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.
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.
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.
EquiKneads in the Community
In 2013 San Mateo County Parks Department subcontracted with Kristina to manage Folger Stable in Wunderlick Park with the goal to bring the boarding to full capacity while improving it reputation and horse management protocols. Kristina immediately developed cleaning systems, feeding and turnout schedules, and strict horse management protocols. Word of mouth spread quickly through the community. After 12 months, Folger Stable was full with a waiting list for priority stalls.