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DR. HEATHER MACK was born and raised in Pennsylvania surrounded by nature and animals. She always wanted to become a veterinarian and to move out West. She began riding horses at 9 years old and they are still her #1 passion. When she is not busy with her Equine Sports Medicine practice you will find her playing with her own horses, exploring the wilderness or refining her riding and horsemanship skills. Where most recent graduates buy into a practice to secure a future she convinced her parents to help her buy a horse ranch in Idaho. For over 19 years she has been breeding, raising, training, observing herd dynamics and healing horses there at the Mystic Canyon Ranch. She often says it has been a University of education on that ranch.
Heather was one of the first women accepted at Columbia University in NYC and received her B. S. there. She spent one year in Great Britain studying Veterinary Science at the University of Bristol in Langford, U. K. She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine in 1991. In the early 90’s she received certification from both the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society (IVAS) and the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association (AVCA). She began her studies of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture in 1985 with Dr. Kenny Gong while attending Columbia College. Heather has been on a continual path of studying alternative medicine since then. She has apprenticed with Native American Elders, studied with South American Shamans as well as many other healers/teachers and has dedicated her life to the conscious practice of holistic medicine and lifestyle. Heather believes that in our increasingly fast paced world that horses are an important link to keep us connected to Mother Earth and her natural rhythms.
Dr. Mack teaches Balanced Mouth Dentistry and Holistic Horse Health at Balanced Equine Wellness. She has a particular interest in balancing the mouth to affect a positive change in the Temporo-Mandibular Joint (TMJ). She considers the TMJ the “Master Link” in the chain of the horses’ balance. It is a powerful convergence point for many acupuncture meridians. Also, it is the closest joint in the body to the brain and brainstem so harmonizing the proprioceptors in the jaw can have huge effects on the entire body. There is one thing for certain; you will have a keener awareness of the TMJ and its effect on the whole horse no matter what you have come to learn from Dr. Mack. What we pay attention to, we are conscious of, and this is a simple law of the universe. Once you have spent time with Heather your consciousness of the TMJ will be different. For the most part she will not employ any methods of treatment in her practice unless the mouth and jaw are balanced or at least heading that way.
Balanced Equine Wellness, LLC
PO Box 597
Mountain Home, ID 83647
Phone: (760) 447-0776
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