Cutting edge professionals presenting practical and futuristic ideas.


Featuring cutting edge professionals presenting unique, thought provoking lectures, demonstrations, and discussions related to the practical and futuristic ideas related to Equine Sports Medicine.

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9 CE credits will be awarded by the NCVMB if you attend both days of the Symposium. 

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13 CE credits will awarded from the American Association of Professional Farriers for members who attend the Symposium. (Saturday -7 CE credits, Sunday 6 CE credits)

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Our Speakers

Dr. Antonio Luciani


Dr. Antonio Luciani 2003 graduate of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Bologna. He moved to Germany, where he spent the next years working at several equine referral centers, specializing in Equine Medicine. He returned to Italy in 2009 to start his own practice focusing mainly on Orthopedics and Sports Medicine in high level sport horses, with a particular interest in Advanced Imaging. He currently divides his time working between Italy, Belgium, Holland and Germany dealing mostly with showjumping and dressage horses. He pursues a long-lasting collaboration as freelance with the Equine Clinic in Lüsche (Germany)    Beside his professional career, since 2012 he is involved in the fields of nutraceutics development and laser medicine. He is chairman of the veterinary section of the International Association of Laser Therapy (I.A.L.T.), working closely with sports physicians of prestigious Italian football clubs. Furthermore, he coordinates the scientific research project concerning the application of high-energy-multi-frequency laser therapy on tendon and ligament injuries, involving the Equine Clinic in Lüsche and the Gent and Utrecht Universities. 

Dr. Peter Friesen


Dr. Peter Friesen, D.P.T. OCS, SCS, A.T.(L), C.A.T.(c), C.S.C.S., PES, (L) M.T  is a dual board-certified Physical Therapist in Sports and Orthopedics. Additionally, he is certified in both the United States and Canada as an Athletic Trainer/Therapist, Strength and Conditioning Specialist, and also as a Massage Therapist and Dry Needler. He is the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach for the U.S. Women’s National Hockey Team and was the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach for the Carolina Hurricanes for the previous 21 years. He is an Adjunct Professor for the School of Physical Therapy at Duke University in the areas of Sports, Orthopedics and Exercise and also lectures at Campbell University, East Carolina University, University of North Carolina, and University of Connecticut in the departments of Physical Therapy. In addition, Dr. Friesen is a member of the Education & Research Committee for the World Federation of Athletic Training and Therapy.

Dr. Meghann Lustgarten


Meghann Lustgarten, DVM, DACVR, DACVSMR earned her board certifications from the American College of Veterinary Radiologists in 2013 and from the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation in 2018.  She has authored and co-authored multiple publications on musculoskeletal imaging in horses and has been an invited speaker at ACVS, ACVR, Duke and UNC.  She currently provides consultation services for referring veterinarians in North Carolina.

Dr. David Jensen


  David Jensen, DVM is an equine practitioner and organizer par excellence. Besides a very successful general equine practice he has developed a strong detailed interest in equine ophthalmology and podiatry. He has been dedicated to ideas of education all his career and in 2017 with Pete Healey organized the Equine Podiatry Education Foundation. Its goal is to foster podiatry in all it’s facets to veterinarians, farriers and any horse care givers including owners and trainers. In effort to expand the concepts of the EPFE he was instrumental in the developing a working relationship with five equine practitioners in North Carolina with interests in Equine Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation to develop a bicoastal annual professional educational adventure with unique ideas. The first joint meeting being held in North Carolina in June, 2019.

Peter Healey


  Pete Healey who lives in Santa Ynez, California learned how to shoe horses as a cowboy in 1979. In 1988 he started a shoeing business and in 2002 he began a working relationship with Alamo Pintado Equine Medical Center in Los Olivos, CA.  He is a graduate of Dr. Reddens’ Advanced Equine Podiatry course and holds an APF 1 certificate with the American Association of Professional Farriers. He has been a contributing author for the American Farriers Journal and ‘The Cowboy Way’ and ‘Ranch and Reata’ magazines. Pete has presented at several clinics and has lectured at North Carolina State University, Auburn University and the International Hoof Care Summit. He has three patented measuring systems which include a mapping system for the coffin bone and an evaluation system for the hoof-pastern axis. He is the author of the book, Evaluating Radiographs for Equine Foot Management.

In 2017, with Dr. David Jensen of San Marcos Equine in Los Alamos, CA he founded the Equine Podiatry Education Foundation (EPEF), a non-profit foundation dedicated to supporting research and education of the equine foot. As a first project the EPEF has partnered with a group of equine practitioners of central North Carolina with their interests in advancing and prevention and rehabilitation of equine sports medicine problems in the horse.

Hosted By: Equine Podiatry Education Foundation


The mission of the EPEF is to foster research and education with respect to diseases, abnormalities and health of the equine foot of pleasure, sporting and working horses. Our goal is to develop a uniform standard of treatment through research based information which can be provided to veterinarians, farriers and horse owners in an effort of achieving a meaningful reduction of lameness.

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Chatham County Agricultural Center, Pittsboro, NC


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Carolina Equine Sports Medicine Symposium

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