CanineTech Rehab began from a love of both dogs and physiotherapy. We would like to improve the quality of rehabilitative care for not only humans, but also our human companions, our dogs. We provide the high quality, advanced manual therapy skills of a physiotherapist for your dog.
We believe in educating you, as an owner, so you can understand and take an active role in the rehabilitation of your dog. Active participation is required; therefore exercise is an important part of all treatments.
Our canine rehab therapist has undergone extensive, advanced level post-graduate training to enhance her human physiotherapy education, assessment and treatment skills. In 2015, Cheryl obtained her Diploma in Canine Rehabilitation. This required more than 200 hours of canine specific continuing education, which focused on anatomy, biomechanics, pathology, clinical conditions, common veterinary surgical and clinical interventions, handling skills, as well as physiotherapy specific assessment, treatment and exercise techniques.
Canine Rehab Therapist
Cheryl Reid Ralph
B.Sc. PT, B.Sc. (Biology), Dip. Manip. PT, FCAMPT, Dip. in Canine Rehab, Clinic Owner
Cheryl, who originally resided in Newfoundland, graduated from Acadia University in Wolfville, Nova Scotia where she completed her Bachelor of Science in Biology (2001). After graduating from Acadia University, Cheryl went on to obtain her Bachelor of Science in Physiotherapy from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 2004. She received her Diploma of Advanced Manual and Manipulative Physiotherapy from the Canadian Physiotherapy Association, Orthopedic Division in 2012 and became a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Therapy (FCAMPT). In 2015 she obtained her Diploma in Canine Rehabilitation from the Canadian Physiotherapy Association Animal Rehab division. Since obtaining her diploma, she has completed further courses to enhance her canine rehab skills, such as, Advanced Manual Therapy for the Canine Spine, Canine Bracing, Canine Myofascial Release and Acupuncture for the Senior Dog.
Cheryl initially worked in Chester, Nova Scotia for 5 ½ years at a private practice clinic. After moving to Ontario in 2009, she continued to work at a private practice in Guelph. With years of experience as an orthopaedic physiotherapist, Cheryl felt she was ready to further develop her passion for orthopaedics, manual therapy, and canine rehabilitation. With the help and support of family, friends, and clients she decided it was time to open her own physiotherapy clinic to pursue her own professional goals.
Since graduating, Cheryl has continued to complete courses to advance her orthopaedic and manual therapy skills. Her recent captivation has been canine rehabilitation. Cheryl has an energetic boxer of her own. She has always had a desire to work with animals and a passion for physiotherapy. Now with her advanced training, she has the ability to combine the two fields.
MSc (Physiotherapy), BSc (Human Kinetics)
Courtney grew up in Northern Ontario in the city of Sault Ste. Marie. In 2017, she graduated from the University of Guelph where she received her Honours Bachelor of Science in Human Kinetics. Courtney then went on to complete her Master of Science in Physiotherapy at McMaster University in 2019. Since graduating, Courtney's work and educational experience has continued to grow. She is working towards her Diploma of Advanced Orthopedic Manual and Manipulative Therapy (Level 2 Upper and Lower completed). Courtney is certified in Acupuncture (Acupuncture Canada Certified, Level 1). She has also taken further education in working with female athletes and women pre and post pregnancy to better serve these populations.
With a strong passion for animals and a keen interest in pursuing further education, Courtney is currently working towards obtaining her Diploma in Canine Rehabilitation from the Canadian Physiotherapy Association - Animal Rehabilitation Division (Introduction to the Canine Patient and Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation courses completed). Courtney plans to also achieve her certification in Small Animal Neuro-Anatomical Acupuncture & Dry Needling to be able to provide acupuncture to her canine patients.
Courtney has an energetic and loving Chocolate Labrador named Echo whom she absolutely adores and who has been her inspiration to pursue canine rehabilitation. Courtney has a keen interest in helping senior dogs as well as competitive sporting dogs. When not at work, Courtney enjoys going on outdoor adventures with her husband and dog Echo, downhill skiing in the winter, and disc-golf year-round.