ARD Executive Committee

Kim Barrett
Co-Chair & Treasurer

Kim Barrett is an Edmonton based physiotherapist, who as a lifelong animal lover, decided to take extra training to practice on animals. She has her Diploma of Canine Rehab from the Animal Rehab Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association. She is also a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner (CCRT) after completing her studies at the Canine Rehabilitation Institute in Florida. She is pursuing her Diploma of Equine Rehab presently. She graduated from Dalhousie University in 2007 with her Bachelor of Science in Physiotherapy, having previously graduated from Dalhousie with a Bachelor of Science, majoring in Biology.

Kim opened Paws Animal Rehab & Fitness Inc. in 2018. Kim is a member of the Alberta Force Free Alliance and has training on low stress animal handling. She has completed Dr. Sophia Yin's low stress handling course, as well as completing her Pet First Aid Certification. She treats a wide variety of conditions in animals (cruciate repairs, disc disease, vestibular issues, etc.). She enjoys working with elderly animals to improve their strength and mobility, and overall quality of life. She also enjoys working with sporting dogs to improve performance and overall conditioning. 

When not treating animals, Kim is rescuing them. Be sure to ask about her fosters in care and involvement in the Edmonton rescue community. Kim also treats people - she can be found at Phoenix Physiotherapy in Spruce Grove and occasionally at the Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital. Kim previously worked for 10 years at the Glenrose Hospital but left her full time position to pursue animal rehabilitation.

Carrie Smith
Co-Chair

Carrie Smith graduated in the dark ages before the invention of the internet and the cell phone, and when Western University was still called the University of Western Ontario. Carrie has received certificates in Sport Physiotherapy, Acupuncture, IMS, and Canine Rehabilitation. Carrie opened the second stand-alone physiotherapist owned canine rehab clinic in Canada in 2015, and has been practising canine rehabilitation since 2004.

Carrie was the team physiotherapist for the Women's National Hockey Team for four years, including the Nagano Olympics, and was the team physiotherapist for the Men's National Rugby Team for eight years. She has now given up her human teams to work with the Canadian World Agility Team as she says the dogs smell better.

Sandra Oxtoby
Knowledge Translation Representative &
Past Chair

Sandra graduated from the University of Alberta with a Masters of Physical Therapy in 2015. She is a candidate for both her Diploma in Equine Rehab and Diploma in Canine Rehab from the ARD education stream.

She co-owns a private clinic that specializes in the treatment of hose and rider, Equus Physio Ltd. in Cochrane, AB. She also works out of the Canine Fitness Centre in Calgary, AB.

On the Animal Rehab Division, she has been the Student Representative in 2013-2015, New Grade Representative in 2015-2017, Co-Chair in 2017-2019, and is now the KT Representative since 2016, as well as Past Chair. Currently, her focus as the Knowsledge Translation (KT) Representative is to connect researchers internationally in animal physio with clinicians in practice in Canada. As of May 2019, she now sits on the board of International Association of Physical Therapsits in Animal Practice as the Secretary.

Donna LaRocque-Hennig
Education Lead

Donna LaRocque-Hennig has 35 years of experience as a physical therapist treating humans. She graduated in 1979 from the University of Alberta with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy. Donna has taken many post-graduate courses since that time, including her certification in Acupuncture, Cranial Sacral Therapy, Muscle Imbalance, Joint Mobilization and Manipulation, and many others. Several years ago, Donna began to be interested in using human techniques on her own pets when they were injured with great success. This lead to an interest in more formalized Animal Rehabilitation training and a more specialized knowledge in the anatomical differences between humans and animals. Donna has worked successfully in providing rehabilitation programs for canines, small pets, horses, and llamas, with a variety of injuries.

Donna completed the course work at the Canine Rehabilitation Institute in 2006, as well as the Animal Rehabilitation Institute in 2009, and is now a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Therapist, as well as a Certified Equine Rehabilitation Therapist, respectively, in addition to her Canadian credentials.

