Rehabilitation can be a very important part of your pet's recovery from injury and surgery. For optimal recovery, rehabilitation exercises are important in the post operative period to regain range of motion and muscle. Our Canine Rehabilitation program is staffed with Certified Canine Rehabilitation Therapists (CCRT), Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner (CCRP) and Certified Canine Rehabilitation Assistants (CCRA).
The first rehabilitation visit involves a full assessment of your dog's abilities with multiple muscle and joint measurements. These measurements are used to assess muscle atrophy and range of motion of the joints. Several measurements are taken for future comparison.
The initial appointment lasts 60-90 minutes. A treatment plan will be made at this visit that may include cold laser therapy, ultrasound therapy or neuromuscular stimulation (NMES). Hydrotherapy will be discussed and a home exercise program will be developed.
Dr. Krista L. Evans,
Dr. Evans grew up locally on the Eastern Shore in Salisbury, Maryland. Her interest in veterinary medicine began in high school as she worked as an assistant for a local veterinary hospital.
Dr. Evans attended the University of Georgia and obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture. She elected to remain in Georgia to attend the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine, where she also met her husband, Dr. Joe Prostredny; they married during her junior year of veterinary school. She graduated cum laude from veterinary school in 1988 and received Hill's Student of the Year Award for her publication on feline hepatic lipidosis.
Dr. Evans then completed a one-year small animal internship at the Purdue University. Seeking more surgical experience she interned at the Tennessee Avenue Animal Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Upon completion of her surgical internship Dr. Evans accepted a surgical residency at The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine which concluded in 1993. In 1994 Dr. Evans became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons (ACVS) after passing all divisions of the certifying examination.
Dr. Evans is active in local and national professional organizations. She has served as president of the Anne Arundel Veterinary County Association (AAVMA); is president-elect of the Maryland Veterinary Medical Association (MVMA); and sits on the Board of Directors of the Veterinary Orthopedic Society (VOS). She has served multiple committees for the American College of Veterinary Surgeons (ACVS), including residency and strategic planning committees, and is presently on the nominating committee. Dr. Evans has spoken, moderated, and taught veterinary surgical laboratories at local and national meetings, including the American College of Veterinary Surgeons; the Veterinary Orthopedic Society; the Central Veterinary Conference; the Potomac Veterinary Conference; the Maryland Veterinary Medical Association; the Anne Arundel County Veterinary Medical Association; and for Chesapeake Veterinary Referral Center (CVRC).
Dr. Evans has special interests in all aspects of small dog surgery, laparoscopy, and rehabilitation. In 2006 Dr. Evans expanded her surgical skills by completing the basic and advanced courses in laparoscopy at the University of Georgia. In 2008 she became a certified canine rehabilitation therapist (CCRT) and developed the rehabilitation program at Chesapeake Veterinary Surgical Specialists (CVSS). She divides her clinic time between surgery and canine rehabilitation.
Dr. Evans and Dr. Prostredny have two daughters, Katerina and Michaela.
Chris Allyn Fritsch, M.Ed, ATC, PT, CCRP
After graduating from West Virginia University with a degree in Athletic Training and Education, Chris pursued physical therapy at Howard University in Washington DC. While working as a physical therapist, she completed her Masters at Howard University. Chris has over 16 years of human physical therapy and sports medicine experience with specialization in manual therapy and biomechanics.
Her interest in canine rehabilitation began in 2000 when her own dog, Cooper, underwent a caudal cruciate repair. The surgeon recommended swimming for rehab but had no other suggestions. It just didn't make sense that human patients get very specific rehabilitation program after a similar surgery but, for a dog, the rehab was simply swimming. Chris began utilizing her human physical therapy knowledge and manual skills to address the post surgical needs in her dog - lack of flexibility, joint and soft tissue restrictions, decreased strength, and poor neuromuscular control. The results were impressive, Cooper regained full range of motion, strength, and was back to chasing squirrels in no time.
This experience spurred a desire to learn more about canine rehabilitation and the specific mechanics, conformation, and functional needs of dogs. She began coursework through the University of Tennessee certification program in canine rehabilitation. Her Canine Clinical residency was completed at Mid Atlantic Specialty Hospital and she earned her Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner (CCRP) credentials in 2007.
