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August 2022

CRI Announces Permanent Home in Springfield, Missouri!

CRI's new home in Springfield, Missouri

Thanks to all of our dedicated students and faculty over the last 20 years, CRI has grown and is ready to put down some roots!

We will have a permanent home to call our own in Springfield, Missouri, beginning March 2023!

Our new CRI facility will offer:

  • State-of-the-art classroom with comfortable seats and plenty of space to work
  • Dedicated space for each lab group which will allow for a quiet and calm environment for our dog professors and students
  • Large lounge area for students to relax during breaks
  • New Continuing Education classes with wet labs for advancing your knowledge and skills
  • Space for events (did someone say Wine and Learn?)
  • Complimentary shuttle service to and from host hotel
  • Future growth with an on-site Rehabilitation Practice and Research Center

Springfield is centrally located in the USA and while it has all you expect in a metropolitan area, it still has an easy, small town feel. We are the birthplace of Route 66, Bass Pro Shops, and Andy's Frozen Custard!

Springfield-Branson National AirportOur airport, Springfield-Branson National Airport (SGF), is a breeze to navigate, has non-stop flights to 15 cities, and is a short 25-minute drive to our building. We have beautiful scenery with a variety of fun things to do while you're not in class.

Check out this link for more information about Springfield.

Check Out Springfield

While we plan to hold most rehabilitation courses in Springfield, our Acupuncture certification modules and Canine Sports Medicine course will remain in our Colorado location. Our Canine Rehabilitation Veterinary Nurse module also will be held in Colorado when it is paired with Canine Sports Medicine. Additionally, we will be expanding our international course offerings in Europe and Australia.

Register for Our First Class in Springfield!
We have just opened registration for our March 2023 Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation class in Springfield, Missouri — register now to join us for our first class in our new location!


April 2022

ANZCVS Science Week flierAttend the June 23-25 ANZCVS Veterinary Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation Chapter Stream — in Australia or Online!

The Veterinary Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation Chapter of the Australia and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists invites all veterinary rehabilitation professionals to attend the Veterinary Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation Chapter Stream, to be held June 23-25, 2022, during ANZCVS 2022 Science Week. The event will occur both in person at The Star, Gold Coast, Australia, and online.

To learn more, see the event flier and visit the official registration website at https://events.anzcvs.org.au/science-week-2022/program.

CRI graduate Yoko Clinch, BSc, BVMS (Hons), MANZCVS, CCRT, serves as president of the Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation Chapter of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists.


February 2022

Canine Rehabilitation Institute Announces Ownership Transition

Dr. Kara and Dwight Amstutz Begin New Leadership Roles at CRI

Dr. Kara and Dwight AmstutzFebruary 15, 2022 — Canine Rehabilitation Institute announced today that ownership of the company is transitioning from founder Janet B. Van Dyke, DVM, Diplomate American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation, CCRT, to Dr. Kara and Dwight Amstutz, two long-time members of the CRI community.

"After nearly 20 years at the helm of Canine Rehabilitation Institute, I am very pleased to announce this ownership transition to Dr. Kara and Dwight Amstutz," said Dr. Van Dyke. "Both Dr. Kara and Dwight are committed to upholding CRI's high quality and standards for education in canine rehabilitation and acupuncture. The key faculty and staff members that make CRI so valuable will continue to be part of CRI, and the certification and continuing education courses on CRI's 2022 calendar will continue as scheduled."

Dr. Kara and Dwight Amstutz begin their leadership roles with a wealth of knowledge about CRI, canine rehabilitation, acupuncture, and the details of managing a veterinary practice. Dr. Amstutz is a faculty member for CRI's Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation and The Business of Canine Rehabilitation courses. She is also the founder of Hometown Veterinary Hospital & River Canine Rehabilitation in Springfield, Missouri. Dwight Amstutz, an RN, was the practice's co-owner and hospital administrator for 19 years.

