Lesser received her B.S. with Distinction in Animal Science
from Cornell University in 1974. She received her M.S. in Physiology
from The Pennsylvania State University in 1976. She received
her D.V.M. from the New York State College of Veterinary Medicine
at Cornell University in 1980.
a 100% Equine Practitioner, she was drawn into study of veterinary
chiropractic because of frustration with the available treatments
for sore-backed horses. She received her Certification in Animal
Chiropractic from the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association
(AVCA) in February, 1991 in the third class ever given. She
received her Advanced Certification in Animal Chiropractic (ACAC)
in 1996 in the first class to be graduated. She was an instructor
for the AVCA from 1991 to 1996.
1996, Dr. Lesser completed the International Veterinary Acupuncture
Society’s teaching program in Veterinary Acupuncture passing
both the written and practical exams.
In 2005, Dr. Lesser was certified at the Healing Oasis Wellness Center program. At the time, she was one of only two practitioners to hold ACAC and CVSMT certifications. Dr. Lesser has been an instructor in both the Basic and Advanced Programs at HOWC. In 2010, she was honored as a Mentor.
2007, Dr. Lesser was awarded certification in Advanced Neurology
of VSMT from the HOWC, one of 13 in the inaugural class. She
continues her interest in Functional Neurology by attending
Neurology seminars at the HOWC, NAVC and NYSCVM Conferences.
To date (2015), Dr. Lesser is approaching 2,000 hours in Continuing
Education in both Veterinary Chiropractic and Functional Neurology.
1993, Dr. Lesser has been a solely Veterinary Chiropractic Practitioner,
and since about 1996, 95% of her practice has been devoted to
performance dogs. Among her patients are two winners of the
Westminster Kennel Club Show, two winners of the Gaines Super
Dog Competition (obedience), the 2006 Working and Herding Group
winners at the National Obedience Invitational, and three members
of the World Agility Team including two Gold medalists.
Dr. Lesser is the author of numerous books, articles and handouts for the seminars
She teaches. These include: Hearts, Hands and Hounds: Bodywork for the Active Dog;
Hearts, Hands, and Hounds II: The Well-Balanced Dog; Hearts, Hands, and Hounds III:
Helping the Brain to Heal the Body; Attention; and Why Dogs Should Dance. She has been interviewed for CBS This Morning, Sports Illustrated, Long Island Horseman, Dog
News, and Dog World Magazine.
Lesser holds clinics in Connecticut (2), New York (5), New Jersey
(4), Pennsylvania (3), and Maryland (2) and adjusts around 600
she’s not working, Dr. Lesser shows her Dobermans in Conformation,
Obedience, Rally, and Freestyle. She has found that by being
a competitor herself, she has a better appreciation of the competition
stresses a dog endures as well as understanding issues that
are handler errors and not canine chiropractic problems.