Dr. Janet Van Dyke is a 1981 graduate of the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine. She completed her internship and surgical residency at the Animal Medical Center in New York City in 1984. Practicing orthopedics and sports medicine, Dr. Van Dyke saw many canine patients that could benefit from rehabilitation therapy. In 2002, she founded the Canine Rehabilitation Institute, Inc. to train and certify veterinarians, physical therapists, veterinary technicians, and physical therapist assistants in canine rehabilitation.
Dr. Van Dyke lectures nationally
and internationally and consults regularly with
state veterinary and physical therapy boards
on legislature issues related to veterinary rehabilitation.
She is currently serving on the board of directors
of the Veterinary Orthopedic Society (VOS), is
the public relations chair for the American College
of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation,
and is the Programming Chair of the American
Association of Rehabilitation Veterinarians (AARV).
Dr. Van Dyke was named an affiliate faculty member
in the Department of Clinical Sciences at Colorado
State University's College of Veterinary Medicine
and Biomedical Sciences. Faculty members of the
department elected Dr. Van Dyke to a second three-year
affiliate faculty appointment in 2013. She is
co-editor of the textbook, Canine Sports
Medicine and Rehabilitation (Wiley,
|Julie A. Churchill, DVM, PhD
Dr. Julie Churchill graduated from the College of Veterinary Medicine at Michigan State University in 1988 and did her small animal internship in medicine and surgery at the University of Georgia. She completed a residency/PhD program in small animal internal medicine and clinical nutrition at the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine in 1993/96, where she is currently serving as Assistant Clinical Professor in Companion Animal Nutrition. Dr. Churchill’s interests include obesity prevention and weight loss management, critical care nutrition, the nutritional management of kidney diseases, and the role of nutrition in integrative medicine. She teaches Nutrition in Canine Rehabilitation and The Multimodal Approach to the Geriatric Canine Patient.
|Judy Coates, M.Ed, MSPT, CCRT
Judy Coates is a 1986 graduate of Boston University's master's program in physical therapy. In her human practice, she specialized in orthopedic and sports physical therapy with particular interest in manual therapy and biomechanics. As an associate professor of physical therapy at Boston University, Judy taught Evaluation of Orthopedic and Sports Conditions, Treatment of Orthopedic and Sports Conditions and Joint Mobilization of the Spine and Peripheral Joints. She conducted research at the National Institutes of Health, investigating the biomechanics of gait.
In 2006 Judy completed her certification at the Canine Rehabilitation Institute.
She founded her rehabilitation practice, Coates Canine Physical Therapy, in
2007. She has been on faculty at CRI since 2009 teaching Introduction
to Canine Rehabilitation, The
Canine Rehabilitation Therapist, and The
Multimodal Approach to the Geriatric Canine Patient.
Judy is a contributing author to Canine Sports
Medicine and Rehabilitation (Wiley-Blackwell
|Wendy Davies, BS, CVT, CCRA
Wendy Davies began her career in the animal field as a zookeeper after completing a dual program between the State University of New York at Oswego and Santa Fe College in Gainesville, Florida. She graduated in 1994 with a BS in Zoology and an AS in Zoo Animal Technology.
After spending a couple of years working at small animal general veterinary practices, Wendy moved to the University of Florida Veterinary Teaching Hospital to take a position as an anesthesia technician. In 2007 she moved to the orthopedic surgery department where she became interested in rehabilitation. Wendy received her CCRA from the Canine Rehabilitation Institute in 2009. She and Dr. Kristin Kirkby Shaw, another CRI faculty member, developed the rehabilitation service at the university.
Wendy is currently serving as the Vice President of the Academy of Physical Rehabilitation Veterinary Technicians. She is an instructor for The Canine Rehabilitation Assistant.
Duerr, DVM, MS, Dr. med. vet, Dipl. ACVS, Dipl.
ECVS, Dipl., American College of Veterinary Sports
Medicine and Rehabilitation, CCRT
Dr. Duerr earned his veterinary
degree in Germany at the Veterinary School
in Hannover in Northern Germany. After two internships
in Canada at the Western College of Veterinary
Medicine in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, he completed
his surgical residency/master's program at Colorado
State University in Fort Collins, Colorado. Dr.
