Arlene works with the leg of a horse during a rehab therapy session.

Arlene White

PT M. ANIMST (Physiotherapy)

Founder – Animal Rehab Institute

Arlene received her BSc degree in Physical Therapy from Florida A & M University (1998), and her MSc degree in Animal Studies (Animal Physiotherapy), under the coordination and directorship of Professor Catherine McGowan, from the University of Queensland in Australia (2007). 

Her research was performed in collaboration with Dr. Hilary Clayton at the McPhail Equine Performance Center at Michigan State University on equine limb kinematics using a tactile stimulation on the distal limb in horses. This research has been published in peer-reviewed journals including Veterinary and Comparative Orthopedics and Traumatology (2008) and the Equine Veterinary Journal (2009).

In 2000, Arlene founded the Animal Rehab Institute, Inc., an educational institution for veterinarians, physical therapists and assistants, chiropractors, veterinary technicians, massage therapists and bodyworkers. An aim of the Animal Rehab Institute is to bring together experts in each specialist field within the realms of equine sports medicine and rehabilitation and to explore the new areas of research, evidence-based medicine, and clinical practice using a team approach. 

Arlene lectured on equine rehabilitation at the Combined Sections Meeting of the APTA (2001), and at the International Association of Veterinary Rehabilitation and Physical Therapy Symposium (2008). She co-authored the APTA’s Orthopedic Section Physical Therapy Evaluation of the Equine Patient (2015). 

In 2015, she earned her USDF Gold Medal aboard her horse Zydeco – a true testament to rehabilitation of the equine patient.