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Our Team

Our Therapists

All therapists providing rehabilitation services to our patients have undergone extensive in-house training and have completed or are in the process of completing a formal certification program in rehabilitation. Our Massage Therapists are also certified in Canine Massage Therapy.
 
 
 
 

Emma Widmark, BSPT, CCRP, CCMT

Emma has a background practicing as a physiotherapist in Sweden. She is 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.

Location: Chicago
 
 
 
 
 
 

Doris Martinkus, CCRA, CCMT

Doris is a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Assistant through the Canine Rehabilitation Institute and completed an advanced canine massage certification program through the Chicago School of Canine Massage.

Location: Chicago
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Tiffany Helphingstine, CCRA

Tiffany has a background working as a technician in general veterinary practice. She is a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Assistant through the Canine Rehabilitation Institute.

Location: Homer Glen
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Laura Krill, CCRA

Laura has worked in the veterinary field for over 13 years. She has completed her certification as a Canine Rehabilitation Assistant through the Canine Rehabilitation Institute. Laura is currently pursuing Canine Massage Certification.

Location: Chicago
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Katie Neforos, CVT, CCRVN, CVPP

Katie graduated in 2008 from The Veterinary Technical Institute at Fox College with her associates degree and certification in Veterinary Technology and is a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Veterinary Nurse through the Canine Rehabilitation Institute. Katie is also a Certified Veterinary Pain Practitioner through the IVAPM.

Location: Homer Glen
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Renee Yacoub, CVT, CCRP, CCRVN

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 Assistant through the Canine Rehabilitation Institute. Renee is currently pursuing her Canine Massage Certification through Canis Bodyworks.

Location: Chicago
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Tami Kress, PT, DPT, (CCRP in progress)

Tami received a BS in Biology in 2001 from Augustana College and completed her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Northwestern University in 2003. Tami will finish up her Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner through the University of Tennessee with Northeast Seminars at the end of 2019.

Location: Chicago

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Michelle Adamski, BS, CVT

Michelle graduated from Michigan State University in 2018 with a Bachelors of Science in Veterinary Technology. Physical rehabilitation has been her dream and passion even before attending school to become a certified veterinary technician. Michelle looks forward to attending the Healing Oasis- Veterinary Massage & Rehabilitation Therapy program in August!

Location: Homer Glen

 
 
 
 
 
 

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.

Location: Chicago

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

Rika Uchiyama, (CCRP in progress)

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 (and a visit to IPC as an intern in 2018), Rika enrolled in the CCRP program through the University of Tennessee and Northeast Seminars. Rika is now studying to be licensed as a veterinarian in the US.

Location: Chicago

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

Our Doctors

Our doctors come from a variety of disciplines, bringing their collective experience and expertise to the field of rehabilitation. They are trained and certified in animal rehabilitation, acupuncture and chiropractic/VSMT. Among them are teachers for the nation's top rehab training programs and liaisons and board members of leading veterinary and animal welfare organizations. Our veterinarians oversee and manage all care at Integrative Pet Care, collaborating with referring veterinarians, pet owners, Physical Therapists, Animal Rehabilitation Therapists and Massage Therapists to provide the highest caliber of rehabilitative care.
 
 

Megan Ridley, DVM, CVA, CCRT, CVSMT

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. Ridley is the 2019 Past-President of the American Association of Rehabilitation Veterinarians.

Location: Chicago

Memberships: American Veterinary Medical Association, American Association of Rehabilitation Veterinarians, International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management

Amber Ihrke, DVM, CCRT, CVA, CVSMT, CAC, CVPP (Resident- American College of Veterinary Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine)

Dr. Amber Ihrke was born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada and double majored in Biology and Veterinary science at the University of Nevada-Reno. In 1996, she graduated from the University of Missouri – Columbia with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree. She is certified in Canine Rehabilitation from the Canine Rehabilitation Institute, Veterinary Acupuncture from the Chi Institute, Veterinary Spinal Manipulation from The Healing Oasis and Veterinary Pain Management from the International Academy of Veterinary Pain Management. In 2017, she was accepted into the residency program of The College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation. Dr. Ihrke is the current President of the American Association of Rehabilitation Veterinarians and is on the faculty of The Healing Oasis. In her free time, she keeps busy with her husband, four daughters and two dogs. She enjoys competing in triathlons and running.

Location: Homer Glen

Memberships: American Veterinary Medical Association, American Association of Rehabilitation Veterinarians, American Association of Traditional Chinese Medicine, International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management
 
 

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. She began working in the veterinary field when she was young and never quite left. 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. She attended veterinary school in Athens, Georgia and has practiced small animal and exotic medicine in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania and Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. She became certified in rehabilitation medicine from the University of Tennessee in 2017. She has taken the step to move to Chicago to further her skills in rehabilitation and to add acupuncture, becoming certified in May 2019, and chiropractic medicine to her repertoire. She has special interest in geriatric and feline cases. She lives with her husband, four dogs, three cats, and a flock of backyard hens.

Location: Chicago

Memberships: American Association of Rehabilitation Veterinarians, American Veterinary Medical Association, International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management

Annie Ubatuba, DVM, CCRT, CVA, CVSMT

Dr. Annie Ubatuba grew up in the Chicago suburbs. She completed her veterinary degree at the University of Illinois in 2012. Following graduation, she completed an internship at Hagyard Equine Medical Institute with a focus in sports medicine. She then practiced as an ambulatory equine veterinarian in northwest Illinois for a year before an equine related injury led her to small animal practice. She received her acupuncture certification from The Chi Institute, chiropractic certification from The Healing Oasis, and her rehabilitation certification from the Canine Rehabilitation Institute. Her special interests include geriatric medicine, neurologic conditions and soft tissue/musculoskeletal ultrasound. She is involved in organized veterinary medicine and is on the board of directors of the Chicago Veterinary Medical Association. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, gardening, and cooking.

Location: Homer Glen

Memberships: American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association, American Veterinary Medical Association, Chicago Veterinary Medical Association.