Duerr obtained diplomate status with the American
College of Veterinary Surgeons (ACVS) in 2008
and with the American College of Veterinary Sports
Medicine and Rehabilitation (ACVSMR) in 2012.
Dr. Duerr is also certified with the Canine Rehabilitation
Dr. Duerr worked in private
practice for four years prior to joining Colorado
State University in 2011 to build up CSU's Sports
Medicine and Rehabilitation program. Dr. Duerr's
research focus is clinical studies aimed at improving
animal health and quality of life related to
musculoskeletal problems with a particular
interest in injury prevention. His clinical interests
include sports medicine and rehabilitation,
arthritis, cranial cruciate ligament injury,
hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, and minimally
invasive surgery (arthroscopy). Current research
projects include the development and evaluation
of novel gait analysis techniques, evaluation
of new treatment options for arthritis (surgical
and non-surgical), and investigation of techniques
to enhance bone and tendon healing. Dr. Duerr's
goal is to provide evidence-based guidelines
for the treatment and prevention of common small
animal injuries with translational application
for human musculoskeletal disease. He teaches Current
Techniques in Clinical Orthopedics: Sports Medicine
and Rehabilitation and co-teaches Orthotics
and Prosthetics in Canine Rehabilitation with Martin W. Kaufmann.
|Sasha A. Foster, MS Physical Therapy, CCRT
Sasha A. Foster’s professional mission
is to provide rehabilitation therapists with
evidence-based evaluation/treatment techniques
and profitable business models to promote the
growth and development of the profession of rehabilitation
into a highly skilled discipline. Evidence-based
evaluation and treatment techniques are developed
in her clinical practice as the small animal
Rehabilitation Coordinator at Colorado State
University Veterinary Teaching Hospital (CSUVTH).
From her private practice, Canine Rehab Shop,
All Things Rehab™ (previously Canine Fitness
Zone), she brought a scalable and profitable
rehabilitation business model to CSUVTH, that
allows a one therapist/one tech team to treat
more than 75 patients per week in disciplines
ranging from acute Critical Care through elite
Sports Medicine. Clinic productivity is enhanced
through the use of customizable post-operative
protocols, standard clinician treatment protocols,
and flexible home exercise programs, all of which
are available to certified rehabilitation professionals
at www.caninerehabshop.com. She is the author
of many educational products including The
Healthy Way to Stretch Your Dog, A Physical Therapy
Approach, based on her patented stretching method, straight
plane stabilized stretching for animals, and
Canine Cross Training, Building Balance,
Strength and Endurance in Your Dog and The
Complete Canine Athletic Conditioning Program. She is also a
contributing author for Canine Sports Medicine
and Rehabilitation (Wiley-Blackwell, 2013).
Sasha teaches The
Canine Rehabilitation Therapist, Current
Techniques in Clinical Orthopedics: Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation and Current
Techniques in Canine Pain Management.
|Martin W. Kaufmann, ABC, BSBA, c-PED, Prosthetic/Orthotic Technologist
Martin Kaufmann graduated from Century College in 1998 and began his career as an orthotic and prosthetic technologist. In 2004, he received a pedorthotic practitioner degree (C-Ped) from Temple University Podiatric Department and a business degree from the University of Phoenix. Martin enjoyed a rewarding 12-year career designing, fabricating, fitting, and modifying custom orthotic and prosthetic devices, working with several companies including Tamarack Habilitations Technologies Inc., Shriners Hospital, and Winkley's Orthopedics. In 2004, he founded OrthoPets Center for Animal Pain Management and Mobility Solutions, the first full-time veterinary orthotics and prosthetics fabrication company in the world.
Martin has lectured at several major universities
and consults with hundreds of veterinarians.
His specific area of interest is the research
and development necessary to advance the emerging
field of Veterinary Orthotics & Prosthetics (V-OP).
He co-teaches Orthotics
and Prosthetics in Canine Rehabilitation with Patrice Mich, DVM.
Kube, DVM, DACVIM (Neurology), CVPP, CCRT
Dr. Stephanie Kube graduated from Colorado
State University with her DVM in 2000. She
went on to complete a small animal rotating
internship at VCA West Los Angeles Animal Hospital
in 2001 and a neurosurgery internship at the
University of Georgia in 2002. She did her
neurology/neurosurgery residency at UC Davis
and became a Diplomate of ACVIM (Neurology)
in 2005. Dr. Kube served as the head of
the neurology/neurosurgery service and the
rehabilitation/pain management service at VCA
South Shore Animal Hospital in Weymouth, Massachusetts.
