Manual Rehabilitation Techniques for Pain Management

Educating Veterinarians and Pet-Lovers on Western Herbal Medicine

Manual Rehabilitation Techniques for Pain Management

This course will introduce and help to advance manual rehabilitation skills and elaborate on how these can increase the options in your pain management toolbox.

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Reishi and Chickweed

Reishi is a mushroom, and like all mushrooms it is nature's vacuum cleaner, cleaning toxins from the earth and from us.

Water Hyssop (Bacopa monnieri)

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Butterfly Bush

Butterfly Bush contributes to the health of our environment by attracting and sustaining butterflies, one of our most important pollinators.

Weeping Willow

While not the most medicinal willow, it is the most beautiful.  Willows are the genus Salix, from which comes salicylic acid, the chemical constituent of aspirin.


Dogbane is the toxic look-alike to milkweed, the only plant that Monarch Butterfly caterpillars feast on their way to becoming butterflies.


Horsetail is one of our best herbs for minerals; it feeds us and our gardens.

Red Clover

Red Clover Flowers are a nutrient rich herb that cleanse the blood and nourish the body. Photo taken by Radford Davis, 2010,

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Manual Rehabilitation Techniques

for Pain Management


Dr. Julie Wentzel and Jessie Pulley, LVT


November 7 - 8, 2020

Lowood Educational Center in North Duck

Lowood Educational Center

Outer Banks, NC


Conference Pricing:

Price: $395


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CE Credits available


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This course will introduce and help to advance manual rehabilitation skills and elaborate on how these can increase the options in your pain management toolbox. We will review anatomy, massage, rehabilitation modalities and exercises that can be incorporated into any general practice. The course will utilize both lecture and lab.

Feline treatment with the Assissi LoopLectures include an overview of a variety of rehabilitation modalities that can be reasonably obtained in your practice including laser, PEMF, ultrasound, and TENS. We will have most of these available and work in small groups to learn to utilize them correctly. Hands on modalities such as laser, kinesiotaping, and basic joint work will also be discussed and demonstrated. We firmly believe that a proper rehabilitation plan must be based on the goals you and your clients set at the start and revise based on clinical progress. We will discuss how to create these and incorporate into a therapeutic plan. Therapeutic exercises will be discussed so that you can learn which to choose for specific muscle groups and then how they work to assist in an exercise plan. A lecture on fear free handling will also be given. We strive to utilize these techniques in clinic to make the treatment and recovery experience for the pets, the clients, and the staff!

To tie everything together, we will go through real cases, have students develop goals and a treatment plan and work on developing an in office and at home exercise plan for common ailments.  Breakfast will be included each morning and plenty of time is allotted for lunch in the local shops.



Excellent course-paves path for understanding and using western herbs with confidence. Looking forward to incorporating what I learned to help our furry friends! AWESOME!!!

I will try to express the profound effect being in your and Kris' class has had on me. I can't walk through my farm with the same laissez-faire that I have done in the past. I am photographing and journaling the wonderful plants that have always been around me. Yarrow, thistle, dandelion, peppermint, oats, nettle, alfalfa, and more are speaking to me. I am acquiring books and papers and recipes. Such a strong desire to learn more. Thank you so much for this wonderful gift of knowledge and the thirst for more.

During the breaks, in addition to snacking, students will have the opportunity to partake of abbreviated Qi Gong.  We all get stiff sitting in lectures, so we will be doing some stretching and moving in the breaks.  Qi Gong roughly translates to: “Qi” – energy or life force, “Gong” – work or skills.  We will be increasing our energy and life skills in the breaks.


Outer Banks

Outer Banks

The Outer Banks is a chain of barrier islands that consist of a string of sand dunes that serve to protect the mainland of North Carolina from the Atlantic Ocean. They are separated from the mainland by large bodies of water called “sounds.” We will be at the north end of the island in Duck and Corolla, home of the Corolla Wild Horses. This area of the Outer Banks is sandwiched between the Atlantic Ocean and the Currituck Sound with easy free access to both. The area is replete with open spaces and natural settings that stir the soul, as wild as the native horses.

