Katherine (Katie) is the newest member of our Animal Rehabilitation and Fitness team. She comes to us by way of many adventures and interests in canine wellness and rehabilitation over the last 8 years. Katie's journey started in New Hampshire, where she had the opportunity to oversee the acupuncture and massage therapy department in a busy five doctor practice. Her enthusiasm led her to Tennessee in 2014, where she completed her internship for her CCRP (Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner) at the University of Tennessee. During her time there, she was granted the opportunity to co-educate alongside doctors Karry Fisher and Darryl Millis at the CARES (Canine Arthritis Rehabilitation Exercise Sport Medicine) seminars. While spending her time assisting in exercise driven programs and rehabilitation based curriculum, her desire grew to learn more about preventive sports medicine with a concentration on canine fitness.
Adding to her already extensive training, Katie attended the exclusive Master Trainer course in Longmont, Colorado, where she achieved her Master Trainer Certification in Canine Fitness. Proceeding further into the fitness realm, she submitted intense case studies and took extensive exams to be awarded her CCFT (Certified Canine Fitness Trainer). With the completion of all her certifications she began work at the Regional Institute for Veterinary Emergencies and Referrals in Tennessee and in November 2016.
Katie joined CVRC's Animal Rehabilitation and Fitness team in late 2016, and is excited to work with a dedicated group towards offering the latest and greatest in the field of rehabilitation and fitness, as well as expanded availability to our current and future patients.
Katie is also passionate with her volunteer work, and in 2014 founded the Knoxville, Tennessee chapter of Dogs on Deployment. This is a non-profit organization that cares for pets belonging to deployed, and otherwise committed, military members away on duty. Katie herself has been a foster parent on many occasions, and has managed fundraisers and educational events. What is most dear to her heart has been the organization of homecomings and reuniting our soldiers with their furry family members that they may have had to give up, if not for volunteer foster parents.
With all of her achievements, Katie has worked with a variety of animals; from performance athletes that have attended national championships, to working dogs that have returned to the line of duty.
Katie resides in Charleston with the love of her life, her own canine athlete, Zeke. Katie has kept with her passion for canine fitness by participating in a wide variety of disciplines with Zeke, including: Nose work, Agility, Tracking, Bite work, Dockdiving, and demonstrations of many current fitness exercises at seminars across the country.
Education / Experience:
|2017||Fitpaws Master Trainer Instructor - University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN|
|2016-present||Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner - Certified Canine Fitness Trainer - Charleston Veterinary Referral Center|
|2016||Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner - Regional Institute for Veterinary Emergencies and Referrals, Chattanooga, TN|
|2016||Certified Canine Fitness Trainer - University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN|
|2015||Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner - University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN|
|2015-2016||Public Relations & Business Development - Innovative Pet Care, Austin, TX|
|2013-2014||Veterinary Technician - Animal Emergency and Specialty Center, Knoxville, TN|
|2012-2013||Veterinary Technician - Veterinary Emergency Center, Manchester, NH|
|2005-2013||Veterinary Technician - CrossRoads Animal Hospital, Londonderry, NH|