"I am thrilled to be handing the reins to this extraordinarily capable team," Dr. Van Dyke said. "Kara has been part of the CRI faculty for many years and, as a result, is very skilled at organizing our programs and collaborating with everyone on the CRI faculty and staff. Dwight brings extensive experience in practice management and is working with the CRI staff to make our transition efficient and smooth. Simply stated, I could not be happier!"

"We are honored and excited to step into this role with the Canine Rehabilitation Institute," added Dr. Kara Amstutz. "Dr. Van Dyke has created a program that stands out among the rest because of her dedication to science and the amazing, passionate team she has assembled to teach our students. CRI completely transformed my way of practice and altered the course of my career in the best way possible. I will continue this legacy of excellence and work to share our extraordinary profession with others. Dwight will be taking on administrative duties to help CRI continue to run like the fine-oiled machine that it is! We feel blessed beyond measure."

Dr. Van Dyke will continue to serve as a consultant for CRI during the coming months. She also will continue her work with PulseVet's small animal advisory board, Merrick's Scientific Cabinet, and the Australia New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists.

About Canine Rehabilitation Institute
Canine Rehabilitation Institute provides veterinary and physical therapy professionals with the premier education in canine rehabilitation and acupuncture. It offers hands-on certification modules in Florida and Colorado as well as continuing education courses online and in international locations. Since CRI was founded in 2002, it has certified more than 1,500 students from 30 countries.


January 2022

Mark Your Calendar for IVAPM's Inaugural Pain Management Forum April 3-5 in Denver!

Join CRI at IVAPM's inaugural event, Pain Management Forum, April 3-5, 2022 in Denver, Colorado at the Hilton Denver City Center. This is an amazing way to earn CE credit and to stay up to date with all of the new tips and tricks in pain management. CRI faculty member Dr. Bonnie Wright, the lead instructor in our Acupuncture Program, will be lecturing at this event. To learn more, visit: https://ivapm.org/pain-management-forum/.

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August 2021

Get a Preview of CRI's Public TV Segments — On Air Starting September 1!

CRI is excited to announce that our first Public Television segment will begin airing September 1st. There will be a 1-minute promotional piece appearing on Fox Business News during prime time. The Public TV segment will then be featured on Viewpoint with Dennis Quaid and shown on public television stations over the next 12 months. Be sure to check your local Public TV channel for listings. We created this programming to help pet owners better understand the benefits of canine rehabilitation and know how to find a qualified rehabilitation therapist. Be sure to share this with your friends, colleagues and pet owners!

What Is Canine Rehabilitation? (1:01)

Learn More About Canine Rehabilitation (8:34)


April 2021

ANZCVS Science Week emailSasha Foster Named Keynote Speaker for ANZCVS Science Week

Sasha Foster will be the Keynote Speaker for the Virtual ANZCVS Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation Science Week lecture series, being held July 9-11, 2021. Read the announcement, and learn more about Science Week.


November 2020

Veterinary Practice News Interviews CRI Founder Dr. Janet Van Dyke

Veterinary Practice News interviewed Dr. Janet Van Dyke, CRI's founder and CEO, for its recent article "Rehabilitation Therapy: A Client-Driven Field."

Animal rehabilitation is a client-driven field, according to Janet Van Dyke, DVM, Dipl. ACVSMR, founder and CEO of Canine Rehabilitation Institute (CRI) and affiliate faculty member at Colorado State University, College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.

“As dog owners have become increasingly aware of the benefits of rehabilitation, they have driven veterinarians to become more involved in this field,” Dr. Van Dyke says. “Dog owners/handlers no longer accept that a dog who has had a major stifle surgery should be kept confined for several weeks. Now they call the practice where the surgery is to be performed to ask about post-op rehabilitation options. If the practice does not offer these, they will find another place to have the surgery and the rehabilitation done.”

Read the complete article.


June 2020

Congratulations to Francisco Maia, President of the APTA Animal Physical Therapy SIG!