In April, the Outer Banks is open and ready for tourist business, with a plethora of delicious and fresh restaurants. There are also a variety of activities available, including wild horse tours, mini golf, surfing and more. However, it is not yet fully tourist season, so places are quiet and more intimate. No matter what the season, the locals are incredibly welcoming and friendly.

Corolla Wild HorsesThe town of Duck has many excellent restaurants and shops open in the evenings in Duck.  We will have a list for students of recommendations and open hours at the beginning of the conference.  Slightly farther north, but also an easy drive is Corolla (not pronounced like the Toyota, but Cor-al-la).  Corolla has a few excellent restaurants also, most notably Mexican and seafood.  In Corolla, there are many fun activities, if time allows, it is worth spending an extra day.  There is Historic Corolla, with the original lighthouse that can be climbed.  “The red-brick Currituck Beach Lighthouse towers above the landscape in the Historic Corolla village. Visitors to this Outer Banks attraction can climb the winding staircase, 220 steps in all, to the top of the lighthouse for a panoramic view of Currituck Sound, the Atlantic Ocean and the Currituck Outer Banks. Inside the lighthouse, at the base and on the first two landings, there are museum-quality lighthouse exhibits” (  Also in the village is the Whalehead Club, “Whalehead is an historic house museum on the northern Outer Banks. The grand residence, dressed in bold yellow and striking copper, stands on a vast green lawn bordering the Currituck Sound” (  The grounds in between the lighthouse and the Whalehead are beautiful to walk, with a boat house and Philosophy of  Western Medical Herbalisma bridge right on the edge of the Sound.  Farther north in Corolla, the main road ends and the beach becomes the road.  This is the home of the genetically pure Corolla Wild Horses.  “Present day Ocracoke and Corolla wild horses carry the distinguishing features of Spanish type horses. One striking similarity to the Arabian ancestry is the number of vertebra (one less than most breeds) which occurs in the Banker Horse Breed. Their even temperament, endurance, size, and the startling beauty which crops up frequently in the Banker Horses all point strongly to their dramatic history…these are the remnants of once numerous herds of Spanish stock which ran free along the sandy islands of our coast. The Spanish Mustang Registry is satisfied that the Banker Horses, in particular the Corolla strain, are as lineally pure to the 16th century Spanish importations as can be found in North America today, and that they compare closely to the selectively bred South American Spanish derivative stock” ( There are multiple tour companies that will take you up to see this area (it requires a 4WD vehicle), but please take a tour with Corolla Outback Adventures. They are offering all interested Purple Moon students a discounted rate of $45 if they want to do a horse tour.


Manual Rehabilitation Techniques for Pain Management Pricing:

Price: $395

Payment accepted by check, money order or through Paypal.


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Manual Rehabilitation Techniques for Pain Management

November 7 - 8, 2020; Lowood Educational Center, Outer Banks, NC

Date and Time



Saturday, November 7, 2020

8:00-8:30 Breakfast  


Opening and Welcome

9:00-10:00 Lecture: What can rehabilitation do for your patients Rehabilitation medicine not only helps pets regain function after surgery, but can assist with recovery from soft tissue injuries, improve overall condition, and assist in weight loss.  Rehabilitation through manual therapies and modalities can be instrumental in pain management for the young, geriatric, handicapped, or athletic pets.
10:00-11:00 Lecture: Overview of rehab modalities; part 1 Rehabilitation offers numerous modalities to round out a multimodal therapy approach to pain management.  Participants will be able to identify and choose from a variety of options to address pain in a non -pharmacologic manner.  Part 1 will focus primarily on massage therapy and manual therapies, cryotherapy, and thermotherapy.


