Dr. Julia Tomlinson BVSc MS PhD DACVS CCRP CVSMT is the Managing Director of TC Rehab and is a board-certified specialist in rehabilitation and sports medicine (Diplomate, ACVSMR). Dr. Julia was the first such canine specialist in the state of Minnesota and is a pioneer in the field of canine sports medicine and rehabilitation. She is responsible for founding the American Association of Rehabilitation Veterinarians (AARV) in 2007 and is a past president of the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation (ACVSMR). Dr. Julia earned her veterinary degree from the University of Liverpool, England. She practiced equine sports medicine and surgery (DACVS equine surgery) prior to pursuing her interest in working with small animals and so brings skills from the world of horse sports. Additionally, she obtained her master’s degree in ultrasound of the equine sacroiliac joint which generated skills she uses today in diagnostic imaging of muscles and tendons. Dr. Julia has a PhD in physiology from NC State, where she studied pain medications, and she is also a Certified Veterinary Spinal Manipulative Therapist (animal ‘chiropractic’ equivalent). Dr. Julia co-edited the textbook 'Physical Rehabilitation for Veterinary Technicians and Nurses' published by Wiley, lectures nationally and internationally at conferences for veterinarians and performs work as a consultant in musculoskeletal wellness for the pet food industry. She also continues to remain an active member of the International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management. Dr. Julia’s special interests lie in sports medicine, healthy aging and management of chronic pain. She lives with her canine and human family in Minneapolis, where she enjoys running and motorcycling.
Dr. Amy Whaley DVM CCRP CVSMT is our associate rehabilitation veterinarian who joined TC Rehab in 2011. Dr. Whaley received a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science in 2000 and a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 2004 from the University of Minnesota. She is a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner (CCRP) and is certified in veterinary spinal manipulative therapy (CVSMT). Dr. Amy wanted to pursue rehabilitation & sports medicine due to her own personal experiences with rehabilitation and fitness and was thrilled to find she could combine this with her passion for veterinary medicine! When she’s not in the clinic treating patients, she enjoys watching and playing sports, outdoor adventures, and spending time with her husband and her dog Porter.
Dr. Missy Weber DVM CVSMT CCRP joined TC Rehab in April of 2020 and is currently completing a traditional residency program to become a board-certified specialist in rehabilitation & sports medicine beginning July 2020. Dr. Missy graduated from the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine in 2016. After graduation, she did an emergency-focused internship at Wisconsin Veterinary Referral Center. In 2019 she studied canine rehabilitation at the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine and became a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner (CCRP). Dr. Missy became interested in rehabilitation and sports medicine during college which deepened when it became a successful treatment alternative that has extended the duration and quality of life of her own dogs, Cal (Labrador with elbow arthritis) & Chili (Standard Poodle with a progressive neurological issue). Dr. Missy loves spending any spare time she has with her horse (Bebe), running canicross with her Labrador (Cal), and doing outdoor activities like biking, gardening and skiing.
Jenny Newgard is our Office Manager. She has been with TC Rehab since its inception in 2007, prior to that she worked in animal care and administration with the Humane Society for Companion Animals. She finds watching the animals’ progress in the clinic very rewarding and enjoys developing a bond with patients over time. Outside of clinic hours Jenny spends time volunteering, traveling, reading, and hanging out with family, friends, and her calico cat (Zelda).
Betty Waalk, CVT, CCRA is a Certified Veterinary Technician who joined TC Rehab in 2008. Betty brings over 25 years of experience to TC Rehab and she obtained an additional certification as a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Veterinary Nurse through the Canine Rehabilitation Institute (CRI) in 2013. Betty’s interest in the field of veterinary rehabilitation was sparked when her own rescue cat (Peter) required rehabilitation services to bring him back to health. Betty particularly enjoys the aspect of the bond that exists between humans and animals. She has a fond interest in rescuing animals (Rufio, Peter and Captain Niblet) and enjoys spending her spare time with her family.
Samantha Machovsky, CVT, CCRA is a Certified Veterinary Technician who started as an intern here at TC rehab in 2011. Sam graduated from the Minnesota School of Business in June 2012 with a degree in Veterinary Technology. She obtained an additional certification in Veterinary Massage and Rehabilitation (CVMRT) through the Healing Oasis 2015. Sam discovered her love for small animal rehabilitation through guidance of an instructor she had while studying wildlife rehabilitation. She particularly enjoys getting to know each of the animals and watching their progress at the clinic. When she’s not at the clinic she enjoys hanging out with her family and being outside with her dogs.
Megan Nelson, CVT is a Certified Veterinary Technician who joined TC Rehab in 2013 after being a client of the clinic herself. She graduated from Argosy University in 2014 and naturally became interested in rehabilitation due to the activities she participates in with her own English Springer Spaniel competition dogs. She enjoys helping geriatric dogs age more gracefully and comfortably and has an interest in injury prevention, baseline and fitness work as well. Megan wrote a chapter on patient motivation and handling with Dr Tomlinson in the textbook Physical Rehabilitation for Veterinary Technicians and Nurses. In her spare time, Megan enjoys hiking as well as training and showing her dog (Earl) and spending time with her adopted senior cat, LionO.
Julia Callaghan, VT is a Veterinary Technician who joined TC Rehab in 2018. She graduated from Argosy in 2011. Working with animals has been a dream for Julia since high school that was realized upon joining the clinic. Julia enjoys the interactions she has with people and their dogs and the satisfaction that comes from observing the progress and well-being of the clinic’s patients. She is in the process of working toward certification as a Canine Rehabilitation Veterinary Nurse through the Canine Rehabilitation Institute. Outside of the clinic, Julia enjoys going to concerts and participating in dog sports like lure coursing and conformation with her dogs (Tori – Afghan Hound & Ennis – Wheaten Terrier).
Kayla Kapaun (she/her) is a Veterinary Technician who graduated with an A.A.S. Degree from Dakota County Technical College after completing her Veterinary Technician’s Program in 2018. Kayla is currently studying to complete her Veterinary Technician National Exam and will be enrolling to become a Certified Rehabilitation Veterinary Technician. Her interests include grooming, behavior, fitness, and orthopedic work. She has a variety of animals that she cares for and strives to give them their best life.
Erica LeVasseur, CVT is a Certified Veterinary Technician who graduated from Argosy University in 2011, after desiring a change from her previous role in the print industry. Originally from the Iron Range, she now resides in St. Paul with her husband, their Newfie (Haley) and cat (Suki). Outside of work, she enjoys the outdoors, especially camping, hiking, and spending time at the cabin. When not exploring nature, she loves visiting local restaurants and breweries, attending concerts and plays, and researching her family tree.
Jordan Longtin is an assistant who joined TC Rehab in 2018. Jordan is currently pursuing education requirements to become a Veterinary Technician and, in the meantime, enjoys gaining experience and aiding in the clinic environment. As with many other team members, Jordan feels it is incredibly rewarding to watch patients improve over time as a result of their treatment programs. In her spare time, she rides Dressage with her horse (Willow) and works horses for others. In addition to her horse, she also has a cat (Sweetie) and three reptiles (Linguine, Clarice & Dwane) that she loves caring for.
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