Animal Connections - Integrative Care, P.A.
Our Team

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.  Kyla was amazed at how well the horses responded.  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 College of Animal Chiropractic in Wellsville, Kansas.  She is certified by the IVCA (International Veterinary Chiropractic Association), the AVCA (American Veterinary Chiropractic Association) and is 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 she enjoys working with all species of animals and even the occasional cow when she has the opportunity.  

Dr. Kyla is passionate about teaching and was an instructor at Options for Animals College of Animal Chiropractic for both the basic and advanced courses from 2010 through 2016.  She has also been a guest instructor for the Equine Sport Medicine rotation for fourth year vet students at the University of MN.  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.

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