Molly Wells comes from an athletic background. She incorporated her athletic knowledge and experiences into her business, Equinessence, which started in 2002. Her goal in the equine athletic world has always been to optimize the level of performance, extend the career life of equine athletes, and allow those with career threatening conditions and injuries to recover and continue to compete. Currently, Molly is the most active and credentialed Equine Therapist and Equine Instructor in the world for the Animal Calibrated Electro-Acuscope/Myopulse Therapy System.
Mollys' athletic background began when she started swimming at the age of three, and she continued to swim for U.S. teams throughout high school. She was a diverse athlete playing both basketball and tennis throughout middle school and high school while maintaining her swimming eligibility. Molly then went on to swim for Diablo Valley Junior College where she achieved the status of being an All-American swimmer, and received her Associate of Arts degree. She then transferred to the University of Nevada, Reno being accepted into the Animal Science program, continued her swimming career with the NCAA Division 1 ranked team, and graduated three years later. Molly's experience being an elite collegiate athlete allowed her to understand what it takes to keep an athletes' body going through extensive training, pain, and injuries.
Towards the end of her swimming career, Molly began barrel racing in 1999. She owned and competed on two primary horses, Go Be Quick (Quickie) and DD Sunday Society (Sunday). Molly achieved one of her dreams in 2007 by earning her WPRA card (Women's Professional Rodeo Association) with Quickie. Both Quickie and Sunday are personal testiments of Molly's work, and the Animal Calibrated Electro-Acuscope/Myopulse Therapy System. They both had chronic conditions that are typically thought of to be career ending in the equine world however, that was not true with these two exceptional horses.
In 2009 Quickie suffered a fractured coffin bone after falling during a run, and previous to that incident was also diagnosed with side bone (a chronic condition in both front feet). Molly quickly implemented her rehabilitation program and Quickie recovered 75% faster than the original prognosis. One of her first runs back she placed 5th out of 691 entries at the NBHA Las Vegas Super Show. At 18 years old, she was still sound, still competing, and continued to place and win. She was kept on a consistent treatment program, and her side bone remained maintained.
In 2011 Sunday suffered a bone chip in his stifle during one of his runs. Through extensive diagnostics, he was diagnosed with OCD in both stifles (a degenerative condition that is irreversible). After surgically removing the chip the Veterinarian also found further damage to his meniscus. Along with outstanding veterinary care, Sunday underwent Molly's rehabilitation program. He was clinically sound with no effusion of the joint at 30 days post-surgery, and was cleared for training in a fraction of the expected time and returned to barrel racing. The following season he was also diagnosed with ring bone (an arthritic condition of the pastern joints on the front end of the body). Once aware of his chronic conditions, Molly kept him on a consistent treatment program and continued to compete on him. Sunday remained sound, strong, and healthy until he passed in 2020.
As a result of Molly's education, training, experience and love for animals she has been able to make a remarkable difference in the animal world. She works in conjunction with Veterinarians, and believes that it takes a team of professionals in order to create a balanced healing environment for the animal. She also continues to work and train with Veterinarians, Physicians, and Physical Therapists in order to expand her knowledge and education. Molly believes in the power of education and has traveled throughout the country being a speaker at conferences and offering lectures and seminars on equine physical therapy. She also takes great pride in training and producing other qualified ATS Acuscope Therapists. The growing demand in this field, and knowing that there are more animals being helped by this proven therapy system are main motivating factors for Molly's dedication.
Molly also has extensive experience working in professional sports, primarily in the MLB and NFL industries through her Elite Athletic Consultants and P.R.O.11 sports divisions. She has obtained several advanced specialization credentials in the professional sports field, and has worked with players from 26 different MLB organizations along with 15 NFL organizations. Her education and experience with her sports division has lead to her expanding work with equine athletes. To learn more about Molly's work in professional sports, please visit her sports division, Elite Athletic Consultants by clicking the link.
1997 Associate of Arts Degree from Diablo Valley Junior College in California
2000 BA Degree in Psychology from University of Nevada, Reno with a focus on Animal Behavior, and completed a year of Animal Science courses
2002 Certified Equine Body Worker through Equinology completing Basic & Advanced Equine Sports Massage Certifications
2003 ATS Certified Equine Acuscope Therapist through Animal Therapy Systems (ATS)
2004 Certified for Equine Myofascial Release through Equinology
2006 ATS Certified Equine Acuscope Instructor
2007 Completion of training for Equine Biomechanics & Equine Nutrition
2008 PTS Certified Basic Human Acuscope Therapist through Progressive Therapy Systems (PTS)
2009 ATS Certified Canine Therapist
2009 ATS Certified Canine Instructor
2012 Completion of Specialized Human Acuscope Training with a Focus on Sports Medicine Applications
Named the ATS Top Ranked Instructor annually since 2008
2012 Developed and founded the ONLY Sports Medicine specific training program with the Electro-Acuscope/Myopulse Therapy System called P.R.O.11®. This program is offered through Elite Athletic Consultants, a PTS Authorized Dealer of this therapy system.
2013 Completion of Specialized Human Acuscope Training
2013 PTS Secondary Human Training
2014 to present through the National Academy of Sports Medicine:
PES (Performance Enhancement Specialist)
CES (Corrective Exercise Specialist)
BCS (Behavior Change Specialist)
CNC (Certified Nutrition Coach)
"I truly believe that Optimist would not have healed the way he did, or survived this injury, without the Acuscope and Molly's work.
Once we got to UC Davis I was surprised because Molly and her assistant were there all the time. They spent a lot of hours with Optimist and even when I wasn't able to be there, they were. It says a lot to Molly's dedication of treating horses."
Volker Brommann Dressage
"Molly has treated my superstars for the past years and she does wonders. She is not only wonderful to be around, but the horses love her. Her treatments are great for the performance horse and when any injury happens. She is the first person I call when a horse gets injured. When she treats you just know that the lay up time is going to be reduced significantly."
Charlotte Jorst pictured with Vitalis after placing 9th at the 2013 World Cup in Germany.
The first thing that struck me about Molly is her determination. She is an entrepreneur who is completely committed to the field of Equine Sports Medicine. She has a passion not only for the horse, but also for her physical therapy treatment that she provides to athletes. Molly is very unselfish. She could keep her knowledge and abilities to herself which would make her business only thrive more but because of her passion, she wants to share as much as she knows to others.
Dr. Shane Miller, DVM, DIPL. ACVS