In 2014, she opened her own practice, Veterinary
Neurology and Pain Management Center of New
England, located in Walpole, Massachusetts.
Dr. Kube is a certified veterinary pain practitioner
and incorporates pain management into her daily
R. Lappin, DVM, PhD, Dip. ACVIM
Dr. Michael Lappin is a 1981 graduate of the Oklahoma State University College of Veterinary Medicine. He completed his residency in small animal medicine and a Ph.D. in Parasitology at the University of Georgia, and was board-certified by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine in 1987. Dr. Lappin is currently Professor of Small Animal Internal Medicine at the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at Colorado State University. His areas of interest include infectious and immune-mediated diseases and feline zoonoses. He is on the editorial board of Feline Medicine and Surgery and Compendium for Continuing Education for the Practicing Veterinarian and is the editor of the textbook Feline Internal Medicine Secrets.
Martens, PT, MT, CCRT
Ellen Martens received her master's degree in
physical therapy in Belgium in 2002. She worked
with human patients for seven years while she trained
in manual therapy, animal physiotherapy (the Netherlands)
and animal osteopathy. Ellen worked with both humans
until she founded Het Waterhof Animal Rehabilitation
Center in 2009. Since then she has worked full-time
Ellen is the founder and president
of the Belgian Association for Certified Animal
Physical Therapy and has been the physical therapist
for the Belgian agility team since 2008. She teaches
canine rehabilitation at the University of Ghent
and lectures nationally and internationally. Ellen
completed her certification at the Canine Rehabilitation
Institute in 2009. Ellen is an
instructor for The
Canine Rehabilitation Therapist.
|Laurie McCauley, DVM, DACVSMR, CVA, CVC, CCRT
Certified by the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society and the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association
Dr. McCauley is a 1992 graduate of the Colorado State University School of Veterinary Medicine. After spending six years in general private practice, she began to study and conduct research in the field of veterinary rehabilitation. Laurie was the Medical Director of TOPS Veterinary Rehabilitation in Illinois, the first rehabilitation-only practice for 18 years. Dr. McCauley helped design the first underwater treadmill and carpal brace for dogs, and continues to work with companies to create innovative rehabilitative equipment. She is a contributing author to Canine Rehabilitation and Physical Therapy, Clinical Textbook for Veterinary Technicians, and Canine Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation. In 2007, Dr. McCauley and Dr. Chris Zink released Building the Canine Athlete, a therapeutic exercise DVD for canine rehabilitation therapists. She received the 2011 Iams AARV Award for Excellence in the Field of Rehabilitation and the 2015 AHVMA COE Holistic Practitioner of the Year Award. Dr. McCauley teaches Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation, The Canine Rehabilitation Assistant and The Multimodal Approach to the Geriatric Canine Patient.
M. Mich, DVM, MS, DABVP, DACVAA, DACVSMR, CCRT
Dr. Patrice Mich is a graduate of Colorado State
University School of Veterinary Medicine. During
her 14 years as a generalist, she completed advanced
training in veterinary acupuncture and achieved
diplomate status in the American Board of Veterinary
Dr. Mich left private practice to pursue her
interest in pain management, completing a residency
in anesthesiology and a 2-year fellowship in
integrative pain medicine. In 2008, she received
a master's degree in clinical science with
a focus on clinical assessment, neurophysiology,
neuropharmacology, and pain management. She
became a diplomate of the American College
of Veterinary Anesthesia and Analgesia (ACVAA)
in 2009. Dr. Mich was trained as a Canine Rehabilitation
Therapist by CRI and in veterinary medical
massage through Colorado State University. In 2015
she became a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine
and Rehabilitation (ACVSMR).
Dr. Mich's interests include
the impact of limb dysfunction or loss on biomechanics,
mobility, and long-term comfort; the use of veterinary
orthotics and prosthetics as pain management
tools; clinical assessment of pain; and regional
analgesia. She leads the sports medicine and
mobility service at Wheat Ridge Veterinary Specialists
in Colorado. Dr. Mich teaches Current
Techniques in Canine Pain Management.
