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Sue Ann Lesser DVM, ACAC, CVSMT

Dr. 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.

Initially 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.

In 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.

In 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.

Since 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.

Dr. Lesser holds clinics in Connecticut (2), New York (5), New Jersey (4), Pennsylvania (3), and Maryland (2) and adjusts around 600 dogs/month.

When 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.

 

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