Meet Our Instructors

/Meet Our Instructors
Meet Our Instructors 2017-12-29T10:42:17+00:00

Dr. Beverly Gordon

Dr. Beverly Gordon, developer of the Equi-Taping method, is a certified Taping Practitioner and has focused much of her professional career on the practical applications of scientific principles to help keep horses sounder and improve equine athletic performance.Dr. Gordon served as past director of the New York Chiropractic Outpatient facility. Dr. Gordon taught clinical sciences at NY Chiropractic College, and has an added certification as an animal chiropractor.

Dr. Gordon’s background is in bio-mechanics of movement with a specialty in training resistances. In 1997, she sold her human practice and began working primarily with horses. She has consulted for numerous veterinary facilities, and has published over 42 articles on equine-related topics. Currently Dr. Gordon writes a column for Sidelines Magazine called The Horse In Motion which focuses on issues related to equine movement.

Anna Crane, DC, MS CAC, VCP

Dr Anna Crane is a human chiropractor, board certified in Animal Chiropractic, specializing in neurologic phenomena. She holds Bachelors of Science in Equine Science and Human Biology, a Masters of Science in Animal Science, as well as her doctorate of Chiropractic. She successfully runs New England Animal Chiropractic, based outside of Boston, Mass.

Her practice is focused on the performance animal, enhancing their ability to comfortably compete at the highest level possible. Dr. Crane is a certified Equi-Taping® Instructor and is a master in communicating complicated details in easy to understand language.

Lumi Michelle Rolley, ESMT

After being certified in Equine Sports Massage by Equissage in 2009, Lumi has continued training in allied therapies, seeking a holistic approach to foster the horse’s wellbeing by integrating various massage therapies, including Equine Craniosacral and Myofascial Release. She integrates energy work with massage and is a certified Reiki Practitioner.

Utilizing her varied knowledge and experience, Lumi’s focus is to bring the horse back into balance to enable the body to heal itself, handle the daily rigors of athletic training and perform optimally in competition. Lumi is a certified Equi-Taping® Practitioner and instructor currently practicing in the New York metro region and regularly uses Equi-Taping Methods and Strategies to enhance the well-being of her clientele. Ms. Rolley is one of the top taping practitioners in the world.

Christa Veinotte – RMT, Lymphatic Drainage and Craniosacral Therapist

Christa Veinotte, has been a registered massage therapist since 1999. She specializes in treating elite equine athletes such as Olympians and World Cup competitiors.

Christa has extensive training in Lymphatic Drainage and Craniosacral Therapy and has completed thousands of treatments in her career.

Lola Michelin, NWSAM Director of Education

As an accomplished licensed massage practitioner, Lola Michelin has been providing therapy to animals and people for over 30 years. She founded the Northwest School of Animal Massage in 2001.

Lola was a featured clinician and speaker at the International Association of Animal Massage and Bodywork Conference, past president of the Washington Animal Massage Association and past legislative liaison for IAATH (International Association of Animal Therapists and Healers). She currently serves on the board of NBCAAM (National Board of Certification for Animal Acupressure and Massage) and teaches classes here and abroad. After obtaining a BSc in Animal Science from Michigan State University, Lola worked in the animal health care field as a veterinary technician, a pathology technician and a zookeeper. She studied massage at Seattle Massage School and specializes in myofascial release therapy, Thai massage and sport massage. Her school was chosen to adapt the Manual Ligament Therapy technique for animals and is the exclusive provider of training in Animal MLT.

In conjunction, she runs a private massage practice serving horses, dogs, people and exotic species such as elephants, giraffe, and primates. Her most inspiring work to date is teaching students massage in shelter and rescue environments where she has witnessed monumental transformations in both the animals and students. When she isn’t teaching or providing massage, she can most likely be found playing with her Jack Russell Terriers, riding her horse Osso or chasing and being chased by her miniature donkey Seth.

Jenny Rukavina, owner and executive director of the Rocky Mountain School of Animal Acupressure and Massage

Jenny has been an integral part of RMSAAM since becoming lead instructor for the school in 2008, and has taught animal massage practitioners from all over the word, written curriculum, helped to train new instructors, and reviewed certification materials for RMSAAM students.

Jenny, also, owns and operates Acadia Equine Rehabilitation in Franktown, Colorado where she lives with her daughter, Ariel, and husband, Joe. Education has always been important to Jenny, and she is thrilled to manage the school, work on new curriculum and programs, and work directly with students.

Mary Ann Simonds, BS, MA

Mary Ann loves teaching and sharing. With over 40 years of professional experience in the horse industry and a scientific background in behavioral equine ecology( B.S.) and Human-Animal Interactions/Equestrian Psychology (M.A.) Mary Ann has pioneered a number of supportive therapies for horses. In the 1980-90s she developed a line of magnetic therapy products and stress management remedies for horses and has researched and tested a number of therapy products for other manufacturers. A lecturer at various vet schools on behavior and natural health, Mary Ann now mostly teaches, coaches, and mentors other professionals. A believer in the benefits of EquiTape, Mary Ann first started teaching “Taping for Training” back in the 1990s realizing the importance of myofascia and proprioception to help horses learn to use muscles correctly. Mary Ann now uses EquiTape not just for training but to assist horses in a number of areas and is thrilled to be an EquiTape Instructor.