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).
James L. Cook, DVM, PhD
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Dr. James (Jimi) Cook received a BS degree from Florida State University in 1988. After a short career as a professional water skier, he completed the DVM degree in 1994 at the University of Missouri. He then went on to a small animal rotating internship at the University of Minnesota. He returned to the University of Missouri in 1995 for a dual PhD-Small Animal Surgery Residency program. He completed his PhD in Pathobiology in 1998 and became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in 1999. His PhD research involved developing a unique in vitro system of chondrocyte culture for studying osteoarthritis.
In 1999, he co-founded the Comparative Orthopaedic Laboratory at the University of Missouri, which is a research laboratory involving the College of Veterinary Medicine, The School of Medicine, and The College of Engineering. Today, more than 30 scientists are currently involved in this laboratory’s research in the areas of osteoarthritis, tissue engineering, and articular cartilage physiology. He has over 100 peer-reviewed publications to his credit in both the veterinary and human medical literature. He has received extensive funding for his research, including grants from The National Institutes of Health, The Orthopaedic Trauma Association, The Musculoskeletal Transplant Foundation, Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer, Zimmer, DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc, and Arthrex. He has received numerous awards including America’s Best Veterinarian in 2007, the Orthopaedic Research Society’s New Investigator Recognition Award, the Norden Distinguished Teacher Award, MU Alumnus of the Year, MU Faculty-Alumni Award, The Bloomberg Memorial Research Award, The Hohn-Johnson Research Award, The Bojrab Research Award, The MU Graduate and Professional Council Gold Chalk Award, and The University of Missouri Superior Graduate Achievement Award.
Dr. Cook was president of the Veterinary Orthopedic Society for 2008-2009. He holds six US Patents and has seen two biomedical devices through to FDA approval and human clinical trials. His clinical interests are in arthroscopy, minimally invasive orthopaedic surgery, orthopaedic tissue engineering, cartilage repair, and management of osteoarthritis. He regularly speaks at major national and international meetings. He currently has a dual appointment at the University of Missouri in Small Animal Orthopaedics and Orthopaedic Surgery (human), and is the Director of The Comparative Orthopaedic Laboratory and the William & Kathryn Allen Distinguished Professor in Orthopaedic Surgery. He is also the co-founder and co-director along with his wife Dr. Cristi Cook (also faculty in Vet Med) of Be The Change Vacations — a non-profit organization dedicated to building schools in third world countries so that children around the world can receive the opportunities that only education can provide.
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.
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.
Joseph J. Wakshlag, DVM, PhD
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Dr. Joe Wakshlag completed his DVM at the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1998 and continued residency training in pathology from 1998-2000. From 2001-2005 he completed a Clinical Nutrition residency training program and a PhD in pharmacology, becoming board certified in Veterinary Nutrition in 2008. After a short time in private practice he returned to Cornell University as a Clinical Nutritionist in 2006. During his professional and graduate education to present day, he has been personally involved in sled dog racing and is the owner of a small kennel of Alaskan Husky sled dogs. Dr. Wakshlag is well published in the area of canine sports medicine and skeletal muscle physiology examining areas such as the acute phase response of exercise, exercise effects on glucose and glycogen metabolism during, and the effects of diet and exercise on skeletal muscle proteolysis.
Bess J. Pierce, MS, DVM
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Dr. Bess J. Pierce is an Associate Professor of Community Practice in the Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences of the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine. She also serves as Director, Center for Animal Human Relationships (CENTAUR), appointed to the position in November 2011. Dr. Pierce joined the faculty of VMRCVM in 2007 to lead the Community Practice service in the Veterinary Teaching Hospital, leaving 15 years of active duty service in the U.S. Army Veterinary Corps following a variety of assignments worldwide. While on active duty she served as Chief of Internal Medicine and Outpatient Clinics at the Department of Defense Military Working Dog Veterinary Service located at Lackland AFB, TX. She remains an active member of the U.S. Army Reserve and is currently a colonel assigned as the Senior Veterinarian, Public Health Command Region – Europe. From 2007 to 2013 she served as the DIMA Director, Department of Defense Military Working Dog Veterinary Service. Additionally she serves as member and chair of the Penn Vet Working Dog Center Scientific Advisory Board.
Dr. Pierce earned a B.S. in biology from Tulane University in 1986, an M.Z.S. in wildlife biology in 1990 and a DVM from Auburn University in 1992. She is board certified by the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation (Canine Specialty), the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (Canine/Feline Practice) and the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Small Animal Medicine). Additionally, she trained in acupuncture through IVAS and the canine rehabilitation programs at both Canine Rehabilitation Institute and University of Tennessee.
Dr. Pierce has extensive expertise in working and service dog health care, and in promoting strong handler/canine partnerships. Her primary research interests are canine sports medicine and rehabilitation, canine conditioning and injury prevention, and three-dimensional motion capture and modeling. Her human animal bond focus concentrates on the impact and utilization of animal-assisted activities in military and law enforcement settings.
Linda Blythe, DVM, PhD
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Dr. Linda Blythe did all her veterinary training at University of California Davis, including a DVM in 1974, large animal internship in 1975 and a PhD program in Comparative Pathology in 1979. She was then recruited to start the new veterinary college at Oregon State University in 1978 and has remained there for her entire academic career because Oregon is just a wonderful place to live and work.
Her research focus initially was on the nervous system of the horse. She mapped the cutaneous innervation of the fore and hindlimbs using neurophysiological instrumentation. Discovery of temporohyoid osteoarthropathy and the role of vitamin E in equine degenerative myeloencephalopathy were hallmarks of her research in horses. Dr. Blythe then turned her attention to the needs of greyhounds, both racing and retired and was the lead author on two textbooks, Care of the Racing Greyhound and Care of the Racing and Retired Greyhound, as well as a number of research articles on these dogs.
Excited by what she learned about rehabilitation of animals while on sabbatical leave in Australia, she organized the First International Veterinary Symposium on Rehabilitation and Physical Therapy in 1999, which has continued every two to three years in either the USA or Europe. Dr. Blythe was on the organizing committee for establishment of the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation as a board certified specialty in the AVMA.
Her first love though is working with students, teaching neuroscience and canine sports medicine. She has twice received the Norden Teacher of the Year Award and also the OSU Burlington Award for Teaching Excellence. In 2010, she was inducted into the Greyhound Hall of Fame.
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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