Applied Kinesiology and Functional Neurology: The Neurology of Movement


Speaker: Dr. Carl DeStefano, DC, Health Pioneers, USA

Thursday and Friday (9am-5pm), October 18th and 19th, 2018
at the Dorfgemeinschaftshaus Kalbe, Dorfstr. 3, 27419 Kalbe, Germany

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This seminar investigates the neurological mechanisms that control movement in our animal patients. The structural support of the animal’s bony frame is due in large part to proper output of motor systems. When aberrancy's occur in the orchestration of volitional, postural and gaiting processes, the animal has a much greater probability of injury and movement break-down.

The “Neurology of Movement” teaches the peripheral and central mechanisms that can go wrong when receptor input (subluxation) disrupts normal gating mechanisms causing muscle weakness and joint instability. A diagnostic algorithm is taught so that the exact source of dysafferentation can be determined and corrected. 

“This is an incredible seminar that will finally answer why so many health and lameness problems recur in our practices” Dr. De Stefano 

The pre-requisite for this course is an Applied Kinesiology course, preferably “An Introduction to Applied Kinesiology and Functional Neurology”.


Carl J. DeStefano DC, Health Pioneers, USA

An international speaker, Dr. DeStefano teaches classes to Veterinarians and Chiropractors in the specialized area of Applied Kinesiology and Neurology. He also teaches seminars on the diagnosis and treatment of allergies in animals. Dr. DeStefano is the Founder of the Health Pioneers Institute of Veterinary Chiropractic which began classes in Animal Chiropractic starting in 2017. He has taught animal chiropractic for over 20 years, having lectured with Colorado State University, Tufts Veterinary School as well as Options for Animals and Healing Oasis, all in the United States.  For the last 10 years he has been a frequent guest lecturer for the International Academy of Veterinary Chiropractic in their advanced modules in Germany and England.

Dr. Carl J. DeStefano graduated Cum Laude from the National College of Chiropractic in 1984. He is certified in Animal Chiropractic from the Options for Animals Veterinary Chiropractic Course and the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association. He has also completed all the educational requirements for the Diplomat program sponsored by the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association. Dr. DeStefano is board certified in Chiropractic Neurology through the American Chiropractic Neurology Board. He is a fellow of the American College of Functional Neurology. In 2007 he completed the Advanced Veterinary Spinal Manipulation program in Veterinary Chiropractic Neurology offered by the Healing Oasis Wellness Center. Dr. DeStefano is married to Dr Dena Jersild, a veterinarian and fellow animal chiropractor who also teaches in the field of Veterinary Chiropractic. Dr. DeStefano maintains a busy human and animal practice near Chicago, Illinois.

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