I have been training dogs for 50 years in the areas of obedience, field, agility, and tracking.  I have titled many dogs over the years:  4 obedience/utility, 1 tracking, 2 master hunter, 3 senior hunter, and 1 master agility.  I am also a hunt test judge for the AKC.  I have been involved in the equine world since the age of 10.  I have shown hunters and jumpers, and dressage to second level.  I currently own two horses and ride and drive.


In addition to my equine practice for massage and rehab, I also teach  canine-conditioning courses at On the Run Canine Center in Hame Lake, Minnesota, and I consult and evaluate performance dogs at ABCTC (Ann Braue’s Canine Training Center) in Eau Claire, Wisconsin.  I am a consultant for veterinarians and the Ferno Company, an underwater treadmill company and distributor of therapeutic ultra sound and laser equipment. 

I have a Bachelor of Science in health and education, I am a Certified Veterinary Technician and a Certified Equine Sports Massage Therapist, and I was the first Veterinary Technician Practitioner licensed in the state of Minnesota through the MVMA (Minnesota Veterinary Medical Association).  During my 30-year career at the University of Minnesota, I have worked with equine lameness, surgery, and rehab.  I have lectured and trained many veterinary students in the areas of canine and equine gait analysis, radiology, surgical technique, animal handling, rehab, and conditioning.

I continue to be a guest lecturer in the Integrative Medicine courses at the University of Minnesota VMC.  I became certified as a Canine Rehab Practitioner, and developed the University’s Veterinary Medical Center Canine Rehab facility.

  • In 2008, I was a speaker at the International Association of Veterinary Rehabilitation and Physical Therapy (IAVRPT) symposium in Minneapolis on the topic of “Conditioning the Performance Dog.”
  • In 2006, I attended the IAVRPT symposium in Holland.
  • In 1997, I published and presented a paper on “Guttural Pouch Catheter: Production and Placement” at the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP).
  • In 1994, I published a paper titled “Taking a 1,800-Pound Draft Horse to Surgery” in Veterinary Teaching Hospitals News publication. 

Professional affiliations:

  • AAEP (American Association of Equine Practitioners)
  • IAVRPT  (International Association of Veterinary Rehab and Physical Therapy) 
  • MVMA  (Minnesota Veterinary Medical Association) 
  • ACSMA (American Canine Sports Medicine Association)

That dog hunts? Yes, poodles can make good hunting dogs, too!

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December 11, 2008 - 4:07 PM
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