American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation

ACVSMR-Recognized Diplomates

ACVSMR has named the following individuals as diplomates.

Henry Steven Adair III

Steve Adair, MS, DVM, Diplomate ACVS, Diplomate ACVSMR

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Dr. Steve Adair earned his D.V.M from Auburn University after receiving his Bachelor's and Master's from Auburn University. After receiving his D.V.M., 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, Ceterinary ollege of VMedicine 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 Paul Arnoczky

Steven Paul Arnoczky, DVM, Diplomate ACVS, Diplomate ACVSMR

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Dr. Steven P. Arnoczky is the Wade O. Brinker Professor of Veterinary Surgery and the Director of the Laboratory for Comparative Orthopaedic Research at Michigan State University. He is also an Adjunct Professor in the both the College of Human Medicine and the College of Osteopathic Medicine at MSU.

Dr. Arnoczky received his veterinary degree from The Ohio State University in 1972 and did his surgical residency at the Animal Medical Center in New York City. In 1978 he became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons.

For the past 30 years Dr. Arnoczky's research has focused on the biology of sports related injuries of ligaments, tendons, and menisci in man and animals. He has published over 300 peer-reviewed scientific articles and abstracts, and has written 77 book chapters. He has also co-edited 3 books on basic science topics related to sports medicine. Dr. Arnoczky has given over 700 invited research lectures around the world. He serves on the editorial review boards of several orthopaedic journals and is a member of a number of research review committees. Dr. Arnoczky is also a founding member of the International Olympic Committee Olympic Academy of Sciences.

Among his numerous honors and awards, Dr. Arnoczky has received the prestigious Kappa Delta Award for Outstanding Orthopaedic Research from the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and the Excellence in Research Award from the American Osteopathic Academy of Orthopedics.  In addition, he is a four-time recipient of the Cabaud Award for Soft Tissue Research, a two-time winner of the O’Donoghue Award for Sports Medicine Research, and a recipient of the Excellence in Sports Medicine Research Award, all bestowed by the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine. Dr. Arnoczky has also received the Distinguished Faculty Award from MSU and the Distinguished Alumnus Award from The Ohio State University. In 2004 he was selected as “Godfather” for the Herodicus Sports Medicine Society.

Dr. Arnoczky and his wife, Brenda, live in Williamston, Michigan.  When he is not in the laboratory or speaking at meetings, Dr. Arnoczky can usually be found at their log cabin in Northern Michigan fly-fishing.

Linda Blythe

Linda Blythe, DVM, PhD, Diplomate ACVSMR

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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.

Sherman O. Canapp, Jr.

Sherman O. Canapp Jr., DVM, MS, Diplomate ACVS, Diplomate ACVSMR

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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).

Robert L. Gillette

Hilary M. Clayton, BVMS, PhD, MRCVS, Diplomate ACVSMR

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Dr. Hilary Clayton graduated as a veterinarian and worked in a mixed veterinary practice for two years before becoming returning to academia to complete a PhD. She was a faculty member with responsibilities for teaching and research at veterinary colleges in Great Britain, The Netherlands and Canada before moving to the US in 1997 as the first incumbent of the Mary Anne McPhail Dressage Chair in Equine Sports Medicine at Michigan State University. Dr. Clayton’s research focuses on equine sports medicine, especially biomechanics and conditioning of sport horses, and the interaction between rider and horse. She uses a variety of equipment, including motion analysis, an array of force plates, a saddle pressure mat, rein tension sensors and electromyography, to analyze the horse’s gaits and movement patterns and the response to different types of tack, equipment and riding styles. Recently, she has focussed her research efforts on performing evidence-based research to measure the effects of physiotherapeutic techniques in horses. She has published six books (Conditioning Sport Horses, Colour Atlas of Large Animal Applied Anatomy, Equine Locomotion, The Dynamic Horse, Clinical Anatomy of the Horse, Activate Your Horse’s Core) and many scientific manuscripts and magazine articles.

Dr. Clayton is a Past President of the Association for Equine Sports Medicine. She is Vice President of the American College of Veterinary Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine and is a member of the US Equestrian Federation’s Dressage Committee. She has been awarded the Norden Distinguished Teacher Award and has been inducted into the International Equine Veterinarians Hall of Fame, the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame and the Midwest Dressage Association Hall of Fame. She has competed in a variety of equestrian sports including eventing, show jumping, combined driving and polo. She currently shows dressage horses up to the Grand Prix level and has earned the US Dressage Federation’s gold, silver and bronze medals.

