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December 2014

CRI Forms Partners in Veterinary Therapeutics with Other Veterinary Rehabilitation Companies

Partners in Veterinary TherapeuticsDecember 19, 2014—The Canine Rehabilitation Institute has joined with other companies to form Partners in Veterinary Therapeutics, a group of five companies providing products and services to professionals practicing veterinary sports medicine and rehabilitation. Though officially established in 2014, this group has collaborated since 2010 in supporting veterinary sports medicine and rehabilitation around the globe. The partner companies are: Canine Rehabilitation Institute, GameReady, OrthoPets, PulseVet Technologies, and Respond Systems

Visit the Partners in Veterinary Therapeutics website for more details and links to each company's website.


CSU Veterinary Teaching Hospital Offers Small Animal Sports Medicine Research Internship

CSUDecember 19, 2014— The James L. Voss Colorado State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital is offering a one-year research internship for veterinarians with a strong interest in small animal sports medicine, orthopedics and rehabilitation. The program is designed for applicants with an interest in pursuing ACVS or ACVSMR specialty training following the CSU internship year. The goal of the position is to provide the successful applicant with a fundamental research background in the area of small animal sports medicine, primarily with participation in ongoing clinical studies. Anticipated clinical duties will approximate one week per month in the areas of small animal surgery (soft tissue and orthopedics), sports medicine and rehabilitation.

Interested applicants are encouraged to submit a cover letter and a curriculum vitae or resume to felix.duerr@colostate.edu even if they are currently applying for a residency position through VIRMP. All applications will be reviewed immediately upon receipt; the position will be filled on or shortly after February 9th (VIRMP match results date).

To learn more, read the complete announcement.


October 2014

"Walpole Vet Specializes in Treating Neurological Problems in Pets," Boston Globe

October 1, 2014—The Boston Globe recently featured CRI faculty member Stephanie Kube, DVM, DACVIM (Neurology), CVPP, CCRT, and her new practice Veterinary Neurology and Pain Management Center of New England, located in Walpole, Massachusetts.

"I had this cat with really bad arthritis who was limping on all four legs," Dr. Kube stated in the article. "We started doing laser and [physical therapy], and within two weeks the owner called me back, crying. The cat had jumped up on the counter and was playing with a toy. It's so rewarding to make a difference in an animal's life — and touch the whole family."

Read the full article …

Dr. Stephanie Kube, Boston Globe article
Dr. Stephanie Kube with Sophia, who is undergoing treatment for an open wound. Photo: Gretchen Ertl for The Boston Globe


September 2014

"It Takes a Village," VCA Veterinary Referral Associates newsletter

Logan, Figure 1September 3, 2014—CRI faculty member Steve Steinberg, VMD, Dip. ACVIM, Neurology, CCRT, recently shared this great article from the newsletter of VCA Veterinary Referral Associates in Gaithersburg, Maryland.

"It Takes a Village"

When Hillary Rodham Clinton wrote "It Takes A Village" more than a decade ago, she was describing the efforts needed to help our planet's children. The concept of a multifaceted program to treat our animal friends has become especially relevant for the veterinary community in the face of our fast paced technology.

At VCA VRA we have always stayed ahead of the curve technologically and when this is enhanced with vast amounts of experience, winning treatment approaches occur every single day.

Logan, Figures 1 and 2Let us examine a case in point. Logan is an eight year old, neutered male Cane Corso. Logan presented to us for the first-time with generalized seizures. Although Idiopathic Epilepsy (seizures of no known cause) was possible, other more serious abnormalities were discussed. An MRI was performed the same day and a large right-sided brain tumor was discovered. Figures 1 looking down on the brain and 2 looking straight down the nose. In both views the tumor has a ring of contrast surrounding it.

From the MRI, a Glioma was suspected. Gliomas are one of the more aggressive brain tumors that we recognize.

Let's look at OUR village. Dr. Steve Steinberg, our neurologist, has probably taken out more brain tumors than anyone, having taken out the first one in 1984. Dr. Steinberg has lectured all over the world on this topic and has been flown by owners to Germany and Hawaii to remove brain tumors from their animals. As an instructor at the famed Canine Rehabilitation Institute in Wellington, Florida, he has recently added what we know about rehabilitation after brain surgery to his lecture series. Dr. Steinberg just presented these lectures in Bologna, Italy and Seattle, Washington at International conferences.

Although most surgeons would consider Logan's tumor inoperable, Dr. Steinberg and his team have vast experience so that counseling owners about what to expect and about the potential complications is based on lots of first-hand knowledge. Many of these dogs can have a very stormy recovery but we have been testing the waters for several years with post-operative rehabilitation and are making important strides at shortening the recovery time.

