Welcome to Veterinary Rehabilitation & Sports Medicine, a place where you and your pet are treated like family from the moment you enter our door! As rehabilitation practitioners, we strive to foster a compassionate and positive environment where patients and their families can experience the highest standard of care. We focus on your pets improvement of health and physical ability, with an ultimate goal of maintaining their best quality of life.​

 

While we are a separate entity from Animalia Health and Wellness, we are located on the same campus. Out of respect for our referring veterinarians, clients at Veterinary Rehabilitation & Sports Medicine sign a waiver agreeing not to pursue primary care with Animalia. If you have any questions about a patient's care at Veterinary Rehabilitation & Sports Medicine, please do not hesitate to contact us at 615-595-7170.

 
 

MEDICAL TEAM

Kristal Turner

DVM, CVA, CCRT, Rehabilitation Veterinarian

​​Veterinary Degree:

  • Ross University (2012)

  • Small Animal Internship, Auburn University (2013)


Certifications:

  • American College of Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation Resident

  • Veterinary Acupuncture

  • Canine Rehabilitation

  • Western Veterinary Herbal Medicine

  • PennHIP Certified Professional

  • Fear Free Certified Professional

​Special Professional Interests:

  • Regenerative Medicine

  • Pain Management

  • Musculoskeletal Ultrasound

  • Arthroscopy

  • Traditional Chinese & Western Herbal Medicine


Dr. Turner has been with Veterinary Rehabilitation & Sports Medicine since 2013. Outside of work, she can be found exploring nature with her husband and two boys. Kristal also enjoys Pilates, practicing yoga and reading cuddled next to her dogs Roo and Wallace.

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Ashton Thompson

DVM, CCRP, cVMA, Rehabilitation Veterinarian

​​Veterinary Degree:

  • Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine, DVM (2013)


Certifications:

  • Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner

  • Certified Veterinary Medical Acupuncturist

  • PennHIP Certified Professional

​Special Professional Interests:

  • Small Animal Physical Rehabilitation

  • Osteoarthritis Management & Geriatric Care

  • Postoperative Recovery

  • Pain Management

  • Integrative Medicine


Dr. Thompson joined VRSM in 2020 after working as a rehabilitation department head at an emergency and specialty hospital. She is passionate about helping pets live a more active and pain-free life and strives for the continued advancement of her field. In her free time, Dr. Thompson, her husband, and their Labrador enjoy a plethora of activities together including DIY home projects, weightlifting, cooking, and spending time outdoors.

Dayna Kowalczyk

LVMT, CCRVN, Rehabilitation Director & Therapist

Degree:

  • Associate of Science, Veterinary Technology at Penn Foster


Certifications:

  • Licensed Veterinary Medical Technician

  • Certified Canine Rehab Veterinary Nurse

  • Companion Animal Pain Management

  • Fear Free Certified Professional

Special Professional Interests:

  • Small Animal Physical Rehabilitation

  • Geriatric Care

  • Sports Conditioning

  • Integrative Medicine


Dayna has been with Veterinary Rehabilitation & Sports Medicine since 2015. She enjoys hiking with her husband and three dogs, Ruca, Droogie and Yobbo, while traveling, riding her motorcycle, or soaking up the music scene in Nashville.

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Chelsea Bear 

LVMT, CCRP (in progress), Rehabilitation Therapist

Degree:

  • Bachelors of Science, Veterinary Technology at The University of Tennessee at Martin


Certifications:

  • Licensed Veterinary Medical Technician

  • Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner (in progress)

  • Fear Free Certified Professional

Special Professional Interests:

  • Small Animal Physical Rehabilitation

  • Canine Sports Medicine


Chelsea has been with Veterinary Rehabilitation & Sports Medicine since 2018. In her free time, she enjoys running, rock climbing, painting, and relaxing at home with her dog Clara.

Julia Rowe

CCRA (in progress), Rehabilitation Therapist

Certifications:

  • Canine Rehabilitation Veterinary Assistant (in progress)

Special Professional Interests:

  • Small Animal Physical Rehabilitation


Julia joined Veterinary Rehabilitation & Sports Medicine in 2019 and is currently working on becoming a certified canine rehabilitation veterinary assistant. This Florida native loves the outdoors, hiking, horseback riding, the beach, and spending time with her husband, two dogs, Mylie and Fisher, and two cats, Chuck and Dory. 

Dawn Ittel 

Rehabilitation Assistant

Certifications:

  • Fear Free Certified Professional

Special Professional Interests:

  • Small Animal Physical Rehabilitation

  • Canine Fitness Training​

Dawn joined the Veterinary Rehabilitation & Sports Medicine team in 2018 after working as a customer service representative at Animalia for several years. She moved to Nashville from Ft. Lauderdale with her family in 2012 and spends her free time at volleyball matches with her daughter, traveling, and surrounding herself with as many beaches and palm trees as possible! Dawn loves being with her family, two dogs, Reagan and Ocoee, two cats, Gunnar and Tigger, and two miniature donkeys, Mon Cherie and Pick Pocket.

Chris Koonz

Rehabilitation Assistant

Special Professional Interests:

  • Behavioral Medicine

  • Radiology

  • Wildlife Medicine

After relocating from Southern California, Chris was instantly drawn to the extraordinary care given at Veterinary Rehabilitation & Sports Medicine. He has been a veterinary assistant since 2014 and is passionate about animal care and rehabilitation. Outside of VRSM, Chris can be found cooking, traveling, and spending time outdoors with his dog, Boze!

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VRSM is thrilled to be part of the process of becoming a certified facility within the VOSM Academy, a rigorous training program established by Drs. Sherman and Debra Canapp of Veterinary Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Group (VOSM). VOSM is located in Annapolis Junction, MD, and offers the highest standard of care to diagnose and treat musculoskeletal and neurological disorders in your athlete, companion or working dog. Please visit their website to learn more at:  https://www.vosm.com/vosm-academy-certification-program 

 

AAHA-Accreditation

We are proud to be an AAHA-Accredited hospital since 2015, recognized among the finest in the industry. Our standards of accreditation are continuously reviewed and updated to keep us on the cutting edge of excellence and at the forefront of advanced veterinary medicine. Nearly 60% of pet owners believe their hospital is accredited, when in actuality, only 12-15% of veterinary hospitals in the United States and Canada are accredited by the American Animal Hospital Association. We are carefully evaluated on 900 standards of veterinary care and proud to be a practice operating at the highest level of excellence.

 

Fear Free Mission

The Fear Free mission is to prevent and alleviate fear, anxiety, and stress in pets by inspiring and educating the people who care for them. As pet professionals, we play a critical role in creating a happier, healthier, Fear Free life for your best friend. The staff at Veterinary Rehabilitation & Sports Medicine practices a Fear Free approach and works hard to create and cultivate a stress-free environment for each patient. It is our goal to ensure we are taking care of our patients' emotional well-being and their physical well-being!

 

Practice Features

7 Acre Park-Like Campus

AAHA-Accredited Practice

Convenient Day Boarding

Fear Free Trained Staff & Doctors

 

Monday through Friday: 8:00am - 5:30pm

We are closed on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year's Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day and Thanksgiving Day.

Veterinary Rehabilitation & Sports Medicine

1973 New Highway 96 West

Franklin, TN 37064

615-595-7170

info@vrsmtn.com

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