Apex Animal Hospital

Rehabilitation

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Jennifer works with Yoda

Jennifer completed her physical therapy (PT) degree from University of Colorado in 2000. She began her PT journey working in an inpatient/outpatient hospital setting. After a number of years of working as a human PT, she started asking the question, how could I bring canine rehab to Montana? After developing a working relationship with both PT and DVM state boards she completed her CCRP in 2004. And then went on to pioneer a path for canine rehab in Montana that brings out the best of both PT and DVM for each canine patient.

Jennifer’s deep connection to canines is the driving force for most everything she does. The ability to use her knowledge of movement science, anatomy, balance and strength training allows her to bring her canine patients from postop back to top-notch performance.

She has been working with canine patients for over twelve years, and  exclusively for 7years. Her work allows her to travel the central Montana corridor working with a fantastic collection of veterinarians. She sees primarily orthopedic and neurological cases. She is certified in Rock Tape kinesiology tape techniques. Her clients also benefit from her manual therapy skills as well as her gift of being able to zero in on the painful, limiting or dysfunctional structures. Thus assisting the veterinary team to arrive at the final diagnosis.

Jennifer remains active in the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA). She has served for three years on the nominating committee for the Animal Rehabilitation Special Interest group in the APTA. She has taught numerous workshops and seminars on canine core fitness throughout Montana.

After many years of attending agility trials to watch and cheer on her former patients, she has taken  the plunge and entered the ring herself. Her teammate is a young border collie named Kricket.

Her affinity for athletics has been lifelong. She’s completed the rigorous 140 mile ROTPOD  bike tour three times and also the Park 2 Park 400 mile bike ride from Glacier National Park to Yellowstone National Park. Of late, her summertime addiction is standup paddle boarding and wintertime skijoring in the mountains of Montana with her dogs.