What's Happening at TOPS Veterinary Rehab
A case example of physical rehabilitation in a dog after stifle surgery
For this month's newsletter we are circling back to an article authored by Dr. Christine Jurek and Dr. Laurie McCauley sharing a case study of rehabilitation following stifle surgery. Here is an excerpt of that case study, and a link to the entire article on DVM360 at the bottom.

Bella, a 1-year-old spayed female Labrador retriever, was presented for rehabilitation therapy after bilateral anterior cruciate ligament rupture and subsequent extracapsular repair of both stifles. Initially, Bella's left rear limb was lame but the lameness shifted to the right rear limb the next week. Radiographs showed ...

Dr. Jones Now Dual Chiropractic Certified

Congratulations to Dr. Kevin Jones on becoming Dual Certified in Veterinary Chiropractic.  Dr. Jones passed his certification test from The Healing Oasis in Veterinary Spinal Manipulation Therapy (VSMT) and also his certification through the College of Animal Chiropractors (CoAC). 

Dr. Jones now see patients for the full range of veterinary rehabilitation care at TOPS.

Dr. Jones has become an integral part of our rehabilitation program here at TOPS, and we are proud to have him on our team!

Free Evaluations for Veterinarians
TOPS Veterinary Rehab would like to give you the opportunity to experience firsthand the superior rehabilitation services we provide, so that you may appropriately guide your clients on their rehab choice.  This offer is extended to a single, personal dog of a veterinarian in the Chicago / Milwaukee area. 

To take advantage of this offer, email your request to our Operational Director, Tom McCauley at  tom@tops-vet-rehab.com

Featured Case (Part 1):  "Nico"
Case Study:  Nico

N ico is a one year old, neutered male Miniature Australian Shepherd. In early December, Nico suffered
a traumatic injury (hit by car). Nico spent his first 15 days at the Wisconsin Veterinary Referral Center.   Upon presentation at the ER his major issues included: abdominal hernia, bilateral pelvic ilial fractures, pulmonary contusions, anemia, paraparesis, pneumothorax, azotemia, head trauma, coagulopathy, and hematuria.  

Following the acute management of the accident, Nico underwent two surgeries, one to repair the abdominal hernia and one to surgically repair (plate) both fractures.  Nico was also not eating on his own, and as a result a feeding tube was inserted.

Upon stabilizing from these issues, Nico was transferred to TOPS for further management.  At this point, many of the above issues had been resolved or were under control.  However, Nico was still requiring a feeding tube, was still paraparetic, and was also urinary and fecally incontinent. Following his rehab evaluation, Dr. Jones recommended, and the clients agreed to, the following treatment plan:  acupuncture, laser therapy, massage, passive range of motion exercises, AssisiĀ® targeted electromagnetic field therapy, and underwater treadmill therapy once walking had been initiated.  

Nico is currently still under our rehabilitation care, and is doing very well.  We are very encouraged by his progress, and remain positive about his prognosis.  February's Newsletter will have an update as to his progress, so stay tuned!

  Featured Employee

Christina Coots

Client Services Leader
Our featured employee this month is Christina, our Client Services Leader.  Christina joined TOPS in 2003, after emigrating from Leicester, England in 2002. Originally joining TOPS as a Treatment Assistant, it soon became apparent that her love for Customer Service would bring her up front.   When Christina is not at TOPS, she lives in Camplake, WI with her husband Richard. Together they are busy remodeling their 125 yr old home. Christina has a passion for the arts. In the UK she was a member of a very successful 7 piece Soul Band playing the Alto Sax, and playing for high profile corporate clients such as British Airways, as well as popular nightclubs, across the UK. Along with playing her sax she also enjoys the practice of Meditation daily and also Meditative Art.  Our clients often comment  on her calm demeanor at the desk, and of course that charming English accent!!!  Thank you Christina for 13 yrs at TOPS. We could not be happier to have you at the helm.
Giving Back To The Community
"Giving is not just about making a donation.

It's about making a difference."

- Kathy Calvin
CEO, United Nations Foundation 
At TOPS, we believe in giving back to the communities where we work and live.  This last month, a few of us volunteered to pack food at the Feed My Starving Children site in Libertyville.  Pictured to the right is our Operational Director, Tom McCauley, Dr. Kevin Jones and his wife Sarah and son Austin, and Dr. Christine Jurek.  This is a great organization doing great things.  For more information about Feed My Starving children, click here.
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