From her office location near Spruce Grove, AB, Donna provides a variety of animal rehabilitation services to her clients located in the Edmonton, Spruce Grove, Stony Plain, Devon, and County of Parkland areas.

Courtney de Vries
Secretary

Courtney graduated from the University of British Columbia in 2016 with a Masters in Physical Therapy. She has always had a passion for working with animals, rehab, health, and science. When she found out that physiotherapists can work with animals too, her career path was officially decided. She is certified in Acupuncture Level I, Functional Dry Needling Level I, and has completed her Lower Quadrant Level II through the Orthopaedic Division.

She started as the Student Representative for the ARD in 2015 and has continued on as the Secretary since 2017. She works in two fantastic private practice clinics in Vernon and Salmon Arm. She is currently pursuing her Canine Rehab Diploma through the ARD.

In her free time, you can find Courtney out running and hiking the trails in the Okanagan with her bernese great pyrenees mix, Guss.

Sue Van Evra
Lobby & Advocacy Committee

Sue obtained her Physiotherapy Degree from McMaster University in 1993 after completing both Honours and Masters degrees in Physiology from the University of Western Ontario. Sue has spent over a quarter of a century working in outpatient orthopaedics with humans, and has been studying canine rehabilitation since 2006. Sue is passionate about learning and problem solving, and has completed many advanced courses, for both human and canine rehab, to better be able to assess and treat patients effectively.

If you ask Sue what things she could not live without, one of her answers would be a dog! Sue is a huge dog lover, and her passion for the canine world makes her excited to be able to work with dogs and use her experience and in-depth knowledge of physiothreapy principles to rehabilitate the canine population.

Sue has completed her Diploma in Canine Rehabilitation and is on the Advocacy Committee for the ARD of the CPA. When Sue is not working, she can be found running with her golden retriever, Jane, road biking, swimming, or skate skiing with her husband, Steve. Sue currently works in Calgary at the Canine Fitness Centre rehabilitating dogs, and at Two Hands Physiotherapy treating humans!

Laurie Edge-Hughes
Lobby & Advocacy Lead

Laurie obtained her degree in physical therapy (BScPT) from the University of Alberta in 1993. Following graduation, she worked in the intensive care unit at the Foothills Hospital in Calgary, AB, before practicing at a private physiotherapy clinic in Cochrane, AB. Her broad post-graduate eduation has been in the field of human and canine orthopaedics, including advanced assessment and treatment in spinal and extremity neuro-musculoskeletal conditions, postural stabilization, dynamic muscular stabilization, adverse neural tissue tension assessment and treatment, pain management, and osteopathic therapeutic techniques (i.e. muscle energy, craniosacral therapy, and functional indirect therapy). Laurie received her certification in medical acupuncture from the Acupuncture Foundation of Canada Institute in 2002. She also obtained special dispensation to practice spinal manipulations in the province of Alberta.

Laurie has always demonstrated particular interest in the field of animal rehabilitation. Early on in her career, she completed numerous courses offered by the Canadian Horse and Animal Physical Therapsits Association (CHAP) in this field. She initiated her practice with animals in 1993, integrating her skills and knowledge in physical therapy and rehabilitation in humans with her passion for animals. Laurie founded Four Leg Rehabilitation Therapy in Cochrane, AB, in 1997, where she provided physical therapy services to animals and their owners in the greater Calgary area. Laurie currently practices animal physical rehabilitation at The Canine Fitness Centre Ltd. in Calgary, AB, a facility she established in 2004 in partnership with Dr. Amalia Rossi Campos MVZ, MSc and Dr Manuel Campos MVZ, MSc, PhD.