Congratulations to CRI faculty member Francisco Maia, PT, DPT, CCRT, for becoming the president of the Animal Physical Therapy Special Interest Group (APT-SIG) of the Academy of Orthopaedic Physical Therapy, American Physical Therapy Association!

Francisco has been serving as vice president and will now serve as president of the SIG until 2022.


ANZCVS Expressions of Interest Survey letterTake the ANZCVS Expressions of Interest Survey for a Chapter of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation

ANZCVS NEW CHAPTER: Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation (VSMR)

Expressions of Interest

The Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists (ANZCVS) seeks to serve the veterinary profession and reward excellence. Membership of the College is an official recognition of a veterinarian's knowledge and experience in a designated field of veterinary science. To become a member of the College a candidate must have at least three and a half years post-graduate experience as a veterinarian and have successfully completed both written and oral/practical examinations in one of the diverse range of subjects on offer.

College Fellowship is associated with scholarly and technical excellence in a particular subject. Standards required for training and examination in Fellowship subjects meet or exceed the prerequisites for registration as a Veterinary Specialist in Australia and/or New Zealand.

In response to feedback from veterinarians, the College is seeking to establish a new Chapter of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation (VSMR). The field of VSMR has been developed to address the requirements of athletic and working animals as well as those that need rehabilitation. Rehabilitation not only addresses return to function post-surgery but also includes therapy to improve patient health when limitations exist due to age, chronic disease or other injuries.

VSMR is a rapidly growing field with European and American Colleges already in existence. The ANZCVS is seeking expressions of interest from veterinarians (Members and non-Members) into their interest in participating in a new VSMR Chapter and/or undertaking Membership examinations in this field. If you could please complete the survey via the link below, it would be greatly appreciated. The estimated time to complete the survey is 4 minutes.

Survey Link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/anzcvs_vsmr


Official CARE Sponsor logoCRI Sponsors Canine Arthritis Resources and Education (CARE)

CRI is pleased to be a sponsor of Canine Arthritis Resources and Education (CARE), a free resource to help dog owners navigate osteoarthritis (OA) with their veterinarian and learn evidence-guided techniques to improve their dog's quality of life. Veterinary professionals can sign up for free memberships to access tools, forms, and videos for use in their practice and that they can share with clients.

Osteoarthritis is one of the most common conditions, with at least 1 in 5 dogs developing the disease in their lifetime. As the leading cause of chronic pain, OA can have a significant impact on the quality of life for your patients, and for your clients who are caring for dogs in pain. While OA isn't curable, the earlier you can identify and manage it, the better impact you can have on your patients' quality of life. With CARE, you'll find tools, resources, and evidence-based information to help aid you in your practice.

CARE was founded by CRI faculty member Kristin Kirkby Shaw, DVM, MS, PhD, CCRT, DACVS, DACVSMR, as a central resource to answer the most common questions about OA that she encounters from colleagues around the world. The website covers everything from diagnosing developmental orthopedic diseases to nutrition and weight loss, rehabilitation, pain management, lifestyle modifications, and more. There are resources to share with clients, as well as extensive, evidence-based content for dog owners to help them manage their dog's OA at home. Visit the CARE website to learn more.


May 2020

Interested in an ANZCVS Chapter for Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine?

CRI graduate Dr. Yoko Clinch is asking veterinary professionals in Australia and New Zealand for support in creating a recognized specialty for rehabilitation and sports medicine. Dr. Clinch writes:

Dear veterinarians who are students and graduates of the Canine Rehabilitation Institute,

I am writing to ask for your help in establishing a new chapter in the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists (ANZCVS) for Veterinary Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine.

The ANZCVS oversees Membership and Fellowship examinations for people with an interest in an area of veterinary science, and then the desire to become a recognised specialist (respectively) www.anzcvs.org.au/about-the-college/. The ANZCVS Fellowship qualifications receive equivalent recognition in this country as people who have American or European Board Certifications.

