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Keeping Spines Aligned one at a time

Our focus is on the proper biomechanics and function of the animal.  Proper biomechanics allows for the animal to freely perform their daily activities whether it is in the show ring, on the ranch, or as the guardian of the couch.  We are dedicated to our patients and their needs.  We work close with large and small animal veterinarians and are happy to work with yours.  Chiropractic care is not intended to be a substitute for traditional veterinary care.


Chiropractic

Doctors of Chiropractic spend four years studying and mastering the art of their Chiropractic technique after completing a four-year undergraduate degree. The focus is put on spinal alignment and proper movement. This creates a functional, healthy spine, which starts the path of an overall healthy body. Chiropractors use an adjustment to restore motion and function in their patients' spine.  By adjusting the spine and extremities; movement, as well as proper communication with the nervous system, is restored and allows the body to heal as nature intended. A variety of techniques are utilized by our chiropractors and tailored to each individual based on comfort and effectiveness. An emphasis is put on implementing evidence based chiropractic techniques and treatments. 

Kinesiology Taping

Kinesiotaping gained popularity in the Summer 2012 Olympic Games when Kerri Walsh-Jennings  wore it on her shoulder on her way to winning the gold in beach volleyball. Since then, many product lines, like RockTape and KT Tape, have advanced the product and the way in which it is applied. When applied properly, it increases lymphatic drainage and improves the body's proprioception to return to full function faster. Kinesiotape is flexible and latex-free and is applied to soft tissues to promote stability by selectively inhibiting or facilitating muscle firing. While traditional white athletic tape promotes the stability of the joint by inhibiting it's movement, kinesiotape was designed with movement in mind by distributing forces to nearby areas. It can also be applied to the skin to promote microscopic lifting of the fascia, allowing by-products of inflammation to be removed quickly. Kinesiotaping works well in conjunction with chiropractic adjustments and other soft tissue work. 

Graston Technique/IASTM

IASTM (Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization) is a soft tissue technique that utilizes instruments to improve the restoration and healing of soft tissue pathologies. This idea stemmed from the original Graston Technique, the first in the field of instrument assisted soft tissue work. Now, you can find many different techniques, with all implementing instruments to increase range of motion, decrease pain, and enhance athletic performance. When scar tissue develops from an injury, it forms in an unorganized manner, leading to decreased range of motion.  This technique complements the chiropractic adjustment and can lead to adjustments lasting for longer periods of time, as well as increased healing time.

Low Level Laser Therapy (Cold Laser)

Laser therapy is a safe and effective form of therapy that can be combined with chiropractic adjustments, soft tissue work, and other therapies. It implements  pain relief and healing through light energy. It is a non-invasive way to increase joint flexibility, control inflammation and to promote healing. Lasers deliver light energy to damaged cells to increase ATP synthesis at a micro level and heals cells faster.

BEMER

This technology has been used in Europe for decades and has recently made it's way to the United States. The BEMER signal positively influences the horse's body by stimulating the parasympathetic nervous system. It promotes comfort by reducing stress, relaxing muscles, promotes quicker recovery, regenerates muscle tissue, and allows for efficient hydration through lymphatic drainage.  

Exercise & Stretching

Just like the homework you completed in school to supplement your learning, a proper recovery can require a bit more work at home. By implementing exercises and stretching, your recovery time will decrease and your animals potential to re-injure themself will decrease. Adjustments last longer when the muscles, tendons, and ligaments around the joint (80% of the stabilization of the joint) are strong. 

MEET THE TEAM

Alyx DeBenedetto - Iared D.C.

Board Certified Animal Chiropractor

IVCA -International

Veterinary Chiropractic Association


Amy Winchester D.C.

IVCA Board Certified Animal Chiropractor

IVCA -International

Veterinary Chiropractic Association

Haylee Perry

B.S. in Equine Science 

in pursuit of her Veterinarian Degree 

ABOUT THE DOCTORS


Alyx DeBenedetto - Iared, D.C.


