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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Dr. Leonard is a Colorado native who grew up in the Denver area and attended Colorado State University in Fort Collins. She completed the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) program at CSU after earning her Bachelor's degree in Biology with a minor in Biomedical science.

 

Dr. Leonard competed on the triathlon team during her eight years at CSU. While in training, she suffered injuries that required physical therapy. This helped pique her interest in PT and rehab for animals. As a result, while still in vet school, she completed the Medical Acupuncture for Veterinarians certification (cVMA) and the Canine Rehabilitation Certificate Program (CCRP) at the University of Tennessee.

Dr. Leonard worked as a small animal general medicine practitioner for five years, doing everything from vaccines and surgery to acupuncture and therapeutic laser. Most recently, she completed the Options For Animals College of Animal Chiropractic program in Kansas and joined the CRCG team full-time doing rehab and physical therapy.

In her free time, Dr. Leonard still competes in triathlons with the Rock Tri Club, which she helped found in 2011. She also hikes, mountain bikes, skis, and camps, with her husband, Nic, and two pups, Charlie and Chaco.

 


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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 almost 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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Emily grew up in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. In 2006, she came west to attend Colorado College in Colorado Springs.

After earning her BA in Biology in 2010, she embarked on a career in Wildlife Biology by volunteering and interning for several wolf-centered projects from Yellowstone back up through the north and central Midwest. Although the 21-day excursions through the Boundary Waters were rewarding and invigorating, she eventually opted for less subsisting out of a backpackwith freeze-dried meals in favor of more predictable … everything.  

She completed the course of study at Bel-Rea Institute in Denver in 2013, moving directly into the Intensive Care Unit at a prominent veterinary specialty hospital in Denver. Following two demanding years in Critical Care, Emily realized that she loved the challenge and adrenaline rush of the ICU, but missed the opportunity for more involvement with patients and their owners beyond those critical moments.

Emily has been involved in canine behavior and training since her early childhood.  Her Critical Care background and lifelong passion for canines blend naturally into our rehabilitation responsibilities.  

In her spare time, Emily enjoys brewing beer with her husband, Jake, and their brew dogs, Shobi and Kato.  She also enjoys relaxing with their rescue cats, Fawkes and Orion, and joining up with her family for college hockey games - Go Tigers!


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Crystal graduated from Colorado State University with her Bachelors in Biology and Biomedical Sciences in 2012. She volunteered throughout college at the Wild Animal Sanctuary, Hearts for Horses and local Animal shelters because of her passion to help all animals in any way.  After graduating, Crystal moved to California, where she trained a large variety of animals, including: dogs, cats, macaws, emus, kangaroos, porcupines and even pigs in a popular show in California.  When she moved back to Colorado she spent some time helping train exotic birds and Hawks for the local Zoo.

In her spare time, Crystal volunteers as a foster parent for her local animal shelter where she adopted her kitten Shirazzie and very energetic Border Collie Mix Meeko, who loves to swim at CRCG and chase frisbees. 

Crystal’s hobbies include hiking with her furry best friend, skiing, surfing, sailing, paddle boarding with Meeko and training him in Agility and Frisbee.

One of her favorite things about working at CRCG is seeing the progress that dogs make from learning how to swim in the recreational pool to getting stronger in the rehabilitation program.

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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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Tess joined the CRCG team soon after finishing her MBA in Texas. She’s excited to be in the mountains of Colorado supporting the amazing CRCG staff! Tess has worked as a pharmacy technician compounding veterinary medications, a dog trainer, and volunteered as an animal shelter surgical assistant. Although she loves the medical side of animal health, her time as a dog trainer and her research on animal behavior sparked a particular interest in human-animal bond. She believes that bringing better business practices to a rapidly growing industry will ultimately lead to better care, longer companion animal lives, and happier pet owners. When she’s not at CRCG, Tess spends almost every waking moment with her geriatric golden retriever, Loki. 

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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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