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Neuromuscular Lab Staff

The Equine Neuromuscular Diagnostic Laboratory Staff


Principal Researchers

Stephanie Valberg and Jim Mickelson

Stephanie Valberg, DVM, PhD, Diplomate ACVIM, ACVSMR 
Director of Neuromuscular Lab
Professor, Dept. of Veterinary Population Medicine
Director, University of Minnesota Equine Center
D.V.M., Ontario Veterinary College
Ph.D., Swedish University of Agricultural Science
Post-Doctoral, UC Davis
Residency, Large Animal Medicine, UC Davis
Diplomate, Large Animal Internal Medicine
Diplomate, Sports Medicine and Rehabiliation
James Mickelson, PhD
Professor, Dept of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences
B.S., University of Wisconsin Madison
M.S., University of Wisconsin Madison
Ph.D., University of Wisconsin Madison
Post-Doctoral, University of Minnesota

Head Technician
Natalie Barnes
B.S., University of Minnesota, Morris


 CVM UMEC Natalie
Current Post-Doctoral Students  
Carrie Finno, DVM, PhD, Diplomate ACVIM
DVM, University of Minnesota
Intership, University of Minnesota
Residency and PhD, University of California, Davis
Susannah Lewis, PhD
current DVM student, University of Minnesota
PhD, Colorado State University
Current Graduate Student  
Alex Draper, BVSc
current resident, University of Minnesota
 CVM UMEC Draper

   Much of our current knowledge about muscle disorders is due to the hard work of current and former graduate students.

Former Graduate Students

Lisa Borgia, B.Sc., MS, Ph.D.


Erin Annandale, B.Sc., M.S.


Flavio de la Corte, DVM, Ph.D.


Tricia Dranchak, B.S., Ph.D. Candidate 


Anna Firshman, BVSc., MRCVS, Ph.D., Diplomate ACVIM and ACVSMR


Luanne Hunt, B.Sc., BVM&S, MRCVS


Heather Kaese, B.A., DVM 


Linnea Lenz, DVM, Ph.D. 


Jennifer MacLeay, DVM, Ph.D.



Molly McCue, DVM, PhD, Diplomate ACVIM


Erica McKenzie, DVM, Ph.D. 


William Ribero, DVM


Michelle Lucio, Former Head Technician



Tara Ward, B.S., DVM, Ph.D.


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