At Pet Rehab & Pain Clinic, we strive for a warm and friendly relationship with your pet. Get to know our staff who make all of this possible each and every day.


Dr. Ava Frick

Ava Frick, DVM, CVC, FAIS
Veterinarian Certified in Animal Chiropractic
Fellow of the American Institute of Stress

Ava Frick earned her veterinary degree in 1980, a certification in Animal Chiropractic in 1997, and a proficiency certification in Herbal Phytotherapy in 2006. Her focus on physiotherapy has spanned almost 20 years and was a pioneer in the field of animal rehabilitation. Dr.Frick is recognized as the world’s leading veterinary authority in the application of microcurrent therapy for animals. She added a certification of FitPAWS® Master Trainer Canine Fitness Coach in 2016.

Ava was selected in 2006 by the Hartz Mountain Corporation as their ‘Veterinarian of the Year Runner-Up’. This award was established to honor veterinarians who have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to patients, their families and to their communities. In 2013 she attained the honor of being selected as a Fellow of the American Institute of Stress.

November 2015 Dr. Frick was awarded the honor of being inducted into the Animal Chiropractic Hall of Fame. She was one of the first 4 selected to receive this distinguished recognition from doctors (certified chiropractors or veterinarians) practicing internationally in the field of animal chiropractic. This award was voted on by her peers and is based on contributions made to the development of this profession over the past 25 years.

A highly respected public speaker and radio talk show host, Dr. Frick’s book, Fitness in Motion, was published by Lyon’s Press in 2007. Her research has been published twice in the Journal of Equine Veterinary Science (2005 and 2010) and she has most recently completed research for publication about the benefits of fur tissue mineral analysis in dogs.

 

You can find out more about Ava and her clinic by visiting her website at AvaFrick.com.

Robin Reasoner

Robin Reasoner assists us in facilitating all aspects of clients and pets.Her new forte’ is as a FitPAWS® Master Trainer™ Canine Fitness Coach.She has a Bachelor of Science in Management/Data Processing from Northwest Missouri State. Robin enjoys working with animals, herding/training with her Border Collies, hiking, photography and spending time with family & friends. She is actively involved in the St Louis Herding Club and Gateway Australian Shepherd Club.

 

Marissa Sheppard

After studying Business Administration for 3 years, Marissa decided to follow her passion of holistic health for animals. She attended Equissage in Virginia and became an Equine Sports Massage Therapist and Certified Canine Massage Therapist. Upon returning, she began Hoof & Paw Holistic Massage – offering massage therapy and aromatherapy services, mainly working on eventing and dressage horses. When she is not at the Clinic or Hoof & Paw, she enjoys educating others on essential oils, horseback riding, hiking, the dog park and enjoying farm life with her husband and their dog (Daisy), horses (Bo & Fancy), cow, cats (Frodo & Meatloaf), bunny (Belle), lizards (Newton & Charles), 15 hens and Mr. Rooster, who helps keeps the farm in line!

 

Heike

Born and raised in Germany, I moved to the United States 15 years ago. I fulfilled my childhood dream and made a career switch from working for corporate Executives to be a Registered Veterinary Technician in 2012, and am not looking back. I truly made my passion my career. When not at work, I enjoy spending time with my three children, Shane, Sonja and Heiko, my Rottweiler Killian, my Dalmatian/Boxer mix Lucy and our two cats Zoey and “J”. They keep me more than busy and I would not have it any other way. I’m always looking for new things to do and learn. I also love home improvements and socializing with friends in my free time.

 

Annie Redecker

Annie graduated from Jefferson College with an Associates of Applied Science degree with a major in Veterinary Technology. She is currently working to earn a certificate in dog training and behavior from Animal Behavior College. Annie enjoys spending time with her 10 pets, which are all rescues. They are 4 Shih Tzu’s (Oscar, Buddy, Gracie, and Buffy), 4 birds (Pineapple – conure, Ralphie- cockatiel, Rosie- cockatiel, BlueBell – Quaker) and 2 guinea pigs (Lucy and Noah). She also loves baking, traveling, spending time with friends and family and volunteering at animal shelters.

Energy Medicine

Energy medicine includes all concepts of energy: light, sound, electro-magnetism, body, mind and spirit. In addition to concepts central to electro-chemical physiology, older traditions of “life force” may also be a part of energy medicine. This area of medicine has grown significantly in the past ten years in both supportive research and acceptance within traditional medicine.

