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AAVA 2014 Annual Meeting-Speakers Bios
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AAVA 2014 Annual Meeting
Speaker Biographies 
 
 
Priscilla T. Limehouse, DVM, CVA, FAAVA is a 1980 graduate of Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine.  Dr. Limehouse practiced Western veterinary medicine and surgery for 12 years before becoming certified in Veterinary Acupuncture.  She is a trained massage therapist, schooled in conventional, myofascial, and deep tissue massage, and has completed the AVCA course in Veterinary Chiropractic.  She moved to California in 1992 to join the Limehouse Veterinary Clinic, and continued her study of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture at YoSan University of Traditional Chinese Medicine.  In 2010, she emigrated to the Idaho mountains, where she continues to practice.
She was certified as a Veterinary Acupuncturist through IVAS (International Veterinary Acupuncture Society) in 1992, and became a Fellow of the AAVA in 2007. Dr. Limehouse served as Chairperson of the Acupuncture Case Review Committee, and as a member of the IVAS Examination Committee.  She is one of the founding members, and a past President, of the American Academy of Veterinary Acupuncture, and is currently a member of the AAVA advanced certification exam committee.
 
Dr. Carolina Medina received a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from St. George's University in 2005.  During 2005-2006, she became certified in veterinary acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, Tui-na massage and Food Therapy by the Chi Institute of Chinese Medicine and the China National Society of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine.  In 2006, Dr. Medina completed a 14-month clinical internship in TCVM at the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine.  In 2010, she became certified in canine rehabilitation therapy through the Canine Rehabilitation Institute.  In 2013, she became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation.Dr. Medina held the position of Clinical Assistant Professor and Chief of Integrative Medicine Service at the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine from 2008-2013.  In 2006, she was one of the founders of both the American Association of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine as well as the American Journal of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine.  Dr. Medina has been an Associate Editor and regular contributor to the American Journal of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine since its inception.  She is on the Board of Directors for the International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management and the American Association of Rehabilitation Veterinarians.  She works as an acupuncturist and rehabilitation specialist at VCA Sacramento Veterinary Referral Center in Sacramento California.  Dr. Medina is currently the only boarded Diplomate of American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation (canine) in the state of California.
 
A 1977 graduated from the University of Gent Veterinary School, Dr. Maelfait became IVAS Certified in 1991.   Dr. Maelfait has spent the last 10 years doing equine acupuncture in partnership with Dr. Marvin Cain, one of the founders of IVAS and one of the earliest equine acupuncturists in the United States. 
Dr. Maelfait treats over 2,500 equine patients a year, 80% of which are thoroughbred race horses that compete at all levels, but many who have competed in such races as the Breeder's Cup, Kentucky Derby, Preakness, Belmont and other national and international races.  The other 20% are spread over other disciplines of equine competition such as Show, Dressage, Jumping, Western and Endurance, both nationally and internationally.  
She complements her acupuncture practice with customized herbal formulas that she and her company (Noah's Arc) have formulated to more specifically address the issues that horses in competition face today. 
 
Dr. Schoen received his D.V.M. from Cornell University, College of Veterinary Medicine, in 1978.  He also holds a Master's Degree in neurophysiology and  animal behavior from the University of Illinois.  Dr. Schoen received an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Becker College in 1998 for his contributions to Veterinary Medicine in pioneering Integrative Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Schoen established the Department of Acupuncture, the first in the world outside of China, at the Animal Medical Center in New York City in 1982.  He has held faculty positions,  Clinical Assistant Professorships,  at Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine and Tufts University College of Veterinary Medicine in addition to being a faculty member of the Chi Institute for Traditional Chinese Medicine. Dr. Schoen is a pioneer who has dedicated his professional career to the advancement of complementary, alternative and integrative veterinary medicine.  He is the founder and director of the Center for Integrative Animal Health, a division of Global Communications for Conservation, Inc. (GCC). Dr. Schoen is the co-editor of Complementary and Alternative Veterinary Medicine, Principles and Practice, (Mosby, 1998) and the editor of both Veterinary Acupuncture: Ancient Art  to Modern Medicine, (Mosby, 1994, 2nd edition 2001), and Problems in Veterinary Medicine: Veterinary Acupuncture,  (Lippencott, 1992).  Dr. Schoen is the author of "Kindred Spirits, How the Remarkable Bond between Humans and Animals Can  Change the Way We Live” (Broadway, Random House, 2001) and author of Love, Miracles & Animal Healing, (Simon & Schuster, 1995).  Dr. Schoen's  is currently working on a number of new projects to continue to develop innovative  natural nontoxic approaches to animal health, environmental health and human health care and integrate them into a  new interdisciplinary program with a commitment to compassionate care for all beings. In addition, through his blog www.kindredspiritsproject.com   Dr. Schoen is sharing his broader vision of Integrative Animal Health Care and creating a more compassionate society for the benefit for all beings. 
 
Dr. Donald Thompson was raised on a Registered Holstein-Friesian dairy farm on the Canadian border in Northern New York with nine siblings. Following graduation from Cornell University in 1984, Dr. Thompson developed a private mixed practice in Northern Vermont until its sale in 2012 and now practices in a mixed practice in the Southwestern Colorado town of Pagosa Springs with past IVAS president Dr. Dwight Hooton.
Dr. Thompson was certified in Veterinary Acupuncture by IVAS in 2004 and the Chi Institute of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine in 2009, followed by certification by both organizations in Chinese Herbal Medicine in 2010. In 2009, he achieved advanced certification in acupuncture by the American Academy of Veterinary Acupuncture, named the thirteenth Fellow of the AAVA.
Dr. Thompson has lectured twice in China as part of the Chi Institute's annual conference and has authored a chapter for the Chi Institute on Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine as it applies to ruminants and Southern American camelids for their textbook, "Practical Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine", pending publication.
 

Dr. Yamate received her BA in Biology from Amherst College in 1982, MBA in Marketing and Organizational Behavior from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University in 1991, and DVM from the University of California, Davis, in 2005. Dr. Yamate is certified in veterinary acupuncture, veterinary Chinese herbology, Chinese food therapy and veterinary Tui-na by the Chi Institute of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine and the China National Society of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine.

As a veterinary medical student, Dr. Yamate created and conducted three seminar courses on Complementary and Alternative Veterinary Medicine (CAVM) at UC Davis. Following graduation, she was in private practice in Northern California before completing an internship in large and small animal acupuncture at the University of Florida under the supervision of Dr. Huisheng Xie. Dr. Yamate has been a faculty member of the Chi Institute of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine since 2006 and the Chi Institute of Europe since 2008, teaching veterinary acupuncture, Chinese herbology, Tui-na and Chinese food therapy. She lectures internationally on CAVM and Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine for veterinary medical schools, conferences and clubs as well as general public events.

Currently, Dr. Yamate practices veterinary medicine at the Center for Integrative Animal Medicine in Davis, CA and is a contributing author to the upcoming text "Practical Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine”. She is a founding advisory board member of the American Journal of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine and is the membership committee chairperson for the AHVMA.