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About EquiKneads


Meet Kristina

Kristina has been a certified Equine Body Worker since graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Equine Science from Fresno State University. While in school, she interned at Golden Gate Fields and Bay Meadows with Dr. Barbara Wiborg. She was the first intern at Harris Ranch Equine Layup Facility in Sanger, CA. ​


Continuing education helps Kristina stay current in the ever evolving science behind equine care. She studied Equine Skeletal classes with Dr. Deb Bennett, PhD, Nutrition classes with Dr. Eleanor Kellon, DVM and Stretching & Anatomy with Debranne Pattillo, CEO Equinology, and Equine Sports Medicine & Science with Dr. David Marlin, author of Equine Exercise Physiology.​

The Equikneads Story

Kristina launched EquiKneads in 2006 as a certified equine body worker. She fused her experience with post injury conditioning with the use of low level light therapy (LLLT) after seeing the benefits  this non-invasive techniques had on helping her elderly dog. From there she began utilizing low level light therapy on sport horses. She is now the only certified LightMD™ equine phototherapist in the Bay Area.

Kristina believes equine health begins with effective barn management.  For several years, she managed Folger Stable,  growing its boarding community from 5 horses to a full complement of 26 horses in 12 months. Today, she manages private barns in addition to Light Therapy and horse care.

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In The Community

Contributing to the Portola Valley/Woodside horse community is one of the ways Kristina gives back.  She is on the steering committee of WHOA (Woodside-area Horse Owners Association). Her passion is to preserve equestrian heritage and keep horses in Woodside.


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About Our RedLight

While LED’s do not deliver enough power to damage the tissue, they do provide enough energy to stimulate a response from the body to heal itself. With a low peak power output and high duty cycle, the LED’s provide a much gentler delivery of the healing wavelengths of light. The LED approach puts dramatically more energy into the treatment area at a much lower cost to deliver the treatments Moreover, LED’s are neither coherent nor collimated and they generate a broader band of wavelengths than do single-wavelength lasers. Non-collimation and the wide-angle diffusion of LED’s confer upon it a greater ease of application since light emissions are able to penetrate a broader surface area.


Moreover, the multiplicity of wavelengths in the LED enable it to affect a broader range of tissue types and produce a wider range of photochemical reactions in the tissue.​LED’s are safer, more cost effective, provide greater energy output per unit of surface area and a gentler experience than other types of light therapy. The results are faster treatment times for a given area.



Kristina is a certified Equine Body Worker since graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Equine Science from Fresno State University.

Our red-light products are also FDA approved safe, and we have helped numerous horses recover through our methods. 


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Julia H
Light Therapy Client

"I can't speak highly enough of Kristina. She is knowledgeable and supremely reliable. Her support with light therapy was instrumental in the recovery of my beloved mare from a tendon injury."


Stefanie Trenchard
Horse Care Client

I initially had Kristina care for my horse while I was on vacation. Each time she rode, she sent me a post-ride report and sometimes a video of her ride. I was so impressed that I decided to have her ride him once a week just to keep an eye on his overall health and condition -- so now I have a day when I don't feel guilty about not going the barn!


Barbara Calbert
Horse Barn Consulting Client

Kristina helped me restore my 4 horse stall barn. She took great care to make sure the barn was a safe and happy place for my animals and a beautiful addition to my property.”

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