James L. Cook

James L. Cook, DVM, PhD, Diplomate ACVS, Diplomate ACVSMR

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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.

Jon Frederic Dee, DVM, MS, Diplomate ACVS, Diplomate ACVSMR

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Jon Frederic Dee, DVM, is a partner and staff surgeon at the Hollywood Animal Hospital in Hollywood, Florida. He is also a Courtesy Clinical Professor in the Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences at the University of Florida and Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Veterinary Clinical Science, Ohio State University. Dr. Dee earned his DVM degree from Auburn University in 1966. He was a teaching intern at Washington State University and in 1974 he earned his master’s degree in surgery while at Colorado State University. Dr. Dee does research on the pathogenesis and repair of injuries, including racing injuries, in all companion animals and sporting dogs, such as greyhounds. He specializes in orthopedic injuries of the extremities.

Dr. Dee has received numerous awards, including the A.V.M.A. Practitioner Research Award in 1986, the A.A.H.A. Practitioner of the Year Award, Southeast Region, in 1991 and the Wilford S. Bailey Distinguished Alumnus of Auburn in 2001. Dr. Dee has written many journal articles and is co-editor of the textbook Canine Sports Medicine and Surgery. He has been on the editorial review boards for Veterinary Surgery, Journal of the American Animal Hospital Association and the Journal of Small Animal Practice. He also speaks both nationally and internationally at meetings and symposia.  Most importantly, he enjoys fly fishing.

Anna Firshman, BVSc, PhD, Diplomate ACVIM, Diplomate ACVSMR

David D. Frisbie

David D. Frisbie, DVM, PhD, Diplomate ACVS, Diplomate ACVSMR

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Dr. Frisbie is a Senior Scientist and Associate Professor at the Equine Orthopaedic Research Center at Colorado State University.

His research interests include gene therapy, intra-articular therapeutics, and new methods of cartilage repair. Dr. Frisbie began his professional career after obtaining both a Bachelor's Degree in Biochemistry and a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) from the University of Wisconsin. He then went to New York, where he completed a Surgical Internship at Cornell University and began his research in joint disease. After completing his internship, Dr. Frisbie came to Colorado State University, where he continued his joint research, completed a Surgical Residency in Large Animal Surgery and obtained a Master's Degree in Joint Pathobiology. After completion of his residency, Dr. Frisbie began his work on a novel way to treat joint disease using gene therapy, which was the focus of his PhD. During work on his PhD, Dr. Frisbie became Board certified in Large Animal Surgery and is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons. He joined the faculty as an Assistant Professor in 1999.

His current joint disease research is in two basic fields: 1) the evaluation of intra-articular therapeutics and their effects on joint disease (well known therapeutics he has evaluated include Legend, Adequan, Vetalog and Depo-Medrol) and 2) new methods of cartilage repair. These methods include cutting edge technology aimed at arthroscopic repair of cartilage in the athletic horse. Dr. Frisbie is also exploring methods to augment fracture healing in both noninfected and infected cases using gene transfer.

Raymond Geor

Ray Geor, BVSc, PhD, Diplomate ACVIM, Diplomate ACVSMR

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Dr. Ray Geor is Professor and Chairperson of the Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine, Michigan State University. He earned his veterinary degree from Massey University in New Zealand in 1983 and completed a large animal internship at Murdoch University in Australia in 1984. He then worked in private practice before completing a large animal medicine residency and MVSc degree program at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Saskatchewan, in 1988. He earned a PhD in exercise physiology from the Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1999. He is board certified by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Large Animal). Prior to his current appointment, Dr. Geor has held faculty positions at the University of Minnesota, University of Guelph (Ontario Veterinary College), and Virginia Tech where he was the Paul Mellon Distinguished Professor. He is a Past President of the Association for Equine Sports Medicine.

