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Kirsten graduated from the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology’s Animal Health Technology Program in 2013. She has been a part of our team since 2011, drawn to equine specialty practice. She works with Dr. Shoemaker and spends much of her time in the surgery suite performing anesthesia. Kirsten lives north of the city with her husband Tyler and in her spare time she enjoys riding her horse Howard.
Angie Purves, RVT
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Maria McDowell, Equine Bodyworker
Maria’s passion for horses began at a very young age and there was no holding her back. She grew up near Leduc, Alberta showing Morgan horses. Maria graduated from the BC College of Equine Therapy in 2000. Shortly after she gained another diploma from the Alberta Institute of Massage Therapy. She went on to numerous courses from the Upledger Institute as well as Equinology. She practices many modalities including massage therapy, acupressure, red light therapy, kinesio taping, and craniosacral therapy. Other techniques she uses are soft tissue mobilization and her personal favorite equine myo-fascial release.
Maria is a board director and member of the IEBWA – International Equine Body Workers Association. This association promotes a high standard of education for equine bodyworkers, requires liability insurance, insures continuing education and acts as an advisory board for its members.
Maria views the equine bodyworker as a part of the horse’s wellness team – along with the horse’s owner, veterinarian, farrier, trainer and other equine specialists. She believes the horse receives the most benefit when the team of professionals come together.
When Maria is not working on a horse she can be found sitting on one. She rides and shows her two cutting horses throughout Alberta.
Maria resides near Ponoka, Alberta with her husband Darren and son Carter on a third-generation family farm and feedlot.