Please Join Us In Welcoming Our New Canine Rehabilitation Practitioners
Krista Russell, MSPT, CCRP
Krista Russell graduated from Springfield College with her Masters in Physical Therapy in 1996. She has been practicing PT for 22 years in various areas including: out-patient orthopedics, in-patient hospital, skilled nursing, and home care. Krista has always had a great love of animals; her own Miniature Schnauzer inspired her to become involved with canine rehabilitation. As Jake was getting older, Krista wanted to find a way to ease his pain and help him function at his best using modalities, manual techniques, and therapeutic exercises. Krista went on to receive her CCRP from the University of Tennessee in 2015.
Karen Edwards, PT, CCRP
Karen Edwards is a licensed physical therapist who graduated from the University of New England Physical Therapy program. She has her MBA in Health Care Management from the University of Connecticut. Karen has over 25 years of experience in multiple PT settings, with extensive experience in the treatment of orthopedic, sports, MVA, and work-related injuries. Karen was certified as a CCRP in 2013. She has experience working with high level show and agility dogs as well as small animal rehab for post-surgical, orthopedic, and neurological injuries.
Small Animal Physical Therapy/Rehabilitation
The benefits of physical therapy have long been recognized for humans to manage chronic, painful or debilitating conditions and facility recovery from injury, orthopedic surgery, and neurological disorders. Our small animal companions suffer from the same or very similar conditions, and can also achieve remarkable results through physical rehabilitation.
Physical rehabilitation helps pets that are compromised by muscle weakness, painful or arthritic joints, movement abnormalities, aging-related disorders and functional decline or are recovering from surgery. In addition, conditioning programs can improve overall fitness, facilitate weight loss, lessen the chance of future injury, and reduce or possibly eliminate the need for medical treatment or surgical intervention.
Treatment plans are designed to improve range of motion, functional weight-bearing, strength, balance, coordination and endurance in order to regain and maintain comfort and health of muscles, bones and joints. Pets of all ages, sizes, and breeds can have improved quality of life as a result of therapeutic interventions that can minimize the effects of disability, slow physical decline, promote weight loss, and allow earlier return to normal function and previous level of activity following surgical procedures.
Rehabilitation appointments are scheduled during the following times:
Tuesday and Thursday: 12 pm – 5 pm
Friday: 3 pm – 8 pm
Saturday: 9 am – 2 pm
Barb Guse, PT, CCRP
We would like to thank Barb for her dedication and service over the last 9 years to our Canine Rehabilitation Program. Barb was a valuable member of our family and we will miss her dearly. Best of luck on your new adventure and Happy Retirement Barb!