The Board of the ANZCVS have asked me to contact veterinarians interested in sitting this subject area as a Membership exam so that they have a tangible number that they can work with in determining the feasibility of establishing this chapter. I feel very strongly that veterinarians in Australia and New Zealand will benefit from the establishment of a chapter in Veterinary Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine because it will serve to not only promote the work that we do and the science behind it, but also allow further research into this area, thereby improving the standards of veterinary patient care in collaboration with other fields of veterinary science.

In order to get this chapter established, the Veterinary Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine Membership level exam is proposed to be applicable to small animal and equine practitioners, with the eventual goal of establishing a Fellowship level of qualification in either Small Animal OR Equine Veterinary Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine.

To this end if you are a veterinarian who is interested in sitting a Membership level ANZCVS exam in the short-medium term, please email your expression of interest to Robyn Pettigrew, Examinations Officer at: [email protected], with a CC to me at: [email protected].

We are also looking for existing Diplomates of the American or European College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation who are working in Australia or New Zealand to become founding members for this chapter in the ANZCVS. If you would like to know more, please do not hesitate to contact me at [email protected].

Thank you very much for your time. Kind regards,

Dr Yoko Clinch BSc BVMS (Hons) MANZCVS CCRT

Veterinary Rehabilitation Services
8 Fancote Street
Kelmscott WA 6148


April 2020

Blue Dog Designs logoCongratulations to Brittany Weicht, the 2020 Help 'Em Out Contest Winner!

Canine Rehabilitation Institute and Blue Dog Designs Announce the 2020 Winner of the Help 'Em Out Contest for Veterinary Students

CRI is happy to announce Brittany Weicht as the winner of our 2020 Help 'Em Out Contest for Veterinary Students sponsored by Blue Dog Designs, makers of the Help 'Em Up® Harness.

Brittany Weicht
Brittany Weicht and her dog, Jericho

Entrants were asked to submit an essay explaining their interest in rehabilitation and what they hoped to accomplish in their career with the winner getting free tuition to CRI's Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation module.

Brittany, a third-year student at the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine, said winning the contest was a humbling and exciting experience.

"I have had a special interest in physical rehabilitation since my first day in veterinary school, and now I have the opportunity to study with some of the best rehabilitation therapists in the world," she explained. "I cannot wait to start this journey and put my new skills into practice for the benefit of all my canine patients. I am very thankful to Blue Dog Designs for giving me this great opportunity."

CRI would like to thank Cary and Lindsey Zimmerman, owners of Blue Dog Designs, for their generosity in sponsoring this contest each year. They have helped several deserving veterinary professionals start their careers in canine rehabilitation.



January 2020

Veterinary Students: Enter the Help 'Em Out Contest to Win Free Tuition to CRI's Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation – a $2,900 Value!

Blue Dog Designs Help 'Em Up logo Blue Dog Designs, makers of the Help'Em Up Harness®, in partnership with Canine Rehabilitation Institute (CRI), has announced the 2020 "Help 'Em Out" contest to encourage veterinary students to pursue education in canine rehabilitation. The winner of the "Help 'Em Out" contest will receive free tuition for Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation, one of the three courses required for certification by Canine Rehabilitation Institute – a $2,900 value!

The contest is open from January 15 through March 1, 2020. Entrants will be asked to submit a 400-500-word essay explaining their interest in canine rehabilitation and what they hope to accomplish in their career. The winner will be selected by March 30 and would be eligible to attend Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation June 5-9, 2020, in Wheat Ridge, Colorado.

The Help 'Em Out Contest for Veterinary Students is now closed. Please check back later this spring for an announcement about the winner.


October 2019

Introducing The Tayla Fund

The Tayla Fund

CRI is pleased to announce the creation of The Tayla Fund, in memory of Tayla, a long-time favorite demo dog and the beloved companion of Janessa Shine, an O.R. nurse at Coral Springs Animal Hospital.

Donations to The Tayla Fund are tax-deductible and will be used to pay for rehabilitation at Coral Springs Animal Hospital for clients who cannot afford it.

