About Us

MEND provides comprehensive, tailored equine bodywork & movement sculpting to improve equine performance, mood, and spirit.  We are committed to ongoing education, research and collaboration.  

Bodywork is not a substitute for veterinary care Check with your veterinarian to see if bodywork is right for your horse.

Liz Douglas  (liz@mend.horse)  (KY, PA, FL)

  • Licensed Equine Therapist (KY, FL)
  • BSc. (Honors) Northwestern University: Performance Studies
  • BSc. (Summa Cum Laude) Midway University: Equine Rehabilitation/Health; Outstanding Equine Rehabilitation Student Award
  • Certified Equine Massage Therapist  (Equissage New England*)
  • Tallgrass Animal Acupressure: TCM & Equine Acupressure
  • Symposium on Therapeutic Advances in Animal Rehabilitation (2015: Equine Core Stability and Stifle Dysfunction)
Additional Equine Bodywork Education:
  • Jo-Ann Wilson, USA Olympic Eventing Team, Sports Massage 
  • Julie O'Neil: Orthobionomy  
  • Upledger Institute: Craniosacral Therapy
  • Lumi Michelle Rolley: Myofascial Release & Craniosacral Therapy
  • Regan Golob: TCM, Equine Nutrition
  • Reiki Level II 

*Equissage is approved by the National Certification  Board of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB)  http://www.equissage-ne-ny.com/

Member of Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals.

MEND operates in accordance with state and federal laws.

We do not practice veterinary medicine.   


Liz started as a child apprentice under Virginia Orr, a TB exercise rider and show jumper from South Africa.  She learned everything from the ground up at a small, private farm in Chester Springs, Pennsylvania.  She showed hunters at local events but preferred hacking about the countryside on her Chestnut Appendix, Roger.  Liz attended Northwestern University as a Performance Studies major and learned bodywork techniques from professional dancers, artists, and athletes over several years.  She later modified these strategies to improve the horses she managed as the Equine Care Specialist at a therapeutic riding program.  Her passion for equine therapy grew and she attended multiple workshops and classes.  She went on to obtain a Certification in Equine Sports Massage and a University degree in Equine Rehabilitation. She has studied bodywork approaches under equine therapists and vets across multiple disciplines. She has seen the positive effects of this work on Grand Prix jumpers and dressage horses, thoroughbreds, saddlebreds, standardbreds, and horses in transition. 

Vanessa Hudson (Long Island, Hamptons)    

  • BA., Towson University
  • CESMT, Equissage New England
  • Tallgrass Animal Acupressure: Equine Acupressure
  • Reiki Master

MEND: align, balance, bring into line, calibrate, connect, fine-tune, fit, focus, improve, overhaul, polish, readjust, rectify, rehab, service, sharpen, square, tighten, troubleshoot, tune up