Logan's owners had plenty to think about and while they were considering brain tumor treatments, Logan unfortunately presented to our emergency service with an acutely ruptured right cranial cruciate ligament. This occurred just days after his MRI. This tear makes the stifle (knee) unstable. We have extensive experience at VCA VRA in the surgical (led by our wonderful surgeon Dr. Eileen Snakard) and non-surgical management of cranial cruciate ligament tears. Since the brain surgery was more likely to have complications and we have rehabilitated even heavier dogs (Logan was about 100 lbs) non-surgically, we decided to order Logan a custom made brace from Canada and proceed with the surgical removal of the brain tumor. Our fantastic rehabilitation team led by Ms. Renee Mills, CCRP, was involved in every part of the decision making process and Dr. Snakard helped determine the best course considering the ligament rupture.

Logan, Figure 1Brain surgery of this kind is very different than what is experienced under the same circumstances in man. Dr. Steinberg's goal is to make a wide excision and leave no tumor behind. Having hundreds of brain surgeries behind him, Dr. Steinberg knows where the pitfalls are and what compromises can be made. Having rotated with a Sacramento Human Neurosurgical Group in California and recently spending time with the Northwest Neurosurgical Group in Chicago, he has experienced first-hand the variations in choices that face the veterinary neurosurgeon vs the human neurosurgeon.

Logan's surgery was uneventful for VCA VRA. Figure 3. Although he was weak on the left side of his body and his head turned towards the right constantly, our experience told us these changes would go away. We also believe that getting our rehabilitation team involved immediately hastens the recovery and may make the recovery more complete. What does that all mean … Logan goes in the pool.


Logan, Figure 1At the same time we were working with Logan's brain tumor recovery, we started rehabilitation for his ruptured right cruciate ligament. Here is a picture of his custom-made knee brace. Figure 4. With continued rehab, his right hindlimb is working better, his strength is improved and he is getting used to having the brace on for longer periods of time.

Logan's brain surgery was July 15th of 2014. The owners believe he is back to completely normal and we had time to experience this first-hand as Logan stayed at VRA for several days.


Logan's biopsy came back as an Oligodendroglioma, a generally "nasty" neoplasm. We have followed a large number of these dogs and have seen many of them go for years without recurrence. There are no guarantees and we are discussing additional treatment options as well as future MRIs to follow Logan's progress.

At VCA VRA we have the teamwork and compassion and experience that will determine the best treatment options for your precious pet. We have the village!


August 2014

"Gym's command for pets: Heal!" Philly.com

August 30, 2014—Philly.com recently profiled WAG: Whole Animal Gym, owned by CRI graduate Christina Fuoco, VMD, CVA, CCRT, and her husband Chad Carnahan, who is director of operations.

The facilty, which opened in 2010, is Philadelphia's first veterinary rehabilitation facility offering hydrotherapy, acupuncture, LASER and ultrasound treatments, as well as a full dog gym. In addition, WAG was named best dog gym in Philadelphia Magazine's Best of Philly 2013.

Read the full article and view a photo gallery …

Dr. Christina Fuoco, WAG
Dr. Christina Fuoco (left) and veterinary technician Tara Miller at WAG. Photo: Stephanie Aaronson/Philly.com


Congratulations to CRI Faculty Member Dr. Laurie McCauley and New Diplomates!

American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation logoAugust 30, 2014—Big congratulations to CRI faculty member Laurie McCauley, DVM, CVA, CVC, CCRT, who became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation after passing the 2014 board-certification examination.

Dr. McCauley joins an elite group of veterinarians who have demonstrated their mastery of veterinary sports medicine and rehabilitation. She also is one of the first Diplomates located in Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin.

In addition, our heartiest congratulations goes out to CRI graduates Drs. Jennifer Au, Ken Bruecker, Pilar LaFuente, Cindy Otto, and Mich Powers, who passed the 2014 board-certification examination and joined the newest class of Diplomates.

CRI faculty members Drs. Janet Van Dyke, Kristin Kirkby Shaw and Christine Zink are also Diplomates of the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation.


"Specialized Veterinarian Opens Walpole Office Focused on Pain Treatment," Wicked Local Walpole

August 5, 2014—Wicked Local Walpole recently featured Veterinary Neurology and Pain Management Center of New England, a new practice opened in mid-July by CRI faculty member Stephanie Kube, DVM, DACVIM (Neurology), CVPP, CCRT.

The veterinary practice, located in Walpole, Massachusetts, is the only hospital of its kind in the region, Kube said.

"People feel like when there’s a problem with their pet's neurological system, that's it. That's the end of their life," Kube said. "Those are things we can fix. It's an amazing thing to help these people with things they never thought they could fix."

