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Our Team

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 currently on the board of Bialy's Wellness Foundation, teaches for Canis Bodyworks and is 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

Dr. Amber Ihrke, born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada, received a Bachelor’s degree in 1992 from the University of Nevada-Reno and in 1996 received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Missouri-Columbia. She moved to the Chicago area right after graduation and practiced in small animal and emergency medicine before focusing on Integrative medicine. She is certified in Veterinary Acupuncture from the Chi Institute of Traditional Chinese Medicine. She is also certified as a Veterinary Spinal Manipulation Therapist through The Healing Oasis and Animal Chiropractic through the College of Animal Chiropractors. Dr. Ihrke received her certification from the Canine Rehabilitation Institute as a Canine Rehabilitation Therapist. She is currently working toward certification in Chinese herbal medicine. In her free time she keeps busy with her husband and four daughters and enjoys competing in triathlons.

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
 
 

Deanne Zenoni, DVM, CVA, CVSMT, CAC, CVMRT

Dr. Deanne Zenoni received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Michigan State University in 2003. Since then she has worked in general practice, emergency medicine and animal rehabilitation with dogs, cats and exotics. She has also worked with a variety of wildlife and zoo animals in the past, including time spent at the Taronga Zoo in Australia. Dr. Zenoni is certified in Veterinary Acupuncture through the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society. She is certified in Veterinary Massage and Rehabilitation Therapy and Veterinary Spinal Manipulation Therapy through the Healing Oasis, where she is also an instructor, and Animal Chiropractic through the College of Animal Chiropractors. In addition to her many professional achievements and interests, Dr. Zenoni is married with two children, three dogs, and five geckos. In what free time she has left she enjoys volleyball and reading and has taken up running.

Location: Chicago

Memberships: American College of Animal Chiropractors, American Veterinary Medical Association, International Veterinary Academy of Pain Managment, American Association of Rehabilitation Veterinarians

Melissa Trupia, DVM, CCRP

Dr. Melissa Trupia earned a Bachelor's Degree in Biology from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 1999 and her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine in 2005. She then completed a 1 year rotating internship in New York City with Fifth Avenue Veterinary Specialists. She has worked in general practice since that time and has come to the realization that so many of her patients could benefit from physical rehabilitation and integrative medicine. Dr. Trupia became a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner through the University of Tennessee and is looking forward to becoming certified in acupuncture and spinal manipulation in the near future. In her free time, Dr. Trupia enjoys spending time with her husband and 3 kids, watching movies, quilting, and running.

Location: Homer Glen

Memberships: American Association of Rehabilitation Veterinarians

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Our Therapists

Our team of therapists include Physical Therapists, Veterinary Technicians, Athletic Trainers and Canine Massage Therapists. All therapists providing rehabilitation services to our patients have undergone extensive in-house training and have completed a formal certification program. Our Massage Therapists are certified in Canine Massage Therapy. Integrative Pet Care therapists not only treat your pet, they treat them as they would their own.
 
 
 
 

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.
 
 
 
 
 
 

Valerie Williams, PT, DPT, ATRIC, CCRP

Valerie Williams graduated from Bradley University with a Bachelor of Science degree and went on to earn her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Washington University in St. Louis. Valerie is certified in aquatic therapy through the Aquatic Therapy and Rehab Institute and a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner through the University of Tennessee with Northeast Seminars.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Katie Fitzgerald, PT, DPT, CCRT

Katie graduated from Midwestern University in 2010 with her doctorate in Physical Therapy. She received her CCRT certification through Canine Rehabilitation Institute in 2016. Katie continues to work part time specializing in outpatient orthopedics with people.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Katie Neforos, CVT, CCRA

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 Assistant through the Canine Rehabilitation Institute.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Katie Sulzmann, CVMRT, ATC

Katie graduated from Northern Illinois University with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Athletic Training. She has a background working in the sports medicine field. She is a Certified Veterinary Massage and Rehabilitation Therapist through the Healing Oasis and a Certified Athletic Trainer.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Erin Kowalski, CCMT, CCRA

Erin is a Nationally Certified Canine Massage Therapist (NCCMT) and Reiki Practitioner, a member of Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals (ABMP) and the International Association of Reiki Professionals (IARP), a Shelter Animal Reiki Association (SARA) Practitioner, and a Certified Practitioner Member of the National Board of Certification for Animal Acupressure and Massage (NBCAAM). Erin holds her certification as a Canine Rehabilitation Assistant through the Canine Rehabilitation Institute.
 
 
 
 
 

Lindsey Gavel, CCRA, CCMT

Lindsey has spent her entire life working with animals - from dogs and cats, to horses and hermit crabs. She is certified in Canine Massage through the Chicago School of Canine Massage (with the ultimate goal of a NBCAAM certification in the future) and a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Assistant through the Canine Rehabilitation Institute.
 
 
 
 

Adena Hawkins, CCMT

Adena attended University of Illinois in Urbana and received her Bachelor of Science in Animal Science in 1999. In August 2014, Adena combined her background in animal science with Canine Massage Therapy through the Chicago School of Canine Massage.