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
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 International
Veterinary Academy of Pain Management (IVAPM)
and is on the steering committee for the American
College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation.
In 2010, 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 three-year affiliate
C. Caiozzo, CCRTechnician
Maria Caiozzo has worked in canine rehabilitation
since receiving her certification from the Canine
Rehabilitation Institute in 2004. Her primary
focus is on neurologic, orthopedic and sporting
conditions. For the past two years, she has concentrated
on the rehabilitation of dogs using orthotic
and prosthetic devices.
In 2007, Maria founded Balanced
Canine Products, LLC, offering premier therapeutic
exercise and modality equipment to rehabilitation
therapists and their clients.
has assisted Dr. Van Dyke at CRI since 2004 and
teaches in The
Canine Rehabilitation Assistant course.
D. Caywood, DVM, MS, CCRT,
Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Surgeons
Dr. Caywood received a DVM from the University
of Missouri in 1975 and a MS in Surgery, Radiology
and Anesthesiology from the University of Minnesota
in 1978. After completing a small animal internship
and surgical residency at the University of Minnesota
in 1978, he joined their faculty in the Department
of Small Animal Surgery. He was certified by
the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in
1981 and was Professor of General and Orthopedic
Small Animal Surgery at the University of Minnesota
until 1998. He has published numerous research
papers and lectured extensively to veterinarians
worldwide. Dr. Caywood was in a private specialty
surgery practice in Minneapolis/St. Paul from
1995-2006. He joined Pfizer Animal Health as
a Veterinary Specialist-Surgery/Rehabilitation
in 2006 and continues to practice surgery part-time
at Midwest Veterinary Referral & Emergency Center
in Minneapolis/St. Paul. Dr. Caywood became a
Certified Canine Rehabilitation Therapist in
2008. He teaches The
Multimodal Approach to the Geriatric Canine Patient.
|Jody Chiquoine, MSN, FNP, CCRT
Jody Chiquoine received her master's degree in nursing from the University of Utah in 1978. She has held a number of management positions in the health care field, and was an instructor in the MSN-FNP programs at the University of Massachusetts and the University of Connecticut. In 1999, Jody started Fitter Critters, a veterinary referral practice for canine rehabilitation and hydrotherapy. She completed the American Physical Therapy Association's basic science program in animal physical therapy in 2000. Jody is certified in canine massage, and received her Canine Rehabilitation Therapist certification from the Canine Rehabilitation Institute in 2004. She is the co-author of A Dog Lovers Guide to Canine Massage. Jody teaches Aquatic Therapy in Canine Rehabilitation.
|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, The
Canine Rehabilitation Assistant and The
Multimodal Approach to the Geriatric Canine Patient.
Judy is a contributing author to Canine Sports
Medicine and Rehabilitation (Wiley-Blackwell
|Sasha A. Foster, MS Physical Therapy, CCRT
Sasha A. Foster is the Rehabilitation Coordinator
at Colorado State University Veterinary Teaching
Hospital where she is a member of the Sports
Medicine & Rehabilitation Team. She is also the
president of Canine Fitness Zone®, providing
rehabilitation clinical tools and products, and
a faculty member with the Canine Rehabilitation
Institute joining a fantastic team of physical
therapists to teach The Canine Rehabilitation
Therapist Module. Sasha began her physical therapy
career in 2000 after earning her Master's
Degree in Physical Therapy from Arcadia University
in Glenside, Pennsylvania. Ten years later she
became a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Therapist
through the Canine Rehabilitation Institute.
In 2008, she co-authored the Maxwell Award winning
book, The Healthy Way to Stretch Your Dog,
A Physical Therapy Approach (Dogwise Publishing,
Wenatchee, Washington), based on her patented
stretching method, straight plane stabilized
stretching for animals. She went on to author
The Healthy Way to Stretch Your Dog DVD, Canine
Cross Training, Building Balance, Strength and
Endurance in Your Dog, Orthopedic Rehabilitation
Home Exercises, Orthopedic Post-Operative
Home Exercise Protocols, and The Complete
Canine Athletic Conditioning Program. She
is also a contributing author for Canine
Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation (Wiley-Blackwell,
2013). She spends her free time writing, swimming
and doing yoga. Sasha teaches Current
Techniques in Canine Pain Management and The
Canine Rehabilitation Therapist.
|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
practice. Dr. Kube teaches Introduction
to Canine Rehabilitation and Canine
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.
McCauley, DVM, 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, she began to study and conduct research in the field of veterinary rehabilitation. Laurie is the Medical Director of TOPS Veterinary Rehabilitation in Grayslake, Illinois, a referral-only rehabilitation-only practice. Dr. McCauley helped design the first underwater treadmill for dogs, and continues to work with companies to create innovative rehabilitative equipment. She is a contributing author to Canine Rehabilitation and Physical Therapy and Clinical Textbook for Veterinary Technicians. In 2007, Dr. McCauley and Dr. Chris Zink released Building the Canine Athlete, a therapeutic exercise DVD for canine rehabilitation therapists. Dr. McCauley teaches Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation, The Canine Rehabilitation Assistant and The
Multimodal Approach to the Geriatric Canine Patient.
|Patrice M. Mich, DVM, MS, CCRT, Diplomate ABVP, Diplomate ACVA
Dr. Patrice Mich is a 1991 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 Practitioners (ABVP).
