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OUR MISSION: To provide safe, professional, and effective therapeutic options to enhance your pet’s mobility, comfort and well-being throughout all life stages.
Manual Therapy Massage Acupuncture Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation (NMES)
Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS) Photobiomodulation (Therapeutic, Cold & Low Level Laser) Pulsed Electromagnetic Field (PEMF)
PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS: American Veterinary Medical Association - American Association of Rehabilitation Veterinarians - Fear Free Certified Professional -
ABOUT: Angela Wheeler, DVM, cVMA, CCRT Dr. Wheeler received her BS in Organismal Biology at Portland State University and went on to receive her DVM at Oregon State University College of Veterinary Medicine. While working in companion animal general practice for several years, she has a special interest in integrative medicine. She holds certification in Veterinary Medical Acupuncture, providing safe and effective treatments through neuromodulation. She is additionally certified in Canine Rehabilitation Therapy. Rehab therapy utilizes both manual or physical techniques, and therapeutic modalities. Manual techniques include soft tissue mobilizations and stretching applications for the fascia, muscles and joints. Therapeutic modalities entail the use of various electrical and light energies to facilitate a beneficial tissue response. Examples are low level LASERS (photobiomodulation), TENS units and PEMF therapy. Additionally, incorporation of therapeutic exercise plays an important role in maintaining or building muscle strength. A multimodal approach can provide relief for a variety of conditions such as osteoarthritis, musculoskeletal injury, neurologic conditions and chronic pain. Dr. Wheeler is a Fear Free certified professional working to minimize any anxiety or stress and promote comfort. In home therapy can ease anxiety for your pet as they are in their ideal calm environment. Dr. Wheeler finds great pleasure in fostering the human-animal bond. This long enduring bond is well known for it’s profound effects on emotional and physical well being. Participating in therapy sessions together can strengthen the bond and facilitate a sense of peace, relaxation and happiness. Dr. Wheeler provides mobile services exclusively in rehabilitation techniques and acupuncture. She will work with your pet’s trusted referring veterinarian to provide a tailored treatment plan. Your referring veterinarian will facilitate performing diagnostics such as X-RAYS, ultrasound, routine blood work, and any treatments with prescription medications and/or surgery. Together, an integrated approach to your pet’s health care can sustain an amazing quality of life for all of our pets and all of their human companions.
9AM - 5PM
9AM - 5PM
9AM - 5PM
MANUAL THERAPY & MASSAGE A practice that is used to assess and treat soft tissue abnormalities, joint dysfunction and pain. Specific techniques such as joint mobilizations, traction, glides and stretching are effective in addressing these pathologies. ACUPUNCTURE The insertion of thin needles into strategic points on the body to elicit a physiological response. Each acupuncture point has specific biochemical actions when stimulated. This can stimulate nerves, increase blood circulation, relieve muscle spasm and initiate the release of endorphins (the body’s natural pain control chemical). NEUROMUSCULAR ELECTRICAL STIMULATION (NMES) TRANSCUTANEOUS ELECTRICAL NERVE STIMULATION (TENS) NMES produces a tetanic contraction and is used to prevent atrophy of muscles. TENS produces a smaller amplitude muscle fasciculation and aids in pain management by helping to reduce swelling and edema, and also by stimulating nerve cells that block the transmission of pain signals. PHOTOBIOMODULATION (THERAPEUTIC LASER, COLD LASER & LOW LEVEL LASER) The use of light to stimulate cellular metabolism. It is now becoming more commonly described/referred to as photobiomodulation (PBM). LASER therapy stimulates cells to increase metabolism thereby releasing molecules that aid in increased cell division, increased collagen deposition and increased circulation promoting healing effects. PULSED ELECTROMAGNETIC FIELD (PEMF) PEMF therapy can restore cellular balance thereby improving tissue and bone healing, and decreasing pain and inflammation. PEMF therapy was originally approved by the FDA in the 1970s for bone healing of non-union fractures. THERAPEUTIC EXERCISE Used to strengthen the muscles needed to maintain or improve body function. It promotes balance and awareness of foot placement (proprioception). Common therapeutic equipment such as cavaletti poles, balance discs and peanut balls can be utilized to strengthen muscles and improve balance and neurologic function.
Initial Consultation 60 - 90 minutes Includes review of medical records, physical examination and treatment plan. $225 Therapy Appointments 45 - 60 minutes Includes appropriate treatment modalities, manual therapy and acupuncture. $200 Acupuncture 30 - 45 minutes Includes customized acupuncture treatment. $140
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