Other accomplishments in Laurie's professional career include holding executive positions within CHAP since its inception. Laurie has very much been at the forefront of the field of canine rehabilitation & physical therapy, and taught the first courses in this field in Canada and the US in 1999, as well as Australia in 2001. She has created the curricula for the Canadian Diploma in Canine Rehabilitation for the ARD. Laurie also lectured with the Canine Rehabilitation Institute (CRI) in the US for 10 years, a canine physical therapy and rehabilitation certification program for veterinarians, physical therapists, veterinary technicians, and physical therapy assistants. Laurie holds a certification in Canine Rehabilitation Therapy (CCRT) from the same institute and a Masters in Animal Studies degree from the University of Queensland in Australia. Laurie has been an invited lecturer at numerous animal rehabilitation, veterinary, and physiotherapy conferences, and has instructed courses for several international animal rehabilitation/physiotherapy groups, associations, and universities/colleges. Laurie was also a case examiner for the International Veterinary Association of Pain Management for three years. Her primary teaching platform is currently Four Leg Rehab Inc. - the world's first online canine rehab continuing educational resource.

Additionally, Laurie owns and manages Two Hands Physiotherapy, a clinic dedicated to providing physiotherapy services to dog owners. She and her husband also manage a 450-head cattle ranch just west of Calgary, where they raised two boys, a handful of dogs, and a small flock of happy chickens!

Jen McNutt
Education Committee

Jen McNutt is committed to enhancing the overall physical health, fitness, and quality of life of her clients through one-on-one, individualized physical therapy pograms focused on a client's goals. After completing her Masters of Physical Therapy in 2009 at the University of Alberta, Jen moved to Nelson to start a family. She continues to be committeed to expanding her knowledge base and has completed several courses in soft tissue release, Orthopaedic Manial and Manipulative Physiotherapy, and completed her GunnIMS certification in 2016. 

In her free time, Jen can be found either figure skating, snowboarding at Whitewater with her husband, at the dog park with her own dog and little girl, or running along the lake with her active little boy!

Victoria Renwick
Social Media Representative

Victoria graduated from the University of Calgary in 2013 with her Bachelors of Kinesiology with a promising career in Strength and Conditioning. Hungry to grow her knowledge and practice, two years later, she packed her bags and moved back to BC to complete her Masters of Physiotherapy at the University of British Columbia.

During the course of her human physiotherapy training, she also expanded her scope of practice to canine application through the ARD's Canine Rehab Diploma stream. In May 2017, just prior to completing her Masters, she opened Pawsiotherapy Canine Rehab & Physio. At that same time, she was also asked to join the ARD executive committee as the Social Media Representative. Since accepting the role, ARD's social media presence has expanded on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.

In 2018, Victoria began the pursuit of her sports physiotherapy training, applying what she was learning to both her canine and human athlete clientele. Victoria is now also a concussion, vestibular, Mulligan, and IMS trained Physiotherapist.

Determined to never stop learning and bettering her practice, Victoria strives to provide her clients with the best possible care, keeping them active and in whatever drives them, or providing them with the speediest, durable recovery.

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Nikita Harvey
Newsletter Editor & Communications Lead

Nikita completed her Masters of Physical Therapy at the University of British Columbia in the Fall of 2017. Prior to this, she completed her Bachelor of Human Kinetics degree at the University of British Columbia at the Okanagan Campus. Nikita lives in the Kootenays in a small town called Kaslo, BC, where she is the owner of Kootenay Trails Physiotherapy. She also works in Nelson, BC, at Kokanee Physiotherapy. Nikita has been on the ARD executive committee since 2016.

Nikita has completed continued education courses in chronic pain management, concussion management, dry needling, as well as vestibular rehabilitation. In the future, Nikita plans to expand her client base to include four legged friends!

Miranda Shumborski
Student Representative

Miranda is a third year physiotherapy student at the University of Alberta. She is working towards finishing her Masters program and supplementing her knowledge with both the canine and equine rehabilitation courses.

Miranda plans on practicing in the surrounding Edmonton region and working with both humans and animals through her future as a physiotherapist.