Dr. Geor's research over the last 10 years has centered on the regulation of carbohydrate metabolism in health (including exercise) and disease. Recent equine studies have focused on obesity and insulin resistance, and how these conditions increase susceptibility to laminitis. He is also involved in sled dog research that is investigating mechanisms for increased substrate uptake in skeletal muscle during endurance exercise. Dr. Geor has authored over 110 scientific papers and is a co-editor and author of Equine Sports Medicine and Surgery (Saunders 2004) and Equine Exercise Physiology (Saunders 2007).

Robert L. Gillette

Robert L. Gillette, DVM, MSE, Diplomate ACVSMR

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Dr. Robert Gillette is 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 D.V.M in 1988 from Kansas State University. He also earned an M.S.E. Biomechanics in 1998 from the University of Kansas.

Carol Gillis

Carol Gillis, DVM, PhD, Diplomate ACVSMR
South Carolina

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Dr. Carol Gillis is a consultant and owner of an referral practice in Aiken, South Carolina, that specializes in the rehabilitation of equine athletic injuries and diagnostic ultrasound. She founded the practice in July 1999.

From 1995 to 1999, Dr. Gillis held an appointment as a lecturer in the Department of Surgical and Radiological Sciences at the University of California Davis. In that position, 80 percent of her time was occupied by clinical appointments, in which she saw 100 ultrasound cases per month. She also taught 33 weeks of clinical instruction and was the course leader for the Equine Ultrasonology course for third-year veterinary students. She also lectured in three additional courses for third-year veterinary students.

From 1991 to 1995, Dr. Gillis held a half-time clinical appointment at the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital at U.C. Davis. She developed an ultrasound service for large animal out-patients and hospital cases, developed equine medicine and surgery lectures and laboratories to educate veterinary students in the use of ultrasonography, instructed large animal medicine and surgery residents in diagnostic ultrasound, and provided a consultation service for regional veterinarians. From 1988 to 1991, Dr. Gillis was a Large Animal Surgery Resident at the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital at U.C. Davis.

Prior to that, Dr. Gillis worked as an equine veterinarian, including eight years as sole owner of an equine practice. Her practice was equally split between racetrack and show horses with an emphasis on lameness and performance evaluation. Her practice also provided referral ultrasound examination service for four regional equine practices.

Dr. Gillis received her DVM in 1976 and a Ph.D in tendon and ligament pathology in 1995, both from U.C. Davis. She has completed additional continuing education courses in internal fixation techniques, arthroscopy, and ultrasound.

Dr. Gillis is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the American Association of Equine Practitioners, and the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine. She has published more than thirty journal articles and has presented at many international seminars and meetings.

Kevin Haussler

Kevin K. Haussler, DVM, DC, PhD, Diplomate ACVSMR

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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 Ph.D. 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.

Andris Kaneps

Andris J. Kaneps, DVM, PhD, Diplomate ACVS, Diplomate ACVSMR

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Dr. Andris Kaneps is a surgeon, lameness diagnostician, and clinical practitioner at the New England Equine Medical and Surgical Center in Dover, NH. He is a 1978 graduate of the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Kaneps completed his Master’s degree and Equine Surgery Residency in 1981 at The Ohio State University. He completed his doctorate at the 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.

An author of multiple scientific articles, Dr. Kaneps is the co-editor and author of Equine Sports Medicine and Surgery (Saunders 2004) and Equine Exercise Physiology (Saunders 2007). 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 orthopedic and soft tissue surgery, lameness diagnosis and treatment, sport horse performance issues and equine physical treatment.

Christopher E. Kawcak

Christopher E. Kawcak, DVM, PhD, Diplomate ACVS, Diplomate ACVSMR

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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.

Denis Marcellin-Little

Denis Marcellin-Little, DEDV, Diplomate ACVS, Diplomate ECVS, Diplomate ACVSMR
North Carolina

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Dr. Denis Marcellin-Little is a French-born veterinarian who graduated from the veterinary college of Toulouse in 1988. Dr. Marcellin-Little is a Diplomate of the American and European Colleges of Veterinary Surgeons and a Professor of orthopedic surgery at North Carolina State University.

Dr. Marcellin-Little has specific knowledge of animal physical therapy and rehabilitation. He is an adjunct clinical faculty member of the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of Tennessee, Chattanooga, and is actively involved in teaching and investigating this emerging field. Dr. Marcellin-Little chaired the International Symposium on Animal Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation in August 2004. He was a member of the organizing committee of the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation.

