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. Tina Chen grew up in the Chicago suburbs. She earned her bachelor's degree in Integrative Biology from the University of Illinois. During her undergraduate years, she volunteered at the Wildlife Medical Center, and fell in love with veterinary medicine. Afterward, she worked as a veterinary technician in a holistic animal clinic in Schaumburg, Illinois. She worked alongside a veterinarian who practiced acupuncture, chiropractic medicine, and herbal remedies. Once she grew tired of the Windy City, she moved to Colorado to pursue a Master's degree in Public Health through the Colorado School of Public Health and a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Colorado State University. After graduating with her DVM degree, she completed a 1 year internship at an emergency and rehabilitation hospital. She obtained her certification in medical acupuncture and also attended courses through the Canine Rehabilitation Institute. Dr. Chen loves being able to apply her knowledge of anatomy and her passion for rehabilitation in order to relieve pain, increase mobility, and increase neurologic function in her patients at CRCG. She also works part time as an overnight ER veterinarian. In her spare time, Dr. Chen loves to travel with her husband and 2 "fur kids".


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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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 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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Janet_Pink_Staff_Photo_2016.jpg Janet grew up in small town Iowa with the desire to work with animals. Life took a detour and she ended up with a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in marketing. Never quite happy with the work, she started looking into other options. After being laid-off, Janet quickly worked towards becoming a veterinary technician with the intention of working in rehabilitation. After graduating from Community College of Denver and becoming a CVT, she worked in a small animal hospital prior to joining CRCG. In her free time, Janet most enjoys hiking in the Colorado mountains with her husband, Rick, and their golden retriever, Bueller. 

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Ashley graduated in 2007 from the Rocky Mountain School of Animal Acupressure and Massage with a certificate in Canine Massage Therapy. She has been in the pet industry for 9 years and can't think of anywhere else she'd rather be. Ashley was born and raised in Colorado. She loves photography and is currently working on her second book in her spare time. She enjoys spending time in the mountains and being outdoors. Ashley resides in Westminster with her boyfriend, his two daughters, their cat Lucy, and her chihuahua, Ren.

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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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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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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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