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Andris J. Kaneps, DVM, PhD
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Dr. Andris Kaneps is an equine surgeon, lameness diagnostician, and sports medicine practitioner. He founded Kaneps Equine Sports Medicine and Surgery in 2012 and is in practice throughout New England. Dr. Kaneps is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons and a charter Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation. He is a 1978 graduate of the College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Minnesota. He completed a large animal internship at Colorado State University in 1979 and completed his equine surgery residency at The Ohio State University in 1981. His doctoral research on palmar process fractures in foals was completed at the Veterinary Orthopedic Research Laboratory, University of California-Davis in 1994.
Dr. Kaneps gained his sport horse practice experience in Minnesota, Oregon, California, and New England. He served as a faculty member of the College of Veterinary Medicine at Oregon State University and The Ohio State University and at the School of Veterinary Medicine, University of California-Davis. Dr. Kaneps is the co-editor and author of Equine Sports Medicine and Surgery (Saunders 2004), Equine Exercise Physiology (Saunders 2007) and Clinical Advisor: The Horse (Elsevier 2011). With Dr. Steve Adair at the University of Tennessee he developed the curriculum for, and teaches in, the certification program for equine physical therapy that results in the designation Certified Equine Rehabilitation Practitioner (CERP). As a member of the organizing committee of the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation, Dr. Kaneps was part of the collaborative effort that resulted in AVMA recognition of this new veterinary specialty. He is a charter Diplomate of the organization, serves as a Regent on the Board of Directors and as co-chair of the curriculum/examination committee. Dr. Kaneps specializes in equine lameness diagnosis and treatment, sport horse performance, orthopedic and soft tissue surgery and equine physical treatment.
Sherman O. Canapp Jr., DVM, MS
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Dr. Sherman Canapp, originally from Maryland, completed a combined DVM/MS at Kansas State University in 1999 with his Masters in Clinical Science in Surgery. After graduation, Dr. Canapp completed an internship in small animal medicine and surgery at the University of Missouri followed by a three-year residency in small animal surgery at the University of Florida. Dr. Canapp became a member of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in 2004. In 2005, Dr. Canapp completed his certification in Canine Rehabilitation.
Dr. Canapp completed his masters research, resident research, and advanced training in the treatment of joint diseases. Dr. Canapp’s current research is in the area of regenerative medicine for the treatment of sports related soft tissue injuries. Dr. Canapp is a reviewer for many scientific veterinary journals. He publishes and lectures frequently on the subjects of osteoarthritis, sports medicine, rehabilitation therapy and canine arthroscopy. In 2007, Dr. Canapp was elected as the founding president of the American Association of Rehabilitation Veterinarians (AARV). In 2009, Dr. Canapp was included as an instructor for the Canine Rehab Institute.
Dr. Canapp currently practices orthopedic surgery and sports medicine at the Veterinary Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Group (VOSM) in Annapolis Junction, MD where he is Chief of Staff. Dr. Canapp is also an orthopedic surgery and sports medicine consultant for the National Aquarium in Baltimore, the National Zoo in Washington, D.C., the Maryland Zoo, the Washington D.C. and Regional Police K-9 Units and Search and Rescue dogs, TSA, NSA and Military K-9 units, the Washington D.C. Animal Rescue League, National agility, fly ball, field trial, and disc dog organizations, Nutramax Laboratories, Edgewood, MD, Merial Animal Health Company, Smith & Nephew, Inc., and Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.
The area of particular interest to Dr. Canapp is canine sports related injury and arthroscopy. In addition to the use of regenerative medicine for the treatment of sports related injury (shoulder and Achilles tendon injuries), Dr. Canapp’s current research studies include the use of functional hinged stifle braces for cranial cruciate ligament injury; canine diagnostic joint blocking; Intra-articular injections (Hyaluronic acid; Cortisone) for the treatment of elbow osteoarthritis; therapeutic ultrasound (EXOGEN) on the healing of TPLOs; Canine Unicompartmental Elbow Resurfacing (CUE); and the effects of glucuronoxylan sulfate sodium for the treatment of osteoarthritis (FDA efficacy trial).
Julia Tomlinson, BVsc, PhD
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Dr. Julia Tomlinson earned her veterinary degree from the University of Liverpool, England in 1996. Her Master's degree in diagnostic imaging of the equine sacroiliac joint is from the University of Minnesota and her PhD in physiology is from North Carolina State University. She practiced in equine sports medicine and surgery prior to pursuing her interest in the canine field. She is a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner (CCRP) and Veterinary Spinal Manipulative Therapist (animal ‘chiropractic’ equivalent).
