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 lover for animals. 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 as well as good horsemanship that acknowledges the horse's perspective.
Dr. Kyla initially became interested in chiropractic while riding horses in California. One of the horse trainers that she worked for training horses 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 is registered with the Minnesota Board of Chiropractic Examiners to practice as an Animal Chiropractor. 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 taken seminars on bodywork techniques such as MFR, craniosacral therapy, soft tissue mobilization, osseous mobilization, stretching, relaxation techniques as well as others.
Dr. Kyla started the practice in 2006 and focuses on providing chiropractic and bodywork services for horses. She is a strong believer that bodywork is not something that you can rush with a horse. A very 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 much anxiety that so many horses live with on a daily basis. 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 been a guest instructor for the Equine Sport Medicine rotation for fourth year vet students at the University of MN. She also teaches technique continuing education seminars for Animal Chiropractors. She currently resides in Delano, MN with her husband, dog and three horses.