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Lori Bidwell



  • Acupuncture and Ponies: The Treatment Schedule Leading Up to the USEF Pony Finals

  • Acupuncture for Equine Sports Medicine Cases: Treatment Differences Between Polo Ponies, Dressage and Show Hunters and Jumpers

Dr. Lori Bidwell is a 2001 graduate of Michigan State University, a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Anesthesia and Analgesia and a certified veterinary acupuncturist.  She did her internship at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, Kentucky, and completed her anesthesia residency at Michigan State University.   She was the head of anesthesia at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital and Lexington Equine Surgery and Sports Medicine and has been on faculty at Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine and Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine.   In 2015 she co-founded East West Equine Sports Medicine, a sports medicine practice that covers veterinary services for hunter/jumper circuits on the West and East Coasts.   Dr. Bidwell also consults in anesthesia for equine practices, teaches part of a study abroad program in Thailand and South Africa and speaks and teaches nationally and internationally.  Dr. Bidwell competes with her horses in the amateur owner jumper divisions.

Grace Buchanan



  • The Use of Acupuncture for Treatment of Aural Sarcoidosis

Dr. Buchanan graduated from North Carolina State College of Veterinary Medicine in 2011.  She was certified by IVAS in veterinary acupuncture and certified by IVCA in animal chiropractic.  Dr. Buchanan works in general equine practice in western North Carolina with a strong interest in acupuncture and chiropractic as well as sports medicine.

Julia Christopher-White


Friday, April 8

  • Treatment of Chronic Decreased Tone of the Lower Esophageal Sphincter and Thoracic Esophageal Dysmotility in a Six Year Old Quarter Horse Mare

Dr. Julia Christopher-White, received her DVM from Kansas State University, in 2011.  Following graduation, she completed an internship at Interstate Equine Hospital I Goldsby, OK, in 2012 and became an associate in the practice until 2013.  Dr. Christopher-White started her practice with her husband Dr. David White in 2014 and shortly thereafter pursued education in complementary medicine of chiropractic and acupuncture.  Dr. Christopher-White, completed her veterinary acupuncture certification through IVAS in 2016.  Her professional interests involve the use of chiropractic and acupuncture in horses for optimization of athletic performance.  In her spare time, she enjoys being with her husband and son taking care of their cow/calf operation, mountain biking and hiking.

Mary Masterson


Friday, April 8

  • Acupuncture for Equine Sports Medicine Cases: Treatment Differences Between Polo Ponies, Dressage and Show Hunters and Jumpers

Dr. Masterson is a graduate of the Tufts University Veterinary School and completed an internship in equine medicine and surgery at Alamo Pintado Equine Medical Center. She completed her acupuncture certification at Colorado State University in 2007. Dr. Masterson travels the hunter jumper show circuit much of the year, both working as a veterinarian and competing in the jumpers. She spends the winter season working the showjumping and polo circuit in southern California. Dr. Masterson has had horses all her life and competed extensively in the hunter jumper discipline as a junior. She actively shows her warmblood gelding, Click.

Anna Portnoy


Friday, April 8

  • TCVM Treatment for a 7-Year-Old Doberman Pinscher Diagnosed With Severe Degenerative Joint Disease (DJD) of the Hocks

  • TCVM Treatment for a Geriatric Spayed Domestic Shorthair (DSH) Feline With Chronic Gastrointestinal Disease

Over the course of my adult life I have had a varied carrier.  I graduated from college with a BA in Sociology.  One of my areas of interest was public health.  At that time my mother was a professor in the Dept. of Nursing and she had done a series of interviews with “alternative practitioners” including a Native American medicine man (“Hawk Little John”).  She also introduced me to “The barefoot doctors” (These were farmers in rural China who were taught some traditional western and eastern medical skills including Acupuncture and they provided medical care to their neighbors.)  The ideas of alternative and eastern medicine intrigued me.

I began my career as a veterinarian and soon realized there are some limitations to certain animal’s response to western medicine.  In Veterinary School, I observed positive results in certain chronic diseases using eastern medicine (specifically Acupuncture and herbs).  Some common diseases can be very responsive to Acupuncture (Osteoarthritis, pain, Kidney disease, dermatological conditions and anxiety).  I wanted to add this philosophy and medicine to my “tool box”.  I received my CVA in 2016.

I have seen wonderful results and am so happy that I have another powerful tool to treat these chronic frustrating diseases.

Michelle Schraeder


Friday, April 8

  • Basic Neurophysiology of Pain and Acupuncture

  • Proof of Acupuncture Effectiveness and Validity

  • Sang Paio Xiao Wan and Heart/Kidney Disconnect

Dr. Michelle Schraeder graduated from The Ohio State University in 1985.  She is certified in veterinary acupuncture, Veterinary Chinese Herbal Medicine, and veterinary Tui-na (massage). Dr. Schraeder is a Fellow of the American Academy of Veterinary Acupuncture (FAAVA) and has also obtained a Masters of Education in College and Continuing Education. Presently she is chair of the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society’s (IVAS) International Education Committee and an IVAS board member. Dr. Schraeder has been a speaker at various US and international veterinary conferences, and is involved in teaching at several veterinary courses, nationally and online.  She practices integrative medicine, utilizing Traditional Chinese Medicine with conventional medicine, at her clinic Mountain Veterinary Hospital in Bellingham, Washington.

Joan Winter


Friday, April 8

  • (Equine Head) Shake, RATTLE And ROLL

Dr. Winter works in Southern California as a mixed animal veterinarian treating companion animals.  She also volunteers her time as the shelter veterinarian at the Northwest SPCA.  It is her mission to diagnose and treat the symptoms and underlying root deficiencies in her patients.  Dr. Winter does this by integrating Western and Eastern Veterinary Medicine.  She has had great success utilizing both principles and finds private practice very satisfying.  Dr. Winter is the only veterinarian in her area that she knows of, that treats mixed animals in this fashion.

Bonnie Wright


Friday, April 8

  • Revisiting the Value of the Vagus

  • Temporal Summation, Descending Noxious Inhibitory Control, and Other Reasons That We Need Each Other

  • Expected and Unexpected Outcomes From Acupuncture Research

Dr. Bonnie Wright was born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She accomplished her DVM at Colorado State University and a residency in Anesthesia and Critical Patient Care at The University of California, Davis. She has lived in Colorado since 2001.

Dr. Wright is board certified in Veterinary Anesthesia and Analgesia. She has earned certificates in Medical Acupuncture, Veterinary Pain Practitioner, Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner, Canine Rehabilitation Therapist and advanced training canine musculo-skeletal imaging.  She works and teaches in the areas of anesthesia, pain medicine, medical acupuncture, regenerative medicine and rehabilitation.

She has two adult sons, several wonderful dogs, cats and an unknown number of wild hogs. She spends time exercising and building her off-grid Hawaiian farm with her life partner.