Amy Hayek graduated from Iowa State University with a B.S. in 1986 and an MA in 1987. Following a career in university teaching, she returned to veterinary school at Colorado State University and graduated in 1998. In 2000, she finished her certificate in veterinary acupuncture with the Chi Institute. Not feeling her education complete, she continued with a certificate in spinal manipulative therapy from the State of Wisconsin at the Healing Oasis Wellness Center and was certified by the American Veterinarian Chiropractic Association, and in 2007 completed the program for Advanced Chiropractic in Neurology at the Healing Oasis. Currently she practices near Charleston, South Carolina where she owns a veterinary clinic and uses multiple modalities to heal large and small animals. Her holistic approach and continued hunger for knowledge has led her to further study in nutrition, changing her veterinary practice from reactive to proactive in promoting animal health and wellness. Dr. Hayek uses applied kinesiology, herbal therapies, nutritional toxicology & restructuring, dentistry and hoof balance to treat the performance horses and dogs in her practice. She has published in the Journal for the American Veterinary Medical Association, Elite Equestrian, Holistic Horse, the Low Country Dog Journal and Driving Magazine. She has co-written a book on environmental influences and equine nutrition as it affects the health of the horse and a booklet on equine nutritional myths. She has also been a regular speaker at the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association and has been invited to speak at the Hoosier Horse Fair, the Iowa Horse Fair and the South Carolina Association of Veterinarians meetings.