Durango Animal Chiropractor

Petra with horse

DR. PETRA SULLWOLD, D.C. grew up in Austria around horses. She started riding at age 4 when her father bought her a very opinionated little Shetland pony mare named “Sheriff.” Despite initial challenges with Sheriff, a deep bond developed between the pair. Sheriff became Petra’s first teacher in her journey with horses. Over the years Dr. Petra, not only developed a passion for riding, but also for working with horses. Originally an equine sports massage therapist for 7 years, Petra made the switch to animal chiropractic after observing the amazing benefits animals gained after being adjusted. She was fortunate to have studied under several gifted mentors for more than 15 years. She received her Animal Chiropractic Certification through the OPTIONS FOR ANIMALS program in Wellsville, Kansas in 2008 and is certified by the International Veterinary Chiropractic Association. In 2000, she received her Equine Sports Massage Certification with the prestigious school of Equinology in California.

Additionally, Dr. Petra has studied under some of the greatest names in the world of horse health, such as: Equine Biomechanics with Barb Crabbe, DVM, Equine Nutritional Management with Dr. Robert E. Bray, and Advanced Saddle Fitting with Dr. Kerry J. Ridgeway, DVM and Master Saddler A.J. Foster. To further her skills, she has participated in multiple Equitation Clinics with Major Miguel Tavora, Master of Equitation and protégé of Nuno Oliviera.And, Dr. Petra is currently completing her Diplomat in Chiropractic Neurology at Carrick Institute.

“Adjusting a horse reminds me why I love being a chiropractor. They don’t place a limit to what an adjustment can do for them in their performance or well being.”

Besides operating a full time animal-practice, she also co-owns ATLAS SPECIFIC in Durango, Colorado with her husband, Dr. Clayton Sullwold. Dr. Petra enjoys drawing upon her vast background to serve her clientele, be they two-legged or four, in maintaining their highest level of health and performance possible.

Clayton Sullwold, D.C.Dr. CLAYTON SULLWOLD, D.C. has been working with horses since April of 2004 when he watched his first horse adjustment. After attending a seminar in animal adjusting he realized that taking care of animals would always be part of his passion for Chiropractic. “The level at which you can work with a horse is more deeply profound than one can imagine. To deliver an adjustment with intent and specificity is of utmost importance to awaken life force potential in individuals and animals alike.” Clay has spent numerous hours under the study of his mentor Dr. Jay Komarek D.C. a certified animal chiropractor (CAC) who has been in practice for over 32 years. After graduating from Life Chiropractic College West, Dr. Clay attended the Options for Animals program in Wellsville, Kansas where he obtained his certification in both canine and equine chiropractic from the International Veterinary Chiropractic Association. He is the owner and head chiropractor at ATLAS SPECIFIC, Durango’s only Upper Cervical Chiropractic Practice. He also enjoys traveling the country teaching chiropractic students and the public about upper cervical chiropractic.


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