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Our experts have found that rehabilitative exercises can also improve a patient's mental and emotional well-being, and a patient with an improved attitude has a better chance at healing.


Our rehabilitation services are similar to the treatment approaches used in human physical therapy.

Working with our rehabilitation specialist can help your animal in many ways.

  • Improved post-operative recovery
  • Improved quality of life
  • Restored activity level and function.
  • If you or your veterinarian think rehabilitation might help your pet, we’re here to help. No referral is needed, although one is helpful. All new patients will receive a full physical, neurologic exam, and orthopedic exam plus various baseline measurements to help us develop a personalized therapy plan.


    • Complete assessment (objective and subjective measurements)
    • Aquatic therapy (swimming and underwater treadmill)
    • Land treadmill exercise and acclimation
    • Acupuncture
    • Local hot and cold therapy
    • Massage
    • Passive range of motion
    • Personalized home exercise development
    • Therapeutic exercise
    • Therapeutic ultrasound therapy
    • Electrical stimulation
    • Therapeutic laser
    • Pulsed signal therapy (magnetic)
    • Chronic geriatric exercise
    • "Shape Up Pup" © Weight management program
    • Cart and/or wheelchair fitting/adjustment
    • Custom splint and brace/orthotics casting

    Special Capabilities

    • Chronic orthopedic or neurologic conditions
    • Post-operative patients
    • Athletic conditioning

    Meet the rehabilitation team

    Kim Knap is a certified veterinary technician (CVT) specializing in companion animal rehabilitation. She does physical rehabilitation of patients and also works with the orthopedic surgery service. She also teaches veterinary students on patient physical condition assessment and rehabilitation techniques. While she mostly works with dogs and the occasional cat, she has also provided therapy to more exotic species, including an owl, a toucan, a miniature horse, a guinea pig, baby goat, and a fawn. Kim received her bachelor's degree in animal science at Illinois, earned her technician degree from Parkland College, and became a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner (CCRP) in 2003 after study at the University of Tennessee.

    Carrie Chandler-Harrison is also a CVT and CCRP. She has special interest in post-operative orthopedic and neurologic patients and enjoys working with animals of all shapes and sizes as well as teaching veterinary students about rehabilitation medicine. Carrie is a 2011 graduate of the Parkland College veterinary technician program and completed her Rehabilitation Practitioner Certification through the University of Tennessee in 2016. She also has interest in large animal rehabilitation and plans to earn her certification as an Certified Equine Rehabilitation Practitioner as her next step.

    Dr. Tisha Harper, orthopedic surgeon, oversees the Rehabilitation Program.


    We offer a variety of appointment options including scheduling outpatient appointments, single-day drop-off appointments, and medical boarding with rehabilitation for extended therapy. A single session is $33. An entire week of boarding plus twice-daily rehabilitation costs $430.

    Please contact Kim Knap or Carrie Chandler-Harrison directly at 217-265-5314 or if you would like to discuss these options or make an appointment.