Dr. Janet Van Dyke, CRI's founder and CEO, made the first donation to launch The Tayla Fund.

To make a tax-deductible donation, use the button below to donate to Coral Springs Animal Hospital's charitable fund through the Veterinary Care Charitable Fund. Please be sure to select Coral Springs Animal Hospital as the recipient and specify "The Tayla Fund" in the Donor Name(s) for Public Recognition section of the donation form.

Donate to The Tayla Fund

Tayla was the December 2018 recipient of the Breezie Demo Dog of the Month Award. During her long career with CRI, she helped train hundreds of veterinarians, physical therapists, and veterinary nurses/technicians.


May 2018

Second Edition of Canine Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation Now Available!

Canine Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation book coverCRI faculty member Dr. Chris Zink and founder Dr. Janet Van Dyke are excited to announce that the second edition of their book Canine Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation is now available!

This new edition has been thoroughly revised and updated. New chapters cover biological therapies, working dogs, and business management, and every chapter has been extensively revised and expanded with state-of-the-art information - providing an even greater wealth of evidence, expertise, and experience to this complex discipline. This gold standard reference for all aspects of sports medicine and rehabilitation is a must have!

Special offer! The first 100 orders will get a personalized copy autographed by Chris Zink and free shipping (when shipped to a U.S. address).

To learn more and place an order, visit the Canine Sports Productions website.

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Congratulations to Our New Graduates

October 2022
Madeline Gloor, CCRA
Samantha Herrera, PT, DPT, CCRT
Donna Robinson, DVM, CCRT
Courtney Wheeler, DPT, CCRT

September 2022
Mikaela Archambeault, DVM, CCRT
Courtney Ellstrom, PT, Dip. Osteopractic, Cert. VRS, MFDc, DPT, CCRT
Elisa McAfee, DVM, cVMA, CCRT
Monique Mora, CVT, CCRVN
Colleen Swinton, DPT, CCRT
Katie Thomas, CVT, CCRVN
Lindsey Wendt, DVM, CVA, CCRT
Alicia Wisnewski, DVM, CCRT

August 2022
Jessica Briley, RVT, CCRVN
Ian Cameron, DVM, CCRT
Rob Clark, DVM, CCRT
Auriel Franquiz, CVT, CCRVN
Milan Hess, DVM, DACT, CCRT
Amanda Kreiner, CCRA
Susan O'Dell, DVM, CCRT
Gwendolyn Smith, DPT, CCRT
Lindsey Warner, RVT, CCRVN

July 2022
Jennifer Cates, VMD, CCRT
Isabel Courchesne, PT, CCRT
Kelsey Erdos, DVM, CVMA, CCRT
Jessica Gadayan, PT, DPT, OCS, CCRT
Jordan Gibson, DVM, CCRT
Terry Moreno Toste, PT, CCRT
Sarah Weaver, RVT, CCRVN
Katheryn (KC) Wolfe, DVM, DACVIM (Neurology), CCRT
Richard Yi, DVM, CVA, CCRT
Sheryl Zimmerman, DPT, CCRT

June 2022
Shelley Baumann, DVM, CCRT
Alex Bennett, DPT, CCRT
Kristin Craig, CVT, CCRVN
Leslie Hopes, DVM, CVA, CCRT
Katie Lubbers, DPT, CCRT
Melanie Mah, PT, DPT, CCRT
Kristi MtPleasant, DVM, CCRT
Heather Porter, PT, MPT, CCRT
Andrea Putt, DVM, CCRT
Dani Schmidt, CVT, CCRVN
Laurel Schwartzkopf, PT, MPT, OCS, CCRT
Matthew Sharkey, LVT, CCRVN
Lynn Stevenson, DVM, CCRT
Angela Wheeler, DVM, CVMA, CCRT