Niebaum, MPT, CCRT|
Niebaum, MPT, CCRT, is a licensed physical therapist
and graduate of the Medical College of Pennsylvania/Hahnemann
University in Philadelphia. Krista has practiced
physical therapy with human patients in both
outpatient and inpatient settings, with an emphasis
on neurological rehabilitation. She has eight
years of experience in the animal rehabilitation
field, and is Director of Rehabilitation Therapy
at Scout’s House Rehabilitation in Menlo
Park, California. She has also developed two
instructional DVDs with the Canine Health Foundation.
Krista is a member of the American Physical Therapy
Association and the American Canine Sports Medicine
Association. She serves as CRI's internship program
|Elizabeth Rawson, DVM, DACVS, MS, CCRT
Dr. Elizabeth Rawson is a 2002 graduate of Tufts School of Veterinary Medicine. She
did her rotating internship at the Animal Medical Center of New York from 2002 to
2003 and her surgical internship at Veterinary Specialists of South Florida from 2004 to
2007. She has a master's of science from the University of Illinois School of Veterinary
Medicine and was board certified by the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in
Dr. Rawson has been with the Coral Springs Animal Hospital in Coral Springs, Florida,
since 2007 where she does soft tissue, orthopedic and neuro surgery. Her special
interests include minimally invasive surgery and regenerative medicine.
Dr. Rawson was certified by CRI as a Canine
Rehabilitation Therapist in 2010.
|Joyce G. Rudzitis
Chief Operating Officer
Joyce Rudzitis received her Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and Business Management from West Chester University. Before joining CRI, she worked as an accountant and auditor in new home construction and commercial property management.
Joyce is a dog lover. She has demonstrated this time and time again not only with her own dog but also in her volunteer efforts. Joyce raised four golden retriever puppies for The Seeing Eye, Inc. in New Jersey and achieved a 100% successful placement rate. She continued her volunteer services at Guide Dogs for the Blind in California where she provided administrative support for the puppy-raising department and was directly involved with puppy testing and socialization.
Joyce started with CRI in 2008. As COO she is committed to supporting and enhancing the educational experience of our students and faculty. In 2013, Joyce and her husband Paul moved to Austin, Texas, to be close to her sister and family.
Schiller, DVM, DACVS, CCRT
Schiller graduated from the University of Saskatchewan,
College of Veterinary Medicine in 1987 and
then moved to Raleigh, North Carolina, where
she completed a one-year internship, a three-year
surgery residency and a one-year appointment
on faculty as a clinical instructor in the
Surgery Department at the North Carolina State
University, College of Veterinary Medicine.
In 1992 she moved back home to Vancouver, British
Columbia, and started a mobile surgery referral
practice. Five years later she
joined with two other specialists in Vancouver,
and in 1997 they started the multidiscipline
specialty referral practice now called Canada
West Veterinary Specialists. Terri
is currently practicing in Calgary, Alberta,
for VCA-Western Veterinary Specialists.
Terri has a particular interest
and expertise in canine total hip replacement.
She has provided consultation services for
Biomedtrix, the leading company in veterinary
joint replacement, and has participated in
several total hip replacement training workshops
for surgeons in North America, Europe and the
UK over the past eight years.
Using rehabilitation therapy
techniques in her surgery patients for many
years, she formalized her training and completed
her CCRT through CRI in 2009. At
Canada West Veterinary Specialists she facilitated
the development of a rehabilitation therapy
service and is now doing the same at her current
practice in Calgary.
Kirkby Shaw, DVM, MS, PhD, CCRT,
Dr. Kristin Kirkby Shaw received her DVM from
the University of Florida in 2003. She
then completed a rotating internship at Veterinary
Specialists of Northern Colorado followed by
a small animal surgery residency at The University
of Florida. She
became a Diplomate of the American College of
Veterinary Surgeons in 2008 and a Diplomate of
the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine
and Rehabilitation in 2013. Kristin completed
both her MS and PhD at the University of Florida
studying ischemia reperfusion injury.
is currently a surgeon at the Animal Surgical
Clinic of Seattle. Prior
to joining ASCS she practiced as a small animal
surgeon and rehabilitation therapist at Seattle
Veterinary Specialists and The University of
Florida Veterinary Medical Center, where she
developed the University's Small Animal
Rehabilitation and Fitness Center. In addition
to her time in practice, Kristin spent two years
in Veterinary Industry, as a Professional Services
Veterinarian with Novartis Animal Health and
most recently as a Medical Science Liaison with
is an instructor for the Canine Rehabilitation
Institute, has been a regular speaker at ACVS,
NAVC, WVC and other national and international
conferences, and has authored numerous journal
articles and textbook chapters. She lives
in Seattle with her husband, Aaron, French Bulldog,
Beans and Labrador, Arrow.
