Prior to my equine life I attended the University of Cincinnati, I was in the Nursing program-I have several credits in Algebra, sociology, Psychology, Chemistry, English.
Bought my first horse in 1988
Dressage instruction 1991-2000 up to 2nd Level
1997-1999 Apprenticed with Dr. Mark Haverkos, assisting on calls with the Horses, learning from him about skeletal evaluation, subluxations, etc. continued after becoming a CESMT in 1999. Worked alongside him for 5yrs, 1-2 nights per week. I still work with him when I can, and he contacts me for his clients that need Massages. Recently started also working with Dr. Ron Leick, board member and tester for the AVCA.
HTA LEVEL 1 2003 (Healing Touch for Animals)
HTA LEVEL 2 2004
2 Day Chiropractic Seminar/Clinic hosted for Dr. Kamen
4 yrs Internship with Dr. Nancy Nicholson Equine Biomechanics (working with Nancy on a weekly basis, learning correctness from her, sitting at shows with her, lessons, etc. to learn what is correct and what is not)
2017 Reiki 1
Developed Rehab Therapies over the years to help horses with EPM, Arthritis, Cold and Sway Back, Chronic Bucking problems.
Proud to be the only School that can offer this-to make my students unique!
Summer of 2011 I added the Levels Classes-the CERT Certification is no longer available, you will receive the CERTS at Level 2 (Certified Equine Rehab Therapy Specialist) Amassage Method™ Levels 1-3, for more information and training for my students
MORGAN BILLINGS-Spring Hill, TN INSTRUCTOR
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I want to introduce myself for the ones you don’t know me. My name is Morgan, I have been a Licensed Massage Therapist and Equine Sports Massage Therapist for 12 years. I went to school at ITMM in Nashville TN to become a Licensed Massage Therapist , once I graduated I went to Ocala Florida to learn how to do Equine Massage back in 2002.
I was an instructor at a Licensed Massage Therapist in a school in Columbia TN. I decided to branch off and teach Equine Sports Massage to owners/ riders and trainers.
Morgan has been studying the Amassage Method, and will be starting to teach in March 2015. Her background with race horses (exercise rider)and hunter jumpers gives her the knowledge and experience needed to work around horses and the training as an INSTRUCTOR FOR HUMAN MASSAGE gives her knowledge and training to train you to work on horses!
I have been riding since 1985, and my trainer was Jennifer Ballard at Willow Hall Stables in Franklin TN. I started out english and showed for many years. Took a break and started riding western and training Race horses and steeplechase horses… I did that for 6 years. Trained everything from hunter jumpers, western pleasure, barrels, poles, trail. Been giving lessons since 1991
MELISA PERSHON-UTAH INSTRUCTOR
Licensed Massage Therapist, Trained in Cranial, Shiatsu, Russian, Myofascial Massage for Humans and Kinesiology. Equine: CESMT, Certified in Equine Nutrition, Horse Owner, Soap Maker, and soon to be Equine Massage Instructor here in the state of Utah. I am the public relations person for the American Saddlebred Association of Utah.
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I am a LMT, Certified with NCTMB, Member of AMTA, Certified in Equine Shiatsu, and Sports/Biomechanics/Rehabilitation. I started using oils when I was 23-24 going through Cosmetology and Aesthetics, and I am now 40. I also found myself back in the day on the journey of being a CNA and Certified Medical Assistant. When I was a kid I was on the horse judging team,… Secretary, Reporter, and Chapter Sweetheart in FFA, and I earned my FFA awards. I have college credits in Animal Science, and 1 year away from my Bachelor’s in Alternative health. I also took a Certification class in Equine Nutrition. I know a lot of schooling for one person but each step has taken me to more knowledge of the human and equine body to help me in the future. I should have just become a vet but I wouldn’t change what I have done. I am too big of a softy to see animals suffer.
SW MICHIGAN-CHRISTY J. LAPORTE
BACHELORS DEGREE IN SCIENCE/VET TECH LARGE ANIMALS
Associates Degree in Science, studied Veterinary Technology. I was one of the lucky students who was able to do my Internship with a local large animal vet. I learned a lot in those 3 months, was astonished how many calls we went to for lame horses! After finishing school, I still continued to work on the racehorse farm and I got a job working at a Small Animal Emergency Clinic.
I decided to further my education wanting to work with large animals. I then went to Midwest Natural Healing for Animals in Milan, In, an Equine Massage Therapy & rehab school. I received my Level 1 certification and have started on my Level 2, which involves Trigger Point therapy. Beverly Brady is the Instructor, and continues to be, plus she is a wonderful mentor. She was a huge success for me launching my business. Her years of knowledge and references make her one of the best Equine Rehab Massage schools around.
I bring to the community over 25 + years experience working with thoroughbreds. I used to show horses, so I know how important it is to have a horse that moves and carries himself like a pro. I was a 4-h member for many years and still continue to be involved with the youth as much as possible.
I started my own business, Cj’s Equine Sports Massage Therapy in April 2014. I am proud to say I have over 80 clients that range from western pleasure to event horses and look forward to many more. I enjoy what I do and I have helped many owners and horses overcome issues, some of what horse owners were ready to give up.
MY MENTOR DR. MARK HAVERKOS (DVM)
Mark P. Haverkos, DVM
Dr. Haverkos is a 1982 graduate of The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine, and currently owns a practice in his hometown of Oldenburg, Indiana. Dr. Haverkos is widely recognized for his expertise in the fields of alternative and integrative veterinary medicine, with a special interest in acupuncture, chiropractic, and homeopathy. Although he runs a single doctor practice, he often travels to other states to adjust patients and lecture at veterinary conferences.
The Veterinary Holistic Care staff extends a warm welcome to Dr. Haverkos during his frequent visits to Maryland. We are pleased to be able to offer his services to our clients. Dr. Haverkos is no stranger to the veterinary staff here at VHC: he and Dr. Monique Maniet were both founding members of the American Holistic Veterinary Association in 1984.
Dr. Haverkos was a guest speaker at the 1986, 1992, 1993, 1999, 2000,
2003, 2004 and 2005 annual congress of the American Holistic Veterinary Associationand the 2004 annual convention of the American Veterinary Medical Association. He currently serves as a
member of the Council of Elders for the American Holistic Veterinary Assn .
He is currently listed it the Who’s Who in Veterinary Medicine.
And has been featured in various magazines, journals, newspapers and book publications. During the past eleven years, he has held numerous chiropractic teaching seminars for veterinarians throughout the United States and Spain
Shortly after graduating from Ohio State, Haverkos became the veterinarian for the Hopi Indian tribe in Northeastern Arizona, until 1989.
“That was an eye-opening experience for a young veterinarian,” he says. “I learned to view animals as individuals and that they have feelings and are willing to work with you if you are willing to do the same with them”.
“They will tell you everything that you need to know if you are able to read it. What I learned on the reservation would have taken me years longer in a standard practice. Animals respond to alternative therapy largely because I think they are are much more in tune with their innate, native intelligence, with that part of you that keeps you alive.”