Read the full article …

Dr. Stephanie Kube, Veterinary Neurology and Pain Management Center
Photo: Wicked Local Photo / Brittney McNamara


June 2014

In Memoriam: Carol Helfer, DVM, CCRT

Carol Helfand, DVM, CCRTJune 19, 2014—The staff at CRI was saddened to learn that Carol Helfer, DVM, CCRT, of Portland, Oregon, passed away in January. Carol earned her CCRT from CRI in 2005 and brought her beloved dog Spam to several CRI courses. She was passionate about sports medicine and rehabilitation and founded Canine Peak Performance to offer those services to her clients.

Carol served as president of the Portland Veterinary Association in 1990-91 and president of the Oregon Veterinary Medical Association in 2002. She also was an avid agility and flyball competitor.

For more information, please read Carol's obituary. Donations in her memory may be made to the Morris Animal Foundation or your local humane society.


May 2014

In Memoriam: Lois Sargent, DVM, CCRT

Lois Sargent, DVM, CCRTMay 31, 2014—Our sympathies go out to the family and friends of CRI graduate Dr. Lois Sargent, who passed away in January. Lois was a professor at Miami Dade College in Florida and program coordinator of the Veterinary Technology program there. She also practiced part-time at two animal hospitals and owned a mobile, holistic practice. She earned her CCRT from CRI in 2012 and was a friend to many on the CRI staff.

Lois was known for her compassionate attitude toward people and animals. "I hope that her positivity and free-spirited approach to keeping everyone confident and happy throughout the program continues," said veterinary technology student Alyssa Alvarez in an article in the Miami Dade college newspaper. Read "Heart of the Vet-Tech Program Passes Away" to learn more about Lois and her influence on students.

We encourage anyone who attended classes with Lois to join with CRI in making a donation to the Lois Sargent Veterinary Technology Scholarship through the Miami Dade College Foundation. Visit the Miami Dade alumni website to donate online.


March 2014

CRI Faculty Member Dr. Laurie McCauley to Present at Upcoming Meetings

March 26, 2014—CRI faculty member Laurie McCauley, DVM, CVA, CVC, CCRT, will be lecturing about rehabilitation April 1 at the Connecticut Veterinary Medical Association's annual meeting and convention in Hartford. Dr. Laurie McCauley also will be speaking October 1-2 at the District of Columbia Academy of Veterinary Medicine.

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Congratulations to Our New Graduates

February 2015
Nicholas Albano, DVM, CVA, CCRT
George Carleton, RVT, CCRA
Jennifer Conrad, DVM, CVA, CCRT
Tracie Grubb, DVM, CCRT
Chanita Lohakamolchai, DVM, CCRT
Leanne S. Richardson, LVT, CCRA
Haleh Siahpolo, DVM, CVA, CCRT
Dianne E. Skorup, VMD, CCRT
Brad Twigg, DMV, CCRT

January 2015
Alexa Allen, MS, DVM, CVA, CCRT
Rafael Estrada-Gonzalez, DVM, CCRT
Lynn Locatelli, DVM, CVA, CCRT
Dusty A. Page Miller, CVT, CCRA
Miss Patcharin Priyavoravong, DVM, CCRT
Amy Reichert, RVT, CCRA
David R. Wohlstadter-Rocha, DVM, CCRT
Danyel Wynn, DVM, CVMA, CCRT

December 2014
Laura Campbell, LVT, CCRA
Naomi Horita, VT, CCRA
Andrea Jones, DPT, PT, CCRT
Adrienne Kaster, PT, CCRT
Tanya Tkaczyk Lowrey, MSc, DVM, CCRT
Jennifer L. Palmer, DVM, CCRT
April Williams, VT, CCRA
Heidi Woog, DVM, CCRT

November 2014
Kimberly A. Agnello, DVM, MS, DACVS, CCRT
Danielle Varan Becton, DVM, CVA, CCRT
Elizabeth L. Brown, DVM, CVA, CCRT
Amber Callaway, DVM, CCRT
Kevin Coleman, DVM, DACVS-SA, CCRT
Christian Finn, DVM, CVA, VSMT, CCRT
Jayme K.K. Michishima, CVT, CCRA
April Marie Milchak, VT, CCRA
Hal J. Mooney, DVM, CCRT
Ember Moreno, DVM, CCRT
Marty Parks, LPTA, CCRA
Caroline Louise Queen, BVSc, BSc, MRCVS, CCRT
Valerie Starr, CCRA
Alissa Wales, VT, CCRA
David Wohlstadter-Rocha, DVM, CCRT
Tomoko Yabuno, VT, CCRP, CCRA

