Pets with sudden injuries or long-term degenerative conditions affecting joints, bones, muscles, tendons, ligaments or the nervous system can benefit from our rehabilitation programs. Flannery Animal Hospital offers programs for dogs with acute and chronic medical conditions as well as for improved recovery post-surgery.
Our rehabilitation center features:
- A Certified Staff
- A hydrotherapy tank (underwater treadmill for walking and swimming)
- Neuromuscular electrical stimulation
- Therapy balls (to build core strength and balance)
- Laser Therapy
- Cavaletti (which improves weight-bearing and range of motion during recovery from surgery, injury or illness)
- Physical Rehabilitation Sessions
Additionally, our canine rehabilitation practitioner can assist with measuring and ordering mobility assistant devices such as rear- or front-wheeled carts. For information about canine physical rehabilitation, to schedule an appointment or to discuss referrals, please call Flannery Animal Hospital and ask to speak with one of our Certified Rehabilitation Practitioners.
Dr. David Stillman joined Flannery Animal Hospital in October 1990. He received his Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 1989 from Michigan State University. In 2010, he was appointed Medical/Surgical Director of Flannery Animal Hospital. Dr. Stillman has a special interest in surgery, with an emphasis on orthopedic surgery. Because of this interest and to improve the care of our patients, he attended the certification program in canine physical rehabilitation at the University of Tennessee, College of Veterinary Medicine. After extensive training, he passed the certification exam in December of 2013 and is a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner (CCRP). Dr. Stillman is married, with four children and five dogs, which keep him too busy for hobbies.
Melanie Behrens is a June 2006 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine’s Certificate Program in Canine Physical Rehabilitation. Melanie, who was one of the first New York State-licensed veterinary technicians, has worked for Flannery Animal Hospital since 1977. In her spare time, Melanie is a USDAA agility judge and professional dog trainer. She competes in dog agility contests with her two border collies, Willin’ and Elf.