Dr. Marcellin-Little has written approximately 100 articles — half of these are peer-reviewed research projects in the fields of joint arthroplasty, (circular) external fixation, biomodeling, and biomanufacturing.

Wayne McIlwraith

C. Wayne McIlwraith, BVSc, PhD, DSc, FRCVS, Diplomate ACVS, Diplomate ACVSMR

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Dr. C. Wayne McIlwraith holds the positions of University Distinguished Professor, Barbara Cox Anthony University Endowed Chair in Orthopedics and is Director of the Orthopaedic Research Center at Colorado State University. He consults world-wide in equine orthopedic surgery, and has received national and international recognition for his contributions to orthopedic surgery and joint research. He is the author of four textbooks and has authored or co-authored over 400 refereed publications and textbook chapters, as well as presenting over 500 seminars, both nationally and internationally to equine practitioners, veterinary specialty groups and at human orthopedic meetings.

Dr. McIlwraith received his veterinary degree with distinction from Massey University in New Zealand in 1971 and did his surgical residency at Purdue University, as well as MS and PhD degrees in the area of joint disease (arthritis). He is Board Certified as a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons. He is Past-President of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons, the American Association of Equine Practitioners and the Veterinary Orthopaedic Society.

His honors include honorary doctorates from the University of Vienna (1995), Purdue University (2001), Massey University in New Zealand (2003), and the University of Turin (2004) and as well as being made a fellow of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons for meritorious contribution to learning in 1995. He received the Tierklinik Hochmoor Prize at Equitana, Essen, Germany for international contributions to equine orthopedics (1993), the Schering-Plough Award for Equine Applied Research for outstanding research work in equine locomotor disorders (1995), and the John Hickman Award for Equine Orthopaedics from the British Equine Veterinary Association (1997). He was inducted into the University of Kentucky Equine Research Hall of Fame in 2005 and was the Frank Milne lecturer (lifetime contribution award) from AAEP in 2005. Dr. McIlwraith was designated University Distinguished Professor in 2009, the highest recognition Colorado State University awards for outstanding accomplishments in research and scholarship.

Erica McKenzie

Erica McKenzie, BSc, BVMS, PhD, Diplomate ACVIM, Diplomate ACVSMR

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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.

Darryl Millis, MS, DVM, Diplomate ACVS, Diplomate ACVSMR

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Dr. Darryl Millis received his BS and DVM from Cornell University, MS from the University of Florida, and completed an internship and surgery residency at Michigan State University. He is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons, a founding charter member of the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation, and is Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine, where he serves as chief of surgery.

Dr. Millis is a co-editor of the Textbook of Small Animal Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation; Essential Facts of Physiotherapy in Dogs and Cats; Small Animal Physical Rehabilitation: Veterinary Clinics of North America-Small Animal Practice; Multimodal Management of Canine Osteoarthritis, and is a primary faculty member of the University of Tennessee Certificate Program in Canine Rehabilitation, which received the Outstanding Non-Credit Program Award from the Association for Continuing Higher Education.

Dr. Millis has received the World Small Animal Veterinary Association Iams Paatsama Award, the Pfizer Award for Research Excellence, the Distinguished Postdoctoral Veterinary Alumnus Award from Michigan State University, the Charles and Julia Wharton Distinguished Professor Award and the Chancellor’s Award for Professional Promise in Research and Creative Achievement from the University of Tennessee.

His primary areas of research interests include osteoarthritis, physical rehabilitation, and modulation of fracture healing with growth factors. Dr. Millis has delivered over 700 presentations at state, national and international meetings, and has authored over 50 publications, 30 textbook chapters, and 75 abstracts/proceedings.

William Moyer

William Moyer, DVM, Diplomate ACVSMR

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My undergraduate and professional education was completed (granting of DVM in 1970) at Colorado State University. I completed an internship and residency program in Equine Medicine and Surgery at the School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Pennsylvania in 1973. I owned and built a private, mixed animal practice in 1973 and remained in practice until 1980 and joined the University of Pennsylvania as an Assistant Professor of Equine Surgery. I developed the Equine Outpatient Clinic and ultimately combined those efforts with a full-time farrier operation at New Bolton Center. I was promoted through the professorial ranks and ultimately attained the rank of Professor of Equine Sports Medicine in 1990.

