Meet the CRCG Team

Certified Canine Rehabilitation Therapists/Practitioners (CCRTs/CCRPs) are veterinarians and physical therapists that evaluate and treat dogs with health problems resulting from injury, disease, aging, or obesity. Rehabilitation therapists also provide support in conditioning for sport and show dogs.

At CRCG, all of our expert therapists are licensed and certified either by the Canine Rehabilitation Institute in Florida (CCRT) or University of Tennessee (CCRP) within a year of joining us. These unique programs are designed to meet the needs of the veterinarian, veterinary technician, physical therapist, and physical therapist assistant interested in the field of canine rehabilitation. More about CCRTs/CCRPs >>

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AnnaLeavitt-01.jpg  Dr. Leavitt grew up in the suburbs of Boston, MA. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from Colby College in Waterville, ME and then worked in a sleep research laboratory in Boston for three years. She completed post-baccalaureate pre-medical courses at Harvard University, received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Colorado State University, and then completed her veterinary internship at Wheat Ridge Animal Hospital in Wheat Ridge, CO. She worked as a general practice veterinarian in Thornton, CO for two years before joining CRCG and has completed her certification in canine rehabilitation through the University of Tennessee.  In her free time, Dr. Leavitt enjoys yoga, camping, traveling, and hiking with her golden retriever, Xena. 

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    Kelsey Schroeder DVM, CCRT

 

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Dr. Schroeder grew up in Manhattan, Kansas. She attended Kansas State University where she received her Bachelors of Science in Biology, and her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine. Following vet school, she completed a small animal rotating internship in Tucson, AZ.  She then moved to Denver and started working as a general practice/urgent care veterinarian.  While in general practice, Dr. Schroeder developed a passion for improving her geriatric patients’ lives.  This passion led her to complete training through the Canine Rehabilitation Institute to become a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Therapist.  In her free time she enjoys being outdoors, running, hiking, playing softball and spending time with friends, family and her dogs Sage and Wrigley.

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Candice Brueck graduated with a Masters of Physical Therapy from the University of Delaware in 1994. She grew up in New Jersey and lived in various states along the East Coast, but moved to Colorado in 2010. After 23 years of treating human patients, she decided to pursue her passion in working with animals. She has completed her Certified Canine Rehabilitation Therapist training through the Canine Rehabilitation Institute. Making the switch from humans to canines has been a fun and challenging transition. In her spare time she enjoys being active, spending time with her family, and playing with her dog, Lola, and four cats.

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  Dr. Jerri A. Miller graduated from Washington University in St. Louis, MO in 1981 with a B.S. in Physical Therapy.  She moved to Boulder in 1991 and worked with the student population at CU- Boulder until 2016.  She completed her Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2008 and became a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Therapist through the Canine Rehabilitation Institute in December 2016. She feels the transition from human Physical Therapy to Canine Rehabilitation has been fun and enjoys working with the dogs and their owners.  In her spare time, you’ll find her running, hiking, and biking in the foothills of Boulder.    

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LL-01.jpg  Dr. Lisa Lancaster received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Michigan Sate University in 2006.  Her interest in integrative whole pet health led her to pursue post-graduate training in several holistic modalities.   She completed her animal chiropractic training and certification in 2006 at Parker College of Chiropractic and took additional training courses in Veterinary Orthopedic Manipulation, a gentle method of hand-held instrument adjusting for animals.  Her acupuncture training and certification was completed in 2007 at Colorado State University (CSU).  Dr. Lancaster is also trained in biopuncture, a treatment method using injections of natural and homeopathic medicines into specific acupuncture points. 

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 MP-01.jpg Mickie graduated from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1989 with a B.S. in Physical Therapy.   She moved to Colorado shortly after graduation and specialized in outpatient orthopedics. In February of 2010, she became a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Therapist through the Canine Rehabilitation Institute.  Currently, she lives with her husband and two children and her pool obsessed lab, Shiloh.  She feels switching to canines has been very rewarding and lots of fun. 
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TH-01.jpg  Tracy was born in Michigan but had the misfortune of growing up in Nebraska (just kidding, Go Big Red!). She escaped Nebraska by moving to Denver in 1992. Tracy has been with CRCG in some capacity since the Englewood facility opened in 2005. She spends most of her time at our Englewood location, where she whiles away her days teaching dogs how to swim. She also provides most of CRCG’s witty and insightful Facebook posts.   Tracy has a Master's Degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Colorado. When she's not at CRCG, you will find her on her bicycle, in the kitchen or hanging out with Fletcher, her black lab. 

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        Victoria Tanguay, DVM, cVMA 

 

 

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Dr. Victoria (Tory) Tanguay has wanted to be a veterinarian for as long as she can remember. Born and raised in Silver Spring, MD, she received her bachelor’s degree in biology from Hood College in Frederick, MD and then began work as an equine veterinary technician. Deciding she had had enough of Maryland, she moved to Nashville, TN where she worked for several years as a veterinary technician in small animal medicine. She then moved cross-country yet again to attend veterinary school at Colorado State University. She worked as a general practitioner in Loveland, CO for two years before joining the team at CRCG Broomfield. She completed her certification in veterinary acupuncture in 2016 and her Fear Free Practitioner Certification in 2018. She currently lives in Johnstown, CO with her husband, their “tri-pawd” wonder-dog, Bandit, and two cats, Fancy and Salem. When not at the clinic, she is a self-proclaimed “nerd of all trades” who loves reading, antiquing, Comic Cons, video games, museums, history podcasts, crocheting, and cross-stitching. 


