AAVA 2014 Annual Meeting-Speakers Bios
AAVA 2014 Annual Meeting
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.
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
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
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
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.