Kyla Awes, DC
Certified Animal Chiropractor
Dr. Kyla grew up with horses and spent most of her youth working at her mother's horse farm in Loretto, MN. She has been riding horses since before she could walk and she has always been passionate about animals. Dr. Kyla is an experienced rider and trainer and has ridden through the Grand Prix level in dressage and Preliminary level in eventing. In her youth she was a member of North Star Pony Club and she is a "B" graduate.
Dr. Kyla initially became interested in chiropractic while riding horses in California. One of the horse trainers that she worked for regularly brought in an equine chiropractor to treat the horses in training. Dr. Kyla was amazed at how well the horses responded to the chiropractic care. Not only did they perform better but they were also happier, more comfortable and more willing to work after being adjusted.
After experiencing the profound effects of chiropractic care in both the horses she rode and herself, she decided to pursue a chiropractic career. Dr. Kyla attended Northwestern Health Sciences University in Bloomington, MN where she completed her Bachelor of Science degree as well as Doctorate of Chiropractic degree with honors in 2006. She completed her animal chiropractic training at Options for Animals School of Animal Chiropractic in Wellsville, Kansas. She is certified by the IVCA (International Veterinary Chiropractic Association) and registered with the Minnesota Board of Chiropractic Examiners to practice as an Animal Chiropractor. Dr. Kyla has also completed the Equine Rehabilitation Therapy Program at the Animal Rehab Institute in Loxahatchee, FL as well as training in equine massage therapy through Equinology.
Dr. Kyla started the practice in 2006 and focuses on providing chiropractic care for horses. While horses are her specialty enjoys working with all species of animals and even the occasional bird when she has the opportunity. She also enjoys being able to share her knowledge with other Chiropractors and Veterinarians by teaching at Options for Animals College of Animal Chiropractic from 2010 through 2016. She currently resides in Independence, MN with her husband, two horses, and two dogs.
Maya Meinhold, DC
Certified Animal Chiropractor
Dr. Maya Meinhold has always had a passion for animals. Since she was a little girl she knew her life's work would involve animals in some way. It took many years of hard work, but Dr. Maya was never swayed in her determination to help our 4-legged companions. Dr. Maya joined the Animal Connections team in 2015 to offer chiropractic care and provide a new, integrative form of healthcare for your beloved animals.
Dr. Maya has a special place in her heart for all animals, and horses have garnered most of her attention. Starting at age six, Dr. Maya began taking Hunter/Jumper lessons for 7 years and would often try to convince her mother that she could take care of a pony in the backyard of their South Minneapolis home. After moving to a new home with acreage in Northwestern Wisconsin, Dr. Maya was able to have her own horses and continued to be very involved within the equine community. Most of Dr. Maya’s riding experience involves Western riding with emphasis in Reining and Working Ranch Horse. Besides horses, Dr. Maya has always loved dogs. She has a passion for saving the lives of animals and has upheld this with always providing a home for rescue dogs. Currently Dr. Maya belongs to a rescued German Shorthair Pointer mix named Jordy (Go Packers!).
Dr. Maya attended the University of Wisconsin-River Falls (UWRF) and earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science with an Equine Emphasis and a Spanish Language Minor. While there, Dr. Maya participated for 2 years in the colts-in-training program where she learned valuable training experience. Dr. Maya has been going to a chiropractor since she was an infant, and she was exposed to animal chiropractic while attending UWRF when she had her own horses adjusted. Following graduation from River Falls, she attended Northwestern Health Sciences University (NWHSU) in Bloomington, MN to pursue her doctorate in Chiropractic.
Dr. Maya graduated in the spring of 2015 from NWHSU as a Doctor of Chiropractic with honors. She is licensed for chiropractic in the states of Minnesota and Wisconsin. The final stage of her journey came with earning her certification from Options for Animals College of Animal Chiropractic in Wellsville, KS to become an Animal Chiropractor. Dr. Maya is certified by Options for Animals and the IVCA (International Veterinary Chiropractic Association). She is registered with the Minnesota Board of Chiropractic Examiners to practice as an Animal Chiropractor. Dr. Maya is currently serving on an Advisory Committee for the Wisconsin Veterinary Examing Board to update their statutes on Complementary and Alternative Medicine. Dr. Maya is also certified in Myofascial Release Therapy through the John F. Barnes approach for humans and animals.
Dr. Maya currently lives in Hudson, WI with her husband Kris and their rescue pup Jordy. She is very happy to be a part of the Animal Connections team to help animals, and is dedicated to promoting the exceptional benefits of chiropractic care for all creatures great and small.
Sarah Thon, DC
Certified Animal Chiropractor
Dr. Sarah has been around animals all her life. She grew up in a house full of Rottweilers and started riding lessons at age 5. She has ridden and trained every kind of horse from Shetland Ponies to Warmblood jumpers. She got her first Paint horse at age 8 and has never looked back. Her favorite discipline is Western Pleasure and Horsemanship, but also loves competing in English and Showmanship with an occasional Trail class thrown in! Dr. Sarah was very involved in 4-H growing up in Medford, MN and took extreme pride in the hard work and dedication it took to take multiple young horses from start to finish through the 4-H training project. In addition to showing and training horses, she helped out with the training of the family Rottweilers and enjoyed the dog shows almost as much as the horse shows.
Dr. Sarah received her Bachelor of Arts at Gustavus Adolphus College in Athletic Training (2009), and went on to receive a Master’s of Science at North Dakota State University in Advanced Athletic Training (2012). She has always enjoyed working with athletes, and the animals are no exception! She completed her Doctorate of Chiropractic at Northwestern Health Sciences University in April 2016 and has also completed the animal chiropractic training from Options for Animals School of Animal Chiropractic in Wellsville, Kansas. Dr. Sarah is soon to be certified with the International Veterinary Chiropractic Association within the next couple months.
Dr. Sarah is considered an Advanced Therapist in John F. Barnes Myofascial release and has been practicing for 9 years. Myofascial release is a form of Manual Therapy that uses gentle heat and pressure from the hands to stretch and release restrictions in the fascial system of the body to decrease pain and improve range of motion. She has also had training in Craniosacral Therapy. She incorporates these soft tissue techniques in combination with Chiropractic care to address the animal (or person) as a whole. With her extensive sports medicine background, Dr. Sarah appreciates the stresses that athletes put on their bodies, and our animals are no different. Whether they are a high level dressage competitor or the family dog, they are an athlete in their own realm.
Dr. Sarah currently lives in Maple Grove, MN with her fiancé Jaron. In her spare time she enjoys going to her family’s farm in southern Minnesota to ride her horses, attending sporting events with Jaron, (especially Timberwolves games) and singing along to every song on the radio.
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