May 2022
Dana Applegate, DVM, CCRT
Amy Auwarter-Diaz, DVM, CCRT
Scarlett Bruton, RVT, CCRVN
Patricia Campbell, DVM, CVA, CCRT
Melissa Dezendorf, DVM, CCRT
Courtney Holscher, DVM, CCRT
Janella Leano, PT, DPT, MFDc, CCRT
Alexandra McCormack (Frolek), DVM, CCRT
Laurie Miller, DVM, CCRT
Melanie Thomas, DVM, CCRT
Brittany Toor, PT, CEEAA, APTA CI, CCRT

April 2022
Toni Calomfirescu, DVM, CCRT
Katie Fritts, CCRA
Dawn Greenberg, DVM, CVA CVCH, CCRT
Molly Hopp, DVM, CVA, CCRT
Shelby Johnson, DVM, CCRT
Dana Koch, VMD, CCRT
Kelly McCormick, DPT, CCRT
Marta Nobrega, DVM, CVA, CCRT

March 2022
Nikkiann Arce, MSPT, MBA, CCRT
Robert Barksdale, PT, DScPT, FAAOMT, ATC, CSCS, CCRT
Brittney Barton, DVM, CCRP, CVA, CAVCA, CCRT
Kari Bolgrean, LVT, CCRVN (Pending)
Julia Callaghan, CCRVN
Hillary Geipel, DVM, CCRT
Stacey George, DVM, cVMA, CCRT
Amy Helminski, PT, MS, OCS, CCRT
Rob Jung, DVM, CCRT
Kori Kapsner, LVT, CCRVN (Pending)
Michelle Kulchawik, RVT, CCRVN
Olivia Lafevre, CVT, CCRVN
Caitlin Miller, CCRA
Yareni Rosas, CCRA
Virginia Walters, DVM, CVA, CCRT

February 2022
Annmarie Maniscalco, LVT, CCRVN
Jenna Scibilia, VMD, cVMA, CCRT
Jessica Shepler, DVM, CVAT, CCRT
Kathleen Smith, PT, DPT, CCRT

January 2022
Carolyn Dieter, PT, DPT, PMA-CPT, CCRT
Tracy Dingman, PT, RVT, CCRT
Erin Geshwiler, DVM, CCRT
Emily Hall, DVM, CCRT
Rebecca Keeffe, MVB, CCRT
Katie MacMillan, DVM, MSPH, CCRT
Jackie Piccone, PT, DPT, CCRT
Tiffany Rickard, LVT, CCRVN
Ginny Zhi, PT, DPT, CCRT

December 2021
Annette Anderson, LVT, CCRVN
Alicia Andras, VMD, CCRT
Lisa Challberg, DVM, cVMA, CCRT
Patrick Choyce, DVM, CCRT
Karen Gertson, CCRA
Celene Joza Hendricks, DVM, cVMA, CCRT
Sonia Lucas, PT, DPT, C-PS, CCRT
Anna Pedroni, DVM, CVA, CCRT
Denise Russell, LVT, CCRVN
Linda Zito, CCRA

November 2021
Amber Biniker, PT, DPT, CBIS, LSVT Big, CCRT
Stella Chu, VMD, CVA, CCRT
Lorraine Cote, PT, CCRT
Jennifer Magilton, VMD, CCRT
Stacia McGuffey, DVM, CCRT
Julia Podmayer, DVM, CCRT
Toni Yang, DVM, CVA, CCRT

October 2021
Christy Cary, MSPT, CCRT
Sara Davis, PT, DPT, CCRT
Amber Dequaine, DVM, CVSMT, CCRT
Emily Falk, DVM, CVA, CCRT
Sarah Graham, MS, PT, CCRT
Joshua Hall, DPT, OCS, CertDN, CertMST, CCRT
Sarah Hanley, DVM, CVAT, CCRT
Tiffany Herbert, CCRA
Megan Kelley, DVM, CVA, CVSMT, CCRT
Fiona Little, VMD, DACVS, CCRT
Cris Macke, PT, DPT, CLT, CCRT

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