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MCA Animal Chiropractic Webinar Series Day 2

Total Credits: 2 including 2 MBCE Animal Chiropractic

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Events |  Webinar |  Animal Chiropractic
Maya Meinhold Shelton, DC |  Stephanie Crawford, DC, CAC
1 Hour 54 Minutes
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Session 1: An Introduction to Graston Technique - Equine

6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Faculty: Dr. Stephanie Crawford

Instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization (IASTM) is a form of manual therapy that enables detection and treatment of fascial restrictions. Graston Technique is a unique, evidence-based form of IASTM that utilizes medical grade stainless steel instruments to amplify the feeling of palpation and expand the power of your hands as you work to identify soft tissue irregularities in the horse’s body.

Dr Stephanie Crawford DC, an instructor for Graston Technique – Equine, will describe the physiological basis for IASTM, the Graston Instruments, clinical applications for horses and research that has been done to investigate the effects of IASTM in humans and animals.

Learning Objectives:

By the end of this session, participants will be able to…

  1. Understand the theory and benefits of IASTM
  2. Become familiar with Graston Technique Instruments and Applications
  3. Understand the Clinical Applications of each Graston Instrument
  4. Develop a basic knowledge of Graston Technique as it pertains to Equine Treatment


Session 2: Equine Gait Analysis – A better understanding for animal chiropractic evaluation​

7:30 PM - 8:30 PM 

Faculty: Maya Meinhold Shelton, DC

This course will help animal chiropractors feel more confident in their skills involving gait analysis of the horse.  Gait analysis is an observational and systematic study of animal locomotion to help identify biomechanical asymmetries in the gait. Using this form of observation during each animal chiropractic evaluation can give the practitioner a better understanding of where an animal may need corrective work, how the chiropractic adjustment can alter movement, and offer a measure of improvement following treatment.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Be able to confidently observe a horse at walk, trot, canter, and backing while on a lunge line and in-hand to identify gait abnormalities.
  2. Properly identify correct gaits and their breed specific variations.
  3. Understand how to incorporate gait analysis into your evaluation and treatment plan.
  4. Be able to concisely describe and document your findings.



Maya Meinhold Shelton, DC Related Seminars and Products

Animal Connections Integrative Care

Dr. Maya Meinhold Shelton, DC earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science with an Equine Emphasis from the University of Wisconsin – River Falls.  She attended Northwestern Health Sciences University in Bloomington, MN for her chiropractic education and graduated with honors in 2015.  Immediately after graduation from NWHSU, Dr. Maya attended and completed the 5-week intensive program at Options for Animals College of Animal Chiropractic in Wellsville, KS.  Dr. Maya is certified in animal chiropractic through the International Veterinary Chiropractic Association (IVCA) and is licensed in both MN and WI to practice animal chiropractic.  Dr. Maya is also certified in Equine Myofascial Release Therapy through the John F. Barnes equine course.  She has served on an advisory committee for the WI State Veterinary Board regarding complementary and alternative therapies for animals and helped implement new changes to the veterinary statutes to help promote animal chiropractic care.  Dr. Maya co-owns and operates Animal Connections Integrative Care within the Twin Cities area with a focus on equine patients.  Dr. Maya is also the co-creator of the Equine Postural Balancing Technique that is taught in a tiered CE course offered to DVMs and DCs to help improve their equine adjusting skills.  To learn more please feel free to ask!

Stephanie Crawford, DC, CAC's Profile

Stephanie Crawford, DC, CAC Related Seminars and Products

On Course Chiropractic

Dr Stephanie Crawford is a Registered Chiropractor and Certified Animal Chiropractor. She treats a wide range of musculoskeletal disorders in a multidisciplinary rehab clinic in addition to operating a mobile equine practice.

Stephanie graduated from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in 2016 and holds an honours degree in English literature from Trent University. Prior to attending chiropractic college, she worked for five years as an equine veterinary assistant in a busy sport horse practice.

In 2016 Stephanie completed post-graduate training with the Veterinary Chiropractic Learning Centre to become a Certified Animal Chiropractor and has undergone additional testing to gain accreditation with the College of Animal Chiropractors. She completed Graston training in 2018 and is an advisor and instructor for Graston Technique-Equine.


Stephanie’s equestrian background includes over twenty years' experience training, competing and coaching in the English disciplines. She held a working student position with bio-mechanics expert Mary Wanless and later worked as a show groom for Olympic level show jumpers. She continues to train in dressage, and now runs fitness and biomechanics workshops for riders.

When she is not treating patients, Stephanie enjoys staying active in the great outdoors on rock climbing excursions with her partner Dan and their Husky-Shepherd, “Jasper”.