oct 15 2013 course
Are you one of many veterinarians who would like to incorporate
laser therapy into your practice, but are hesitant
because of the hefty price tag?

Join us for this FREE Webinar where you will learn about the benefits of laser therapy and how to get started in a
manner you can afford.

When: October 23rd, 2013; 6-7pm EST

Intended Audience:
Veterinary practitioners and technicians.

Presented by
Deborah M. Gross

Course Description:

This webinar will provide listeners with an evidence based review of laser therapy specific to animal practice. Many examples will be provided from the presenter’s own practice in canine rehabilitation. A case will be made for the incorporation of class IIIb laser therapy in the standard of care for many commonly encountered conditions in the small animal practice. The differences between class IV and class IIIb will be presented in a simple and straightforward manner, demystifying some of the marketing spin that is frequently encountered in the field.     Learn More

Learning Objectives:
At the completion of the webinar, participants will be able to:
1. Describe the indications and contraindications for use of low
level laser therapy
2. List common conditions for which laser therapy is an appropriate
and effective therapeutic intervention
3. Describe the neurophysiological working mechanism of
laser therapy
4. Describe the difference between class IV and class IIIb laser

This webinar has been submitted for RACE approval (1hour).

Click here to register

Click here for printable pdf

Presented by Dr. Debbie Gross

Dr. Debbie Gross is considered one of the pioneers in the field of canine physical rehab and has been active for 18+ years as a practitioner and educator. She runs her own canine rehab practice and is one of the core instructors at the University of Ttennessee’s certificate programs in canine rehabilitation. She has studied laser therapy for over 15 years and implemented it in her practice for the past 10 years.

LOGO aimla for oct 8 13I am teaching at the Veterinary Laser Therapy Symposium in Orlando this month, on the 19th. Hope I might see a few of you there!

Saturday, October 19th, 2013 8 AM – 6 PM EST

Holiday Inn Lake Buena Vista
1805 Hotel Plaza Blvd.
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830

Onsite attendance includes: Course Materials, Clinical CD Atlas, Continental Breakfast and Lunch

Click here to register

Click here for the pdf view and information

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jamie oct 2013We were thrilled to hear from Kathy Steffens that Jamie is doing so well!  We have been working with this lovely little dog since her iliopsoas injury three months ago.

Here is Kathy’s email and video link!

Jamie was very happy to go back to trialing this weekend after a three month recuperation! 3 Qs with 2 firsts and a second placement. Thanks for all the work on her Maureen! She seems great today- no stiffness in her back or leg. We’ll take a short walk this morning to stretch her out a bit.

Thanks, Kathy – good news and she looks terrific!

dog and empty bowlThere is a terrific article in the New York Times (check it out) on the current weight problem in dogs in our country. It is a serious issue, one I see daily in the Wizard of Paws clinic.

Obesity runs rampant in kids and dogs!

We offer “Fat Camp” programs, to really get to grips with your overweight pup:  10 session weight loss program: for $405

Call us at one of our offices:

155 Westchester Road
Colchester, CT 06415

Open Monday through Saturday  860-267-9191


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2 Avery Street
Mystic, CT 06355

Open Monday, Wednesday & Thursday   860-415-9502


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Here is an excerpt from today’s New york Times article, entitled: “Roll Over? Fat Chance”

“She has been in at least three fitness programs. She runs on the treadmill. She swims in a lap pool. Her trainers shout encouragement. And although her target weight still eludes her, Lolita remains optimistic, smiling gamely during her workout and snacking on carrots…”   Read the rest of the article

There is a terrific article in Whole Dog Journal on laser therapy for dogs.  Check it out! We see great results from laser therapy and offer it at both of our Wizard of Paws locations. We encourage you to try it for your dog, for inflammation,  bone repair, infections, and much more!

Here is a bit of the article, with a link to read the rest:

FROM: Whole Dog Journal: http://www.whole-dog-journal.com/issues/16_8/features/veterinary-applications-of-laser-therapy_20796-1.html

Acupuncture Points and Trigger Points: Traditional Chinese acupuncture points are stimulated by a focused laser beam, used solely or in combination with acupuncture needles, to produce a systemic effect; high doses of laser therapy may be used to deactivate trigger points (hyperirritable spots that induce pain elsewhere in the body) found in muscle, ligaments, tendons, and periosteum.

