We love working with other equine professionals to bring your horse the team approach to health and wellness!
Farrier of Smokin' C Equine
Kody Calhoon, of Smokin’ C Equine, joined the in-house farrier team at Energy Equine in 2020. Prior to that, Kody was a familiar face at our clinic, mentoring under Matt Humpage, and working on many cases alongside him. Kody deeply believes in continued education, and has been a regular attendee of many of our CE events, as well as others. He is a graduate of the Oklahoma State Horse Shoeing School and has tailored his skillset to trimming and shoeing for the performance horse. We already know he will be a great addition to our in-house team, and are excited to have another dedicated day available for farrier services at Energy Equine. He currently works out of Energy Equine in Airdrie on Monday’s, and every other Tuesday at Synergy Equine in Dewinton.
RVT, EqD at Lait Equine Services
Allie Lait works alongside our veterinarians to perform equine dentistry services. She is a graduate of the Animal Health Technology program through Olds College, and is a graduate of the Texas Institute of Equine Dentistry in Weatherford, TX. She was instructed by Master Certified Equine Dentist, Randy Reidinger. Allie uses a combination of manual and power tools to achieve dental equilibration. All horses are sedated to minimize stress. Allie’s passion is not only in helping horse’s feel and achieve their best, but continued professional learning and the ability to educate clients and professionals, alike.
Owner & Bodyworker at Vitality Equine
Brigitte Meyer of Vitality Equine has been the in-house massage therapist for Energy Equine since 2018. Brigitte has successfully collaborated with Energy Equine on numerous cases. Brigitte is a talented massage therapist, with a strong background rooted in science and a passion for the horses she works on. She believes in facilitating healing for all equine athletes to help them feel and move their best. Brigitte holds a B.Sc in Biology, is a certified EEBW (Equinology Equine Body Worker), an active member of the IEBWA (International Equine Body Workers Association), is an FEI Permitted Equine Therapist and is fully insured.
Bodyworker at InHand Equine Therapy
Beginning her practice, InHand Equine Therapy in 1996, bodyworker Tina Watkins, EST EEBW3, combined her passion for horses and her desire to be in the complementary healing industry.
Tina specializes in the optimization of health and improvement of performance in equine and canine athletes through a holistic approach. She uses a multiple modality approach, where she is able to customize therapies to facilitate the greatest degree of healing for the animal. A true student of wellness, one of Tina’s core values is continuous study, this has introduced her too many teachers and modalities making her education and experience truly well rounded. Believing that animal wellness and peak performance is only achieved by creating a wellness team around the athlete, Tina has made it a priority to develop relationships with other professionals in the industry. These relationships have not only enhanced the care given to the animal but increased knowledge and understanding of how an integrated approach is key to wellbeing. Many of you will be familiar with Tina through Energy Equine, her and Dr. Hewlett have worked closely and collaborated together for years. She is also the driving force between our highly successful Team Approach Dissections, and is a familiar face at our Sports Therapy Lecture Series.
Bodyworker at Inhand Equine Therapy
Bodyworker Kim Krebs, EST, EEBW has a long-time passion for horses which led her to enrol in Olds College after high school, where she took both the western training major as well as the entrepreneurship and rural small business major. From there she worked for various highly successful cutting horse trainers as their loper/barn manager fro 1997-2012.
Through her work at training operations, she felt that there was more she could be doing to help equine athletes achieve their utmost abilities. With that spark of passion she enrolled in the BC College of Equine Therapy and was instantly hooked. While starting her new career she also held administrative positions to help pay for daily bills and in Feb 2013 she was diagnosed with stage three breast cancer. This brought her work to a temporary halt as she concentrated on her own health. Through her healing journey she was introduced to Craniosacral therapy. Because of the changes she felt through her body while receiving this light touch therapy and from the incredulous results that she achieved that befuddled even her oncology team, she pursued learning this modality for horses. She love’s how horses respond to this therapy and the results achieved!
In 2016, she slowly began working with horses as she gained her strength back and enrolled in the Equinology program to further and advance her education. One of Kim’s major passions is continuing education and learning from other team members in the industry.
Bodyworker at Arrow Equine
Since 2009, Arrow Equine has been a part of the performance horse world and she actually began her journey as a Registered Veterinary Technologist as Dr Chad Hewlett’s head technologist with Energy Equine Veterinary Services back in the day!
Sara is a talented insured therapist and is a certified EST (Equine Sports Therapist), EEBW (Equinology Equine Body worker), NKTE (NeuroKinetic Therapist Equine), as well as sits on the executive board of the IEBWA (International Equine Body Workers Association).
Sessions with Arrow Equine entail an entire body assessment, combining gait and postural assessments, identify potential asymmetries or dysfunctions. Sara utilizes her extensive knowledge in soft tissue mobilization techniques, kinesio taping, massage, aromatherapy, myofascial release, craniosacral therapy, acupressure, stretching, exercise/stretch programs and spinal range of motion in any session depending on what is required to bring forth the potential in all athletes.
Osteopath at Thunderbird Equine Therapy
Equine osteopath, Charmayne Shapely, of Thunderbird Equine Therapy strives to make horse’s work better, run faster and overall feel amazing. Thunderbird Equine Therapy specializes in mobilizing to increase the performance of your horse. Charmayne works alongside our veterinary team when they are performing pelvic room exams. These exams are utilized in patients that show mobility problems in their spine. Mobility issues are thought to be linked to ovary or gelding scar adhesion, kidney, uretor or bladder restriction. After our examination, Charmayne follows with an equine osteopathic session on the same horse where she mobilizes areas of concern. The collaboration and results from Energy Equine working with Charmayne Shapely have been incredible, and we are honoured she works out of our facility regularly.
Physiotherapy for People & Horses
Clinic Owners and Physiotherapists: Sandra Oxtoby and Keira Forsyth attended their Masters of Science in Physiotherapy together at the University of Alberta. While here, they shared a vision of opening a physio practice that could help everyone and anyone, while having expertise in equestrian athletes.
Together at Equus Physio their primary focus is to assess, diagnose and treat injuries, dysfunctions and asymmetries. Their therapy will help restore optimal level of functioning through education, therapeutic exercise, medical modality equipment and manual hands-on treatment.
They offer 1 on 1 treatments to ensure the therapist is entirely focused on your needs. Treatment times are longer than the average clinic. This makes sure therapist isn't rushing through appointments and allows you to feel comfortable. They believe in not only rehabilitation but also prehabilitation (preventing injuriess) and they provide each equestrian and equine with an individualized home exercise program that is tailored to your individual discipline and specific dysfunction. As competitive riders themselves, they know equine sports and understand the importance of getting back in the saddle.