Now with 5 years of canine rehabilitation and 16 years of human physical therapy experience, she continues to study advanced manual therapy techniques. Applying this hands-on knowledge base to the canine anatomy and biomechanics, she strives to serve the rehabilitation needs of dogs big and small, athletic and elderly, for the fullest dog life possible.
Chris Allyn Fritsch is primarily based in our Annapolis office.
Diana Huey, RVT, CCRA
She enrolled at Essex pursuing an Associates' Degree in Animal Science and continued working as a veterinary assistant. Diana joined the team at Chesapeake Veterinary Surgical Specialists (CVSS) in 2003. After completing her boards for Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT) in 2004, she continued at CVSS with her RVT credentials allowing her to have more responsibility and focus in surgical specialty.
As CVSS sought to expand their practice in the area of Canine Rehabilitation, Diana was offered the opportunity to attend the Canine Rehabilitation Institute (CRI) to pursue of certification in canine rehabilitation. CRI offers multiple certification programs; including one specifically designed for Registered Veterinary Technicians to expand on their existing veterinary knowledge and build a rehabilitation knowledge base. After completing her coursework and examination, she became a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Assistant (CCRA) in 2009.
Since her 2009 CCRA certification, she has divided her time at CVSS with surgery and canine rehabilitation responsibilities. Diana enjoys the opportunity to follow her canine patients along the continuum of care from surgery through the rehabilitation process. Employing direct patient care, owner education, and modalities such as aquatic therapy and the underwater treadmill, she assists her patients in getting back to their happy, full lives with their owners. As further courses and clinical training becomes available, Diana is pursuing opportunities to learn advanced rehabilitation techniques including manual therapy, advanced pain management, and cold laser therapy.
Diana lives in Parkville, Maryland with her husband and young daughter. In their free time, they enjoy day trips and camping as a family. Her home has been open to numerous rescues over the years and although she currently has just one cat, it won't stay that way for long.
Lesli Wyant, DVM, CCRT
Dr. Wyant grew up in southern Ohio. In 1992 she graduated from The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine. She worked in a small animal general practices in the Columbus area for two years. She and her husband then moved to Pittsburgh where she worked in a busy small animal practice for 3 years. They moved to Annapolis in 1997.
Dr. Wyant continued as a small animal practitioner in the area. Then she accepted a position with VetCentric, a company that helped veterinary practices develop websites and that served as an online prescription service for their clients. This change in her career allowed her more time to care for their two daughters and to serve as primary caregiver for her father-in-law.
In 2013 the opportunity arose for her to assist with underwater treadmill patients undergoing rehabilitation therapy with CVSS-Annapolis. Having been through physical therapy herself for a shoulder injury she was impressed by how beneficial rehab could be for dogs and cats. After completing the required courses and internship Dr. Wyant was certified by the Canine Rehabilitation Institute as a canine rehabilitation therapist in 2014. She has been fortunate to work with the rehabilitation team at CVSS throughout the process. She has been excited to be able to suggest therapy options to owners whose pets have undergone surgery as well as pets that are recovering from injuries or that are developing joint and mobility issues associated with aging. An especially challenging part of her practice has been working with patients that require wheelchairs or braces. She finds the joy that comes with witnessing a return to normal activity, both from the pets and their owners, is immensely rewarding.
Dr. Wyant lives with her husband, who is a veterinary internal medicine specialist, their two teenage daughters and her crazy but lovable rescue dog named Stella. She enjoys cooking, gardening and traveling, especially to Italy. She plans to continue studying techniques in canine rehabilitation that will allow patients to be more comfortable and to get back to their normal lives as much as possible.
Janet Roa, OTR/L, BCN, CCRP
Janet graduated with her degree in Occupational Therapy from Quinnipiac University in 1990. She was drawn to the challenge of the neurologically impaired patient, which led her to attain her board certification in neuro-rehabilitation from the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA). She eventually became the senior OT for Shock Trauma at the University of Maryland Medical System in Baltimore where she worked for over 10 years and specialized in splinting and the critically injured.
Janet's first exposure to canine rehab came in 2015 after 25 years as a practicing occupational therapist. She began her studies through the University of Tennessee's Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner program. She completed her Canine Clinical residency at CVSS in Annapolis, receiving her credentials (CCRP) in 2016.
Janet continues to practice Occupational Therapy as well as canine rehabilitation. She lives in downtown Baltimore with her husband, three sons and two dogs. In her free time she enjoys anything that get her outdoors as well as teaching cycle and barre classes.