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AAVA Board of Directors & Officers-2018-2019


Lynelle Graham, DVM, MS, DACVAA, CVA, CVC (2018-2019)

Dr. Graham is a veterinary anesthesiologist with a strong interest in chronic pain management and geriatric pet care. She completed her acupuncture training (1999-2000), chiropractic training (2000-01), and herbal training (2004-05) after her anesthesiology residency.  After 15 years as a faculty member at the University of Minnesota CVM, she will be moving into a new faculty position at the University of Illinois CVM, where she will be part of both the established anesthesia service and a developing integrative pain management service.  

As a person who trains future practitioners, She wants to bridge that gap between academia and private practice.  Dr. Graham already climbed the learning curve in her previous BOD service, so she is ready to jump in and make progress!

Vice President:

Carol Gifford, DVM, CVA, FAAVA (2018-2019)

Dr. Gifford's interest in veterinary acupuncture started during veterinary school at Tufts.  She earned her DVM in 2003 and was IVAS certified in 2007.  Since then, she has been passionately practicing veterinary acupuncture.  She has been a member of the AAVA since 2006 and a Fellow of the Academy since 2014. Dr. Gifford was a Teaching Assistant for the IVAS course in 2012-13. She is a liaison between the AAVA and AHVMA, serves as one of the ten AAVA representatives to the IVAS House of Delegates, as well as the chairperson for the AAVA Public Relations Committee.  Currently, she owns and operates a house-call complementary-only practice in the Columbus, OH area.


Past President:

Maurice F. Casey, III DVM, CVA (2018-2019)

Dr. Maurice Casey received his DVM Degree from Araneta University, The Philippines. While attending LSU for his year of Clinical rotations, his first daughter, Brianne was born.   As he has always enjoyed all types of animals, he took his first job in Clifton, Va. at Deepwood Vet Clinic, a mixed practice. HIs second daughter Shannon was born while he worked there. 

In 1986, Dr. Casey purchased the Marianna Animal Hospital in Marianna, Fla.  It was a companion animal practice that he expanded to also include the treatment of horses and wild life.  During his time in Florida, he began to realize that while Western medicine had its positive points, it was not the "Holy Grail" he had initially thought it was.  He became interested in acupuncture and attended the IVAS Congress in Atlanta in 1990.  In 1993 he enrolled in the IVAS basic acupuncture certification course and the "Journey" began and continues today. 

In 1994 Dr. Casey sold his practice in Florida and moved to Marshall, Virginia with wife Diane and 3 children, Sean was born while in Florida. He started Casey Veterinary Services which is a performance horse-based cliental with emphasis on lameness evaluation.  Acupuncture and adjustments are a major component of our evaluation and treatment. 

He is a lifelong horse enthusiast.  In addition to his veterinary practice, he owns a Thoroughbred breeding farm and his foals have competed successfully in the sales ring and on the race track.


Matthew W. Fricke,DVM, CVA, ANT-C (2018-2019)


Dr. Matthew Fricke graduated from Washington State University in 1994.  During his final year in school, his friend and classmate completed her IVAS training, and he realized that acupuncture needed to be part of his veterinary toolset.  Matthew trained with IVAS in 1999 and enthusiastically incorporated acupuncture into his daily Integrative practice, along with Chinese Herbal Medicine, nutritional therapy, and osteopathic physical/manual therapy (ANT).  He also utilizes therapeutic low-level laser/photon therapy, stem cell therapy, and laser surgery to provide his patients with the best care he can.

Dr. Fricke has practiced at McKenzie Animal Hospital since 1995, where he enjoys providing integrative care for dogs, cats, small mammals, birds, reptiles, occasional marsupials and alpacas, as well as local raptor and wildlife rehabilitators.

He has served on the Board and Scientific Committee of the Wild West Veterinary Conference since 1998, and established and coordinates the Complementary/Alternative - Integrative Medicine track at that conference.  He also is developing the Integrative Medicine track at the new Chicagoland Veterinary Conference.  Matthew also had the great experience of being a Teaching Assistant for the 2011-2012 IVAS Basic Course in Portland, Oregon, meeting many new student and instructor friends.

Since 2003, Dr. Fricke has trained in osteopathic physical therapy with Patricia Kortekaas and Full Spectrum Canine Therapy.  He was certified in the ANT technique in the first U.S. certification class in 2017, and has assisted in the courses as a teaching assistant for the last several years.

Matthew lives north of Eugene, Oregon with his wife Katharine, and his two daughters, Lydia and Caroline.  They share a wonderful rural property with their dogs, cats, bird and bunny, and enjoy outdoor sports and home projects.

Matthew is grateful for the amazing opportunities he has had to learn and apply all these healing modalities, and looks forward to continuing to help others to enrich their patients’ lives and health.




Michelle Tilghman, DVM, CVA, CCRP (2017-2019 1st term)

Dr. Michelle Tilghman has been practicing veterinary medicine since 1982.  She is a member of  American Veterinary Medical Association, AVMA, International Veterinary Acupuncture Society, IVAS, American Acupuncture Veterinary Academy, AAVA, and the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Society, AHVMA. A graduate of the University of Georgia’s Veterinary School, she has focused her career on complementary modalities, utilizing her Western education coupled with her knowledge of Eastern medicine, which has been around for over three thousand years.  She has been certified as an acupuncturist through IVAS since 1984, and she received certification as a canine rehabilitation practitioner (CCRP) at the University of Tennessee in 2004.  As an international educator, she has taught in Brazil, Belgium, and Germany (to name only a few of the countries in which she has taught), where she instructed veterinary students and doctors in over forty sessions on the topics of acupuncture, rehabilitation, and complementary modalities.  She was an adjunct professor at Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine.  In 2010, she was invited to be a guest lecturer at Grand Rounds at Purdue University’s School of veterinary medicine. She is a contributing author of the second edition of Veterinary Acupuncture: Ancient Art to Modern Medicine (Schoen Am, St Louis, 2001, Mosby). Her magazine articles are in the Animal Wellness Magazine.


Linda Rydgig, DVM, CVA, FAAVA (2018-2020 1st term)

I am a native Californian and a 1994 graduate of the University of California Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine. I was IVAS certified in 2000 and completed the Advanced Equine Acupuncture course from the Chi Institute in 2004. I have completed the TCVM Kidney/Geriatric/Urinary Herbal module. In 2016, I became a Fellow in the AAVA. I am a partner in an equine ambulatory sport horse practice in Southern California. 

I have been a member of the AAVA conference committee since 2012 and chairperson since March 2014. Together we have put on the Annual congress in 2015, '16, '17 and 2018.  We have also set up many 1-day seminars throughout the years. I worked closely with the Executive board, general board and other national and international organizations while chair of the Conference committee. 



Jennifer Kareklas, DVM, CVA, FAAVA (2018-2020 1st term) 

Jennifer Kareklas is an integrative small animal veterinarian at Bloomingrove Veterinary Hospital in North Greenbush, NY.  She is certified in acupuncture through IVAS and MAV, and in Chinese Herbal Veterinary Medicine through CIVT.  Prior to returning to New York last year, she was practice owner/veterinarian of Palouse Holistic Veterinary Care in Pullman, Washington for 5 years, where she had a small farm with dairy goats, chickens, a llama, dogs, and cats.  She graduated from Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2006 but has been studying acupuncture, whole foods nutrition, and herbal medicine since 1997.  After graduation she worked in mixed animal practice in Glastonbury, CT for several years before moving to WA.  When she is not working she enjoys settling into her new upstate NY farm, fostering cats, hiking with her children and dogs, and traveling.  

Executive Director:
Deloris Green Gaines