Dr. Megan Ridley, DVM, CVA, CCRT, CVSMT
Medical Director– Chicago
Dr. Ridley received her doctorate of veterinary medicine from Cornell University in 2001. She is a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Therapist through the Canine Rehabilitation Institute, certified in Veterinary Acupuncture through the Chi Institute, and certified as a Veterinary Spinal Manipulation Therapist through The Healing Oasis. Dr. Ridley has a special interest in geriatric medicine, neurologic rehabilitation and chronic orthopedic issues.
Dr. Kelli Martin, DVM, CCRP, CVAT
Dr. Martin grew up in Delaware in a family that loved animals. From an early age, she assisted her biologist mother with raising and releasing orphaned wildlife. At the University of Delaware, she graduated with a pre-veterinary degree with a wildlife conservation minor. She spent a winter session in Tanzania, Africa in a study abroad program; attended veterinary school in Athens, Georgia; has practiced small animal and exotic medicine in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, and Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. She became certified in rehabilitation through the University of Tennessee in 2017. In 2019 Dr. Martin became a Certified Veterinary Acupuncture Therapist through the Canine Rehabilitation Institute. She has a special interest in geriatric and feline cases. She lives with her husband, four dogs, and 2 cats.
Emma Widmark, BSPT, CCRP, CCMT
Emma’s career began as a physiotherapist in Sweden. She now focuses entirely on her feline and canine patients as a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner through the University of Tennessee with Northeast Seminars. Emma has also completed an advanced canine massage certification program through the Chicago School of Canine Massage and she is a Nationally Certified Canine Massage Therapist through the NBCAAM. Emma is our resident cart and assistive device expert.
Doris Martinkus, CCRA, CCMT
Doris is a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Assistant through the Canine Rehabilitation Institute. She has completed an advanced canine massage certification program through the Chicago School of Canine Massage. Doris has a particular interest in massage and provides house call rehabilitation services for our IPC patients.
Renee Yacoub, CVT, CCRVN, CCRP
Renee received a BS in Zoology in 1998 and worked as a Veterinary Technician for over 10 years in NYC. She is a Certified Rehabilitation Practitioner through the University of Tennessee with Northeast Seminars and a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Veterinary Nurse through the Canine Rehabilitation Institute. Renee is currently pursuing her Canine Massage Certification through Canis Bodyworks.
Rika Uchiyama, (DVM-Japan), CCRP
Rika received her doctorate of veterinary medicine from Nippon Veterinary and Life Sciences University in Japan. After years of growing interest in orthopedic and neurological diseases, as well as integrative medicine, Rika enrolled in the CCRP program through the University of Tennessee and Northeast Seminars. Rika has completed the University of Tennessee’s Rehabilitation program and is a Certified Canine Rehab Practioner.
Denise Kaufman, CCRA
Denise graduated with a BS in Animal Science from the University of Connecticut. She has several years of experience as an animal keeper at the Bronx Zoo and in shelter medicine. Denise is a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Assistant through the Canine Rehabilitation Institute and joined IPC with almost 4 years of experience in veterinary rehabilitation.
Brooklyn Payne, BS-Biology
Brooklyn has always had a love for animals and sought ways to have a positive impact on the animals and the people around her. After graduating from an Agriculturally-focused high school, she completed a bachelor’s degree in Biology. She is now pursuing her Veterinary Nursing degree through the rigorous Purdue Veterinary Nursing Program while also training in rehabilitation and massage at IPC. Her enthusiasm and care for her team and each patient she works with are contagious.
Katie Czervionke, BS-Biology
Katie joined IPC after completing a BS in Biology in 2018 from DePaul University and working in shelter medicine at the Anti-Cruelty Society in Chicago. Katie is currently pursuing her certification in canine massage through Canis Bodyworks as well as and training in animal rehabilitation to become a rehabilitation therapist. Katie’s good humor and calm demeanor keep our team well grounded.