Anti-Inflammatory: Creates vasodilation, activates the drainage process of the lymphatic system, reduces the mediators that incite irritation.

READ MORE: Veterinary Applications of Laser Therapy, Whole Dog Journal


NEWS FLASH – NEW CLASS Enroll August 1, 2013  

 Here is the email Bobbie Lyons of Pawsitive Performance sent out to announce our new class!  Thanks to him for this; I will copy his words rather than recreate the wheel.

Hope to connect with some of you at this class!

       The Enigma of the Iliopsoas

#1 K9 Sports Injury – Prevention and Rehab of the Iliopsoas

I have teamed together with Dr. Debbie Gross of Wizard of Paws to bring you a short class specific to Iliopsoas (Psoas) injury. This injury is often seen in  canine sport athletes due to over use of the hip flexor muscles, splayed rear legs on slippery ground, under trained long jumps, and lack of core muscle strength, just to name a few culprits.  In this 4 week class, our goal is help you understand how to reduce the chance of Iliopsoas injury, decipher a Veterinarian diagnosis when your dog has injured the “Psoas”, recommendations on what the process is to return your dog to activity and of course when to return to your chosen sport.

In the K9 Sports world there is a lot of talk of injury to the Iliopsoas (Psoas for short) muscle.  Many dog owners walk out of their veterinarian’s office scratching their heads when given the diagnosis of a “torn Iliopsoas” and wonder “what is the Iliopsoas muscle and what does it do for my dog”.   The Psoas is a complicated muscle and does more than most think.

Knowledge is power.  Join us for this 4 week class in August to learn more about injury prevention.  This class will be offered once and will pave the way for future classes with details about preventing specific injuries often seen in dog sports. Homework will be short answer, photo or videos.

We are here to answer your questions about the Psoas muscle and to teach you exercises to improve strength, stretching to improve flexibility and give you a guideline into the movements that affect these muscles.  This class will be held in the Daisy Peel Classroom.  Debbie and Bobbie will both be in the classroom to give input on homework assignment and videos as well as answer any questions.    We will also be available for private video and phone consult.

Here is a blog post written about one way to ward off over extension injury. Enjoy!!

Links to Bobbie Lyons, Cert CF
Pawsitive Performance
Links to Dr Debbie Gross
of Wizard of Paws

new vet heeling hands logoWe are  thrilled to announce we will now be joined by Dr. Lisa St. Aubin, a wonderful veterinarian,  on Monday evenings for appointments.

She’s great- you’ll love her!

Contact our office to book appointments:

Monday from 5 to 8, starting this Monday July 29th!


Here is more about Dr. Lisa:

Dr. Lisa St. Aubin, DVM, MPVM, CVSMT

Dr. Lisa St. Aubin graduated veterinary school from the University of California at Davis with a dual degree in Veterinary Medicine (DVM) and a Master’s in Preventive Veterinary Medicine(MPVM).  After practicing small animal and exotic medicine for two years in California, she re-located back to the East coast to complete a one year internship in aquatic animal medicine at the Mystic Aquarium in Mystic CT, followed by a one year position at the Roger Williams Park Zoo in Providence RI.  Since that time, she has worked at various small animal and exotic practices as a relief veterinarian, but her passion has always remained with improving the function and performance of canine athletes.

In order to pursue advanced training in veterinary spinal manipulative therapy (also known as chiropractic medicine), Dr. St. Aubin recently received her VSMT certification from the Healing Oasis Wellness Center; the only nationally accredited chiropractic school in the country.  This is an intense 226 hour post- graduate education certification program with an emphasis in functional and integrative neurology in both canine and equine patients.

In addition, Dr. St. Aubin is a certified member of the College of Animal
Chiropractors .

Dr. St. Aubin has a special interest in performance and working dogs and
increasing their quality of life as well as their endurance capabilities.
She shares her home with her Border Collie, Riley J Dog and a Dutch
Shepherd, Maicoh. She trains and competes in various canine sports
including agility, French Ring, stock and dock diving.

Dr. St. Aubin on Facebook

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