Dr. Tomlinson owns Twin Cities Animal Rehabilitation Clinic in Minnesota, a busy stand-alone rehabilitation practice. She lectures nationally and is a consultant in musculoskeletal wellness for the pet food industry.
Dr. Tomlinson founded the American Association of Rehabilitation Veterinarians in 2007 and is past president of that association. She is also a member of the Canine Sports Medicine Association and the International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management.
Dr. Tomlinson has a special interest in sports medicine, healthy aging and management of chronic pain.
Kevin 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.
Joseph Spoo, DVM
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Dr. Joe Spoo is a 2001 graduate of the Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Spoo has passion for the canine athlete and believes in a cradle-to-grave approach to managing the canine athlete. In addition to his practice responsibilities, he has an active consulting business serving sporting dog owners and the sporting dog industry. He also manages a website (www.gundogdoc.com), a comprehensive resource for all things gundog related. His specialty hospital is the first such facility in the Dakotas where he continues to expand the region's specialty services.
David D. Frisbie, DVM, PhD
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Dr. David Frisbie earned an undergraduate biochemistry degree at the University of Wisconsin as well as a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. He completed a Surgical Internship at Cornell University and began his research in joint disease. Dr. Frisbie went to Colorado State University, where he completed a Surgical Residency in Large Animal Surgery and a Master’s Degree in Joint Pathobiology. He then began his work on a novel way to treat joint disease using gene therapy.
Dr. Frisbie is a Professor of Equine Surgery at Colorado State University’s Equine Orthopaedic Research Center. He is a partner in Equine Sports Medicine, LLC, specializing in orthopaedics and sports medicine. In addition he is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons and a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation.
Dr. Frisbie specializes in orthopaedic research, intra-articular therapeutics, new methods of cartilage repair, equine lameness, orthopaedic surgery and gene therapy.
Felix Duerr, DVM, MS, Dr. med. vet.
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Dr. Felix Duerr is an Assistant Professor in Small Animal Orthopedics
at the Veterinary Teaching Hospital at Colorado State University.
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.
Christopher E. Kawcak, DVM, PhD
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Dr. Christopher Kawcak is one of the Senior Scientists and Associate Professor, Iron Rose Ranch Chair at the Equine Orthopaedic Research Center at Colorado State University.
His educational background includes; PhD Clinical Sciences, 1998, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO; MS in Clinical Sciences, 1995, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO; Resident in large animal surgery, 1992-1995, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO; Intern, 1991-1992, Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital, KY; DVM, 1991, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO; Bachelors Degree in Veterinary Science, 1988, University of Nevada, Reno, NV.
Dr. Kawcak’s clinical interests include lameness diagnosis and orthopaedic surgery.
Dr. Kawcak’s research interests include subchondral bone histomorphometry, biomechanics, and imaging of early subchondral disease in pathogenesis of joint disease. Dr. Kawcak joined the CSU faculty in 1998 as an Assistant Professor after completing his PhD. His collaborations with the Biomedial Engineering Program at CSU and other laboratories worldwide have allowed for more sophisticated assessment of joint disease and healing. Dr. Kawcak is currently involved with research projects evaluating a new type of horseshoe, the effects of exercise on the incidence of musculoskeletal injury, and the development of computerized models of joints. He has many publications and has been an invited speaker in Europe.
His honors include: Ken Atkinson Scholar in the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences; 1995-98.
Erica McKenzie, BSc, BVMS, PhD
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Dr. Erica McKenzie graduated from Murdoch University in Western Australia in 1996. She completed an internship in Large Animal Medicine and Surgery at the University of Guelph followed by a residency/PhD program in Large Animal Internal Medicine at the University of Minnesota. Dr McKenzie’s PhD under the guidance of Dr Stephanie Valberg developed successful nutritional and pharmacological methods of managing Recurrent Exertional Rhabdomyolysis in Thoroughbred horses. Dr. McKenzie then pursued a two year post-doctoral fellowship in the Equine Athletic Performance Laboratory at Oklahoma State University where she continued with treadmill assisted equine research and commenced studying exercise physiology and disease of endurance racing sled dogs. She is an author of more than 20 exercise-related scientific publications and book chapters, and is herself a dedicated endurance athlete.
Dr. McKenzie has been on faculty at Oregon State University since 2005 and continues to pursue research projects focusing on equine myopathies and racing sled dog physiology and disease. She also has a keen interest in human exercise physiology and in determining information that could be extrapolated from investigations of human and animal exercise physiology for the mutual benefit of each.
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