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When I joined the profession of canine rehabilitation I was so excited! But there were very few resources. I often felt lost and alone in my practice. There were no books with basic protocols to get me started, no instructions for how to handle dogs and no home exercise handouts to give to clients. Lamenting my situation to my business coach he looked me straight in the eyes and said, “Solve the problem. Be the solution.”
Inspired to heal my situation by improving the profession for others, I started Canine Rehab Shop, Resources for Rehabilitation Professionals. Anything I learned I wrote down. In time I was able to offer individual clinical protocols. A few years later these formed the first Treatment Protocols manual. Over a decade later all of the content is now an anthology, The Canine Rehab Library.
But my greatest joy on this path was in 2018 when the technology became available to bring canine home exercises into the 21st century. Canine Home Exercises, Video-based Templates & Customized Programs is a web-based subscription service with more than 400 exercises in 16 categories that can be e-mailed clients and their progress monitored in real time.
More than a decade later, I still feel excited but I don’t feel lost and alone anymore. Canine rehabilitation has reignited my passion for physical therapy, opened doors where there were only walls and created an international network of friends and colleagues. If you are already in this network, thank you for coming along for the ride. If you are considering joining the profession, don’t hesitate. It’s never too late to transform your days into moments you will remember forever. There are sweet spots in canine rehab that can’t be found anywhere else. For me, it’s when a dog with a long history of ‘bad-dog’ behavior comes to therapy, jumps on the treatment table, lays himself down and sighs in preparation for his treatment. Our therapeutic relationship heals his fear and he surrenders himself to my care. It warms my heart. And walking around with a warm heart can only benefit the world.
Sasha co-authored the 2009 Maxwell Award for Best Health and Care Book The Healthy Way to Stretch Your Dog, A Physical Therapy Approach, a book based on her patented stretching method straight plane stabilized stretching for animals. She and her co-author went on to produce the DVD of The Healthy Way to Stretch Your Dog in 2010. Her next book, Canine Cross Training, Building Balance, Strength and Endurance in Your Dog won the 2014 Eukaneuba Best Health Book. Over the next few years she released many clinical manuals and fitness books. She is a contributing author for the rehabilitation text books, the Canine Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation (Wiley-Blackwell 2013) and the upcoming Canine Lameness (Wiley-Blackwell).
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Canine Home Exercises
The first evidence-based smart platform to advance client education, Canine Home Exercises provides more than 300 exercises in fourteen categories, creates individual home programs, surgeon-specific templates and hospital-specific templates. Complete with clear photos, videos and written instructions, the programs are e-mailed to clients allowing them to view and execute the exercises successfully in the home environment. Simplification of medical records can also be achieved by downloading the programs into electronic medical records as attachments.
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Canine Rehab Shop
Dedicated to promoting the profession of canine rehabilitation by providing canine rehabilitation professionals with access to education, products and services that support their new or growing rehabilitation business.
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Canine Rehab Institute
Evidence based, experience driven, providing canine rehabilitation certification to veterinary and physical therapy professionals throughout the world, Sasha teaches Therapist Module and continuing education courses for CRI.
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Colorado State University
Rehabilitation Coordinator for the Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation Department at Colorado State Veterinary Teaching Hospital in Fort Collins, Colorado, Sasha works with a team of veterinary professionals and industry partners to build one of the first university-level Canine Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation Departments in the world. The department teaches students, evaluates and treats patients, and designs research about sports medicine and rehabilitation.
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