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Julia Tomlinson, BVSc, MS, 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.
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.
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.
M. Christine 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.
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 Michael 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.
Dr. Duerr earned his veterinary degree at the School of Veterinary Medicine in Hanover, Germany in 2001. After finishing his veterinary degree, he completed a thesis at the same university followed by a small animal rotating internship and a small animal surgical internship at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon, Canada. After completion of a three-year surgical residency/masters program at Colorado State University, he became a Diplomate of the American and European College of Veterinary Surgeons. Dr. Duerr worked in private practice for four years prior to joining Colorado State University in 2011.
Dr. Duerr's research and publications focus on the diagnosis and treatment of cranial cruciate ligament injuries. Dr. Duerr's masters research investigated the treatment of excessive tibial plateau angles in dogs as well as risk factors for this disease. Currently, his research is focused on the development of novel gait analysis techniques, treatment options and underlying disease process of cruciate disease in general. Dr. Duerr has a special interest in minimally invasive orthopedic surgery and hip dysplasia.
Dr. Duerr is originally from Germany where his family still lives. Dr. Duerr and his wife, Colleen, own several horses, dogs and cats. Both enjoy dressage riding, as well as hiking and mountain biking in the beautiful Rockies.
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.
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.
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.
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