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About Us

Dr. Kyla grew up with horses and spent most of her youth working at her mother's horse farm in Loretto, MN.  She has been riding horses since before she could walk and she has always felt a strong kinship and love for animals, especially horses.  Dr. Kyla is an experienced rider and trainer and has ridden through the Grand Prix level in dressage and Preliminary level in eventing.  Not only is she an experience rider but she also greatly values groundwork and horsemanship that acknowledges the horse's perspective.

 

Dr. Kyla initially became interested in chiropractic while training horses in California.  One of the horse trainers that she worked for brought in an equine chiropractor to treat the horses in training.  Kyla was amazed at how well the horses responded.  Not only did they perform better but they were also happier, more comfortable and more willing to work after being adjusted. 

After experiencing the profound effects of chiropractic care in both the horses she rode and herself, she decided to pursue a chiropractic career.  Dr. Kyla attended Northwestern Health Sciences University in Bloomington, MN where she completed her Bachelor of Science degree as well as Doctorate of Chiropractic degree with honors in 2006.  She completed her animal chiropractic training at Options for Animals College of Animal Chiropractic in Wellsville, Kansas.  She is certified by the IVCA (International Veterinary Chiropractic Association), the AVCA (American Veterinary Chiropractic Association) and she is a licensed chiropractor in both Minnesota and Georgia.  Dr. Kyla has also completed the Equine Rehabilitation Therapy Program at the Animal Rehab Institute in Loxahatchee, FL as well as training in equine massage therapy through Equinology.  She has attended countless bodywork seminars in techniques such as MFR (myofascial release), craniosacral therapy, soft tissue mobilization, osseous mobilization, stretching and relaxation techniques just to name a few.

 

Dr.  Kyla started the practice in 2006 and focuses on providing chiropractic, bodywork as well as exercise programs for horses.  She believes in an integrative approach to care in order to promote optimal health.  She is also a strong believer that bodywork is not something that you can rush with a horse.  A wise horseman once told her, "hurry makes worry" and when a person really starts to slow down and give the horse enough time and space to show you how he or she is feeling it really makes you realize how emotionally and physically unbalanced so many horses are.  Now they might not all look like the OTTB that's flying like a kite on the end of a lead rope but if you really listen they will tell you what they feel and need.  When it comes to bodywork it is essential to take the time to allow the horse to feel safe enough to be vulnerable and show you where they need help in a way that they can let go.

Dr. Kyla is passionate about teaching and was an instructor at Options for Animals College of Animal Chiropractic for both the basic and advanced courses from 2010 through 2016.  She has participated as a guest instructor for the Equine Sport Medicine rotation for fourth year vet students at the University of MN for over 10 years.  She also teaches technique continuing education seminars for Animal Chiropractors.  

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