Dr. Mich left private practice to pursue her interest in pain management, completing a residency in anesthesiology and a 2-year post-doctoral 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 Anesthesiologists (ACVA) in 2009. Dr. Mich was trained as a Canine Rehabilitation Therapist by CRI and in veterinary medical massage through Colorado State University.
Dr. Mich's interests include the impact of limb dysfunction or loss on biomechanics,
mobility and long-term comfort, use of veterinary orthotics and prosthetics
as pain management tools, clinical assessment of pain, and regional analgesia.
She is co-owner and medical director of OrthoPets Center for Animal Pain Management
and Mobility Solutions in Denver, Colorado. Dr. Mich teaches Current
Techniques in Canine Pain Management and co-teaches Orthotics
and Prosthetics in Canine Rehabilitation with Martin W. Kaufmann.
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
coordinator and teaches The
Canine Rehabilitation Assistant.
|Mike Petty, DVM, CVPP, CVMA, CAAPM, CCRT
Petty has been in private practice since he graduated
from the College of Veterinary Medicine at Michigan
State University in 1980. He started his own
practice in 1985 when he opened the doors of
Arbor Pointe Veterinary Hospital, currently located
in Canton, Michigan. Dr. Petty has a long-standing
interest in pain and pain management that began
early in his veterinary education. As his reputation
in this area grew so did the referrals from the
surrounding veterinary clinics and communities.
Dr. Petty started the Animal Pain Center, a referral
practice within Arbor Pointe Veterinary Hospital,
to meet this growing demand.
Dr. Petty is a Certified
Canine Rehabilitation Therapist, a Certified
Veterinary Pain Practitioner, a Certified Veterinary
Medical Acupuncturist, and is certified by the
American Academy of Pain Management. He also
has a special interest in the treatment of myofascial
pain. Dr. Petty is the current president of the
International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management
and is a frequent lecturer at local, state and
national conventions. He teaches Current
Techniques in Canine Pain Management.
|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 and is
currently on the instructor team for Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation.
|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.
Terri co-teaches Introduction
to Canine Rehabilitation.
A. Kirkby Shaw, DVM, PhD, CCRT, Diplomate ACVS,
Diplomate American College of Veterinary Sports
Medicine and Rehabilitation,
Dr. Kristin Kirkby Shaw received her Doctorate
of Veterinary Medicine from the University
of Florida in 2003. She then moved to Colorado
for a small animal rotating internship and
returned to the University of Florida for a
combined small animal surgery residency/ master's
degree. During her residency Kristin developed
a keen interest in rehabilitation and became
a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Therapist
in April 2008. She completed her residency
in July 2008 and became a Diplomate of the
American College of Veterinary Surgeons. Following
her residency, Dr. Kirkby Shaw remained at
the University of Florida as a faculty member
for two years while she pursed a PhD investigating
the effects of low-level laser on tissue healing.
During this time she also developed the University
Rehabilitation and Fitness Center at the College
of Veterinary Medicine Small Animal Hospital.
Kristin worked as a small animal surgeon and
rehabilitation therapist at Seattle Veterinary
Specialists for three years before joining
Novartis Animal Health as a Professional Services
Kristin has lectured around the country, authored
numerous journal articles, and received awards
for research and communication skills. In
2010, she was awarded the University of Florida
College of Veterinary Medicine Young Alumnus
Award. Kristin is on the board of directors
for the American Association of Rehabilitation
Veterinarians and is the co-chairperson of the
International Sports Medicine Symposium. She co-teaches Introduction
to Canine Rehabilitation.
|Gail K. Smith, VMD, PhD (engineering)
Dr. Gail Smith received his VMD from the University of Pennsylvania in 1974 and was awarded a PhD in engineering in 1982. He has applied engineering principles to his research of the musculoskeletal system, focusing on problems of the spine, knee and hip. In 1993, he founded the University of Pennsylvania Hip Improvement Program (PennHIP) – a multifaceted radiographic technology for canine hip evaluation. PennHIP trains veterinarians to use this methodology, evaluates the films, and maintains a database that is continually monitored. Today, PennHIP consists of more than 2,000 trained veterinary practitioners.
Dr. Smith has been recognized for research excellence by several notable institutions including the American Veterinary Medical Association and the American Kennel Club. Most recently he was awarded the prestigious Iams Saki Patsaama Award for excellence in Orthopaedics by the World Small Animal Veterinary Association. Dr. Smith is currently Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery in the Department of Clinical Studies at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Veterinary Medicine. He teaches PennHIP Certification at the Canine Rehabilitation Institute.
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. He is an instructor for Canine
|Shari Sprague, MPT, CCRT
Sprague is the owner of PUP (Pawsitively
Unleashed Performance) Rehabilitation and
Conditioning in Florida, which provides canine
rehabilitation and performance conditioning
therapy. She graduated from the University
of South Florida with a a
bachelor's degree in elementary education in
1994 and received her master's in
physical therapy from Nova Southeastern University
in 1998. Shari was certified in canine rehabilitation
by the Canine Rehabilitation Institute in
2008. She is also a Certified Clinical Instructor
and has contributed to a number of animal
rehabilitation publications. Shari and her
three dogs compete in agility, rally obedience,
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.
|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.
Christine Zink, DVM, PhD, Dip ACVP, Dipl. American
College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation
Dr. Christine 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 Agility Advantage.
In 2007, Dr. Zink and Dr. Laurie McCauley released Building
the Canine Athlete, a therapeutic exercise
DVD for canine rehabilitation therapists. Dr.
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
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