(6/1/16 -Update-I am traveling and presenting at clinics and seminars. I am still working on upgrading booklets, technology, and self-directed rehab therapies for you. I will be working on this site AND will get back to you in emails when I am able. I often do not have internet access during my travels. Thanks! )
Rehabilitation and Conditioning for Animals provides science-based functional rehabilitation, wellness conditioning, and athletic training for all ages of companion animals in collaboration with veterinarians while also engaging community and worldwide participation in programs that benefit the human-pet experience.
I have posted a lot of information on this site, and I have also made tools available for you to see some of the products I use to work on healing and recovery with your pet. In the information toolbar to the right, there is a search option, and there is a collection of the top five posts people read on this site. Use all these resources to help you gain help with your pets recovery.
I work with animals that have either had surgery or have not, animals that could benefit from quality-of-life intervention, rehabilitation, and conditioning. I design programs for animals that are competitive and need sport training and injury prevention. Is your pet overweight or obese? I will help guide you through the process of helping your pet lose fat and regain health and fitness.
For those of you who do not know me, I began the animal rehabilitation and conditioning department for a veterinary specialty hospital in Austin, TX and developed that for two years. I completed the coursework to become a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner through the University of Tennessee in 2005. I am a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, which is the highest human designation in its class. I have over thirty-five years’ experience in combined animal and human sport science, exercise physiology, program design, and nutrition. I have trained myself and others for competition as well as worked with individuals having debilitating and systemic illness (including several of my own).
Rehabilitation and Conditioning for Animals mobile practice is subject to guidelines overseen by the Texas Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners. While I do not require a referral from a regular veterinarian or veterinary specialist in order to begin rehab treatments or training and conditioning of an animal, I do require that your pet has been recently seen by a veterinarian with whom I may communicate regarding the issues I will be addressing. I often redirect clients to be in communication with their regular vet to obtain medications, further diagnostics, and other collaborative treatment measures, and I provide reports of my evaluations for your veterinarian.
Some Treatment Modalities Provided:
Balance Drills, Boot and Shoe Fitting, Brace Fitting, Cart Fitting, Fitness Training and Physical Drills (including proprioceptive and strength), Hands-on Instruction, Heat and Ice Therapy, Homework Program Design Specific to Your Pet, Low Level Laser Therapy, Massage Therapy, Neurological Function Improvement Drills, Range of Motion, Splint Fitting, Stretching (including the use of therapy balls), Ultrasound Therapy
Other modalities as opportunity allows, such as swim therapy or land treadmill training
Some Conditions That Respond to Rehabilitation:
Achilles Ruptures/Tears, ACL/CCL Tears, Atrophy, Bone Fractures/Repairs, Bursitis, Contracture, Degenerative Myelopathy, Discospondylosis, Edema, Effusion, Elbow Issues, Fibrocartilagenous Embolism (FCE), Geriatric Issues, Herniated Discs, Hip Dysplasia, Intervertebral Disc Disease (IVDD), Joint Swelling, Lumbo-sacral Disease, Luxating Patellas (Moving Kneecaps), Meniscal Tears, Muscle Strains and Tears, Neck Strains, Neuropathy, Osteoarthritis/Degenerative Joint Disease (OA/DJD), Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA), Tendonitis, Tissue Swelling, Wobblers, Wound Care and Healing
Pre-surgery or Instead of Surgery conditioning and strengthening, esp. hips, elbows, knees
Post-surgery rehabilitation (amputations, back & neck, carpus, elbows, fractures, hips, hocks, shoulders, stifles, swelling, wound healing)
*online and phone consults
*non-surgical options for ortho & neuro conditions
Rehabilitation and Conditioning for Animals
Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner (CCRP)
Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS)
Member: American College of Sports Medicine, Capitol Area Veterinary Medical Association, International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management, National Strength and Conditioning Association