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IVMI Faculty

Carla Pasteur, DVM, CVA, CVSMT
Dr. Pasteur received her veterinary degree from the University of Wisconsin in 1991. She went on to become certified as a CVA by the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society and completed training at the International School of Equine Osteopathy. She is a certified veterinary spinal manipulation therapist by The Healing Oasis Wellness Center and is a member of the College of Animal Chiropractors. She is an instructor of Acupuncture at the Chi Institute.

Combining her conventional equine practice with her study in integrative approaches, Dr. Pasteur has developed a unique philosophy and technique that  generates exceptional results for her clinical clients. In 2011, Dr. Pasteur established the Pasteur Equine Learning Institute and began offering the EVMM course to veterinarians on how to combine conventional and alternative methods in treating horses. Dr. Pasteur has lectured around the world on medical manipulation technique and acupuncture in equine treatment. She is an assistant editor of the American Journal of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine and a member of the International Society of Equine Locomotor Pathology. 

Linda J. Cimetti, DVM, CVA
Dr. Cimetti has worked extensively with performance horses, focusing on preventative health, lameness and diagnostics. A graduate of Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine (2001), she has returned to her alma mater to teach Large Animal Gross Anatomy to first year veterinary students. She also participates in numerous hands-on training labs for first, third and fourth year veterinary students.
Dr. Cimetti has given numerous talks to local and national equine groups; as well as presented at the 2004 American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) Convention on managing lower limb infections using a regional antibiotic perfusion technique. She has advanced training in dentistry, ophthalmology and lameness diagnostics (Ultrasonography, Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) and Nuclear Scinitgraphy). She has developed and oversees the MRI service at South Shore Equine Clinic, utilizing one of only 16 standing units in the country. In 2011, she received her certification in veterinary acupuncture from the Chi Institute.

For ten years, Dr. Cimetti has been actively involved with Project Samana, an outreach program of the Massachusetts Veterinary Medical Association (MVMA) to provide medical and surgical services to the horse and mule population of Samana, Dominican Republic.
She is currently in practice at the South Shore Equine Clinic and Diagnostic Center in Plympton, Mass.

John Langlois, DVM, CVA, CVMMP
Dr. Langlois is a graduate of the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine in 1981. He has been an equine practitioner in Marion County, Florida for the past 32 years, where he established his own practice in 1983, with an emphasis on reproductive medicine, lameness diagnostics and surgery. He has received advanced training in veterinary acupuncture, Chinese veterinary herbal medicine and veterinary Tui-na massage. Dr. Langlois was a member of the PELI inaugural class in 2010, and served as an instructor there in 2011 and 2012. In 2013, PELI joined IVMI, and Dr. Langlois will continue to instruct the EVMM program through the IVMI. Chi Institute. He has been practicing for over 30 years and has been using Chinese medicine and spinal manipulation successfully for over 10 years enjoying treating at many of the prestigious thoroughbred farms in Marion County, FL.
  Karen Spracklen, DVM, CVA, AVCA

Dr. Spracklen is a graduate of the Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine.  She completed her Veterinary Chiropractic training in 1996 and is certified through the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association (AVCA).  She is certified in Veterinary Acupuncture through the Chi Institute since 1999, and has also received training in Osteopathy.  In addition to her practice, Dr. Spracklen devotes her time serving as an instructor for the Chi Institute located in Reddick, Florida and the Chi Institute - Europe located in Spain.

Dr. Spracklen is a national and international speaker on Complementary and Alternative Veterinary Medicine and TCVM.  She has been published in the American Journal of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (AJTCVM) and is the author of several chapters in veterinary acupuncture textbooks.  She is currently serving as the Assistant Editor of the American Journal of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine.


  David Hirsch, DVM, CVA, CVCH, AVCA, MS-TCVM
Dr. Hirsch graduated from Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1983. He was certified by the American Chiropractic Veterinary Association in 2001, and was certified by the Chi Institute in Veterinary Acupuncture in 2002 and Herbal Medicine in 2007. He was certified by the American Chiropractic Veterinary Association in 2001, and was certified by the Chi Institute in Veterinary Acupuncture in 2002 and Herbal Medicine in 2007. He has also earned his Master's Degree in TCVM from the Chi Institute. He is the co-owner and co-director of Parkway Veterinary Hospitals in Cape May Courthouse and Marmora, New Jersey. Dr. Hirsch is a member of the Board of Trustees for the Atlantic Coast Veterinary Conference and a past board member for the Marine Mammal Stranding Center of New Jersey.

Skip Hightman, DVM, DOM, CVA, CVH, Diplomat NCCAOM 
Dr. Hightman is a 1975 Illinois graduate and has practiced TCVM since 1994. His chiropractic training began with the VOM course, he then studied with an AVCA graduate and finished his training with a human chiropractor. He further honed his skills in IVMI’s VMM courses. He has completed the Tui-na and Chinese herbal medicine courses at the Chi Institute and received acupuncture training from both Chi and IVAS. He is a lecturer for both the Chi Institute and IVAS as well. Dr. Hightman has completed a human acupuncture Doctorate Program and has received a certificate in Chinese Medical Qi Gong (CMQG). 


Alice Baker Meuten, DVM, CVA, CCRT, CVTP
Dr. Alice graduated from North Carolina State University in 2007.  She focused on large animal studies throughout veterinary school and practiced in large animal medicine for several years, but after getting started in competitive herding with her own dogs, she developed a passion for canine sports medicine and rehabilitation.  Dr. Alice went to Parker University of Chiropractic and is certified by the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association.  She also is a Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist through the Chi Institute and is currently working toward her Master's in Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine.  Dr. Alice is also a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Therapist through the Canine Rehabilitation Institute and is a Teaching Assistant for the Introduction and Sports Medicine courses.  She is also working on a Practice Experience Residency in Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation through Colorado State University.  Dr. Alice's practice in Northern Colorado is focused on the Canine Athlete where she works on many top agility, field trial retrievers, fly ball, conformation, obedience, herding, and other sporting dogs.  In her spare time she trains and competes her Border Collies and Australian Kelpie in herding trials.


Holly Landes, DVM, CVA, CVFT, VMRT
Dr. Holly Landes is a 2005 graduate of Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine. She served four years in the United States Army Veterinary Corps and completed a 15-month tour in Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. She attended the Options for Animals College of Veterinary Chiropractic in 2012 and achieved certification in Veterinary Chiropractic by the International Veterinary Chiropractic Association. She followed with a certification in mixed-animal acupuncture at the Chi Institute in 2013, and obtained certification in TCVM Food Therapy in 2014. She continues to work on her Masters Degree in TCVM at the Chi Institute.  In 2015, she complemented her training with a certification in Veterinary Massage and Rehabilitation at the Healing Oasis Wellness Center.  She is the owner of Eastview Animal Wellness in Augusta, Georgia and focuses on TCVM, spinal manipulation, and physical rehabilitation.