clinical professor of surgery in 2009. At Texas A&M, her surgical responsibilities are divided between the orthopedic, soft tissue and general surgery services. In addition, she directs the Texas A&M University Veterinary Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation service, which offers therapy for animals after surgery or injury. While most of the patients are canine, the service is available for any species. Dr. Davidson has also developed and co-teaches an elective course in physical rehabilitation for veterinary students at Texas A&M University. She has lectured locally, nationally and internationally on topics related to veterinary surgery, pain management, and physical rehabilitation.
Dr. Davidson became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons (DACVS) in 1995. After practicing as a surgeon for a number of years, she became interested in post-operative care and pain management. Dr. Davidson received certification from the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society (IVAS) in 2002, and completed the certification program in Veterinary Spinal Manipulation Therapy (VSMT) at The Healing Oasis in 2003. She obtained certification as a canine rehabilitation practitioner (CCRP) by the University of Tennessee/Northeast Seminars in 2003, followed by certification as an equine rehabilitation practitioner (CERP) in 2007. In addition, she received certification as a canine rehabilitation therapist (CCRT) by the Canine Rehabilitation Institute in 2008. In 2009, Dr. Davidson completed the equine rehabilitation therapist program at the Animal Rehab Institute. In 2010, Dr. Davidson earned the title of certified veterinary pain practitioner (CVPP) from the International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management (IVAPM). In 2011, she completed the Medical Acupuncture for Veterinarians program, sponsored by Colorado State University and the CVMA. Dr. Davidson became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation (DACVSMR) in 2012.
Steve Adair, MS, DVM
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Dr. Steve Adair earned his DVM from Auburn University after receiving his Bachelor's and Master's from Auburn University. After receiving his DVM, 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, Veterinary College of Medicine at the University of Tennessee - Knoxville. Dr. Adair is board certified as a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons and is Certified in Animal Chiropractic by the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association. Dr. Adair’s primary research areas include Equine Laminitis, 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 and the Journal of Equine Veterinary Science. He is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and the American Association of Equine Practioners.
Steven S. Trostle, DVM, MS
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Dr. Steve Trostle is a surgeon and a principal at the Blue Ridge Equine Clinic located just outside Charlottesville, Virginia.
Dr. Trostle received his BS degree in Animal Science from Delaware Valley College in 1984 and a MS degree in Animal Science from Penn State in 1986. He completed his DVM degree in 1990 at the University of Tennessee. He was in private practice on the Eastern Shore of Maryland for one year after graduation. He then went on to do a large animal surgery residency at the University of Wisconsin and finished in 1994. After his residency, he was a clinical instructor in Surgery and Nuclear Medicine at the Marion DuPont Scott Equine Medical Center. In 1995, he returned to the University of Wisconsin to assume the role of clinical assistant professor in Large Animal Surgery. He became a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in 1996. In 2000, he left academia to join the San Luis Rey Equine Hospital in Bonsall, California. In 2004 he began his position at Blue Ridge Equine Clinic.
Dr. Trostle’s primary interests are surgery, rehabilitation, imaging, lameness, cell-based therapy and neurology. He has published more than 40 scientific manuscripts and seven book chapters. He received the Outstanding Research Paper award published by a surgical resident in Veterinary Surgery in 1995. In 1999 he received the First Decade Award for Outstanding Young Alumni in the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Tennessee. He also served a three-year term (2012-2014) on the board of directors for the American Association of Equine Practitioners.
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