It is our mission to provide high-quality care and innovative therapy & rehab modalities to equines and canines. Our services are designed to enhance their quality of life, elevate performance goals, and encourage holistic health overall.
About CORE Therapies
Raised in a bustling racing family who saddled Graded Stakes winners for storied owners such as the Farish's, Larkspur Carroll learned to look for the subtleties in a horse's movement to inform how she cared for and trained them at an early age.
Spending her early career as a thoroughbred racetrack practitioner, keeping racehorses healthy was an easy move to make. But as she added manual therapies and other holistic techniques to her sports medicinal knowledge, on top of the years of intuition she built while galloping racehorses, a real program to help horses began to surface; CORE Therapies was born.
Larkspur Carroll, DVM
Raised on a thoroughbred breeding farm in Fair Hill, Maryland, Lark frequented the training center and Delaware Park in various capacities throughout her childhood, eventually galloping horses pre-dawn before school. Her father, Del Carroll was a famous thoroughbred trainer and hall-of-fame polo player. Her mother a veterinarian, turned trainer after Del Carroll’s untimely death. Both the Dam and Sire sides of her pedigree are steeped in thoroughbreds, so it’s no wonder her zen is on the back of these revered athletes.
Larkspur set her sights high, graduating Magna cum laude with a degree in Biological Sciences from the University of Maryland College Park, and then a veterinary degree from the Ohio State University, subsidizing her education and her passions simultaneously by exercising horses every single morning. This habit continued into her veterinary career, which started with an internship at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, Kentucky.
Unsurprisingly, Larkspur fell in love with Kentucky and the local thoroughbred industry. She immediately felt a sense of belonging, circling back to her roots and Keeneland, where her father raced many successful meets. Now she is fully settled in the area, owning her own farm and veterinary practice.
The veterinary practice embodies many of her passions: the equine athlete, sports medicine, alternative medicine, and physical therapy techniques. But at the beginning and end and sometimes in between, Lark can be found horseback one way or another. There’s no greater connection than the nonverbal dance between a rider with a thousand-pound athlete, because “horses do speak, but only to those who listen.”
- Undergraduate: University of Maryland (College Park) - Biological Sciences and Zoology
- Veterinary School: The Ohio State
- Internship: Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital ambulatory in Lexington KY
- Mother of a fabulous teenage daughter
Laura Wodzinski, DVM, cVMA
Dr. Laura Wodzinski was born and raised in western Pennsylvania where she was introduced to the equine world at an early age with horseback riding lessons. Her love and passion for horses grew as she became a competitive eventer in high school and joined the Penn State Dressage Team in college. It became her goal to pursue veterinary medicine so that she could work with horses every day and provide care and comfort to the animal she had become so devoted to.
With an undergraduate degree in Animal Sciences from the Pennsylvania State University and a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Wodzinski achieved that goal. She then did an equine exclusive internship in New Hampshire at New England Equine Medical and Surgical Center.
During her years of education, Dr. Wodzinski became interested in alternative therapies including acupuncture and chiropractic therapies. As she watched her own dogs and horses age and start to struggle with the effects of arthritis and other musculoskeletal issues, she knew she wanted to provide them as much comfort as possible as they enter their golden years as well as help horses perform at their prime in the show ring.
In 2016, Dr. Wodzinski received her certification in veterinary medical acupuncture (cVMA) from the Medical Acupuncture for Veterinarians. Two years later, she earned her certificate in animal chiropractics from the renowned Options for Animals College of Animal Chiropractic. She has primarily worked as an equine exclusive veterinarian, however in 2020 she diversified her patient population to start including cats and dogs.
- Undergraduate degree- Pennsylvania State University
- Veterinary School- Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine
- Internship- New England Equine Medical and Surgical Center
Tiffany Gish, Admin
Tiffany couldn't have known that her life would be forever changed after that first riding lesson at age seven in small-town Rockport, IN. She's pursued a life in support of the horse ever since.
From managing an equine feed store to caring for new mothers and babies at an equine nursery, we are grateful that Tiffany's love of the horse has brought her journey to us. She patiently helps new clients to learn about how therapy can help their animals and provides much-needed hands-on support to our staff.
- Equine Science with minor in Veterinary Medicine at Murray State University
Elizabeth Fitzgerald, Practice Manager
Animals have always been a passion for Elizabeth. Born and raised in Portland, Oregon she spent much of her youth pet and farm sitting, team penning, and wandering through the zoo. It was a natural progression for her to get her degree in Animal Science from Oregon State University.
After graduation, she moved to Kentucky to participate in the Kentucky Equine Management Internship. After completing sessions at both Mill Ridge Farm and Denali Stud, she came on board at Core Therapies.
After taking some time off to grow her family, she is excited to be back! When not working or wrangling her two sons, she can be found in her garden in Stamping Ground, KY.
- Bachelors of Science in Animal Sciences w/focus in pre-veterinary medicine) from Oregon State University.
Tanya Lobsiger, Bookkeeper
From a young age, Thoroughbreds have been an integral part of Tanya’s life. She got a taste for racing and training on her family’s horse farm in Huntington, Quebec, Canada. Ultimately she moved to Lexington, Kentucky to complete her Bachelor of Science in Biology at Midway University.
From there, she worked in the industry as groom, assistant farm manager, and veterinary technician until she started Shady Lane Farm and Racing in Versailles, Kentucky.
She joined the CORE Therapies team in 2017, when she chose to refocus her attention on to her family. Still busy as ever, she lives on Shady Lane farm with her partner and children (Victoria, Kaitlyn, and Aiden), as well as their variety of cats, dogs, and horses.