Meet Dr. John"I graduated from the University of Florida Veterinary School in 1981 and have been an exclusive Equine Practitioner in Marion county for 38 years. I have had several associates in my practice during that time. In the early 1990's I was employed in Australia for 6 months a year for 3 years. During that time I was mentored by a Scottish Veterinarian to do acupuncture on 6 horses which had reproductive concerns. The results were fantastic. I proceeded to find a course of instruction in China but was disappointed with the format and language concerns. I met Dr. Huisheng Xie in Florida1994 as he went on to establish and open the Chi Institute in Reddick, Florida. I began my training there in 2008, studying Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine with disciplines in acupuncture, herbal medicine, Tui-na, (an ancient form of bodywork or medical massage). I have become certified in many of these disciplines as well as Spinal Manipulation or "chiropractic". Currently, I am completing a 3 year Masters Degree in Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine with the completion of my thesis this summer. My Veterinary practice at this time is exclusively in this medicine."
Dr. John Approves Curry On A Stik’
"As a Veterinarian, I have been asked many times during my career to endorse products most of which were pharmaceuticals and for many reasons have not to date. Endorsement of this product is a no-brainer. I have shared that I wish to incorporate concepts of Traditional Chinese Medicine into the practice of grooming. That is, taking a mindful, connected approach to grooming allowing for a more fulfilled and effective experience. Of course one of the goals in grooming is to remove dirt and debris as well as shedding hair. My goal is to offer an enhanced experience to pay attention, at the moment, to what is happening in the horse's experience as well as the experience of the groomer. In Chinese Medicine, it is understood that when the energy(Qi) and the blood(Xue) is moving freely then there is no pain. When there is pain in the body than this process of free movement is restricted or Stagnant. It is common particularly in performance animals that areas over the shoulder, back and pelvis become stagnant. Many of the places in these areas are associated with recognized energy pathways or highways as well as minor connecting networks. Here is where the brush comes in. Recognizing these stagnant areas and utilizing specific techniques to move this stagnant Qi and Blood can effectively restore the flow and help prevent further stagnation leading to more pain and perhaps injury. So our interest is in not just selling a brush to a person, but educating them via the website to be more effective in the process and to enhance the experience of both horse and groomer."