Dr. Alyx DeBenedetto became interested in chiropractic after sustaining a horse back riding injury at the early age of 13 years old. After several years of being told by medical doctors to take medications and stop riding horses for her recurrent back pain, her next-door neighbor, a chiropractor, suggested an alternative.  After receiving treatment, she was back riding. She was able to compete on the Fresno State Equestrian Team, while completing her undergraduate at CSU Fresno.  She completed her Doctorate of Chiropractic at Palmer College of Chiropractic West in 2008 in San Jose, California.  She continued her education for animals in Kansas at Options for Animals College of Animal Chiropractic, graduating in 2009. 

Born and raised on a ranch in Clovis, CA she grew up extremely involved with 4-H, FFA and horse back riding.  Her love and concern for animals had originally sparked an interest to pursue a career in Veterinary Medicine. By working along side a veterinarian for her last year of high school and first year of college, she had first hand exposure of their day in and day out.  Though she enjoyed Veterinary Medicine, her world had been opened into Chiropractic and the many alternative options it provides for conservative care.  She is very excited to be able to offer this as an option for animals in need. 

Dr. Alyx brings with her education a new technique, called Graston Technique that compliments the Chiropractic adjustment.  The Graston Technique helps to break up scar tissue formed due to injuries that have healed with restricted range of motion. This leads to restoration of full function and range of motion, speeding up the healing process.  This allows for their body to sustain alignment better with Chiropractic adjustments.


Education

-International Veterinary Chiropractic Association (IVCA),     

        .    Board Certified 2009

-Options for Animals College of Animal Chiropractic, 

        .    Alumni 2009

- Palmer College of Chiropractic, West Campus,

        .    Alumni 2008, Doctor of Chiropractic (DC)

-Graston Technique,

      .    Certified 2008

-California State University, Fresno 

     .    Alumni 2004, B.S.

-National FFA Organization, 

    .     American FFA Degree 1999


Amy Winchester, D.C.

      

    Dr. Amy Winchester’s love of animals came at a young age. She found herself rescuing and nursing every animal she could find as a child. When people asked what she wanted to be when she grew up, she instinctively responded as, “Veterinarian!” Soon she found herself in the riding arena, learning to ride horses and the multitude of career paths that included helping animals. Her riding instructor began speaking of her positive experience with chiropractic and how she chose to pursue a career in the profession, choosing to focus on animals. This intrigued Amy and her focus shifted from veterinary medicine to the holistic healing that is chiropractic.


    Throughout high school, Dr. Amy was a scholastic athlete that made regular trips to her chiropractor to aid in her optimal performance. When her horse was injured in an accident at a high school rodeo, an animal chiropractor aided in her recovery using adjustments and low level laser therapy, which affirmed her passion to become an animal chiropractor.  Her love of animals continued into her undergraduate career at CSU Fresno, where she became a member of the college rodeo team and completed her Bachelor of Science in Biology. Her Doctor of Chiropractic (D.C.) degree was completed at Palmer College of Chiropractic West in 2018, where she was a member of the Palmer West Sport’s Council, aiding in the recovery of athletes in the San Francisco Bay Area through free chiropractic care. While finishing her D.C., she also attended Options for Animals College of Animal Chiropractic in Kansas where she graduated and became certified in animal chiropractic in 2019.


    Dr. Amy believes in the importance of keeping your animals and yourself at optimum health! Proper biomechanics of the horse and rider are what she stresses most to her fellow equestrians. When a rider sits a horse, they must do it with balance, otherwise both will suffer. She uses a series of chiropractic adjustments, soft tissue mobilization, exercises, and stretching to keep horse and rider in top shape.


    She is excited to help you and your furry friends maintain optimum performance and live the best life possible! Below is a list of education and certifications she holds and uses to aid her patients.


