Postural Rehabilitation

Dr. Judith Shoemaker is a clinician with twenty-five years of experience solving performance problems, and is the creator of the clinical techniques. Well known for her practical application of significant complex scientific concepts, with repeatable, positive results, she is a popular speaker for IVAS, AVCA, AHVMA and at many other continuing education venues in both traditional and integrative therapies. Her referral practice, Always Helpful, integrates multiple modalities in treating many top performance horses and dogs in every discipline, from Maine to Florida, and internationally.  Postural Rehab seminars are held at her home base, Fincastle Farm, in southern Pennsylvania

Dr. Karen Gellman is a graduate of Cornell College of Veterinary Medicine, and has a doctorate from Cornell in animal locomotion biomechanics. She has advanced training and certification in veterinary acupuncture and veterinary chiropractic. She has also studied physical therapy techniques with some of the leading veterinary therapists in England and Canada. She teaches internationally about locomotion biomechanics and complementary therapies to veterinarians and physical therapists. Her current research involves equine malocclusion and postural adaptations.  She maintains a private practice for pets and horses in Central New York.

Elizabeth Reese is a certified teacher of the Alexander Technique and a member of the American Society for Alexander Teachers. She has been a student of the work since 1981 as a dancer/choreographer in NYC, and then trained to be a teacher from 1991-94 at the American Center for the Alexander Technique. Ms. Reese is also an avid dressage rider and instructor and is the Artistic Director of the Warwick Arts Festival.  She recently trained with Jessica Wolf in the ground breaking work of Carl Stough on breathing coordination.  She also completed post-graduate training with John Nicholls and has joined the faculty of his training program for Alexander teachers.  She maintains a private practice in her home-town of Sugar Loaf, New York.

Postural Rehabilitation seminars are fabulously supported by the staff of Always Helpful Veterinary Services, who can be seen at

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Lee Follett is an IAED certified equine dental technician and is working towards completing his vet tech degree in his home state of Indiana.  While trained in environmental science, Lee has worked professionally with horses since college days, as a rider, trainer and facility manager.  He became interested in equine occlusal equilibration after seeing the results of sophisticated dentistry on horses under his care.  He graduated from the American School of Equine Dentistry in 1999, and served an intensive internship under IAED examiner Lance Rubin.  He currently treats horses for occlusal problems from Illinois to New York, and teaches veterinarians and technicians at the American School of Equine Dentistry.   His special interest is in developing new treatment modalities for equine periodontal disease.

Daisy A. Bicking owns and operates Daisy Haven Farm, Inc., a multi-farrier practice in South Eastern Pennsylvania.

Daisy started in hoof care in 2003 when her own horse foundered. Quickly realizing her passion for feet motivated Daisy to start Daisy Haven Farm, Inc. which rehabilitates the equine foot on and off site, specializing in horses with metabolic disorders and laminitis. Daisy has studied a broad spectrum of barefoot trimming styles, composite material applications, and other alternative support options with KC LaPierre, ELPO, Monique Craig, Mike Salvoldi, and more. She attends and presents at the Int'l Hoof Care Summit, The Laminitis Conference and other seminars annually.

Daisy strives for a team approach to whole horse rehabilitation. She utilizes extensive documentation of the foot via digital photography and radiography maintaining a database of over 200,000 pictures and corresponding X-rays. Daisy also teaches courses in recognizing tissue distortion of the foot and composite material application domestically and abroad.  See for more information on podiatry service and educational opportunities.