She co-teaches Introduction
to Canine Rehabilitation.
Joe Spoo is a 2001 graduate of the Iowa State
University College of Veterinary Medicine.
He is currently a resident in the American
College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation
and practices full-time with a focus on the
canine athlete. He recently remodeled his practice
at Best Care Pet Hospital in Sioux Falls, South
Dakota, and added a canine rehabilitation facility
— the only one in the region.
Dr. Spoo has passion
for the canine athlete. In addition to his
practice responsibilities he has an active
consulting business serving sporting dog owners
and the sporting dog industry. He also manages
a website (www.gundogdoc.com),
a comprehensive resource for all things gundog
related. Dr. Spoo is active in the sporting
dog world and hunts and competes with the three
canine athletes in his life. Dr. Spoo was
certified by CRI as a Canine Rehabilitation
Therapist in 2012.
Steven Steinberg, VMD, Dip. ACVIM, Neurology,
Dr. H. Steven Steinberg is
a 1973 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania
School of Veterinary Medicine. He interned at
The Henry Bergh Animal Hospital in New York City
and did his residency at the University of Pennsylvania.
Dr. Steinberg completed his board certification
in neurology with the American College of Veterinary
Medicine in 1980. He was an adjunct professor
at the University of Pennsylvania for five years
and an instructor in comparative medicine at
Johns Hopkins for two years. Dr. Steinberg was
a pioneer in the treatment of small animal brain
tumors and is internationally recognized for
his work on small animal peripheral nerve disease.
He created The Veterinary Cancer Registry — the
largest Internet site containing worldwide case
Dr. Steinberg built and managed
one of the largest and earliest referral-only
specialty hospitals in the country. After Veterinary
Centers of America (VCA) bought the hospital,
he began working in strategic planning and budget
management for the nationwide giant. Dr. Steinberg
oversaw the modernization and physical additions
to several VCA hospitals including a $1.5 million
renovation to their largest referral practice.
Dr. Steinberg teaches The Business of Canine Rehabilitation and Aquatic Therapy in Canine Rehabilitation.
|Mamie Whitman, PT, CCRT
Mamie graduated in 1988 from the University
of North Dakota with a bachelor's degree in physical
therapy. Her background in human physical therapy
was in outpatient orthopedics and sports medicine
with a manual therapy emphasis. Since receiving
her certification as a Canine Rehabilitation
Therapist in 2011, she has practiced exclusively
with animals. In 2013, she started her own mobile
canine rehabilitation practice, Dog Rehab Works,
LLC, based in Aurora, Colorado. Mamie assists
with both Introduction
to Canine Rehabilitation and The
Canine Rehabilitation Therapist. She
teaches the therapist portion of The
Canine Rehabilitation Assistant course.
|Chris Zink, DVM, PhD, DACVP, DACVSMR, CCRT, CVSMT, CVA
Chris Zink obtained her DVM and PhD
from the Ontario Veterinary College. She is a
professor at Johns Hopkins University School
of Medicine where she teaches pathology and conducts
AIDS research. She also has a consultation business
in canine sports medicine and rehabilitation,
and is the author of several books on canine
health including Peak
Performance: Coaching the Canine Athlete, Canine
Nutrition for Dummies, Jumping A to Z, and The
In 2007, Dr. Zink and Dr. Laurie McCauley released Building
the Canine Athlete, a therapeutic exercise
DVD for canine rehabilitation therapists.
Dr. Zink also is
co-editor of the textbook, Canine Sports
Medicine and Rehabilitation (Wiley,
Zink lectures nationally and internationally
on the topic of canine sports medicine. She
was named 2009 Outstanding Woman Veterinarian
by the Association for Women Veterinarian Foundation
and her book, The
Agility Advantage, was voted Best Dog
Publication of 2008. Dr. Zink teaches Canine
Sports Medicine and Introduction to Veterinary Clinical Research.
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