Specialities in holistic and energy medicine include:

  • Acupuncture/Acupressure
  • Bioelectromagnetic Therapy
  • Botanical Medicine
  • Chiropractic
  • Color and Light Therapy
  • Diet/Nutrition/Nutritional supplements
  • Homeopathy
  • Microcurrent Electrical Therapy
  • Cranial Electrotherapy Stimulation
  • Psychoneuroimmunology

and more.

At Pet Rehab & Pain Clinic we utilize and blend these modalities with other approaches to create the greatest opportunity for a full recovery and longer, healthier life for your pet.


Environmental Medicine

Environmental Medicine involves the adverse reactions experienced by an individual on exposure to an environmental excitant. Excitants to which individual susceptibility exists are found in air, food, water, drugs and elements frequently present within the home. Exposure to these agents may adversely affect one or more organ systems, which is commonly not recognized by individuals themselves, pet owners or their physicians.

Environmental Medicine offers a sweeping reinterpretation of medical thinking, especially in its approach to many previously unexplained and ineffectively treated chronic diseases. The basis of this view is the simple concept that there are causes for all illnesses, and the obvious but not well accepted fact, that what we feed our pets or what they are exposed to in their environment, has a direct effect upon their health.

The basic theories of Environmental Medicine include the total load concept, individual susceptibility, and adaptation. The total load concept postulates that multiple and chronic environmental exposures in a susceptible individual contribute to a breakdown of that animal’s homeostatic mechanisms. Rarely is there only one offending agent responsible for causing a diseased condition. Multiple factors co-exist, usually over a prolonged period of time in bringing about the disease process. Individual susceptibility to environmental agents occurs for a variety of reasons including genetic predisposition, gender, nutritional status, and levels of exposures to offending substances, infectious processes, and emotional and physical stress. The body then must either adapt and survive or give up and succumb. Adaptation is defined as the ability of an organism to adjust to gradually changing sustained circumstances of its existence. The inability to adapt or a breakdown in that mechanism is called Maladaptation.


Functional Medicine

Functional medicine is a science-based, patient-centered, medical healing at its best. Instead of looking at and treating health problems as isolated diseases, it treats individuals who may have bodily symptoms, imbalances and dysfunctions. The roots of functional medicine lie with Sir William Osler, a pioneer as one of the first functional medicine professors at John Hopkins University School of Medicine.

Remove anything that impedes the body from moving toward this optimal state of physiology.Your pet’s body naturally wants to be healthy, but things needed by the body to function at its best might be missing or something may be standing in its way. Functional medicine identifies the factors responsible for the malfunction, treating the underlying root cause and giving a much better chance at successfully resolving a patient’s health challenge. Using scientific principles, advanced diagnostic testing and treatments primarily other than drugs or surgery, functional medicine restores balance in the body’s primary physiological processes helping to restore that individual to a more optimal state of existence and a longer healthier life.

In treating your pet we use a combination of natural agents (supplements, herbs, nutraceuticals and homeopathics), nutritional and lifestyle changes, behavior counseling, and pharmaceuticals, if necessary to prod a patient’s physiology back to an optimal state. In addition, educating you about your pet’s condition and this approach to wellness will empower you to continue this path you have chosen, ultimately leading to greater success in treatment.

Motion

A body is designed to move, to be in motion. This includes bodily fluids, skin, organs and all joints. It is through this motion that function and health can be maintained. In life, things can happen that reduce the ability of a body to maintain motion. Scar tissue from injuries and surgery, prolonged lack of exercise, chronic disease, obesity and aging processes are all things that can inhibit motion.

Motion can be improved through facilitating joint mobility via

  • Chiropractic orthopedic manipulation or adjustments
  • Warm compresses to improve circulation
  • Massage
  • Increasing tissue conductivity with microcurrent or laser therapy
  • Walking and if possible faster gaits like trotting and loping
  • Medication and herbs that reduce pain
  • Keeping body weight within optimal range
  • Having fun with exercise of all sorts even using peanut balls, balance boards and pods, and water
  • A diet that allows the body to function at its best

Nutrition

Every dysfunction or condition or disease has to some degree a nutritional deficit or abundance or inability to assimilate or absorb or manufacture or utilize nutrients. Nutrients that a body needs can be made up of proteins, carbohydrates, fats, and moisture including vitamins, minerals, enzymes, co-enzymes, amino acids, or fatty acids. This will be magnified by deficits in electrical potentials and circulation and the presence of viruses, bacteria, parasites, heavy metals, chemicals, and toxins.

