Dr Julie Anna Huss (Owner, Doctor of Chiropractic, Certified Animal Chiropractor, Farrier, Natural trimmer)
Dr Julie is the only certified and licensed animal chiropractor in the state of MN that is also a trained natural trimmer, professional farrier, and hoof expert. She has spent years studying all about the intricate details of lameness, hoof anatomy, equine biomechanics, and natural/holistic horse keeping practices. Dr Julie specializes in working with horses that have chronic or difficult lameness issues including; laminitis, navicular syndrome, past injuries/scar tissue, and more. She has studied and practices a wide variety of chiropractic and soft tissue techniques including: TPT, ART, muscle work (cross friction, trigger point, etc), Graston (scar tissue release), Rock tape/kinesiotaping, stretching and strengthening, Masterson technique, and home exercises for clients to practice. Dr Julie is passionate about using holistic and natural horse keeping practices, encouraging freedom of movement, limiting reliance on medications and exploring less invasive therapies.
Dr Julie began trimming her own horses hooves in 2004 and decided to attend traditional farrier school in 2005. She has since attended several seminars on natural trimming and spends the majority of her time keeping horses sound and barefoot. She knew she wanted to pursue a career in medicine from an early age, but developed a passion for holistic medicine after seeing dramatic results from chiropractic in her own life and that of her show horse. She graduated chiropractic school in early 2013 and soon after attended post graduate training to receive additional licensure in animal chiropractic. She continues to attend educational seminars regularly and is a voracious reader–her favorite topics include natural hoof care, anatomy and physiology of the horses musculoskeletal structure and hooves, muscle work techniques, rehabilitation techniques, nutrition, and alternative medicine. She loves working with youth, teaching and training, and often volunteers with the 4-H horse project. She loves educating others and has also begun teaching classes to other animal chiropractors, horse owners, and groups on topics ranging from horse anatomy to hoof trimming to chiropractic techniques.
Her husband Caleb is retired from the military after serving several tours in Afghanistan and Iraq and being wounded overseas. Together we have 5 children (our youngest was born in January 2019!), and 4 hand-me-down horses. We just purchased our dream home in Stanchfield, MN (about 6 miles north of Cambridge) and plan to host many classes, clinics, educational events, and open a small clinic in the workshop space already on the property.
A Step Above’s Mission Statement, Values, and Goals
Mission Statement: The relationship with a horse has the power to strengthen our relationships with each other, with nature, and with God. Our holistic approach strengthens all of these bonds while restoring the lives of horses and the humans who love them.
Values: The best customer service in the industry, quality education for our staff and clients, and placing the wellbeing of the animal as top priority.
Our goal is to open a full service chiropractic facility in Stanchfield. We will have a large classroom to host classes, clinics, and events, as well as a treatment facility for small and large animals; using holistic healing methods to treat lameness, hoof problems, and other health issues.
We are also in the process of forming a charitable non-profit 501c3 corporation, called Turning Leaf Farms. We have been richly blessed and we feel it is our turn to give back to our community. From Dr Julie, “Ever since I was a young girl, I have dreamed of someday helping other people experience the healing and life-changing power of a relationship with animals and a connection to the earth. Together with my husband, we look forward to turning this dream into a reality over the next few years.”