A little of My Background:
I am Krystin Dennis, an Equine Dentist, Reiki Master, certified dental assistant for 13 yrs and
was born and raised around horses. At the age of 9 I left the back yard pony scene and started
taking lessons. I moved my two horses to field board on a farm in Davidsonville where I slowly
became responsible for taking care of 42 horses. On top of running the barn I taught lessons,
trained horses and would show my horses and others. It was the best time.
All the long hours at the farm and time holding for the vet, I became interested in Equine
Dentistry. So at the age of 16, I started looking for ways to get involved in the field. However, I
keep running into dead ends. Maybe people found it hard to take a young girl serious when she
said she wanted to work on horses teeth. So instead, I signed up for Dental assisting in high
school and just knew it would help somehow.
Throughout high school I began searching the Internet and one day I came across two equine
dental schools. After looking through the sites I began to have reservations. Now being
involved with human dentistry, I knew the things being done at these schools would send one
of my human patients through the roof. Unfortunately one day I was able to watching an
instructor of one of the schools working on a friend's horse and my beliefs were confirmed. I
was sitting at another dead end, but I was still able to believe that some day, I would find a
school based on the same principles and standard of care I believed in. So I let that dream go
for a few more years.
Six years later I found myself standing right in the middle of that path once again. Only this time
it was my horse, Castle, who put me there. He sent me searching for a Vet and a Dentist that
would: come out for one horse, not sedate him unless he needed it and not use power tools in
his mouth. I never realized what a hard search I was in for. Castle was an older horse, in great
shape and health until he was slammed with a severe cold and then one month later still not
100% from his cold had a tooth abscess. This ended up being too much for his old body to
handle and he passed away. It left me angry, sad and motivated. I had just lost my best friend
over lack of quality care and was now motivated more then ever. I feel Castle gave his life for me
to learn a lesson; a lesson in faith, courage, love and perseverance.
I was now fueled by Castle's memory to find a Dental school that respected and appreciated
the horse. Maybe some day I could prevent this from happening to someone else's best friend.
After searching the Internet the day after his passing I came across the answer to my prayers.
The School of Advanced Whole Horse Dynamics. I called that day and was in the next class just
two months later. I continued to go to class three times a year for a total of seven trips and
I am now proud to say I am part of an elite group of pioneers who put the horse first. Our level of
understanding in the equine mouth and how it affects the horses body is to the next planet. We
are truly a family and we will never stop raising the bar because we all love what we do and
want nothing more than to help the horse.
As of Now I am no longer associating with Advanced Whole Horse Dentistry. I started with them
in 2006 and keep current with my certification till May 2011. It was at that time I decided I had the
building blocks needed from this program and would not be attending. I decided to pursue a
more advanced continuing education program and am I am working along side the top dentist
and vets in the county.
Accomplishments / Awards:
Certified Natural Balance Dentist Completed an Equine Anatomy Class
Reiki Master CPR Certified
Dental Assistant Body work Class with Dino Fretterd
|Below are a few Pictures I could find of me growing
up with horses. As I collect more I will add them.