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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.

 
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MEDICAL TEAM

Kristal Turner

DVM, CCRT, CVA, 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, Practice Manager & 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

  • Regenerative Medicine


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

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Chelsea Bear 

LVMT, CCRP, 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.

Caitlin DeGross

LVMT, Rehabilitation Therapist

Degree:

  • Bachelors of Science, Veterinary Nursing at Michigan State University


Certifications:

  • Licensed Veterinary Medical Technician

  • Fear Free Certified Professional

  • Certified Reiki Master

Special Professional Interests:

  • Small Animal Physical Rehabilitation

  • Holistic Medicine

  • Integrative Medicine

  • Geriatric Care


Caitlin has been with Veterinary Rehabilitation & Sports Medicine since 2021, after relocating from Ohio. Caitlin is passionate about creating a Fear Free environment for all of our patients and continuing to educate herself on the newest ways to extend the lives of our pets. In her free time, you can find her spending time outdoors, trying out the latest and greatest restaurants & bars, enjoying a good cup of coffee, or road tripping to new places with her dog, Zoey.

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Julia Rowe

Rehabilitation Assistant

Certifications:

  • Fear Free Certified Professional

Special Professional Interests:

  • Small Animal Physical Rehabilitation


Julia joined Veterinary Rehabilitation & Sports Medicine in 2019 and focuses on assisting with consultations, diagnostic imaging, surgery, and scoping. 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.

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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!

Laura McDearman

Rehabilitation Assistant

Certifications:

  • Fear Free Certified Professional

Special Professional Interests:

  • Small Animal Physical Rehabilitation

  • Musculoskeletal Ultrasound

  • Small Animal Behavior (particularly feline)

Laura joined VRSM in 2020 with the desire to learn more about animal rehabilitation. She was drawn to a clinic where you have the opportunity to build a strong relationship with clients and their pets by working with them for extended lengths of time. She is passionate about animal welfare and the opportunity for animals to live a pain free life. Laura has two kitties, Panda and Momo (pictured to the right). One of whom has had their own personal experience with physical rehabilitation due to osteoarthritis of the hips. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with loved ones, gym therapy, creative projects, and reading.

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Elena Alvarez

Client Service Representative

Degree:

  • Bachelor of Arts, Journalism & Communications at The University of Iowa

Certifications:

  • Fear Free Certified Professional (in progress)

Special Professional Interests:

  • Photography & Videography

  • Social Media Marketing & Management

  • Integrative Medicine

Elena joined Veterinary Rehabilitation & Sports Medicine after relocating to Nashville from Chicago in 2021. She has always been passionate about animal advocacy and was drawn to veterinary medicine after years of volunteering at rescues in her hometown. In her free time, Elena enjoys creative portrait photography, weightlifting, hiking, and gardening. She adores her two pets, her rescue dog, Bane, and cat, Calvin.

 

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 

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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

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