Shock Wave Therapy Use in the
Equine Athlete: Injury,
Rehabilitation, and Maintenance
Kent Allen, DVM
Dr. Allen received his DVM from the University of Missouri in 1979 and opened Virginia Equine Imaging in 1996 as the first privately owned and operated equine diagnostic imaging specialty clinic in the world. Dr. Allen has served as Chairman of the USEF Veterinary Committee, the USEF Drug and Medications Committee, and the Medication Sub-Committee for the Federation Equestre Internationale (FEI). He also served as the head veterinary services coordinator at the 1996 Olympic Games, FEI Foreign Veterinary Delegate for the 1999 Pan American Games, the 2000 Olympic Games, the 2010 World Equestrian Games Official Veterinary Coordinator, and the 2012 Olympic Games. Dr. Allen is currently certified by the International Society of Equine Locomotor Pathology (ISELP) and serves as its Vice President and Executive Director. He also serves as the volunteer Chairman of the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) Veterinary, Drug, and Medications Committees and on the FEI Veterinary and List Committees.
Susan Johns, DVM
Dr. Susan Johns joined Virginia Equine Imaging as an intern in the spring of 2002, following graduation from Virginia Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine. She completed her internship in sports medicine and diagnostic imaging with VEI and continued on as a Senior Associate Veterinarian. Dr. Johns works extensively with National and International competition horses. Since 2015, she has served as the Land Rover US Event Team Head Veterinarian. She travels the globe with the US high performance event horses and oversees their care at the Pan American Games, World Equestrian Games, FEI Eventing Nations Cup and Olympic Games.
David Frisbie, DVM, PhD, DACVS, DACVSMR
Dr. Frisbie is a Professor of Equine Surgery at the Colorado State University Orthopedic Research Center and has a referral practice that specializes in orthopedics and sports medicine. In addition, he is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons (DACVS) and a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation (DACVSMR). Dr. Frisbie specializes in equine orthopedic research, intra-articular therapeutics, new methods of cartilage repair, equine lameness, orthopedic surgery, biologics for the treatment of musculoskeletal injuries (emphasis on stem cells), and gene therapy. Dr. Frisbie is currently (2020) the President of the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP). Dr. Frisbie earned an undergraduate biochemistry degree at the University of Wisconsin as well as a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. He completed a Surgical Internship at Cornell University, and completed a Surgical Residency in Large Animal Surgery and a Masters Degree in Joint Pathobiology and a PhD in Molecular Biology at Colorado State University, where he began his work on a novel way to treat joint disease using gene therapy. He also has faculty appointments in Molecular, Cellular, and Tissue Engineering as well as in Bioengineering.
Sherry A. Johnson, DVM, MS, DACVSMR
Dr. Sherry Johnson attended veterinary school at Iowa State University, completed an equine internship at Equine Medical Center of Ocala and then completed a one-year equine diagnostic imaging fellowship at Colorado State University. She then transitioned into the collaborative Equine Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation residency program through Colorado State University and Equine Sports Medicine, LLC. Following her residency training, she became a Diplomat of the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation (DACVSMR) in 2019. She then transitioned into a PhD program at Colorado State University with specific research focus on novel rehabilitation modalities related to tendon healing. Dr. Johnson is the recipient of the American Quarter Horse Foundation Young Investigator Award (2018), named the EQUUS Foundation Research Fellow (2019), and was most recently granted the Storm Cat Career Development Award (2020) and Iowa State University’s 2020 Young Alumni Award. Additionally, she is a co-founder of Equine CORE, Inc. (eCORE, specialist)
Rod Richards, BSc, BVMS, MANZCVSc, MRCVS
Dr. Rod has practiced veterinary medicine since the dinosaurs roamed the earth. In the late 1990’s, Dr. Rod was introduced to the EquiTron while at the Singapore Turf Club, with a population of over 1200+ thoroughbreds. He soon observed remarkable results utilizing shockwave therapy in the many horses who would otherwise have had few options. Shortly after, he accepted an offer of the position of Product Manager with HMT AG in Switzerland. Since then he has helped shape shock wave technology into what it is today and PulseVet is delighted to have him as part of our team.