“You have created this magnificent study program with excellent teachers that are so interested in us learning. The atmosphere in class, the way you all teach and are open to all our needs, makes it an extraordinary learning experience. You should be very proud!"
–Yael Avidan, DVM, CCRT,
Cancun, Mexico

“You have identified top-notch clinicians for each module. ...
I am glad I went with your program."

–Holly Greene, PT, PhD,
San Leandro, California
Janet B. Van Dyke, DVM, Diplomate American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation, CCRT, CEO

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 past president 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, 2013).

Janet B. Van Dyke
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.

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Julie A. Churchill
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 2013).

Judy Coates
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.


Judy Coates
Felix 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 Institute.

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.

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Felix Duerr
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.

Sasha Foster
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).

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Martin W. Kaufmann
Stephanie 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.

Stephanie Kube
Michael 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.

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Michael R. Lappin
Ellen 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 with animals.

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 and Advanced Canine Rehabilitation Therapist.

Ellen Martens
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 is currently running Red Tail Rehab in North Carolina.

Laurie McCauley

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 Practitioners (ABVP).

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.

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Patrice M. Mich
Krista Niebaum, MPT, CCRT

Krista 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.

Krista Niebaum
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 2008.

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.

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Elizabeth Rawson
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.

Joyce G. Rudzitis
Kristin Kirkby Shaw, DVM, MS, PhD, CCRT, DACVS, DACVSMR

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.

Kristin is a surgeon and rehabilitation therapist 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.

Kristin 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, an occupational therapist who owns a (human) rehabilitation/post-injury personal training practice, and two dogs, Beans and Arrow. She co-teaches Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation and teaches The Canine Rehabilitation Assistant and The Multimodal Approach to the Geriatric Canine Patient.

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Kristin A. Kirkby Shaw
Joe Spoo, DVM, CCRT

Dr. 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.

Joe Spoo
H. Steven Steinberg, VMD, Dip. ACVIM, Neurology, CCRT

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 material.

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.

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H. Steven Steinberg
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.

Mamie Whitman

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 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 also is co-editor of the textbook, Canine Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation (Wiley, 2013).

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 Sports Medicine and Introduction to Veterinary Clinical Research.

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Chris Zink
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» DVM Newsmagazine
Dr. Janet Van Dyke, CRI founder and CEO, writes regularly for DVM Newsmagazine. Recent articles include "Pain management in veterinary rehabilitation" (June 2010) and "Therapeutic exercise in veterinary rehabilitation" (February 2010).

The August 2010 issue of DVM Newsmagazine also included an interview with Dr. Van Dyke: Read the interview ...

» "Special Pets, Special Needs" Podcasts
Krista Niebaum, MPT, CCRT, appears on three podcasts in the Scout's House "Special Pets, Special Needs" series. You may subscribe to the series or download podcasts for free. To listen, go to the iTunes store (download the free iTunes software here if needed) and search for "Special Pets, Special Needs."

» Janet Van Dyke, DVM
Veterinary Practice News profiles Dr. Janet Van Dyke, founder and president of the Canine Rehabilitation Institute. Read the article ...