December 2021 Module 

December 11th 2021

The American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation is pleased to present our annual continuing education program virtually! While we all miss the collegiality of an in-person meeting, ACVSMR remains dedicated to providing high-quality educational programs on important topics in sports medicine and rehabilitation as well as fostering research in the specialty.

*These programs have been submitted for continuing education credits*


10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Martha Murray, MD, Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at Harvard Medical School

Keynote Lecture: Restoring Torn Ligaments Using Regenerative Medicine

11:00 a.m. – 11:05 a.m. Break

11:05 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Ah Young Kim, DVM, MS

Abstract:  Evaluation of Transduction Efficiency of Self- Complementary Adeno-associated Virus Vector Serotypes in Canine Joint Cell Culture: Development of a New Strategy for the Treatment of Canine Osteoarthritis

11:30 a.m. – 11:35 a.m. Break

11:35 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Emma Santosuosso, DVM

Abstract: Underwater Kinematic Analysis of the Fore- and Hindlimbs During Straight Line Free Swimming in Horses

12:00 p.m. – 12:05 p.m. Break

12:05 p.m. – 12:30 p.m. Leilani Alvarez, DVM, DACVSMR

Abstract: Systematic Review of Postoperative Rehabilitation Interventions after Cranial Cruciate Ligament Repair

12:30 p.m. – 12:35 p.m. Break

12:35 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Carrie Jacobs, DVM, DACVS-LA, Resident ACVSMR

Abstract: Efficacy of a commercial dry sleeve cryotherapy system for cooling the equine metacarpus

1:00 p.m. – 1:05 p.m. Break

1:05 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Jordan Sedlacek, DVM, MPH, Resident ACVSMR

Abstract: Nonsurgical Rehabilitation in Dachshunds with T3-L3 Myelopathy: Prognosis and Rates of Recurrence 

1:30 p.m. – 1:35 p.m. Break

1:35 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Tena Ursini, DVM, DACVSMR

Abstract: Multifidus Muscle Activation In Response to Therapeutic Exercises In Horses


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Keynote Speaker

Dr. Martha Murray

Martha Murray, MD, is the Orthopedic Surgeon-in-Chief at Boston Children’s Hospital and a Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at Harvard Medical School.  She has developed a novel technique of Bridge-Enhanced ACL repair which utilizes a bio-engineered implant to stimulate healing of the ligament instead of the traditional harvesting of a graft of tendon to replace the torn ACL.  She has successfully translated it from the lab to FDA marketing approval with grant funding from various sources, including the NIH and NFL Players Association.

She has 11 issued patents and over 100 peer-reviewed publications around the development of this technology.  Her work on innovative ACL treatment has won the AAOS Kappa Delta Award, as well as the AOSSM O’Donoghue, Cabaud and Grana Awards.  She been named one of Fast Company’s Top 100 Most Creative People in Business, been featured in Stephen Hawking’s Brave New World Series and been featured in a video on Tech Insider that garnered over 75 million views.

Martha has a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Delaware, a MS in Materials Science and Engineering from Stanford, and received her MD from the University of Pennsylvania prior to completing orthopedic surgery residencies and fellowships at Harvard Medical School.

Ah Young Kim DVM, MS

Dr. Ah Young Kim began her small animal sports medicine and rehabilitation residency with the orthopedic medicine and mobility team in Colorado State University in 2019. She received her DVM from Seoul National University’s College of Veterinary Medicine in Korea and remained there to complete three years of orthopedic and neurosurgery training (the equivalent of a U.S. surgical residency).

After that, she worked as a veterinary orthopedic and neurosurgeon for more than two years, when she then decided she wanted to learn more about non-surgical management of orthopedic diseases. Recognizing that soft tissues are just as important as bones in musculoskeletal diseases, Dr. Kim became certified in veterinary acupuncture and canine rehabilitation.

Today, her special interests include veterinary orthotics and prosthetics and arthritis management (physical therapies, gene therapies, stem cells, pain management, acupuncture). Dr. Kim wants to be the “gait keeper” for companion animals and help beloved pets have the long and happy life they deserve. 

Emma Santosuosso DVM

Emma Santosuosso is DVM, graduated from National Veterinary School of Alfort (Paris, FRANCE) in 2018. After a one year internship in equine medicine and surgery at the National Veterinary School of Lyon (FRANCE) and a field experience as an ambulatory equine vet in France, she started a master of science at the University of Calgary in equine sports medicine. Her greatest research interest is the autonomic nervous system. She is a dressage rider as well.

Leilani Alvarez DVM, DACVSMR

Dr. Leilani Alvarez is the Director of Integrative and Rehabilitative Medicine at the Animal Medical Center in New York City.  She is a board-certified diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation and certified in veterinary acupuncture, canine rehabilitation and advanced Chinese herbal medicine. 

Dr. Alvarez graduated with high honors from the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine and completed her internship and residency at the Animal Medical Center. She has been practicing integrative veterinary medicine for over a decade and leads one of few traditional residency programs in canine sports med/rehab. In addition to running a busy integrative and rehabilitation practice, Dr. Alvarez is a frequent lecturer at national and international conferences, teaches interns and residents and has published peer review articles and book chaptersShe is also fluent in Spanish.  Her research interests include geriatric medicine, regenerative therapies and joint supplements.   

Carrie Jacobs DVM, DACVS-LA, Resident ACVSMR

Dr. Jacobs obtained her DVM from Michigan State University in 2012. Following graduation, she completed a Large Animal rotating internship at the University of Pennsylvania, New Bolton Center in 2013. She then stayed at New Bolton Center to complete a Large Animal Surgery residency and a one-year Large Animal Surgery fellowship. Dr. Jacobs obtained board certification with the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in 2017.

In September of 2017, Dr. Jacobs returned to Michigan State University as a Clinical Assistant Professor in Large Animal Surgery. In 2019, Dr. Jacobs had the opportunity to join the equine group at North Carolina State University and is currently an Assistant Clinical Professor in Equine Orthopedic surgery. She is currently completing an alternate residency with the American College of Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation.

Jordan Sedlacek DVM, MPH, Resident ACVSMR

Jordan Sedlacek has worked in emergency medicine and canine rehabilitation since 2016. She is currently completing a practice experience residency in Canine Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation.  She earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and Master of Agriculture degrees from Colorado State University and her Master of Public Health in Epidemiology from the Colorado School of Public Health.  Jordan is currently working in industry as a regulatory medical writer. She lives in Fort Collins, Colorado with her wife, two dogs, and four cats.  

Teni Ursini DVM, DACVSMR

Dr. Tena Ursini grew up on a small family owned dairy farm in Southwest Michigan.  She received her bachelors of science and doctoral veterinary degrees from Michigan State University while concurrently managing a Warmblood breeding farm.  She performed two rotating internships at Equine Sports Medicine and Surgery in Weatherford, Texas, and Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, Kentucky. 

In 2015 she started her residency at the University of Tennessee in Equine Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation.  She became board certified in the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation in 2019 and remained as faculty at the University of Tennessee while working toward completion of her PhD which she earned this past spring. 

Dr. Ursini’s clinical interests include post-operative care, neurologic horses, and managing musculoskeletal conditions in all large animal species. Her research interests involve biomechanics and locomotion as well as validating rehabilitation strategies and developing treatment protocols. 

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