My clinical, teaching and research/scholarship efforts at the University of Pennsylvania focused on the equine athlete with a specific emphasis on therapeutic shoeing, lameness, and associated performance disorders. Collaborative efforts with farriers resulted in some of the early descriptions of improper shoeing and foot balance problems. We (Rob Sigafoos) developed hoof crack repair techniques, hoof wall surgical approaches and the development of specific hoof wall repair materials. We developed one of the still available glue-on shoes as well as working with various hoof wall adhesives. Additional efforts involved the design and construction of a training center with two different track surfaces in Fair Hill, Maryland. Collaborative efforts, utilizing the training facilities, with Dr. David Nunamaker was the beginning of major and productive efforts in understanding Wolf’s Law as it applies to the training and racing Thoroughbred race horse (more specifically, “bucked shins”).

I became the Head of the Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, Texas A&M University in 1993. Amongst the many responsibilities and accomplishments as Department Head was the development of a dedicated equine lameness service and obtaining a full-time corrective farrier. We have recently constructed a covered performance arena and most recently are developing a state-of-the-art imaging center capable of handling horses. I am presently President-elect for the American Association of Equine Practitioner and the Director of the Link Equine Research Endowment. As of July, 2010 I have produced 142 scientific publications (76 refereed, 66 non-refereed), the vast majority of which are centered on equine lameness/performance and foot/shoeing problems. I have provided 406 presentations (107 at the national and 49 at the international level).

Virginia B. Reef

Virginia B. Reef, DVM, Diplomate ACVIM (LA), Diplomate ACVSMR

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Dr. Virginia Reef is the Mark Whittier and Lila Griswold Allam Professor of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. In addition, she is also Chief of the Section of Sports Medicine and Imaging and Director of Large Animal Cardiology and Diagnostic Ultrasonography. Since she was a student at the Ohio State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Reef has been involved with the development and advancement of equine diagnostic ultrasound and echocardiography. As a student, she was involved in the initial research on M-mode echocardiography in cows, horses and cats. She continued with the development of diagnostic ultrasound, echocardiography and cardiology in the horse during her internship, residency and as a faculty member. When the high speed treadmill was added to the diagnostic and research armamentarium at the University of Pennsylvania, she was active in developing the cardiac portion of the evaluation of the sport horse with poor performance.

Dr. Virginia Reef is a 1979 graduate of The Ohio State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. After graduation she completed a rotating internship in large animal medicine and surgery and a residency in large animal medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine. Dr. Reef then became a lecturer in large animal medicine and the Director of the Large Animal Cardiology and Ultrasound Service. She has worked on the faculty at Penn for the past 24 years, advancing through the ranks of assistant, associate, and full professor. She was instrumental in establishing the Section of Sports Medicine and Imaging at New Bolton Center in 1995 and has been the Chief of that Section since its inception. She has trained many of academic clinicians focusing on equine cardiology and ultrasonography in the United States, as well as many individuals in private practice and overseas. Based on her many accomplishments, she was granted a prestigious endowed chair at Penn and currently serves as the Mark Whittier and Lila Griswold Allam Professor of Medicine.

Dr. Reef is an accomplished equine clinician and is arguably the world’s most expert and recognized equine cardiologist. She is renowned for her clinical work in spontaneous equine heart diseases and is internationally known in the general field of diagnostic ultrasound as applied to horses. She has been actively involved in the comprehensive poor performance evaluation of horses on the high speed treadmill. Her research interests are in the applications of diagnostic ultrasonography in the evaluation of equine tendon and ligament disease and the study of equine cardiac disease (arrhythmias, murmurs and myocardial disease) and their effect on performance. In addition she has studied the applications of diagnostic ultrasonography in a wide variety of equine medical problems. She has served as president of the Veterinary Ultrasound Society within the ACVR and as a member of numerous national and international committees for organizations including ACVIM and the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine. Her CV lists over 60 original articles and 50 published case reports focused mainly in equine cardiology and ultrasonography. Dr. Reef has also written over 70 book chapters and is the author and editor of a standard textbook on equine diagnostic imaging, Equine Diagnostic Ultrasound.

