Dr. Julia Tomlinson BVSc MS PhD DACVS DACVSMR 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), certified in veterinary spinal manipulative therapy (CVSMT), and is also a Certified Veterinary Acupuncture Therapist (CVAT). 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.
Dr. Charlotte Talbert DVM, MS, CVSMT joined Twin Cities Rehab in July 2021 and is currently completing a traditional residency program to become a board-certified specialist in sports medicine and rehabilitation. Dr. Charlotte graduated from Lincoln Memorial University – College of Veterinary Medicine in 2020 and went on to complete a small animal rotating specialty internship. She became interested in in sports medicine and rehabilitation long ago as a child when she developed a special interest in sled dogs. Dr. Charlotte has gained an abundance of experience working with sled dogs, including those that run the most notable race in the world, the Iditarod. In their free time, Dr. Charlotte and her husband, Daniel, enjoy spending time with their three dogs, Kevin (English Setter), Harry (Border Collie) and Lily (Coonhound). Dr. Charlotte loves mountain biking, snow-boarding, bikejoring with her dog Kevin, and hiking/ camping with her family.
Dr. Erin Kuhn DVM is one of our associate rehabilitation veterinarians. She joined TC Rehab in 2023. Dr. Kuhn received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the University of Minnesota in 2005 and a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of Illinois in 2009. She completed her certification in companion animal rehabilitation (CCAT) through North Carolina State. Prior to joining the team at TC Rehab, Dr. Kuhn performed general medicine and surgery for 14 years in various settings including shelter medicine, high quality low cost care and teaching primary care to veterinary students at the University of Minnesota Veterinary Medical Center. Dr. Kuhn became interested in rehabilitation to help her patients live comfortably, longer. Her interests include multi-modal pain management, promoting the human animal bond, graceful aging and helping animals recover from injuries to allow them to live their best life. When not in the clinic, Dr. Kuhn can be found spending time with her family, chasing around her 4 and 2 legged children.
Dr. Kristina Hugel joined Twin Cities Animal Rehab in July 2023 for her residency to become a board-certified specialist in canine sports medicine and rehabilitation. The second word out of her mouth was ‘dog’ and her earliest memory is horseback riding. Not surprisingly, she knew she wanted to be a veterinarian as a young girl and that dream took her to Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine. There she completed veterinary school and remained for a specialty internship in Integrative Medicine and Rehabilitation. She is certified in veterinary acupuncture and veterinary spinal manipulative therapy. As a former athlete, Dr. Kristina has always been interested in combining her love of veterinary medicine and sports medicine and rehabilitation, which she now gets to do everyday. In her free time, Dr. Kristina enjoys working out, spending time with her partner and their dog (Seven), and going to sporting events (she just discovered hockey!).
Jenny Newgard is our Practice 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, her son, 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.
Julia Callaghan, VT is a Veterinary Technician and Certified Canine Rehabilitation Veterinary Nurse (CCRVN) who joined TC Rehab in 2018. She graduated from Argosy in 2011 and Canine Rehabilitation Institute in 2022. 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, and Ennis & Una – Wheaten Terriers).
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.
AnaEliza Martin CVT joined the team at TC Rehab in August of 2023. She has worked many jobs in the companion and research animal fields since 2015. She graduated from the Dakota County Technical College's Veterinary Technician program in winter of 2022 and completed her credentialing examination in March of 2023. After finding a passion for physiology and kinesiology in school, a rehab and sports med job seemed the perfect calling! When not working with your pets, she travels the Midwest doing dock diving sports with her Labrador Retriever, Reagan, and husband, Charlie. They look forward to adding another Labrador to the team this coming year and seeing what other sports they might get into!
Jamie has always had an interest in medicine--she began in human medicine as an EMT in an ER before transitioning to veterinary medicine to pursue a vet tech degree. She has had a passion for animals her whole life. She enjoys seeing the progression and improvement of pets comfort and mobility and has a specific interest in conditioning for sport and injury prevention. Jamie also enjoys field trials, hunting, agility, scent work and other sports with her 5 English Springer Spaniels (Gigi, Domino, Mando, Joule and Kirbee). Fun fact: Jamie started her relationship with us first as a client before she became a part of our team.
Auna Fleischhacker CVT, CCAT joined TC Rehab in November 2023. She graduated from Rochester Community College Veterinary Technology program in 2015. She has had experience in both general practice and emergency medicine. She found her passion in rehabilitation and sports medicine after experiencing it herself with her own dog. She became a Certified Companion Animal Rehabilitation Therapist in August 2023 with special interest in conditioning and injury prevention.
Outside of work she travels the Midwest competing in agility, Barn Hunt, disc and Dock diving with her 6 dogs (Scylla, Skadi, Genesis, Prophesy, Kerocene and Camo) and boyfriend, Kiel.
Sophie Kuelbs is a veterinary assistant who joined the TC Rehab team in 2021. Sophie gained a desire to expand her knowledge and focus on the rehabilitation aspect of animal care after employment with a mobile vet clinic. When she isn't at the clinic, she loves spending time with her family, friends, and pets.
Claire Young is our veterinary assistant. She lives in Eagan and has been a dog lover her entire life. She is currently in school to become a veterinary technician. She finds rehabilitation and sports medicine interesting because she enjoys seeing how we can improve the life of pets, especially her black lab Fin, who is a pheasant hunter. On her off time, she likes to go fishing, study irrelevant topics, and spend time with her friends and her dogs, Fin, Maya, and Cal.
Rebekah joined the TC Rehab team in 2023 as a veterinary assistant. She has always loved animals, so becoming a veterinary technician is her goal and she is currently enrolled in school to pursue that certification. Rebekah made the switch to a rehabilitation because of her interest in learning more about pet mobility, common injuries and how to prevent them, and recovery from injury/surgery.
Sage is our Lead Client Service Coordinator--she got her start in general practice and urgent care until finding her passion in rehab in 2022. She loves watching the progression of our patients and forming relationships with their owners. She also has quite a soft spot for geriatric pittys! Her two rescue kitties, Bonk and Lemon, along with a Lhasa Apso named Ginger and Pitbull named Ruby, keep her pretty occupied in her free time.
Kassie Yach is our Client Service Representative. Kassie previously worked in animal welfare and is a certified dog trainer. Her passion is working with rescue dogs. In her spare time, she can be found spending time with her and her husband's three rescue dogs and their cat. Kassie enjoys making meaningful bonds with owners and their dogs.
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