    Education
    - International Veterinary Chiropractic Association (IVCA)    
         Board Certified 2019
    - Options for Animals College of Animal Chiropractic
         Alumni 2019
    - Palmer College of Chiropractic West
         Doctor of Chiropractic (D.C.) 2018
    - California State University Fresno
         Bachelor of Science (B.S.) 2013


    Certifications
    - Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (2017)
    - Functional Movement Technique (2016)
    - RockTape (Basic, Athlete, Equine) (2016)
    - Equinology Basic Stretching (2016)



    ABOUT THE STAFF


    Haylee Perry


    Haylee was bitten by the animal bug early on in life. Growing up with several dogs taught her compassion and respect for all animals at an early age. She gained experience throughout her life with local wildlife and range preservation. She is a third generation member of a local historic ranch, operating as a fish and game club.

    As Haylee’s interest spread towards horses, she took riding lessons from a local barn and was grateful for the opportunity to learn from so many amazing people, including Dr. Alyx. Fast forward several years, and Haylee was able to reconnect with Dr. Alyx through a school internship. During that initial internship, Haylee discovered her pathway to helping animals and has continued to learn through this opportunity and experience.

    In May of 2017, Haylee graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Animal Science with an Equine Specialization from California State University of Fresno. She is currently preparing for application to Veterinary school, and hopes to specialize in lameness and rehabilitation in addition to gaining her license as an Animal Chiropractor.





    LOCATIONS

    We Provide Chiropractic to Large and Small Animals at various locations.

    ABBY PET HOSPITAL


    It is wonderful to be able to work with such a wonderful team of Veterinarians.  

    LA DOCLE VITA EQUESTRIAN CENTER


    At La Dolce Vita we are able to meet and care for your equine in a safe and relaxing environment.  

    MOBILE TO LARGE ANIMAL STABLES

    IN CENTRAL VALLEY


    Please contact us to schedule a clinic at your barn.


    559-681-7552

    PRODUCTS & SERVICES

    We Provide Chiropractic to Large and Small Animals

    Initial Large Animal Chiropractic

    $120.00

    The first adjustment of your large animal will be very detailed. We begin by taking a detailed history of the animal and the complaint. We follow that with posture analysis, as well as palpation of the soft tissues and spine. Next, we check the animal's gait for proper biomechanics. We then Graston the soft tissues to break up adhesions. Finally, we motion palpate the joints of the body and adjust as needed. We will check equipment, including saddle fitting if appropriate, and make necessary adjustments. If the animal needs it, laser, BEMER, and RockTape will be implemented. Appropriate stretching and exercises are also prescribed.

    Large Animal Chiropractic Follow up

    $100.00

    Animals that have already been seen by our chiropractors will be treated very similar to their initial appointment. New history is added and followed with a quick exam of the posture, soft tissues, and gait. Graston and adjustments are then applied to the areas of dysfunction. If the animal needs it, laser, BEMER, and RockTape will be implemented. Appropriate stretching and exercises are prescribed. We can also recheck any equipment. 

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    Initial Small Animal Chiropractic

    $60.00

    The first adjustment of your small animal will be very detailed. We begin by taking a detailed history of the animal and the complaint. We follow that with posture analysis, as well as palpation of the soft tissues and spine. Next, we check the animal's gait for proper biomechanics. We then Graston the soft tissues to break up adhesions. Finally, we motion palpate the joints of the body and adjust as needed. We will check equipment, like collars and harnesses, to assure proper fit. Stretching and exercises will also be prescribed to enhance the adjustment. If the animal needs it, laser and RockTape will be implemented.

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    Small Animal Chiropractic Follow up

    $45.00

    Animals that have already been seen by our chiropractors will be treated very similar to their initial appointment. New history is added and followed with a quick exam of the posture, soft tissues, and gait. Graston and adjustments are then applied to the areas of dysfunction. If the animal needs it, laser, BEMER, and RockTape will be implemented. Appropriate stretching and exercises are prescribed. We can also recheck any equipment. 

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    TESTIMONIALS

    If you are interested in writing us a testimonial please contact us and we would love to post yours!

    Thank you

    Dr. Alyx is the best. All my dogs love her. It's amazing the difference I see. I show dogs in conformation and performance so I need my dogs to be healthy with great movement, she delivers it perfectly! So much so my dog went Best of Breed at his first Specialty.

    Chritine P.

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