11:30-12:30 Lab 1: Review Massage, cryotherapy, Thermotherapy Lab will review and allow hands on practice of massage techniques, cryotherapy, and thermotherapy.
12:30-2:00 Lunch


2:00-3:30 Lecture: Overview of rehab modalities, part 2 Part 2 of rehabilitation modalities will discuss the indications for and how to perform a variety of rehabilitation modalities including TENS, Laser, Ultrasound, and other manual therapies.
3:30-4:00 Break
4:00-5:30 Lab: Review TENS, Laser, U/S, Assisi Review joint compressions, PROM, trigger points Lab will review laser, TENS, PEMF therapy as well as manual therapies as well as utilizing these on patients. 

Sunday, November 8, 2020

8:00-8:30 Breakfast  
8:30-9:30 Lecture: Setting rehabilitation goals and developing a treatment plan Success with rehabilitation patients is in part based on understanding the clients goals for their pets and making sure that these are attainable and reasonable.  As we begin to formulate treatment plans, knowing the goals will help to choose exercises and modalities.
9:30-10:30 Lecture: Muscles and the exercises to strengthen them. Knowledge of the anatomy of the musculature is a key component of supporting joints and improving function.  We will focus on musculature more frequently focused on with common rehabilitation presentations.  Specific exercises to target these muscles will be reviewed.


11-12:30 LAB: Review of therapeutic exercises This lab will focus on common rehabilitation exercises, how to perform them with proper form and how to teach pets to perform.
12:30-2:00 Lunch  
2:00-3:00 Lecture: The importance of utilizing Fear Free techniques in the rehabilitation clinic Rehabilitation patients are commonly seen weekly and their ability to relax and cooperate with therapy is a key to success.  Fear free techniques can help your patients enjoy and even look forward to regular sessions and handling.
3:00-3:30 Break
3:30-5:00 Lab: Case studies and treatment plan development Common rehabilitation cases will be reviewed, and participants will develop treatment plans based on goals and clinical findings.
5:00-5:30 Closing  

Speaker Bios


Dr. Julie WentzelDr. Julie Wentzel, DVM, CVA, CCRT, CVPP

Dr. Julie Wentzel grew up in Annapolis, Maryland, and graduated from Virginia Tech with a Bachelor of Science in Forestry and Wildlife in 1998. She graduated from the University of Illinois, College of Veterinary Medicine in 2004, where she pursued interests in both wildlife medicine and small animal emergency medicine. After graduation, she completed a small animal emergency medicine internship at Anne Arundel Veterinary Emergency Clinic in Annapolis, Maryland, where she remained on staff for another seven years. She completed her Certified Veterinary Acupuncture courses in 2013 and became a Certified Veterinary Pain Practitioner and Certified Canine Rehabilitation Therapist in 2014.

Over the course of her career, she has become a firm believer in a whole-body approach to health both in her professional and personal life. She strives to implement an integrative approach to medicine to improve her patients lives and assist in their return to a more comfortable and active lifestyle. She completed an apprenticeship in Western Herbal Medicine in 2017 and is excited to offer this to her veterinary patients. Dr. Wentzel is currently the President of the Northern Virginia Veterinary Medical Association and has been on the board since 2017. In her free time, Dr. Wentzel enjoys spending time with her family, as well as gardening, bird watching, volleyball, and running. She lives with her husband, their three children and one cat in Leesburg, Virginia.


Jessie Pulley, LVT, CCRPJessie Pulley, LVT, CCRP

Jessie has been a Licensed Veterinary Technician in Virginia since 2011. She worked in small animal general medicine for 5 years when she discovered her passion for rehabilitation. She received her certification as a Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner from the University of Tennessee in 2016 and is recently received her certification as a Veterinary Pain Practitioner through IVAPM. Jessie is a Fear Free Certified Professional and is an advocate for low-stress handling for her patients. Her special interests include neurological rehabilitation, conditioning for athletic and working dogs, and pain management.    Jessie lives in Northern Virginia with her three dogs, cat, and ball python. She enjoys backpacking and kayaking with her youngest dog Ryuk, and competes in Nosework through C-WAGS. She is also a reiki practitioner and enjoys yoga.

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Manual Rehabilitation Techniques for Pain Management Pricing:

Price: $395

Payment accepted by check, money order or through Paypal.


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