Every cycle of action in a body depends on an intensely integrated balance. If even one component is off others shift, leading to compensations between the blood and tissue that eventually will present as a disease. Taking the initiative to view each dysfunction from a nutritional perspective allows the body the opportunity to heal without the side effects of drugs.

If you are interested in getting away from packaged processed foods but are uncertain about where to start we can help you! We can create for your animal a ration that fits his/her breed, age, current body condition (healthy or has a disease such as diabetes, heart, liver or kidney disease, etc…), any food sensitivities that you know of (and we can test for them if you are not aware of the things to stay away from), or any other considerations you list.

Once you have filled out our “fact finding” forms and our Doctor has done a thorough evaluation we can get started creating a customized diet program that you can either purchase or make at home with ingredients you know the source of. This is a safe and loving gift from you to your pet.

We believe that given the proper nutrition, your pet has amazing capabilities of healing itself. We also believe that nutrition should be individualized to meet each patient’s needs. The products we use and recommend are carefully selected from companies that have conducted years of extensive research and maintain the highest degree of content selection, production, and hygienic laboratory standards. Some of our top companies are:

  • Standard Process
  • MediHerb
  • Platinum Performance
  • Nordic Naturals
  • Seroyal
  • Cogent Solutions
  • EndoMet

Recovery

Our ultimate goal is to help you help your pet to optimal recovery. At Pet Rehab & Pain Clinic we accept patients for physical rehabilitation with and without a direct doctor referral. Either way, we will keep your traditional veterinarian updated on your animal’s progress. We are equipped and prepared to provide a complete array of services in veterinary physical medicine and rehabilitation. Including the family on this journey raises the success and cuts the time to reach our goal.

Accidents and injury occur and we’re here to help alleviate decreased resiliency and added strains. Each patient gets a full evaluation that can include a full history, surgery reports, review of surveys included in your new patient packet, individual exam, range of motion, body measurements, gait analysis, neurologic and orthopedic assessment, pain score, and a review of any behavior concerns.

The animal body’s restorative capabilities can be optimized by therapeutic options like:

  • Chiropractic
  • Massage & Trigger Point Work
  • Microcurrent Therapy
  • Hot & Cold Therapy
  • Nutrition
  • Ultrasound
  • Infrared Light/Cold Laser
  • Hydrotherapy
  • Ball Therapy

Following an injury or surgery, therapies can accelerate tissue repair, block pain, increase blood flow and improve the lymphatic system. Cases that can benefit from rehabilitation therapy are:

  • Post Trauma
  • Sprains/Strains
  • Ligament injury
  • Knee/Joint Surgery
  • Hip Dysplasia (Abnormal development or growth of tissues, organs, or cells)
  • Obese pets
  • Nerve damange
  • Paresis
  • Paralysis
  • Geriatric Animals

Behavior

Treating canine and feline behavioral problems such as stress, anxiety, depression and insomnia can be difficult to resolve. Separation Anxiety Syndrome (SAS), Obsessive Disorders (OD) and fear-related behaviors such as thunderstorm phobias are often as stressful to the owner as the animal themselves. Individual drug response over placebo often yield a low success rate of less than 20% and multiple combinations increase the likelihood of side effects.

At Pet Rehab & Pain Clinic we recommend Alpha-Stim® microcurrent therapy for many of our behavior and stress related patients. It is a prescription medical device FDA cleared for over 40 years for humans with anxiety,insomnia, and depression. When applied, this very low frequency waveform can benefit many patients Autonomic Nervous System, imparting positive physiological and behavioral changes. The noninvasive application of low levels of microcurrent (less than 1 to 3 microampere in animals) is easily applied via ear clips.experiencing emotional upsets and an unbalanced

Electromedicine in the form of CES imparts an electrical signal with a frequency that perfectly matches the receptors in the body to resonate and activate intra-cellular responses, even from long distances (like tuning in a radio). It can produce within the body an electrical activity pattern known as an alpha state, as measured by EEGs.The resultant central and peripheral effects of feelings of calmness, relaxation, increased mental focus, decreased stress-effects, reduced agitation, stabilized moods and the ability to control both sensations and perceptions of particular types of pain, makes cranial electrotherapy stimulation a welcome modality in treating patients with behavior disorders. Its effect can act directly to modulate pain sensation and alter pain perception and cognition.

Other methods we use to support a positive behavior includes herbs, improved nutrition, pheromone collars,massage, and exercise and mental activities like FitPAWS® training.