October 2014
Cara A. Blake, DVM, DACVS-SA, CCRT
Ronald E. Carsten, DVM, PhD, CVA, CCRT
Emily J. Harkness, LVT, CCRA
Oliver Harms, Dr.med.vet., CCRT
Javier Gil Martinez-Darve, DVM, MRCVS, CCRT
Carmen Evelyne Miller, DVM, CCRT
Tammy Noren, PT, CCRT
Rachel Rowen, DVM, CCRT
Suzanne Shanahan, CVT, CCRA
Alison M. Trotta, DVM, CVA, CCRT
Jessica Venable, DVM, CVA, CCRT
Jane A. Wittstock, DVM, CCRT
Lesli A. Wyant, DVM, CCRT

September 2014
Danielle V. Adams, MPT, CCRT
Elizabeth F. Baird, DVM, CVPP, CCRT
Michael C. Bassett, DVM, CCRT
Candace L. Burris, VT, CCRA
Catherine Hedden, DVM, CCRT
Lyn Johnson, DVM, CCRT
Mary Kelly, DVM, CCRT
Stephanie Badge Kindred, DVM, CCRT
Dennis Leon, DVM, CCRT
Kathleen Neforos-Dunbar, CVT, CCRA
Katherine Orcutt, PT, MA
Rebecca Lin Smaka, DVM, DACVS, CCRT
Abigail Smith, DVM, CCRT
Pete van Dongen, Drs (Utrecht), CertVR, MRCVS, CCRT

August 2014
Susanna Alwen, MA, VetMB, MRCVS, CCRT
Nicolette Bertolone, DVM, CVA, CCRT
Nancy Bureau, DVM, CCRT
Tracy Curran, RVT, CCRA
Andra Kowalczyk DeTora, DVM, CCRT
Pamela Graves, DVM, CVSMT, CVA, CCRT
Amber L. Kenny, MPT, MTC, CCRT
Amy Louise Watson, MA, VetMB, MRCVS, CCRT

July 2014
Ines Allin, BSc. (Agr), DVM, CCRT
Stephanie Bartlett, BS, CVT, CCRA
Justin M.A. Bassett, PTA, CCRA
Pilar Lafuente, DVM, PhD, DACVS, DECVS, CCRT
Emma Elisabeth Poore, BSc, VetMB, MA, MRCVS, CCRT
Krista Porter, DVM, MBA, CVSMT, CCRT
Tiffany Quilter, PT, DPT, CCRT
Erin Smith, DVM, CCRT
Peggy Taylor-Mason, DVM, CCRT
Jane Frances White, BVetMed MRCVS, CCRT

June 2014
Joy Alleman, DVM, CCRT
Jonathan S. Block, DVM, CCRT
Cynthia Ann Burdick, CCRA
Molly M. Esper, LVT, CCRA
Aimee Katherine Green, DVM, CCRT
Anna Rosalind Hollis, BVetMed, MRCVS, CCRT
Ann S. Hutchison, BVMS, MRCVS, MBAcC, CCRT
Marian Meyers, PT, CCRT
DJ "Pin" Needham, BVSc, DDA, CCRT
Bradley Pietila, DVM, CCRT
Robin Ryan, PT, CCRT
Susanne Teufel, DVM, CCRT
Philipp Winkels, DVM, Dipl. ECVS, Fachtierarzt Fur Kleintiere, CCRT
Polly S. Yamamoto, VMD, CCRT

May 2014
Jennifer Andreae, MS, PT, DPT
Michelle Arnold, DVM, CCRT
Shir-Raz Har-Nir Ben-Amotz, DVM, CCRT
Judith B. Hall, PT, DPT, CCRT
Rebecca L. Hubert, DVM, CCRT
Stephanie G. Monk, DVM, CCRT
Elizabeth Nonnemacher, DVM, CCRT
Suzanne Sutton, DVM, CCRT
Alison Traylor, DVM, CCRT
Katherine Vagliano, DVM, CCRT
Dr. med. Vet Gereon Viefhues, CCRT
Julie Wentzel, DVM, CVA, CCRT

April 2014
Nicole Gaich, RVT, CCRA
Ann M. Hahn-Marchand, DVM, CCRT
Elena Glenna Lee, DVM, CCRT
Dawn Piper, PT, MPT, CCRT
Rob Santos, DVM, CCRT
Jessika Strauss, PT, DPT, CCRT
Ilana Strubel, DVM, CVSMT, CCRT

March 2014
Stephanie Bonner, BVSc, PGCertSc, CCRT
Susan L. Dannis, DVM, CVA, CCRT
Erika Elmore, DVM, CCRT
Erika Gebhard, DVM, CVA, CCRT
Jennifer L. Howard, CCRA
Amanda S. Hummel, DVM, CCRT
Kim Krueger, DVM, CCRT
Sheradan Campos Pate, DVM, CVA, CCRT
H. Bruce Sullivan, DVM, CCRT
Brian Waldo, DVM, CCRT
Elizabeth (Graham) Williams, DVM, CVA, CCRT

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