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               Kelli Ator, DVM, cVMA 

 

 

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Dr. Kelli Ator earned her Bachelor of Science in Cell Biology and Neuroscience from Montana State University in 2002. In 2006, she received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Colorado State University, followed by the completion of a small animal medicine and surgery internship at Carolina Veterinary Specialists in Greensboro, North Carolina. Dr. Ator earned her acupuncture certification in 2010 through Medical Acupuncture for Veterinarians, and she began incorporating acupuncture into her western medicine to provide a synergistic approach to healing. In 2018, she decided to follow her interest in integrative medicine and established her own mobile veterinary acupuncture practice.


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           Christina Cohen  

 

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Since Christina was little she knew she wanted to work with animals. While Christina was attending high school in Western Massachusetts she spent a Summer in Cork, Ireland working at Fota Wildlife Park. In Ireland, Christina worked with all types of animals, ranging from cheetahs, to giraffes, to lemurs. Her time there really ignited her interest in pursuing a career involving animals.

Christina attended the University of Colorado Boulder and graduated in the spring of 2018 with a focus in Psychology and History. She hadn't forgotten about her passion for animals though, and when she heard about CRCG she knew it would be a great fit. 

 

When she's not at work, Christina is hiking or hanging with her dog Max who she rescued from Boulder Humane Society four years ago.

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Sarah grew up in Colorado and has always had a passion for animal medicine and welfare. While attending the University of Colorado in Boulder, Sarah worked in a boarding and daycare facility at a Boulder veterinary hospital.  During her time there, she began working in the hospital as a veterinary assistant where she assisted in a variety of medical procedures for cats, dogs, guinea pigs, and even exotic pets, such as falcons, snakes, and peacocks! Throughout her college years Sarah’s role as Director of Veterinary Operations for a small Boulder based non-profit took her to Costa Rica and Nicaragua, where she was able to provide preventative veterinary care and spay/neuter services to small and large animals in rural communities. After graduating with her Bachelors of Arts in Spanish Language and Literature, Sarah took a small break from animal medicine and coordinated ESL classes for adults at a Colorado nonprofit. She quickly realized that her heart was working with animals and has since spent time working in emergency medicine, foster coordination of shelter pets, and mobile veterinary preventative care. Sarah joined the team at CRCG in August of 2017 and loves the ability to change a dog’s health and well-being through recreational swimming and rehabilitation. In her spare time, Sarah enjoys travelling, hiking, drinking craft beer and hanging out with her three dogs; Mona Lisa, Jolene and Stanley.

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Jessica graduated from Bel-Rea Institute in June of 2011, receiving her Associate degree in Applied Science and certification in Veterinary Technology. She has worked at a few different veterinary practices as a technician. After discovering CRCG and the services offered there, she became interested in what they were about. In March 2014, she joined the CRCG team. She enjoys every aspect of her job, and playing a major role in each pet's health, well-being, and overall happiness! It became surprising how much fun you could have at a job, and also develop more of a relationship with regular clients/patients. Observing their improvement over a period of time is a major reward here at CRCG. She particularly enjoys socializing and meeting customers and also the excitement of getting a new dog to swim! In the picture, she has her 2 month old kitten named Coffee, and a very loveable lab named Miracle.

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CarrieBowlusStaffPhoto-01.jpg   I have been working with people and their dogs supporting the human-animal bond since 1996.  I’ve shared my life with dogs a lot longer.

 The field of dog training has grown tremendously over the years.  Advancing from a reliance on force or pain as a method of compelling dogs, to striving for a clear understanding of the canine brain and how dogs learn.

 I have a BS in Education and an AS in Veterinary Technology — during which I focused on animal behavior and handling.  I hold a CPDT-KA, Certified Professional Dog Trainer—Knowledge Assessed Certificate.  Over the years I have had many wonderful opportunities to learn from seasoned professionals in the dog world.  I have continued to read, attend lectures and seminars both in person and through on-line classes.

  I have worked with numerous rescues, breeders, veterinarians and other dog trainers.Like most dog trainers, I have shared my life with many dogs, my own, foster dogs and countless client dogs.  I have learned something from each.  

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Lori_WebProfile-02.jpg     It started as a glimmer in a yellow lab’s eyes and continues as an evolving adventure.  The idea for Canine Rehabilitation & Conditioning Group (CRCG) started with Indy, a yellow lab who loved to swim.  There were few clean and safe places in the Denver metro area to let her swim, and certainly nothing indoors.  After Indy passed away from bone cancer, Clark came along and subsequently developed a shoulder problem.  Not wanting to do surgery, I searched for other options and was able to successfully rehabilitate Clark’s shoulder with Marty Pease, a physical therapist that was certified  in canine rehabilitation.    Thus, the CRCG business concept was launched.  We opened in 2005 and continue to strive to offer the best options for canine rehabilitation in Colorado. 

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