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Rehab Therapy

At Sage Veterinary Center we offer additional methods of veterinary care to pets and their families through integrative treatments and therapy.

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Our Team

Dr. Katie Murphy PT, DPT, CCRT

Katie is a licensed Physical Therapist who graduated from Quinnipiac University with a Bachelors of Health Science and a Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2015. Upon graduating, she moved to NYC where she worked in a human hospital up until 2019. Katie has always had a love for animals which led her to completing her CCRT training (certified canine rehabilitation therapist) from the Canine Rehabilitation Institute. She switched exclusively to working with dogs in rehabilitation in 2019 and found her passion.

Katie is enthusiastic about providing an integrated treatment approach for animals to help relieve pain and improve quality of life. She truly believes the collaboration between veterinarians and physical therapists provides optimal patient care due to the tremendous value of each other’s unique skill sets when creating a comprehensive treatment plan. Katie is continuously learning more within the field of canine rehabilitation through canine rehabilitation courses and conferences. She is also active within the American Physical Therapy Association – Animal Physical Therapy Special Interest Group, currently leading the membership committee.

When she is not in the office, Katie enjoys exploring Jersey City with her wife Tatiana, going on runs along the waterfront, and spending time with her cat Tia.

What is Canine Rehabilitation?

In the human world, physical therapy is aimed at improving function, decreasing pain, and enhancing quality of life through hands-on treatment, non-invasive modalities, and targeted exercises. These same exact concepts are applied in animal rehabilitation therapy to improve your pet’s mobility and quality of life. Our veterinarian and physical therapist certified in canine rehabilitation through the Canine Rehabilitation Institute create a comprehensive treatment plan based on your pet’s specific injury or condition. Through the use of a variety of treatment options, our goal is to help your pet return to a happy and healthy life!
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Click here to learn more about conditions that may benefit from physical therapy!

Services offered

LASER therapy – an infrared light therapy used to decrease pain and inflammation by increasing circulation to the treated area and promoting tissue healing   

Pulsed Electromagnetic Field (PEMF) – a magnetic field used to decrease pain, promote relaxation, and increase circulation.

Electrical Stimulation – electrical currents set at different parameters in order to reduce pain and create muscle contractions

Therapeutic Exercises – Targets specific muscles for improvements in strength, mobility, weight loss, and balance

Treadmill Training – used at a controlled speed to improve gait pattern, cardiovascular endurance, and proprioception   

Manual Therapy – various hands-on skills provided by our trained veterinarian or physical therapist to improve mobility and reduce pain in specific joints

Assistive Devices

  • Help-em-Up Harness fittings to provide your pet the extra assistance they may need to stand, go up/down the stairs, get in/out of the car, etc.
  • Wheelchair/Mobility Cart fittings – Our therapists perform the measurements needed if your pet requires mobility support due to conditions such as paralysis or weakness

Orthotics/Prosthetics – Our therapists perform the measurements and possible casting needed if your pet requires a brace for conditions such as a ligament tear, tendonitis, carpal hyperextension. Prosthetics can be ordered for pets who have undergone a limb amputation

Home Exercise Programs – Our therapists create an individualized plan for you to continue the therapeutic exercises with your pet at home

Need Help Deciding if Rehabilitation/Physical Therapy is right for your pet? Please send an email to rehab@sagevetcenter.com and we can help provide more information.