Maryna Ozuna (Ma-ree-nah O-zoo-nah), nee Sheryl Studley, is the owner and director of training for Arizona Doggy Dude Ranch and the founder of the Kinaesthetics system of bodycare for humans, horses, and dogs. She also consults in movement cases with the Animal Care Center of Green Valley, AZ.
For over 25 years, Maryna has been at the forefront of innovative strategies for a holistic approach to animal behavioral and physical care. She has pioneered the concept that physical issues can be at the root of behavioral problems in dogs and horses, and worked to develop alternative training strategies to help foster more effective partnerships between humans and animals.
She has been a featured speaker at the IACP (International Association of Canine Professionals)Annual Conference, and regularly teaches at Canine Kinaesthetics clinics around the country. She has worked with thousands of horses and dogs in both Europe and the U.S. from intimate consults on an aging canine companion to World Championship equine competitors to designing a complete sports therapy program for a 120 dog sleddog kennel.
Known for the accuracy and depth of her analysis of movement patterns in both animals and humans, Maryna’s involvement in the world of the moving body began early. Raised in the Hudson Valley area of New York, Maryna began coaching soccer at the age of 16, became the first female soccer referee at the age of 17, and co-founded the first girls’ soccer league. She later taught recreational skiing and horse back riding, and was an Instructor for T.R.O.T., Therapeutic Riding of Tucson.
For many years, she was deeply involved in the sport of endurance riding (long distance horse races) as competitor and crew, where she pioneered the introduction of concepts of sports therapy into the sports horse world. She would go on to apply what would become Kinaesthetics tm to elite equine athletes from the disciplines of competitive trail, cutting, dressage, driving, endurance, eventing, racing, roping and vaulting, including winners of the Tevis Cup, and World Championship in Rome, Italy 1986 and the World Equestrian Games in Stockholm, Sweden, in 1990.
That work in turn led to now four decades of consulting in the canine world. Maryna has worked with dogs from coast to coast in the U.S., and consulted in Germany, Mexico, and Norway. Clients have included sled dog kennels, working dogs, sports dogs, dogs in agility, conformation, herding, dock diving, fly ball, field tests or hunt work of various kinds.
She is also the owner and principal trainer at Arizona Doggy Dude Ranch, http://www.azdoggyduderanch.com, where she has trained and/or rehabbed hundreds of dogs over the last 15 years.
Maryna holds a B.S. in Biology and Russian from Vassar College, and a J.D. from Thomas Jefferson School of Law.