Janet Steiss

Janet E. Steiss, DVM, PhD, MS PT, Diplomate ACVSMR

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Dr. Janet Steiss is a Professor in the Department of Anatomy, Physiology and Pharmacology at the College of Veterinary Medicine, Auburn University. Dr. Steiss graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph, Canada (1975). After working in mixed practice, she returned to academia to study neurophysiology, and graduated with a PhD from the University of Georgia (1981). From 1986 to 1999, she was on faculty at Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine, focusing on electrodiagnostic testing, particularly electromyography, and research on neuromuscular diseases of dogs.

In order to pursue her interest in rehabilitation of neuromuscular disorders, she enrolled in the Masters Program in Physical Therapy at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and graduated in 2000. After serving briefly on faculty in the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences at UAB, she returned to veterinary medicine in 2001, as an Associate Professor at the College of Veterinary Medicine, Tuskegee University. She returned to Auburn University in 2004 where she teaches anatomy and continues to work in the area of canine rehabilitation.

Dr. Steiss served as president of the American Canine Sports Medicine Association from 2001-2003. She has authored/co-authored over 75 articles in scientific journals. Dr Steiss is a licensed physical therapist and is certified by the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society. She served as conference coordinator for the 6th Symposium of the International Association of Veterinary Rehabilitation and Physical Therapy, and currently serves on the IAVRPT executive board.

Robert A. Taylor, DVM, MS, Diplomate ACVS, Diplomate ACVSMR

Stephanie Valberg

Stephanie J. Valberg, DVM, PhD, Diplomate ACVIM, Diplomate ACVSMR

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Dr. Stephanie Valberg is professor and Director of the University of Minnesota Equine Center, St. Paul MN. She received her undergraduate degree and D.V.M. from the Ontario Veterinary College. Dr. Valberg completed a Ph.D. in equine exercise physiology at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences in Uppsala Sweden in 1986. After post doctoral work at the University of California–Davis in muscle disorder, Dr. Valberg completed a residency in large animal internal medicine at the University of California–Davis. She is a Board Certified by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine-LA. Dr. Valberg joined the faculty of the University of Minnesota, St Paul in 1993.

Dr. Valberg’s research centers on neuromuscular diseases in horses with a special focus on genetic diseases of skeletal muscle and their nutritional management. She has identified the genetic basis for equine diseases such as Overo Lethal White Syndrome, Glycogen Branching Enzyme deficiency and type 1 polysaccharide storage myopathy. Together with Kentucky Equine Research, Dr. Valberg developed the first low starch high fat feed (ReLeve) for horses with exertional muscle disorders. Her clinical work is focused on muscular disorders of sport horses. Dr. Valberg runs the Neuromuscular Diagnostic Laboratory which evaluates muscle biopsy samples from horses from around the world that have neuromuscular disorders.

She has received several research awards including the Distinguished Women Scholar Award at the University of Minnesota in 2008, the EquiSci International Award and two Pfizer Awards for research excellence in 2001 and 2010. Dr. Valberg has over 110 scientific publications. She is a frequent speaker at national and international veterinary, nutrition and genetic conferences.

Janet Van Dyke

Janet B. Van Dyke, DVM, Diplomate ACVSMR

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Dr. Janet Van Dyke is a 1981 graduate of the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine. She completed her internship and surgical residency at the Animal Medical Center in New York City in 1984. Practicing orthopedics and sports medicine, Dr. Van Dyke saw many canine patients that could benefit from rehabilitation therapy. In 2002, she founded the Canine Rehabilitation Institute to train and certify veterinarians, physical therapists, veterinary technicians, and physical therapist assistants in canine rehabilitation.

Dr. Van Dyke lectures nationally and internationally and consults regularly with state veterinary and physical therapy boards on legislature issues related to veterinary rehabilitation. She is currently serving on the board of directors of the International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management (IVAPM) and the American Association of Rehabilitation Veterinarians (AARV), and is Affiliate Faculty at Colorado State University's College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.

Joseph Wakshlag

Joseph J. Wakshlag, DVM, PhD, Diplomate ACVN, Diplomate ACVSMR
New York

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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.

M. Christine Zink

M. Christine Zink, DVM, PhD, Diplomate ACVP, Diplomate ACVSMR

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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.


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