About Us/Instructors


The Lang Institute for Canine Massage, , home of the Lang System™, was founded by Joanne Lang in 1988 as Lang & Associates. The original goal of Lang & Associates was to help the animal companions that so enriched her life. Joanne started her company as a private canine massage business. It has since become the Lang Institute for Canine Massage and has grown to offer educational workshops for both canine massage and canine exercises to the public, videotapes for learning massage at home, and now a whole school to train future canine massage providers. The Lang Institute is located in beautiful Loveland, Colorado (“The rectangular state”) at the foot of the Rocky Mountains. The sun never sets here, it just disappears behind the mountains.


Joanne Lang, M.C.M.T. – Executive Director of the Lang Institute.

With over two decades of massage experience with canine, feline, equine and human clients, Joanne has achieved the title of Master Certified Massage Therapist in human massage. She has pioneered a massage system and and used it to help thousands of companion animals, from champion show dogs to beloved family pets and handicapped animals. Joanne has also provided medical massage in collaboration with physicians, chiropracters, physical therapists, and acupuncturists for over 15 years on humans recovering from accidents and athletic injuries. Her extensive training has qualified her to serve as a medical massage insurance provider.

Joni L. Freshman, DVM, MS, DACVIM
Joni is a veterinarian specializing in clinical internal medicine. She has earned both a Masters degree in Clinical Sciences in the area of reproduction as well as the rank of Diplomat in the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine. Joni has worked at the Denver Zoo, Auburn University, and Colorado State University. She has written dozens of professional articles and a book about canine reproduction and neonatology. For the Lang Institute, Joni serves as our expert on canine anatomy, physiology, pathology, nutrition,  and much more. Joni and her Belgian Tervuren (her kennel website is www.zephyre.net) are involved in both professional dog competitions and Therapy Dog International community work. Joni currently offers acupuncture, spinal adjustment via the VOM method, and cold laser therapy throughout the Pike Peak region (Colorado) through her AcuPets Mobile Veterinary Acupuncture service (www.acupets.com). She also offers writing, speaking, and consulting services through her business, Canine Consultations.

David S. Miller, DVM, PhD, DACZM
Dr. David Miller is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin, School of Veterinary Medicine, and has also worked as a wildlife biologist. His private practice experience includes work with exotic, small, and large animals. He has also worked in emergency medicine practices and several zoos. He is currently working on wildlife disease issues with several organizations.



Sue Ware, MA, MA, PhD
Dr. Sue Ware is a Research Associate at the George C. Page Museum of La Brea Discoveries in Los Angeles, CA as well as holding that same position at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science in the departments of Earth Science and Zoology. She holds a PhD in Interdisciplinary Studies with an emphasis in paleopathology and comparative osteology from the Union Institute and University, an M. A in Psychology with an emphasis in juvenile corrections from the University of Northern Colorado, an M. A. in Anthropology with an emphasis in physical anthropology and forensics from the University of Colorado and a B. A. in Education from Loretto Heights College. She has over 30 years of teaching experience with both children and adults and is an accomplished artist. She currently teaches classes on osteology, paleopathology, animal behavior and Egyptology and has published in these same areas. Currently Sue is the CEO of Flatline Consulting & Research, a Denver based consulting company.

Laurie G Cramer, PT, BA, BS

Laurie holds a BA from Smith College, Northampton, MA and a BS from the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM.  She is a licensed Physical Therapist in the State of Alaska where she splits her time between mushing her dogs, practicing pediatric physical therapy and running her Canine Rehabilitation and Conditioning clinic ‘Gone To The Dogs LLC’. She completed all of the courses in Canine Rehabilitation through Northeast Seminars in collaboration with the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN in 2005 and graduated from the Lang Institute of Canine Massage in 2007. Laurie and Joanne are presently co-authoring a book on Canine Conditioning exercises.

In her “free time” she has handled dogs for Lance Mackey and another musher on the Yukon Quest International Dog Race and tries to find time to fish with her husband. http://www.dogrepair.com/about.htm

Kate Solisti

Kate Solisti, internationally known speaker, author and educator, has been a professional animal communicator, communicating telepathically with animals since 1992. During this time she has worked with individual animal guardians, trainers and holistic veterinarians, assisting in solving behavioral problems, understanding health problems, healing past traumas, and facilitating understanding between humans and non-humans.

Kate also has been dedicated to dog and cat nutrition since 1998. It is discussed in her book, The Holistic Animal Handbook, and in articles for journals and magazines. Kate keeps up on supplement studies, changes in the pet food industry, new foods on the scene and any new information that will improve the health of our companion animals. http://www.akinshipwithanimals.com/?action=aboutkate

Beth Kelly, BA

Beth Kelly graduated from Colorado WomenĘĽs College (now DU) in 1975 with a BA degree in Art and Education. After graduation she was employed in the Thompson R2J School District, in Loveland Colorado, as a junior high and middle school art teacher. During her 21 years as an educator she has developed art curriculum and district standards, sponsored the student and faculty school climate committee, worked on

the implementation of the advisor/ advisee program, coached girlsĘĽ volleyball and basketball, developed an after school art club, and yearly served or chaired numerous other school/district committees. Beth has been recognized for her outstanding teaching and enthusiasm for education and students with a nomination for the Outstanding Service To Education Award for the Thompson School District and received the

Outstanding Service Recognition from Thompson Education Association. ” Beth is an avid animal enthusiast, and has had dogs, as pets, for as long as she can remember. She began her work with drug dogs with the inception of Sherlock Hounds Detection Canines LLC in 1999. As a co-owner of Sherlock Hounds she has trained with the national known dog expert, Mackey Kelly of Oklahoma and has 12 years of training experience with Labradors and Terriers, both as drug dogs and therapy dogs. Beth continues to work and train with Sherlock Hounds, present information to high school health classes and is an education consultant for The Lang Institute for Canine massage in Loveland, CO. http://www.mindspring.com/~shrhound/

Nita Bitner, BA

Nita Bitner is a native of Hawaii and a resident of Colorado. After graduating from Colorado State University (CSU), she applied her anthropology training to forensics, including serving as a coroner’s investigator, teaching at CSU, and numerous television show appearances. She has over two decades experience as a secondary school social studies and science teacher. Her continuing education studies for teaching include All Kinds of Minds Education and Denver Zoo Teacher Education Training. As the former President of Sherlock Hounds Detection Canines LLC, she purchased, trained, and maintained narcotics detection dogs. Nita is active on the dog show circuit as a breeder, owner, and trainer of multiple Best in Show and Best in Specialty Show Pembroke Welsh corgis and beagles, as well as an instructor for dog conformation classes. Nita is also certified to grade and appraise diamonds by the Gemological Institute of America (GIA).